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Xiaomi 12-series with Snapdragon 8 Gen1 now official; starts at $580


Just as promised, Xiaomi have just announced the 12-series of her flagship Mi smartphones; the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro, both of which are the successors to the Mi 11-series. Both phones are powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen1, and both are adorned with three camera system on the rear.


Camera Specs on the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro

Talking about camera; the standard model has a 50-megapixel primary lens with 4-axies optical stabilization and auto shake correction. The lens is Sony IMX766 with f/1.88 aperture and 1/1.56 sensor size. The other two lenses includes a 5MP (50mm) macro and a 13-megapixel (12mm) ultrawide lens.


Xiaomi 12 and 12 pro

But where the camera impress the most is on the Xiaomi 12 Pro. This one has three 50-megapxil lenses, and the primary is newer sensor from Sony, a 24mm IMX707 with 1/1.28″ sensor size, and f/1.9 aperture as well as OIS.

The other two sensors includes a 50-megapixel dedicated portrait sensor with 48mm equivalent, and an f/1.9 aperture, along with a third 50-megpixel super-wide shooter with 14mm equivalent focal length.


Both the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro has a single 32-megapixel selfie camera housed within the display notch on the front. Both phones are capable of video recording up to [email protected], and if you wish to come down to 720p, then you can record an insane 1920fps.

Xiaomi 12 and 12 pro camera specs

Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro Display specifications

As far as external looks are concerned, one of the major areas with notable physical difference, between the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro, is the display. The Standard model comes in a smaller 6.28-inches screen, and the panel is OLED with 1080 x 2400 pixels, as well as 1100 nits maximum brightness.

The Mi 12 Pro on the other hands sports a larger 6.73-inches screen with 1440 x 3200 pixels. The panel here is AMOLED, and the brightness nits is maxed at 1500.

The screen on both phone has 1-billion colors, 120Hz, Dolby Vision and HDR10+, and both are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.


Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro Hardware, Software, Memory and Price

As for the hardware and software wing, both phones are powered by the aforementioned Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU from Qualcomm. The CPU includes 1-Cortex-X2 @3.0Ghz, 3-Cortex-A710 @2.50GHz and 4-Cortex-A510 @1.8GHz. Both phones runs on Google Android 12 with Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 13 out of the box.

As for memory and storage options, both phones are available in three storage options, and these are priced as follows:

Xiaomi 12-series with Snapdragon 8 Gen1 now official; starts at $580

Xiaomi 12 versions and price:

  1. 128GB + 8GB RAM = 3699 yuan or $580
  2. 256GB + 8GB RAM = 3999 yuan or $627
  3. 256GB + 12GB RAM = 4399 yuan or $690

Xiaomi 12 Pro versions and price:

  1. 128GB + 8GB RAM = 4699 yuan or $737
  2. 256GB + 8GB RAM = 4999 yuan or $784
  3. 256GB + 12GB RAM = 5399 yuan or $847

Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro Battery Specs and others

Coming to the battery department, the vanilla 12 has a 4500mAh battery with a 67W wired fast charging. The Pro model has 4600mAh battery, but this unit is backed by a faster 120W charger that promises Zero to 100% under 18-minutes.

Both phone supports 50W fast wireless charging and 10W reversed wireless charging. Additionally, both support dual Nano-SIM with up to 5G-network support. Painting on both phones did not change either, the options includes Black, Green, Blue and Pink colors.

You are also getting Bluetooth 5.2 and a dual stereo speaker system that are tuned by Harman Kardon. As for availability, you may not be able to own one until January of 2022, however, pre-ordering is already on in China.


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