Xiaomi 12T review

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Introduction, specifications, unboxing

Xiaomi T-series phones usually arrive months after the original flagship and weeks before the next headliner. And while they bring plenty of premium features, they’re not meant to compete at the top level. On the contrary, a Xiaomi T model is best described as a flagship killer. So let’s meet the Xiaomi 12T, a successor to the Xiaomi 11T, a phone that you can consider getting instead of the frontrunners.

There are three key features that come to mind when talking about a Xiaomi T version – a high-end display, an incredibly high resolution camera and lightning fast charging. And these also apply perfectly to the new Xiaomi 12T.

The 12T model builds on the 11T with a higher resolution AMOLED display with even more colors thanks to the native 12-bit color support. It comes with a newer Dimensity 8100 Ultra chipset, up from the Dimensity 1200 chip in the 11T. And the charging power has gone from 67W up to 120W!

The Xiaomi 12T looks like any typical glass smartphone with a large screen and a no-nonsense design. It is IP53 rated for dust and light splash resistance and offers Gorilla Glass 5 screen protection. Screen resolution is now 1220p, up from 1080p on the 11T and 12, and there’s a 120Hz dynamic refresh rate.

The Dimensity 8100 is one of the best non-flagship chipsets on the market, and the implementation is customized by Xiaomi – hence the 8100-Ultra name. The 12T is available with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and you can choose between 128GB and 256GB models.

The camera has been updated – it now has a newer 108MP Samsung HM6 sensor with OIS lens. 8MP ultrawide and macro companions are here to stay. Well, not exactly. Both the 12 and 11T featured 5MP telemacro cameras with AF, and this 2MP macro downgrade is definitely a letdown.

We like the large 5,000mAh battery and the super-fast 120W fast charging. And the 120W power adapter comes with the phone as part of the retail package.

Finally, the Xiaomi 12T packs two speakers with Dolby Atmos support. There’s also a fingerprint sensor under the screen, an upgrade over the side-mounted scanner on the Xiaomi 11T.

Xiaomi 12T Specifications at a Glance:

  • Body: 163.1×75.9×8.6mm, 202g; Gorilla Glass 5 front, glass back, plastic frame, IP53 rated for dust and light splash resistance.
  • Screen: 6.67″ AMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1220x2712px resolution, 20.01:9 aspect ratio, 446ppi.
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Ultra: Octa-core CPU (4×2.85 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G610 MC6 GPU.
  • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
  • OS/Software: Android 12, MIUI 13.
  • Rear camera: wide (main): 108 MP, f/1.7, 1/1.67″, 0.64 µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 1/4″, 1.12 µm; Macro: 2MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: 20 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/3.47″, 0.8 µm.
  • Video recording:[email protected], [email protected]/60fps; Rear camera: [email protected]; Front camera: 1080p at 30 fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 120W.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; Infrared port; stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos.

The Xiaomi 12T offers enough updates over the 11T to make it a worthy successor – a better screen, faster hardware, improved cameras and OIS, and faster charging. It certainly won’t make 11T owners upgrade in an instant, but it looks like a flagship killer deal at €600, one that you’re getting instead of a €1000 or so flagship smartphone.

There’s also a Pro model launching with the 12T – it has the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, a 200MP primary camera and Dolby Vision support for its display. It starts at €750, bringing it closer to the flagship range.

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So without further ado, let’s unpack our Xiaomi 12T.

Unboxing the Xiaomi 12T

The thick white box that houses the Xiaomi 12T also houses a 6A-rated USB-A-to-C cable and a 120W power adapter.

Xiaomi 12T review

There’s a soft transparent case inside the paper compartment, while the phone itself comes with a thin protective film over the screen that was applied at the factory.

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