Update: We have edited our headline from “Quick Charge 3.0 won’t be on Galaxy S7, S7 edge because of Exynos support” to reflect that neither Qualcomm nor Samsung have stated why Quick Charge 2.0 is being used on Snapdragon 820-equipped Galaxy S7 and S7 edge phones. Pocketnow regrets the error.
So, you have the new Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge and are excited about its larger, supposedly longer-lasting battery. And, if you happen to live in the right parts of the world, you probably have the Snapdragon 820 powering everything inside it with Quick Charge 3.0.
Not so fast. Literally.
As everyone was distracted by the glam and glitz of Samsung’s Barcelona performance, Qualcomm was quick to post its own release on its blog about the chaebol’s phone — in itself, a funny act, as about half of the new flagships’ contain Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 SoC, supposedly only because it wasn’t able to produce enough of them for its phones. But the oddball here is the implementation of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 standard on the Snapdragon 820 processor, not the improved 3.0.
Exynos processors support Samsung’s proprietary Adaptive Fast Charging standard, so it could be that the company didn’t want to leave Exynos-equipped S7s any bit lacking from Snapdragon-equipped S7s. We didn’t hear any major improvements to it during the Exynos 8 Octa-series debut.
Does pride matter? Is it pride that’s keeping Quick Charge 3.0 off the table? Samsung is one of the producers of the Snapdragon 820 after all.