No open Windows for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology
When the Android powered HTC One M8 was announced we knew it came Quick Charge 2.0 ready and then HTC announced the One M8 for Windows so we assumed the same technology would be compatible, because the hardware is identical to its Android brother. As of right now, this is not the case.
Yesterday, we received a nice pair of chargers with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology on board, but we quickly, or should I say slowly, discovered that Windows Phone devices like the HTC One M8 for Windows are unable to benefit from rapid charging capability we’ve been anxious to see in action. Sure the HTC One M8 for Windows has a Snapdragon 801 processor equipped with Quick Charge 2.0 technology, but it seems that with Windows Phone 8.1 the switch to draw more current from a Quick Charge 2.0 certified charger is disabled. Both Qualcomm and HTC are aware this feature is missing in Windows Phone 8.1 as the product pages for the HTC One M8 for Windows do not have this detail advertised like the Android version.
There are 26 smart devices with either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 or 805 processor and only one of those devices is driven by the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. HTC’s hands are tied as this is a feature Microsoft decided not to add to the core of the user experience. If you are using the HTC One M8 for Windows don’t run to the store to pick up a certified Quick Charge 2.0 charger, because it will only be able to do the work your out-of-the-box charger already does.