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Xiaomi's new 80W wireless charging tops up a 4,000mAh battery under 20 minutes

Get up to 50% juice in just over eight minutes.

Published onOctober 19, 2020

  • Xiaomi has announced its new 80W wireless charging tech.
  • It promises to top-up a 4,000mAh battery in just 19 minutes.
  • There’s no word on when the tech will become commercial, but we expect it on the next Mi flagships.

Xiaomi is stepping up its wireless charging game. The company has announced a new 80W wireless charging solution that promises to top-up a 4,000mAh battery in just 19 minutes. Need a quick charge? Xiaomi says you can get up to 50% in just over 8 minutes and 10% in just one minute.

Xiaomi’s previous record for fast wireless charging was 50W introduced on the Mi 10 Ultra. When we tested the tech in our review of the phone, we came off pretty impressed and managed to have a 4,500mAh battery charge in just over 40 minutes. As such, we’re looking forward to what 80W charging can do on upcoming Xiaomi phones.

A known tipster recently revealed that smartphones with 100W wireless charging could be a thing in 2021. Given that Xiaomi has already reached 80W, the goal of 100W wireless charging doesn’t seem impossible. Xiaomi hasn’t revealed any timeline for when we can expect to see the new wireless charging tech in action, but it would most likely showcase it on the next Mi flagships, aka the Mi 11 series, early next year.

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Meanwhile, there’s still the question of battery degradation with such high-speed charging solutions. We haven’t tested this ourselves, but OPPO, one of the other major players using fast wired charging, itself admitted that its 125W charging solution brings down battery capacity to 80% after 800 charging cycles. We’ll have to wait and see how Xiaomi and other phone manufacturers address this issue.

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