Xiaomi 12T Pro arrives with 200MP camera and SD 8+ Gen 1, 12T gets a 108MP cam
Xiaomi is now entering the 200MP era after delivering a phone with an impressive 1″ sensor. The imaging camera on this one isn’t quite as big, but still quite impressive. As usual, the T series is its own thing rather than a successor or upgrade to the Xiaomi 12 series These aren’t really related to the 12S models either, so let’s look at them with fresh eyes.
Xiaomi 12T Pro
The more exciting of the two specifications is that the Xiaomi 12T Pro is the company’s first phone with a 200MP camera. It is built around the Samsung ISOCELL HP1, a 1/1.22” sensor with 0.64 µm pixels that can be assembled to 1.28 µm (4-in-1) or even 2.56 µm (16-in- 1) depending on the lighting conditions and the user’s intentions.
There’s no telephoto lens on board, but the high-resolution sensor naturally supports 2x lossless digital zoom. It can also shoot 8K video and capture HDR10+ footage. And it has optical image stabilization (OIS) for longer exposures in the dark and steadier shots, plus advanced features like eye-tracking and motion-tracking autofocus.
If you buy the 12T Pro for the camera, it must be for the main unit. The other three on board are not nearly as impressive. We start with the adjacent 8MP ultrawide with its 1/4” sensor (1/1.12µm pixels) and an f/2.2 120° lens and take a quick look at the 2MP macro camera.
More interesting things happen on the front, starting with the 20MP selfie camera (1/3.47”, 0.8µm, f/2.24 and 78° lens). On the front, there is also an on-screen fingerprint reader.
Speaking of the screen, it is a 6.67” AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1,220 x 2,712 px (20:9, 446ppi). It can run at 120Hz, or you can let it automatically switch between 30, 60, 90 and 120Hz modes. It’s a 12-bit panel with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, which promises color-perfect images thanks to factory calibration. It has 500 nits typical brightness (900 nits peak) and is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
One thing this phone shares with the 12S series is the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, which will continue to offer a good balance of performance and efficiency even after the fast-approaching 8 Gen 2 arrives. Xiaomi has significantly strengthened the vapor chamber – compared to the 11T Pro, the new model has a 65% larger VC and 125% more thermal material (and the 11T Pro had to keep an SD 888 running).
Anyway, the 8 Gen 1+ is paired with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage in the base version, but we also get 8/256GB and 12/256GB configurations. The phone launches with Android 12 (MIUI 13).
The 12T Pro is powered by a fairly large 5,000mAh battery with 120W fast charging (a power brick is included in the box). There are quite a few phones that go up to 120W, but most have smaller batteries – 5,000mAh is enough for up to 13.5 hours of screen-on time, and then the battery can be back to 100% in just 19 minutes.
A few more things – the phone has stereo speakers (tuned by Harman Kardon, with Dolby Atmos support), Wi-Fi 6 (ax), Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC (in some regions). This is a dual-SIM phone with 5G connectivity.
The Xiaomi 12T Pro will be available from October 13 through the official Xiaomi channels. The 8/128GB model comes with a price tag of €750.
Although it lacks the wow factor of the Pro model’s camera, the Xiaomi 12T offers a similarly great screen and battery, plus the capable performance of a Dimensity 8100-Ultra chipset and a solid 108MP camera.
This is based on the ISOCELL HM6, a 1/1.67″ sensor with the same size pixels, 0.64µm, though it tops out with 9-in-1 binning for 1.92µm effective pixel size. This also has OIS and an f/1.7 aperture, though it lacks 8K video or the more advanced features like eye-tracking AF.
The remaining cameras are the same as on the Pro, including 8MP ultra wide (1/4”, 1.12µm, f/2.2 and 120°) and 2MP macro, plus the 20MP selfie camera (1/3.47”, 0.8µm, f /2.24 and 78° FoV).
Same selfie camera, same screen – 6.67” 20:9 AMOLED panel with 1220p+ resolution. It is a 12-bit panel with HDR10+ (but no Dolby Vision) and 30/60/90/120Hz refresh rate and 480Hz touch sampling rate. Like the Pro, it has 500 nits typical brightness (900 nits peak) and GG5 protection.
For multimedia, you still get stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, but without the Harman Kardon magic. Connectivity includes Wi-Fi 6 (ax), Bluetooth 5.3 and NFC (in some regions), this is a dual-SIM phone with 5G connectivity.
As we mentioned earlier, the phone is powered by the Dimensity 8100-Ultra, which can be paired with 8/128GB or 8/256GB of memory (LPDDR5 and UFS 3.1, no 12GB RAM option). It runs Android 12 with MIUI 13.
Despite the different chipsets, Xiaomi claims you can get up to 13.5 hours of screen-on time, and the phone comes with the same 120W charger that can get the battery to 100% in just 19 minutes.
Xiaomi 12T in black, blue and silver
The Xiaomi 12T will launch alongside the Pro on October 13, and it will be cheaper – €600 for an 8/128GB device.