When USB-IF announced plans to add a 240W charging profile, we thought it was something for the future. The normal way of things may be a thing in the future, but today brings us to that point with the new Redmi Note 12 Explorer.
This phone is based on the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ (which launches today), but it boosts the charging speed from 120W to 210W. Since Xiaomi had to build a battery with very precise specifications, the battery capacity is reduced – from 5,000mAh to 4,300mAh.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Explorer sets a new standard for fast charging – 210 W
With that in mind, a full 0-100% charge with a browser only takes 9 minutes. At the 5 minute mark the phone is already at 66%. For comparison, the standard Redmi Note 12 Pro+ needs 19 minutes to fully charge (note that it’s charging 16% longer).
By the way, this is a proprietary Xiaomi technology instead of a power supply. The upcoming USB-PD standard mandates 50V at 5A (with a certain safety margin) for 240W. Xiaomi instead keeps the voltage low – at 20V, which is very common these days – and distributes the electricity in three channels of 20V at 3.5A each (so 70W, but each channel can hold up to 100W to ensure stable and safe operation It is made. ).
Also, the charger that pushes those impressive 210W thanks to the power of GAN technology is very small – it measures 67.3 x 64.3 x 30 mm. Like other super fast chargers, this one promises to output a full 210W even in countries with 110V electricity grids. The supplied 1m (3.3ft) cable has an E-mark chip to ensure it is only used with safely supported chargers (the charger will refuse to do 210W without the E-mark). For other devices, the charger can output a standard 65W using USB-PD.
Now that you’ve heard all about the amazing charger and battery, the only thing left to talk about is the price of the Redmi Note 12 Explorer (which is otherwise identical to the 12 Pro+).
The browser will be available from October 31 at a price of CNY 2,400 for the 8/256GB unit (pre-orders open today). That’s more than the CNY 2,200 price of the Pro+ with the same memory. If you’re curious, CNY 2,400 converts to $330/€330, but we’re not sure if the browser is available outside of China.
Quick summary of Redmi Note 12 Pro+/12 Explorer specifications. It has a 200MP main camera (1/1.4-inch ISOCELL HPX sensor, f/1.7 lens with OIS), paired with an 8MP ultra wide camera (119°) and a 2MP macro camera. The phones come with Dimension 1080 (upgraded 920) and 6.67″ 120Hz OLED displays (10-bit panels, Dolby Vision support).
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