Xiaomi has pulled the curtains back on HyperCharge, its latest fast-charging technology, touting that it can take a phone’s battery from 0% to 100% in less than 10 minutes.
In a video posted on social media on 31 May 2021, the Chinese electronics giant showed how a custom-built Mi 11 Pro, housing a 4,000mAh battery, juiced up to 10% in 44 seconds, 50% in three minutes and 100% in 8 minutes using a 200W wired charger. Meanwhile, the same phone is shown off charging to 10% in 1 minute, 50% in 7 minutes and 100% in 15 minutes on a 120W wireless charger.
The new fast-charging solution breaks Xiaomi’s own 100W fast wired charging record from 2019 that saw it charge a similar 4,000mAh battery in about 17 minutes. It also beats OPPO’s 125W flash charge solution, which can refill the same battery to 41% in 5 minutes and 100% in 20 minutes.
However, it’s worth mentioning that it might take a while before this solution starts popping up in Xiaomi’s phones. As XDA Developers notes, the highest Xiaomi has gone in a phone is a 120W charging solution, and it’s only available on the Mi 10 Ultra.
The company later decided to drop this feature off of its newer releases, including its current flagship, the Mi 11 Ultra, as it can reportedly reduce the lifespan of a battery as time passes. Instead, the Mi 11 Ultra has a 67W fast-charging solution for both wired and wireless charging. It can fully charge the phone in about 36 minutes, which is quite far from the numbers seen in the HyperCharge video.
Another thing worth pointing out is that once these fast-charging solutions are implemented, they are likely to require proprietary chargers and cables. Users won’t be able to use pre-existing cables to hit the numbers the company is advertising unless the accessories provided in the box support it.
Xiaomi has not shared any details when or on what device this new solution will be implemented and it seems that we’ll most likely not be seeing this in upcoming devices any time soon, but one can always hope.
Written by Kyle Chua