Xiaomi 12T Pro review: A camera roller coaster

Xiaomi 12T Pro review: A camera roller coaster

Xiaomi is pushing the limits. There was a time when it seemed like the only thing that mattered about smartphone cameras was “how many megapixels” they offered. These days things are much more complex, but a high resolution camera can still be impressive. The new Xiaomi 12T Pro, for example, features a massive 200-megapixel resolution camera.

But a phone has yet to do more than offer a high-resolution camera to compete. Does the Xiaomi 12T Pro do enough to justify a relatively high price?

Well, it depends on what you’re looking for in a phone. These are our thoughts after using the Xiaomi 12T Pro for a while.

Xiaomi 12T Pro

Rating: 4 stars

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advantage

  • excellent performance
  • Some cool camera features
  • A good price
  • Big screen

Xiaomi 12T Pro Design

The first thing that strikes you about the Xiaomi 12T Pro is its design, and the design is perhaps the least interesting thing about it. That’s not because it’s ugly, on the contrary, it’s actually quite elegant and stylish. but it is far from unique.

Up front is a 6.67-inch display with a small hole-punch cutout. On the back is a relatively simple design with a rectangular camera module. On the right side you will find the power button and the volume rocker. And on the lower cam you will find the USB-C port and SIM tray.

Xiaomi 12T Pro BackImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The phone is available in a few colors: black, silver, and blue. We’re reviewing the black model, and it looks good. The device also feels pretty good in the hand, although the back is a bit slippery, so you’ll need to be careful not to accidentally drop it.

Xiaomi 12T Pro Display

The Xiaomi 12T Pro’s 6.67-inch AMOLED screen offers a resolution of 1220 x 2712, with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It looks excellent.

The resolution isn’t as high as what you’ll get on other screens, but that’s not a big deal. For a long time I thought refresh rate was much more important than resolution, within reason. And this phone still offers 446 pixels per inch, which I think is more than enough.

The high refresh rate ensures that the phone feels smooth and responsive. And it also gets bright enough for most uses. With a maximum brightness of 900 nits, the phone is bright enough even for outdoor use, and I never had to squint to see it properly.

Under the screen you can find an optical fingerprint sensor, which works well. It can be a bit slow and on occasion it couldn’t read my fingerprint properly, but most of the time it got the job done.

Xiaomi 12T Pro Performance

Under the hood, the Xiaomi 12T Pro is not far behind. the device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is easily the most powerful non-Apple mobile chip out there. That’s paired with 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. Our review model offers 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.

Xiaomi 12T Pro PortImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

In everyday use, the phone excelled. It was easily Capable of handling heavy multitasking and mobile gaming, loading games nicely and quickly, and never stuttered or froze. I never found myself wishing I had the 12GB RAM model, which was nice.

Benchmarks confirm the excellent performance this phone offers.

  • Geek Bench 5: 1291 single core, 4235 multi core
  • Slingshot Extreme 3DMark: 2804

These results are excellent, and although Quite They match the performance prowess offered by the Asus ROG Phone 6, yet show off a phone that can easily hold its own.

Xiaomi 12T Pro battery and charging

The Xiaomi 12T Pro comes with a 5,000mAh battery, and I found I could easily get through a full day even with relatively heavy use, and the day after. Even those who play a lot should find the Xiaomi 12T Pro to get them through a full day, which is always handy.

Even when the device finally runs out of power, you can quickly charge it. I like it, Really quickly. The device supports Xiaomi’s 120W charging, thanks to HyperCharge. The result? You will charge from 0 to 100% in less than 30 minutes. This technology has been around for a while, but it never ceases to amaze me. And it supports wireless charging, in case you’re not in such a hurry to get out.

Xiaomi 12T Pro Camera

Xiaomi 12T Pro CamerasImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The camera, of course, is the main attraction. The device comes with a triple camera array, which is made up of a 2-megapixel macro camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and the main feature, a 200-megapixel main camera.

Let’s get boring cameras out of the way. I really don’t like the fact that the manufacturers are yet shipment of poor quality 2 megapixel macro cameras. They look bad, and that on this phone is no exception. The ultrawide camera is fine, but it’s pretty underwhelming most of the time.

Then there’s the main camera, and it’s great. The 200-megapixel camera offers optical image stabilization and generally produces vibrant colors with excellent detail and a good amount of contrast. In general, the main camera is reliable, especially in well-lit environments. By default, the camera outputs a 12.5 megapixel image, but you can change it to 50 megapixels or even 200 megapixels.

Honestly though, I think the 50-megapixel mode is the best. Produces excellent sharpness while still mainly while retaining the same clean, high-contrast image. The 200 megapixel mode mostly just increases the file size of the images without really improving the quality. Despite the lack of a telephoto lens, the camera can still produce good images when zoomed in at relatively low levels. At 2X, the photos mostly looked the same at 1X, which was great to see.

The device can also capture great shots in low light. They still offer plenty of detail without really increasing noise, and images overall look quite natural. Even dark ultrawide photos turn out pretty good, though don’t bother taking macro mode photos in low light. Sometimes the device automatically switches to night mode, however, other times you may want to switch it manually.

The front camera, which is a 20-megapixel camera, also produced some great shots, though they aren’t particularly special. In general, they offer good color reproduction with a decent level of detail.

Xiaomi 12T Pro Software

Xiaomi 12T Pro SoftwareImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The Xiaomi 12T Pro comes with Xiaomi’s MIUI 13, which is built on android 12. The overall interface remains the same as previous generations of MIUI, which is heavily inspired by iOS. For the most part, things are where you’d expect them to be if you’d used an Android phone in the past. I do not love the look and the very altered version of Android in general, but it works perfectly fine.

Conclusions

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The Xiaomi 12T Pro is an interesting device. It works very well and has some pretty good camera technology, but it generally fails to impress when it comes to non-200-megapixel cameras and the overall software experience.

the competition

If you’re interested in the 12T Pro, the standard Xiaomi 12T is also worth considering. That device replaces the 200-megapixel camera with a 108-megapixel one, offers a MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Ultra processor, and doesn’t have Dolby Vision support. It’s a bit worse in most cases, but also a bit cheaper, so it’s worth considering.

Also worth considering the OnePlus 10Twhich is similarly priced and also offers a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. It doesn’t have the 200-megapixel camera, but the camera is still pretty good and the screen has a slightly lower resolution.

Should I buy the Xiaomi 12T Pro?

Yes. It’s a great performance phone with incredible camera technology.

Xiaomi 12T Pro

Rating: 4 stars

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advantage

  • excellent performance
  • Some cool camera features
  • A good price
  • Big screen

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