MediaTek promises to charge your phone from 0 to 70 percent with Pump Express 3.0
Qualcomm isn’t only recognized as the undisputed heavyweight champion of smartphone SoCs these days due to the raw performance of its custom Kryo CPU cores and Adreno GPU comprising the Snapdragon 820 silicon, but also thanks to Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
On its official web page, the wall-uncoupling solution is proudly touted as capable of helping devices “like the LG G5 achieve up to an 80% charge in just 35 minutes.” Impressive feat, though believe it or not, MediaTek aims to eclipse it by getting you from 0 to 70 percent in a measly 20 minutes.
Meet Pump Express 3.0, the groundbreaking threequel to Pump Express+ and Pump Express 2.0 standards MTK made very little noise about. This time however, the Taiwan-based “pioneering” fabless semiconductor company wants to play in the big leagues, also competing against OPPO’s announced but unreleased Super VOOC Flash Charge.
Similarly, Pump Express 3.0 is set to make its way to market “by the end of 2016”, in phones powered by the Helio P20 and other “future chipsets.”
Unfortunately, MediaTek doesn’t specify what kind of cell this tech can juice up to 70 percent in 20 minutes. A 2,500 mAh? 3,000? 3,500? Either way, it’s nice to hear the focus is on preventing overheating too, with direct charging functionality that routes electrical current from the adaptor directly to the battery, bypassing all the sensitive circuitry inside your phone.
Unlike Quick Charge 3.0, this fully complies with USB Type-C requirements as well, and carries 20-plus safety and device protection systems built-in. Somehow, it’ll let you talk for four hours after 5 minutes of plug-in action, at least in theory, making the approaching arrival of Helio X30 flagships that much more exciting.