Xiaomi 12T Pro hands-on: Everything you want in a flagship except for the price. Xiaomi Mi 12t pro

Xiaomi 12T Pro hands-on: Everything you want in a flagship except for the price

The Xiaomi 12T Pro is a high-end smartphone with a 200 MP camera lens, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, a big 5,000 mAh battery, and 120 W fast charging. In this hands-on, I share my first impressions of this affordable flagship that costs less than 800.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro in a nutshell

The Xiaomi 12T Pro was unveiled on October 4, 2022 and is now available for pre-order with an official release being slated for October 13, where it will carry a sticker price tag of 799. The smartphone comes in a single memory configuration of 8 GB RAM/256 GB storage, narrowing down the options for you.

We are in the middle of the flagships season where smartphones easily surpass the 1,000 mark with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 from Samsung, the iPhone 14 (Plus) and iPhone 14 Pro (Max) from Apple, and soon, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro from Google. Between all these overpriced models, Xiaomi allows itself to slip in a model which is admittedly expensive, but definitely more affordable than the ones mentioned earlier.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro is almost completely identical to the Xiaomi 12T that my colleague Matt checked out. The major highlight of the Xiaomi 12T Pro, compared to the base model, is supposed to be the photo quality with that famous 200 MP primary lens.


The Xiaomi 12T Pro has exactly the same design as the Xiaomi 12T. However, the very nice finish cleverly disguises the cheaper materials used, not something that you would expect in this price range.

What I liked:

What I disliked:

  • No IP rating.
  • Plastic frame.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro comes in three colors: Blue, Silver, and Black. I received the black version for my review, where the matte coating is really classy and pleasant to the touch. The camera module is arranged in a rectangular island that is aligned vertically on the top left and stands out quite a bit in relief.

The chassis of the Xiaomi 12T Pro is made of plastic and frankly, that is somewhat a disappointment for an 800 smartphone. At least the manufacturer applied a metallic coating that attempts to hide this miserable fact somewhat.

As for the screen, it is flat and completely bezel-less, pierced with a punch-hole located at the center on top in front. Its rounded corners give a fairly good grip. Still, we maintain that this is a large smartphone with dimensions measuring 163.1mm x 75.9mm x 8.6 mm while tipping the scales at a massive 205 grams. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is also used at the front and back of the smartphone for added protection.

The smartphone offers dual SIM and eSIM support but does not allow one to expand storage via microSD. We don’t get a 3.5mm jack either or an IP rating for water and dust resistance. Finally, the Xiaomi 12T Pro comes with two stereo speakers signed by Harman Kardon and is compatible with Dolby Atmos.


The Xiaomi 12T Pro features a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 2712 x 1220p resolution that is HDR10 compatible, armed with a refresh rate of 120Hz, a maximum brightness of 900 nits (HBM), and a touch sampling rate of 480Hz.

What I liked:

  • Faithful colorimetry with the advanced P3 mode.
  • 120 Hz refresh rate and 480 Hz touch sampling rate.
  • Very accurate brightness.

What I disliked:

As is often the case, Xiaomi delivers a very nice screen with its Xiaomi 12T Pro. I wish Xiaomi would switch to LTPO 2.0 technology to allow for a better adaptive refresh rate. Other than that, I have nothing to complain about with the Xiaomi 12T Pro’s screen in this hands-on and I doubt my mind would change after the complete review.

The 2712 x 1220p resolution is somewhat in no man’s land, stuck between Full HD (2400 x 1080) and WQHD (3200 x 1440) which is also described as 2K by some manufacturers. However, you end up with a very good pixel density of 446 dpi.

On the colorimetry side, it’s still a bit too saturated by default. But MIUI 13 offers a lot of settings. And with the advanced P3 mode, I find the calibration quite perfect.

The screen of the Xiaomi 12T Pro is also capable of displaying a maximum brightness of 900 nits. But these 900 nits are obtained, not in peak as it is usually the case (on a tiny part of the screen) but in HBM (High brightness mode). In typical (typ), the brightness is 500 nits. These scores are quite respectable and I have not yet noticed any concern about readability or reflectance.


The Xiaomi 12T Pro runs on MIUI 13, Xiaomi’s latest Android 12-based skin, and the smartphone benefits from Xiaomi’s new update policy with three Android versions and four years of guaranteed security updates.

