Is it possible to get a phone with all of the latest features for a reasonable price? The Xiaomi 12 is a response to the question.
In recent years, the smartphone industry has pushed for a number of technological advancements. As the broad mix of client preferences changes, so do the devices that are necessary to adapt. Some users want to create social media content (high-end camera), while others prefer to game, and still, others need a simple phone with long battery life. As a result, we’ve seen a lot of smartphones that fulfill these criteria.
Attempting to build a one-size-fits-all devic3, on the other hand, usually means higher expenses. Xiaomi recently updated its approach to smartphones to fill in the gaps in these areas without breaking the bank. The Xiaomi 12 is one of these devices.
In addition to the aforementioned, with the introduction and commercial availability of 5G, connectivity has witnessed an enormous increase. And, as such, there is no need to add the “5G” moniker on such devices since it is not new anymore.
How does the Xiaomi 12 compare to other Xiaomi smartphones, as well as other mid-range units on the market, given the marketing aimed at cost-conscious users?
Xiaomi 12: Design
Not only has the Xiaomi 12 received some internal updates, but it’s also been given a new coat of paint. The Xiaomi 12’s back is made of dazzling frosted glass and comes in four colors: Black, Green, Blue, Pink. It’s more appealing to the eye than Xiaomi’s last flagship, and it doesn’t take up greasy fingerprints as easily.
Perhaps the most noticeable new feature is the rear camera housing. The device’s camera housing is a square bump in the top-left corner of the phone’s back panel, similar to the pro variant.
The phone’s huge screen curves slightly over the left and right sides, stretching out to all four corners, with a 32MP selfie camera nestled perfectly in a hole-punch notch in the top center.
However, the phone is missing two essential features: a 3.5mm headphone connector and a water resistance rating. The exclusion of these features is fairly standard for such handsets these days.
Also check: Xiaomi 12 Pro price, review, and full specs
Xiaomi 12: Display
Unlike what we saw on the Xiaomi 12 Pro, the display quality of the Xiaomi 12 is on the lower end but that is not a big deal since most devices in this price segment also offer similar quality.
The Xiaomi 12’s screen is fantastic, even if it isn’t quite a flagship. It features a 6.28-inch OLED display. It’s not as huge as many other mid-range units, which sometimes go bigger to compensate for other flaws. I found the size to be about ideal.
The greatest difference between this and the Pro variant, as previously stated, is the screen size, resolution, brightness, and another minor tech. It isn’t unattractive, but it is obvious.
The display has a resolution of 1080×2,400 pixels. The pixel density is 419ppi as a result of this. In general, a good pixel density is around 400, thus this is well above that mark. When using the phone in any app, including browsing images, watching videos, and playing games, there is no noticeable pixelation.
Aside from that, the color reproduction is excellent. It’s bright and lively, but it’s a few nits too dark. But, for the most part, the lack of brightness will go unnoticed when in use. Because it’s an OLED panel, the contrast is excellent, with really deep blacks.
Finally, it can operate at 120Hz. This is useful for higher FPS games as well as scrolling to the native menus.
The Xiaomi 12 comes with the usual flagship features like the Gorilla Glass Victus protective layer. It also boasts an optical fingerprint sensor beneath the display that unlocks the phone in a flash, even when it’s wet.
Xiaomi 12: Camera
Xiaomi equipped the 12 series with 50 megapixel main cameras, thereby replacing the 108-megapixel camera. However, not all 50 MP sensors are created equal, as there are differences between the 50 MP cameras on the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro.
A superior sensor is included in the Xiaomi 12 Pro. Sony’s IMX707, a variation of the IMX700 seen on the Huawei P40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro. The Xiaomi 12’s standard sensor, on the other hand, is far less powerful. The Xiaomi 12 uses a 50 MP IMX766 sensor. The IMX766 has progressively become the mid-range sensor of preference, with phones like the OnePlus Nord 2 using it, so it’s a little disappointing to see it on what should be a flagship phone.
Xiaomi has placed a triple-lens camera on the back of the phone. This means that there are two major cameras for the most part, with the other one playing a supporting role. The primary camera is a 50 MP lens. It has a 26mm wide lens with IOS, PDAF, and an f/1.9 aperture. A 13 MP Ultrawide lens with an f/2.4 aperture and 123˚ field of view, and
a 5 MP telephoto macrolens the other two cameras.
The photographs that resulted from the arrangement are fantastic. As is to be expected, the best photography is done in daylight. The colors are vibrant, with a wide dynamic range and high contrast. It isn’t as good as other smartphones in its price range when it comes to low-light photography, but it is still above average.
Even with its tiny 5MP lens, the macro camera performs admirably. On some images, it isn’t able to go as close as I’d want, but it still appears clear.
The 16MP front camera is embedded in a “punch hole”. The video quality is excellent. The photos are bright and vibrant, with powerful and natural color reproduction. You can quickly convert to portrait mode for a blurred background. The background blurring isn’t too strong, and the foreground and background are clearly distinguished.
