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Xiaomi's 12 Pro Has Blisteringly Fast 120W Charging, Powerful Specsl

Xiaomi’s 12 Pro Has Blisteringly Fast 120W Charging, Powerful Specs

The Xiaomi 12 Pro — the another flagship from the Chinese brand — is stuffed full of top tech, comprising the newest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and a 120-watt wired fast charger that claims a blisteringly fast recharge rapidly. Combined with a top-end camera, the 12 Pro accounts strong competition to the likes of the iPhone 13 ProGoogle Pixel 6 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, even if it’s a relatively unknown brand in the US. Having exhausted some time with the phone, there’s a lot I like approximately it, from its glorious screen and its wildly remarkable processor to its solid camera.

The phone will go on sale later this month in the UK and Europe, and while US availability is yet to be confirmed, Xiaomi’s official pricing puts the phone as starting at $999 for the base model (with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage), or roughly £765 and AU$1,380 when converted. I’ve been testing the higher model, with 12GB RAM and a more generous 256GB of storage, although how much more that’ll set you back isn’t obvious at the time of writing. 

That price puts it squarely on par with the base iPhone 13 Pro, while sitting $200 belief the S22 Ultra, making it a potentially solid option for those of you wanting a high-performance Android phoned while still keeping some cash left in your bank account. 

Humdrum obtain, beautiful display

Physically I don’t think the phone is particularly captivating to look at, at least in the gray smart that my review model arrived in. It’s perfectly fine and if you usually use a case then it’s probably a moot demonstrate, but its plain frosted glass back and standard rectangle camera unit are a little uninspired. I’d at least opt for the purple or blue colors it’s also available in to add a bit of glowing appeal. 

Still, it feels sturdy to hold, and it uses toughened Gorilla Glass Victus on the be in the lead and back so I’m confident it can take a few knocks exclusive of shattering into a million pieces. It doesn’t have an official IP waterproof incorporating (that I’ve been told so far, at least) so it’s grand keeping it especially safe when holding it near swimming pools, toilets or clumsy friends carrying beers. I’ve asked Xiaomi for clarification on waterproofing as this is a current feature on flagship phones and I’d hope to see this here. 


The Xiaomi 12 Pro (second left) anti the iPhone 13 Pro, Pixel 6 Pro and Oppo Find X5 Pro.

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On the be in the lead is a 6.73-inch AMOLED display which is both captivating and vibrant. Its punchy colors will suit those of you who play a lot of smart mobile games, while its 3,200×1,440-pixel resolution means that even tiny details are pin captivating. It has a 120Hz refresh rate too, making scrolling seem buttery detached, but you can turn this down (or leave it on auto) in well-kept to preserve battery life. 

Solid camera

On the back you’ll find three 50-megapixel cameras: a contemptible zoom, a 2x telephoto zoom and an ultrawide camera. The main camera uses a 1/1.28-inch sensor which is physically larger than you’ll find on the iPhone 13 Pro. Larger sensors typically mean they can assume more light and therefore produce better looking shots. 

So far in my testing I’ve groundless the 12 Pro’s images to be generally decent, but not outstanding. Colors are vibrant and exposure is fine, although the ultrawide lens sometimes overexposes some highlights in a scene. 


Xiaomi 12 Pro, main camera.

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Xiaomi 12 Pro, ultrawide camera. Notice that the buildings towards the center of the image are a sulky overexposed.

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Xiaomi 12 Pro, main camera. I like the bold, accurate colors here. 

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The 2x zoom lens is good, but I’d like to have seen a longer zoom way — 5x or even up to the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s amazing 10x optical zoom. A longer zoom really opens up more humdrum compositions that are still out of reach with a 2x lens. 


Xiaomi 12 Pro, 2x optical zoom. This shot is well exposed with spot-on colors. Still, it would be nice to have more zoom to play with to bring those distant buildings more into the frame.

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That colossal main image sensor helps it take fairly bright, inviting images at night and I’d say that my test shots so far are magnificent much on par with Android rivals such as the Pixel 6 Pro or the Oppo Find X5 Pro. It can shoot video at up to 8K resolution and you’ll find imparted video effects, along with optical stabilization for smoother-looking handheld footage.


