The race to make the fastest charging smartphone continues. On the heels of Realme announcing a 240W wired charging system, Infinix has announced a universal 260W fast charging system, which promises to charge a smartphone battery from zero to 25% in one minute, and to 100% in seven minutes and 30 seconds.
On top of that, it has a fancy new wireless charging system to go with it, called 110W Wireless All-Round FastCharge, and it will pump enough power into the phone’s battery to reach 100% in just 16 minutes. For reference, the OnePlus 11’s 100W wired fast charging takes the cell to 100% in about 25 minutes, and even the Xiaomi 120W charger with the Xiaomi 13 Pro takes about 20 minutes to max out.
The tiny GaN charger that makes this possible is associated with a 13A cable, a proprietary fast charging protocol, and various internal changes to ensure that the battery delivers longevity as well. It is claimed that the battery will still deliver 90% of its capacity after 1,000 charge cycles. The wireless charger features a dual coil design so it can be used horizontally or vertically, and it has a fan at the base to keep everything cool. Infinix says the system, which presumably includes the battery, charger, and cable, includes more than 20 temperature sensors and 140 protection mechanisms to make sure it’s safe.
While it’s interesting to see how manufacturers push battery charging forward, there are a few additional points to note about Infinix’s All-Round FastCharge system. Infinix based its timing on recharging a 4,400mAh battery, which is less capacity than most flagship phones today, such as the OnePlus 11’s 5,000mAh battery. 260W is a pretty headline, but according to USB.org, the organization that oversees the USB standard, the maximum power delivered by USB PD Revision 3.1 systems is 240W.
Digital Trends asked Infinix for an explanation of how it squeezes more power out of its charger and cable, and received this comment from the company:
Infinix continues to push the boundaries of fast charging technology. It makes ultra-fast 260W charging possible with Infinix’s proprietary fast charging protocol, along with its innovations in charger, charging cable, and charging architecture. This breakthrough is a testament to Infinix’s strong technical foundation and innovative capabilities.”
It’s not very clear, but we’ll likely learn more when the technology is released. Infinix will launch the comprehensive FastCharge system on the next device in its Note series, but did not provide a time frame. The Note 12 2023 released in October 2022, so it may be some time before it arrives.
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