Mobile World Congress is usually a big stage that many of the companies present the new products that we will find in specialty stores in the near future. Some companies, such as Oppo, are taking this opportunity to introduce new technologies, which we will probably not see very soon on final devices. After many years ago, Oppo introduced the technology of periscope zoom cameras at MWC for the first time, the company is now back with something new: the first 240W charging phone.
Oppo 240W SuperVOOC technology will be integrated into final phones in a few years
The rapid charging of smartphones has evolved a lot in the last few years. From 10-15W, many companies have gone straight to 30-40-60 or even 100W. Thus, we can say that the problem of charging the phones has already been solved. Most top models are fully charged in less than an hour. However, Oppo believes that even faster charging is needed.
Xiaomi last year demonstrated charging at 200W, and now we see that the available technology even allows charging at 240W. This means that you can fully charge a phone with a 4,500 mAh battery from 0 to 100% in less than 10 minutes. In fact, the Oppo demonstration ended in exactly 9 minutes. However, the demonstration was not a “live” one, but a pre-recorded one, so the tests were probably performed under ideal temperature conditions.
Of course, the company calls this technology 240W SuperVOOC Flash Charge. It works via USB-C at 24V and 10A, and the current is transmitted through three separate “pumps”. I’ve also seen a similar system with two current “pumps” on models charging at over 60W, which use two power buses to power two cells in parallel. Oppo says it has developed a dedicated chip for precise voltage control to ensure speed and safety in use. It also uses 13 temperature sensors to prevent overheating.
Of course, 240W charging phones are a few years away, but Oppo also introduced the 150W SuperVOOC, which should get on the company’s phones faster. Oppo’s new flagship Find X5 Pro is currently offering fast charging at 80W.