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Qualcomm’s Quick Charge tech comes to wireless charging

Jonathan Bray
25 Feb 2019
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Qualcomm expands fast charging tech to include wireless charging with Xiaomi among the first to adopt

Almost all smartphones come with some kind of fast charging these days, whether it’s Motorola’s Turbo Charge or Oppo’s lightning quick SuperVOOC system. But thus far little attempt has been made to provide fast, more consistent wireless charging. With the introduction of Quick Charge for wireless, however, Qualcomm is aiming to change that.

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Unveiled at the annual mobile tech extravaganza, MWC 2019, in Barcelona, Quick Charge for wireless power should ensure that wireless charging works more consistently than in the past.

Perhaps counterintuitively, there’s no particularly new technology here, just an expanded compliance and testing regime. However, what the wireless quick charge will do is ensure new wireless charging pads bearing the Qualcomm Quick Charge name will work with the same Quick Charge power adapters that many smartphone users may well already own.

The result should be faster wireless charging at more predictable speeds across a greater variety of devices.

Some manufacturers are already on the case of improving wireless charging speeds. You can pick up the Xiaomi Mi 9, for instance, with a wireless charging bundle that includes a 20W wireless charging pad.

This Quick Charge-compliant Mi Wireless Charging Pad is purportedly capable of topping up the charge in the phone from empty to full in 90 minutes flat, which is pretty good for wireless charging.

With other manufacturers also pushing the wireless charging envelope – Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro supports 15W charging along with reverse wireless charging and the Samsung Galaxy S10 can also charge other devices without wires – we may soon be able to enjoy wireless charging speeds approaching those of traditional wired chargers. Fingers crossed.

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