“Vivo will demo the 120W fast-charging technology next week but we don’t know when we will see it in a commercially available phone”
Smartphone batteries these days last as much as two days on average use. That’s pretty much the norm and fast-charging has proven to be a boon as battery cells and their life hasn’t been improving any further. OPPO is currently the market leader with its 50W Super VOOC charge that tops up the battery in around twenty minutes. However, Vivo has just teased a whopping 120W fast charging technology that promises to juice up a 4,000mAh battery in a mere 12-13 minutes. The company shared a teaser today saying the technology will be demonstrated at the upcoming MWC 2019 Shanghai. Vivo is calling it FlashCharge.
Now, this was just a teaser and it is likely that Vivo will just demo the fast-charging technology and not debut it on a commercial device just yet. We also expect to get more details about how the company managed to achieve such blazing fast speeds. This brings to mind Xiaomi’s recent demo of its 100W fast-charging technology which is also yet to make it to the commercial market yet, although Redmi Head Lu Weibing also announced that this technology is already in mass production. If this is true, we expect Vivo to be not very far off in mass production either.
Vivo’s current fastest charging tech is its IQOO 44W charging that tops up a 4,000mAh battery in 45 minutes roughly. Also, this kind of technology usually requires special hardware both in the phone and the charger, which means no other Vivo phones will be able to charge at such high-speeds except the ones that Vivo releases with the compatibility baked in. The MWC Shanghai 2019 expo will be held from June 26th to June 28th at the Shanghai New International Expo Center and we expect to see other interesting stuff from Chinese smartphone makers at the expo.