Chip manufacturer Qualcomm has officially unveiled version 5 of its Quick Charge technology. New to this version is that it can recharge a battery from 0 to 50% in just 5 minutes.
With the predecessor of Quick Charge 5, version 4+ it took 15 minutes before your battery was half full. The faster charging speed is due to a higher power output of over 100 Watt. A major problem using fast charging is to overcome the problem of overheating. Due to numerous efficiency methods your battery will stay up to 10 degrees cooler compared to Quick Charge 4+. Another advantage; version 5 is compatible with all previous versions.
So you can charge old Quick Charge devices with your Quick Charge 5 charger and don't need new cables. The only condition is that your phone has Qualcomm's latest chipset. Currently only Snapdragon 865 and 865+ are supported. These can be found for example in the OnePlus 8 Pro and the Sony Xperia 1 II. Newer Samsung Galaxy S and Note flagships sold outside Europe also support it. Quick Charge 5 is currently being tested and will be available in the third quarter of 2020.
Quick Charge over the years
Qualcomm is certainly not the only one to bring fast battery charging techniques to consumers. Many other manufacturers have developed their own similar techniques. A lot of progress has been made since the release of Quick Charge 1 in 2013. It is up to 10x more powerful and compared to Quick Charge 4+ it is 4x faster, 70% more efficient and 10°C cooler.