Xiaomi 12T Pro Review: A Flagship Android Phone For Less In 2023

The Xiaomi 12T Pro is the most recent phone in Xiaomi’s popular T series. The Xiaomi 12T and 12T Pro are based on the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro that were released earlier this year. Traditionally, the “T” model places a greater emphasis on performance and battery life, while cutting costs in the camera and design departments.

The Ts are not Xiaomi’s flagship products, hence less attention is placed on innovative features and enhancements. The 12T is an incremental improvement over its predecessors in the most of departments.

1. Design

The Xiaomi 12T Pro is an oversized device. Its frame measures 163.1 x 75.9 x 8.6mm and weighs 205g, which is not significantly heavier than the ordinary smartphone.

The plastic body contributed to the item’s low weight. This material may not have a premium feel, but it is more durable and lighter than the glass used in high-end smartphones.

Big also describes the camera bump, which protrudes substantially from the back of the phone — more so than the lens plateau on the majority of smartphones. There’s no way you’ll be able to lay this flat on a surface, and in our testing, it constantly stuck on clothing when we attempted to slip it into our pocket.

The volume rocker and power button are both located on the right edge of the mobile device, although we had difficulty easily accessing the former, and those with smaller hands may have difficulty with the latter.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro lacks an integrated fingerprint scanner in the power button. This feature was a highlight of our reviews for previous Mi T phones because it made unlocking them so simple. The 12T Pro falls short.

Instead, you must use a fingerprint scanner integrated into the display. This capability is available on practically all high-end Android devices, however we find it more convenient to tap the phone’s side rather than its screen. It is unfortunate that the side-mounted fingerprint scanner has been eliminated.

Unlike the first several generations of Xiaomi T phones, this model lacks a headphone jack; we apologize to fans of connected music. A USB-C connector is available for charging and accessory use.

2. Display

Fans of the company’s smartphones will be extremely familiar with the Xiaomi 12T Pro’s screen. It’s uncommon to find a Xiaomi device with a screen smaller than 6.67 inches, but the 12T Pro is an exception.

This OLED panel has a resolution of 1220 x 2712, which is significantly higher than the 1080 x 2400 11T Pro.

Maximum screen brightness is 100 nits dimmer than on the 11T Pro, balancing out the resolution enhancements. It also has a’mere’ 120Hz refresh rate display, despite the fact that the Xiaomi 10T Pro has a 144Hz screen and other firms (including Xiaomi sub-brands) are increasingly adopting the greater refresh rate.

Hence, neither of these issues will be evident. The viewing experience is comparable to that of prior T Pro handsets, which is to say that it is satisfactory for the price.

3. Camera

The 200MP camera is the primary camera feature of the Xiaomi 12T Pro, as Xiaomi continues its push for ever-higher megapixel counts. In 2019, it was the first firm to introduce a smartphone with a 108MP camera.

The default resolution of the Xiaomi 12T Pro camera is 12.5 megapixels thanks to a technique called pixel binning, which combines pixels to create a better image. Combining pixels “see” more light, giving in more vivid images and enhanced low-light photography. As a result of their lower resolution, pixel-binned photos also require less storage space than conventional images.

You have the option of taking 50MP or full-resolution 200MP images, which eschews the camera intelligence of pixel binning in favor of an exceptionally high-resolution image. The advantage of this is that you can easily crop an image, thereby digitally zooming in.

4. Performance

The Xiaomi 12T Pro utilizes the most powerful processor available at the time of launch, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, which is superior to the Snapdragon 8 chipset used in the Xiaomi 12 Pro.

We found the phone to be excellent for gaming, as it swiftly and readily loaded titles with the highest graphical quality settings and connected quickly to the internet for online games (something that the phone’s 5G connectivity helps with when outdoors).

Unlike other recent Snapdragon-powered smartphones we’ve tested, the Xiaomi did not overheat during extended gaming sessions. We absolutely have no complaints about this.

The version of the phone going on sale in the United Kingdom has 8GB RAM and 256GB storage; versions with 128GB storage or 12GB RAM are going on sale in some locations, but Xiaomi appears to be pushing the 8/256GB model the most. There is no expandable memory here, therefore you will only receive 256GB (unless you use cloud storage).

Like with most Xiaomi smartphones, Harman Kardon has adjusted the loudspeakers. Admittedly, the 12T Pro is not as effective at playing music out loud as, say, an actual speaker, but it is one of the best phones in this regard. This is especially useful if you view movies or play video games without a headset or headphones.

All View

The Xiaomi 12T Pro is ideal for gamers due to its powerful CPU and aesthetically pleasing display.
Although the Xiaomi 12T Pro is not the best camera phone in the world, its ultra-high-resolution camera is a lot of fun to use.
If you dislike being attached to an electrical outlet for long periods of the day, the Xiaomi’s 20-minute charging time will be very enticing.

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