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Xiaomi Mi 11 Will Not Come With Charger : Good Or Bad?

Xiaomi Mi 11 Will Ship Without Charger : Good Or Bad?

Xiaomi CEO just announced that the Mi 11 will NOT come with a charger. Instead, he hints at something better.

Is that a good decision, or a bad one for Xiaomi? What do YOU think?

 

Confirmed : Xiaomi Mi 11 Will Ship Without In-Box Charger

Not everything Apple does should be copied, but Xiaomi appears to be following their lead in dropping the in-box charger.

The upcoming Mi 11 smartphone will be the first Xiaomi smartphone to ship without a charger in the box. As the picture below shows, the Mi 11 box is very thin.

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun announced this, citing “environmental protection”, and saying that they are well aware that this decision may not be popular with their customers.

The picture of the box also gives sharp-eyed Xiaomi fans a preview of the Mi 11’s key features :

  • 108 MP AI Super Camera
  • Super AMOLED Display with HDR10+ support
  • Sound by Harman / Kardon

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 : Good Or Bad To Ship Without Charger?

Echoing Apple’s words, he said that everyone has a lot of idle charges which is both a hassle for users to keep track of, and a burden to the environment.

Apple may be correct in that assessment since they have been using the same, piddling slow 5 watt charger for umpteen years until they introduced the 18 watt fast charger for the iPhone 11.

So iPhone users can use their old chargers from years ago without any change in charging experience.

But Android smartphones, including those from Xiaomi, have long provided much faster charging :

All those fast charging capabilities require new in-box chargers that support their higher charging speeds.

While you can use the old 5 watt or 10 watt chargers from years ago, they will not deliver the charging performance Xiaomi is quoting for their smartphones.

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 : A Better Solution Than In-Box Charger?

Lei Jun cryptically suggested that there may be a better solution for both the industry and the environment, which he will reveal at the Mi 11 press conference on 28 December 2020.

This is quite possibly some form of fast wireless charging technology, of which Xiaomi recently demonstrated an 80 watt prototype.

But it will doubtless be offered as a separate upgrade, although it is possible that Xiaomi may bundle a fast wireless charger with the Mi 11 as a sweetener during these difficult times.

If Xiaomi ends up doing that, the talk won’t be about how they screwed their fans out of an in-box charger, but how they generously ushered in a new world of wireless charging.

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OPPO 125W Flash Charge | 65W AirVOOC : Vapourware?

OPPO just unveiled 125W Flash Charge  and 65W AirVOOC – the fastest battery charging technologies in the world!

Find out if these new OPPO flash charging technologies are really useful, or just vapourware!

 

OPPO 125W Flash Charge | 65W AirVOOC : A Quick Primer

OPPO 125W Flash Charge is a wired fast-charging technology, that is built around a Double 6C cell battery, with multiple tab winding technology, and three parallel charge pumps.

This allows it to recharge a 4,000 mAh battery to 41% in 5 minutes, and to full capacity in just 20 minutes! Crazy fast!

OPPO 65W AirVOOC, on the other hand, is their improved wireless fast charging technology that will deliver the same performance as wired 65W SuperVOOC fast charging.

By using parallel dual charging coils, it can fully recharge a 4,000 mAh battery in just 30 minutes! Crazy fast for wireless charging!

Recommended : OPPO 125W Wired + 65W Wireless Charging Tech Details!

 

OPPO 125W Flash Charge | 65W AirVOOC : Vapourware?

First, we have to point out that these are, as far as we know, still prototypes that may or may not make it to the market.

After all, OPPO announced their 120W Super FlashCharge last year, and nothing come of it. No phone launched with 120W flash charging capability, not even from OPPO.

So will OPPO introduce 125W flash charging or 65W AirVOOC? Unlikely anytime soon.

For one thing, they are brand new, only in prototype stage, and would be prohibitively expensive to add to any smartphone.

Smartphone manufacturers, whether OPPO or another brand, will need to test and certify the safety of these new battery charging technologies.

On top of that, they have to consider the cost. Apple and Samsung are reputedly considering removing bundled chargers to reduce cost.

Will any smartphone brand be willing to allocate a bigger cost budget for 125W Flash Charge or 65W AirVOOC capability? We doubt it…

 

OPPO 125W Flash Charge | 65W AirVOOC : Useful?

The OPPO 125W Flash Charge and 65W AirVOOC technologies are incredibly impressive, from a technical perspective.

