Can you fully charge your phone in 8 minutes? Xiaomi says it can

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We are all now familiar with quick charging, fast charging and even super charging when it comes to smartphones, but what bout hyper charging? Well this is the newly showcased charging technology from Xiaomi . The Chinese company shared a video on its official Twitter page demoing the charging capabilities it has developed on a modified mi 11 Pro, which features a 4 000mAh battery.

The battery went from zero percent capacity to fully charged in eight minutes via wired charging, with the wireless version taking a little under twice that amount of time at 15 minutes. The key difference as to why the wired version is twice as fast is the fact that it delivers 200 watts of charging power compared to 120 watts on the wireless version.

It seems like rapid charging is an area that Chinese smartphone makers in particular are focused, with the likes of Huawei and Oppo also revealing their own versions of the technology to varying degrees of success.

Oppo in particular has been punting its charging technology, which we recently saw in action in the Reno5 5G that was launched locally earlier in the year. Serving up a fully charged battery in 36 minutes it is not a threat to Xiaomi’s HyperCharge demo, but it does showcase that the technology is not limited only to the flagship phone arena.

We have also seen the standard USB Type-C standard support 240W charging, so the eight minutes that Xiaomi is touting could be shaved down to even less sometime down the line.

For now, however, it remains to be seen whether Xiaomi will bring this technology to market, as it will require its own proprietary charger and cable to come to fruition. There is the small matter of battery degradation and life span to take into account, which is something that fast charging heavily impacts.

Either way it looks like Xiaomi us trying to push the boat out as far as possible with its new HyperCharge functionality.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.