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When Huawei announced its Mate X’s 55-watt fast charging tech, we thought we’ve seen it all, but a new technology that promises to fully charge a 4,000mAh battery in just 13 minutes has shown us that we are yet to see the best yet.

The Chinese phone Manufacturer Vivo has introduced a new 120W tech that fully charges a phone from zero to 100% in 13 minutes as opposed to Huawei’s 55W that charges from 0 to 85% in 30 minutes, and Xiaomi’s 100W that charges the same capacity in 17 minutes.

Vivo announced this tech during the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2019 and it’s absolutely insane.

The technology is called Super FlashCharge 120W. 

Vivo is known for pushing the tech innovations across limits and they’ve done so with phones like Nex, Nex 2, or its latest Apex prototype.

The new tech will work with a customized Type-C data cable and 120W travel charger (20V/6A) Vivo will provide. The tech only takes five minutes to charge the same battery up to 50%.

Vivo’s fast charging beats Xiaomi’s 100W charging technology, which claims can fully charge a battery of the same capacity in 17 minutes and Huawei’s new fast charging tech on the Mate X foldable phone is nothing to be compared. 

However, both technologies have not been implemented yet in any commercial product. 

Currently, the phone company with the fastest shipping charging tech is Oppo with it’s 50W SuperVOOC. But, Huawei is on its way to top that with their planned 55W charging tech on  the foldable Mate X this summer, but the phone has been delayed. 

Apple is another company that’s pushing for a faster charging tech and they were able to achieve theres which is currently being used on the USB-PD 29W fast charging. It loads the iPhone XS’ ridiculously tiny 2,658 mAh battery from 0 to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

We don’t know when this tech will be seen on any smartphone from Vivo, given the recent discovery by scientists who have discovered the reasons why batteries die faster when they are frequently charged with a fast charger. I believe they need to sort the problem out before implementing it on a phone to avoid issues of the long-term deterioration of fast-charging batteries’ molecular structure. 


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