In the smartphone industry, the fast-charging competition is getting stiffer among brands. In 2018, we saw OnePlus reaching 30W, Huawei extends to 40W on their flagships, and we have the Oppo Find X being the first phone with the massive 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge.
Today, Vivo made known its plan to far outdo everyone with its new 120W Super FlashCharge. According to the official statement, it could charge a 4000mAh battery up to 50% in just 5 minutes, and needs only 13 minutes to fill it up to 100%.
Vivo is preparing for MWC Shanghai in 2019, which is coming up next week. The smartphone manufacturer is expected to demo the tech in front of the audience, alongside an actual 5G smartphone, and not just some modification of an already existing device like it did in December 2018.
The 120W Super FlashCharge rate might sound interesting in theory, but I guess it might need some extra time before coming to actual products. Ultra-fast charging usually generates a lot of heat, which makes it hard to fit within the thermal constraints of a modern day smartphone. Also, Xiaomi recently teased that it is working on a 100W charging standard, so maybe we are experiencing a breakthrough.