Earlier this year when Qualcomm announced their new Snapdragon 600 and 800 series quad-core mobile processors, one awesome feature was Quick Charge. Sadly we’ve recently learned this additional layer to improve battery life and recharge time was left out of HTC’s flagship One smartphone. Even though their HTC DROID DNA enjoys new technology.
You may be asking yourself what Quick Charge is, and we have all the details right here. Qualcomm explained it in detail back in February on their blog. Explaining that newer devices with their Snapdragon S4 and above (Galaxy S III, DROID DNA, Nexus 4, and more) all charge faster than devices without Quick Charge. Basically less time near a wall, and more time enjoying your smartphone.
Quick Charge is a rapid charging technology that lets devices charge nearly 40% faster. So that GALAXY S 4 will take under 3 hours to charge 100%, vs 4 hours with older devices with a similar sized battery. The important part here being that this feature is a part of an integrated solution in the power management chip on Qualcomm Snapdragon devices, from there, it’s up to the manufacturer to support and allow Quick Charge to work. Most do, even HTC, but with the HTC One they left this impressive feature out.
Rapid charging isn’t new, but the way Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors power management handles it is what makes this a unique feature for Snapdragon-based devices. Quick Charge 1.0 allows their PMIC to accept nearly 10 watts of power via USB, and their new Snapdragon 800 can accept 60w and charge devices 75% faster.
So while the Samsung Galaxy S III, GALAXY S 4, Nexus 4, even HTC’s DROID DNA, and nearly 70 other Snapdragon devices has this feature, oddly HTC decided to leave it out. Quick Charge is hardware based that needs to be supported by the devices micro-USB port, then the Qualcomm processor does the rest. Maybe this was a cost cutting feature, we’re not sure, but for some reason or another HTC left it out of their One smartphone. We’ve confirmed this with our own tests where the One takes significantly longer to fully charge 100% than the GALAXY S 4 with a bigger battery. HTC PR has also confirmed the One doesn’t support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge feature.
This could also be a feature HTC chose to disable to possibly prolong the life of their non-removable battery. So how are you liking your HTC One, and have you noticed the recharge rate isn’t as fast as some devices you’ve used in the past?