Xiaomi’s new flagship is officially unveiled for launch in China, which should precede the French launch by a few months.
As expected, the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi today presented the latest novelties that come to adorn its catalog. The stars of the event were undoubtedly the new Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro, which by definition become the brand’s new flagships.
And we could also say it right away: there is a change in the program, and this is obvious as soon as we put our eyes on the machine. It is not just the acronym “Mi” that Xiaomi threw overboard; part of the screen was bypassed at the same time. In fact, the “12” is a much smaller device than its predecessor, and its screen ranges from 6.81 “to 6.2”. You should also feel on the weight. We also note that the device is narrower than its predecessors; handy to grip and pocket effortlessly.
As expected from the latest leaks, in addition to the size of the screen, Xiaomi has also chosen to cut its resolution. Exit, the 3200 x 1440p of the Mi 11; this new version should be satisfied with a 2400 x 1080p panel. The manufacturer certainly felt that this difference was not noticeable given the size reduction. However, the refresh rate escapes this degreasing and remains at 120Hz. We also noticed support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos technologies.
This information now confirmed, it is time to look at another point where Chinese smartphones are expected in turn, namely the photo. The Xiaomi 12 will be entitled to the Sony IMX766, an excellent quality sensor that has already proven its worth on many smartphones. The rectangular block will be provided with three lenses: a main one of 50 Mpx at f / 1.88, an ultra-wide angle of 13 Mpx at f / 2.4, and a macro of which unfortunately we only know the aperture (f / 2.4 as well). The front panel will be entitled to a 32 Mpx sensor.
As for the guts of the beast, we find as expected the famous Snapdragon Gen 1. It is a new SoC, the new spearhead of the Qualcomm range. Therefore, Xiaomi 12 owners should benefit from explosive performance, more than enough to handle any workload, from the latest games to viewing very high-quality content.
In addition, it is based on a new architecture that should allow it to be immensely more efficient in all light and background tasks. Therefore, we can expect a very good autonomy, despite a very slight decrease in battery capacity (4500 mAh against 4600 for the Mi 11). Can be recharged with 67 W wired or 10 W wireless
The device will be marketed in three variants.
- A version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, sold for 3,699 yuan (~ € 514)
- A version with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, sold for 3,999 yuan (~ € 556)
- A version with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, at 4,399 yuan (~ € 611)
Keep in mind that these prices are likely to inflate when they hit the European market, probably in February or March 2022.
The brand also presented its Xiaomi 12X, an almost exact, but slightly diluted, copy of this Xiaomi 12. The chassis, screen and photographic equipment look strictly identical, at least if we refer to the data available today. The only significant difference is hidden on the SoC side. Instead of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, this version will have to be content with a Snapdragon 850 5G. A chip that has largely proven its worth and that will be suitable for the vast majority of uses, but will not be able to compete with the latest Qualcomm.
This model will be offered in the same RAM / storage variants as the original, priced between 3,199 yuan (~ € 446) and 3,799 yuan (€ 528).
12 Pro: raw power at a reasonable price
For those who want a more muscular device, the Chinese manufacturer also offers a Pro version. In terms of format, it is closer to the Mi 11. We find a 6.73-inch screen slightly smaller than its predecessor, with the same 3200 x 1440p resolution abandoned by his little brother.
There is also a substantial increase in range in terms of the photography unit. Exit, the Sony IMX766; the Pro version will be entitled to the new Sony IMX707, significantly larger and more powerful. The device also gains a 50Mpx x2 telephoto lens that buyers of the entry-level version will certainly miss.
The rest of the technical sheet is, in short, quite similar to the basic version. We simply noticed a difference in the recharge level, which here reaches 120W compared to 50W in the basic version.
The PRO version will also be marketed in three variants.
- A version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, sold for 4699 yuan (~ € 653)
- A version with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, sold for 4,999 yuan (~ € 695)
- A version with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, at 43,959 yuan (~ € 751)
Here again, these prices are likely to be inflated when they hit the European market on an exact yet unknown date.