Xiaomi 12 Pro UNBOXING and Initial REVIEW – Same Same, BUT Different…
I have managed to snatch one up quite quickly. That being said, the prices at the top right hand corner reflect the current chinese price, which ive converted into global currencies. Since a global launch has yet to be announced, the xiaomi 12 pro may very well be cheaper than last years. Mi 11 pro, as well as the revolutionary mix 4 due to its lack of an under display, selfie camera and ip water resistant rating, but does its new triple 550 megapixel camera setup new display and latest flagship chipset from qualcomm justify its drawbacks. Lets find out in this unboxing and initial review of the xiaomi 12 pro Music, the xiaomi 12 pro comes in four different color variants, namely a blue pinkish purple. It actually translates to purple black or the color that i have here, which is green, and this is the only version to debut with vegan leather. It feels absolutely amazing in the hand – and its touch is quite satisfying as well. It makes it a tad lighter too, but a smidge thicker well get to that in a sec, but as of right now, the overall design, i feel, is the best looking xiaomi device. I have ever laid my eyes on slapping on that back cover, not so much since they still just include a silicon case in the box. Nevertheless, its a silicon case, its a free case, it comes in the box, gets a slap on day one, but i do recommend using it without a case if you do decide to pick up the vegan leather version.
Moving on to the actual specs inside of the phone, it is kitted with a 4 600 milliamp hour battery and 120 watt wire charging 50 watt wireless charging with a new in house surge p1 charging chip. Of course, it also has that brand new snapdragon, 8 gen 1 chipset run on four nanometer process no technology, but do bear in mind that this time around there is no ip certification. What has stuck around is the gorilla gloss, victus display and, of course, an aluminum frame. The leather version is, however, thicker at 8.66 millimeters thick when compared to the glass box. 8.16, though it is one gram lighter at 204, as opposed to 205 grams and the only cutout at the back of that vegan leather finish is, of course, the new camera module and i must say it looks absolutely elegant. We are kitted with three 50 megapixel lenses here. The ultrawide and telephoto lens both share the same sensor, that being a samsung isoscell jn1 sensor and the main camera is kitted with the brand new worlds. First, sony imax, 707 sensor. The main one is the only lens here that supports ois and when compared to the iphone 13 pro max, on the left, hand, side and pixel 6 pro on the right hand, side the xiaomi 12 pro in the middle, using a 50 megapixel ultrawide sensor. Doesnt do a half bad job. It actually gives a nice warmish feel to it when compared to the other two devices, though it doesnt, have the widest ultrawide field of view around and when binning that ultra wide shot down four to one binning to 12.
5 megapixels. It looks even better thanks to ai algorithms, the 50 megapixel main shot, using, of course, that imax 707 sensor does a pretty decent job compared to these two giants alongside it, though it doesnt seem to be quite as bright as the pixel 6 pro, but of course, The pixel 6 pro was bent down because you cant actually take a raw 50 megapixel shot on the pixel 6 pro for some reason, and now, bending down the xiaomi 12 pro, you can see it brightens things up once again, thanks to ai and also giving it Some decent dynamic range, the xiaomi 12 pro kicks in its telephoto camera sooner than the other two devices over here, since it starts at two times, optical zoom. But that is the max optical zoom that you can get with previous xiaomi flagships weve seen five times optical. Using periscope cameras, so i guess thats one of the drawbacks over here and when binning down the telephoto camera from 50 megapixels to 12.5. It looks even better, but as soon as we move past two times to three times, we are unfortunately kitted with digital zoom. On the xiaomi, as opposed to the optical zoom, on the iphone 13 pro max, which is of course rocking at three times over here and you can see, the clarity is quite a bit ahead in terms of the iphone when compared to the xiaomi and the pixel. Since the pixel is still running at three times, digital zoom over here, using its main sensor, but going into four times zoom.
This is when the pixel 6 pro shines on the right hand side over there using optical zoom, with its periscope telephoto sensor and hopping into 10 times, digital zoom across all of them all of them, using their respective telephoto or periscope telephoto camera. That is on the pixel at 10 times running digitally. You can see that the xiaomi 12 pro is kind of lagging behind the other two phones over here when comparing portrait shots over here between the three devices, i feel that the xiaomi kind of darkens things out a bit here and blurs a bit too much in The background, but nevertheless it still does a pretty darn good job, with almost perfect edge detection and taking another portrait shot over here of my pal little yoda over here. I actually think the xiaomis photo looks better than the other two in terms of lighting. It has more dynamic range. There is more detail within the cracks of yodas face, but the detail that is in the cracks doesnt give it as much of a natural look as you would see on the iphone or the pixel. So i guess in retrospect it kind of just over saturates, all the colors and when it comes to taking photos in a dim, lit situation night mode off over here on all devices, and i can assure you that my studio is almost pitch black curtains. Closed door shut, took this photo at night as well, and it looks pretty good on all three of them in terms of not even using a night mode because of all the large sensor sizes that we are treated to over here.
