It was not that long ago when charging your phone from 0% to 100% in less than three hours felt so fast and a time saver. Now, that kind of charging speed is borderline a dealbreaker when searching for a new smartphone.
Most manufacturers are embracing at least 30W charging speeds for their entry-level smartphones that would typically fill a 5,000 mAh battery in an hour or slightly less than an hour and a half for bigger batteries or slower chargers.
For those who love fast charging, 67W chargers on eligible smartphones would take your device from 0% to 100% in around 30 minutes or so. But still, there are companies pushing past these charging speeds with incredible innovative smartphones.
For a commercially available smartphone, the iQOO 10 Pro has held the record of the fasting charging smartphone for the better part of 2022. The device supports an incredible 200W fast charging system that can fill its 4,700 mAh battery in just 12 minutes.
While this is highly impressive, Xiaomi has gone a step further by revealing a 210W fast-charging system that fills a 4,000 mAh battery in an astonishing 8 minutes. Now, 4700 mAh is obviously bigger than 4,000 mAh, but when adjusted for capacity, Xiaomi still comes out in front, and now boasts the fastest-charging smartphone that is available to the public for purchase.
Xiaomi is not new to this superfast charging business. Back in 2021, they achieved 200W fast charging on the Mi 11 Pro. However, the specific model they used was not made available to the public. OPPO is another notable player in this space, achieving 240W in their development, but just like Xiaomi in 2021, OPPO’s 240W fast-charging smartphone did not make its way to the public.
This time around, the Chinese company has still used a customized Mi 11 Pro with the Xiaomi MDY-13-EU charging adapter to achieve the record-breaking speed. The MDY-13-EU charger has also got a 3C certification, hinting that it will make its way to the public in the coming months. Which device it first launches with is still up in the air, but the Redmi Note 12 series is a good bet.
Finally, with the EU harmonizing smartphones to use USB-C charging starting in 2024, it might not be long before we see other manufacturers start benefiting from these high charging speeds being pioneered by Xiaomi, iQOO, OPPO and the like.