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The new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Processor, which will lead the way for Qualcomm-based flagships in 2022, is the highlight for spec enthusiasts. The new chipset will be supported by up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of storage in both the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro.
The CPU’s three cluster design is retained, although the cores are now based on ARMv9 designs. This indicates that the primary processor will be a Cortex-X2 with a clock speed of 3.0GHz. Three performance cores based on the Cortex-A710, which will operate at 2.5GHz, and four efficiency cores based on the A510, which will run at 1.8GHz, will power it. Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 8 CPU provides a 20% speed boost and a 30% energy efficiency boost, and is the first platform to support Unreal Engine 5.
The GPU is also a new architecture; the design is unknown, but it is expected to be Adreno 730. This is the first generation in five years, with a 60 percent increase in the core area, a 30 percent increase in graphics rendering speed, and a 60 percent increase in Vulkan performance, with a focus on improving games.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 incorporates the most recent Arm core IP, as well as updated Adreno, Hexagon, and connectivity IP, including an integrated X65 modem capable of both mmWave and Sub 6 GHz, to provide a global solution in a single chip.
It does well in both paper and real-world tests when it comes to performance. The benchmark results appear to be impressive on paper.
The device comes with Android 11 pre-installed and MIUI 13 firmware on top of that. For the most part, MIUI 13 is a fantastic experience. There are, however, a few annoyances to be aware of. For example the large number of Mi apps, which are little more than bloatware. I’m satisfied to utilize the Google suite for most of my default apps, so I don’t need a second browser, messaging app, or anything else.
Overall, MIUI 13 is a fantastic operating system. It’s quick and smooth, and thanks to the animations, it’s very lively. It has a light, breezy feel to it, and it’s simple to multitask with. Despite the aforementioned drawbacks, the overall responsiveness of this os makes it easy to choose it over others.
The device functioned admirably in real-world testing. Even when multitasking, the lightweight firmware ensured that there was enough RAM available for tasks. It’s simple to use and a lot of fun to play.
The Xiaomi 12 battery is one of the device’s main selling factors. Under the hood, there’s a 4,500mAh battery. It’s not surprising that the unit would struggle to last the day, given its 120Hz refresh rate, powerful processor, and 5G compatibility. However, it does. It will last you until the early hours of the next morning before needing to be recharged. Even if you’re a superuser, you should be able to get through a busy day out of the house before needing to recharge.
The charging module, on the other hand, is one of the highlights. The device comes with a 64W fast charging support. In addition, the contents of the box include a large charger that can be used to fully utilize this capability. Most flagship smartphones don’t have this type of charging method, but it has been introduced to the device.
To put things in perspective, the charging system can charge from zero to forty percent in eighteen minutes and from zero to full charge in forty-five minutes. When compared to traditional charging, which takes roughly 90 minutes to charge a 45000mAh battery, this cuts the entire time in nearly half.
|Announced Date||28th December 2021|
|Release Date||31st December 2021|
|Dimensions||163.6 x 74.6 x 8.2 mm|
|Display Size & Type||6.28 inches AMOLED|
120Hz refresh rate
1100 nits peak brightness
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass Victus|
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 2400 pixels|
|Pixel Density||419 PPI|
|Software||Android 12, MIUI 13|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 8 Gen1 (4 nm)|
No SDCard slot
|=>50 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS|
=>13 MP, f/2.4, 12mm, 123˚ (ultrawide), 1/3.06″, 1.12µm
=>5 MP, 50mm (telephoto macro), AF
=>Supports [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240/960fps, gyro-EIS
|32 MP, 26mm (wide), 0.7µm|
Supports [email protected] video recording
|3.5mm Headphone Jack||No|
|Network||2G, 3G, 4G, 5G|
Supports Dual nano-SIM
|Connectivity||GSM, GPS, BT 5.2, Hotspot,|
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC, Radio
|Battery||-Non-Removable Li-Po 4,500 mAh|
-USB: USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
-Fast battery charging: Yes (64 W)
-Wireless Charging: Yes (50W)
-Reverse charging: Yes (10W)
|Colors||Black, Green, Blue, Pink|
|Price||Starts at RMB 3,699 (about $580)|
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
Xiaomi 12 price in Nigeria and availability
The Xiaomi 12 is already on sale in China and if you want to be the proud owner, you have to wait for a little before it reaches Nigeria. The Xiaomi 12 costs RMB 3,699 (about $580) for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. We estimate its price to be around N280,000 – N300,000 when it is available in Nigeria. WE WILL UPDATE YOU WHEN IT IS AVAILABLE. BUT MAKE SURE YOU SUBSCRIBE.
The Xiaomi 12 does not have any substantial improvement over its predecessor, which was released in early 2021. It boasts significantly enhanced hardware that produces outstanding results across the board. It also features a fantastic screen and 5G connectivity. It’s a fantastic buy because it does all of this while keeping the price low.