For this section, I invite you to check my full MIUI 13 review, my Xiaomi 12X review, or my Xiaomi 12 Lite review. Nothing has changed on the Xiaomi 12T Pro, with the only new features being the photo modes known as ProFocus and ProCut that I did not manage to find in the camera application. I will dive into greater detail about them in my full review.


The Xiaomi is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC from Qualcomm. Using the 4nm manufacturing process, this processor is one of the high-end and most powerful SoCs on Android smartphones today. This SoC is mated to 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

What I liked:

What I disliked:

The initial benchmarks I ran obviously showed very good scores in terms of raw power. 3DMark’s Wild Life test (which simulates gaming usage for 1 minute) was “maxed out”, which means the Xiaomi 12T Pro is too powerful.

However, I’m still cautious and waiting to run my battery of tests, especially with 3DMark’s Wild Life Stress Test benchmark to see how the Xiaomi 12T Pro performs in terms of stability and thermal throttling.

In any case, I was able to run Apex Legends Mobile at 60 FPS without any framerate loss. But we’ll have to see if the smartphone overheats on long gaming sessions though.

Photo quality

The Xiaomi 12T Pro features a triple camera configuration at the back with a 200 MP primary lens, an 8 MP ultra-wide angle lens, and a 2 MP macro lens. As for the selfie camera, it offers 20 MP resolution.

What I liked:

  • Very good photo quality with the 200 MP main lens.
  • Effective zoom.
  • Good selfies.
  • Video up to 8K at 30 FPS.

What I disliked:

  • Please stop including the 2 MP macro sensor!
  • The disappointing ultra-wide angle lens.

Well, I’ll save my rant about the integration of a damn 2 MP macro sensor in an 800 smartphone for my full review.

Apart from that, the sample photos that I took yesterday that looked quite decent, I just have a little bit of trouble understanding the relevance of such a high 200 MP resolution. It’s mostly the rather large physical size of the 1/1.22″ sensor that is interesting.

In any case, by default, the Xiaomi 12T Pro takes photos using a pixel binning process of 16-in-1. Hence, the final resolution of your photos would be 12.5 MP (200/16). Theoretically, the level of detail is supposed to be better since the binning combines 16 photos into one to create large pixels of 2.56 μm.

The ultra-wide angle lens is quite disappointing due to its low resolution. The selfie camera is quite decent and I even found portrait selfies quite clean in terms of cropping. I’ll tell you about the low-light performance in my full review and the same goes for video quality.

Just note that the Xiaomi 12T Pro can shoot up to 8K at 30 FPS with the main lens, 4K at 60 FPS with the ultra-wide angle lens, and 1080p at 60 FPS with the front lens.

Battery life

The Xiaomi comes with a large 5,000 mAh battery that accepts 120W wired fast charging.

What I liked:

  • Big 5,000 mAh battery.
  • 120W wired charging (from 0 to 100% in 19 minutes).
  • Charger included in the box.

What I disliked:

  • No wireless charging.

On paper, this 5,000 mAh battery should allow the Xiaomi 12T Pro to easily last for more than a day with an average use pattern. It remains to be seen how well the smartphone manages to handle the power requirements of its power-hungry SoC and display.

I have not yet performed a benchmark to test the battery of the Xiaomi 12T Pro, nor have I timed the speed of its fast charging. I will reveal those numbers in my full review very soon.

In any case, Xiaomi guarantees up to 13.5 hours of screen time and a full charge from 0 to 100% in 19 minutes. The 120W charger is also included in the box.

Direct comparison between Xiaomi 12T and Xiaomi 12T Pro

But when I look at the base Xiaomi 12T which is sold for 150 to 200 less, I wonder if the Pro model really has enough advantages to justify this price difference. Yes, we have a less powerful SoC with the Dimensity 8100 from MediaTek, but it’s still very efficient (check out my Realme GT Neo 3 review to learn more). The 200MP lens is also missing in the more affordable handset, but are those enough to make a difference?

I hope to give you a definitive answer in my full test. See you soon.

