Last Monday, Chinese consumer electronics company Meizu showed off its new charging technology at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. Called Super mCharge, this new technology by the smartphone maker turned heads at the exhibition because of how fast it can charge up a phone battery. But how does Meizu’s invention fare when pitted against Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology?
The thing with Meizu’s Super mCharge is, it uses high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) electric power transmission system. The company itself stated at MWC that this charging technology is rated at 11V/5A, which means it can transmit or transfer up to 55W of power to a battery. For reference, Oppo’s VOOC and Moto’s TurboCharger are maxed out at 25W, as pointed out by GSM Arena. This means Meizu’s invention is twice as powerful.
Meizu said its charging technology is capable of recharging an empty 3,000mAh battery to 60 percent in just 10 minutes and fully charge it in a matter of 20 minutes. Also, the Chinese company revealed that smartphone batteries charged using Super mCharge can keep about 80 percent of their capacity even after 800 charge cycles or two years of average use. Also, Super mCharge will not at all cause batteries to radically heat up. They may only reach the temperature of 39 degrees Celsius or 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit, so users won’t have to worry about holding uncomfortably hot phones when charging them with this new technology.
Meanwhile, the American semiconductor company Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology is also promising really fast speeds of recharging smartphone batteries. ZDNet points out that Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 is designed to transfer power to battery at impressively fast speeds. For reference, the technology recharges a 2750mAh battery to up to 50 percent in 15 minutes and up to five hours of battery life in just five minutes.
Qualcomm said on its website that its latest Quick Charge version is made to deliver lighting-speed charging to devices running its Snapdragon processors. The company also specified that when compared to other conventional charging technologies out there, this new one is absolutely four times faster. Nevertheless, it may have found a worthy competitor in Meizu’s Super mCharge. Despite this, Qualcomm can still continue basking in the limelight, since Meizu’s new technology will not be implemented in any devices in the next one to two years.
Meizu recently introduced its quick-charging technology, called Super mCharge, at the Mobile World Congress 2017. Photo: Reuters/China Stringer Network
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