Xiaomi’s first non-flagship device of the year features fast charging technology that has never been seen on mainstream smartphones. The Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge is equipped with 120 watt fast charging, making it the fastest charging device on the market today. But what about the display, build, camera, and overall smartphone experience?
I spent 48 hours with the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge, and here are my first impressions.
Design and display
The Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge features a 6.67-inch Full HD + 120Hz AMOLED display with a perforated cutout to house the 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The 11i Hypercharge lacks the adaptive sync variable refresh rate that was present on its predecessor, the Mi 10i. The new smartphone can only switch between 60Hz and 120Hz, but its 360Hz touch sample rate is still fast and responsive, if not as granular.
Brightness peaks at 1,200 nits, with typical brightness rated at 700 nits. It has been raining in Delhi for two days so I did not have a chance to test the readability in direct sunlight, however, the screen works well indoors, and you will enjoy reading and watching content on it.
As a somewhat unique feature, it comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you can plug in your favorite wired headphones – I love using my AKG K371-BT for Spotify sessions. If you’re more of the speaker type, there’s good news for you too, since the 11i sports two speakers.
The phone screen is under the protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It features a glass body with a frosted back panel on my Camo Green review unit. It doesn’t attract stains as easily as shiny glass backs and feels premium in the hand. The power button is on the right edge next to the volume rockers above. The fingerprint sensor, which works very well, is integrated into the power button and is easily accessible. The power button also allows you to double-tap to perform actions or take a screenshot.
The 204 gram weight should be noted if you hold your phone longer. The smartphone is rated IP53, which means it is protected against dust and water spray does not compromise its capabilities, but you cannot take it to the beach with you.
Overall it feels solid in the hand and having an IP rating gives me confidence as a user. You also have an infrared sensor to control your home appliances, which could be a godsend for changing channels when the cafe you’re sitting in is playing music you don’t like on TV. Another increasingly rare feature for phones in the US market is infrared blasters.
Specifications and performance
Coming to the raw prowess, the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge is powered by the Dimensity 920 system on a chip with VC liquid cooling. It is paired with 6GB / 8GB RAM and 128GB / 256GB UFS 2.2 storage. The specs on the page translate to decent day-to-day performance, but I noticed a few drops in UI frames during my time with the device. However, there is no delay to worry about. It works under Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 Enhanced in addition.
The optics of the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge are presented by a Samsung HM2 108MP sensor with a pixel size of 0.7μm. It offers fast phase detection autofocus solution and pixel clustering technology to capture images. Like I said before, it’s been raining in my house for two days so I couldn’t go out and take any pictures on the phone, but indoor performance is average. You also get an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera and 2MP macro shooter, which I haven’t been able to take advantage of either.
Battery and charge
The smartphone packs a 4,500mAh battery under the hood that supports 120W fast charging, and surprisingly (for 2022) we get the fast charger in the box. Xiaomi claims to be able to charge the Hypercharge 11i from zero to full in 15 minutes. But as you can guess, these stats are for ideal conditions.
With the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on and the screen turned off, I managed to get it from 9% to 100% in 17 minutes and 50 seconds. The device didn’t heat up much, but notably the ambient temperature in Delhi was around 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit), so I wouldn’t expect much overheating just yet. I’ll also be discussing the details of fast charging and safety standards in a separate story coming soon.
All in all, the fast charge feature is blazingly fast, but battery drain on standby means so much that it didn’t last for more than a day. but I’m still only 48 hours away so that might improve over time and as the phone optimizes apps for battery.
A solid device
So far, the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge appears to be a solid mid-range device with some cool features, although the 120W fast charging hasn’t been a game-changer so far, and battery life could be expected. to be better. However, it is too early to tell if it will be better or worse than other devices in the same price range. This judgment will come after a more complete analysis.
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