Monday, February 29, 2016
Are you sick of waiting all night for your smartphone to charge? Oppo look set to change that, as their new gadget promises to fully charge phone batteries in just 15 minutes.
The device, called the Super VOOC Flash Charge, was first shown at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. It’s the fastest charger in the world, though it’s designed for exclusive use with Oppo’s own 2500mAh battery, through either a MicroUSB or USB Type-C port.
Currently the new charging gadget relies on an entirely proprietary system in order to maximise efficiency; the battery, charging hardware and control software are all designed by Oppo to ensure peak performance.
A standard iPhone 6S takes more than two hours to fully charge from a flat battery, making the new Oppo gadget over eight times as fast.
Oppo has said it will feature the new charging system in its next smartphone release, but no other information has been released.
Outside of its native China, few people have heard of Oppo. However, in its home market, the company are making waves. Last year they sold 10.8 million handsets, giving them a 9% market share. They're more popular in China than tech giants Samsung.
Fast charging systems have been making the news since last year, when Qualcomm claimed their new Quick Charge system could charge a dead phone battery to 80% in only 35 minutes.
It looks like in the future, phones are going to be charging a lot faster. Who needs a big battery life when it only takes 15 minutes to re-charge?
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