120W fast charging, but you need it?
The Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge is the first phone in India to support 120W fast charging directly out of the box and is only the second phone to be powered by Dimensionity 920 chipset. Although it follows the Mi 10i series from last year, the 11i Hypercharge is actually based on the Redmi Note 11 Pro + which was launched in China in November 2021. We’ve seen that fast-charging is getting faster every year and with the 11i hypercharge Xiaomi has set a benchmark for everyone else to follow this year. What’s more, the price of the phone is at the top of the mid-range segment which makes it a unique offer in the price bracket of Rs 30,000. We took the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge through our simple tests to see how it holds up to the competition and whether the 15-minute charge demands hold up in real life.
Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge Performance Test
The 11i Hypercharge is powered by MediaTek Dimension 920 chipset which has an octa-core CPU and Mali-G68 GPU. It comes with 6GB / 8GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB / 256GB UFS 2.2 storage to choose from. The CPU has two performance cores up to 2.5GHz and six power-efficient cores clocked up to 2.0GHz. It runs on Android 11 based MIUI 12.5 which is set to get MIUI 13 based on Android 12.
In my daily use, the 11i Hypercharge showed no signs of slowing down or slowing down in any interaction. And I haven’t encountered ads on the notification panel, which has been criticized by Xiaomi in the past. Although the phone has some pre-loaded apps including LinkedIn, it is basically cluttered and very fast, thanks to the 120Hz refresh rate.
The 11i Hypercharge performed well on the synthetic benchmark and we compared its statistics with the OnePlus Nord 2, Samsung Galaxy M52 and the only other phone with Dimensity 920, Vivo V23.
On the AnTuTu benchmark, the 11i got a decent score compared to phones like the Hypercharge V23 or Galaxy M52. However, out of the four phones, Nord 2 has been able to get a lead of more than 2 lakh + points. That said, Dimension 920 still manages to capture the Snapdragon 778G on the Galaxy M52 at 11i hypercharge.
We have seen a similar trend in GeekBench single-core and multi-core tests where 11i hypercharge can beat Vivo V23 and go to-to-to with M52 and Nord 2.
Next, we run PCMark workload tests that test the phone’s real-time performance by performing some pre-loaded tasks, such as video editing, image editing, document editing, web browsing, and more. In this test, the 11i Hypercharge has been able to surpass both Nord 2 and V23 which proves that it is much more efficient.
We also conducted a CPU throttling test that tests the CPU to determine if it throttle under extreme work pressure. Here, the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge throttle to 94% of its maximum performance which proves that it is able to run at its full potential while controlling the thermals.
We did the same test but for a long time and this time no thermal throttling was detected which means the phone is providing maximum performance for a long time. The 12600 mm2 steam chamber is capable of rapidly dissipating heat which in turn ensures that the phone stays cool most of the time.
In 3DMark and GFX Bench GPU tests, the 11i Hypercharge got the lowest score among the Nord 2, V23 and Galaxy M52, indicating that this phone is not for serious gamers.
We used the Gamebench metrics to record gameplay sessions to test gaming performance on COD Mobile, BGMI, Asphalt 9 and more. The 11i Hypercharge drives COD Mobile at 60FPS with 96% stability and very high frame rate in medium graphic quality. Sadly, this is the highest quality supported by the Dimension 920 chip on COD mobiles while I haven’t encountered it in other games like BGMI and PUBG New State.
On the Asphalt 9, the Gamebench recorded 30FPS at 94% stability, and the BGMI runs at 40FPS with 98% stability, which is quite great and competitive.
While these numbers may not tell you the whole story, they are enough to prove that the 11i Hypercharge is a great phone to use in your daily life. However, if you expect too much from it like an intensive gaming experience, you are bound to be disappointed.
Xiaomi 11i hypercharge battery and charging test
The 11i Hypercharge has a reputation for claiming its 4,500mAh battery which supports 120W fast charging and Xiaomi claims that it can fully charge in just 15 minutes.
Now we put that claim to the test and, surprisingly, the 11i hypercharge did not survive the hype. But there is more to it than meets the eye. Out of the box, the first time I charged this phone 0-100% without enabling internet or logging in to Google account, it took 15 minutes to fully charge. However, my next attempt to charge this phone from 0-100 took about 20 minutes on average. When switched on, the 11i hypercharge takes 19 minutes to go from 0-100% which is still groundbreaking. It was set to a maximum brightness with 120Hz refresh rate and always-on display enabled. I discharged the battery deep on the phone again for the second round and this time it took 21 minutes to go from 0-100% when the 11i hypercharge stopped.
