Xiaomi has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone and wearable device. The Mi 12 series is currently only available in China and comes in two models: the Mi 12 and the Mi 12 Pro.
Both phones are the first to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8-gen 1 chipset and have LPDDR5 RAM. The Mi 12 boasts a 4,500mah battery, while the 12 Pro boasts what the company claims are its first 120W, 4,600mah single battery. Xiaomi says it has increased capacity by 400 mah compared to dual batteries without increasing size.
The camera array on the base model includes SONY's 50MP IMX766 as the main camera, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel telephoto sensor. Meanwhile, the 12 Pro features a new SONY IMX707 sensor, an ultra-wide camera with a 115-degree field of view, and a 2x telephoto portrait camera. According to Xiaomi, all three sensors are 50MP, while the main camera has a 49% improvement in light capture capability over previous models.
On the front end, each device has a 32MP sensor. On the Mi 11 series, the front-facing perforated camera is on the left, but like the 11T, this time it's in the middle.
Xiaomi notes that both devices support night mode, and both are said to have a camera that works in low light. The company says it will introduce a new imaging computing algorithm that it claims can improve capture speed and shutter delay.
The mi 12 has a 6.28-inch flexible OLED display with a resolution of 2400 × 1080, a brightness of 1100 nits, and a refresh rate of 120Hz. The 12 Pro features a 6.73-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 3200 x 1440 and a brightness of 1,500 nits. Xiaomi said the display uses microlens technology to "enhance the viewing experience while improving smart energy-saving capabilities".Both devices support HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.
For audio, both phones have symmetrical dual speakers and Dolby Atmos support. The 12 Pro comes with a custom mid-woofer and tweeter.
It will be available on December 31, with prices starting at 3,699 yuan ($580) for the Mi 12 and 4,699 yuan ($738) for the Mi 12 Pro. The company also said it would release a lower-cost version of the Mi 12 on the same day. The Mi 12X comes with a Snapdragon 870 chipset and starts at 3,199 yuan ($500).
The phone will use MIUI 13, an Android 12-based operating system that will also be used on the Mi 11 series, mi 11T, and other phones and tablets. Xiaomi's smartwatches, speakers, and TVs will also use the operating system to help unify the ecosystem. A feature in the Mi Smart Hub allows users to share information about their screens, music, and apps with multiple nearby devices with a simple gesture.