supervoocChinese smartphone company Oppo claims it has invented the world’s fastest phone charger, which can boost a smartphone from zero battery capacity to 100 per cent in just 15 minutes.

The “Super VOOC Flash Charge” technology was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday.

It uses a low-voltage 5V pulse-charge algorithm to keep the charge at low temperatures, and can fill a 2500mAh battery in a quarter of an hour, according to the company.

It says only five minutes’ charging time will give up to 10 hours of talk time.

By comparison, last year Qualcomm released its latest fast-charging adapters with Quick Charge 3.0 technology which charge devices from zero battery power to 80 per cent in about 35 minutes. The chargers are only compatible with devices that have Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

Oppo’s Super VOOC Flash Charge will likely feature on forthcoming smartphone releases from the company.

Oppo controls its device design and manufacture from end-to-end with proprietary technology, so the Super VOOC charge is not compatible with non-Oppo phones.

The company said the technology worked over both micro USB and the newer USB C type inputs.

There remains some scepticism over whether it’s possible to safely charge a battery rapidly without damaging its life span. Oppo claims its method of regulating the temperature with a low voltage charge prevents this from happening.

Oppo is known for doing things a bit differently. While most phones feature lower-quality front-facing cameras, Oppo invented a range of “selfie” cameras which feature rotating cameras to ensure better quality photos no matter which direction the camera is pointing.

Its phones feature a customised version of Android, known as Color OS.

For the full article: Brisbane Times



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