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Early Verdict

Xiaomi may have provided an appealing alternative to the Galaxy S22 and Pixel 7 Pro with a cheaper flagship-grade phone, complete with some of the fastest charging and most detailed main cameras on any phone available today. It’s a shame U.S. buyers can’t get it, and that Xiaomi decided to leave off common flagship features like a telephoto camera and wireless charging.


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If you like a phone with big specs and a surprisingly small price, then the Xiaomi 12T Pro could have enough to lure you away from other Android phones.

The Xiaomi 12T is a mid-life revision to the Xiaomi 12 Pro. It’s still not coming to the U.S., but it does mean that U.K. buyers have a new option when searching for a flagship phone, particularly if they were waiting on the Google Pixel 7’s arrival but were disappointed by the leaked rumored specs.

Like the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 12 Pro before it, the 12T Pro offers one of the fastest charging standards on any phone, with 120 watts of power on offer from the in-box charger. It also offers a 200MP camera, beating out most other Android phone makers to adopt the new super-detailed sensor, and a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset for the best available performance on Android phones right now.

Our opinion of the Xiaomi 12T Pro may change once we’ve had more time to test the phone’s capabilities. But so far it’s made a great first impression, and one that could land it on our best phones or best Android phones guides if it proves to offer flagship photography and performance for less than its competitors.

Xiaomi 12T Pro: price and release date

You’ll be able to buy the Xiaomi 12T Pro from October 20, and for the price of £699. There’s only one version available for purchase in the U.K., which comes with 256GB storage and 8GB RAM.

That’s an unusual price point for a flagship phone. It’s lower than the iPhone 14, Samsung Galaxy S22 or Google Pixel 6 Pro (and likely the Pixel 7 Pro too), which is good news. However, the standard Pixel 6 sells for £100 less, and it’s a fantastic phone. Xiaomi’s going to have to do a lot of things well to beat Google’s entry-level flagship, especially if the Pixel 7 proves to be even more capable but no more expensive.

Xiaomi 12T Pro: design and display

Xiaomi’s provided another restrained handset design with the 12T Pro. Its flat 6.7-inch OLED display with an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate and centered selfie camera offers what’s basically the default design for the front of an Android phone.

On the back, the camera block is dominated by the main camera, which makes sense since it’s the largest upgrade on the phone. You also get curved edges, unlike on the front, which helps the phone sit cozily in your hand.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro color options are a bit limited. You can pick from Black (pictured), Silver and Blue. They all look good, but even the blue version isn’t that exciting-looking if you want a phone with more presence.

Xiaomi 12T Pro: cameras

The headline camera upgrade to the 12T Pro is its 200MP main camera, something we’ve only seen on a couple of Motorola phones so far, and something that’s tipped for the upcoming Galaxy S23 Ultra. You can take 200MP photos with this camera, but it’s only 12MP by default or 50MP if you set it to high-rez mode without also pressing the 200MP button specifically. You also get 2x in-sensor zoom, which helps makes up for the lack of a telephoto camera.

The other cameras on the phone don’t dazzle at first. The 8MP ultrawide and 20MP front cameras are fairly typical resolutions, while the 2MP macro camera is a baffling inclusion. It’s not even the excellent 5MP telephoto macro camera used on other recent Xiaomi phones, which is extra confusing.

You can check out some of my sample photos using the Xiaomi 12T Pro’s main, ultrawide, macro and selfie cameras in the gallery above. I’m not sure about the macro camera as I said, given how the phone’s struggled to pick up all of the details of the red flower, but the Xioami’s ultrawide camera, main camera (both in regular and 50MP modes) and the main and selfie portrait modes all seem capable.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro has some tough competition if it wants to make it onto the TG best camera phones list.

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Xiaomi 12T Pro: performance

Xiaomi’s given the 12T Pro a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, with 8 or 12GB RAM and either 128GB or 256GB storage. That should mean plenty of power for your everyday productivity and gaming needs, particularly the latter because of the 480Hz touch sampling mode for responsive touch controls.

As with previous Xiaomi flagships, the 12T Pro also features stereo speakers tuned by Harman Kardon, with support for Dolby Atmos, too. We weren’t that impressed with the HK-tweaked speakers earlier in the year, but with six extra months of work, we’re hopeful there’s going to be some improvement this time around.

