Xiaomi confirms it’s bringing the 12 Pro to the rest of the world. Like Xiaomi’s other flagships, the 12 Pro aims to beat out competitors with its favourable price-to-performance ratio. This will be the first Xiaomi flagship to launch globally since it dropped the ‘Mi’ branding from its smartphones last year.
The device, which launched in China towards the end of last year, has a simple yet somewhat attractive design. The matte finish on the back might do well fending off fingerprints, which is always a plus.
Seems Pro enough to us
The 12 Pro sports a decently sized, slightly curved 6.73in display with a 1440×3200 resolution. It’s an LTPO OLED panel that can go as low as 1Hz and up to 120Hz. That’s supposed to help conserve battery life.
This one will ship with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, like almost every other 2022 flagship. We’ve seen mixed results from that chip so we’re keen to see what Xiaomi can do with it. It’s backed up with 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. We’d suggest the larger one as you don’t get support for a microSD card slot.
As we reported last week, you might have to wait for the 12 Ultra if you want an enormous battery and 120W charging. That isn’t to say the 12 Pro’s battery offerings aren’t impressive. You still get a decently sized 4,600mAh battery that’ll take 18 minutes for a full charge, according to Xiaomi. 50W wireless charging is also on the table. Or in your car. Or next to your bed.
Look me right in the eye
The 12 Pro’s camera array continues the understated look. Rather that, than the beady spider-eyes on some of the competitors. The camera complement consists of a 50MP main sensor, another 50MP telephoto sensor and one more 50MP ultrawide. Around front, the hole-punch selfie cam will make you look pretty with its 32MP sensor.
It’s not the most exciting phone on the market and it could be overshadowed when the 12 Ultra is officially announced. But when you put it up against Samsung’s S22 and S22+ it could start to look a little more appealing.
Whether we get it in the country or not is a different topic. Pricing and availability will vary region to region but, according to Xiaomi, “Africa” is included in its global launch. So, here’s to hoping.