Fast charging has greatly improved in the past few years, and it will be dishonest to not acknowledge the role of Chinese manufacturers in the advancement of the technology. However, one major problem is that there is no unifying standard as each manufacturer has its own proprietary technology. That may change in the near future as key Chinese brands have come together to create a new unifying fast-charging standard.
The source of the news is a document that has surfaced on the web that talks about a “Universal fast-charging specification for mobile devices”. A translation of the document reveals that multiple Chinese companies have come together to create a universal fast charging standard to solve the problems the multiple technologies have created.
Some of the listed problems include the high cost of development as key players have to manufacture components for individual customers. Also, the lack of compatibility among devices will stifle long-term plans for the reduction of e-waste and the development of renewable energy.
However, with a unified fast charging standard that works across different brands, these problems can become a thing of the past.
The document mentions that big phone brands such as Honor, Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi as well as other technology companies and stakeholders including Rockchip and the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology have come together to work on this unified fast-charging standard.
We don’t know when this new charging standard will be ready but we don’t expect it to be anytime soon considering there are multiple players on board and reaching an agreement in such a situation may take a while. Nevertheless, it is a welcome development as it will mean consumers will not have to worry about an existing charger they already own being compatible with another device they own or plan to switch to.