Xiaomi 12T Pro: battery and charging

The 12T Pro has a roomy 5,000 mAh battery with incredibly speedy 120W wired charging, inherited from the past Pro Xiaomi phones. Xiaomi promises that the chunky power brick will charge the phone to full in 19 minutes, although in our own test of the Xiaomi 12 Pro, it took us 22 minutes to fill the 4,600 mAh cell. That’s still incredibly fast though, and should still make the 12T Pro a member of the fastest charging phones club.

It’s a shame there’s no wireless charging option of any kind on the 12T Pro, since it’s near enough a standard feature for flagship phones. The 12 Pro offered 50W charging for Rapid wireless power, but there’s no such luxury on the 12T Pro.

Xiaomi 12T Pro: outlook

There’s still more testing for us to do before we make up our minds about the Xiaomi 12T Pro. But we’re expecting a strong performance from Xiaomi’s latest phone, and with its below-average price, it has a strong chance to become one of our best phones.

While it’s a bit frustrating you can’t use the full potential of the 200MP camera, it and the other cameras on the phone produce good-looking shots, and we’re confident from previous testing that it’ll beat basically any other phone on the charging speed front.

If it had wireless charging and a proper telephoto camera, then Xiaomi 12T Pro would be an even stronger competitor to the Pixel 7 or Galaxy S22. Stay tuned for our full rated review.

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Xiaomi 12T Pro Review

The Xiaomi 12T Pro is big, powerful and ready to entertain, but some 2022 design downgrades, overheating issues and an over-reliance on an impressive-sounding-but-not-quite-killer 200-megapixel camera mean it’s not the best buy at £700. However, there’s still a lot to like here if you find the phone selling for less – deep discounts aren’t exactly rare for Xiaomi.


Key Features


The Xiaomi 12T Pro is an upper mid-range phone. It has a very powerful processor from Qualcomm, a large screen and an eye-catching 200-megapixel camera.

This is a good entertainment phone, but I don’t think it is quite as appealing as its predecessor the Xiaomi 11T Pro. Its starting price is £150 higher, or £50 higher at the same storage capacity, and yet there’s a design downgrade – the use of plastic borders/sides.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro’s secondary cameras are unremarkable at best, and while the main 200-megapixel camera is good, its low-light results are slightly disappointing, considering how advanced the hardware seems on paper.

Gaming performance is excellent, and a large display is always a bonus for play. However, the phone failed a stress test, throwing up an overheating warning within 20 minutes.

The £699 Xiaomi 12T Pro doesn’t seem quite as strong on value as some other Xiaomi phones. But if you see it selling for a bit less than its original price, it’s a good buy. 120W charging in particular is a big win for solving potential battery headaches.

Design and Screen

The Xiaomi 12T Pro is a large phone. Its footprint is big, it’s quite thick and, at 205g, it’s heavy too. While this is nothing unusual for geek-friendly Xiaomi, it is perhaps a little disappointing that this phone’s stature is very similar to that of much cheaper Androids from the brand.

The difference here is that the Xiaomi 12T Pro has a Gorilla Glass 5 back, not a plastic one. While Xiaomi has made some fantastic cheap glass-backed phones – like the brilliant Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro from 2021 – these days, you have to spend a bit more to get a premium build.

But there is actually a downgrade here, compared with both the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 12 Pro. Those phones have aluminium sides and Gorilla Glass Victus protection.

The glass steps down two rungs to Gorilla Glass 5 for the 12T Pro, and the sides are plastic, not metal. While the silk-finish curved glass on the back is lovely, the Xiaomi 12T Pro does not offer the true high-end feel of a Motorola Edge 30 Fusion.

This review can’t help but be influenced by some of the other phones I’ve used recently. For example, while the Xiaomi 12T Pro has good speakers, it’s a bit strange that the small Asus Zenfone 9 actually puts out significantly better bass. Lower frequencies tail off severely here, meaning you get mid-range quality and not the top-tier sound that surprises you by coming out of a phone-shaped box.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro lacks all the extras most phones this capable discard. There’s no microSD slot. There’s no headphone jack. And yet this thing still has an IR blaster, which lets it double as a universal remote control.

Other parts are a mix too. The Xiaomi 12T Pro has a good in-screen fingerprint scanner, but its water resistance is rated at a poor IP53. This means it’s not really made to cope with much more than rain.

