A major issue for smartphone manufacturers, the charging speed should reach a new milestone. Several brands of the BBK Electronics group (Oppo, OnePlus, Realme) plan to offer a load of 125 W on their future smartphones.
Chinese smartphone makers have been trying to push the limits when it comes to fast charging for several months. An outbid by Watts which should continue in 2022, if we are to believe the leaker Mukul Sharma and the 91mobiles site. The latter announce that the brands Oppo, Realme and OnePlus plan to launch smartphones with a charging technology of 125 W. These manufacturers belong to the BBK Electronics group and have already expressed their ambition to surpass Xiaomi.
The other Chinese giant which is successful in Europe has launched the 11T Pro, a smartphone delivered with a charger with a record power of 120 W. According to the manufacturer, this technology called HyperCharge allows a full charge in 17 minutes and demonstrates its will of “Constantly pushing the limits of charging technology”. It is also available with the Redmi Note 11 Pro + recently unveiled in China.
Xiaomi regularly talks about its progress in fast charging. © Screenshot / Xiaomi
Several competing smartphones could soon overtake the 11T Pro, according to Mukul Sharma. The Realme GT 2 Pro, the Oppo Find X4 and Find X4 Pro or even the OnePlus 10 Pro are expected to have an ultra-fast charge at 125 W. Another model under the Oppo N brand, more affordable than the Find series, would benefit also such a recharge from next year. All these models should also be formalized during the first half of 2022.
This information comes as no surprise, as several brands have already expressed their intentions. Just a month ago, we mentioned the desire of Chinese manufacturers to take a step forward by mentioning the Realme case. The manufacturer has confirmed that it plans to launch a smartphone “Ultra-premium” of the GT series equipped with a fast charge at 125 W. For its part, Oppo has already presented a 120 W power adapter and the Find X4, Find X4 Pro and OnePlus 10 Pro should benefit from these improvements. Remember that the two brands have come together strongly in recent months. So it wouldn’t be surprising to see the future “Flagship” of OnePlus be concerned.
Besides these models and the unknown smartphone from the Oppo N series, the Reno8 Pro is also said to have 125W fast charging in 2022. This information has not been confirmed by the manufacturer, which is about to launch the series. Reno 7. We can already expect that this range does not benefit from this ultra-fast technology.
Xiaomi ready to counter-attack, the rest of the world in retreat
When it comes to charging speed, we almost exclusively mention Chinese brands. There is indeed a duel between Xiaomi and the BBK Electronics group, with an advantage for the former. In addition to having already formalized the Xiaomi 11T Pro, the company seems ready to offer the 200 W HyperCharge from next year. Xiaomi would thus consolidate its lead, while Samsung and Apple continue to take their time. Away from Android manufacturers, the South Korean giant has removed the charger from the boxes of its smartphones and the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 + and Galaxy S21 Ultra are limited to a charging power of 25 W. Only the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Galaxy Note 10+ did better with a 45W charge.
The finding is almost identical at Apple, which is content to mention “Up to 50% charge in about 30 minutes with a 20W or more adapter (available separately)”. In fact, the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 as well as the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max would accept fast charging up to 27 W. Google has also opted for a 30 W charge with its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro which are supplied without AC adapter.
You have to go back to China one last time to see Honor stand out with the Honor 50 and its charge at 66 W. A Pro variant, which is not available in China, climbs up to 100 W and the brand seems to have benefited from the work at its former Huawei parent company. It remains to be seen how these manufacturers will limit the possible overheating problems associated with this technology, while questions remain about the long-term effects on the battery.