Xiaomi has announced the international version of the Xiaomi 12 Pro, the first global flagship phone since the demise of the “Mi” branding. As with previous phones in the Mi series, like last year’s Mi 11, it’s a high-end device that aims to beat competitors like Samsung in terms of price-performance ratio.
The design of the phone is simple yet attractive. The gray model I tested has a matte finish on the frosted glass that is almost impossible to spoil with fingerprints. The screen is a slightly curved 6.73-inch 120Hz 1440p LTPO OLED panel that looks great. Like any other 2022 flagship, the processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. You can get 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM and there is 256 GB of storage. The battery is 4,600 mAh and charges up to 120 W with a cable and 50 W wireless.
The camera system includes three 50 megapixel sensors. The main camera sensor is a 1/1.28-inch Sony IMX707, while the other cameras are a 115-degree ultra-wide angle lens and a 2x telephoto. The selfie camera is 32 megapixels. Xiaomi claims that the main camera is 120 percent better at collecting light than the Mi 11’s, which was decent, but used a 108-megapixel sensor that was a bit outdated even when the phone launched. The Xiaomi 12 Pro is the first phone to use this new IMX707 sensor.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro isn’t the most exciting or revolutionary phone on the market, but there doesn’t seem to be much wrong with it either. The design is correct and the spec sheet is strong across the board, although I haven’t had enough time to properly test the cameras.
While the Xiaomi 12 Pro won’t launch in the US and specific pricing will vary by regional currency, Xiaomi says it will start at $999. That puts it up against the Galaxy S22 Plus, and on paper, the Xiaomi 12 Pro has in every case. case a strong case. The screen is bigger and sharper, the cameras usually have a higher resolution, and the battery is bigger and charges faster.
The catch, as always, is where to buy one. The phone is already out in China and Xiaomi tells me it will also be available in “global markets, including but not limited to Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.”