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Xiaomi has done it again, packing yet another massive camera onto a premium phone. It’s the Xiaomi 12 Pro this time, which has a 50-megapixel primary sensor and an f/1.9 standard wide lens. Although it isn’t the largest sensor Xiaomi has ever used in a phone, the combination of a wide aperture lens and a large imaging chip makes it.
The novelty’s appearance has inherited many of its predecessors’ characteristics but has also undergone significant modifications. The most notable of these is the tiny, hardly visible 32MP front-facing camera, which takes up no valuable display space.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro is the first to release Samsung’s new sensor ISOCELL GN2, which officially took the first step of the mobile phone’s impact of 1 inch.
This new sensor has a surface area of up to 1/1.12″, more than double that of the current standard small bottom sensor. In addition to the improved main camera, the Mi 11 Pro offers a slew of other game-changing features.
Xiaomi, a Chinese company, is continuing its campaign on leading smartphone manufacturers in the hopes of gaining a competitive advantage. As a result, the highlight of today’s review is not only the company’s flagship phone but also what the company has achieved in its latest tech. Was the manufacturer, however, able to keep the product’s price affordable and make it truly competitive?
Xiaomi 12 Pro: Design
Not only has the Xiaomi 12 Pro received some internal updates, but it’s also been given a new coat of paint. The Xiaomi 12 Pro’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 Xiaomi 12 Pro’s camera housing is a square bump in the top-left corner of the phone’s back panel, similar to Mi 11 Pro’s. However, it differs from Mi 11 Pro’s configuration in that the camera bump is not circular and the other two lenses are aligned below the main camera.
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 first exclusion is fairly standard for a flagship handset these days but the lack of an IP rating isn’t ideal for a flagship device nowadays.
Also check: Xiaomi 12 price, review, and full specs
Xiaomi 12 Pro: Display
Even while the Xiaomi 12 is already a well-equipped flagship phone, the Xiaomi 12 Pro takes things a step further. This is especially noticeable on the larger, higher-resolution display. The screen diagonal increases to 6.73 inches, making it a curved AMOLED panel once more.
The resolution is 3200 x 1440 pixels, with a pixel density of 522 pixels per inch. Refresh rates up to 120 hertz are feasible, but the Xiaomi 12 Pro features LTPO technology, which allows the refresh rate to be employed dynamically, resulting in a screen that is exceptionally energy efficient. Like the Xiaomi 12, the peak brightness is up to 1500 nits, and the touch sampling rate is 480 hertz.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro 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 Pro: Camera
Xiaomi 12 Pro features three cameras on the back: 50 megapixels wide-angle, a 50-megapixels telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, and 50 megapixels ultra-wide-angle with a 115-degree field of view. With the main camera debuting IMX707 CMOS, 1/1.28″ large lens, support OIS optical stabilization, and 4-in-1 after the single-pixel achieved 2.44 microns. The light intake has been enhanced by 49%, resulting in greater light sensitivity, and it now achieves a complete focal length super night scene thanks to Xiaomi’s Night Algorithm 2.0.
Xiaomi has been hard at work behind the scenes for the past two years designing the camera architecture. The new Mi Imaging Brain System, which incorporates four functional modules: intent recognition unit, acceleration engine, processing unit, and ecological engine increases the speed of photo taken by 53%, the speed of night shooting by 40%, and the speed of continuous photo-taking by 209%, so you get exactly what you take.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro has three 50-megapixel lenses on the back, with the main camera being the first Sony IMX707 sensor. The machine’s overall exposure performance is quite good, the backlight surroundings are still clear restoration of details, color reproduction is excellent.
Because the device lacks a periscope lens, the maximum support is only 20X digital zoom. We are unsure why Xiaomi kept the previous generation’s periscope lens but removed it from the Xiaomi 12 Pro, yet 20X zoom is sufficient.
The night scene on the Xiaomi 12 Pro is no longer overly bright, but the highlights are suppressed while the dark areas are restored as much detail as possible, not directly brightened, the night algorithm 2.0 upgrade is more obvious, the color control is very much in place.
Also check: Xiaomi Mi 11 price, details, and full specs
Xiaomi 12 Pro: Performance
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. Xiaomi is also releasing a Xiaomi 12x with a Snapdragon 870 processor at a lesser price point.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen1 processor architecture is based on a pure 64-bit ARMv9 instruction set architecture to build an 8-core Kryo, the first major version change of the decade, v8 finally dropped over the years, a new v9 to improve security and machine learning capabilities, and a full transition to a 64-bit version to improve efficiency.
