Xiaomi’s latest flagship range, the Xiaomi 12 series, was formally introduced today during a two-and-a-half-hour global webcast by the business.
The tech company recently revealed that in total three variants of the Xiaomi 12 shall be released. The Xiaomi 12 regular edition, the Xiaomi 12 Pro, and the Xiaomi 12X were among the three variants shown today. Of course, given Xiaomi’s track record, it wouldn’t be surprising if the firm added additional models to the family next year, but for now, these three are all we have. The devices will be shipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, which will make it much faster to perform functions such as removing duplicate photos.
Despite the fact that the new series was officially unveiled today, it will go on sale in China on December 31. It will be available in overseas markets at a later date, which has not yet been confirmed.
Price in overseas markets is similarly unclear, and we can only go by China’s pricing—which is merely an approximate number because retail costs do not instantly convert across currencies; each market has its own pricing.
In China, three variations of the main model, the Xiaomi 12, were launched. The lower-end model has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and costs CNY 3,699 (about $580 USD).
The second Xiaomi 12 model has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and costs CNY 3,999 (US$628) at launch. The third option, on the other hand, comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and costs CNY 4,399 (about $690).
A 6.28-inch Full HD+ AMOLED curved panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels will be used. The battery will also have a capacity of 4,500 mAh and allow rapid wireless charging up to 67W as well as wireless charging up to 50W. Furthermore, 10W reverse wireless charging is available, allowing you to charge your wireless earbuds straight on the phone.
On the rear, there’s a 50MP primary camera, as well as a 13MP secondary wide-angle lens and a 5MP macro lens. While, in terms of color, the gadgets will come in three matte hues: black, light blue, and pastel pink. A green vegan leather-backed variation will also be available, while the normal hues will have a glass and metal body.
This smartphone has a 4,500mAh battery and supports 67W rapid wired charging as well as 50W fast wireless charging. The kit also includes 10W reverse wireless charging.
Xiaomi 12 Pro
This is the series’ biggest variant, with a 6.73-inch QHD+ AMOLED display with 1440p resolution and Gorilla Glass Victus protection. The Pro model’s LTPO 2.0 backplane also enables it a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz, which slows down to conserve energy depending on what’s on-screen. For the record, the touch sampling rate is 480Hz.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro is also the only phone in the series featuring an under-display fingerprint scanner that doesn’t take up any of the large display areas. The battery is a 4,600mAh powerhouse with 120W cable charging, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging capabilities.
The 12 Pro also features three back cameras, each of which is capable of 50 megapixels. The main camera has a Sony IMX707 sensor and an f/1.9 aperture 7P lens, while the second has an f/1.9 aperture 5P lens and the third is an ultra-wide camera with an f/2.2 aperture 6P lens with a 115-degree field of view. Even for some of the greatest flagships on the market, the selfie camera has 32 megapixels, which is a lot.
This is the lowest-cost, lowest-spec model in the series, and it may not be available in all worldwide markets—we don’t have any information on foreign availability yet. This is also the only model that does not include the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU, instead opting for the Snapdragon 870.
The Xiaomi 12X also lacks wireless charging, and its 4,500 mAh battery can only be charged at 67W using a cable, which is the same as the Xiaomi 12 model. The screen is likewise the same size, at 6.28 inches.
It looks to feature the same camera specifications as the Xiaomi 12: a 50MP primary rear camera, a 13MP secondary wide-angle lens, and a 5MP macrophotography camera.
The Xiaomi 12 series is the company’s first line of products to be titled without the trademark “Mi” moniker as part of the family name. This new name scheme went into effect in July of this year, when the business formally dropped the “Mi” portion in order to “unify [its] worldwide brand presence and narrow the perceived gap between the brand and its products,” as well as “re-establish the primary “Xiaomi” brand.