I’ve been impressed by Xiaomi phones’ cash-to-build-quality ratios in the past. But here, the equation only just about makes sense.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro has a 6.67-inch OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. Xiaomi has made loads of phones with this core spec, but the resolution on this one is a little bit odd.

Most mid-range Android phones of this style have roughly 2400 x 1080 pixel displays. The Xiaomi 12T Pro’s is a 2712 x 1220 pixel screen – significantly higher-res. I can’t say I noticed the difference until I looked into the phone’s specs, but a little extra pixel density is going to be useful when you get up close to the screen, or for folks who read books on their phones.

I don’t think resolution is a major battleground at the moment, even if this phone has an unusual edge over some of the competition. Brightness is, however, significant. The Xiaomi 12T Pro will reach 475 nits indoors and can go all the way up to 871 nits in bright sunlight.

There has been a lot of talk of 1300-nit brightness displays in the past couple of years, but in reality, lots of them only get to 600-odd nits. The Xiaomi 12T Pro is rated for 900 nits and here, for once, it basically hits that mark. You may be able to get higher readings than mine if you use a different colour mode.

I would have been blown away by the Xiaomi 12T Pro’s brightness for a mid-ranger, but I’ve recently used a couple of phones that get reasonably close to this one. Semi-affordable super-bright phones are a reality now. Still, this phone’s outdoor visibility is very good.

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Colour is solid too. You can choose between Vivid, Saturated and Original Colour modes, or use the Advanced mode to pick an actual colour gamut – DCI-P3, old-school sRGB or the native colour of the panel.


The Xiaomi 12T Pro is a very powerful phone that runs Android 12 and has Xiaomi’s custom interface up top. I’ve complained about this UI a bunch of times – and I’m going to have to again.

Xiaomi messes with the notifications drop-down and the gestures involved in basic navigation. To get between the features toggles and notifications screens, you have to flick left or right, not the usual up or down. It takes some getting used to, particularly when swiping the wrong way dismisses notifications rather than moving to the feature toggle screen.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro also has some pre-installed bloat, although at least some of it consists of apps you might use. There’s Genshin Impact, one of the more popular high-end Android games, Booking.com, Agoda and Amazon Shopping.

It may be annoying, but is not a great reason to discount the Xiaomi 12T Pro. General performance is great, and this is a very high-spec phone all round.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro’s 256GB storage reads at 1455MB/s, writes at 645MB/s, and the 8GB RAM is nippy LPDDR5.

Its processor is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, which is about the best you can get in an Android phone at the time of review. However, there are some problems.

This “Plus” version of the processor has, in other phones, solved my main issue with the original Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, that it has to throttle performance massively due to heat build-up. That does not seem to have happened here.

I use 3DMark’s Wild Life stress test to see how phone performance is affected by heat build-up. The Xiaomi 12T Pro failed this 20-minute test twice, starting at standard room temperature. An overheating pop-up appeared: game over.

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I also tried cooling the phone down to bring down its starting temperature. The Xiaomi 12T Pro finally made it, with surprising results. 3DMark reported very little performance throttling, with the lowest score being 93% of the highest. Asus’s Zenfone 9 lost almost 40% performance. There’s an unwillingness to compromise on performance here.

However, all in all, I don’t think this is actually a great result. If your phone shuts down apps rather than dropping performance a bit, something has gone wrong. Peak performance is excellent, however, and top-end games like Fortnite run very well. The latter lets you use the highest graphical settings and the 90fps mode only available on selected handsets.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro has 256GB storage too – plenty of room for data-sapping games.


The Xiaomi 12T Pro camera is not what it first appears to be. It has a 200-megapixel primary camera, so the array must be a highlight, right? Not quite.

This is a Samsung sensor that, while decent, is not a leader in this mid-range category. And the secondary cameras are not very good. These are an 8-megapixel ultra-wide and a 2-megapixel macro.

A bit like the very limited water resistance, the Xiaomi 12T Pro’s secondary cameras do not seem to have been granted that much of the phone’s budget. The ultra-wide is passable, able to take decent pics, but the macro is bad. This is only a potential issue as at £700 the phone is not cheap, being in the Pixel 7/7 Pro territory.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro’s primary camera is a 200-megapixel Samsung HP1. It’s a large 1/1.22-inch sensor, but the sensor pixels are very tiny 0.64-micron blocks. As standard, the phone captures 12-megapixel images, just using the massive megapixel count to turbocharge pixel binning.

