Xiaomi 12 Pro Review & Comparison Galaxy S22+
This is the most premium xiaomi phone available in the market. Right now. Technically, this is not their top of the line flagship phone of 2022, since there will also be an ultra variant just like last year now i have been using this phone for about two weeks or so, along with the galaxy s22 plus. So let me share with you all my experience with it, where i will be focusing on the differences i noticed, while using this xiaomi flagship against the galaxy s22. Okay, let me get started with the good things about this phone and for me, one of the best things about the xiaomi 12 pro has to be its display. There is practically no flagship feature missing from this screen whatsoever. Its a samsung made 120 hertz e5 amoled panel with 2k resolution um its got 480 hertz start sampling rate, hdr, 10 plus support and its also a 10 bit display with ltpo 2.0 and quality wise. I found that it competes with vs22 plus quite impressively. I still love samsungs um color calibration over xiaomis a bit more and the s22 plus is slightly brighter too, but thats me nitpicking in real life usage, xiaomi 12 pros display is legitimately top quality. The company has also implemented adaptive refresh ratio very well. Likewise, the fingerprint sensor here is an optical one, as opposed to an ultrasonic implementation on the galaxy s 22 plus. But i dont mind that, since the one on the xiaomi 12 pro is fast and reliable.
Overall, the display experience has been quite pleasant. For the most part – and i dont mean that just visually because interacting with the screen feels really good too thanks to the phones, excellent vibration, motor, so while typing or unlocking the device, you are greeted with effective haptic feedback, thats strong, but not bossy. Now, as someone who spends most of the time watching youtube and netflix, i am fairly impressed with the quality of the speakers too. It has four speakers in total tuned by harman kardon again, i did compare it against the galaxy s22 plus and found s22 pluses audio to have a wider, sound stage, while sounding fuller and more balanced too. So, although the xiaomi 12 pros audio quality is quite crisp, it still is not there with samsungs flagship just yet here. Let me play something for you guys to judge Music, Music. Okay, another aspect that im quite fond of about this phone is the design. I know its not a particularly unique looking device or anything, in fact its quite simple, but it looks good and, more importantly, its well built. So when you take the xiaomi 12 pro in your hands, you will instantly notice that its got a good heft. Thanks to the premium glass design and the metal frames from the very first day, i used this phone without a cover because it felt really good on my hands. But then again, i quickly realized how slippery it was.
So i had to slap in this silicon case that xiaomi provides inside the box and i would advise you to do the same because, unlike the front which has gorilla glass vectors, the back of this device, only sports gorilla, glass, 5. and on a related note, something That has bugged me since day, one of using the xiaomi 12 pro is that it does not come with any form of ipv8 and thats a major major plumber. For me, i am a bit ashamed to admit that im, a very clumsy person, so ive had to be extra careful not to accidentally spill water or tea or anything on this phone and uh mind you that i have been using the s22 plus long before this. One and the s22 plus has gone through a lot: okay, um moving on when this phone was first released in china, a lot of reviewers complained about its insane throttling issues. Hence uh the performance side of things on the xiaomi 12 pro was something i was quite eager to test out. So i also ran a couple of throttling tests and look at the results yourself. It throttled to 55 of its max performance in this 30 minute stress test, which is terrible for those of you who are not very technical. The yellow and the red colors on the graph are bad news, and here the reds would start appearing within the very first five minutes, so i kept my hopes pretty low regarding the performance, but, surprisingly enough, i did not find many issues here in real life usage.
Under my day to day tours, which basically includes using social media, writing emails, um clicking photos receiving and making phone calls, etc, the phone felt fast and responsive with zero lags or micro starters, and i did not find it overheating or struggling to keep up even once. It was only when playing demanding games like gentian impact that this snapdragon 81 powered phone would start showing signs of distress at its highest graphic settings. The xiaomi 12 pro would get rather hot around the camera module within 5 to 7 minutes into the game, and after about 10 to 12 minutes, i measured its peak surface temperature at 43 degree celsius. I did not notice performance throttling so much since the fps hovered around 50 to 55 at all times, but because the phone gets significantly warm, it does feel somewhat uncomfortable to hold at times other games like pubg and call of duty that go easy on the processor. Do not make the phone heat up as much at their highest possible settings. The xiaomi 12 pro would easily give a stable 60 fps, while also keeping the temperatures below 40 degree celsius. All in all, i think its important to note that xiaomi 12 pros performance is top class when using it for regular everyday tasks, but demanding stuff like prolonged gaming sessions or recording 4k or 8k videos does turn up the heat. Literally then, again its not just the xiaomi 12 pro that suffers from these issues.
