The Xiaomi 12T Pro wants to use its 200 megapixel sensor, its Snadpragon 8+ Gen 1 or its 120W fast charge to consolidate itself in the high-end market. We take it in hand. In general, it is on the way to seduce.
The time has come, the Xiaomi 12T and 12T Pro are announced! They were presented at a conference on October 4 at the same time as the Smart Band 7 Pro, the Redmi Buds 4 and 4 Pro, and the Redmi Pad. If the manufacturer is well known for its smartphones with attractive price-performance ratios, it also regularly makes inroads into the high-end segment. And he intends to make a place for himself there.
While we wait for the full test, we can already give you a hands-on experience with the Xiaomi 12T Pro to give you our first feedback on the device.
200 megapixel sensor and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
There are two strong arguments about this Xiaomi 12T Pro: the photo with a 200 megapixel sensor (Samsung ISOCELL HP1) and the power provided by the integrated Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Without being able to go into details, we were able to take a look at each of these two features.
Photo quality preview
Let’s start with the photo. Although it has been surpassed by the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, the Xiaomi 12T Pro is one of the first smartphones on the market that has a 200-megapixel main photo sensor. However, it should be remembered that definition is not everything in photography. It is just one criterion among many others, and many times the algorithmic treatment of the mark plays a greater role in the final quality of the shot.
Anyway, this is still a strong marketing argument for the Xiaomi 12T Pro. Obviously, by default, the photos you are going to take are not in 200 megapixels. the phone does pixel binning to merge 16 pixels into one. This allows for better light management. We haven’t been able to do conclusive low-light tests yet, but here are already some images captured with the smartphone to give you an idea.
A priori, nothing special to report on color rendering or general dynamic management. It will be difficult to judge the Xiaomi 12T Pro on this basis. However, we can already see the contribution of the 200-megapixel mode on sharpness. By activating this option, we take more defined photos, but heavier and less relevant in the dark.
In the comparison below, we can see that the panel is much more readable in the 200 Mpx shot. This can be practical in certain situations, but without a doubt the option will continue to be very gadget for many. Also note that an intermediate mode at 50 Mpx is also available.
We also took a portrait photo – which uses the telephoto lens – to get a first idea of what the Xiaomi 12T Pro was worth. We salute the effectiveness of the bokeh effect to highlight my colleague Hugo.
On the other hand, the phone didn’t really stop at the level of hair detail. Nothing prohibitive of what was said.
What about the power?
In terms of power, we can already be calm: the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 seems to be well used by the Xiaomi 12T Pro. Beyond the fact that we have not noticed the slightest slowdown in use at the moment, a first AnTuTu score shows that the phone is fine.
The Xiaomi 12T Pro thus obtains an overall score of 1,065,890, so we exceed one million, which is quite rare. Over the summer, the Asus Zenfone 9 surprised us by achieving such a feat and costs about the same price (50 euros more for the same configuration of RAM and storage). Just a minor concern: the device cooled down a bit quickly during this effort. Nothing to scare at the moment, it will be necessary to see especially if the temperature shoots up in a greedy game like Fortnite.
Refined design, fast charging and MIUI 13
Beyond the photo and the power, the Xiaomi 12T Pro also wants to please with its design and its screen. In this sense, we appreciate the matte finish on the back, and our black model is the most beautiful effect. The rounded corners and edges are pleasant in the hand, but let’s not forget about the 205 grams of the smartphone. You will not miss its protruding photographic module either.
Up front, the 6.67-inch flat AMOLED display looks very bright – up to 900 nits according to Xiaomi. In use I found it very smooth with its 120Hz mode and the definition of 2712 x 1220 pixels is more than enough to satisfy the retina.
Stereo speakers are also among the positive points. Conversely, the lack of waterproof certification may put some people off.
As for the battery, we’ve already been able to put the 5000mAh battery through our custom ViSer test protocol. With the 120 Hz automatic mode activated (default option), the Xiaomi 12T Pro lasted 12 hours and 29 minutes. Without being incredible, this score is quite correct and does not portend a permanent fear of 0% energy.
Also, the 120W charger is so fast that, busy with other tasks, I didn’t even have time to start the timer before the remaining 7% went to 100%. According to the manufacturer, 19 minutes would be enough for a full charge. I want to believe them.
Let’s also allow ourselves a quick word on the software part: MIUI 13 is at work here and it is based on Android 12. This interface retains its very particular organization that makes it very attractive for some, too complicated to handle for others.
However, I did notice a lot of pre-installed third-party apps, including three games, Joom or Opera store app, with Chrome and Mi browser, so there are three browsers automatically integrated into the 12T Pro.
Price and release date
The Xiaomi 12T Pro is announced at the recommended price of 799 euros in a 8/256 GB configuration. During the pre-sale period that runs from October 4 to 13, you will receive a Redmi Pad tablet for the purchase of a smartphone from the 12T Range .
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Xiaomi 12T Pro at the best price?
Starting October 13, the phone will be available for purchase in black, silver, and sky blue.