How fast do you need to charge your phone? 30 minutes, 20 minutes, is that not enough? Well, Xiaomi’s 11i Hypercharge variant promises to take your phone from 1 to 100% in just 15 minutes. The phone’s USP is 120W fast charging, which the brand first introduced in India.
But how does the phone work otherwise? And how does that compare to what is already on the market? Here is our opinion:
Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge Specifications: 6.67-inch Full HD + display, 120Hz refresh rate | Mediatek 920 Dimensions | 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM + 128 GB of storage | 108MP + 8MP + 2MP camera + 16MP camera | 4500 mAh battery with 120W fast charge | MIUI 12.5 with Android 11
Xiaomi 11i hypercharge price in India: Rs 26,999 for the 6 GB option; Rs 28,999 for 8 GB of RAM
Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge review: what is good?
The battery of the Hypercharge variant is 4500mAh. It took about two or three movies, downloading games, etc. to reduce that to zero percent. 120W phone charging is not enabled by default. You need to go to phone settings> battery and enable Boost charging speed. The phone will have a notification showing it when the feature is activated. In addition, the words “120 W load” will appear in yellow. If they appear in blue, it means accelerated charging is not activated.
Without fast charging, the phone went from zero to 75% in about 15 minutes, which is frankly enough for most users. But I completely drained the battery to zero percent and then started charging. The phone went to 80% after 15 minutes and 100% in about 5 minutes.
Xiaomi says the battery needs to be at 1% for it to reach 100% in 15 minutes. Always. a phone reaching 100% in just 20 minutes from scratch is very fast. Interestingly, when accelerated charging is enabled, Xiaomi will display a notice that it will cause the device to heat up. And yes, the phone is heating up.
Xiaomi also claims that fast charging will not destroy your device’s battery life. It claims that the phone’s battery will retain its maximum capacity at 80% even after 800 of these quick charge cycles. Now, if this is actually true, this is something that can only be determined after very long term use. But at least you have the option of turning it off and sticking to a steady fast charge, which is frankly enough.
The 4,500mAh battery should be enough for most users to get through the day. Like I said, it took me a while to drain the battery even with playing movies etc. But I wasn’t running resource-intensive games on the device, so results may vary for those who play them longer.
I liked the ‘Camo Green’ color variant. On the one hand, it only appears green depending on when and how the light hits it. In fact, when I unboxed it the device looked black and I had to check the color on the box. The shades of black and green are very well rendered. The back has a matte finish, although it is prone to fingerprints.
The overall design of the device is compact. But the camera module protrudes. Nonetheless, the phone itself is easy to use and space-saving. Xiaomi has managed to keep the headphone jack on it, which many users will appreciate. There are two speakers, one on the top and one on the bottom. The fingerprint reader is integrated into the power button. It works with precision and speed for the most part.
The 6.67-inch OLED display has a refresh rate of 120Hz. The maximum brightness is 1200nits and the display works well. I had to increase the light on one of the few sunny days we had in January. But the display is readable in direct sunlight. I watched two movies on Netflix during the week and it was a pleasant experience. The audio that has Dolby Atmos, high resolution audio certification was also nice. I had to turn up the volume while watching the movies though.
The phone is powered by the MediaTek 920 Dimensity chipset, and the 8GB RAM + 128GB version performed flawlessly during my week-long review. I had games like Genshin Impact, Asphalt 9 which all worked without any issues on the device.
The camera of the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge is a bit hit and miss. The main camera itself is quite good and the results are nice. Night mode also delivers good results, with photos retaining detail allowing you to keep the phone and object in focus. Yes, some colors like reds and greens are more saturated, but photos are crisp and detailed enough. Portraits and skin tones are also nice, although the red undertone is hard to ignore in some photos. However, macro and ultra-wide cameras are nothing short of disappointing.
Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge review: what’s wrong?
This segment of Xiaomi is meant to be about the premium experience. But I don’t appreciate unnecessary notifications from the GetApps feature (third party app store). Yes, MIUI 12.5 allows users to remove other unnecessary apps, but not GetApps. I have disabled the ads and the “Glance” feature when setting up the phone. Guess that saved me from further notifications.
But Xiaomi has to work to ensure a cleaner experience, especially if they want to project the device as premium. Additionally, this phone is still running Android 11 which is not so good for 2022. However, Xiaomi has promised that it will get MIUI 13 once it starts rolling out.
The macro camera just failed to impress. Usually these work well in direct sunlight and photos are acceptable. But with the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge, the macro camera struggled to get the right colors. He wouldn’t concentrate either. Also, some of the photos I took looked burnt with both the macro and the regular camera. A pink flower, for example, appears white in the photo.
The ultra-wide camera is also disappointing, given that the mode doesn’t really add much to photos. The color gamut is off, details are missing, and other than a wider angle you really don’t get much here.
Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge review: Verdict
Xiaomi’s ‘i’ series has always tried to offer new technology at a slightly more affordable price. For example, last year’s Mi 10i had a 108MP camera and started at Rs 20,999. With the Xiaomi 11i the prices have definitely gone up, since it now starts at Rs 24,999 for the non-Hypercharge version. This has a fast charge of 67W. The Hypercharge variant starts at Rs 26,999 for 6GB RAM, while the 8GB RAM option costs Rs 28,999.
The Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge has good performance, great battery life and of course, that super fast charging. But the camera felt like an overall disappointment. I had higher expectations here. If you are considering this series, the Xiaomi 11i will suit most users. Both phones have similar specifications. Not everyone really needs a 120W fast charge. But for those who want to brag that their phone charges in just 15 minutes, this is your main choice right now.