Xiaomi 12 Pro is one of the best flagships in 2022. Along with having a great display, it also has lightning fast charging.
Xiaomi sent me a review unit of their 12 Pro model. I used it for about two weeks before making this review. It’s running MIUI 13 with Android 12 and has the February 2022 security patch.
With the Xiaomi 12 Pro, Xiaomi has delivered an unbeatable phone. But what about the Xiaomi 12 Ultra? The 12 Ultra is also in development and will surely be released in the near future. In the meantime, the Xiaomi 12 Pro is the undisputed champion of its smartphone lineup.
I am so excited to share the good news with you! The Xiaomi 12 Pro is finally available for the rest of the world. This device has been out for a while in China, but now it’s here for all to buy. It’s running the global version of MIUI 13, which means it comes with the Google Play Store.
Hardware design is clean-looking, not just functional:
The Xiaomi 12 Pro is lighter and smaller. It is a little bit shorter, but it is also thinner by 0.3mm. It has also shrunk in height from 6.81″ to 6.73″. The battery is slightly smaller than the previous model, which results in a thinner phone.
Don’t be mistaken; this is still a hefty device with a large LTPO AMOLED screen. It’s selfie camera is now in the center instead of the corner- a trend that seems to be spreading. An in-display fingerprint scanner is included, and during my use, it worked just fine.
I really like the way the corners are curved. They give the phone a bigger look. The front and back of the phone are also curved, so it’s easy to hold. The metal rails on the phone have a nice matte surface that’s good for gripping.
The back of the Xiaomi 12 Pro is a sight for sore eyes. The new camera module design for the first time makes the Xiaomi (or “Mi” for short) series look professional. Along with the new layout, the Xiaomi 12 Pro has three brand-new 50MP cameras: one telephoto, one ultrawide, and one main camera.
The build quality of this device is top-notch and the materials used are definitely premium. And oh yeah, the haptics are in the same league as (for example) Samsung and Google devices.
What’s inside the Box?
Xiaomi includes a clear TPU case in the box. It’s great to see that this company cares about giving decent customer service. I just wish they would have paid more attention to their flagship phone’s case.
You will have your choice of three colors: Gray, Purple, and Blue. The one we received is the Gray version. One day I hope to be sent a colorful Xiaomi device for review.
One of the most impressive features of Xiaomi 12 Pro is its LTPO 120Hz AMOLED display:
Xiaomi has a number of new features on the 12 Pro, one of which is a 6.73 inch 1440x 3200 LTPO AMOLED display that can render 1 billion colors and has Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support built-in. The curvature on the edges of the device is also not too big, so swiping during my time reviewing it was never an issue.
The sun is hot in Southern California. It is not a problem for my phone though, because visibility was consistent and automatic. I did not have to manually change the brightness at all. It was around 1000 nits and peaked at 1500 nits. After using the phone for a couple of weeks, I do not doubt their factory specification numbers.
With the Xiaomi Pro, you can enjoy a display that auto adjusts from 1Hz to 120Hz, depending on what you’re watching. MIUI 13 also has many options in the Display Settings for color schemes, resolution, and eye comfort via the reading mode — all of which are available under the AI image engine. I’m sure you’ll find a setting that works for you.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro is a high-performing device:
My review model of the Xiaomi 12 Pro has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro scored 1235 on the single-core tests, and 3837 on the multi-core tests. This is pretty much the same as other devices from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with 12GB of RAM.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor is built on the 4nm wafer fabrication process, a significant improvement from the 8nm process found in their previous generation. The octa-core processor has a 1+3+4 configuration and features Arm’s newest v9 architecture cores. The main big core is a Cortex-X2, running at 3.0 GHz while the three middle cores are Cortex-A710, running at 2.5 GHz.
Xiaomi 12 Pro has LiquidCool technology with a large vapor chamber and three graphite sheets to keep it cool. The phone got warm but not hot during normal tasks like browsing, scrolling, and streaming. During heavy photography or videography sessions, it did get a little warm but never slowed down.
And you know what? We experienced zero issues playing Genshin Impact for almost an hour with the latest Spring update on the Xiaomi 12 Pro. The Xiaomi 12 Pro has been performing really well in terms of performance so far. It’s one of the best smartphones we’ve ever seen.
Advance Charging Technology:
Xiaomi’s 120W HypeCharge technology has finally come to its flagship device. This hot new feature first made its debut on the Xiaomi 11T Pro last year. If you are wondering about the power brick, have no fear. It is included in the retail box and has a USB-A connector which provides the 120W output.
When it comes to validating the power delivered, it is a little less than 120W. Still, 120W charging is an impressive achievement and one that allows Xiaomi to reduce the battery size from 5,000 mAh a year ago to the current 4,600 mAh. Unlike Oppo’s Find X5 Pro, Xiaomi has a single-cell battery to support 120W charging.
You do not want to post a viral video of your latest flagship smartphone catching fire while charging. This is where I would recommend using the OEM cable that comes in the box. It may be a bit slower than the custom circuitry, but at least you are safe.
MIUI 13 on Android 12 will support intelligent charging. If you tend to charge your phone overnight, then MIUI will learn your charging habits and optimize the battery health of your device.
A triple 50-megapixel camera on the back of the phone produces stunning pictures:
The Xiaomi smartphone has three cameras on the back, a 50MP primary camera with optical image stabilization and auto focus, as well as a 115-degree ultrawide camera with fixed focus and no optical image stabilization, and a telephoto camera with 2X zoom capability and no image stabilization.
You are probably wondering about the camera, right? That’s because it is quite unique. It is simple to use and offers a few different modes that you can switch between either with a swipe or by tapping the mode. You can customize the modes in the More tab and there are also some extras in the More section. Night Mode is available for both the rear cameras and auto night mode is activated by default, which I think is quite beneficial.