“Vivo will demo the 120W fast-charging technology next week but we don’t know when we will see it in a commercially-available phone.”
Due to excessive usage, smartphone batteries usually do not last more than 30 hours on continuous use. Stuffing a huge amount of power in smartphones at once is extremely difficult even in this era when the field of information technology is seeing innovations on a daily basis.
So, now the focus is on fast charging instead of improving the battery cells. Subsequently, the fast-charging game is getting much stronger as time goes by. In the year 2018, Oneplus announced 30W charging, Huawei reached 40W on flagships and then the Oppo Find X came up with the first ever 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge which was, as its name suggests, incredibly fast.
Filling the 4000mAh battery in a mere 20 minutes has made Oppo the market leader in fast charging technology. In March 2019, Xiaomi, a leading Chinese smartphone company, claimed that it was working on 100W Super Charge Turbo technology by virtue of which the 4000mAh battery will get fully charged in just 17 minutes.
But before Xiaomi could completely materialize the idea, its rival Chinese smartphone making company, Vivo has come up with 120W super Flash Charge technology, which is said to have the capacity to fill a 4000mAh battery in just 13 minutes.
This announcement was made in a short video released by Justin Jian, product manager with Vivo subsidiary iQOO. Justin posted the clip on Weibo which shows the Super FlashCharge technology filling 2.4% of the 4000mAh battery in just 15 seconds. However, the short clip, unlike Xiaomi’s teaser video, does not cover the complete charge circle.
As per the claim made by Vivo, the Super FlashCharge technology will be able to charge a 4000mAh cell from 0 to 100% in 13 minutes while charging it from 0 to 50% will take only 5 minutes. With the configuration of 20V/6A offered by Vivo, this technology gives 20% time-saving at 13 minutes.
According to The Verge, the existing charging capacity of Vivo mobiles is 44W which is available in an iQOO gaming phone. This flagship iQOO contains a 4000mAh battery and takes almost 45 minutes to get fully charged.
Vivo has taken a huge step forward in the field of fast charging by jumping from 44W to 120W in a single move. However, there are very few smartphones which fully support 44W or higher versions of fast charging. The main problem faced by these types of fast charging modules is the degradation of the battery.
Furthermore, charging the battery at ultra-high speeds generates an excessive amount of heat which is beyond the thermal constraints of existing smartphones. Hence, it will be interesting to see whether Vivo will be able to make batteries which can sustain these high voltages brought about by ultra fasting charging technologies.
It is to be noted that due to the requirement of special hardware both in the phone and the charger for fast charging, no other Vivo smartphones will have the capacity to get charged at high speeds except the smartphones having specific compatibility built into them. No doubt, this feature is going to be the most attractive feature for its users,
It is still unknown whether the Vivo will be fast enough to bring its Super FlashCharge technology to the market earlier than the 100W Super Charge Turbo Technology announced by Xioami in March this year. Vivo, as per Chinese media reports, is going to bring forth its Super FlashCharge technology at the MWC 2019 Shanghai.
The exhibition is taking place next week from June 26th to 28th at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. This means the wait is going to over soon.
Vivo is going to demonstrate the Super FlashCharge technology on its 5G supporting smartphones. These smartphones will be made public in this exhibition for the first time in smartphones’ history. Some other exciting technology news and products from Vivo mobiles are also expected to be unveiled in this event at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.