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Xiaomi 12 Pro is Xiaomi’s new flagship, and rethinks the debate of whether having more megapixels is better

We already have with us the Xiaomi 12 Pro , the new flagship of this manufacturer that wants to conquer the high-end range. To achieve this, the bet stands out for a huge screen, the debut of the new Snapdragon 8 Gen1 , its new Surge P1 coprocessor and, of course, its triple camera with three promising 50 MP sensors .

Xiaomi has not even waited a year to present its new high-end model. The new model arrives accompanied by the Xiaomi 12 and the Xiaomi 12X, and it is a leap in performance although yes, something more compact and lighter than its predecessor .

Xiaomi 12 Pro data sheet

XIAOMI 12 PRO
SCREEN 6.73 ”2K (1,440 x 3,200 px), 522 dpi

Variable refresh rate 10 – 120 Hz LPTO

Touch refresh rate 480 Hz
10-bit AMOLED E4, 515 dpi
1,500 nits, HDR10 +, Dolby Vision
Gorilla Glass Victus

PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen1 (SM8450)

Octa-core (1 x 3 GHz Cortex-X2 + 3 x 2.5 GHz Cortex-A710 + 4 x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A510)

GPU Adreno 730
MEMORY 8 / 12GB LPDDR5
STORAGE 128/256 GB UFS 3.1 (not expandable)
REAR CAMERA Main: 50 MP f / 1.9, 24mm, size 1 / 1.28 “(1.22 microns per pixel), OIS, PDAF

Telephoto: 50 MP f / 1.9, 48mm, 2x zoom, OIS, PDAF

Ultra wide angle: 50 MP f / 2.2, 115˚

Video recording at 8K @ 30FPS, 4K @ 60 FPS, 1080 @ 240FPS, HDR10 +

Chip Surge P1

FRONTAL CAMERA 32 MP HDR
AUDIO Stereo speakers

Calibrated by Harman Kardon

CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 6

Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive

NFC

Infrared port

A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC, BDS

PORTS USB-C 2.0
BATTERY 4,600 mAh

Fast charging at 120 W

50W wireless fast charging

10W Reverse Wireless Charging

Power Delivery 3.0

Quick Charge 4+

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 163.6 x 74.6 x 8.16 mm

205 g

OTHERS IP68 water and dust resistance

Fingerprint reader under the screen

OPERATING SYSTEM Android 12 and MIUI 13

A slimmer design that boasts a ‘cabin’

The new Xiaomi 12 Pro is almost indistinguishable from its predecessors on the front : unless we are able to differentiate the change in the diagonal, the only thing that changes compared to the Mi 11 Pro is the hole in the screen, which occupies the central position, as did the Xiaomi 11T Pro.

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It is the rear part so that it makes it clear that we are facing a renewed terminal: the camera module has a clear protrusion but a more contained size thanks to the arrangement of the sensors.

That arrangement is dominated by the main camera module. It is a curious decision because the 50 Mpixel resolution is the same for all three , but even so, that main module is the one with the largest size in that module.

The other outstanding note of the design is found in the thickness, which is now reduced to 8.16 mm compared to the 8.5 mm of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro that was presented in spring 2021.

The funny thing is that when this manufacturer presented the Mi 11T Pro in September, it did so with an even greater thickness of 8.8 mm, and now it has decided to raise a somewhat thinner mobile. That conditions an important section: the capacity of the battery , which we will talk about later.

Welcome, Snapdragon 8 Gen1 and Surge P1

The most ambitious member of this new family arrives following in the footsteps of its predecessors, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro – goodbye to the surname “Mi” – and the even more recent Xiaomi 11T Pro that has remained as a transition model.

The format changes slightly and a 6.73-inch screen diagonal is adopted, which is somewhat higher than the 6.67 “of the 11T Pro but lower than the 6.81” of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro.

What is preserved is the 2K resolution of the latter —Xiaomi decided to downgrade to FHD + in the 11T Pro—, in addition to maintaining the rest of the panel’s specifications, which still have LPTO technology with a variable refresh rate from 10 to 120 Hz and also supports HDR10 + and Dolby Vision .

The screen is differential with respect to the Xiaomi 12 ‘standard’, but both share one of the star characteristics of this new batch: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen1 processor with which we want to take a step forward in two areas: artificial intelligence and mobile photography.

The two Surge P1 chips work together to manage the Xiaomi 12 Pro’s ultra-fast throat system.

The other big difference in addition to the screen is the battery, which as we said is somewhat reduced in capacity compared to its predecessors. From the 5,000 mAh of those models we go to 4,600 mAh , but it is likely that the autonomy of the terminal will not be particularly affected thanks to the new Qualcomm SoC.

In that battery we will benefit, of course, from the fastest possible charge in Xiaomi terminals: we have support for 120 W charging (67 W in the standard Xiaomi 12), in addition to wireless charging of up to 50 W and reverse wireless charging. of 10 W.

That charging power is managed by Xiaomi’s new chip, the so-called Surge P1 . With it, it is possible to charge the Xiaomi 12 Pro from 0 to 100% in just 15 minutes , and with a temperature peak during the process of 37 ºC.

More megapixels = better?

If a manufacturer wants to make a guarantee bet in the mobile segment, it is evident that having a good bet on cameras is crucial .

Xiaomi 12 pro camera and best mobile

Here Xiaomi has wanted to take a step forward by combining not one or two, but three 50-megapixel sensors with which to try to achieve maximum performance in these scenarios:

  • Main : (Sony IMX707) 50 Megapixels, f / 1.9 aperture, 24mm equivalent, 1.22 micron pixel size, optical image stabilization.
  • Telephoto : 50 megapixels, aperture f / 1.9, equivalent to 48 mm, 2x optical zoom, optical image stabilization.
  • Ultra wide angle : 50 megapixels, f / 2.2 aperture, 115˚ field of view.

That main sensor, the Sony IMX707, is a notable leap from the IMX766 of the Xiaomi Mi 12, since the latter has a size of 1 / 1.56 inches, while that of the Xiaomi 12 Pro is 49% larger with its 1 / 1.28 inches . And a larger sensor, as always, allows more light to be captured, crucial for any photo shoot.

These sensors are also capable of recording video up to 8K at 30 FPS and with HDR10 + , something that the new Snapdragon 8 Gen1 makes possible and that will be another of the great bets of this new terminal, which precisely differs from its little brother in resolution and capacity of its sensors. The front camera that accompanies this set has a 32-megapixel sensor .

This new device also has Xiaomi’s CyberFocus technology , which was initially implemented in its robotic dog, the Cyberdog , and which will now also be used on mobile phones. With it, it is possible to recognize objects and people in an image to obtain a precise and immediate focus of the focus of that photo .

Xiaomi’s bet in this regard certainly seems remarkable, and having three 50-megapixel sensors is surprising. We have already talked in the past about how having more megapixels is not always a guarantee that we will take better photos, especially on mobile phones , and this approach from Xiaomi reopens that debate.

Price and availability of the Xiaomi 12 Pro

The new Xiaomi 12 Pro will initially be available in China, and at the moment we have no data of its arrival in other countries. The prices will be the following :

  • Xiaomi 12 Pro (8 + 128 GB) : 4,699 yuan (651 euros).
  • Xiaomi 12 Pro (8 + 256 GB) : 4,999 yuan (693 euros).
  • Xiaomi 12 Pro (12 + 256 GB) : 5,399 yuan (748 euros).