2016 might be the year when we finally get some substantial improvements in the battery technology and as it turns out, today at the Mobile World Congress, Oppo showcased their new SuperVOOC quick-charging technology which is capable of charging a standard smartphone in about 15 minutes and 45% in just 5 minutes.
Oppo claims those figures stand true for charging an absolutely dead 2500mAh battery pack to 100% which is still quite astonishing given it won’t take much longer to charge something a bit bigger. The new technology will work through traditional MicroUSB as well as USB Type-C cables, however, it will require the Super VOOC Flash Charger adapter and cable that Oppo says are made from high-quality military-grade materials. Sadly, the company will be limiting this for now on their own branded smartphones, meaning not all the handsets out there will be able to make use of it. Although, it doesn’t take long nowadays for manufacturers to imitate a feature on their own products.
SuperVOOC even beats Qualcomm’s latest QuickCharge 3.0 technology which can get a smartphone from 0 to 80 percent in around 35 minutes. Given the control Oppo exhibits over the battery, silicon and software involved, we’re not surprised they came with a lot better solution. It charges at 5V but is also capable of directly transmitting the power to the battery without any voltage conversion, however, the latter one is only 97% efficient. One of the most interesting things about this is that Oppo says your smartphone won’t get really warm during the process which is quite an issue with current charging processes.
Oppo states that the reason they developed the SuperVOOC was because “the current battery technology isn’t advancing nearly as fast as the rest of the mobile device industry. We all use smartphones more and more, we all want longer lasting batteries.”
Nonetheless, it’s satisfying to see that OEMs are finally focusing on the battery aspects of a smartphone, even Sony’s latest handsets feature Qnovo technology that uses adaptive algorithms to enhance battery backups over time. Oppo is planning to release an actual smartphone sometime later this year as the technology is currently in a developing stage.