Other snapdragon, 81 phones, like the galaxy s 22 plus, and the real me gt2 pro, show a similar thermal pattern as well, and i will highly encourage you to watch b bombs. Video of the xiaomi 12 pro where rupesh has explained quite well regarding this issue and then theres mr whos, the boss, who has covered this thing in his samsung scandal video. I totally agree with his proposed solution. Where number one chip manufacturers should focus on attaining better power efficiency, rather than just peak performance and number two smartphone companies need to come up with better cooling mechanisms if they want to use such powerful chipsets in their devices. All right. Moving on to the software side of things, it runs on miui 13, based on android 12. and for the most part, xiaomi has done a good job of optimizing, its software. Here previously, with the me11, i had experienced some petty software bugs that made my overall experience somewhat better, but now the company seems to have resolved those things so im quite happy about that plus xiaomi has also promised three years of os and four years of security Updates for the xiaomi 12 pro, which is neat okay, the xiaomi 12 pro has a unique triple camera setup, with all the three lenses using a 50 megapixel sensor, and when i tested its cameras against the galaxy s22 plus, i found it to be competing pretty well. Xiaomis photos do have an extra punch with boosted whites, but in most instances it looks pleasing.
I did find samsungs overall color optimization to be better, but if you dont compare them side by side, xiaomis images are quite appealing too, both in normal and ultra wide angle. Shots for portraits the xiaomi 12 pro uses its two times, telephoto lens with it. The subject focus looks really good and the shadow processing on the subject is done well, sometimes even better than the s22 plus itself. The s22 plus does have better skin tone, though, but xiaomis pictures are a close. Second, in terms of selfies, i found samsungs output to have far better colors background exposure and skin tone, so theres a lot of room for xiaomi to improve upon this aspect during night time and low light conditions. The xiaomi 12 pro manages to bring out bright and detailed photos with less noise. Sometimes it does process the image a little too much making it look a bit unnatural compared to samsungs, but its camera is still reliable enough during night time. However, the xiaomi 12 pro still misses out on some features to call it a true flagship: camera phone. For instance, you cannot switch between different lenses when shooting videos in 4k resolution and its selfie camera is limited to 1080p 60fps recordings. Only and the overall color optimization. Both in photos as well as videos is still not quite as there as samsung or apple, but what i will say is that xiaomi is definitely onto something really impressive here and further efforts on camera optimization will surely make it among the best in the business.
Lastly, battery life is something that the xiaomi 12 pro has not impressed me with that much its 4 600 milliamp hour battery gave me just about 6 hours of screen on time, which translates to roughly a days endurance on normal usage. However, the company has tried to compensate for that with a super fast 120 watt charger included inside the box, which takes around 22 minutes to fill up its battery. I am also happy to report that its overnight battery drain is not that high. I always turn off wi fi and mobile data at night. While i get my eight hours of sleep and during that period i graphed around four percent battery drain, which is not so bad, but with a little more aggressive optimization. That number could be a lot less, though okay, so what do i make of the xiaomi 12 pro? Well, i think xiaomi is definitely off to a good start with this phone. It provides a really good display experience. The design is well built and the cameras are reliable and consistent enough, although not entirely flagship level, while the company has also improved on the software side of things a lot compared to last year and, more importantly, this phone is somewhat cheaper than your typical flagship phone. So youre getting a premium experience at a lesser price as well. On the other hand, there are some things that i am not happy about: the xiaomi 12 pro like the missing ip68 rating, and i also wish the phone had a better cooling mechanism to keep the thermals in check, but overall uh, the xiaomi 12.
Pro, surprisingly, is an easy recommendation so guys that was all for our full review of the xiaomi 12 pro i am thinking of making a comparison, video of it with the ryomi gt2 pro.