Xiaomi launches its 12 series smartphones globally

Xiaomi is back with another trio of high-end smartphones and has released the new 12 series consisting of the Xiaomi 12 Pro, Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12X.

All three smartphones were originally launched in China last December and are finally making their way west today.

True to its focus of the past few years, Xiaomi is aiming for the crown of mobile photography, which is why its marketing focuses so heavily on camera performance. The company has upgraded this series on both the hardware and software side, but until we test them for review at PetaPixelthe jury is out on what it all means.

Camera layout and new features

Xiaomi will use a 50-megapixel primary wide camera as the main shooter on all three phones, although there are some differences, especially with the 12 Pro. This model will feature 50-megapixel sensors on its three rear cameras, so both ultra-wide and telephoto lenses will shoot at the same resolution. The difference is that the wide camera has the Sony IMX707 (1/1.28 inch) image sensor, with an f/1.9 aperture and 2.44 micron pixels.

Xiaomi launches 12 series smartphones

It’s the first phone to use Sony’s latest mobile image sensor, which may be a slight upgrade over the previous IMX700 sensor, but we’ll wait to see what the results show. We already know that the other two 12-series phones won’t match the output, as Xiaomi has equipped them with the IMX766, a smaller sensor, but with a slightly wider f/1.88 aperture.

The 12 and 12X will also sport different additional lenses from the Pro. These will have a 13-megapixel ultra-wide layout and a 5-megapixel tele-macro layout (a 50mm equivalent). Xiaomi largely strips the 12X of its latest software and AI features, leaving them for the more advanced 12 and 12 Pro.

From a software perspective, Xiaomi is playing its own proprietary AI algorithms, which it says will be perfect for photographing low-light and moving subjects. Its ProFocus software “intelligently identifies and tracks objects, preventing blurry or blurry shots of moving or hazy subjects”. This is supposed to extend to eye and face detection for autofocus.

Xiaomi launches 12 series smartphones

The algorithms don’t stop there. Ultra Night Video has its own proprietary algorithm to better record video in “extreme” low light conditions, as well as a one-click AI Cinema setting for on-device video editing tools that include modes it calls Parallel World, Freeze Frame Video and Magic. Zoom Modes.

New chip, new features

The 12 Pro and 12 also get new silicon in the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. Built on a 4nm process, Qualcomm highlighted the chipset’s ability to improve both graphics performance and processing efficiency. battery compared to previous chips. The 12X won’t be so lucky, as Xiaomi has put the more modest, but still powerful, Snapdragon 870 processor in this one.

All three have AMOLED screens, with the 12 Pro a tad larger at 6.73-inches, including TrueColor, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support, plus Gorilla Glass Victus protection. The WQHD+ (3200 x 1400) screen can go up to 120 Hz on its refresh rate, and even up to 1,500 nits at maximum brightness.

The Xiaomi 12 and 12X use the same 6.28-inch AMOLED with 120Hz refresh rates. They will each come with stereo speakers, while the 12 Pro comes with quad speakers split into two tweeters and two woofers.

As often with Chinese manufacturers, Xiaomi wants to push the limits of battery charging by including a 120W HyperCharge charger. With the 12 Pro, in particular, plugging in and using Boost mode would see the device fully charge in just 18 minutes. Wireless charging maxes out at 50W and you can reverse charge up to 10W.

Xiaomi launches 12 series smartphones

Xiaomi says Series 12 customers can get three months of YouTube Premium for free, although this varies by region, so it may not apply to everyone. The offer is also only available to new YouTube Premium users.

The Xiaomi 12 Pro is available in two variants, which will either be 8 GB of RAM with 256 GB of storage or 12 GB and 256 GB, respectively. The starting price will be $999. The Xiaomi 12 comes in three variants, 8GB and 128GB, 8GB and 256GB, 12GB and 256GB, with a starting price of $749. The Xiaomi 12X comes in two variants, 8GB and 128GB, 8GB and 256GB, with a starting price of $649.

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