The Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge features the same square look as the iPhone 13 while keeping user comfort in mind.
With the iPhone 12, Apple drastically changed its pebble-shaped iPhone design to one that turns heads even after a year. The square slab design of the iPhone 12 and now the iPhone 13 series has made the world more stylish than ever with the exception of Samsung phones with curved edges. It was obvious to others to copy this design and soon enough iPhone 12 clones started to appear.
However, this square design on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 has one flaw: it’s not made for human hands. Unless you’re using it with a case, a bare iPhone 12 / iPhone 13 hurts your palms like nothing else. Social media is full of people showing off how their beloved new iPhone leaves edge marks on the palms, making it difficult to use without a case.
And unfortunately the clone phones copied that as well. Last year’s Oppo Reno 6 had the same square design with sharp edges digging into the flesh. However, Xiaomi managed to dodge this problem on its latest Xiaomi 11i series.
The flat side design on the iPhone 13 is uncomfortable
Before the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge test unit I was using the iPhone 13 Pro Max. With its weight of 240 grams and its sharp stainless steel frame, the Pro Max is one of the most uncomfortable smartphones I have used in recent times. Bedtime boating sessions are painful, as is taking a 15-minute (or longer) phone call. Yes, it can stand on its own on a flat desk, but I don’t see any other benefit. It looks good but at the expense of comfort in the hand.
The problem is less magnified on the lighter iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, and iPhone 12, but it’s safe to say that neither of these likes your palms like the iPhone 11 did before. Boxy designs are here to stay and with the trend visible on Android phones, we may see more of them this year.
And obviously we expected Xiaomi of all brands to introduce it on some of its phones. I was skeptical of the square design of the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge, considering its weight of 204 grams. While the weight is noticeable, there is none of the discomfort of the boxy design.
Xiaomi does it smart
The Xiaomi 11i looks flat but it isn’t. The “flat” sides actually have a minor curvature. And instead of a right angle at the edges, there are softer curves to fill in the sides and front / back. The result is a design that makes you assume the sides are absolutely square and pointy, but it all works together to accommodate the curvature of your palms. Clever!
If you get the Xiaomi 11i / Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge, you can test it for yourself. Unlike the iPhone 13 which can stand on its own, the Xiaomi 11i duo cannot do the same.
Therefore, I wonder if Xiaomi can succeed in fine-tuning the square design to make it comfortable, what is stopping girls and boys in Cupertino?