Let me get this straight, phones that charge as slow as a freaking sloth are not great phones. (In all due respect, I have the highest admiration for sloths and their laidback lifestyle)
Nowadays with the latest Google Pixel and OnePlus 3T where both comes with the Snapdragon 821 you get the fast charging, with 15 mins to 30 mins of 56% of charge.
Although there has been reports, that the Google Pixel does not live up to what Google initially proclaimed, that it can charge that fast in that length of time but anyway I’ll leave you to decide with this video comparing both of them competing for who can fully charge the fastest.
The latest nano-sized Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, a lovechild made between Qualcomm and Samsung, comes with the Quick Charge 4 technology, which Qualcomm reassures that it’ll provide you
“5 hours of use from just 5 minutes of charging.”
What’s so great about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835?
Well aside from the fact that it can charge faster, Qualcomm’s new chip comes built with Samsung’s 10-nanometer 10LPE FinFET manufacturing process, in contrast to the 14nm process used on the Snapdragon 821.
Using this new 10nm process node allows the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor to provide greater power efficiency and increase performance whilst allowing you to add a number of new inputs and capabilities that can improve the user experience.
It doesn’t just end there, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 also comes with USB-C and USB Power Delivery Standard supports which allows you to work with more USB-C chargers combined with Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV) technology which gives real-time thermal management.
Oh have I forgotten to mention that it also gives better graphics, application performance, and a faster LTE service.
What is FinFet?
FinFET, otherwise known as Fin Field Effect Transistor, is a type of non-planar or “3D” transistor used in the design of modern processors.
If you want to learn more about FinFET, check out the further reading section down below.
How small is 10 nanometers?
It’s the size of a single water molecule or 1,000 times smaller than a strand of hair.
Doesn’t smaller mean my phone would be less powerful?
Less space doesn’t always mean less processing horsepower.
One of several advantages to the new 10nm size chips is that they have a significantly smaller footprint than their 14nm predecessors
Not only that, the less space it takes up, the more freedom given to device manufacturers to utilize the extra usable space to support larger batteries or slimmer phone designs.
What is it made of?
These Qualcomm chips are made of nanomaterials.
If you do not know what they are, well, nanomaterials are made up of molecules and atoms less than 100 nanometers (nm) in size that exhibit different properties than their larger-particle counterparts.
Why should we use Nanomaterials?
Nanomaterials exhibit enhanced characteristics that includes lighter weight, higher strength, and greater chemical reactivity.
Since nanomaterials have these special qualities, they not only exhibit enhanced capabilities but they have the potential to transform a number of industries from consumer tech to energy and even health.
What is Quick charge 4?
When I started off this article, you might have read the part where it said
“5 hours of use from just 5 minutes of charging.”
Now let me expand on that.
The new Quick Charge 4 achieves this insane charging speed with its 4 new upgraded features.
- USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery (USB PD) compliance
- Battery Saver
- INOV (Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage)
- Dual Charge
All 4 of these components work together by delivering high voltage and current over USB cables in order to charge the battery faster.
How does it compare to the Previous Quick Charge 3?
The Quick Charge 3 (predecessor) relied on non-standard signaling and non-standard use of the connections in a USB cable when delivering high voltage and current to charge the battery faster.
This is where concerns were raised whether it was a safe and compatible option, and the full extent of this issue even reached the point where Google strongly discouraged Quick Charge 3 support in its latest Android Compatibility Definition Document.
Why? Well the Quick Charge 3 was not compatible with Android’s Nougat specs.
The more charge standards there were, the higher the probability that someone would plug the wrong charger into their phone and cause it to explode.
This is where the USB-C came into rescue with its greater compatibility with more cables and chargers, and Qualcomm’s latest Quick Charge 4’s compatibility with USB Type-C charging solves this issue altogether, combined with its new Dual Charge parallel charge technology.
The new Quick Charge 4 supports 20 percent faster charging, 30 percent more efficient and 40-percent less power consumption than Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.
If you want to know what are the fastest-charging technology there is today,
Here’s a table of comparison
Will it make my phone explode?
Honestly, I am going to say it will be less likely, as Qualcomm says its system has
“advanced safety features for both the adapter and mobile device.”
It can accurately measure current, voltage and temperature to safeguard the battery, cables and connectors.
“An additional layer of protection is also being added to help prevent battery overcharging and regulate current throughout every charge cycle,” its press release notes.
The Quick Charge 4 with its 4 new upgraded components will make your next smartphone charge faster, work with more USB-C chargers (such as the one used by the Apple Macbook Pro), and are less likely to catch fire and explode.
When will it be ready?
The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chips are already in mass production now and will make its way into consumer devices in the first half of 2017.
Follow me on Snapchat, and I’ll keep you updated with what’s going on every now and then. 🙂
What do you think about these new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chips?