Qualcomm rolls out Quick Charge 2.0 support in Japan, rest of the world to follow

Qualcomm has today announced that its expanding its Quick Charge ecosystem with the release of Quick Charge 2 in Japan. Local mobile network operator DOCOMO has integrated the technology in products that include smartphones, tablets and certified power adapters that are expected to be available later this year. The improved Quick Charge 2 will enable consumers to charge their devices at increased speeds.

It's stated that the improvements can be up to 75 percent faster than products charging without the technology. Quick Charge 2 is able to deliver up to 60 watts (Quick Charge 1.0 supplied 10 watts), which not only helps smaller form factors like smartphones and tablets, but also paves the way for supporting larger hardware like super-slim Intel notebooks.

The best part about the tech from Qualcomm is consumers won't have to alter the way they charge their personal devices. Everything remains the same, except for the speed thanks to both on-board improvements and more advanced AC/DC chargers. Products released already may support the improved tech, including the HTC One, but consumers will have to wait until supported chargers are available, which should come around later this year.

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. is expanding its Quick Charge ecosystem. NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smartphone and tablet users in Japan will have the opportunity to take advantage of Quick Charge 2.0's rapid charging capabilities. DOCOMO has adopted the Quick Charge 2.0 technology, and has incorporated the technology into a device lineup that includes smartphones, tablets, and certified power adapters that are anticipated to be available beginning this summer.

"Japan has been ahead of the curve when it comes to the adoption of innovative technology," said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "The commitment demonstrated from a leading technology carrier like DOCOMO is an important step towards a strong Quick Charge 2.0 ecosystem in Japan and beyond. We look forward to continuing the integration of Quick Charge 2.0 technology within the mobile industry to further enhance the consumer experience."

Products with Quick Charge 2.0 can charge up to 75 percent faster than products without the technology. While Quick Charge 1.0 technology, with about 10 watts of power, was designed primarily for smartphones and tablets, Quick Charge 2.0 delivers up to 60 watts, not only improving charge times for smartphones and tablets, but adding support for larger mobile computing devices like slim notebooks.

"With insatiable consumer usage of their devices, faster charging is more important than ever to bring enhanced convenience to the mobile experience," said Kazuaki Terunuma, Vice President and Managing Director of Communication Device Development Department, NTT DOCOMO, INC. "DOCOMO expects the promise of true fast charging can finally be realized with the introduction of Quick Charge 2.0 into commercial devices and a supporting ecosystem."

Due to an increase in the number of ways OEMs can take advantage of the Quick Charge 2.0 technology, the Quick Charge 2.0 ecosystem continues to expand rapidly. The technology provides benefits to OEMs and consumers alike, with OEMs now being able take advantage of the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800, 600 and 400 processors supporting Quick Charge 2.0. The technology resides in both the device (offered as a standalone IC solution or as part of the PMIC power management integrated circuit of the processor) and in the AC/DC wall charger, so there is no change in the way consumers charge their devices.

Rich Edmonds
  • Which devices besides the HTC One M8 support this already? Posted via Android Central App with my amazing Nexus 5!
  • I second that question Posted via Android Central App
  • In theory any phone running a Snapdragon 801 chip should be able to quick charge. Will be interesting to see if any more devices are confirmed.
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  • It appears that possibly any phone with a SD 800 or above has the potential to do it. You need the wall charging block but the capability is there. I am looking around and so far it is the M8 and the S5. Havent looked to hard so far. EDIT 1: Add the G2 to the list EDIT 2: I am not going to keep looking but apparently a lot of phones are capable. Not sure what is involved with actually getting it working...
  • Excerpt from article: "The technology provides benefits to OEMs and consumers alike, with OEMs now being able take advantage of the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800, 600 and 400 processors supporting Quick Charge 2.0." 
  • Why doesn't the nexus 5 support this? Posted via Android Central App
  • lol
  • Your anti-Nexus trolling is getting weak homie. BTW...it does (is capable). Carry on.
  • So sorry, it is not trolling when I am correct: The long answer — it looks like the Nexus 5 uses a Texas Instruments BQ24192 chip for battery charging and power path management, which does not work with Qualcomm Quick Charge. This means that even with a firmware update and a special charger you're still out of luck Source, Jerry H (of AC Central Fame): http://www.androidcentral.com/nexus-5-faq You can thank the same kind of cost cutting moves that keeps the GNexus from being updated. You get what you pay for....
  • Man am I sure pissed that my shitty Nexus 5 charges from 0-100% in a little over an hour rather than the 2 hour charges every other phone on the market has. http://i.imgur.com/B38P8fJ.png
  • oh yeah? You have a special wall plug? A 220 line maybe? Wall chargers can only go so fast, no matter how you overclock it... Your doing more harm than good...but that is fine, go with what you believe
  • 220V? Special wall plug? OVERCLOCKING a wall charger? Do you even understand how physics works?
  • obviously I was screwing with you. It is impossible to charge your N5 in one hour. . THe wall cahrger only puts out so much, and on top of that there is a governor within the device itself to limit how fast it charges. Even if you did 1% per minute, it would be over an hour and a half, and we know it does not do that. You exaggerated something as did I. In addition, you more than likely have to charge it more often due to the average battery life and small battery so in essence you are not saving anything. The bottom line is that the Nexus models cut corners when they can, and this was one of them. It is nothing big. They wanted a price point and hit it.
  • Ahh You're such a faggot.
  • Doesn't have Snapdragon 801. Posted via Android Central App
  • Dosn't need the snapdragon 801 the G2 supports quickcharge 2.0 with its snap 800 so it should work on the nexus 5 Posted via Android Central App
  • Did a little bit more digging and tho the Nexus 5 should be able to cus it has a 800 chip. Google did not implement the hardware inside to make it possible. Sadly no quick charge for the Nexus 5. Posted via Android Central App
  • Xposed or rom if not officially patched (if you care about it much)
  • http://www.androidcentral.com/nexus-5-faq Out of luck, won't work
  • Will not work due to the cheap chipset: http://www.androidcentral.com/nexus-5-faq
  • It does not work on the Nexus 5: http://www.androidcentral.com/nexus-5-faq
  • Well I posted that before the 801 post came through so makes sense but doest the 800 support quick charge 1.0? Posted via Android Central App
  • Yes it does. Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
  • Hopefully HTC will release a compatible charger soon.
  • I still haven't seen it anywhere reported what the effect, if any, will be of quickcharge when using wireless chargers and docks. Plugging a phone in seems like such a step back, especially now that phones all have flaps over their USB ports.
  • Agree with that sentiment, but I doubt it unless quick charge doesn't cause more heat.
  • AC needs to make sure newer product reviews tell if this spec is available.
    I think quick charge 2.0 is more important than the amount of RAM. Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
  • Apparently it is not just device specific, but it can be carrier specific Posted via Android Central App