Xiaomi released the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition with an audacious promise: full battery recharge in just nine minutes thanks to a charger of 210 W. Tests show that it is not quite so, however. The good news is that, despite this, the recharge time of the smartphone is impressive.
The Discovery Edition model is also known as Explorer Edition. The phone is very similar to the Redmi Note 12 Pro+. The main difference between them is in the battery. In the Discovery/Explorer version, the component works with 4,300 mAh and 210 W; in the Pro+ version, with 5,000 mAh and 120 W.
Sales of the Redmi Note 12 line began last week in the Chinese market. Charger Labs analysts didn’t waste time and got their hands on a Unit of the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition to evaluate its reload time.
According to Xiaomi, the 210 W technology allows the device to have a full recharge with only nine minutes of battery, starting from scratch.
Charger Labs tests showed, however, that the phone took ten minutes and ten seconds to go from zero to 100% charge. Analysts found that at the peak of the process, the recharge reached 184.85 W for approximately three minutes. In the other stages, the power was below that.
Still, it’s impressive
If on the one hand the Discovery Edition did not deliver on the promise of full recharge in nine minutes, on the other hand, the additional time in the process was only 70 seconds.
It’s still an impressive brand, especially if we take into account that we’re used to recharge processes that last about an hour.
Of course, this raises some pertinent concerns. For example: does the recharge not overheat the smartphone? Or: Won’t battery life be affected?
Tests still can’t evaluate component life. It’s too early for that. However, Charger Labs analysts were surprised to realize that even during the peak, the Discovery Edition did not show excessive heating. The highest temperature recorded in the test was 43.3 °C.
It may even seem like a high temperature, but Notebookcheck points out that in a similar test, the iPhone 14 Pro Max recorded 45.8°C at a peak of 29W.
In addition to recharging 210 W (or something close to it), the Redmi Note 12 Discovery/Explorer Edition has 6.67-inch OLED screen, MediaTek Dimensity 1080 processor and 8 GB of RAM.