We would personally love it if all smartphones come with it. However, will consumers pay top dollar for a particular smartphone just because it has 125W Flash Charge or 65W AirVOOC capability?

We doubt it. After all, how often do you really need to recharge your smartphone?

Smartphones now have much larger batteries, and the industry has made great strides in reducing power consumption. Most smartphones can now easily last 10-12 hours on a single charge, with heavy use :

At most, you will need to recharge your smartphone at the end of your work day, and that takes what – just 60 to 90 minutes with a regular fast charger?

So, in our humble opinion, the 125W OPPO Flash Charge is nothing more than a technology showcase that will unlikely be introduced in any smartphone anytime soon.

 

What We Are Rooting For : 65W AirVOOC!

The OPPO 65W AirVOOC technology, on the other hand, has the potential to be a real game changer. Wireless charging is the future.

That said, its current implementation, which requires two Peltier heat pumps to keep cool, is not practical, and highly inefficient.

But if OPPO can improve it to the point it only requires a fan to keep cool, or better still – passive cooling, everyone will want to implement 65W AirVOOC!

So we are rooting for OPPO to continue improving AirVOOC, particularly their work on single coil wireless flash charging, which should reduce thermal output.

 

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OPPO 125W Wired + 65W Wireless Charging Tech Details!

OPPO just unveiled 125W wired flash charging and 65W wireless charging – the fastest in the world!

Get briefed on the new OPPO flash charging technologies, and find out if they really matter!

 

OPPO Reveals 125W Wired + 65W Wireless Charging Technologies!

Let’s start with the official tech briefing on the two new fast charging technologies.

OPPO 125W Flash Charge (Wired)

The new OPPO 125W wired flash charging technology is built around a Double 6C cell battery, with multiple tab winding technology – allowing for a much higher input current of 12.5 A.

The new battery charging technology also uses three parallel charge pumps, which converts the charger input of 20V @ 6.25A into 10V @ 12.5A, with a 98% conversion efficiency.

To ensure the battery charges safely, OPPO added 10 new temperature sensors, to make sure the phone temperature do not exceed 40°C.

At 125W full power, it will recharge a 4,000 mAh battery to 41% in 5 minutes, and to full capacity in just 20 minutes.

However, this is a prototype technology, which will not soon make it into any phone.

OPPO 65W AirVOOC (Wireless)

OPPO claims that the 65W AirVOOC will deliver the same charging performance as 65W SuperVOOC, thanks to parallel dual charging coils with an 88% charging efficiency.

This allows it to fully recharge a 4,000 mAh battery in just 30 minutes! Crazy fast for wireless charging!

To ensure that the phone temperature does not exceed 40°C, the AirVOOC wireless charger uses two thermoelectric coolers (Peltier heat pumps) to whisk the heat away from the charging phone.

However, anyone who has ever used a Peltier can tell you that it gets very hot on the other side!

While OPPO claims an 88% transmission and receiving efficiency, the power required for thermoelectric cooling will greatly reduce AirVOOC’s power efficiency.

 

Two OPPO GaN Fast Chargers

OPPO also announced two fast chargers that use GaN technology to greatly reduce their sizes.

This is the OPPO 50W mini SuperVOOC charger, which is about the size of a business card, and weighs just 60 grams.

And this is the OPPO 110W mini flash charger, which offers 110W of pulse charging in a charge the size of a regular 18W fast charger.

 

OPPO 125W Flash Charge | 65W AirVOOC : Vapourware?

First, we have to point out that these are, as far as we know, still prototypes that may or may not make it to the market.

After all, OPPO announced their 120W Super FlashCharge last year, and nothing come of it. No phone launched with 120W flash charging capability, not even from OPPO.

So will OPPO introduce 125W flash charging or 65W AirVOOC? Unlikely anytime soon.

Find out WHY in our opinion piece : OPPO 125W Flash Charge | 65W AirVOOC : Vapourware?

 

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Learn How HUAWEI nova 3 Lets You Game Like A Pro!

Mobile gaming is all the rage with Generation Z, and the HUAWEI nova 3 is designed specifically to deliver the best possible mobile gaming experience. Let’s find out exactly how the HUAWEI nova 3 achieves that!

How HUAWEI nova 3 Lets You Game Like A Pro!

Large 6.3-inch FullView Display

The HUAWEI nova 3 (MY | US | UK) smartphone has a large 6.3-inch FullView display with a Full HD+ resolution and an ultra-wide 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

The larger and wider FullView display lets you see more, giving you a distinct advantage over your opponents with smaller displays. You will also have a more immersive and enjoyable mobile gaming experience!

