Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition, which debuted last October in China, set the benchmark for wired fast charging at 210 watts. However, that might not be the case for long if a recent leak is to be believed.
(Update, January 31, 2023: We have the Realme GT Neo 5’s launch date!)
(Update, January 6, 2023: The upcoming Realme GT Neo 5 will dethrone the Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition as the fastest-charging phone on the market!)
(Update, December 14: This could be our first good look at the Realme GT Neo 5!)
Chinese tipster Digital Chat Station had the rumor mill churning anew, following an online post that revealed the upcoming top-end variant of the Realme GT Neo 5 could be the first smartphone equipped with 240-watt fast charging.
According to the popular and reliable leaker, two versions of the said model will be released — one with a 4,600mAh battery and a 240-watt charging system and another sporting a 5,000mAh battery with 150-watt charging support. Realme‘s 240-watt charging technology will reportedly stay exclusive to the brand for some time before arriving in OPPO and OnePlus devices.
You might recall that OPPO showed off its 240-watt charging tech on a concept phone with a 4,500mAh battery back in February. Ideally, it could fully top up a handset in under 10 minutes, which is likely what we’ll get when Realme makes the commercial availability of the charging solution available to consumers through the Realme GT Neo 5. For comparison, the Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition can achieve a full charge in 9 minutes, while getting the battery to 66% only takes 5 minutes.
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In any case, reaching 100% charge in 10 minutes or less is no small feat, especially considering that you’ll have to put up with a two-hour charging time on average with the latest iPhones.
Xiaomi‘s proprietary charging tech splits three channels of 20V at 3.5A each for safety, although each channel is designed to handle up to 100 watts of electricity. Realme’s 240-watt fast charging will likely send 24V at 10A to the GT Neo 5, similar to the OPPO device used in the tech demo. In China, the Explorer Edition carries a ¥2,399 (around P19,162 or $343 converted) price tag for 8GB RAM and 256GB of built-in storage.
Locally, the “fastest-charging phone” title belongs to the Infinix ZERO ULTRA 5G, which supports 180-watt charging and can go from 0% to full in around 12 minutes. It costs P21,999 ($394) in the Philippines.
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