The USB-IF Forum, which is responsible for the development and implementation of USB interface standards, has just announced that Samsung’s latest Galaxy S20 series of smartphones is the first USB fast charging device to be certified by the organization. To be certified, a given device must support the programmable features mentioned in the USB Power Delivery (USB PD) 3.0 specification, known as the PPS feature.
In theory, this means Samsung devices can be used with a wider range of USB PD-certified charging heads. In addition, the technology not only allows smartphones to charge faster, but also better manages heat during charging.
USB-IF wants USB fast charger certification to improve “reusability and sharing characteristics” between all compatible devices, including charging heads, reducing waste of e-waste while paving the way for a better user experience.
“The Galaxy S20 family is certified to the USB PD Fast Charge Standard, which means that the devices meet the highest standards in the industry,” Kisun Lee, vice president of Power Solutions at Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.
It considers a convenient user experience to deliver the most important value, and ensures interoperability across devices and an optimized charging experience through robust and secure USB PD standards.
The Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus models are known to support 25W wired fast charging, while the Galaxy S20 Ultra models support 45W ultra-fast charging. Interested friends can snap up Galaxy S20 products starting at $1,000 early next month.