Xiaomi’s idea to remove the Mi 11’s charger was conceived five years ago, according to Xiaomi CEO.
When Xiaomi officially launched the Xiaomi Mi 11 flagship smartphone last December 28, the glitz and glamour that attended the arrival of the sleek and premium flagship was somewhat tainted by the company’s announcement that the device would ship without a power brick.
Xiaomi’s decision came two months after Apple officially launched the iPhone 12 series without a power brick in the miniaturized retail box.
What made Xiaomi’s decision even surprising was that they had poked fun at Apple alongside OnePlus and Samsung, over the iPhone 12’s charger removal.
The decision still continued to generate heated debates among Mi fans, many of whom questioned the sense behind the decision, considering that most buyers would still have to purchase a fast-charging power brick separately, anyway.
When the Xiaomi Mi 11 went on sale last January 1, only 20,000 persons purchased the “Green Edition” which was without an adapter.
In addition, an ongoing poll being conducted by Gizmochina showed that most of the respondents thought that the charger removal was a bad idea.
Quite a large number of persons who had expressed their thought about the said issue thought that Xiaomi just copycatted Apple.
With this, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun had come out to debunk such notions as he hinted recently in a live broadcast (through this link) that the idea of not including the power brick was initiated by himself and wasn’t a copy of what Apple did.
According to him, he had mooted the said idea last 2015.
He also said that several boxes of power bricks were thrown away when the company moved to Xiaomi’s Beijing Park last 2020.
As such, he again moved to implement the idea of removing the power brick from the retail box with the option to procure it separately.