Xiaomi 12 series launched with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 120W fast charging

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Xiaomi has unveiled its next generation of flagship phones comprising the Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro, and Xiaomi 12X at its press event in China on Tuesday, December 28.

All three handsets are built with a rear triple camera system, punch-hole camera at the front, and a display with HDR10+ support and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Both the Xioami 12 and 12 Pro boasts flagship performance with their Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processors, up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and 5G connectivity.

A notable difference is that the standard Xiaomi 12 carries a rear camera system with quite smaller sensors than the 12 Pro. The standard unit has a 50MP Sony IMX 766 sensor for its primary camera, as well as 13MP ultrawide and 5MP tele-macro secondary sensors. At the front is a 32MP selfie camera.

According to 9to5Google, Xiaomi 12 is also a bit smaller in size, with its 6.28-inch FHD display that has 120Hz refresh rate and brightness of up to 1,100 nits.

It comes with a 4,500 mAh battery with 67W fast charging over USB-C, 50W using Xiaomi’s wireless charger, and 10W reverse wireless top-ups.

Xiaomi 12 Pro

The Xiaomi 12 Pro, on the other hand, offers superior photography and charging features. Its rear camera setup houses the same 50MP Sony IMX 766 sensor as the standard unit, but this one promises more high-definition shots with its 50MP ultrawide and 50MP tele-macro shooters. For the selfie camera, 12 Pro carries the same 32MP sensor as that of Xiaomi 12.

The handset is a bit larger, with its 6.7-inch QHD display that also has a 120Hz refresh rate, but is more advanced because of the built-in light sensor and higher peak brightness of 1,500 nits. Xiaomi did not state if the Xiaomi 12 has an in-display fingerprint sensor but confirmed that the 12 Pro has one.

In addition, the company equipped the 12 Pro with its in-house Surge P1 charging chip to help manage the device’s 4,600mAh battery that charges via 120W wired charging and 50W wireless charging.

Xiaomi 12X

Xiaomi 12X is designed to be a cut-rate version of the Xiaomi 12. It has most of the specs of the standard model, except that it uses a Snapdragon 870 processer instead of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

According to Notebookcheck, 12X also does not have Dolby Vision support on the display and is not equipped with wireless charging. It does, however, have the same size, camera system, and battery as the Xiaomi 12.

MIUI 13

Xiaomi 12 series will launch with Android 11 out of the box, but is designed to run Xiaomi’s latest Android-based operating system, MIUI 13, slated for release as an update next month.

This new OS packs improvements from this year’s MIUI 12.5. It equips users with three new security enhancements: face verification protection, privacy watermarking, and electronic fraud protection. Xiaomi claims MIUUI 13 enables users of flagship units to run 14 apps simultaneously in the background backed with its improved energy-saving mode, virtual ram extension, and smart tools.

Xiaomi 12 series will come in three colors—black, blue, and pink—as well as a special green vegan leather variant.

It will retail with a price of ¥3,199 (P25,620) for the 12X, ¥3,699 (P29,620) for the Xiaomi 12, and ¥4,699 (P37,630) for the 12 Pro. Pre-order will open in China on December 30, while availability in other regions will be announced at a later time.

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