Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge review

Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge review : Smartphone with 120W fast charging

Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge is a smartphone with an incredible 120W charging speed, but that’s not all it has to offer. It features a superb Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 108MP main camera and a stunning design.

The “i” in the name means “innovation”, apparently, Xiaomi decided to start the year with a smartphone, with a unique ultra-fast charging technology. The question is, how important is this feature for buyers?

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Specifications of Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge

Screen6.67 inch Super AMOLED, 120Hz, 2400×1080 resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 395ppi pixel density
CPUMediaTek Dimensity 920 5G (6nm): Octa-core (2×2.5GHz Cortex-A78 + 6×2.0GHz Cortex-A55)
GraphicsMali-G68 MC4
RAM6/8 GB
Inner memory128/256 GB
System and softwareAndroid 11, MIUI 12.5
Front camera16 MP, f/2.5, wide-angle
Main camera108 MP, f/1.9, wide-angle, 26 mm, dual pixel PDAF + 8 MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide angle, 120˚ + 2 MP, f/2.4, macro
Video recordingMain: [email protected], [email protected]/60/120fps, [email protected] Front: 1080p at 30 fps
Communication and connectionsWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, USB Type-C 2.0, USB On -The Go
networksGSM/HSPA/LTE/5G
Sound and audioStereo speakers, 3.5 mm
Sensors and featuresFingerprint scanner (side), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass
BatteryLi-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable, fast charging 120 W
ColorsBlack, white, green, blue, rose gold
materialsCorning Gorilla Glass 5 front, glass back, plastic side bezels
Dimensions and weight163.7×76.2×8.3mm, 204g
PriceStarts from 26,999
Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge review

Design and appearance

The sides of the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge are flat, like the iPhone 13 , it looks good, but is more suitable for compact smartphones.

Holding a 6.7-inch phone with pointed sides is not very comfortable. In addition, the device is heavy (204 grams), so it is difficult to use it with one hand. Since the phone is heavy, it gives the impression of a premium-level model, although the sides are made of plastic.

The back cover is covered with glass, it feels good in the hands and looks great. The fingerprint scanner is on the side of the 11i HyperCharge, like other recent Xiaomi models.

SIM card slot at the bottom: you can install either two SIMs, or one SIM and one microSDXC. On the top side there is an infrared port, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a speaker with support for Dolby Audio technology. The case has IP53 splash protection, so a little rain will not harm the smartphone.

Smartphone screen

Besides charging, one of the main advantages of the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge is the display, a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and Full HD+ resolution.

The screen is huge, so it’s perfect for gaming and watching content. There is support for HDR10 + technology, all colors look amazing. Widevine L1 support allows you to enjoy movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime in Full HD quality.

I am also glad that the hole for the front camera is located in the middle of the upper part of the screen, it is very small and practically does not distract.

Cameras 11i HyperCharge

On the back of the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge, there are three cameras: a 108MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro lens. The front camera shoots at a resolution of 16 megapixels.

Despite the huge resolution of 108 MP, the main lens is a little disappointing – Xiaomi has been using it in its models for almost two years. It seems that the Chinese company still cannot realize its full potential.

The dynamic range of the photos is wide, but the detail is lacking, especially when the image is enlarged. The sharpness also seems over the top and the colors are pale. Surprisingly, even last year's Redmi Note 10 Pro Max felt better.

Probably, the image processors in the chipsets from Qualcomm and MediaTek are different, so the quality is different. Or Xiaomi has not yet had time to fully optimize the relatively new Dimensity 920.

The 11i HyperCharge’s ultra-wide-angle camera isn’t bad, but it also lacks detail, which, given its 8MP resolution, isn’t surprising. This seems to be one of those aspects that Xiaomi had to save on for the sake of ultra-fast charging technology.

The 2-megapixel macro lens also shows the savings, although most of the latest competitor models had a resolution of 5 megapixels.

Software

Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge runs on Android 11 operating system with MIUI 12.5 shell.

The optimized software here is excellent – all applications start instantly, there are no lags. There are also few unnecessary and advertising applications, although a few still remain. In 2022, it is quite possible to recommend a smartphone on MIUI for purchase, now there are few ads and bloated software.

Component performance

As a processor, the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge smartphone uses MediaTek Dimensity 920, made using a 6-nm process technology.

The chipset has eight cores: two Cortex-A78 clocked at 2.5 GHz and six Cortex-A55 clocked at 2.0 GHz. RAM can be 6 or 8 GB depending on the build, and the internal storage capacity is 128/256 GB.

All smartphone tasks are performed quickly, but for games Dimensity 920 is not the best option. Modern games like Genshin Impact will experience frequent frame drops when the graphics settings are set to high. In the same price segment, there’s the OnePlus Nord 2 on the Dimensity 1200, which is much more suited to mobile gaming.

Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge autonomy and charging

Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge not only charges quickly, but also works for a long time on a single charge thanks to a 4500 mAh battery.

Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge review
One charge is enough for a whole day of intensive use of a smartphone, you definitely won’t need an external battery. Included is a 120W adapter that should charge the device up to 100% in just 15 minutes - according to Xiaomi.

In fact, this turned out to be an exaggeration, because the full restoration of energy takes about 20 minutes. Some models with 65W charging support charge in just half an hour, so you could expect something more revolutionary. But 20 minutes is still very fast, and a few years ago one could only dream of such a thing.

In 10 minutes, 11i HyperCharge charges to 70%, although this requires enabling Boost Mode. It uses the maximum possible power, but the phone heats up noticeably. Strange, but the mode is disabled by default, and you need to look for it deep in the settings.

Moreover, when you turn on Boost Mode, a notification appears on the display that the function can heat up the device. Xiaomi’s foresight pleases, but it is not clear why disable the main function, for which many people decide to buy this model at all. Not everyone knows that there is a special mode in the settings that activates the maximum speed.

Without Boost Mode, the smartphone charges in 25 minutes, which is 10 minutes more than the promised time. Buyers who are not aware of this mode may feel cheated. With this charging speed, there are concerns about battery life, but Xiaomi has taken care of everything.

As many as 34 security features have been added to the 11i HyperCharge, and Xiaomi has collaborated with TÜV Rheinland so that the device has passed many different tests. The battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity after 800 charge cycles (about 2 years), so there shouldn’t be any problems.

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Outcome

The Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge is part of the relatively new “i” lineup in which Xiaomi is trying various advanced technologies. This time, a 120W ultra-fast charger has been added, capable of charging a smartphone in just 20 minutes.

Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge review

The smartphone also has an excellent Super AMOLED display with a diagonal of 6.67 inches and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Otherwise, the device is slightly inferior to competitors – not the most powerful Dimensity 920 is used as a processor, and the cameras have not been updated for a long time.

Is it worth buying

11i HyperCharge from Xiaomi 11i is worth buying if you constantly do not have time to recharge your phone – just 10 minutes of charging will give you enough for the whole day of use. The rest of the smartphone is quite normal for its price.


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