Fast charging has improved at breakneck speed: this is the battle to charge the mobile in the shortest possible time

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In a couple of years, fast mobile charging has multiplied its speed. What until recently were promises from different manufacturers, now we have mobile phones that can be charged in just over 10 minutes . And once you try it, it’s hard to go back. That of leaving the mobile charging all night may soon be a thing of the past. In the latest models from manufacturers such as Xiaomi or Realme it is already possible to have this fast charge, but the brands still have a lot to offer us.

Here we review the status of fast charging, which are the best phones in this regard and what times they promise us. A review of the fast charging technologies that are soon to arrive and which ones are already available in real mobiles that any interested user can buy.

The mobiles with the fastest charge on the market

When we talk about charging, mobiles from Chinese manufacturers are the fastest . As was the case with the megapixel war , the biggest brands like Apple, Samsung or Google have chosen not to scale their fast charging. On the contrary, manufacturers such as OPPO or Xiaomi have chosen to embrace fast charging and highlight the power figure as one of the striking features of their new mobiles.

Fast charging has improved at breakneck speed

At an intermediate point is Huawei, which in its flagship, the P50 Pro , offers up to 66W. Well above options like the Galaxy S22 Ultra with 45W or the iPhone 13 Pro Max with 27W. It so happens that Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, already explained in mid-2020 that the company had fast charges of 100W and 200W within its reach, but that it chose not to offer them to take care of the mobile battery.

Something seems to have changed recently, because Huawei itself now defends 100W fast charges. It is the speed that it offers in one of its latest models, the Nova 9 Pro . A mobile that at the moment cannot be bought in Spain.

The mobile with the fastest charge on the market and the only one with 200W is also not in our country (nor is it expected) : the Vivo iQOO 10 Pro . We are facing a gaming mobile with a 4,700 mAh battery and an impressive fast charge. According to the company, the device can charge its battery to 100% in less than 10 minutes.

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The battery of this Vivo mobile incorporates new battery electrolyte and new charging chip with three-way charging spout to ensure the battery life is long enough . Vivo ensures that the battery remains above 80% capacity even if more than 1,600 charge cycles have passed.

The mobile that is available in Spain, that from Xataka we have been able to test and that can be purchased for 699 euros is the Realme GT Neo 3 150W . In hand it is wonderful. Being able to complete the 4,500 mAh of the Realme GT Neo 3 in less than 15 minutes is worth seeing . It is one of those experiences that change the way you use your mobile. The usual thing is to put it on charge and forget about it, but we have reached a point where we can have a coffee and when we return we already have the mobile at 100% charge.

Then we leave you a table with the mobiles that today have the fastest charge . Some brands like Xiaomi have several flagships with an equally fast charge, in this case we have selected the most representative model.

MOBILEFAST CHARGE
VIVO IQOO 10 PRO200W
REALME GT NEO 3150W
XIAOMI 12 PRO120W
LITTLE F4 GT120W
HONOR MAGIC 4 PRO100W
HUAWEI NOVA 9 PRO100W
LENOVO LEGION PHONE DUEL 290W
OPPO FIND X5 PRO80W

In a prominent position is the Honor Magic 4 Pro with its 100W fast charge. The most notable thing about that model, though, is that it’s not just wired, the 100W is also offered with wireless charging .

Special case is that of OPPO. The SuperVOOC brand has been one of the most representative of this technology for years. The Chinese manufacturer is one of the true benchmarks in this field and even its mid-range phones offer very high charging speeds.

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Its flagship, the OPPO Find X5 Pro offers the third generation of SuperVOOC with 80W . However, in February 2022 they announced much more advanced technology. A fast charging technology that is yet to come.

Charging the mobile in less than 10 minutes is already possible (and will be common)

Fast charging technology has been with us for several years. Little by little it has been advancing and fortunately it is available for most brands. This is the case of Qualcomm, which already in July 2020 announced Quick Charge 5.0, with up to 100W and the ability to complete 50% of the battery of our mobiles in 5 minutes. A fast charging technology that could receive an update later this year.

