Almost every week, we heard about new technology coming to the mobile phone industry but mobile chargers are usually the least-focused area of these manufacturers. While we are still a long way off batteries that can survive more than a day without a need to re-charge, we do have the next best thing - super fast charging. Now Vivo has announced super flash charge 120W charging technology that can fully charge a 4,000mAh battery cell in just 13 minutes. Yesterday, Vivo uploaded a video on the Weibo page that demonstrates super flash charge in action without providing much detail of the full charge cycle. In the video, the charging went from 10 to 14 percent battery in just 16 seconds.
So far we have seen Xiaomi 100w charging technology in March but it hasn't reached to the consumer market even after three months. OnePlus 7 Pro's warp has a fast charging speed but Vivo's super flash charge is really insane. But it does rise a question about its impact on the battery life in the long run. Vivo may unveil its super flash charging technology at MWC Shanghai next week with its first 5G enabled smartphone. The competitors may make claim about its negative effect on the battery but that's what we have to see.
The other concern about the heating problem. With xiamoi's charger we have seen this problem. How Vivo manage the over-heating issue, and will this kind of charger can sustain for a long period of time? So far, the fastest charger available is with Oppo Find X Lamborghini edition which fully charge a 3,400mAh battery in 35 minutes.
Microsoft is killing Nokia Branding step by step, the company just announced the "Microsoft Portable Power DC-21" with a 6,000 mAh charger available in three different bright colors. It is the most powerful charger by the company to date, but it is also the first one using the new branding "Microsoft" not "Nokia" or "Lumia".
Since Microsoft is dropping the Nokia branding already, I guess the rumors were true and upcoming phones and accessories will be Microsoft branded as well.
About the charger now. Microsoft Portable Power is a 6,000 mAh portable charger available in white, green and orange. When used with Nokia Universal Fast USB Charger AC-60 (or any 1.5A wall charger I suppose), it goes up to 80% for three hours and up to 100% in four hours. The Charger will cost about $50.
HTC is getting ready to launch a universal USB charger that will allow select handsets to be powered up 40% faster than with regular chargers. Called HTC Rapid Charger 2.0, the accessory uses Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology which debuted last year on the Snapdragon 800 SoC, and is obviously included in newer chipsets.
While the HTC Rapid Charger 2.0 is compatible with all HTC smartphones, there aren't that many which can benefit from its faster charging abilities. For now, HTC is listing the following models: HTC One M8, HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition, HTC One E8, HTC One remix, and HTC Desire EYE. It's not clear if the HTC One M8 for Windows is also included here.
At the moment, HTC isn't saying exactly when the Rapid Charger 2.0 will be released, and neither how much it's going to cost. Anyway, it's probably safe to assume that its price will be roughly similar to the one of Motorola's Turbo Charger, which is currently sold for $34.99.