Oppo announces 150W fast charging, coming soon to a OnePlus phone

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Oppo has introduced a new 150W SuperVOOC fast-charging standard that, according to the company, can charge a 4,500mAh battery from 1% to 50% charge in only five minutes, and from 50% to 100% charge in just 15 minutes. In the second quarter of this year, it will debut in an undisclosed smartphone from OnePlus’ sub-brand. OnePlus has also provided an update on the OnePlus 10 Pro’s global launch, which began earlier this year in China.

OnePlus did not provide any other information on the first phone to use this technology, such as whether it would be a flagship or part of the company’s midrange Nord series, but it did say the technology will be on exhibit at its stand at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

Realme is also introducing a new technology called 150W UltraDart. Given that Realme is owned by BBK Electronics, which is also the parent company of Oppo (and OnePlus), the timing is unlikely to be coincidental. Realme is making similar promises regarding charging speeds, with the exception that it has named the first gadget to adopt the technology: the GT Neo 3.
Oppo is demonstrating a proof of concept for a 240W fast-charging solution in addition to its 150W charging technology, which should be arriving to OnePlus and Realme handsets shortly. The business claims that their 240W SuperVOOC charging technology can charge a 4,500mAh battery to 100% in only nine minutes, however it has not yet announced any intentions to commercialize the technology.
The news comes as OnePlus prepares to sell its next flagship product, the OnePlus 10 Pro, in other markets after a successful debut in China earlier this year. OnePlus now claims that the phone will be available worldwide by the end of March. The exact date of the global debut has yet to be confirmed.
Fast charging at 150W is nearly twice as powerful as the 80W fast charging used by OnePlus and Oppo in their latest flagships. In 2020, Oppo announced a 125W SuperVOOC rapid charging standard, although it has yet to be seen on a commercially available device. Xiaomi’s latest 11T Pro, on the other hand, came with 120W fast charging, which Xiaomi said could completely charge its 5,000mAh battery in 17 minutes.
Oppo has always called its fast-charging technology SuperVOOC, whereas OnePlus has called it Warp Charge. However, since the two companies merged and OnePlus essentially became an Oppo sub-brand, it has dropped the Warp branding in favor of SuperVOOC for its fast chargers.
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau explained in a roundtable conversation with The Verge that the company elected to emphasize a China-only launch for the OnePlus 10 Pro in order to better compete in the country’s congested smartphone market. However, he said that it is simpler to deploy phones in the nation more rapidly since its software requires fewer clearance processes from partners like as network providers.

Finally, OnePlus claims it will continue to focus on making inexpensive smartphones and would unveil “its most affordable 5G smartphone in India and Europe ever” this year.

THE ONEPLUS 10 PRO WILL BE RELEASED IN THE ENTIRE WORLD BY THE END OF MARCH.

Preempting worries regarding the effect of such high wattage charging on a device’s battery, OnePlus claims that owing to its “Battery Health Engine” (BHE) technology, a battery should retain up to 80% of its claimed capacity after 1,600 charge cycles using 150W SuperVOOC. It’s also compatible with other fast-charging protocols including Programmable Power Supply (PPS), Power Delivery (PD), and Quick Charge (QC), allowing SuperVOOC to charge non-OnePlus devices at a faster rate than the promised 150W.

Surprisingly, Oppo says that its charging speeds start at 1% rather than 0% when the battery is entirely depleted. This is most likely due to the fact that it doesn’t want to include the time it takes to go from 0 to 1.

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