Fast charging has become the most important component for today’s flagship handsets. The recently-released iPhone X and iPhone 8 are Apple’s first smartphones to support fast charging with USB-C, while Android phones have it for even longer. However, a recent study by Tom’s Guide shows that iPhone X and iPhone 8 both cannot go head-to-head with Android devices in terms of fast charging capabilities.

Tom’s Guide

The testing was performed using included fast charging accessories with the OnePlus 5T, LG V30, Google Pixel 2, and Galaxy Note 8. For the iPhone X and iPhone, Tom’s Guide tested using Apple’s 29-watt wall adapter and a USB-C to Lightning cable.

At first, the handsets went under test for 30 minutes of charge time. The OnePlus came on top, reaching 59% in 30 minutes. On second was the LG V30 at 53%. The iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus reached 50 percent, 49 percent, and 47 percent, respectively.

After that, Tom’s Guide tested fast charging for 60 minutes. Results were not different from the first test, with OnePlus 5T again on the top with 93%,  the V30 at 86 percent, the iPhone X at 81 percent, the iPhone 8 at 80 percent, and the iPhone 8 Plus at 79 percent.

One thing to note here is that though you have to spend extra bucks to get the fast charging capabilities in the first place, Apple’s recently-released trio lag behind the competing Android flagships. While the difference may be minimal to some, it does show that Apple needs to work on its fast charging capabilities in order to compete with Android flagships.


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