Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Announced: Along With Snapdragon 820 Chipset With Fast Data Speeds, Faster Charging

Qualcomm held its own dedicated event on September 15th to detail its next generation SoCs as well as couple of midrange offerings. Introduced the smartphone world with its new S617, S430 chipsets in their lineup, alongside also announced an already unveiled Snapdragon 820. Now that it features a new X12 LTE modem supporting 600Mbps download speeds, that too supports Smart Protect, as a Real-time on-device anti-malware. Aside the aforementioned, Qualcomm Quck Charge 3.0 also shows its face with 4 times faster than convetional charging capabilities. Details will follow, right after this fold.

Qualcomm Chips


Snapdragon 820 Smart Protect

Technologies that has revealed Snapdragon Smart Protect, anti-malware technology that will be supported by next Qualcomm S820 CPUs, which it is used to seemlessly privide real-time, on-device detection of unknown (0-day) malware threats. With advanced mechanism, it can be used in learning-based behavioral analysis to look at actual behavios of the device apps in real time and eventually detect, classify any application that is considered suspecious of anomalous, as company says.


The first application to utlize Qualcomm Zeroth tech, aurgably an anti-malware solutions by supporting on device real-time malware detection, classification and cause analysis using an advanced cognitive computing behavioral engine. Qualcomm also said that Avast, AVG and Lookout are working to utilize Snapdragon Smart Protect capabilities in their mobile applications.

Key features:

  • Personal Protection – Snapdragon Smart Protect provides robust security and enhanced personal privacy for today’s mobile environment, empowering end users with greater control over personal data and by detecting and classifying spyware, adware and other malicious app behavior.
  • Superior Behavioral Analysis – Using Qualcomm Zeroth cognitive computing technology, Snapdragon Smart Protect enables OEMs and mobile security solution providers to enhance anti-malware and privacy protection services with real-time, behavioral-based machine learning that is designed to detect and classify zero-day and transformational malware.
  • Power-efficient performance – Snapdragon Smart Protect offers optimal performance through on-device design and uniquely deep access to hardware and software of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, enabling malware detection and critical data processing on the device, rather than in the cloud.

The Snapdragon Smart Protect will be available in the Q1 of 2016, alongside the much-anticipated Snapdragon 820 SoC.

Snapdragon 820’s X12 LTE Modem Support

Devices powered by the newly announced Snapdragon 820 chips are expected to be a part of flagship smartphones of 2016,which will offer 4G LTE and WiFi technologies for premium tier of smartphones. With the download speeds of up to 600Mbps, the S820 offers LTE Advance technology, as per the company’s claim, the new processor will support LTE Category 12 in the downlink and Cat.13 in the uplink, providing up to 33% and 200% improvement over its predecessor’s download and upload speeds.

Additionally, Snapdragon 820 features Uplink Data Compression (UDC), which is probably unique to select Snapdragon LTE modems, and developed to enhance the user experience in a wide range of applications, indludes accelerating Web page loading times to say some. It also adds an Advanced Closed Loop Antenna Tuning when paired with the QFE2550 Antenna Tuner. Designed specifically to dynamically optimize RF performance in real network conditions. For challenging metallic industrial design in premium range handsets, which can also reduce dropped calls, improve call edge throughout and nevertheless, even lower power consumption.


Here’s what Alex Katouzian, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. explains about:

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with X12 LTE modem is a new industry leader, offering highly differentiated features that put OEMs and carriers on the cutting edge, including the latest advances in LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity. With technologies like 4K video, virtual reality and cognitive computing rapidly evolving, it’s important to provide consumers with the speed and bandwidth to create a more compelling mobile experience.”



  • LTE Advanced speeds
    • Cat 12 (up to 600 Mbps) in the downlink
    • Cat 13 (up to 150 Mbps) in the uplink
    • Up to 4×4 MIMO on one downlink LTE carrier
  • Breakthrough connectivity support in unlicensed spectrum:
    • 2×2 MU-MIMO (802.11ac)
    • Multi-gigabit 802.11ad
    • LTE-U and LTE+Wi-Fi Link Aggregation (LWA)
  • Comprehensive service across connection types
    • Next Gen HD Voice and Video calling over LTE and Wi-Fi
    • Call Continuity across Wi-Fi, LTE, 3G, and 2G
  • RF front end innovations
    • Advanced Closed Loop Antenna Tuner
    • Qualcomm RF360 front end solution with CA
    • Wi-Fi/LTE antenna sharing

Snapdragon 617 / 430 Chipsets:

At the keynote, Qualcomm also introduced lower-end (S617 / S430) chipsets with LTE support for Global Mode RF360. The Snapdragon 617 is an Octa-Core chip that integrated with A ARM Cortex A53 and CPUs clocked at 1.5GHz per core and paired with Adreno 405 GPU graphics. While the Snapdragon 430 SoC is also an 64-bit Octa-Core chipset (8 ARM Cortex A53 64-bit CPUs clocked at 1.2GHz per core) with Adreno 505 GPU. Supports the newly introduced Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, that too with the next generation fast charging technology.