Flagship-Class Gaming Performance!

The HUAWEI nova 3 (MY | US | UK) is powered by the really, REALLY fast Kirin 970 – a top-of-the-line mobile platform designed for flagship smartphones. Its 8-core processor and a 12-core GPU easily handle even the most graphics-intensive games, but that’s not all.

The flagship-class Kirin 970 is coupled with an astounding 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, that can be further expanded with a 256 GB microSD card!

Dedicated AI NPU!

The HUAWEI nova 3 (MY | US | UK) also comes with a dedicated AI Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that further boosts its performance, while conserving power for longer gaming sessions.

Its AI algorithms automatically determine when to boost performance, and when to conserve power. What this means is you get better performance AND battery life!

Go Further With GPU Turbo!

Did you know that the HUAWEI nova 3 (MY | US | UK) is one of the few smartphones to feature GPU Turbo? It is a proprietary hardware and software combination that delivers 60% better GPU performance efficiency, with 30% lower power consumption!

With GPU Turbo, you will be able to enjoy better gaming performance, and game far longer than your opponents!

Long-Lasting Battery

The HUAWEI nova 3 (MY | US | UK) has a large 3,750 mAh battery that delivers hours of mobile gaming, and goes even further with GPU Turbo and AI resource allocation! And it supports 18 watt fast charging so you can catch a quick recharge during your coffee break, and get right back to your game!

Surround Yourself With Histen 5.0!

The display and gaming performance are only two of the gaming experience triumvirate. Real gamers know just how important audio is to their performance and enjoyment. To address this, HUAWEI nova 3 (MY | US | UK) introduces Histen 5.0!

Designed to be used with headphones or earphones, Histen 5.0 is 7.1-channel 3D audio system that analyses the audio content and automatically adjusts the equaliser settings to deliver the best possible soundscape. Its integrated AI algorithms also creates directional audio cues to give you a distinct advantage over your competitors.

 

HUAWEI nova 3 Price + Availability

The HUAWEI nova 3 comes in four vibrant colours that will appeal to mobile gamers – Red, Black, Iris Purple and Primrose Gold. It’s also available at a very attractive price of RM 1,699!

Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

 

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The SanDisk iXpand Base Fast Charging + Backup For iPhone

SanDisk just unveiled a unique fast charging and backup solution for iPhone users – the SanDisk iXpand Base! It automatically backs up your important data whenever you recharges your iPhone. Check it out!

 

The SanDisk iXpand Base Revealed!

An extension of the award-winning SanDisk line of iPhone mobile storage solutions, the iXpand Base is designed for consumers who are looking for a convenient way to back up their iPhone photos, videos and contacts.

With the SanDisk iXpand Base, all you have to do is simply plug your iPhone into the iXpand Base and it will automatically back up your iPhone’s content while it is charging. The iXpand Base comes with storage capacities from 32 GB all the way to 256 GB, and can be used to backup multiple iPhones.

The SanDisk iXpand Base has a built-in 15 W (5 V @ 3A) fast charger that is fully compatible with the fast charging technology introduced in the latest Apple iPhone X. However, it does not come with its own Lightning cable.

Although SanDisk does not mention it, the storage is provided via an SD card inserted into an SD card slot at the back. This means you can remove the SD card to extract the stored data if you wish, or swap out the existing SD card for a larger capacity card later.

 

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Price & Availability

The SanDisk iXpand Base is now available at Apple Premium Reseller stores, 11street, Lazada and Shopee across Malaysia with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of :

  • 64 GB : RM 369 (~US$ 88) / US : $69.99
  • 128 GB : RM 529 (~US$ 126) / US : $99.99
  • 256 GB : RM 899 (~US$ 214) / US : $149.99

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TÜV Rheinland To Certify Huawei SuperCharge Technology

September 7, 2017 – Huawei Consumer Business Group today announced that the TÜV Rheinland will certify the Huawei SuperCharge technology. Certification will mark the first time an end-to-end fast-charging technology has successfully completed the rigorous tests set forth by the world-renowned safety experts.

 

TÜV Rheinland To Certify Huawei SuperCharge

Testing encompasses every component, requiring adapters, IC circuits and charging cable materials to pass safety, low temperature and thermal shock tests.

