Xiaomi on Wednesday, September 15, hosted an online event where it launched new variants of the 11 series, consisting of the 11 Lite 5G NE, 11T, and the headlining 11T Pro. These are the company’s first global line of phones to drop the long-running “Mi” branding from its name.
The 11T Pro features Xiaomi’s proprietary HyperCharge technology, a 120-watt (W) wired charging solution that Xiaomi claims can juice up the phone’s 5,000mAh battery from zero to 100% in just 17 minutes.
If we’re measuring speed by voltage alone, this is supposedly the fastest charging solution to ever be implemented on a commercially released phone. To put it into perspective, the original Mi 11 caps at 67W. Oppo has a 125W wired charging solution, but we have yet to see it implemented in a mass market handset.
Xiaomi’s 120W fast charging technology debuted on the Mi 10 Ultra and was later included on the Mix 4, which was recently launched in China. It’s nice to see Xiaomi implementing it in more of its phones, given how it’s already working on an improved 200W wired charging solution.
For those worried that such a feature could only accelerate the degradation of the battery, Xiaomi told The Verge that it only observed a 20% battery capacity loss after 800 charging cycles, which equals about two years worth of use.
The 11T also has a 5,000mAh battery, but it’s max charging voltage caps at 67W, the same as the Mi 11.
Maximizing the longevity of the 11T and 11T Pro’s functionality could prove to be a worthwhile task since Xiaomi also announced that it plans to extend Android software support for its phones starting with the 11T series. The two phones will receive three generations of Android system upgrades and four years of security patches.
What’s good about this is that the 11T series can enjoy more software-based features down the line and be able to stay protected longer than usual, thereby allowing people who own these phones to hold onto them longer.
Android phones typically only get two to three years of software support. After that, they could possibly stop receiving security patches, making them vulnerable to attacks from hackers.
For cameras, the 11T and the 11T Pro ship with identical 108MP f/1.75 wide-angle cameras, 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle cameras, and the 5MP f/2.4 telemacro cameras. The only difference between the two’s cameras: the 11T Pro can record videos in 8K resolution and HDR10+ format while the 11T tops out at 4K.
The chipsets of the two phones are different as well, with the 11T and the 11T Pro housing a Dimensity 1200 and Snapdragon 888 respectively.
Both similarly have 6.67-inch, 120Hz AMOLED displays with a punch-hole notch aligned to the center; 16MP f/2.5 selfie cameras; and 128GB and 256GB storage options. The two also come with 8GB of RAM, though the 11T Pro also has a 12GB option.
Alongside the two, the 11 Lite 5G NE was also announced. This is the sleeker, lightweight alternative of the Mi 11. It features a 6.55-inch, 90Hz display; a 64MP triple-rear camera setup; a Snapdragon 778G chipset; a 4,250mAh battery with 33W fast charging, and 5G connectivity.
Local release date and pricing have yet to be revealed. – Rappler.com
Kyle Chua writes about gadgets and games at Rappler, and at his own site, SolidStateNow.
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