OPPO is the company with the fastest charging technology announced, although it is not available at the moment. OPPO with its 240 W SuperVOOC promises to fill 4,500 mAh in 9 minutes . We still do not find this figure in any mobile, but it is expected that between the end of this year and the next we will see it in some high-end OPPO. Before we could receive the 150W SuperVOOC load, which promises to complete that same figure in 15 minutes. To get an idea, the Vivo iQOO 10 Pro and its 200 W complete the battery in 10 minutes.

Fast charging has improved at breakneck speed

It was in May 2021 that Xiaomi announced its 200W fast charging system . Currently, the Chinese manufacturer allows to complete the 4,600 mAh of the Xiaomi 12 Pro in 18 minutes, with its 120 W system. Something similar allows the POCO F4 GT . But the Xiaomi Hypercharge 200W charge promises to complete 4,000 mAh in 8 minutes .

The question that many users may ask is when will we see this Xiaomi system on a real mobile. And the answer is that it may be very soon. According to the latest rumours, the Xiaomi Mix 5 will debut Xiaomi’s 200W charging this fall .

The BBK Electronics group , which includes manufacturers such as OPPO, Realme, Vivo or OnePlus, shares its fast charging technology. That is why we see Vivo with 200W or Realme with its 100W, 150W and soon 200W Ultradart technology.

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One of the companies that will soon show its cards is OnePlus. The new OnePlus 10T Pro is expected to add 150W Warp Charge technology , to match what we’ve already seen with the Realme GT Neo 3. Currently the OnePlus 10 Pro stays at 80W.

Another company that can show its cards is Huawei. This September the arrival of the Huawei Mate 50 is expected and fast charging could be one of the highlights. At the moment no figures have been leaked, but Richard Yu’s promise that they had reached 200W may be true.

At a prominent level also wants to highlight Motorola. One of his executives revealed a future fast charge of 125W, for an upcoming flagship with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor codenamed ‘Frontier’. Currently the Motorola Edge 30 Pro comes with 68W.

As we have done with mobile phones, here we leave you with a comparative table with the latest fast charging technologies from different manufacturers, along with the expected date and the charging times they promise.

BRANDFAST CHARGETIMEAVAILABILITY
OPPO240W SuperVOOC4,500mAh in 9 minutesAnnounced February 2022
Expected end of 2022
XIAOMIHypercharge 200W4,000mAh in 8 minutesAnnounced May 2021
Expected by the end of 2022 with the Xiaomi Mix 5
LIVE200W4,700mAh in 10 minutesAvailable summer 2022 on the iQOO 10 Pro
REALMEUltraDart 150W4,500mAh in 15 minutesAvailable summer 2022 on GT Neo 3, 200W version coming soon
ONE PLUSWarp Charge 150W50% of 4,500 mAh in 5 minutesExpected for summer 2022 with the OnePlus 10T Pro
MOTOROLA125WExpected by the end of 2022 with the Motorola ‘Frontier’
HONOR100W4,600mAh in 30 minutesAvailable in February 2022 with the Honor Magic 4 Pro.
Also 100W wireless charging
HUAWEI100W4,000mAh in 20 minutesAvailable with the Nova 9 Pro
In October 2022, Huawei claimed that it already had a 200W charge
QUALCOMMQuick Charge 5.0 100W4,500mAh in 15 minutesAnnounced Summer 2020

Fast charging has acquired a prominent importance over the years. The challenge is not only to increase the power, something relatively simple, but to do it without affecting the battery life too much . Managing temperature is complicated. There is also the issue of compatibility with different chargers.

Faced with this, some Chinese manufacturers are betting on a universal fast charging system . A standard that already exists with Power Delivery , whose 3.1 specification allows to deliver energy of up to 240 W. As we can see, there is a lot of room for improvement so that the mobile phones of the coming years offer even faster fast charges.

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