Rolling back to 2021, Xiaomi really made a wonderful achievement with the release of some amazing smartphones like the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11, Mi 11 Pro, and the Redmi Note 10 Pro. These smartphones were among the best in the market. The Redmi Note 10 Pro is seen as one of the leading budget smartphones with a great camera. The Mi 11 and the Mi pro were also great flagship smartphones, but the Mi 11 Ultra was the best of them all competing with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and iPhone 12 Pro max.
However, the Chinese company still maintained the same culture this year, presenting us with this budget smartphone that has unbelievable features. The Xiaomi 12 is a 6.28-inch display smartphone with lots of impressive sensors both on its front and back panel. At the top of its screen is a 32MP sensor while down the screen is an in-display fingerprint sensor. At the back panel is a 50MP camera sensor with enough details.
The Xiaomi 12 smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset alongside Adreno 730 GPU. This smartphone comes with an 8GB /128GB or 12GB /256GB storage options which proves the Xiaomi 12 to be a budget smartphone. There is also a 4500mAh battery which provides a steady power usage of this smartphone.
Looking at the amazing features of this Xiaomi 12 you can easily tell how much improved its pro model will be, a greater one you might say but we will find out later. Here are the total review and features of the phone alongside its current price.
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Xiaomi 12 Key Specifications
- Display: 6.28-inch AMOLED, 120Hz
- Resolution: 1080 x 2460 pixels
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
- Front Camera: 32-megapixel
- Rear Camera: 50-megapixel, 13-megapixel, 5-megapixel
- RAM: 8GB /12GB
- Storage: 128GB /256GB
- Battery Capacity: 4500mAh
- OS: Android 12, MIUI 13
Just like most Xiaomi phones, the design of the Xiaomi 12 is a unique one. We are very much impressed with how Xiaomi designed this phone shifting the whole control buttons to one corner of the phone. This means you can easily access the phone’s volume and power button While your hands are placed on its right corner. On the same right corner, you will find a dual SIM tray. Down to the lower end of this smartphone, there’s a stereo loudspeaker, a USB Type-C port but unfortunately, there is no headphone jack.
Despite having this huge screen size, the Xiaomi 12 measures just 69.9mm in width and 180g in weight putting it in the slim category. The smartphone’s screen curves from the side to meet the rounded glass panel. This makes the phone sit comfortably on your palms and is quite enjoyable to handle.
At the back panel of the Xiaomi 12, there is a camera bump that houses the three-camera setup. Looking at how the three cameras were arranged, you can easily say that the bigger one is the main camera shooter while the two smaller ones below are for the other cameras. There is also a Xiaomi logo placed vertically down the back panel of the Xiaomi 12. This smartphone also comes with four different colour options which are Gray, Blue, Green, and Purple. Each one of them looks amazing with the phone but the purple colour gives the phone a fancier look.
On the front of the Xiaomi 12 is a 6.28-inch dot-hole display screen. The display comes with an AMOLED panel that has an FHD+ (1080 x 2400 pixels) resolution. The display has a massive 120Hz refresh rate which can be switched between 60Hz and 120Hz. Also, there is a 480Hz touch sampling rate that gives the phone a responsive display screen for playing competitive games.
With a Full HD+ resolution, the Xiaomi 12 presents a unique display that can be very comfortable to watch content on. The display produces a colourful picture quality with 1200 nits of peak brightness making the phone quite usable in a sunny environment. The display also features the selfie shooter on its top centre down to its lower section where there is a fingerprint scanner.
Unlike last year’s Xiaomi Mi 11 with a 108MP sensor, Xiaomi however started this year with a 50MP camera shooter for the Xiaomi 12 out of its triple camera setup. The main camera is sponsored by Sony’s IMX66 sensor which is normally seen in most flagship phones. The 50MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture can take good pictures with excellent colour accuracy.
Having a three camera setup, the Xiaomi 12’s main camera is accompanied by an ultra-wide camera and a telemacro camera. The 13MP ultra-wide camera comes with an f/2.4 aperture and a 123° field of view, while there is a 5MP telemacro camera with an f/2.4 aperture and a focal length of 500mm.
