Despite advancements in mobile technologies, like processors, data storage, or displays, one component that remains practically unchanged is the battery. In the absence of better battery technologies, consumers and manufacturers are left to tricks that lessen the charging time instead. Fast charging technologies, and there are quite a number of them, have become en vogue in more recent smartphones, and one of the newest challengers is OnePlus‘ own DASH Charge. But just because it’s new and relatively untested doesn’t mean it isn’t going to fly, as this video, which pits the OnePlus 3 against the Galaxy S7, tries to prove.
First, a disclaimer, which OnePlus itself makes at the beginning of the video. Charging times are almost just as personal as the owners of the smartphones themselves, as they can be affected by quite a number of factors. We will, of course, presume that OnePlus’ test units are fresh out of the box or at least freshly reset and haven’t gone through the wear and tear that may have affected the batteries’ overall lifespan.
Caveat aside, the video unsurprisingly goes in favor of the OnePlus 3, and not just by a small margin. In just 30 minutes, the OnePlus 3 was able to reach 64% from 1%, while the Galaxy S7 was left at 50% from the same starting point.
But wait, there’s more! OnePlus also makes a test with the screens turned on, and the result is even more incredible, in both senses of the word. The OnePlus 3 once again reaches 67% after 30 minutes while the Galaxy S7 only reaches a measly 23%.
As mentioned, there can be quite a few factors that affect charging times and rates, even if both smartphones have equal 3,000 mAh batteries. Samsung’s TouchWiz interface has been notorious for being a resource hog, though it has certainly improved over the years. Still, the Galaxy S7 is loaded with features that could affect how fast it can gulp power, especially when the display is left on.
Still, it’s an impressive feat for OnePlus, especially considering the DASH Charge technology hasn’t been out the market for even three months. The company is definitely not shy about singing its praises, going as far as showing how fast it works even while playing a game, one of those “don’t try this at home” scenarios. The one drawback to DASH Charge, aside from lacking long-term real-world tests, is that it will work only with OnePlus’ USB-C cable in addition to the official charger. Considering how OnePlus hasn’t exactly been the faithful USB-C implemented, that might mean having to carry around another, compliant USB-C cable for everything else other than the OnePlus 3.