This year Xiaomi 12 series is a little different. Xiaomi offers two almost identical phones in one line, and Xiaomi 12 is the company’s first compact flagship solution at the same time. Mi 8 was Xiaomi’s last premium phone with a similar screen size.
We are talking about two almost identical devices – Xiaomi 12 and 12X. The latter is for the older, less powerful Snapdragon 870 SoC and skips wireless charging entirely. Still, it’s a reasonable, almost flagship solution with a few high-end features.
Xiaomi 12 specs at a glance:
- Body: 152.7×69.9×8.2mm, 179g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), metal frame.
- Display: 6.28″ OLED, 12-bit (68B colors), 120Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 1100 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 419ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm): Octa-core (1×3.00 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.50 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510); Adreno 730.
- Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
- OS/Software: Android 12, MIUI 13.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.9, 26mm, 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 13 MP, f/2.4, 12mm, 123˚, 1/3.06″, 1.12µm; Macro: 5 MP, 50mm, AF.
- Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.5, 26mm (wide), 0.7µm.
- Video capture: Rear camera: [email protected] (HDR10), [email protected] (HDR10+), [email protected]/120/240/960fps, [email protected], gyro-EIS; Front camera: [email protected] (HDR10+), [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]
- Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 67W, 100% in 39 min (advertised), Fast wireless charging 50W, 100% in 53 min (advertised), Reverse wireless charging 10W, Power Delivery 3.0, Quick Charge 4+.
- Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); Infrared port; Virtual proximity sensing.
However, the focus of this review is on the Xiaomi Vanilla 12, which has inherited most of the 12 Pro’s features other than the camera and ultra-fast charging. Of course, the Pro also has a larger screen. So for those who are looking for a premium and compact Android solution in 2022, Xiaomi 12 might be the right option.
It will be difficult to get close to some of the big names in the industry offering compact phones like the Samsung Galaxy S22 and iPhone 13 mini as they both fall in the same price range.
There are several notable reasons why we think the 6.28-inch Xiaomi 12 has a slight edge over the competition. For starters, the phone doesn’t compromise display quality, and it also has a significantly larger battery with reasonably fast wireless and wireless charging support.
Unboxing the Xiaomi 12
The Xiaomi 12 comes in a standard box with all the usual user manual, USB-A to USB-C cable and matching 67W chargers. There’s also a bonus case in the box, which is usually a rare sighting in flagship packages.
Design, build and ergonomics
At first, we were very impressed with the phone’s ergonomics and design. Only size can fool us. But we will say that there is something else. It’s all about how close and powerful the Xiaomi 12 is in the palm of your hand. The rounded edges of the front and back panels connect to the center frame without any edges or edges. The entire surface of the phone is even and smooth.
According to Xiaomi, the Gorilla Glass Victus front is protected while the Gorilla Glass 5 back is protected. Because the matte surface of the back has a little plastic or is only pink. The good news is that the surface is slightly more sticky than normal soft touch glass paint or glossy surfaces.
The rear camera module is large. edge is quite sharp and all modules protrude slightly The main sensor is further extended to allow the phone to vibrate on flat surfaces. With all that hardware, the phone is a bit overwhelming too.
The side edges are rounded on all sides. And the power button and volume control button are on the right side. Both are available.
Incidentally, the fingerprint scanner under the screen is a bit awkward because it’s too close to the floor. which requires a little finger practice
In each case, the bottom has two SIM slots. Including a USB-C connector and speaker mesh, the Xioami uses a full-featured secondary speaker for top-frame audio tuning, unlike most competitors. as well as the Harman Kardon infrared and embossed speakers.
If you tend to hold your phone horizontally with the USB connector facing right, you may need to do the opposite. Because the top speakers fit in the palm of your hand and are slightly muffled.
On the front we have an unobtrusive curved windshield with thin bezels all around. The sides and bottom are slightly symmetrical. Curved sides make the frame thinner, however, the top bezel is noticeably thinner. This may be because the speakers do not need to be inserted.
It should also be noted that this device does not use hardware sensors. but a virtual near-field sensor and sometimes crashes especially during calls
Although there is nothing special about the Xiaomi Vase 12, the impressions of the design have surprised everyone. Xiaomi shaves as close to the screen as possible. and the curved edge of the screen and the matte back cover make it easy to hold in your hand. Overall, apart from misplacement of the fingerprint scanner at Xiaomi, there might not be much to complain about. It will cost a bit higher.
Compact and bright 120Hz OLED
Even though the Xiaomi 12 isn’t the company’s top flagship model from the series, it doesn’t cut corners when it comes to display quality.
The compact 6.28-inch OLED panel offers a standard 1080 x 2400px resolution, 120Hz adjustable refresh rate, 480Hz touch sampling rate, 360-degree ambient light sensor and 12-bit color depth. That makes the Xiaomi 12 and 12X the first smartphones to market with 12-bit panels and with the right content they should be able of displaying up to 68 billion colors. HDR10+ is supported, but most importantly, Netflix is happy to stream Dolby Vision-enabled content to the phone. Even though Dolby Vision is supported on 10-bit displays as well, one of its benefits is the 12-bit color support, something which HDR10 and HDR10+ lack.