Xiaomi does not give digital zoom any special positioning here either. While you can manually zoom up to 10x, 2x is the one preset in the app.

This is a solid mid-range camera, but I don’t think it is as far ahead of some of Xiaomi’s £300-£400 phones as it should be. And in some situations, it is clearly outperformed by Sony IMX766 hardware phones, such as the OnePlus Nord 2T.

But let’s start with the good bits. The Xiaomi 12T Pro does a good job with the character of its fine detail rendering. There’s none of that painted-looking effect when you zoom right into the pixels.

The high megapixel count also leads to good results when using the digital zoom, making — for example — faraway brickwork clear at 2x or beyond, when it is largely invisible in the standard 1x pic. There are also 50-megapixel and 200-megapixel modes that let you see this sort of detail with a normal field of view.

Xiaomi’s 200MP mode is interesting in particular. There seems to be very little noise reduction going on in it, but the detail rendering can be excellent in a well-lit scene.

However, it’s not perfect. Looking back over the few hundred frames captured with the Xiaomi 12T Pro, it tends to lean towards slightly cool-looking tones. Many of the pictures just don’t look as inviting as those taken with the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion, and the ultra-wide pics often have a more appealing colour.

Match coolness with a tendency to occasionally amp up the blues of skies too much, and some of the 12T Pro photos end up looking a little odd. As you can see in my sample images, this is very much dependent on the scene, but I did not use the AI scene mode in any of these cases – just standard Auto shooting.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro’s night images are not competitive at £700 either. At this price, I’d expect to see good results using Auto shooting, with the dedicated Night mode there if you’re happy for the scene to diverge even further from how it looks to the naked eye.

Here, Auto night shooting is pretty poor. Dark scenes stay dark and also look quite soft. The Night mode improves dynamic range and colour significantly, but smaller details and textures end up looking very mushy and soft. This wouldn’t be too bad a result if the phone were £369, but it costs a lot more than that.

If extreme pixel binning doesn’t lead to great low-light results, what are all those pixels for? Granted, it can take better 8-10x digital zoom images than the 50-megapixel Motorola Edge 30 Fusion. However, it’s not a real replacement for a decent optical 3x lens.

There are few complaints to be made about the Xiaomi 12T Pro’s video – it’s generally great. You can shoot at up to 8K resolution, and even this mode has a minimal amount of stabilisation to make your footage look OK. However, as the maximum frame rate is 24fps, I think most people should stick to 4K/60, which looks excellent. It’s clean, it’s nicely stabilised, and the colour is sound.

It is already smooth enough to make handheld footage look professional, but the Xiaomi 12T Pro also has a super-smooth mode for action-camera-like results. It’s limited to 1080p/30, though.

The phone’s front camera uses a 20-megapixel Sony IMX596, as seen in the Poco F4 GT. It handles backlit scenes well and detail is good in brighter lighting. While fine details can look a little fuzzy in lower light, image quality still holds up very well even as the ISO sensitivity goes to 2200 and beyond.

Battery life

Xiaomi has made countless phones with the same display size and battery capacity as the Xiaomi 12T Pro. It has a 5000mAh battery, the standard size for a phone of this scale.

Its battery life is unsurprisingly familiar. I typically end up with about 20% charge left by the end of the day. There’s enough of a buffer to stop you from needing to top up before a night out every single time, but this is not a notably long-lasting phone. Oddly enough, I find the non-Pro Xiaomi 12T tends to last a bit longer, based on my personal usage patterns. It has a MediaTek processor but the same battery capacity.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro does have very fast charging, however. It includes a 120W charger and actually hits that power draw according to my power meter. It reached 100% charge after 25mins and stopped drawing power at the 28-min mark.

The phone gets to 50% in roughly 11mins30secs. And you can take a couple of minutes off all of these figures if you don’t start charging from a completely dead state. It took the phone 3mins to reach 60W because – like many phones – the Xiaomi 12T Pro takes things low and slow when starting from a flat state.

Should you buy it?

Big screen, powerful processor, bright display panel, and stereo speakers – the Xiaomi 12T Pro has all the critical elements you should look for in a phone made for entertainment.

