Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro debut with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets, 50MP main cams

After months of leaks and rumors, Xiaomi’s 12 series is now official with three entries – Xiaomi 12Xiaomi 12 Pro and Xiaomi 12X. The vanilla model takes a more compact approach with its 6.28-inch screen while still fitting the very best Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. The 12 Pro bumps up the size to 6.73-inches and also boasts the same SoC but it also adds an LTPO AMOLED display, bigger battery, faster charging and more capable camera hardware. The more budget-oriented Xiaomi 12X comes with the Snapdragon 870 SoC and similar size and specs to the Xiaomi 12.

Xiaomi 12

Xiaomi 12 comes with the smallest screen on a Xiaomi flagship since the Xiaomi Mi 8 days which is a welcome move for compact flagship enthusiasts. The Samsung-made 6.28-inch AMOLED panel supports FHD+ resolution and refreshes at up to 120Hz. There’s an under-display fingerprint scanner while Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus is here to fend of scratches.

Xiaomi 12 brings the familiar 50MP Sony IMX 766 sensor found in several of the 2021 crop of flagships from major Android makers. It’s a 1/1.56” size with 2.0μm large pixels and OIS. The two auxiliary sensors are a 13MP ultrawide snapper and a 50mm equivalent 5MP tele-macro cam.

Xiaomi engineers managed to shrink the vanilla 12’s motherboard while still fitting an adequately sized cooling pad and all other key components. The smaller Xiaomi 12 gets a 4,500 mAh battery with 67W wired fast charging, 50W wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless top-ups. Xiaomi 12 series phones will ship with the brand new MIUI 13.


Xiaomi 12 series comes black, blue and pink colors. There’s a special green vegan leather version for both phones. The entry-level Xiaomi 12 with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage comes in at CNY 3,699 (QAR 2112). There’s a midway 8/256GB model priced at CNY 3,999 (QAR 2286) while the 12/256GB trim is CNY 4,399 (QAR 2512). Xiaomi 12 series will be available from December 31 in China. International pricing and availability will be detailed at a later date.

Xiaomi 12 Pro

The Pro model’s 6.73-inch panel comes with 1440p resolution and uses an LTPO 2.0 backplane which allows for variable refresh rates of 1-120Hz depending on the task at hand. Xiaomi 12 Pro also comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner and Gorilla Glass Victus protection. Both Xiaomi 12 phones output 12-bit colors and can crank out up to 1,500 nits of brightness.

Xiaomi 12 Pro brings three 50MP cameras with a Sony IMX707 sensor for the main shooter. It’s 1/1.28” in size and supports pixel-binning with one big 2.44µm pixels and OIS. The second 50MP sensor is a portrait lens while the third one brings an ultrawide module.

CyberFocus is Xiaomi’s self-developed fast auto-focus tech which manages to keep a lock on subjects’ faces and other background elements. Xiaomi is also boasting a new night mode algorithm that should capture more light in dimly lit areas while keeping noise levels in check.

There’s a 4,600 mAh battery split into two cells that charge at 120W via cable and up to 50W wirelessly. Xiaomi also added its own in-house Surge P1 charging chip to help handle power management.

120W wired charging and Xiaomi self-developed P1 charging chip

Xiaomi 12 Pro starts at an 8/128GB trim which retails for CNY 4,699 ($738), the 8/256GB model is CNY 4,999 (QAR 2858) and the top spec’d 12/256GB model is CNY 5,399 (QAR 3080). Xiaomi 12 series will be available from December 31 in China. International pricing and availability will be detailed at a later date.

Xiaomi 12X

Xiaomi 12X is the third member of the Xiaomi 12 series. It’s a slightly less capable version of the vanilla Xiaomi 12 with the same 6.28-inch 120Hz AMOLED display, capable triple camera setup and 4,500 mAh battery, and 67W charging. The key difference comes in the chipset department where the 12X goes with the Snapdragon 870 instead of the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. There’s no wireless charging nor reverse wireless charging here.

Xiaomi 12 X also comes in the same black, blue and pink colors as its siblings. It starts at CNY 3,199(QAR 1830) for the 8/128GB trim and maxes out at CNY 3,799(QAR 2170) for the version with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The phone will be available in on December 31 in China. International pricing and availability will be detailed at a later date.