Qualcomm Announces Quick Charge 3.0, Grab 80% Charge in 35 Minutes

So, you know how our favorite thing in the world right now seems to be Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0? You may remember how we told you that you could forget wireless charging because your next phone needed Turbo or Fast Charging instead. Well, we’re sorry to say that we were wrong and you don’t actually need Quick Charge 2.0. No, instead, you need Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. That’s right, Qualcomm has already outdone it’s own brilliance with QC 2.0 and announced QC 3.0 that will be featured in its next line of Snapdragon processors, including the Snapdragon 820.

So what’s new in Quick Charge 3.0 that makes it better than Quick Charge 2.0? For one, it uses something called Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV), which is a “new algorithm developed by Qualcomm Technologies, designed to allow portable devices the ability to determine what power level to request at any point in time for optimum power transfer.” Not impressed by that language?  (more…)

DEAL: Groupon’s $10 Turbo Charger Deal is Back

Still haven’t picked up a Turbo Charger or one of the many Quick Charge 2.0 chargers that Amazon sells at rock bottom prices? Assuming you haven’t bought the Quick Charge-less OnePlus 2, you should probably own at least two of these chargers. They really do make life much less stressful, knowing that as your battery deteriorates during a day, that you can quickly juice it fully within about an hour. Quick Charge 2.0 is easily one of the best tech inventions of the last 5 years.

So if you haven’t picked one up, we wanted to point out that the Groupon deal for Motorola’s Turbo Charger is back. You can grab a re-certified version for just $9.99 or pick up a brand new one for $14.99. These originally retailed for around $35, so we’re talking a significant discount. And at $9.99, you are even getting a better price than the off-brand adapters Amazon is selling.

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Snapdragon 820’s Adreno 530 GPU Detailed by Qualcomm, Coming in 2016

This morning, Qualcomm provided early details on the GPU and ISP that will be featured in their next flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 820. When the 820 arrives next year (1H 2016) it will sport a new Adreno 530 GPU and 14-bit Spectra image signal processing (ISP) unit that show solid improvements over previous generation products. Qualcomm also announced that another new GPU, the Adreno 510, will be featured in upcoming Snapdragon 620 and 618 processors, both of which should arrive in phones before 2015 ends.  (more…)

#HYPE Kill? “All” Snapdragon 810 Phones are Already Using V2.1, Says HTC

Let the Snapdragon 810 drama continue! According to HTC’s Jeff Gordon, king of the subtweet, all this chit chat about a newer Snapdragon 810 v2.1 being used by companies like OnePlus as a differentiator to help separate their phones from the 810’s history of melting faces isn’t exactly accurate. Gordon says via Twitter that Qualcomm told him “virtually all” manufacturers who have announced devices with the Snapdragon 810 “are currently using v2.1.” In other words, the One M9, which at one time wanted to melt your face off, is running the same V2.1 that OnePlus insists will be cooler than ever.

So yeah, the Snapdragon 810 v2.1 that is in the OnePlus 2 is the same 810 that has been in almost all of the previous 810 phones before it.  (more…)

LG G4 Now, Miraculously Supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0

The day that LG announced the G4, we reached out to their PR team to get confirmation on whether or not the phone supported Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. There were mixed reports floating around on G4 unveiling day, so we wanted to get official word. LG told us that it most definitely did not support Quick Charge 2.0. Instead, they were excited to talk about the phone’s semi-quick charge 1.8 capabilities.  (more…)

Qualcomm: Snapdragon 810 Overheating Rumors are ‘Rubbish’

The Snapdragon 810 processor from Qualcomm has been in the headlines a ton this year, but for all of the wrong reasons. Being Qualcomm’s flagship processor, we expected it to be in nearly all of the top smartphones this year, yet it is currently only in two flagship devices, the One M9 from HTC and G Flex 2 from LG.

Rumors regarding overheating issues have plagued the SoC, and today, an interview between Qualcomm’s VP of marketing Tim McDonough and Forbes gives deeper insight into the story surrounding the issue.  (more…)