Fast charging is now a smartphone staple technology that many of us have come to rely upon, but there are so many different proprietary technologies that it's all been a mess. This fragmentation is particularly apparent when you are trying to buy third party charger and accessories, and can't quite narrow down on what's best for your phone.
That's why Google emphasizes on the use of the universal USB Power Delivery or USB PD on phones. In an ideal USB PD world, you'd be able to fast charge your phone from your friend's charger irrespective of what brand of Android phone he/she is using. So, before we get to phones that support USB Power Delivery, Let's clarify things a bit.
What is USB PD? How is it related to USB Type-C?
A USB Type-C port is a reversible Port that could be based on different USB standards like USB 2.0, USB 3.0 or USB 3.1. Similarly, USB PD works with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, or USB 3.1, but it only works across USB Type-C cable.
Since USB PD was created to support more power-hungry devices than phones, like printers, laptops, etc., even the previous versions of the standard are rated for up to 100Watts of fast charging, but Smartphones that implement USB PD usually restrict it to around 15W to 20W.
USB PD standard is now on 3.0, but it's backward compatible. Qualcomm's QuickCharge 4.0 standard also integrates USB PD, but most bundled QC 4.0 chargers (in phone boxes) don't support USB PD. For USB PD, the charging cable needs to be USB Type-C on both ends, just as on Google's Pixel phones.
The cables with USB Type-A port on one end and USB Type-C on the other can not be used for USB PD fast charging. So, if you talk about phones that come with USB PD charger, it would currently be only Google Pixel phones and Asus ROG Phone I and II. But if you own a USB PD charger, there are a few other phones that will support fast charging via USB PD.
Phones with USB PD fast charging support
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
Samsung has been intentionally behind in the fast charging game since the Note 10 fiasco, but it’s now back in the race with its new Note 10+ that supports 45W fast charging. Interestingly, Samsung isn’t using any proprietary fast charging technology and relies on the universal USB PD to fast charge the Note 10+.
The compatible charger isn’t bundled in the phone box and you will have to buy it separately. But since this is a USB PD charger, there are multiple options available. Note 10 Plus is a power-packed high-end phone with a nifty stylus and a great quality camera.
2. Samsung Galaxy A80 And Galaxy A70
Even before its flagships, Samsung added fast USB Fast charging to its mid-range phones. The Galaxy A80 has a full-view display without any notch or cutout, but that has been made possible with a swivel camera. The Galaxy A80 is also exorbitantly priced for a Snapdragon 730G phone and doesn't seem worth the trouble unless you desperately want a full view screen from Samsung.
The Galaxy A70, on the other hand, is worth considering by moderate and light users looking for a Samsung branded phone. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 675 and offers an extra-large AMOLED display that's awesome for consuming multimedia content. Both the Galaxy A80 and Galaxy A70 have 25W fast charging and take around 1 hour to refill their empty battery.
3. Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL
The latest Google Pixel Phones (soon to be superseded by Pixel 4 series), support USB PD 3.0 and can charge up to 50 percent in around 35 minutes. As all Google devices, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL feel a tad overpriced in India (due to import duties and taxes levied on devices not assembled in the country), but the magical camera has the potential to make you look past all its shortcomings.
The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL are water and dust resistant, have quality AMOLED displays, stereo speakers, and are powered by Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 4GB RAM.
4. Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL
Google launched a couple of relatively-affordable Pixel phones this year - the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL - and both of these offer fabulous cameras and remarkable experience. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are both powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 octa-core processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
The 3a and 3a XL have 3000mAh and 3700mAh battery, respectively and support 18W USB PD fast charging with compatible charging adaptors bundled in the box. Both phones have a well-calibrated AMOLED display, are light and compact.
5. Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL
The last generation Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (and even the first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL) also support USB PD. Both of these phones are now a bit dated, but they still entail pixel perks like unlimited cloud storage for photos, remarkable camera performance, priority access to Android version updates and more now for a lower price.
The Pixel 3a and 3a XL still make more sense as of today.
6. Asus ROG Phone
The Asus ROG phone was one of the best gaming phones that we saw last year. Those zany design elements, overclocked Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the elaborate cooling system, modular gaming accessories - all made this is a very covetable phone for gamers.
This was also perhaps the first mainstream non-pixel phone to ship with a USB PD charger bundled in the box. The handset had two charging ports and one of these supported Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0 as well. Other highlights include a 6-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, an elaborate gaming mode, RGB lighting on the back panel, and a 12MP rear camera.