“Over the past 145 years, TÜV Rheinland has committed itself to ensuring that complex devices and products meet rigorous safety standards that meet consumer expectations,” said Kalyan Varma, VP of Business Field Electrical, Products, Global of TÜV Rheinland. “With the growing demand for fast charging solutions, we’re glad to work with Huawei to certify its SuperCharge technology using our proven testing methods and battery expertise. In the drive for continued innovation, we must always keep consumer safety at the forefront.”

“With each of our products, we strive not only to deliver the features and performance that consumers are looking for – but to go beyond where our competitors are in terms of experience,” said Bruce Li, Vice President of Handset Business at Huawei Consumer Business Group. “By working with the storied experts at TÜV Rheinland, we’re able to deliver a device that not only offers incredibly fast charging but does so with a safety assurance that our competitors cannot match.”

HUAWEI’s SuperCharge technology enables continuous “communication” between the device and the charger. By monitoring every single point of the charging cycle, it is able to intelligently auto-adjust voltage and current output to maximize charging speed based on the capacity of the phone, adapter and cable.

To keep Huawei’s fast-charging phones cool, Huawei SuperCharge uses a 4.5V/5A low-voltage charging solution. In addition, the connectors and charging jack on Huawei’s devices are programmed to automatically suspend the supply of electricity if they come into contact with water. This intelligent safeguard is in place to prevent short circuits and device fires.

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The Oukitel K6000 Plus, U16 Max & U20 Plus Smartphones Revealed

Oukitel officially entered the Malaysian market earlier this week. They not only shared the meaning of the Oukitel brand, they also revealed three new 2017 smartphones – the Oukitel K6000 Plus, the Oukitel U16 Max and the Oukitel U20 Plus.

 

Who & What Is Oukitel?

Shenzhen OUKI Digital Electronic Co. Ltd has been in the business of designing and manufacturing smartphones since 2007. Two years later, they ventured into the consumer market with their Ouki brand in China.

The brand, Oukitel, was created in 2015 specifically for the international market. So what does Oukitel mean? Believe it or not, it is short for U & I for OK Life.

 

The 2017 Oukitel Smartphones Presentation

This video offers a short primer on the Oukitel C, K and U series; and the new Oukitel K6000 Plus, the Oukitel U16 Max and the Oukitel U20 Plus smartphones.

 

The Oukitel Smartphone Series Explained

Oukitel smartphones are divided into three series :

  • Oukitel C Series – affordable smartphones
  • Oukitel K Series – smartphones with large batteries
  • Oukitel U Series – premium smartphones

 

The Oukitel K6000 Plus

Announced in MWC 2017, the Oukitel K6000 Plus is a 5.5″ smartphone with a full HD LTPS display. It runs on Android 7.0, and is powered by the octa-core MediaTek MT6750T. It has 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of internal flash storage.

The Oukitel K6000 Plus has a 16 MP main camera, which uses the Sony IMX298 sensor; and an 8 MP front camera with 80° wide-angle lens. But arguably, its biggest feature is the large 6,080 mAh battery that supports 12V/2A fast charging.

 

The Oukitel U16 Max

The Oukitel U16 Max has a 6″ HD LTPS display, with an aluminium alloy body. It runs on Android 7.0, and is powered by the 1.3 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SOC. It has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage.

The U16 Max features a 13 MP main camera, with a 5 MP front camera. It also boasts a large 4,000 mAh battery, which supports 5V/1.5A quick charge.

 

The Oukitel U20 Plus

The Oukitel U20 Plus (Amazon | Lazada) features a 5.5″ Full HD display, with a polycarbonate body. It runs on Android 6.0, and is powered by the 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737T SOC. It has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.

The Oukitel U20 Plus (Amazon | Lazada) has a dual-lens camera with a 13 MP Sony IMX135 sensor, and a 0.3 MP secondary sensor. For selfies, it has a 5 MP front camera. It also boasts a 3,300 mAh battery, which supports 5V/1.5A quick charge.

 

The Oukitel K6000 Plus, U16 Max & U20 Plus Price & Availability

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The Oukitel K6000 Plus is available in Malaysia this April with an official price of RM 999 / ~US$ 219. Oukitel will offer it in two colour options – Gray and Gold.

The Oukitel U16 Max is available in Gray and Gold colour options as well this April, for RM 889 / ~US$ 199.

The Oukitel U20 Plus (Amazon | Lazada) is available right now at RM 639 / ~US$ 139, with three colour options – Jet Black, Gray and Gold.

 

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