When you thought 2020 ain’t getting any crazier, Oppo today is launching a next generation – world’s first 125W fast charging technology called Flash Charge. The new charging tech is touted to charge 41 per cent of a 4000mAh battery in 5 minutes while it will top the battery in 20 minutes.
Hang on guys, someone just put the little light shining at the end of the tunnel
This comes amidst tireless efforts by smartphone brands to balance low smartphone sales while possibly pioneering the next big tech breakthrough, wether it be a folding phone tech or even the next affordable premier budget smartphone.
However, Oppo seems to have other ideas. This new big leap in mobile phone charging solution comes from the company that also pioneered the first 65W wired and 40W wireless charging.
Additionally, Oppo is also launching a 65W AirVOOC wireless charging, 50W mini SuperVOOC charging, and 110W mini Flash Charge technologies for its future smartphones and devices from other brands.
But first, how did we arrive here?
Everything crazy in a 125W charging tech…
The 125W Flash Charge technology by Oppo is the evolution of its existing SuperVOOC and VOOC architectures. Oppo says its 125W Flash Charge needs a bi-cell design for “optimum charging efficiency”, along with the battery’s discharge rating of 6C that is twice the earlier standard of 3C.
So, how could they possibly up the ante a little bit high? Just develop custom chips to enable faster charging.
Oppo’s new chips include a VCU intelligent control chip, AC/ DC control chip, MCU charge management, chipset, BMS battery management chip, and a custom protocol chipset. While all these are basic preambles and are needed to offer quick charging on a smartphone, Oppo new 125W charging tech possiblity all stems from it’s overhauled next gen charging adapter and also a redesigned charging cable and battery.
The charger enabling the faster charging experience supports 20V/ 6.25A on the USB Type-C interface. It is claimed to be slightly larger in size over the existing 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charger, with 64×61.5x30mm dimensions and a weight of 153.8 grams.
Specifically, the USB Type-C interface of the new charger is compatible with PD and PPS protocols. This means that you can use the new charger not just with a future 125W Flash Charge-supporting handset but also with any supported smartphones or laptops. The technology has also been added with 128-bit encryption to prevent security risks.
Won’t this possibly impact my Smartphone Battery life?
The needed to clear the air on this right? Cos no one would like to be on a smartphone they had reached it’s maximum charge cycle.
Oppo claimed that its new technology wouldn’t impact on the battery as its life expectancy had been maintained at 80 percent after 800 charging-discharging cycles.
The company has also designed a customised intelligent chip, 10 new temperature sensors, and a 128-bit encryption algorithm to deliver a fast yet safe charging. The new additions are touted to maintain the body temperature of devices under 40-degree Celsius during the charging process.
Alright, what else…
Apart from the 125W Flash Charge technology, Oppo is also introducing the 65W AirVOOC fast charging for its future smartphones that is rated to charge a 4000mAh battery in 30 minutes.
The company claims this solution is even faster than some of the presently-available wired fast charging methods, which may include the company’s own 65W SuperVOOC technology on Reno Ace, Find X2, and Realme X50 Pro. The wireless charging never made it to the company’s most expensive flagship Find X2 Pro and is only available on Ace 2. Maybe, the 65W AirVOOC charging will debut on Oppo’s future flagship phones.
Moreover, Oppo also announced it is redesigning its fast charging adapters to become smaller. Its new 50W mini SuperVOOC charging and 110W mini Flash Charge technologies will work with adapters that are nearly the same size as the regular 18W chargers in the market.
Which smartphones could feature the 125W flash charging tech?
Though Oppo is yet to say anything about the smartphone that will feature the 125W Flash Charge technology, reports has it is expected to arrive on a flagship device, possibly under the Find X series or Ace series.
The Oppo Reno Ace was the first smartphone to come with 65W SuperVOOC fast charging technology, however, later, the Ace series was segregated from the Reno series and made standalone.
While Oppo’s 125W Flash Charge technology will support its premier smartphones, the upcoming technology will work with other devices and protocols with various charging speeds.
Oppo 125W Flash Charging technology Price and Availability
Details about the pricing and availability of the new charging technologies by Oppo are yet to be revealed. However, considering the historical records, we can safely expect that the latest offerings will hit the market sometime later this year.
Mediatek unveils Helio G95 gaming Processor for budget smartphones, could debut on Tecno Camon 16 or Realme 7
Adding to its ever-growing portfolio and stern competition to it’s Qualcomm counterpart, Taiwanese chipmaker, Mediatek has announced a new gaming Chipset for the Helio G90 series. The Helio G95 SoC offers a 5% boost in GPU performance over the G90T though the rest of the feature set is identical to the latter.
With the G95, MediaTek aims at closing the huge gap existing between the mid-range and flagship gaming smartphone segment and the first phone to use this processor could be the Tecno Camon 16 or Realme 7 with both due for official releases on September 3.
The G90T ended up on phones like the Redmi Note 8 and Note 9 Pro and Realme 6 , so the odds are on we likely get to see more phones with the G95 chip launch in the final lap of the third quarter of the year.