This phone is not as high on value as some older Xiaomi models, with only a semi-premium build style and fairly low-quality secondary cameras. Xiaomi’s performance tuning also runs into overheating issues in certain situations.

Final Thoughts

The Xiaomi 12T Pro is not as appealing a phone as its predecessor the Xiaomi 11T Pro. It looks and feels quite similar to some older mobiles in the sub-£500 category (some well below that figure, too) but costs £700.

Its impressive-sounding 200-megapixel camera doesn’t really belong in the big leagues either. While lots of megapixels are a boost for digital zoom, low-light performance doesn’t quite cut it at the price – even if you can take decent night photos.

The counterargument is that this is not a camera-led phone – it’s all about performance. However, the heat management here is a bit off, as the phone overheated multiple times over a 20-minute stress test. The Xiaomi 12T Pro is still a great entertainment phone, but you might want to wait until it dips below its initial asking price.

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Does the Xiaomi 12T Pro have wireless charging? There’s no wireless charging feature in the Xiaomi 12T Pro.

Is the Xiaomi 12T Pro waterproof? The phone has IP53 water resistance, which is rather weak protection for a higher-end phone. It is not significantly water-resistant.

Does the Xiaomi 12T Pro have a headphone jack? There’s no headphone jack, so you will have to use an adapter for wired headphones.

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Xiaomi 12T Pro vs OnePlus 10T – The Battle of Budget Flagship Smartphone

We recently reviewed the Xiaomi 12T Pro and OnePlus 10T, both positioned as budget flagship smartphones. Both have almost identical specs and are within the same price range. In this article, we will help you choose which one is the best for your next smartphone purchase.

OnePlus 10T vs Xiaomi 12T Pro Specs Comparison

OnePlus 10T Xiaomi 12T Pro
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Display 6.7 inches 120Hz Fluid AMOLED 6.67 inches 120Hz AMOLED
Memory 8GB RAM 128GB Internal Storage 12GB RAM 256GB Internal Storage
Camera RearMain – 50MP f/1.8 OISUltrawide – 8MP f/2.2Macro – 2MP f/2.4Front16MP f/2.4 RearMain – 200MP f/1.7 OISUltrawide – 8MP f/2.2Macro – 2MP f/2.4Front20MP f/2.4
Wireless Connections 5G, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC 5G, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC
SIM Card Slots Dual Nano-SIM Dual Nano-SIM
Battery 4800 mAh, 150W Charger 5000 mAh, 120W Charger
SRP 8GB 128GB: Php 35,99016GB 256GB: Php 39,990 12GB 256GB: Php 37,999


Both smartphones have similar build quality. They both feature a glass rear panel with Gorilla Glass 5 protection with a plastic frame. The two devices have a minimalist design, but the OnePlus 10T has a larger camera platform compared to the Xiaomi Mi 12T Pro.

In terms of button layout, the OnePlus 10T has its volume rocker on the left side, while the Xiaomi Mi 12T Pro’s is on the right side. Both devices have their power button on the right side. The camera punch-hole design is also centered at the top of the display on both devices.

The Xiaomi Mi 12T Pro has an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance. On the other hand, the OnePlus 10T does not have an IP rating. However, OnePlus 10T has a waterproof rubber seal around the SIM tray, though it has not been formally certified for IP resistance.


Both phones have 120Hz AMOLED displays, but with a minimal size difference. The OnePlus 10T has a 6.7-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2412 pixels, while the Xiaomi 12T Pro has a 6.67-inch display with a resolution of 1229 x 2712 pixels. The 0.03-inch difference is negligible, though the resolution has a slight advantage for the Xiaomi 12T Pro.


Both smartphones run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset with Adreno 730 GPU, so they perform nearly the same. However, the RAM and internal storage are not the same. The Xiaomi 12T Pro is available in a 12GB RAM 256GB internal storage configuration, while the OnePlus 10T is available in 8GB RAM 128GB internal storage and 16GB RAM 256GB internal storage. Going for a OnePlus 10T that is configured with 16GB RAM can have an advantage in multitasking.

