Xiaomi has shown off its latest fast charging tech demo, and consequently is claiming the new world records for both wired and wireless charging speeds. Using a modified Mi 11 Pro with a 4,000mAh battery, Xiaomi says itâ€™s able to fully charge the phone in 8 minutes over a 200W wired â€śHyperChargeâ€ť system, or in 15 minutes with 120W wireless charging.
Charging speeds are a frequent battleground for Chinese smartphone companies, who often release demonstrations of breakthroughs that may or may not show up in final products. Two years ago, for example, Xiaomi announced a 100W system that could charge a 4,000mAh battery in 17 minutes, while last yearâ€™s Mi 10 Ultra filled up in 23 minutes at 120W â€” though it did have a bigger 4,500mAh battery.
Oppo is another leader in this field, with its VOOC technology forming the basis of OnePlusâ€™ Dash and Warp fast charging systems. Last year it demonstrated a 4,000mAh-in-20-minutes 125W system, though that was more than a year after Xiaomiâ€™s supposedly faster 100W announcement, and the excellent current flagship Find X3 Pro charges at â€śonlyâ€ť 65W.
You can see Xiaomiâ€™s latest effort here:
Charge up to 100% in just 8 minutes using wired charging and 15 minutes wirelessly! #XiaomiHyperCharge
Too good to be true? Check out the timer yourself! #InnovationForEveryone pic.twitter.com/muBTPkRchl
â€” Xiaomi (@Xiaomi) May 31, 2021
Progress is always welcome, and the thought of being able to fully charge a phone in eight minutes is certainly appealing. Itâ€™s worth noting, though, that these fast-charge systems always require proprietary chargers and cables, so theyâ€™ll mostly be used at home rather than in the emergency situations where they might be most useful. Ultimately, any given phoneâ€™s ability to make it through the day on its own juice will continue to be the more important factor for a while.