MediaTek's Pump Express 3.0 charges a smartphone from 0 to 70 in 20 minutes

The Taiwanese chipmaker's new battery solution looks promising, but will only be available at the end of the year.

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Those hour-long waits to get your phone charged enough to leave the house may soon be a thing of the past -- if your smartphone is powered by a new MediaTek processor, that is.

MediaTek says its new processors will allow users to charge their phones from 0 percent battery to 70 percent in 20 minutes. The feature, called Pump Express 3.0, will only be available at the end of the year, and will be available on the MediaTek Helio P20 and future smartphone chipsets.

The Taiwanese company also claims its USB-C charging technology is the first in the world to directly charge the battery, bypassing charging circuitry to avoid overheating the phone.

MediaTek doesn't provide the only fast charging solution available. Its rival, Qualcomm, developed Quick Charge 3.0, which claims an 80 percent charge in 35 minutes. Phone manufacture Oppo also has its own superfast charging tech, which it claims can fully charge its phones in 15 minutes.

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