In our benchmark tests, both smartphones performed slightly identical. However, in our thermal performance test, the Xiaomi 12T Pro performed slightly better than the OnePlus 10T.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro is running on MIUI 13 and the OnePlus 10T is running on OxygenOS 13 which are both based on Android 12. We can say that using both smartphones, the OnePlus 10T has a cleaner UI compared to the Xiaomi 12T Pro.

It’s noteworthy that the Xiaomi 12T Pro also has an IR Blaster, which can be used as a remote control for your TV or air conditioner from your smartphone.


The Xiaomi 12T Pro has a higher-megapixel main camera, boasting a 200-megapixel OIS lens, an 8-megapixel ultrawide lens, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. In contrary, the OnePlus 10T only has a 50-megapixel OIS main camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide lens, and a 2-megapixel macro lens.

In terms of the front-facing camera, the Xiaomi 12T Pro has a 20-megapixel lens, while the OnePlus 10T only has a 16-megapixel lens.

As for camera performance, both smartphones offer an above-average camera experience for their rear main camera and selfie camera. However, the Xiaomi 12T Pro provides higher resolution and more consistent picture quality.

In terms of video capabilities, the Xiaomi 12T Pro can capture higher resolution footage, up to 8K at 24fps, compared to the OnePlus 10T, which can only capture 4K at 60fps.


The OnePlus 10T has only 4,800 mAh battery and it is capable to charge 150W. However, the Xiaomi 12T Pro has a 5,000 mAh battery and it is capable to charge 120W only. On our battery test, the OnePlus 10T performed better, having 13 hours and 37 minutes compared to the 11 hours and 17 minutes of Xiaomi 12T Pro.

The charging capabilities of both smartphones are extremely fast as they utilize above 100W charging. The Xiaomi 12T can charge from 0% to 100% in just 36 minutes and the OnePlus 10T can charge from 0% to 100% in under 24 minutes.


The Xiaomi 12T Pro is priced at Php 37,999 for its 12GB 256GB configuration. The available configurations for the OnePlus 10T are 8GB 128GB and priced at Php 35,990 and a 16GB 256GB variant and priced at Php 39,990.

OnePlus 10T vs Xiaomi 12T PrDo

Both smartphones have their advantages, and it will be up to you to decide which features are most important to you. The Xiaomi 12T Pro boasts better thermal performance, higher display resolution, and a better camera. On the other hand, the OnePlus 10T offers a cleaner UI, ultra-fast charging, slightly better battery life, and is priced cheaper at Php 35,990 for the 8GB 128GB variant.

If you have an additional Php 2,000 to spare, you can upgrade your RAM and storage by purchasing the Xiaomi 12T Pro at Php 12,000 for the 12GB 256GB variant. Alternatively, if you find the RAM lacking, you can opt for the OnePlus 10T’s 16GB 256GB configuration for an additional Php 2,000.

Xiaomi 12T Pro

Xiaomi 12T Pro is not been officially announced yet. The specs mentioned below are based on rumors.

The smartphone is fueled by a Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery Fast charging 120W Reverse wireless charging Power Delivery 3.0 Quick Charge 4. The phone runs on the Android 12 MIUI 13 operating system.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro is powered by Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 octa-core processor while the GPU is Adreno 730. It is packed with 8 GB, 12 GB RAM and 128 GB, 256 GB internal storage. It doesn’t support any external memory card.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro phone comes in 6.67 inches size AMOLED, providing 1220 x 2712 pixels resolution. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The rear camera consists of a 200 MP (wide) 8 MP (ultrawide) 2 MP (macro).

The front camera has a 20 MP (wide) sensor that helps you with video calls and selfies. Xiaomi 12T Pro allows using the front camera to unlock the smartphone and also uses an optical under display fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, and color spectrum.

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Type Design Type called form factor refers to a mobile phone’s size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones = bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones.


Display Type Display Technology = A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones = TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)

Display Colors Display Colors is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying = 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others.

Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality.

Display Protection Display Protection = Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind.


GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.

RAM (Memory) RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.

Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.

Memory Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone’s built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.

Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device.


Operating System OS = Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.

User Interface UI or user interface of a device is the look and feel of the on-screen menu system. How it works, its color scheme, how it responds to button presses, all of these things are part of the user interface.


Rear Camera Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens FOCUS type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality.

Flash Flash Light = There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration)


SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber’s account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.


Wi-Fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.

GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.

NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.

Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device.

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