Finally, Apple has made some significant progress when it comes to charging their newest iPhone. To embrace wireless technology fully, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X now support wireless charging. That made a huge impact on the aesthetics as both iPhone models use glass for the back instead of metal.
Another key feature which didn’t get enough mention is Fast Charging. Yes, you can finally charge faster on a cable.
Before you get all excited, there’s one thing that would put you off, especially if you’re going to spend more than RM5,000 on a new phone.
There are a couple of new flagship smartphones running on Snapdragon 835 processor these days. This includes the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Xiaomi Mi 6, HTC U11 and the Galaxy S8 for the US market. If you’re looking for that extra edge, ZTE’s sub-brand Nubia has a new flagship smartphone that stands out as an interesting alternative.
Meet the Nubia Z17. It’s the first Snapdragon 835 powered device to come with 8GB of RAM and it’s also the first to incorporate Qualcomm’s latest QuickCharge 4+.
A trade off using our handheld devices are the limitations in battery life and slow charging times that leave us awkward when left without. Leaps and bounds have been made in almost all other parts of tech but when it comes to batteries and charging, it moves on at a slower pace.
They don’t happen often but when they do, they make a big difference.
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Lenovo has finally officially unveiled its two battery behemoths, the Vibe P1 and Vibe P1m smartphones, sporting enormous battery capacities of up to 5,000 mAh. These devices are designed for the busy user who needs a phone that won’t run out of juice before they do.
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If you’ve ever ran out of juice on your smartphone, you’d appreciate some form of quick-charging. Whether you’re on the go with your device needing a quick fix or simply forgetting to charge it the day before. Hence the existence of quick-charge, the wonderful piece of innovation that gets your smartphones recharged at a fast-pace; though it isn’t without some detrimental effects to the lifespan of your battery.
Huawei hopes to take it a step further by lacing these lithium ion batteries with graphite, around the anodes – shown in a video below, it’ll blow any derivative of fast-charging by a mile at no expense of your battery’s lifespan.
Apart from having excellent battery life, charging times for smart phones are equally as important. With most new devices offering Quick Charging, Qualcomm is speeding things up with its newly announced Quick Charge 3.0. This shortens the time required to recharge a mobile device so you can get up and running in no time.
According to Qualcomm, the new Quick Charge 3.0 is up to 38% more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0 and it can do 0 to 80% charge in just 35 minutes. As comparison, OPPO’s VOOC charge does 0-75% in 30 minutes while Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charge on their flagship devices does 0-50% in the same time.
Battery life of a smart phone is an everyday niggle. While manufacturers have resolved battery life issues by squeezing in bigger battery capacities, it can be annoyingly long to charge especially when you’re in a hurry. In Japan, Softbank has introduced the Fujitsu Arrows A which interestingly offers a whole day of usage with just 10 minutes of charging. If you let it charge fully, the Arrows A can last 3 days on its 2,600mAh battery, which is pretty standard capacity in today’s flagship smart phones.
Among the specs, the Japan specific device comes with a top notch 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of on board storage, a 13.1MP camera, 5″ Full HD TFT LCD display and even comes with 4G LTE connectivity. In addition, the Arrows A also comes with a smart fingerprint scanner that’s located right behind the device. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
It is unclear how does its 10-minute rapid charging work and it could be part of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology or it simply uses a higher Amp charger.