Qualcomm S617 Specs:

  • Octa-Core Cortex A53 up to 1.5GHz, 20nm process technology
  • Integrated X8 LTE, with Global Mode LTE FDD, LTE TDD, WCDMA (DC-HSPA+, DC-HSUPA), CDMA1x, EV-DO, TD-SCDMA and GSM/EDGE
  • Cat 7 speeds of up to 300 Mbps down/100 Mbps up via 2×20 MHz carrier aggregation in the downlink and uplink on LTE FDD and LTE TDD
  • Support for LTE Broadcast, LTE multimode dual SIM and VoLTE with HD Voice and SRVCC
  • Adreno 405 GPU,OpenGL ES 3.1
  • Qualcomm Hexagon 546 DSP
  • Supports up to FHD 1080p displays, up to 1080p wireless display
  • Dual ISPs can support up to 21MP ZSL
  • Up to 1080p at 60 fps, HEVC (H.265) encode and decode
  • LPDDR3 933MHz, eMMC 5.1 and SD 3.0 (UHS-I) storage, USB 2.0
  • Qualcomm VIVE 2-stream 802.11n/ac with MU-MIMO, Qualcomm IZat Gen8C location services and Bluetooth 4.1 + BLE
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0


The Snapdragon 430 chip highlights:

  • Octa-Core Cortex A53 up to 1.2GHz, 20nm process technology
  • Integrated X6 LTE with Global Mode supporting LTE FDD, LTE TDD, WCDMA (DC-HSPA+, DC-HSUPA), CDMA1x, EV-DO, TD-SCDMA and GSM/EDGE
  • Cat 4 speeds of up to 150 Mbps down/75Mbps up via 2×10 MHz carrier aggregation in the downlink and uplink on LTE FDD and LTE TDD
  • Support for LTE Broadcast, LTE multimode dual SIM and VoLTE with HD Voice and SRVCC
  • Adreno 505 GPU, OpenGL ES 3.1
  • Qualcomm Hexagon 536 DSP
  • Supports up to FHD 1080p displays, up to 1080p wireless display
  • Dual ISPs support up to 21MP cameras
  • Up to 1080p at 60 fps, HEVC (H.265) encode and decode
  • LPDDR3 800MHz, eMMC 5.1 and SD 3.0 (UHS-I) storage, USB 2.0
  • Qualcomm VIVE 2-stream 802.11n/ac with MU-MIMO, Qualcomm IZat Gen8C location services and Bluetooth 4.1 + BLE
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

The Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 chip is expected to be running on commercial devices by the end of 2015, and the S430 SoCs extended for Q2 of 2016.

Qualcomm Quick Charger 3.0 – Advanced


Finally, Qualcomm’s latest line of SoCs have a new charging feature, dubbed Quick Charge 3.0.  Will ship on the Snapdragon 820, 620, 618, 617, and 430 next year, promises to take a phone battery from 0 to 80 percent in about 35 minutes.  Which means that the technology used on Quick Charge 3.0 will be 4X faster than conventional charging, twice as fast as Quick Charge 1.0 and 38% more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0. Qualcomm says the new charging standard will “improve fast charging up to 27 percent or reduce power dissipation by up to 45 percent when compared to Quick Charge 2.0.” provided vendors use Qualcomm’s “advanced parallel charging configurations.”

Indeed, it’s also 100% backward-compatible with Quick Charge 1.0 and Quick Charge 2.0 devices and  supports a broad range of connectors. The new standard uses an algorithm called “Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage” (INOV), which lets the device continually request a power level from the Charger – from  from 3.6V to 20V, in 200mV increments. Better than Quick Charger 2.0, as it nly offered four charging voltages when compared it with all-new Quick Charger 3.0.

It can be implemented with USB Type-A, USB micro, USB Type-C or proprietary connectors, including wall chargers, carchargers, battery packs, and power controllers are some will support Quick Charge 3.0. It offers enhanced flexibility over Quick Charge 2.0 in terms of charging options.

The Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 will be available in Snapdragon’s new range of chipsets as above-mentioned. Accessories with the Charge are expected next year.