It was only a matter of time, but the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro have been officially unveiled at an event in China. Xiaomi announced just two devices, leaving us wondering where the Xiaomi 12 Ultra might be.
Nevertheless, the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro are the company’s first two phones to be announced using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. The “standard” Xiaomi 12 is equipped with a 6.28-inch display, while the Xiaomi 12 Pro makes use of a 6.73-inch LTPO AMOLED panel.
Looking at the specs, the Xiaomi 12 still offers a 120Hz refresh rate, despite using a more-traditional AMOLED display. It also sports an FHD+ resolution, while including an under-display fingerprint scanner and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
Accompanying the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of onboard storage. The phone also packs in a 4,500mAh battery complete with 67W wired fast charging, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging.
As for the cameras, we have a triple camera setup on the back, headlined by a Sony’s 50MP IMX766 sensor, which was found in many of 2021’s best Android phones. There’s also a 13MP ultra-wide camera along with a 5MP tele-macro sensor which can provide up to 50mm zoom.
Moving to the Xiaomi 12 Pro, and the phone’s 6.73-inch display makes use of LTPO 2.0 technology complete with variable refresh rates ranging from 1Hz and going all the way up to 120Hz, depending on what you’re doing. You should also have no issues when it comes to using the phone in the daylight thanks to the 12 Pro capable of reaching up to 1,500 nits of brightness.
The same RAM and storage configurations are available with the Xiaomi 12 Pro, coming in either 8GB/128GB or 8GB/256GB. But those who want the best configuration possible will have a 12GB/256GB option as well.
Xiaomi is also integrating a triple camera setup with the 12 Pro, but the sensors being used are not the same as the standard 12. Instead, the headlining camera is Sony’s IMX707 50MP lens which supports Pixel-binning. The secondary and tertiary camera sensors are also 50MP with an ultra-wide and portrait lens at your disposal.
As for battery life, it seems we’re getting even closer to the final version of Xiaomi’s HyperCharge technology. The phone splits a 4,600mAh cell in half, while being able to reach wired speeds of up to 120W. Wireless charging speeds come in at 50W, and in order to keep your phone from over-charging or over-heating, Xiaomi has integrated its own Surge P1 processor to manage everything.
Pricing for the Xiaomi 12 starts at CNY 3,999 ($628), while the Xiaomi 12 Pro starts at CNY 4,699 ($738) for the base model and goes up to CNY 5,399 ($848). Both of these phones are expected to be released sometime in early January.