Xiaomi introduces the Xiaomi 12 Series, spearheaded by the Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro and Xiaomi 12X. Improved cameras and fast charging times set the tone.
The cheapest versions of each model cost 699 euros (Xiaomi 12X), 899 euros (Xiaomi 12) and 1099 euros (Xiaomi 12 Pro). The release does not disappoint: all models have one of the best price-performance ratios of this time.
Each model includes a 50MP camera sensor. The second and third cameras vary per model. The Xiaomi 12 Pro and Xiaomi 12 record in 8K resolutions. The cameras of both models are supported by AI to automatically focus on moving or stationary objects. A night mode improves the quality of photos and videos in low light.
Processor and RAM
The Xiaomi 12 Pro and Xiaomi 12 are equipped with a Snapdragon Gen 1 processor. The Xiaomi 12X has a Snapdragon 870. The Snapdragon 8 Gen is one of the most powerful Android options available today. The Snapdragon 870 is moderate, but just as cost-effective as the Gen 1.
Each model has LPDDR5 RAM. Capacity ranges from 8GB to 12GB, depending on the version.
Xiaomi 12 Series display
The display of the Xiaomi 12 Pro (6.73-inch) is slightly larger than the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12X (6.28-inch). All models have a refresh rate of 120Hz. The Xiaomi 12 Pro stands out with AdaptiveSync Pro, a feature that adjusts the refresh rate based on content displayed.
Charging speeds are a focal point. An empty Xiaomi 12 Pro can be charged in a record time of 18 minutes. The Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12X score above average as well. The 12 Pro and 12 are equipped with AdaptiveCharge, an algorithm that extends long-term battery life.
When in doubt
If you’re investing in a smartphone for filming and photography, the Xiaomi 12 Pro is worth its price. The cameras stand out from the cheaper Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12X.
If you like to photograph, but not enough to cough up an additional 200 euros, the Xiaomi 12 offers a fair middle ground. The Xiaomi 12X is more than adequate for everyday use.