Advanced phones use Quick Charge technology to achieve impressive 18-watt charging speeds. But your next device can be charged four times faster with Qualcomm Quick Charge 5, a new fast charging technology with over 100 watts of charging power. Qualcomm expects new phones to support QC 5.0 before the end of 2020.
On paper, QC 5.0 is an incredible step for USB charging. Qualcomm says it’s 70% more efficient than the 3-year QC 4.0 standard, all while driving 10 degrees cooler and with extra security measures. If Qualcomm’s tests are any indication, QC 5.0 should charge 50% of the phone’s battery in just 5 minutes. (Phones charge a little slower after the 50% mark for security, by the way).
But we do not know if the phone manufacturers will take advantage of these 100-watt speeds. We have not had the chance to see QC 5.0 in action, and even now the idea of a 100-watt charge on a phone feels like an unprecedented leap. For reference, the iPhone still charges at 12 watts, and most laptops charge at around 60 watts.
Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 5.0 is backward compatible with older Quick Charge standards, so your QC 3.0 phone can reach its normal charging speed with newer QC 5.0 accessories. The QC 5.0 standard also supports USB-C PD charging. Qualcomm says phones will begin shipping with QC 5.0 support before Q3 2020.