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Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro formalized: everything you need to know about these new high-end smartphones

Xiaomi held a conference in China to present two new high-end smartphones, the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro. We summarize the main information to remember.

Xiaomi 12

Source: Xiaomi

It was the end-of-year conference that no self-respecting Xiaomi fan should miss. In fact, the Chinese manufacturer has lifted the veil on its two newcomers with high ambitions, who will land in our regions later in 2022: these are the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro, which have been the subject of numerous leaks in the past. months.

Let’s start with the more affordable of the two, the Xiaomi 12. Visually, there is a change from the previous generation. This newcomer is narrower at 69.9mm, compared to the Mi 11’s 74.6mm. Here Xiaomi wants to improve the grip of its phone, which will normally be more pleasant to hold.


The size of the screen drops drastically: the 6.81 inches of the Xiaomi Mi 11 are no longer, compared to a 6.28-inch diagonal for this Xiaomi 12. For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S21 opts for a screen of 6.2 inches. We are not in the compact smartphone category, but almost.

The format also influences its weight: 180 grams, compared to 196 grams for the Xiaomi Mi 11. In general, we should have a lighter and smaller smartphone. That’s good for grip.

Unsurprisingly, the phone’s screen is entitled to AMOLED, for a Full HD definition of 2400 x 1080 pixels, up from 3200 x 1440 pixels last year. But at the same time, this flashback isn’t dramatic and the screen is smaller anyway. Finally, the 120Hz refresh rate is obviously required.

Xiaomi also mentions stereo speakers designed with the specialist Harmon Kardon, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision compatibility, as well as Gorilla Glass Victus protection against scratches and drops.

Xiaomi 12: what photo settings?

Regarding performance, it is not surprising: we already knew that the Xiaomi 12 would marry the latest Qualcomm processor, also called Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Let’s continue with the photographic configuration of the device, which sports a triple sensor, whose characteristics are listed next.:

  • 50 mega-pixel main sensor (f / 1.88);
  • 13 megapixel ultra wide angle (f / 2.4);
  • 5 megapixel telemacro sensor (f / 2.4).

It is a shame to ignore an optical zoom here, even x2: it was notably one of the shortcomings observed in the Xiaomi Mi 11. With, this type of phone would really hurt the competitors in its segment. We can still look forward to better software image processing.

Xiaomi focused on a new tool called CyberFocus, which would allow better management of the camera’s autofocus. Regardless of the location and movement of the subject, the focus would always be able to locate his face or his body to follow him. At the front, a 32-megapixel selfie camera was preferred.

Xiaomi 12

Source: Xiaomi

The battery loses a bit of power capacity: 4500 mAh against 4600 mAh, although this should not really affect the autonomy given the dimensions of the screen, especially if the system is better optimized thanks to MIUI 13 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Xiaomi 12: price

The brand has communicated three types of load: a 67 W wired, a 50 W wireless and a 10-watt reverse load. As you can see, the 120W block tested on the Xiaomi 11T Pro is not in the game.

Here are the Chinese prices converted to euros for the Xiaomi 12. Note that taxes and logistics costs will apply in France, which should inflate the prices:

  • Xiaomi 12 (8 + 128 GB): 3,699 yuan, or around 513 euros;
  • Xiaomi 12 (8 + 256 GB): 3999 yuan, or about 554 euros;
  • Xiaomi 12 (12 + 256 GB): 4,399 yuan, or around 610 euros.

A bigger Xiaomi 12 Pro

Make way for the older brother, the Xiaomi 12 Pro, whose dimensions, screen diagonal and weight have been revised upwards:

  • Screen: AMOLED, 6.73 inches;
  • Size: 163.6mm x 74.6mm x 8.16mm;
  • Weight: 205 grams.

Here, we are closer to the Xiaomi Mi 11, which is more with its definition of 3200 x 1440 pixels. Several other elements differentiate it from its little brother, starting with the photo. The Pro version bolsters your game with more advanced sensors.

Xiaomi 12 pro

Source: Xiaomi

For example, the Xiaomi 12 has the Sony IMX766 sensor on board, against the IMX707 in the Xiaomi 12 Pro, which is wider here. The secondary sensors have on their right side many more megapixels, with a small change in the program:

  • 50 megapixel main sensor (wide angle);
  • 50 megapixel x2 telephoto lens;
  • 50 megapixel ultra wide angle (115 degrees, f / 1.9);
  • 32 megapixel selfie camera.
Xiaomi 12 pro

Source: Xiaomi

For the rest, few notable news can be reported compared to the classic Xiaomi 12. We find a 4600 mAh battery, an adaptive refresh rate of 120 Hz, a wireless charging of 50 W, a reverse charge of 10 W. .. but a much more powerful 120 W wired charge, which should guarantee super fast recharging sessions. (100% in 18 minutes, we promise).

We also mentioned Wi-Fi 6 support, native MIUI 13 integration, and Harman Kardon stereo speakers.

Xiaomi 12 Pro: prices

The prices of the Xiaomi 12 Pro obviously do not take into account the French taxes:

  • Xiaomi 12 Pro (8 + 128 GB): 4,699 yuan, or around 651 euros;
  • Xiaomi 12 Pro (8 + 256 GB): 4999 yuan, or about 692 euros;
  • Xiaomi 12 Pro (12 + 256 GB): 5,399 yuan, or around 748 euros.

Xiaomi 12X: a last one for the road

And as never two without three, Xiaomi has presented the “X” version of its Xiaomi 12, which is actually a Lite version and not a compact phone. Here is the list of features communicated about it:

  • Display: 6.28 inches, 120 Hz, AMOLED;
  • Processor: Snapdragon 870 5G;
  • Battery: 4600 mAh;
  • Load: 67W;
  • Main sensor: 50 megapixels;
  • Selfie sensor: 32 megapixels;
  • Colors: black, blue and mauve.

Clearly, this is a phone somewhat less powerful than its colleagues, but that copies the Xiaomi 12 in terms of dimensions and screen size. Obviously, the price list suffers and becomes more affordable:

  • Xiaomi 12X (8 + 128 GB): 3,199 yuan, or around 443 euros;
  • Xiaomi 12X (8 + 256 GB): 3,499 yuan, or about 485 euros;
  • Xiaomi 12X (12 + 256 GB): 3,799 yuan, or around 526 euros.
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