Here’s everything the Mediatek Helio G95 has on offer
Mediatek Helio G95 Features
Essentially, it would be best to understand that the Helio G95 SoC is an overclocked G90T processor, in that it comes with an upgraded Mali-G76 GPU running at 900MHz. The G90T, on the other hand, is equipped with a Mali-G57 GPU that’s running at 800MHz.
Features like HyperEngine game technology, multi-camera support of upto 4 sensors and an APU (AI processing unit) are also very much welcome. The chip also supports upto HDR10+ enhancement quality in real-time.
The G95 processor is manufactured using the 12nm fabrication process and has two Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.05GHz while the six power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores can run upto 2.0GHz.
MediaTek’s famed HyperEngine game technology is responsible for optimizing the gaming experience to provide the best connection speed, picture quality and ensures a smooth gameplay experience on budget devices. There are several customisation options that users can fine-tune further.
Furthermore, Helio G95 chipset supports upto 10GB LPDDR4x RAM, UFS 2.1 storage, upto Full HD+ displays with 90Hz refresh rate and dual 4G SIM cards.
Additionally, the chip can be paired with upto 64MP cameras with upto 4K UHD rerecording.
The MediaTek Helio G95 will power many phones set to launch in September. The first of such as confirmed by Naijatechguy could be the Tecno Camon 16 set to launch on September 3 in India.
The smartphone has been teased with stunning bezeles display, a 64MP camera unit with Samsung’s GM1 or Sony’s IMX686 sensor here which could all play into the hands of the new Helio G95 processor.
“Fitbit of tiny wires in your skull” – Elon Musk set to define future of Neurotechnology with landmark Neuralink chip unveiling
In case you missed it probably you’ve been living under a rock or something incredibly heavy, a major global announcement was passed on couple hours ago which could well determine what value our lives still hold here on Earth
Naahh, definitely not another wave of Coronavirus but
Research nerd and Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s neuroscience startup Neuralink on Friday unveiled a coin-sized computer chip that could provide the age-old solution to treating brain and neuro-ailments.
The move is regarded as another giant stride though early step taken toward the goal of curing human diseases with the same type of implant.
Co-founded by Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc and SpaceX CEO Musk in 2016, San Francisco Bay Area-based Neuralink aims to implant wireless brain-machine interfaces that include thousands of electrodes in the most complex human organ to help cure neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia and spinal cord injuries and ultimately fuse humankind with artificial intelligence.
Though the mighty risks of artificial intelligence can’t be understated, Neuralink implant’s most important achievement beyond medical applications would be “some kind of AI symbiosis where you have an AI extension of yourself.”
This practically would mean having small-smart devices that electronically stimulate nerves and brain areas to treat hearing loss and Parkinson’s disease have been implanted in humans for decades.
Brain implant trials have also been conducted with a small number of people who have lost control of bodily functions due to spiral cord injuries or neurological conditions like strokes.
“An implantable device can actually solve these problems,” Musk said on a webcast Friday, mentioning ailments such as memory loss, hearing loss, depression and insomnia.
Musk did not provide a timeline for those treatments, appearing to retreat from earlier statements that human trials would begin by the end of this year. Neuralink’s first clinical trials with a small number of human patients would be aimed at treating paralysis or paraplegia, the company’s head surgeon Dr. Matthew MacDougall said.
For the Friday Neuralink webcast, Musk presented what he described as the “three little pigs demo.”
Gertrude, the pig with a Neuralink implant in the part of its brain that controls the snout, required some coaxing by Musk to appear on camera, but eventually began eating off of a stool and sniffing straw, triggering spikes on a graph tracking the animal’s neural activity.
Musk said the company had three pigs each implanted with the chip for the past couple months, and also revealed a pig that previously had an implant. They were “healthy, happy and indistinguishable from a normal pig,” Musk said. Musk said the company predicted a pig’s limb movement during a treadmill run at “high accuracy” using implant data.
Furthermore, the Neuralink’s chip, is roughly 23 millimeters (0.9 inch) in diameter which Musk described as “a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires” making it relatively minute in size.
“I could have a Neuralink right now and you wouldn’t know,” Musk said. “… Maybe I do.”
We hope you don’t for now though Mr Musk!
Stanford University neuroscientist Sergey Stavisky said the company had made substantial and impressive progress since an initial demonstration of an earlier chip in July 2019.
“Going from that to the fully implanted system in several pigs they showed is impressive and, I think, really highlights the strengths of having a large multidisciplinary team focused on this problem,” Stavisky said.
Neuralink’s chip could also improve the understanding of neurological diseases by reading brain waves, one of the company’s scientists said during the presentation.
Though some researchers however opined longer studies would be required to determine the longevity and lifespan of the device.
Also, Startups such as Kernel, Paradromics and NeuroPace are trying to exploit advancements in material, wireless and signaling technology to create devices similar to Neuralink making it really a race in time to create an actual feasible device.
Though another question which albeit could be on the lips of users will be about personalization of data. We are not envisaging a Google Ad kind of scenario here, but with the extent user data is been mined and misused, you can only prepare for the worst nowadays.