Xiaomi is gaining momentum: The Chinese company recently surpassed Apple to take the second place in global smartphone shipments in the second quarter of 2021, behind Samsung.
This is not too surprising since Xiaomi offers an impressive range of products, not least in the premium segment of the market, where it has made tremendous strides in recent years. It looks like it will continue now with the upcoming release of the Xiaomi Mi 12. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming flagship phone.
When is the Xiaomi Mi 12 release date?
We have not yet received the exact date when we will see the Mi 12. But we can use its predecessors as an indicator of when it might appear. Here’s when they all debuted:
- Xiaomi Mi 11 – Dec 2020 (China), March 2021 (Worldwide)
- Xiaomi Mi 10 – February 2020 (China), March 2020 (Worldwide)
- Xiaomi Mi 9 – March 2019 (China), April 2019 (Worldwide)
- Xiaomi Mi 8 – May 2018 (China), November 2018 (Worldwide)
As you can see, there is a certain pattern: the global version of new Mi devices usually goes on sale in March or April. Considering this as our guide, it seems likely that Xiaomi will continue this timeline and release the Mi 12 worldwide in March 2022and the Chinese debut will take place a few months earlier.
You will also be sure to be presented with a number of options when the launch takes place, as Xiaomi expanded its Mi lineup last year to include the Pro, Lite, SE, T and Ultra models, which are all at different prices and include related specs. … They do distribute editions throughout the year, however, so they may not line up side-by-side when the Mi 12 is presented – and in fact, there were already rumors that the Mi 12 Ultra would arrive in June 2022…
Remember that Xiaomi is not looking to officially launch its phones in the US at this point, so while we expect a global launch, it is unlikely that this will include North America.
How much will the Xiaomi Mi 12 cost?
Again, there is no official pricing for the Mi 12 as we are not yet expecting it to launch. So, let’s turn to the previous models again.
- Xiaomi Mi 11 – £ 749 / € 749 (about $ 910)
- Xiaomi Mi 10 – £ 799 / € 799 (about $ 1095)
- Xiaomi Mi 9 – £ 499 / € 449 (about $ 685)
- Xiaomi Mi 8 – £ 459 / € 459 (about $ 630)
Over time, the range has risen in price. The major leap took place between the Mi 9 and Mi 10, with the Mi 11 remaining at roughly the same price point. Since the Mi 12 Ultra is rumored to follow the Mi 11 Ultra, which costs £ 1199 / € 1199, we hope Xiaomi will keep the price at the same level when the new model arrives.
What are the characteristics of the Xiaomi Mi 12?
We have already seen several rumors that may give us some clues about Xiaomi’s intentions. Chinese tech site MyDrivers is reporting a potential leak that the Mi 12 could come with the world’s first 200MP main camera, a big jump from the 108MP shooter in the Mi 11. We’ve already seen similar rumors about the Samsung S22. Ultra, although this is constantly changing as there are counter rumors that the Korean company has decided not to use the sensor on its next generation devices.
If so, then it leaves the door open for Xiaomi to steal and claim the 200MP crown. Of course, more pixels doesn’t necessarily mean better images, although the new 1-inch sensor is believed to use 16-in-1 pixel binning technology, which means it can achieve impressive results if the software is up to par. …
Another potential first for Xiaomi could be that the Mi 12 will launch with the all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 895 processor, which is expected to arrive by the end of 2021, replacing the current King of the Mountain, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+.
The processor will use a 4nm manufacturing process and is expected to bring improvements in both performance and energy efficiency. That margin could make a big difference in the highly contested market area that the Mi 12 will enter, although it won’t hold the edge for long as all premium phones will undoubtedly be equipped with the new silicon.
MyDrivers also reports that the Mi 12 may have an LTPO panel that allows you to change the refresh rate, although the top will remain at 120Hz. There are also rumors on the Spanish site XiaomiAdictos that the display will boast a 2K resolution and that one of the cameras will have a “high optical zoom” telephoto lens.
In terms of battery, MyDrivers also reports that the Mi 12 will come with 120W fast charging and possibly 100W wireless charging. The Ultra will be even more impressive, and the site claims it will be the first production phone with Xiaomi’s 200W wired HyperCharge technology, capable of fully charging a 4000mAh battery in just eight minutes.
There are no rumors about other specs yet, but check them regularly as we will update this feature when more details become available. In the meantime, try reading our guide to the best Xiaomi phones of 2021 and the best new phones of 2021 to see what else might be holding your credit card back.