This then feels like a fresh start, its a flagship handset that focuses on the core pillars of design, powerful hardware and capable cameras without the gimmicks of some competitors, all wrapped into a package that sits well under a four figure asking price. So is the xiaomi 12 pro a return to pure class or one to pass im kam bunsen from pocketlint, and this is our review and if you do like it, please do leave a thumbs up, subscribe and tap the notification bell to make sure you dont miss Any more flip the xiaomi 12 pro over and its design could easily be called unassuming. This isnt a handset thats trying to grab your attention through excess flare. Instead, its all about subtlety. We think the various choices really pay off too. The way its soft touch rear panel resists, almost all fingerprinting is great, so it continues to look smooth and clear as if brand new, combined with this matte gray, color its a stylish and classy finish, the light touch to branding continues down the delicate route with the Xiaomi logos, just a small reflective cutout in the rear panel, the camera enclosure too, while it certainly protrudes doesnt, become an excessive distraction because its dressed in a darker finish that helps to soften the presence of those dark circle. Lenses, beauty is in the details, though, and theres lots here to like, like the fine lines separating the sections on the camera housing all the way the speaker grills have been designed where the small holes gradually increase in size to create a slit shape or how the Antenna band on the top and bottom edges are symmetrical theres an attention to detail here, thats impossible to ignore its a stunning looking phone, but it is big, though, and quite heavy, so definitely not one thats a comfortable one handed device moving on to torque displays and The 12 pro is the largest in the series.

It features a 6.73 inch oled display for a lot of buyers. Having this large bright display will be a key reason to choose it over, say the smaller regular xiaomi 12. and its a really lovely display too. With lots of eye catching features that tick all the flagship boxes, from its 120 hertz adaptive, refresh rate to ultra bright 1 500 nits peak brightness, the panel is mildly curved to the edges, but doesnt result in it suffering from any phantom touches. As the software is smart enough to negate accidental palm touches to the edge its a gentle curve that aids, the phones, form factor and visual appeal, helping to hide the side bezel a little while avoiding the excessive distortion that you sometimes get with curved screens now, weve Seen some devices in recent years deliver strong, specs in terms of display, but then dont deliver when the brightness is low. Things like the oneplus 9 pro spring to mind. The xiaomi, however, is a masterclass. By comparison, it handles rich, dark content deftly, while offering ultra bright. Whites too, that its certified for both dolby vision and hdr 10 plus, is no surprise then, given how well its able to handle such wideband contrast and color. One of the great things is: if it doesnt look the way you want it to theres plenty here that you can tweak theres lots to choose from here. You can select from original p3 or srgb color gamuts, choose vivid, saturated original or custom color schemes, even tweak, individual red, green and blue bands or adjust the hue, the saturation contrast and the gamma its like digging into photoshop settings as theres.

So much you can tweak here moving away from displays and into performance and battery, and this was one of the very first phones to launch in 2022, with the snapdragon 8 gen 1 processor. Its clear, then, that this is all about delivering on its promise of top tier hardware. Qualcomms hardware certainly has the goods when it comes to delivering effortless performance, so whether youre going for high end gaming, opening dozens of apps or scrolling through your many feeds this device. Never misses a beat, indeed, we found it to be more stable than even samsungs galaxy s22 ultra, but with such power comes compromise, the pairing of the hn1 in this chassis causes some heat issues, not that the handset becomes boiling hot, but you can feel its warmth After certain use cases, when we tested it, for instance, that was strava tracking or when using the zwift companion app for an hour, warmth means hard. Work is a foot which, in turn affects battery life, which is the point when we arrive at the xiaomi 12 pros biggest hurdle. It just doesnt seem to last that long, indeed, in our use over more than a week as a primary device, it struggled to confidently get us all the way through a working day, which is far from ideal and far from the norm. We think a larger capacity would be better here, because anything sub 5000 milliamp hours is a bit of a surprise. Really. How long lasting are we talking well, typically, 12 to 14 hours is going to take this device into the red zone.

Many days wed get to bed with 3 remaining after 16 hours of use thats with some quite heavy use, as weve mentioned, so you may find yourself reaching for the charger. Quite often that said, on the flip side, the 12 pro has super fast 120 watt charging available for extra quick, reducing five minutes plugged into the 120 watt. Charger is enough to get you through the rest of the day, no problem theres, even a decent 50 watt. Wireless charge function now: xiaomi devices are typically very long, lasting though, because the mewi software will do its utmost to squeeze apps from having free rain and eating all your battery juice, thats just less the case with the 12 series, it seems so, if youre looking for Better longevity per charge and less battery anxiety as a result, thats where the oppo find x5 pro wins out. In our view now, in terms of software, we often malign xowis mewi platform for its stifling of notifications. Mewi 13, however, seems somewhat freer in its capacity to permit apps to function, as they wish sure theres still some delays, but, generally speaking, the software doesnt seem to have such a wall up this time around. Furthermore, from an aesthetic point of view, its very good looking with fluid functionality and themes that match the subtle nature of the handsets design, theres a lot of deep dive stuff you can get into which might make it a bit confusing for some.

But it makes the handset all the more customizable now last but not least, lets move on to the cameras, and this is the final piece of the xiaomi 12 pro puzzle. Its rear camera arrangement houses, three lenses and all of them are useful, covering the standard, wide lens and ultrawide alongside a two times: optical zoom, and each of them paired with a 50 megapixel sensor, its a refreshing approach with so many phone makers seem to dash towards Using gimmicky minor resolution cameras, even the previous xiaomi mi 11 opted for a tele macro for close up shooting, which was fun, but not really. All that useful, so its great to see xiaomi, leaning more towards a practical approach here and the trio of cameras do a great job in remaining largely consistent when it comes to colour balance, which is difficult to achieve and something other makers such as oneplus often falls Short in so simply pointing and shooting will yield great results, even if you dont consider yourself a master photographer, theres optical image, stabilization on the main lens too, which makes night mode easier to use in delivering sharp longer exposures creating almost hyper real night time scenes. The stabilization system is one of the reasons the main optic is so large plus. The sensor is larger than your average, its the sony imx 707, and that explains why the quality is so good. Even when zooming in and cropping into your results and thats been a universal result, we found whether shooting in good light, tricky light or low light.

The 12 pro has rarely failed to impress its a cracking mix of cameras, and our main complaint really is that the optical zoom should be just more than two times. A three times would, in our view, be a better pairing and would align it more with say. An iphone 13 pro max in that regard. Overall, then, the xiaomi 12 pro is a masterclass in excellent screen performance and subtle design. Its unassuming visuals hide a powerful performance within, while its cameras are gimmick free and great. Across the board. The battery life is knocking on the door of unacceptable, really, which is the one big question mark over this product. Yes, super fast charging goes some way into negating this, but doesnt offset our anxiety completely, so were still on that xiaomi roller coaster. The xiaomi 12 pros high peaks are joined with some troughs that might prevent you from buying another xiaomi phone in the future. There are moments of pure class, though thats for sure ive been cam and matt cam bunton on social media. If you want to get hold of me on there, you can do or use the comments down below. Let me know what you think of the 12 pro.