Xiaomi has shown its latest fast charging tech demo, thus claiming the new world records for both wired and wireless charging speeds. Using a modified Mi 11 Pro with a 4000mAh battery, Xiaomi says it can fully charge the phone in 8 minutes via a 200W wired “HyperCharge” system, or in 15 minutes with 120W wireless charging.
Charging speeds are often a battleground for Chinese smartphone companies, often providing demonstrations of breakthroughs that may or may not appear in final products. For example, two years ago Xiaomi announced a 100W system that could charge a 4,000mAh battery in 17 minutes, while last year’s Mi 10 Ultra was loaded with 120W in 23 minutes, although it does have a larger 4,500mAh battery. had.
Oppo is another leader in this area, with its VOOC technology forming the basis of OnePlus’ Dash and Warp fast charging systems. Last year it showcased a 4,000mAh in 20-minute 125W system, though that was more than a year after Xiaomi’s supposedly faster 100W announcement, and the excellent current flagship Find X3 Pro charges at “just” 65W. .
You can see Xiaomi’s latest effort here:
Progress is always welcome, and the thought of fully charging a phone in eight minutes certainly appeals. However, it is worth noting that these fast charging systems always require their own chargers and cables, so they will usually be used at home rather than in the emergency situations where they can be most useful. Ultimately, a particular phone’s ability to get through the day on its own juice will remain the most important factor for a while.