Wednesday, September 28

Xiaomi 12 Pro is Xiaomi’s new flagship, and rethinks the debate of whether having more megapixels is better

We already have with us the Xiaomi 12 Pro, the new flagship of this manufacturer that wants to conquer the high-end range. To achieve this, the bet stands out for a huge screen, the debut of the new Snapdragon 8 Gen1, its new coprocessor Surge P1 and of course, its triple camera with three promising 50 MP sensors.

Xiaomi has not even waited a year to present its new high-end model. The new model arrives accompanied by the Xiaomi 12 and the Xiaomi 12X, and it is a leap in performance although yes, somewhat more compact and lighter than its predecessor.

Xiaomi 12 Pro data sheet

Xiaomi 12 Pro


6,73” 2K (1.440 x 3.200 px), 522 ppp

Variable refresh rate 10 – 120 Hz LPTO

Touch refresh rate 480 Hz
10-bit AMOLED E4, 515 ppp
1.500 nits, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
Gorilla Glass Victus


Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen1 (SM8450)

Octa-core (1 x 3 GHz Cortex-X2 + 3 x 2,5 GHz Cortex-A710 + 4 x 1,8 GHz Cortex-A510)


Adreno 730


8 / 12 GB LPDDR5


128/256 GB UFS 3.1 (non-expandable)

Rear camera

Main: 50 MP f / 1.9, 24mm, size 1 / 1.28 “(1.22 microns per pixel), OIS, PDAF

Telefoto: 50 MP f/1.9, 48 mm, zoom 2x, OIS, PDAF

Ultra wide angle: 50 MP f / 2.2, 115˚

Video recording at 8K @ 30FPS, 4K @ 60 FPS, 1080 @ 240FPS, HDR10 +

Chip Surge P1

Frontal camera



Stereo speakers

Calibrated by Harman Kardon


Wi-Fi 6

Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive


Infrared port



USB-C 2.0


4.600 mAh

120 W fast charge

50W wireless fast charging

10W Reverse Wireless Charging

Power Delivery 3.0

Quick Charge 4+

Dimensions and weight

163,6 x 74,6 x 8,16 mm

205 g


IP68 water and dust resistance

Fingerprint reader under the screen

Operating system

Android 12 and MIUI 13

A slimmer design that boasts a ‘cabin’

The new Xiaomi 12 Pro it is almost indistinguishable from its predecessors on the front: Unless we are able to differentiate the change in the diagonal, the only thing that changes with respect to the Mi 11 Pro is the hole in the screen, which occupies the central position, as did the Xiaomi 11T Pro.

It is the back part so that it makes it clear that we are facing a renewed terminal: the camera module has a clear protrusion but a more contained size thanks to the arrangement of the sensors.

That arrangement is dominated by the main camera module. It is a curious decision because the resolution of 50 Mpixels is the same for all three, but still that main module is the one with the largest size in that module.

The other outstanding note of the design is found in the thickness, which is now reduced to 8.16 mm compared to the 8.5 mm of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro that was presented in spring 2021.

The funny thing is that when this manufacturer presented the Mi 11T Pro in September, it did so with an even greater thickness of 8.8 mm, and now it has decided to raise a somewhat thinner mobile. This conditions an important section: the battery capacity., which we will talk about later.

Welcome, Snapdragon 8 Gen1 and Surge P1

The most ambitious member of this new family arrives following in the footsteps of its predecessors, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro –goodbye to the last name “Mi”– and the even more recent Xiaomi 11T Pro that has remained as a transition model.

The format changes slightly and 6.73 inch screen diagonal is adopted which is somewhat higher than the 6.67 “of the 11T Pro but lower than the 6.81” of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro.

What is preserved is the 2K resolution of the latter —Xiaomi decided to downgrade to FHD + in the 11T Pro—, in addition to maintaining the rest of the panel’s specifications, which still have LPTO technology with a variable refresh rate from 10 to 120 Hz and that also supports HDR10 + and Dolby Vision.

The screen is differential with respect to the Xiaomi 12 ‘standard’, but both share one of the star characteristics of this new batch: the processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen1 with which you want to take a step forward in two areas: artificial intelligence and mobile photography.

Surge P1

The two Surge P1 chips work together to manage the Xiaomi 12 Pro’s ultra-fast throat system.

The other big difference in addition to the screen is the battery, which as we said is somewhat reduced in capacity compared to its predecessors. Of the 5,000 mAh of those models we go to 4,600 mAh, but it is likely that the autonomy of the terminal is not particularly affected thanks to the new Qualcomm SoC.

In that battery we will benefit, yes, from the fastest possible charge in Xiaomi terminals: we have support for 120 W charging (67 W on the standard Xiaomi 12), plus wireless charging of up to 50 W and reverse wireless charging of 10 W.

That charging power is managed by the new Xiaomi chip, the so-called Surge P1. With him it is possible charge the Xiaomi 12 Pro from 0 to 100% in just 15 minutes, and with a temperature peak during the process of 37 ºC.

The key is in the cameras … and in its Surge P1 chip

If a manufacturer wants to make a guarantee bet in the mobile segment, it is evident that having a good bet on cameras is crucial.

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Here Xiaomi wanted to take a step forward combining not one, not two, but three 50-megapixel sensors with which to try to achieve the maximum performance in these scenarios:

  • Principal: (Sony IMX707) 50 Mpixels, f / 1.9 aperture, 24mm equivalent, 1.22 micron pixel size, optical image stabilization.
  • Telephoto: 50 Mpixels, aperture f / 1.9, equivalent to 48 mm, 2x optical zoom, optical image stabilization.
  • Ultra wide angle: 50 Mpixels, f / 2.2 aperture, 115˚ field of view.

That main sensor, the Sony IMX707, is a notable leap from the Xiaomi Mi 12’s IMX766, as the latter is 1 / 1.56-inch in size, while that of the Xiaomi 12 Pro is 49% larger with its 1 / 1.28 inches. And a larger sensor, as always, allows more light to be captured, crucial for any photo shoot.

Sensores Xiaomi Mi 12 Pro

These sensors are capable in addition to record video in up to 8K at 30 FPS and with HDR10 +, something that makes possible the new Snapdragon 8 Gen1 and that will be another of the great bets of this new terminal, which precisely differs from its little brother in the resolution and capacity of its sensors.


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