Xiaomi is now moving towards 200 megapixels after introducing a phone with an impressive 1-inch sensor. The display of this image is not that big but still impressive. As usual, the T-series is its own thing rather than a sequel. Or upgrade to Xiaomi 12 series which are not related to 12S models, so let’s see them with new eyes.
Xiaomi 12T Pro
The more interesting of the two specs is that the Xiaomi 12T Pro is the company’s first phone with a 200MP camera. It is built around the Samsung ISOCELL HP1 with a 1/1.22-inch sensor with 0.64µm pixels, 1.28µm (4-in-1) or even 2.56µm (16-in-1) that can be tuned depending on the lighting conditions and the user’s needs.
There’s no telephoto lens on board, but the high-resolution sensor supports native 2x lossless digital zoom. It can also record 8K video and HDR10+ footage. And it has optical image stabilization (OIS) for longer exposures and more stable footage in the dark, and advanced eye tracking and motion tracking autofocus.
If you’re buying the 12T Pro for the camera, it should be for the flagship. The other three on the board are less impressive. We’ll start with the adjacent 8MP ultra-wide 1/4-inch sensor (1/1.12µm pixels) and f/2.2 120° lens, and take a quick look at the 2MP macro camera.
Xiaomi 12T Pro
More interesting things are happening up front, starting with the 20MP selfie camera (1/3.47, 0.8µm, f/2.24 and 78° lens). There is also an in-display fingerprint reader on the front.
Talking about the display, it is a 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1,220 x 2,712px (20:9, 446ppi). It can run at 120Hz or you can let it automatically switch between 30, 60, 90 and 120Hz modes. It’s a 12-bit panel with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, which is a color-perfect image thanks to factory calibration. It has a typical brightness of 500 nits (900 nits peak) and is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
One thing this phone shares with the 12S series is the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, which will continue to offer a great balance between performance and efficiency even after the soon-to-be 8 Gen 2 arrives. Xiaomi significantly increased the steam room – compared to the 11T Pro, the new model has a 65% larger VC and 125% more thermal material (and the 11T Pro had to cool the SD 888).
Anyway, the 8 Gen 1+ is paired with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage in the base version, but we also get 8/256GB and 12/256GB configurations. The phone is launching with Android 12 (MIUI 13).
The 12T Pro is powered by a fairly large 5,000mAh battery with 120W fast charging (power brick included in the box). There are very few phones that reach up to 120W, but most of them have small batteries – 5,000mAh is enough for up to 13.5 hours of screen time and then the battery can return to 100% in 19 minutes.
A few more things – the phone has stereo speakers (tuned by Harman Kardon, with Dolby Atmos support), Wi-Fi 6 (ax), Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC (in some regions). This is a dual SIM phone with 5G connectivity.
Xiaomi 12T Pro in black, blue and silver
Xiaomi 12T Pro will be available on October 13 through official Xiaomi channels. The 8/128GB model comes with a €750 price tag.
While it lacks the Pro model’s camera wow factor, the Xiaomi 12T offers capable performance with the same impressive screen and battery, plus the Dimensity 8100-Max chipset and a strong 108MP camera.
This is based on the ISOCELL HM6, a 1/1.67-inch sensor with the same size pixels, 0.64µm, though with 9-in-1 binning for an effective pixel size of 1.92µm is higher. This one has OIS and an f/1.7 aperture, though it doesn’t have 8K video or advanced features like eye-tracking AF.
The rest of the cameras are the same on the Pro, including an 8MP ultra-wide (1/4″, 1.12µm, f/2.2 and 120°) and 2MP macro, as well as a 20MP selfie camera (1/3.47″, 0.8µm,). f/2.24 and 78° FOV).
Same selfie camera, same display – 6.67-inch 20:9 AMOLED panel with 1220p+ resolution. It’s a 12-bit panel with HDR10+ (no Dolby Vision though) and a 30/60/90/120Hz refresh rate, as well as a 480Hz touch sample rate. Just like on the Pro, it has 500 nits typical brightness (900 nits peak) and GG5 protection.
For multimedia you still get stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, albeit without the Harman Kardon magic. Connectivity includes Wi-Fi 6 (ax), Bluetooth 5.3 and NFC (in some regions), this dual SIM phone has 5G connectivity.
As we mentioned earlier, the phone is powered by Dimensity 8100-Max, which can be paired with 8/128GB or 8/256GB of memory (LPDDR5 and UFS 3.1, no 12GB RAM option). It runs Android 12 with MIUI 13.
Despite the different chipsets, Xiaomi claims you can get up to 13.5 hours of screen-on time, and the phone can charge the battery to 100% in 19 minutes with the same 120W charger.
Xiaomi 12T in black, blue and silver
Xiaomi 12T with Pro will launch on October 13 and will be cheaper – €600 for the 8/128GB unit.