7. Asus ROG Phone 2
The new Asus ROG Phone 2 brings in subtle refinements and improves almost all aspects of ROG Phone 2. The handset comes with two USB Type-C charging ports and can also fast charge via USB PD using a Macbook Type-C charging adaptor. Features include a 2K AMOLED display with up to 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch refresh rate, powerful stereo speakers, and a massive 6000mAh battery.
This USB PD compatible phone is the first one to employ Snapdragon 855 Plus, which is a slightly overclocked version of the regular Snapdragon 855. This surely seems the most powerful gaming phone out there and should remain so for many more weeks.
8. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
The Galaxy S10 Plus is fueled by Samsung's rather conservative 15W adaptive fast charging, but it also supports 16W USB PD. Of course, you will need to buy a separate USB PD charger as the one bundled in the box isn't compatible with the universal standard.
The Galaxy S10 Plus has a lot to look forward to, but the most impressive aspect is the design. It's easily the most ergonomic phone when compared across similar-feature flagships in 2019. The handset includes triple rear cameras, is powered by 8nm Exynos 9820 in India, has a 4100mAh battery, stereo speakers, and a gorgeous AMOLED display with neat punch-hole cutouts for selfie cameras.
9. Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro was one of the best phones that we saw late last year, and we'd say that it's still a great buy. The handset is compact and light, has an AMOLED display with HDR 10 support, a great set of cameras, and is powered by Huawei's current best Kirin 980 SoC.
The handset supports USB PD fast charging and is fueled by a 4200mAh battery. Of course, the propriety 40W fast charging technology on the phone is a lot more alluring.
10. Honor 20
Honor's affordable flagship, Honor 20 also supports USB PD fast charging. The handset didn't launch at an opportune time as Huawei was caught in the crossfire amidst China and the US trade war and thus didn't gain much traction.
The Honor 20 is a slim and light phone powered by Kirin 980 chipset paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. It has four cameras on the rear and a 32MP front camera. The 3750mAh battery also supports 22.5W fast charging.
11. Nokia 7.1
The Nokia 7.1 is one of the affordable phones that can fast-charge over USB PD. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 636 octa-core chipset and has a 3060mAh battery. The handset can accept up to 17W of fast charging if you have USB PD compliant charging adapter and cable.
Other features include 12MP primary camera, 5.84-inch full HD display, and an 8MP selfie camera. And yes, the Nokia 7.1 is now a bit dated as of today.
12. Google Pixel 4 (Upcoming)
The upcoming Google Pixel 4 is sure to support USB PD charging, though nothing is official as of now. Fuzzy Google Pixel 4 renders were officially showcased by Google and they revealed that Google will be using an additional rear camera in a square camera module this time. Several other unofficial leaks have confirmed the presence of a notch-free continuous display.
We know Google has been working miracles with just one sensor, it would be interesting to see what the Mountainview giant manages to accomplish with the additional hardware.
11 Best phones with USB Power Delivery Fast Charging
These are some of the best available options with USB PD universal fast charging support. Apart from the phones that we have mentioned above, many other QuickCharge 4.0 supported phones are USB power delivery compliant, but not all of them support high wattage fast charging over the standard.
As you can see, Google is the biggest proponent of the fast charging standard and that's all the backing it needs on the Android side of things. Apart from the phones that we have mentioned, the latest iPhones and MacBooks also rely on safe and fast USB PD fast charging. If you think we have missed a phone, let us know in the comment section below.
Top 11 phones that come with USB Power Delivery Fast Charging Support in 2019
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10+||₹69,990|
|Google Pixel 3 and 3XL||₹48,999 ( $649.99 ) / ₹52,990 ( $899.99 )|
|Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL||₹39,799 ( $399.99 ) / ₹44,750 ( $474.99 )|
|Google Pixel 2 and 2XL||₹33,999 ( $222.95 ) / ₹39,999 ( $429.99 )|
|Asus ROG Phone 2||Unknown|
|Asus ROG Phone||₹69,999 ( $899.99)|
|Samsung Galaxy S10+||₹66,990 ( $799.11)|
|Huawei Mate 20 Pro||₹49,990 ( $579.99 )|
|Nokia 7.1||₹14,599 ( $249.00 )|
|Google Pixel 4 (upcoming)||Unkwown|