While Samsung and Qualcomm are yet to publicly tackle the reasons for the absence of advanced Quick Charge 3.0 technology from Snapdragon 820-powered Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge configurations, a seemingly innocuous new post on the chip designer’s blog may have just dropped another bombshell.
Check that, it absolutely dropped one, since there’s no way QCM made an innocent typo when announcing the Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Performance incorporate Quick Charge 2.0 capabilities. Not 3.0, good old fashioned 2.0.
Why can’t it be a typo? For one thing, because the LG G5 has been previously confirmed on the same website as carrying Quick Charge 3.0 support. Qualcomm also flaunts some impressive-sounding endurance numbers for Sony’s Xperia Z-replacing flagships, which on second thought, aren’t exactly what we expect of the future.
Namely, the two X-series phones purportedly squeeze 5.5 hours of juice in only 10 minutes of charging, which is probably a fancy way of saying a half-hour charge can provide 60 or 70 percent capacity. Those are Quick Charge 2.0 figures, with the 3.0 standard promising 38 percent extra efficiency.
And yes, in case you’re wondering, both the Sony Xperia X and X Performance pack processors technically capable of 3.0 integration. The former has a Snapdragon 650 ticking under its hood, whereas the latter comes with the state-of-the-art SD820 inside. What’s up with that? Is Qualcomm playing favorites, and giving LG an exclusivity of sorts over the fast-charging technology? Is the omission Samsung and Sony’s call? And if so, why?