To sum up the whole three sensors, the phone has an impressive camera that can capture nice pictures. The video quality is excellent with 1080p and 4k resolutions. It also features portrait mode which creates a Bokeh effect that blurs the background. The phone’s camera also includes other features like a dual-LED flash, Panorama, HDR, Pro, Night, Auto, and Slow motion.
On its front camera is a 32MP selfie shooter that also doubles as the face unlock feature for additional security. The front camera can take good selfies with enough details which makes video recording a nice experience with this phone. Just like the main camera, the front camera also features the portrait mode, HDR, and Panorama.
Performance, Storage, and Software
With the mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset that’s manufactured using a 4nm process technology, the Xiaomi 12 delivers a super-fast performance for your daily usage. Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset also presents a 5G support to give you a decent browsing experience.
As for graphics, the Adreno 730 GPU provides this phone with the powerful graphics needed to play any type of graphics-demanding games. The Xiaomi 12 is packed with powerful interiors which means you won’t experience any lag, system malfunctioning, or even unnecessary high-degree heating while using this phone.
In terms of Storage, Xiaomi 12 comes in two storage options. There is an 8GB RAM paired with a 128GB GB version of this smartphone. Unfortunately, there are no expandable storage options, that’s why Xiaomi added a 12GB /256GB storage option for those who need a lot of space in their mobile phone.
The Xiaomi 12 runs on the Android 12 version alongside Xiaomi’s MIUI 13 interface. Running the latest versions of these two software, the Xiaomi 12 introduces a lot of customizable features which you may not find in other smartphones.
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The Xiaomi 12 battery accurately describes the unbelievable features we have been talking about. Apart from its massive 4500mAh Li-Po (in-built) battery, there’s a 67W fast charging support, a 50W wireless fast charging, and a 10W reverse charging which is undoubtedly unbelievable. You can only get these features from top Samsung and Apple smartphones.
Xiaomi 12: Price and Availability
Xiaomi wrapped up the 2021 season with the announcement of this phone on December 28 making it a successful year for the Chinese company. However, the phone was globally launched on March 15, 2022, alongside the bigger Xiaomi 12 Pro, and low-end Xiaomi 12X.
The phone is expected to be on sale at ₦425,000 ($750) for its base model. This is less than the Xiaomi 12 Pro’s ₦499,000 ($864) and last year’s Mi 11 ₦850,000 ($1,472). You can easily buy the Xiaomi 12 at any accredited or top retailer shop or slot nationwide.
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Xiaomi 12 Full Specifications
- Brand: Xiaomi
- Model: Xiaomi 12
- Release Date: March 15, 2022
- Weight: 180g
- Colours: Gray, Blue, Purple, Green
- Touchscreen: YES
- Type: AMOLED, 120Hz
- Display Size: 6.28-inch
- Screen Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
- Facelock Support: YES
- In-display fingerprint scanner: Yes
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Dimensions: 152.7 x 69.9 x 8.2 mm (6.01 x 2.75 x 0.32 in)
- Operating System: Android 12, MIUI 13
- Chipset: 4 nm – Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
- CPU: Octa-core (1×3.00 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.50 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510)
- GPU: Adreno 730
- RAM: 8GB /12GB
- Inbuilt Storage: 128GB /256GB
- SD Card slot: No
- Rear Flash: Yes, Dual-LED
- Rear Camera: 50 MP f/1.9 (wide), 13 MP f/2.4 (ultrawide), 5 MP f/2.4 (telephoto macro)
- Video: 8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/120/240/960fps, 720p@1920fps, gyro-EIS
- Front Camera: 32MP f/2.5 (wide)
- Front Flash: –
- Wi-Fi: YES
- Bluetooth: 5.2, A2DP, LE
- USB: USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
- GPS: YES
- WLAN: Yes
- SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Technology: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
- 3G Support: Yes
- 4G/ LTE Support: Yes
- 5G Support: Yes
- Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A, 5G
- Capacity: Li-Po 4500mAh, non-removable
- Fast Charge: 67W
- Price in Nigeria: ₦425,000
- Price in the US: $749