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4,000mAh in 8 minutes at 200W: How Xiaomi’s fast charging fares against competition?

Xiaomi tweeted a demo of its latest fast charging tech called Hypercharge which can fully charge a modified Mi 11 Pro with a 4,000mAh battery in about eight minutes running at 200W wired. The company also showcased a 120W wireless charging option as well which takes about 15 minutes to juice up the same device. 

It’s uncertain whether or not this charging tech will make it onto a finished product. Chinese companies often compete over battery charging speeds and showcase tech that may not make it to the final product.

In 2018, Xiaomi demonstrated a 100W system that could charge batteries up to 4000mAh in under 17 minutes. Last year’s Mi 10 Ultra could also charge its 4,500mAh battery in 23 minutes at 120W. 

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However, Xiaomi isn’t the only company pushing the limit when it comes to fast charging. Oppo’s VOOC also claimed to charge a 4000mAh battery in 20 minutes at 125W. OnePlus Dash and Warp charging systems are also derived from the same. However, Oppo’s current flagship, the X3 Pro, only charges at 65W. 

While Chinese companies such as Oppo and Xiaomi keep upping the wattage on their fast charge systems, other manufacturers such as Samsung still only offer only up to 45W on their flagships, including the S21 and S20 from the S series. 

On the other hand, Apple has taken an even more conservative approach in its charging tech, with the iPhone 12 still being charged at 20W.

Another thing to note here is that most of these fast-charging methods require either proprietary chargers or cables or both, which means that more often than not, this tech will be used in either homes or offices where you’d have access to said chargers and cables. When out and about or in emergencies where this tech would really shine, users would still have to resort to slower charging speeds.

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