Xiaomi’s claim is true but only with parameters set in lab conditions where your phone does not need to be connected to the internet or logged in to a Google account. While most buyers won’t end up charging the phone, the results we’ve found still put the 11i Hypercharge at the forefront of fast-charging bandwagon.
11i Hypercharge takes an average of 17-24 minutes to fully charge while on or off. Now, while charging it some serious increase and effect can be felt only when you use this phone as your daily driver.
For battery life, you can expect a day’s worth of time listening to music, watching videos on YouTube, occasionally playing games, using social media apps, making video calls and much more.
Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge Camera Review
The Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge is backed by a 108MP camera with a f / 1.9 with a triple camera setup on the back and an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro camera. The rear camera can record up to 60FPS in 4K UHD and 1080p.
Of the three cameras, the main 108MP camera is capable of producing some decent pictures that are accurate and detailed in color. During the day and in adequate lighting conditions, you will be able to get some good images from the primary sensor with a good dynamic range, texture and natural depth of field effect. We’ve also noticed some spooky effects in front-facing images, but they’re rare and shouldn’t be a problem for most users.
That said, the phone fails to take pictures at night or in low light. Although the main camera manages to increase brightness and detail in night mode, it does not come as normal and you may notice signs of worn-out post-processing.
The ultra-wide camera gives average results with sharp images in the center. But as you tend to move away from the center, there is little sharpness and noticeable barrel distortion. Also, the color tones between the main camera and the ultra-wide camera do not match exactly and it is never slightly dull and warm.
Similarly, the 2MP macro camera can go very close to the subject but the result is full of granules and sometimes it becomes difficult to focus on the subject.
Overall, the camera stack on the 11i Hypercharge is decent and nothing groundbreaking. Its performance is similar to other phones in this segment, sometimes good and sometimes bad. That said, it’s common across these price points and if great cameras are a priority you might have to look elsewhere.
Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge build and design
The back of the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge has a plastic build with an anti-glare matte finish which means you don’t have to clean the back from fingerprints and stains. However, the matte finish is only available with Stealth Black, Camo Green and Purple Mist colors while Pacific Parle has a bright gradient finish. The phone has flat edges that are not sharp and has a comfortable grip.
I like the build, design and in-hand feel of the 11i Hypercharge. It is 8.3 mm thin and weighs 204 grams which does not feel heavy on the hands. It is safe to say that you can use this phone without engaging in activities like gaming or watching movies.
The rear panel has a large extended camera module with three sensors with an LED flash. The design of this camera module makes it sway when placed on a flat surface which is a little more than my choice.
Xiaomi 11i hypercharge display
The Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge has a 6.67-inch Full HD + (2400×1080 pixels) resolution AMOLED display that offers up to 120Hz refresh rate and a small punch-hole notch cutout for a 16MP selfie camera.
The 11i Hypercharge display is great for watching videos or movies and you can expect a immersive experience from the big and vibrant screen. Since the punch-hole notch cutout is very small, it does not spoil the viewing experience and the screen can be really bright, even outside and in sunlight.
Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge sets a new benchmark with its 120W fast charging solution that is able to top up the phone’s battery in no time. Although Xiaomi claims that it takes 15 minutes to fully charge the phone, in reality, it is not a consistent speed and often it does not take more than 15 minutes to fully charge. That being said, this is still the fastest charging phone you can get your hands on in India right now which makes it a great purchase for people who demand better battery life and faster charging speeds. The long-term effect of fast charging on a 11i hypercharge battery is something we will only see in the long run, but for now, the feature works well, not as advertised.
Also, the display is really good in my opinion for everyday use and you will enjoy crisp details with HDR10 playback support. It is paired with stereo speakers which can be loud and appreciate the viewing experience. The build and design of this phone is also good and it feels comfortable and light in hand. However, the cameras on this phone are very simple and you shouldn’t expect a groundbreaking camera performance as it is on par with the competition.
Overall, 120W Fast Charging remains the only highlighting feature of the 11i Hypercharge and if you are someone looking for a phone with fast charging speed, you can’t go wrong with the 11i Hypercharge.