The newly announced Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge may be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chips, but that doesn’t mean that Samsung has chosen to implement all the features that that processor offers. As it turns out, Samsung has chosen to pass on Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge 3.0 standard, opting for the older Quick Charge 2.0 standard instead. There are a few reasons why Samsung may have chosen to omit Quick Charge 3.0 from its new phones.
- Baseline charging for all models: As you may know, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will be using different chips in different markets. The Samsung Exynos 8890 is compatible with Quick Charge 2.0, but it has not been updated to take advantage of the latest 3.0 standard. If Samsung were to equip the Snapdragon 820-powered versions of the phone with Quick Charge 3.0, the Exynos 8890-powered devices would be perceived as inferior.
- Quick Charge 3.0 isn’t that much faster: Yes, we all want the latest and greatest technology, but Quick Charge 3.0 isn’t that much faster than Quick Charge 2.0. The main difference between the technologies comes down to power efficiency. Quick Charge 3.0 is more intelligent than its older counterpart and is able to dynamically adjust power output and deliver the exact amount of energy that’s needed by the battery at all times. This means your electric bill will be slightly lower or you might be able to get a little more juice out of Quick Charge 3.0 power bank.
- Paying for new features costs money: By choosing to stick with Quick Charge 2.0, Samsung can save itself some cash. If it enabled Quick Charge 3.0, Samsung would need to pay Qualcomm a specific licensing fee that is more expensive than that of Quick Charge 2.0. The company would also need to manufacture new Quick Charge 3.0 plugs, which would also cost more in manufacturing and licensing fees.
For all we know, Samsung considered all three factors when the company chose more to include Quick Charge 3.0 in the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. There are a lot of reasons why you should consider buying one of Samsung’s new phones, but the LG G5 is looking more appealing with each day that passes.
UPDATE: We have received word from Qualcomm that there is no increased licensing cost between Quick Charge 3.0 and Quick Charge 2.0. We have asked Qualcomm a few followup questions on the topic and are eagerly awaiting their reply. We may not know why Samsung isn’t using Quick Charge 3.0 in the S7 and S7 edge, but at least we know they aren’t being stingy.