Although Qualcomm is fairly well known for its processors, the firm has also made strides by bringing innovations to charging as well. If you have owned a device with a Qualcomm processor, chances are, you've encountered Quick Charging, which at times can be a life saver.
If unfamiliar, Quick Charge allows a device to charge much quicker than usual, replenishing a fully depleted battery to around 50% in no time. With each new iterations of Quick Charge, the time has gotten even shorter, with Quick Charge 4.0 going from zero to 50% in 15 minutes. Now, Qualcomm has announced Quick Charge 4.0+, which offers all the benefits of 4.0 but with some added improvements, which can be seen below.
- Dual Charge: already an option in earlier versions, but now more powerful, Dual Charge includes a second power management IC in the device. Charging a device via Dual Charge divides the charge current, allowing for lower thermal dissipation and reduced charge time
- Intelligent Thermal Balancing: a further enhancement to Dual Charge, intelligent thermal balancing is engineered to move current via the coolest path autonomously, eliminating hot spots for optimized power delivery
- Advanced Safety Features: Quick Charge 4 already includes rigorous built-in safety protocols. Quick Charge 4+ goes one step further and is designed to monitor both the case and connector temperature levels simultaneously. This extra layer of protection helps ward against overheating and short-circuit or damage to the Type-C connector.
Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4.0+ will be rolling out to more devices over the year, but it is now currently available on the newly launched Nubia Z17.