But i can safely say that, while the iphone and the pixel are brighter than the xiaomi, the xiaomi is once again packing in a few more details and switching night mode on on all three devices. While once again, the iphone and pixel are a lot brighter. With the pixel being the brightest over here, they kind of look a bit artificial. It almost looks like there is a light shining on them for some reason, whereas the xiaomi keeps things nice and neutral, but this is probably because of xiaomis new night mode. Algorithms, thanks to that new snapdragon, 8gen1 chipset, and when it comes to video. Of course, all three of these devices can shoot 4k at 60fps, all of them nice and smooth. I can see a bit of jitteriness on the xiaomi over here, but the clarity is still on par with the other devices and when comparing ultrawide the pixel 6 pro is limited to 4k 30fps, where the others can go up to 4k 60 and the iphone has The widest field of view over here with the pixel pretty much matching that of the xiaomi in terms of field of view, so the iphone actually seems to do better with clarity getting close up and personal to the subject. The xiaomi 12 pro can also shoot 8k. Video, though, still limited at 24 frames per second, it looks nice and clear, but it is a bit jittery. It still looks absolutely phenomenal. If you ask me, though, the cameras of the brand new xiaomi 12 pro are fantastic, and i cannot wait to deep dive more into them.
In my full review, we have a power button on the right hand, side as well as a volume rocker at the bottom. We have a dual sim 5g standby tray. There is a water resistant seal over there, even though its not ip certified, usb 2.0 type c port, first youll speaker at the bottom. Second, dual speaker at the top – and of course this is paired alongside homocotton and dolby. Atmos – and we still have an ir blast over here and turning things to the front of the screen – we are treated to a 32 megapixel selfie camera, though it is not underneath the display, like we saw with the mix 4 taking a selfie compared to the iphone And pixel, the iphone to me still looks the best in terms of detail, but i guess just a bit too much detail. The xiaomi doesnt really show as much detail and the pixel definitely looks the most natural and when flicking over to the portrait mode over here, the xiaomi has pretty much no edge detection whatsoever. I can see a tad bit of edge detection on the pixel 6 pro, as well as on the iphone. If you look around my hair and my ears over there, xiaomi does such a great job at edge detection and when it comes to taking a selfie video, the xiaomi 12 pro is limited to 1080p and 60fps. The pixel 6 pro can also do 1080p and 60fps, but it can also do 4k at 30 over here, and the iphone can do 4k all the way up to 60.
, its a bit of a bummer to not see 4k, at least at 30 on the selfie Cam, but well deep dive more into this one in the full review in the coming days, powering on the device and getting to the optimized miui 13 software, which well touch on in a bit. We, of course, havent always on display here thanks to the amoled panel, and we have an under display fingerprint sensor as well. Once again, thanks to it being an amoled panel. We have loads of different always on display options, and we can have it always on some xiaomi devices. Cant always have it on. We do have super wallpapers over here, the same ones that we saw last year. I thought theyd be new ones, but it says stay tuned for new releases. So hopefully we get to that. There is new molten glass wallpapers, not the biggest fan of them, but they they look. Pretty. I guess classy you could say and turning off the screen, you can see that wonderful super wallpaper and unlocking it with the 2d face unlock, which is of course being used by the selfie cam, and it does a great job, nice and fast. But once again, not as secure as something that you would see on an iphone with 3d face unlock, we are treated to miui 13 over here running on android 12. It doesnt quite feel, like a big upgrade more an iterative upgrade, but apparently its more about optimizing.
Their device with the hardware inside of it and the software and all that jazz. So i really hope this is gon na happen and, yes, of course, theres. Google, all google stuff works on xiaomi phones, as well as the play store. Even on the chinese version. There is a new widgets folder over here, which they hopped on about in the event and though its cool, its mainly only targeted to chinese users, and if you want to go to normal widgets, it can take you a full 30 seconds to get it. And once you get there, theyre, not in alphabetical order, so its really hard to find, and if you do want to search for them by just searching at the top, such as searching for youtuber vs. Since we just made a widget for youtube music, it doesnt find it at all, though we still can find it in the widgets menu once we actually deep dive into it. We do have a performance mode that we saw recently on miui 12.5, which is great, and i use that performance mode when running and tutu which well get to in a sec because of the snapdragon 8 gen 1 octa core cpu yielded an antutu score of 1 Million 7 512 points the highest. I have ever seen, not even just on my channel just ever in terms of antutu version 9.. Now, just like last years, me 11 and me 11 pro. We do have a wqhd plus 1440p display over here.
But this time we have dynamic refresh rate which weve been asking xiaomi for so long to do, but i did enable an fps console within developer options and you can choose between 60 90 and 120 fps, which is great. You can also use the auto recommended. They do recommend to use auto, because this is what truly shines in terms of ltpo technology, but i never really got an odd number between 1 and 120. It was either sitting at 60 or it was sitting at 90 or it was sitting at 120. So its not really dynamically adjusting. I went through a couple apps, and hopefully this does get fixed in a future software updates, but that dynamic one to 120 hertz refresh rate panel is paired with 180 hertz touch sampling rates over here. It makes for some nice smooth scrolling around well get to some gaming in the full review, but as for the display, it is a 6.73 inch. Amoled 20 by 9 aspect ratio curved display, but this time it is not quad curved. Thank goodness, i cannot stand the curves at the top and bottom. It is just dual curves on the sides of the device. It is an e5 amoled panel with 1.07 billion colors. It is 10 bit hdr, 10 plus dolby vision, 112 dcr, p3 and 140 srgb color gamut rating. We also have a crazy brightness of 1 500 nits peak brightness and that all of that and more yields to either matching or setting new records on displaymate, the xiaomi 12 pro might just be the phone to beat in 2022.
Thanks to its new ltpo display stunning vegan leather back design and promising camera setup, but it does have some drawbacks when compared to xiaomis flagships of 2021. Nevertheless, im extremely excited to deep dive into all aspects of xiaomis latest and greatest smartphone in my full review. Make sure to like subscribe and smash that notification bell so that you are notified as soon as my full review drops, which should be in the next few days.