Qualcomm's new Quick Charge 4+ is 15% faster than QC4

Qualcomm's new Quick Charge 4+ technology is super-fast.

@anthony256
Published Fri, Jun 2 2017 10:15 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:55 AM CST

Qualcomm is continuing to evolve its charging standard, unveiling Quick Charge 4+ just 6 months after it unveiled Quick Charge 4. The new Quick Charge 4+ standard has some impressive new enhancements for new smartphones.

Qualcomm's new Quick Charge 4+ is 15% faster than QC4 | TweakTown.com

Quick Charge 4+ doesn't require a new chipset, and instead accessory manufacturers can add in the new enhancements to Quick Charge 4 capable devices:

  • "Dual Charge," which is already an option in earlier version of Quick Charge, but is "now more powerful"
  • "Intelligent Thermal Balancing," which steers current through whichever of the dual charging pathways is coolest to keep temperatures down
  • "Advanced Safety Features" to monitor both the phone temperature and the connector temperature to protect against overheating and short-circuit damage

Qualcomm have said that Quick Charge 4+ devices can charge 15% faster than QC4, and they'll charge up to 30% more efficiently. Better yet, charging will be 3C cooler (5F or so). We won't see these features with a software patch into existing devices, as they're hardware enhancements.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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