Qualcomm announces Quick Charge 3+, with Quick Charge 4+ speeds on USB Type-A

Today, Qualcomm is announcing Quick Charge 3+. The idea is to offer the same speeds as Quick Charge 4+, but with compatibility for an inexpensive USB Type-A cable. The first device to support the charging technology is the newly-announced Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite Zoom. In fact, the smartphone supports both Quick Charge 3+ and Quick Charge 4+.

The benefits of Quick charge 3+ are similar to those that we’ve heard before. It promises a 0-50% charge in 15 minutes, promising to be 35% faster and nine degrees Celsius cooler than its predecessors. Qualcomm also says that it supports any USB Type-A to USB Type-C adapter that has scalable voltage with 20mV steps from Quick Charge 4.

The whole idea behind Quick Charge 3+ is to offer lower-cost options. The first chipsets to support it will be the Snapdragon 765 and 765G, which already support Quick Charge 4+, so it’s not really about lower-cost devices. But OEMs could still offer lower-cost peripherals and chargers, which could bring down the cost of the package as a whole.

As mentioned earlier, the first device to support it is Xiaomi’s Mi 10 Lite Zoom. While Quick Charge 3+ is exclusive to the Snapdragon 765 series of SoCs out of the gate, it’s coming to more chipsets in different tiers throughout the year.