Oppo reveals 150W fast charging, which will be available on a OnePlus phone shortly
In a press release today, Oppo introduced a new 150W SuperVOOC fast-charging standard, which the company says would be able to charge a 4,500mAh battery from 0 percent to 50% charge in only five minutes, and from 50% to 100% charge in under 15 minutes, depending on the model. It will initially emerge in an unidentified smartphone from sub-brand OnePlus, which will be released in the second quarter of this year. OnePlus has also provided an update on the global debut of the OnePlus 10 Pro, which was first introduced in China earlier this year and is now available worldwide.
There were no additional details provided by OnePlus about the first phone to use this technology, such as whether it will be a flagship device or a member of the company’s midrange Nord lineup, but the company said it will demonstrate the technology at its booth during this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
As part of the announcement, Realme is introducing a new technology it is calling 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 a coincidental coincidence. When it comes to charging speeds, Realme is making similar promises, but this time they’ve actually revealed what their first device will be using their proprietary technology: the GT Neo 3.
In comparison to the 80W fast charging that OnePlus and Oppo have been employing in their latest flagships, 150W fast charging provides nearly double the amount of power. A 125W SuperVOOC rapid charging standard was announced by Oppo back in 2020, but it has yet to make an appearance on a commercially available smartphone. The Xiaomi 11T Pro, on the other hand, came pre-installed with 120W fast charging, which Xiaomi claims can completely charge the device’s 5,000mAh battery in 17 minutes.
Oppo has traditionally branded its fast-charging technology with the SuperVOOC moniker, whilst OnePlus has utilised the Warp charge moniker. However, as a result of the merger between the two businesses, in which OnePlus has essentially become an Oppo sub-brand, the company has discontinued the use of the Warp branding on its fast chargers in favour of the SuperVOOC moniker.
Due to the “Battery Health Engine” (BHE) technology used by OnePlus, the company claims that even after 1,600 charge cycles using 150W SuperVOOC, a device’s battery should retain as much as 80 percent of its claimed capacity after only one year of use. Other fast-charging protocols, including as Programmable Power Supply (PPS), Power Delivery (PD), and Quick Charge (QC) are also compatible with SuperVOOC, which allows it to fast-charge devices other than OnePlus, but not at the promised 150W charging speed.
Oppo, in a unique move, says that its charging rates are measured from 1 percent of a fully charged battery rather than a totally depleted battery at 0 percent. This is most likely due to the fact that it does not want to include the amount of time it takes to get from zero to one.
Oppo is demonstrating a proof of concept for a 240W fast-charging solution in addition to its 150W charging technology, which should be available in handsets from OnePlus and Realme in the coming months. According to the business, this 240W SuperVOOC charging technology is capable of charging a 4,500mAh battery to 100 percent in only nine minutes, however the company has not announced any intentions to commercialise the technology at this time.
It was announced at the same time as OnePlus is gearing up for the worldwide debut of its newest flagship gadget, the OnePlus 10 Pro, which was first introduced to the world earlier this year in China. OnePlus has said that it wants to have the phone available in all countries by the end of March. The precise date of the worldwide debut has not yet been confirmed.