Redmi, a subsidiary of the Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi, has made a buzz in the smartphone industry yet again with the announcement of its 300W fast-charging technology. This news comes only four months after the brand first surpassed the 200W threshold, indicating a continued push for even faster charging capabilities.
The company revealed that a modified Redmi Note 12 Discovery smartphone was used to demonstrate the technology in a controlled environment. The device’s 4,100 mAh battery was charged from 0 to 100% in under five minutes, setting a new record in charging speeds.
300W can charge your smartphone in just 5 minutes
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In a video released by Redmi and uploaded by Notebookcheck, more details on the technology were provided. The phone reached 50% charge in just 2 minutes and 11 seconds. While the battery was fully charged in just five minutes. It’s worth noting, however, that the 300W claim falls slightly short. With the smartphone reaching a peak of 290W for about three seconds before reducing to slightly less powerful charging rates. This is due to safety reasons, as 300W is the theoretical maximum the charger and battery can reach.
The adapter for the technology features Double GaN technology and boasts more than 50 safety protections. All while maintaining a compact size, according to Redmi. While the brand did not disclose when consumers can expect to see smartphones with this technology hit the market, it’s clear that Xiaomi is making significant strides in fast-charging capabilities.
The ability to charge a smartphone in a couple of minutes is undoubtedly an attractive feature for many consumers. Especially those who rely heavily on their devices throughout the day. However, it’s essential to consider the potential drawbacks of such fast charging speeds.
For one, charging a battery at such high speeds could result in overheating, which can cause damage to the device. Additionally, frequent use of fast-charging technology can lead to faster battery degradation. Meaning users may need to replace their batteries more frequently than usual.