20 January 2022
Xiaomi has officially unveiled the new Xiaomi 12 series at an event held in China. There are three smartphone models Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro, and Xiaomi 12X. The first two are flagship products with premium specifications and features. The last model also offers high-end features but is a relatively affordable offering.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro is the most premium release in the lineup. It sports a 6.73-inch 2K AMOLED Samsung E5 display (3200 x 1440 pixels) with LTPO tech support and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The panel offers a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz, 12-bit color output, a peak brightness of 1500 nits, and support for both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. There is a punch-hole in the center that houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera.
Under the hood, it is powered by Qualcomm's latest Snap 8 Gen 1 flagship processor which makes it only the second smartphone after the Moto Edge X30. The phone has a distinct-looking triple camera module on the back panel. It features a 50-megapixel Sony IMX707 primary sensor, a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 50-megapixel telephoto sensor.
The whole package is powered by a 4,600mAh battery with support for 120W fast charging and 50W wireless charging. The phone will boot MIUI 13 out of the box and also has an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Xiaomi 12 Pro pricing:
- 8GB/128GB for CNY 4,699 (about $738)
- 8GB/256GB for CNY 4,999 (about $785)
- 12GB/256G for CNY 5,399 (about $848)
The Xiaomi 12 is similar to the Pro variant in a lot of aspects but there are a few significant differences. The first one is that it has a smaller 6.28-inch display with 1080p resolution. It also supports HDR content but has 1,100 nits peak brightness. The choice of processor is Snap 8 Gen 1 here as well.
In the camera department, it has a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary camera paired with a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor and a 5-megapixel macro sensor. The front camera is unchanged i.e. 32-megapixel sensor. The battery capacity on the phone is 4,500mAh and is supported by 67W fast charging.
Xiaomi 12 pricing:
- 8GB/128GB for CNY 3,699 (about $580)
- 8GB/256GB for CNY 3,999 (about $628)
- 12GB/256GB for CNY 4,399 (about $690)
The Xiaomi 12X is essentially a Xiaomi 12 but with a few tweaks to make it affordable. The biggest difference is that it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor. It does not support fast charging and wireless charging.
Xiaomi 12X pricing:
- 8GB/128GB for CNY 3,199 (about $502)
- 8GB/256GB for CNY 3,499 (about $550)
- 12GB/256GB for CNY 3,799 (about $596)