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- Xiaomi announced via social media that Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and Mi 11 Pro will include new battery technology.
- The battery in the phones will apparently be a silicon oxygen anode. This is different from the standard lithium-ion batteries on most smartphones.
- Apparently this will allow the battery to charge faster while being physically thinner.
We’re just a few days away from the next big smartphone launch from Xiaomi. At the event, we expect to see the two highest ends in the Mi 11 series, namely the Mi 11 Pro and the super-powered Mi 11 Ultra.
Obviously, both phones will be similar to the Xiaomi Mi 11, which was launched at the very end of 2020 (and which we have already reviewed). However, there will be quite a big difference internally for the phones. Today, Xiaomo’s Senior Product Marketing Manager Global Spokesperson revealed on Twitter that the phones will include a new type of battery technology.
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Unlike the standard lithium-ion batteries we see on almost all smartphones today, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and Mi 11 Pro will feature silicon-oxygen anode batteries. This is a newer type of battery technology that was first developed at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in the late 2000s. Apparently, it will allow smartphone batteries to be thinner than they usually are, while being able to charge faster.
Xiaomi says that this battery technology is similar to what you see in electric vehicles.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and Mi 11 Pro: Game-changers?
This is an interesting development as almost all smartphone batteries have been lithium ion models since nickel metal hydride batteries fell in popularity in the late 90’s. If the technology proves successful in the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and Mi 11 Pro, it could change the industry.
Of course, it is very possible that Xiaomi can still include a typical Li-ion battery in the phones which is simply enlarged by a Si-O battery. If so, these phones could be a test drive for the technology.
Xiaomi launches the two phones on March 29. Pay attention!