The sequel to the flagship Xiaomi 12 Pro boasts a very high resolution main camera sensor, but what did we do with this smartphone when we tried it for the first time?
Main camera 200 MPThe main sensor of this phone has a very high resolution.
Chipset Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1This phone is powered by the latest Qualcomm mobile processor.
battery 5000 mAhXiaomi 12T Pro also has a large battery capacity.
- Great BritainSuggested retail price: £699
- USAto be specified
- EuropeSuggested retail price: 749 euros.
- Canadato be specified
- Australiato be specified
We were very impressed with the Xiaomi 12 Pro released earlier this year and its camera deserves special praise. This updated 12T Pro model boasts upgrades in some key areas: the main camera sensor is now a whopping 200 megapixels, the battery capacity is 5000 mAh, and the processor has been upgraded to Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.
Will these key changes make the all-round device a better one, or are some price-cutting compromises holding it back from greatness?
Although I didn’t test the device long enough to give a final verdict, here are my first impressions of testing the device before launch.
Design and screen
- The appearance is similar to Xiaomi 12 Pro.
- No IP rating
- Great screen
Xiaomi 12T Pro is obviously a candidate to replace Xiaomi 12 Pro as it is very similar.
This is a good thing about my book, as I was very impressed with the design of its predecessor; however, I feel like the back panel on this one doesn’t have that nice tactile feel that drew me to the 12 Pro, and the new version has a flat screen rather than a curved one, with noticeable bezels around the edge.
While the Xiaomi 12 Pro has Gorilla Glass Victus on the front, this one has Gorilla Glass 5 so you might not get the same level of resistance and it also doesn’t have an IP rating so we can’t be sure how it is. may be. react to water or dust.
While I felt like the large 6.67-inch screen could be operated with one hand, I found the 12T Pro to be noticeably thicker at 8.6mm (although despite being that thick, in line with most current flagships, it’s still can work). no space for a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The screen is very good and is considered one of the best features of the Xiaomi 12T Pro. This AMOLED panel boasts superb contrast ratios with over 68 billion colors and HDR10+, as well as crisp 1220x27127p resolution that lives up to the content. What’s more, if you’re watching HDR10+ playback, you’ll notice even more enhanced, explosive colors.
The 12T Pro’s screen is also very smooth, with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, so social media feeds, for example, run very smoothly as you scroll. It’s important to note that this is an adaptive refresh rate that can switch from 30Hz to 60Hz and 90Hz to max, so if you’re doing activities that can’t support the max rate, the phone can save some battery life instead without having to adjust manual settings.
Overall, I found the design to be good, albeit a little less premium than the Xiaomi 12 Pro, but the screen is just as impressive, being crisp, smooth and with vibrant colors.
- 200MP main sensor
- 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro sensor
- Very promising first results
Perhaps the main feature of this new device is the incredibly high resolution of its main camera, which operates at a frequency of 200 megapixels.
However, the bigger picture (so to speak) is not necessarily a clear upgrade over its predecessor; The Xiaomi 12 Pro offers excellent versatility with three lenses each with a high resolution of 50 megapixels, while the approach to this device was clearly to load the main sensor, perhaps at the expense of others, as it is accompanied by an 8 megapixel camera. a megapixel ultra-wide sensor and a 20-megapixel macro shooter.
There’s a lot to dig into with this 1/1.22-inch main sensor. It has a 2x in-sensor zoom that’s primarily designed for taking strong portrait shots, it can shoot 8K video (at 24fps), and there are a few software optimizations as well.
For example, Xiaomi claims to have been particularly working on capturing images in low light and capturing fast-moving subjects, although we haven’t had a chance to test them yet, and there are also features like Xiaomi ProCut that are meant to help you frame photos intelligently.
While I haven’t had much time to really test the camera yet, my initial impressions of this 200MP main sensor are positive, and it seems to produce images with high detail and nicely balanced lighting; take a look at the picture above for a quick look at its capabilities. However, we need to really put it to the test to see how it compares to the best camera phones.
- Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 flagship chipset
- UI MIUI 13
Xiaomi 12T Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest mobile processor, Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.
We were very impressed with this piece of silicon when we came across it before, for example, in the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro and OnePlus 10T. 12T Pro posted promising test results; according to Geekbench 5, it registered 1305 for single-core performance and 4219 for multi-core performance, indicating that it has an extremely powerful processor that should be able to handle just about anything you throw at it.
In the UK, only one variant of the device will be sold with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.
The software on board the Xiaomi 12T Pro is MIUI 13 built on Android 12. I must admit that I am not the biggest fan of this software as quite a lot of malware is installed at startup.
Many apps that don’t interest me are already downloaded on the device, which I find a little painful (I haven’t downloaded any of the apps shown below on the home screen). However, I was at least relatively impressed when I received a toast notification that informed me that image and location metadata would be disabled by default when posting an image, indicating that some consideration had been given to user privacy.
- capacity 5000 mAh
- 120W fast charging
The battery capacity here is very encouraging, it is 5000 mAh. It’s a big size and usually Android phones provide a good day of battery life with a battery like this on board, although of course it’s not a guarantee and we’ll have to use this device as our daily driver for a few days before we can tell you. how it actually works in practice. It is notable at least in that it is larger than the Xiaomi 12 Pro, which was 4600 mAh.
The charging ability of this phone is no less impressive than the battery capacity. Xiaomi claims that with a 120W rating, the phone can go from 0% battery to 100% battery in just 19 minutes, which is an astounding speed that would leave the iPhone 13 and Samsung Galaxy S22 series far in the shadows. This feature is a great help when you need to quickly charge your phone before going out, especially if you forgot to charge it overnight. However, the downside of this advantage is that the Xiaomi 12T Pro does not support wireless charging.
Ultimately, since we only have a limited amount of time on our hands with this phone, it’s still too early to give a final verdict on its capabilities.
However, there are already a few aspects that stand out; the processor is likely to deliver very high performance standards based on its peers, the 200MP main camera looks promising, and the screen is also enticingly attractive due to its fluidity and richness. What’s more, the price seems eminently reasonable for a phone with these specs.
However, there are still a few potential downsides; First, the secondary cameras could potentially be a step down from the main shooter, though we haven’t had enough time to establish that as a fact yet. In addition, the design seems noticeably less premium than that of its big brother Xiaomi 12 Pro. However, at the moment we are quite optimistic about the potential of this new premium smartphone.
Frequently asked Questions
Yes, it offers 5G connectivity as long as you have a compatible SIM card and network coverage.
Xiaomi 12T is available in black (as pictured), silver and blue.
Specifications Xiaomi 12T Pro
Xiaomi 12T Pro
75.9 x 8.6 x 163.1mm
Android 12, MIUI 13
2712 x 1220
Snapdragon 8 Plus 1st generation
Black, Silver, Blue
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An abbreviation for “Intrusion Protection Code”, which lets you know to what extent a device can be waterproof or dustproof.