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 X2 is roughly 5% faster than the X1 when compared to the Snapdragon S888, and has further architectural advancements on top of that. Qualcomm claims that the new X2 core outperforms the X1 in terms of performance and power efficiency, which is higher than Samsung’s promise of +16 percent power efficiency when shifting from 5nm to 4nm, implying that Qualcomm is incorporating further efficiencies in silicon to achieve that amount.
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.
After running the test, Xiaomi 12 Pro scored 1020324 points on AnTuTu, breaking a million points, with the CPU reaching about 230000 points, a slight increase over Xiaomi 11 Pro, and the GPU score approaching 450000 points, which is also the biggest performance boost of the new generation Snapdragon 8.
Xiaomi 12 Pro runs MIUI 13 stable version based on Android 12. I wasn’t expecting the factory pre-loaded upgrade of the MIUI 13 main version, but it’s clear that MIUI has been refined for a long time, and the new version was able to be installed successfully.
Users may mistake MIUI 13 for MIUI 12.5 because the interface and icons have not changed much. Compared to previous generations of radical improvements, MIUI 13 does not appear revolutionary, but when you consider MIUI’s performance over the past two years, you may feel glad, and Xiaomi’s recent strategy is to calm the situation.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro has a 4600mAh battery, which is a block rather than a dual-cell arrangement. It also supports 120W fast charging.
Xiaomi 12 Pro supports 120W fast wired charging, with two fast-charging modes: the fastest, which takes 19 minutes to reach 100%, and 50W fast wireless charging, which takes 42 minutes to reach 100%.
The question now is how the single-cell battery was able to achieve 120W quick charging. Surge P1, another Xiaomi self-research chip for fast charging, was announced more than a year ago, with a budget of $100 million and additional investments in R&D. The startup and protection circuit complexity is 9 times higher than before, resulting in a fast 100-watt single cell charger. Xiaomi is clearly in the lead when it comes to charging.
The sprint mode of the Xiaomi 12 Pro took 19 minutes to charge from 1% to 100% after the actual test, and the official figures aren’t much different, with 3 minutes for charging 21% power, 9 minutes for charging 58 percent power, and 19mins to fully charge the device.
|Announced Date||28th December 2021|
|Release Date||31st December 2021|
|Dimensions||163.6 x 74.6 x 8.2 mm|
|Display Size & Type||6.73 inches LTPO AMOLED|
120Hz refresh rate
1500 nits peak brightness
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass Victus|
|Screen Resolution||1440 x 3200 pixels|
|Pixel Density||521 PPI|
|Software||Android 12, MIUI 13|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 8 Gen1 (4 nm)|
No SDCard slot
|=>50 MP, f/1.9, 24mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS|
=>50 MP, f/1.9, 48mm (telephoto), PDAF, 2x optical zoom
=>50 MP, f/2.2, 115˚ (ultrawide)
=>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 4,600 mAh|
-USB: USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
-Fast battery charging: Yes (120 W)
-Wireless Charging: Yes (50W)
-Reverse charging: Yes (10W)
|Colors||Black, Green, Blue, Pink|
|Price||Starts at RMB 4,699 (about $737)|
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
Xiaomi 12 Pro price in Nigeria and availaability
It will go on sale in China on December 31st if you want to be the proud owner of a massive smartphone camera. The Xiaomi 12 Pro costs RMB 4,699 (about $737) for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the Xiaomi 12 costs RMB 3,699 (approximately $580) for the same configuration.
With the Xiaomi 12 Pro, Xiaomi continues to provide a lot of smartphones for the money, and the high-speed fast-charging feature is especially rare to get by in this price bracket. However, in the case of the Xiaomi 12 Pro, which has just been reduced in price, this HyperCharge technology must play a significant role for potential consumers as well as other flagship features like wireless charging, 1440p resolution, Snapdragon 8 Gen1 (4 nm), 120hz refresh rate, and an optically stabilized main camera.
So, how about that? It should go without saying, but the Xiaomi 12 Pro is (nearly) the whole package and another reminder that there’s no need to spend insane amounts of money on the next Apple or Samsung handset. Instead, do your wallet a favor and save hundreds of dollars by purchasing the Xiaomi 12 Pro. You won’t be disappointed; it’s a flagship killer.