After years of oversized flagship phones, this year’s Mi11 also broke the 6.8-inch mark, and Xiaomi seems to be moving back to a more compact form factor. Today’s launch event, which also unveiled the MIUI 13, devoted a large portion of its time to just showing how comfortable the Xiaomi 12 Series compact body feels in the hand.
Xiaomi 12 Specifications
The device, with its 6.28-inch AMOLED display, is, after all, much smaller than the other Android flagships out there whose screen size has recently stabilized at about 6.7 inches. A curved display helps the Xiaomi 12 move a few millimeters more than its width, and the phone effectively measures just 152.7 x 69.9 x 8.16 mm.
Other display spaces include FHD + resolution, 120Hz refresh rate (variable from 1Hz to 120Hz), 480Hz touch sampling rate, 1100nits peak brightness, 12bit color, HDR10 +, and Dolby Vision support. Specifically, the FHD + resolution is a drop from the Mi 11’s 2K display, but it’s worth considering the smaller screen. Also, the display is superior otherwise, as an Xiaomi official argued earlier, and even offers Gorilla Glass Vect protection.
Processor & Chipset
The inclusion of a 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor is another highlight of the Xiaomi 12 and should offer significant performance improvements. The chip comes with a much better GPU and AI engine, which is claimed to be 52% and 400% faster than the previous generation, respectively. Temperature is controlled with 2600 mm² super large VC liquid cooling unit.
Moving towards the camera sector, the Xiaomi 12 comes with a triple camera setup in the rear with a basic 50MP IMX766 sensor (1 / 1.56 ″, 1.0µm). Advanced tracking tech has been added for better images of high-speed objects, supported by the new Xiaomi Image Brain, which helps reduce processing time. The primary includes 5MP macro and 13MP ultra-wide cameras. And upfront, you get a 32MP shooter for selfies.
The Xiaomi 12’s battery is sized 4500mAh and supports 67W wired, 50W wireless, and 10W wireless reverse charging. An under-display fingerprint is present for security.
Colors & Variants
The device is available in black, blue, purple, and field green color options. RAM and storage variants include 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB, and 12GB+256GB, priced at CNY 3,699 ($580,) CNY 3,999 ($628), CNY 4,399 ($690), respectively.
Xiaomi 12 Pro Specifications
The Xiaomi 12 Pro, just like its name implies, is the beefier version of the vanilla model and offers a number of boosted specs.
For starters, you get a large 6.73-inch display with 2K resolution. The charging rate has also been almost doubled to 120W. The speakers are in a four-unit setup that will offer better audio than the Xiaomi 12’s stereo arrangements.
A larger display also means a larger body, and the Xiaomi 12 Pro measures 163.6 x 74.6 x 8.16 mm, although the thickness remains the same. It also weighs a bit more than the non-Pro model, which stands at 205 grams.
Another important difference is the cameras with the Xiaomi 12 Pro which has three 50MP snappers including 50MP IMX707 primary (1 / 1.28 ″, 1.22µm), 50MP telephoto, and 50MP ultra-wide camera.
Variants & Price
The RAM and storage variants include 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB, and 12GB + 256GB, priced at CNY 4,699 ($ 738), CNY 4,999 ($ 785), CNY 5,399 ($ 848), respectively.
Xiaomi 12 X
The Xiaomi 12X is intended for those looking for the best experience from Xiaomi but without having to dig into their wallet. Thus, it is literally the same as the Vanilla Xiaomi 12 in every aspect, except that it runs on the more modest Snapdragon 870 chip, reduces wireless and reverse charging, and the fancy cyber focus found on both. Lack of tech. Her precious siblings. Available color options are black, blue, and purple, and prices start at CNY 3,199 (502).
All of the three devices will be booting into MIUI 13 based on Android 12 out of the box, and are actually the very first from the company to run a stable version of the update. The series will be available to purchase from December 31st in China and a global launch should follow sometime in early 2022.