There’s been a lot of news surrounding USB-C cables destroying phones due to a variable voltage trick built into Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 that the USB-C spec doesn’t play nice with. This was sad because we felt the adoption of USB-C would be hindered greatly.
The new HTC 10 and the LG G5 are the latest big names to implement USB-C that also come with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, which is leaving a lot of people in the know worried about these phones. Though Qualcomm has stepped up and told Android Central that it has made its fast-charge solution fit USB-C’s voltage demands and there has been no reports yet of anything gone awry, it’s far too early to tell as the phones have just launched.
Could HTC and LG take such a big risk? I doubt it. The field is way too competitive for two large manufacturers to be risking so much on their flagship devices. Though the statement from Qualcomm doesn’t explicitly say it is honouring the port standard, there must be more to the story. For reference, the most popular USB-C phones out there are the Nexus 6P and 5X along with the OnePlus 2, none of which support Quick Charge due to the above reasons.
If you want to dive into the technical, check out this post by Benson Leung, a Googler who’s an advocate of good USB implementations.
In the meantime, we’ll be curious to see how things turn out with the LG G5 and the HTC 10, both of which we are currently reviewing. So stay tuned!