- After months of leaks and rumors, Xiaomi
12 series is now officially introduced with three entries, namely Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro and Xiaomi 12X. The regular model takes a more compact approach with a 6.28-inch display while still using the best Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen1 chip.
While the Xiaomi 12 Pro increases the screen size to 6.73 inches and also offers the same SoC but also adds an LTPO AMOLED display, bigger battery, faster charging and more capable camera hardware.
And finally the more budget-friendly Xiaomi 12X comes with a Snapdragon 870 SoC and the size and specifications are similar to the Xiaomi 12.
The Xiaomi 12 comes with the smallest screen on a Xiaomi flagship since the Xiaomi Mi 8 which will be welcomed by fans of compact flagships. Samsung's 6.28-inch AMOLED panel supports FHD+ resolution and refreshes up to 120Hz. There's an under-display fingerprint scanner while Corning's Gorilla Glass Victus is there to fend off scratches.
The Xiaomi 12 features the familiar 50MP Sony IMX 766 sensor found in some 2021 flagships from the major Android makers. It is a 1/1.56” sensor with 1.0µm pixels and OIS. The two additional sensors are a 13MP ultrawide camera and a 50mm equivalent 5MP tele-macro camera.
Xiaomi engineers managed to shrink the motherboard while still installing a properly sized cooling component and all the other important components. The smaller Xiaomi 12 gets a 4,500mAh battery with 67W wired fast charging, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging. Xiaomi 12 series phones will ship with the new MIUI 13.
The Xiaomi 12 series comes in black, blue and pink colors. There is a special green vegan skin version for both phones. The entry-level Xiaomi 12 with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage retails for CNY 3,699 (US$ 581). There's a middle 8/256GB model priced at CNY 3,999 (US$ 629) while the trim 12/256GB is CNY 4,399 (US$ 692).
Xiaomi 12 Pro
The 6.73-inch panel of the Pro model comes with a resolution of 1440p and uses an LTPO 2.0 backplane which allows a variable refresh rate of 1-120Hz depending on the task at hand. The Xiaomi 12 Pro also comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner and Gorilla Glass Victus protection. Both Xiaomi 12 phones produce 12-bit color and can deliver up to 1,500 nits of brightness.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro brings three 50MP cameras with a Sony IMX707 sensor for the main camera. It measures 1/1.28” and supports pixel binning with one large 2.44µm pixel and OIS. The second 50MP sensor is a portrait lens while the third carries an ultrawide module.
CyberFocus is Xiaomi's self-developed fast autofocus technology that successfully locks the subject's face and other background elements. Xiaomi also boasts of a new night mode algorithm that should capture more light in dimly lit areas while keeping noise levels under control.
There's a 4,600mAh battery split into two cells that charges at 120W via cable and up to 50W wirelessly. Xiaomi has also added a built-in Surge P1 charging chip to help with power management.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro starts at the 8/128GB trim which retails for CNY 4,699 (US$739), the 8/256GB model is CNY 4,999 (US$786) and the top-spec 12/256GB model is CNY 5,399 (US$849).
The Xiaomi 12X is the third member of the Xiaomi 12 series. It is a trimmed-down version of the Xiaomi 12. Still the same 6.28-inch 120Hz AMOLED display, 50MP triple camera setup, and a 4,500mAh battery with 67W charging. The main difference comes in the chipset department where the 12X runs on the Snapdragon 870 instead of the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen1 chip. No wireless charging or reverse wireless charging at 12X.
The Xiaomi 12 X also comes in the same black, blue and pink colors as its sibling. Starting at CNY 3,199 (US$ 503) for the 8/128GB trim and a maximum of CNY 3,799 (US$ 597) for the version with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.