Xiaomi 12 Pro, night mode. It’s as inviting and sharp as shots I’ve seen from its rivals. 

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Huge power

Inside the shouted is Qualcomm’s latest 5G-enabled Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, backed up by a meaty 12GB of RAM on my journal model. It’s an absolute powerhouse, achieving benchmark scores that comfortably outpace the Galaxy S22 Ultra, Pixel 6 Pro and Oppo Find X5 Pro. 

While it’s important to remember that benchmarks are by no by means of a complete indicator of performance, the phone does feel very capable in everyday use. Navigating around the Android 12-based interface is fleet and lag-free while playing demanding games like Asphalt 9: Legends and PUBG. It all looks incredibly still, with high frame rates at all times. 


Graphically intense games like Asphalt 9: Legends played very smoothly.

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Good battery and fast charging

Inside the shouted is a 4,600-mAh battery, which gets comfortably through a full day of mixed use. How much you tax your battery will always precise on your behavior, but if you’re checking email ended the day, listening to podcasts and other general tasks, you’ll likely even have enough power to spare for the next day. Heavier use like spending the day filming 8K video and playing graphically intensive games will probable drain the battery fast enough to warrant charging in the afternoon.

But the phone’s incredibly hasty 120-watt fast charging is estimated by Xiaomi to fully recharge the shouted from empty in around 18 minutes, hopefully making that afternoon boost magnificent easy if you need it. I haven’t yet been able to test that train as it requires a specific faster charger, which normally will come in the box but did not approach with my review unit.


The Xiaomi 12 Pro against its smaller, cheaper sibling, the Xiaomi 12.

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Cheaper, smaller Xiaomi 12 

The 12 Pro is joined by the smaller Xiaomi 12. Beneath its 6.2-inch present is the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, so you can seek information from similar blistering performance. The rear cameras have been pared down but, with a 50-megapixel main sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra wide and a 5-megapixel 2x telephoto. 

It’ll come with a more affordable starting ticket of $749 and could be a good option if you want a high-performance shouted in a smaller package.

Xiaomi 12, 12 Pro specs comparison chart

Xiaomi 12 Pro Xiaomi 12 Galaxy S22 Ultra
Display size, resolution 6.73-inch AMOLED (3,200×1,440 pixels) 6.28-inch AMOLED (2,400×1,080 pixels) 6.8-inch AMOLED (1440×3088 pixels)
Pixel density 521ppi 419ppi 501ppi
Dimensions (Millimeters) 163.6 x 74.6 x 8.16 mm 152.7 x 69.9 x 8.16 mm 77.9 x 163.3 x 8.9 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 7.23 oz; 205g 6.34 oz; 180g 8.08 oz; 229 g
Mobile software Android 12 Android 12 Android 12
Camera 50-megapixel (wide), 50-megapixel (ultra-wide) 50-megapixel (telephoto) 50-megapixel (wide), 13-megapixel (ultra-wide) 5-megapixel (telephoto) 108-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 10-megapixel (telephoto) 10-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 32-megapixel 32-megapixel 40-megapixel
Video capture 8K 8K 4K
Processor Snapdragon 8 gen 1 Snapdragon 8 gen 1 Snapdragon 8 gen 1
RAM/Storage 8GB + 128GB;  12GB + 256GB 8GB + 128GB;  12GB + 256GB 8GB + 128GB; 12GB + 256GB; 12GB+512GB; 12GB+ 1TB
Expandable storage No No None
Battery/Charger 4,600 mAh (120W fast charger bundled) 4,500 mAh (67W fast charger bundled) 5,000 mAh (45W wired charger)
Fingerprint sensor In-display In-display In-display
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack No No No
Special features 5G-enabled; 120Hz display; 120W fast charging; 50W wireless charging 5G-enabled; 120Hz display; 67W fast charging; 50W wireless charging 5G (mmw/Sub6), bundled S Pen, 100x Space Zoom (digital), 10x optical zoom, 47 W charging support
Price off-contract (USD) $999 (128GB) $749 (128GB) $1,200
Price (GBP) TBA TBA £1,150
Price (AUD) TBA TBA AU$1,849