The Xiaomi 12 flagship series is now official, with three variants to choose from: the Xiaomi 12, Pro, and X. Aside from the normal tech advancements, Xiaomi is focusing more on developing a smaller phone with flagship-level performance, which is ideal for those who desire a smaller phone with flagship-level performance. The Xiaomi 12 series has nine features that you must know.
Two sizes for Xiaomi 12 series
Xiaomi provides two different sizes for the Xiaomi 12 series. The Xiaomi 12 has a 6.28-inch Full HD+ display, while the Xiaomi 12 Pro has a 6.73-inch Quad HD+ display. During the introduction event, the Xiaomi 12 was clearly pitted against the iPhone 13, while the Xiaomi 12 Pro was pitted against the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
In comparison to the iPhone 13, which has a width of 71.5mm, the Xiaomi 12 has a width of 69.9mm, making it easier to carry in one hand. However, it is still heavier (179g) and thicker (8.16mm) than the iPhone 13, which weighs 174g and measures 7.7mm thick. This is largely due to the battery. Of course, the iPhone 13 mini, which sports a 5.4-inch Full HD+ display and is only 64.2mm broad, is still the smallest flagship-class handset available right now.
Meanwhile, the Xiaomi 12 Pro’s 6.73-inch Quad HD+ display has a width of 74.6mm, which is narrower than the 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max’s width of 78.1mm. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is still slimmer than the Xiaomi 12 Pro, at 7.65mm vs 8.16mm for the Xiaomi 12 Pro. Aside from the proportions, the Xiaomi 12 Pro weighs 205g vs 238g for the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Latest Snapdragon 8 gen 1
Both the series are powered by Qualcomm’s newest 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, which replaces the Snapdragon 888+. Up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage are available on both versions. Xiaomi claims that the RAM has a transfer rate of 6400Mbps, while the latest generation UFS 3.1 storage has sequential write rates of 1450MB per second.
Despite its small size, Xiaomi has included a sophisticated cooling system, which includes a big 2600mm2 VC plate on the 12 and a larger 2900mm2 VC plate on the Pro. They’ve also used heat-dissipating graphite sheets to help with cooling during intense gaming sessions.
On Antutu, the Xiaomi 12 Pro with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 earned over a million points, which is a 41% increase over the previous Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro’s score of 159,046 points.
Large image sensors despite lower 50MP resolution
Xiaomi has used a 108MP main camera in the last several flagships, but this time the company is focused on bigger pixels for better photographic performance. Instead of the 108MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX 1/1.33′′ camera seen in the Mi 11, the Xiaomi 12 employs a 50MP Sony IMX766 1/1.56′′ sensor. The Sony IMX766 features 1-micron pixels vs 0.8-micron pixels on the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX. The IMX766 has a bigger effective pixel size of 2-microns thanks to 4-in-1 pixel binning, which should translate to superior low-light performance.
Xiaomi isn’t the first company to employ a 50-megapixel sensor. Most new flagship devices from China use the Sony IMX766 sensor, including the Huawei P50 Pro, Oppo Find X3 Pro, Vivo X70 Pro, and Honor Magic 3 Pro.
A 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera and a 5MP macro lens are included in the Xiaomi 12’s triple-camera setup. A 32MP selfie camera resides in a punch-hole on the screen as well.
Xiaomi’s main camera on the Xiaomi 12 Pro is a 50MP Sony IMX707 with a bigger 1/1.28′′ sensor. It has a bigger 2.44-micron pixel in 4-in-1 pixel binning mode. A 50MP ultra-wide-angle camera and a 50MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom complement the huge 50MP primary camera. It sports a 32MP selfie camera, much like the 12.
Ultra high-density battery in a compact package
The Xiaomi 12 may be tiny, but it has a 4,500mAh battery, making it one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. The iPhone 13 has a battery capacity of 3,240mAh, whereas the Asus ZenFone 8 has a capacity of 4,000mAh. The Sony Xperia 5 III, which has a 4,500mAh battery and is 8.2mm thicker than the Xiaomi 12, is a direct competitor.
Meanwhile, the Xiaomi 12 Pro has a 4,600mAh battery that is believed to be the industry’s first single-cell battery to handle 120W rapid charging. In comparison to a dual-cell battery, the single-cell battery architecture delivers 400mAh more capacity without increasing overall size. Xiaomi’s Surge P1 integrated circuit addresses issues about quick charging for a single-cell battery with high power and capacity.
2K Quad HD+ OLED display with an improved dynamic refresh rate
Both the Xiaomi 12 and Pro include AMOLED panels with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 480Hz touch sampling rate. With DisplayMate, both models received an A+ rating. The 12 Pro is the show-stopper, with a 6.73-inch Samsung E5 AMOLED display with a resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels and a peak brightness of 1500 nits. The Pro’s display can automatically alter its refresh rate between 1 and 120Hz based on your app and interaction for enhanced battery efficiency.
The smaller 12 has a 6.28-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and a peak brightness of 1100 nits. HDR10+ and Dolby Vision with HDR are also supported by both Xiaomi 12 smartphones.
4-piece stereo speakers
The Pro’s top-of-the-line audio system has a four-piece stereo speaker configuration with woofer and tweeter units on each side. The smaller 12 receives a pair of stereo speakers in the meanwhile. Harmon Kardon adjusted the speakers, which have Dolby Atmos capability. Both gadgets, as expected, lack a 3.5mm headphone connector, but they do include an infrared blaster.
120W fast charging
The Pro employs a single-cell battery architecture rather than the dual-cell battery strategy, which means 120W charging isn’t new for Xiaomi. You may charge the gadget in either a “rapid” mode, which takes only 18 minutes or a “cooler” mode, which takes 24 minutes to reach 100%. It also has a 50W fast wireless charging capability and a 10W reverse wireless charging capability.
The 12’s fast wired charging is a little slower at 67W, but it still has 50W fast wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging. Xiaomi claims that the gadget can be charged to 100% in just 39 minutes with the cable.
Affordable Xiaomi 12X option powered by Snapdragon 870
Xiaomi has also unveiled the 12X, a more budget-friendly member of the new flagship series. It looks a lot like the Xiaomi 12, but it’s powered by an older yet competent Snapdragon 870 processor. It still boasts a 6.28-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a Sony IMX766 50-megapixel primary camera, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro lens, and a 32-megapixel selfie camera.
The 4,500mAh battery is kept, along with 67W rapid wired charging compatibility, although wireless charging is not available. A stereo speaker and a 2600mm2 VC plate for enhanced heat management are also included in the Xiaomi 12. Even though it is the less expensive variant, it comes with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus is included in all three Xiaomi 12 versions for improved screen durability.
Xiaomi 12 Pricing and availability
- 8GB RAM + 128GB storage – about RM2,427
- 8GB RAM + 256GB storage – about RM2,624
- 12GB RAM + 256GB storage –about RM2,886
Xiaomi 12 Pro
- 8GB RAM + 128GB storage – about RM3,083
- 8GB RAM + 256GB storage – about RM3,280
- 12GB RAM + 256GB storage – about RM3,543
- 8GB RAM + 128GB storage – about RM2,099
- 8GB RAM + 256GB storage – about RM2,296
- 12GB RAM + 256GB storage – about RM2,493
Consumers in mainland China will be able to submit orders starting at 8 p.m. on December 31, 2021. The Xiaomi 12 series has glass backs and is available in black, blue, and purple. The Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro are also available in a green vegan leather edition.
There is currently no information on its worldwide availability, however, we anticipate Xiaomi making a statement for global markets in Q1 2022.
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