Xiaomi has unveiled its two new flagship smartphones: the Xiaomi 12T and 12T Pro. We were able to take this one in hand. The Chinese brand wants to hit hard with a powerful and high-performance photo terminal at a reasonable price. One of the new kings of the segment? In any case, he has all the arguments for.
Xiaomi wants to strike a blow with its Xiaomi 12T and 12T Pro. The objective is to offer smartphones with high-end features, but at a lower price than the competition (649 euros and 799 euros). In this, they take up the torch of the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro, released at the start of the year.
The Xiaomi 12T and 12T are very similar in technical specs. The Pro model is characterized above all by its 200 megapixel photo sensor. It is the latter that we were able to take in hand. Our first contact is very convincing.
A technical sheet that makes you want
Let’s start with the spec sheet. Xiaomi did not go there with the back of the spoon. We have a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a definition of 2712 x 1220 pixels with a dynamic refresh rate of 120 Hz. Inside we find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, the most mobile SoC strong in the market today. But it is in the photo that Xiaomi wants to dazzle. The terminal embeds a module composed of three sensors, including a main one of 200 megapixels. This is not a first, the Moto Edge 30 Ultra having already experienced it, but it remains a feature that is still uncommon on the market.
|Xiaomi 12T Pro|
|SoCs||Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1|
|Quick charge||yes (120W)|
|Rear photo sensors||– 200 MP wide-angle (f/1.7 aperture)
– 8 MP ultra-wide angle (f/2.2 aperture) with 115° field of view
– 2 MP macro (f/2.4)
|Rear photo sensor||20 MP wide-angle|
|Fingerprint reader||under the screen|
|Dimensions||163.1 x 75.9 x 8.6mm|
The brand has already proven its know-how in the photo segment in the past. Trust is therefore essential. Note that the 12T has less “flashy” characteristics, with a 108 megapixel photo sensor and a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 Ultra processor. For the rest, it shares the same technical sheet and the same design.
A wise design that goes to the essentials
With rare exceptions, Xiaomi has never really shone on the design of its smartphones, always very classic. The 12T remains in this line. The terminal is available in several colors: silver, blue and black. This is the black model that we have in our hands. The phone has an aluminum chassis which is very pleasant under the fingers. However, the brand fails to give it a premium appearance, especially with rounded lines that are no longer too fashionable and because of certain details, such as the not very aesthetic legal notices, or the plastic edges.
The visual particularity of the smartphone lies in its huge photo module inherited from the Xiaomi 12. This one is impressive as it protrudes from the chassis, but brings a little personality to the whole. For the rest, we have a very wise terminal in its design, with thin edges, as well as a flat screen on the front. For the latter, the brand has taken care that each edge is equal, which guarantees a pleasant visual symmetry.
The terminal is very imposing (163.1 x 75.9 x 8.6 mm), little served by its clumsy design. It is also quite heavy with its 205 grams. However, it is pleasant in the hand thanks to its balanced weight. The concern is on the side of the photo sensor, which protrudes a lot from the chassis. The latter will therefore not be at all stable once placed on the back.
Generally, Xiaomi therefore remains within its design codes, offering a visually very classic product, dare we say a little sad (especially in black). It’s the carbon copy of the 12 Pro minus the curved screen. But it’s the inner beauty that counts, and the brand intends to put the package on the technical part.
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A promising screen and processor
Regarding the screen, we are rather thrilled by this large 6.67-inch display at 120 Hz. This is an AMOLED panel, a safe bet that guarantees infinite contrast and good brightness. If the colors look a little overdone in the Intense profile (the default mode), this feeling disappears once you make a few adjustments in the settings. We will have to check all this with our probe, but for the moment, everything seems correct. We also note the presence of a fingerprint sensor under the slab, which is always appreciable.
For the processor part, Xiaomi did not go out of its way by giving the 12T Pro a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, a real little monster of power. Everything should therefore run flawlessly and the phone has something to age well. It’s hard to tell the performance with a quick hands-on, but we fired up Diablo Immortal and it’s running perfectly with the graphics cranked up. The heating also seems well managed.
Finally, note that the phone has of Android 12 with the MIUI 13 overlay. The latter will always be debated. She has her followers and her detractors. For our part, we are not fans, since we consider it very complex for not much. However, it brings interesting features, especially in terms of customization. We will see all this in depth during the test.
A battery that has it in the belly and a monstrous photo sensor
The Xiaomi 12T Pro is on board a 5000 mAh battery, which promises a satisfactory autonomy. However, it will be necessary to remain vigilant on this point, in particular with regard to the consumption of the processor and the overlay. We also note compatibility with a 120 Watt recharge, which promises a complete replenishment in less than twenty minutes. Important clarification: the dedicated charger is included in the box.
Regarding the photo, Xiaomi wants to shine with a module containing three sensors: an ultra wide angle of 8 megapixels (f / 2.2), a macro sensor of 2 megapixels (f / 2.4), but also and above all a sensor 200 megapixel wide angle (f/1.7).
Difficult once again to judge after a quick manipulation, but the 200 MP sensor seems to be a real asset for the phone. We are just a little afraid of the result in terms of contrasts. We will have to check this more thoroughly during our test (currently in progress). The macro sensor, meanwhile, seems to be the weak point of the terminal.
The question will be how this module is doing in everyday life. What about the responsiveness of the sensor, its performance in night mode? We will see it during the test. In any case, Xiaomi offers a lot of options in its software dedicated to photography. The 12T Pro has all the cards in hand to become the model to follow in its price segment, but all of this will have to be verified in use.
The new king in its price segment?
Our first approach with the Xiaomi 12T Pro turns out to be very positive. We are not really seduced by the design as well as by the overlay, but it is above all a question of taste. On the other hand, the whole technical aspect seems extremely neat, whether in terms of the screen, the power, the autonomy or the photo. A very encouraging first contact, but the terminal will have to transform the test during our test.