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Xiaomi 12T Pro review: Still the value flagship phone to beat

By Liu Hongzuo - 26 Nov 2022
Launch SRP: S$1099

Performance, Battery, Conclusion

Benchmark Performance

The Xiaomi 12T Pro uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor to power the device. We've already introduced the chipset in separate articles, like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 5G and Vivo X80 Pro. It is basically the best 2022 flagship-grade chipset Qualcomm can offer to consumers in 2022.

That puts the Xiaomi 12T Pro against other SD8+G1 competitors in Singapore, along with similarly priced peers like the Google Pixel 7 series phones.

  Xiaomi 12T Pro Google Pixel 7 Pro Vivo X80 Pro Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 5G OnePlus 10 Pro Oppo Find X5 Pro Xiaomi 11T Pro
  Xiaomi 12T Pro Google Pixel 7 Pro Vivo X80 Pro Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 5G OnePlus 10 Pro Oppo Find X5 Pro Xiaomi 11T Pro
Launch SRP
  • From S$1099
  • From S$1299
  • From S$1699
  • From S$1398
  • From S$1299
  • From S$1699
  • From S$799
Network:
  • 5G/4G/3G
  • Up to 5G Sub 6GHz
  • 5G (NSA/SA), 4G, 3G
  • Up to 5G SA and NSA
  • Up to 5G SA and NSA
  • 5G/4G/3G/2G
Operating system
  • Android 12 on MIUI 13
  • Android 13
  • Android 12 (Funtouch OS 12)
  • Android 12 (Samsung One UI 4.1.1)
  • OxygenOS 12.1 based on Android 12
  • ColorOS 12 based on Android 12
  • Android 11 on MIUI 12
Processor
  • Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  • Google Tensor G2
  • Titan M2 security co-processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Vivo V1+ chip (AI-assisted image processing)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • MariSilicon X NPU
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Built-in Memory
  • 12GB RAM (LPDDR5)
  • 12GB RAM (LPDDR5)
  • 12GB RAM
  • 8GB RAM
  • 12GB RAM (LPDDR5)
  • 12GB RAM (LPDDR5)
  • 8GB RAM (LPDDR5)
  • 12GB RAM (LPDDR5)
Display
  • 6.67-inch, 2,712 x 1,220 pixels, AMOLED DotDisplay, 120Hz refresh rate, 480Hz touch sampling rate, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, DCI-P3
  • 6.7-inch, LTPO AMOLED, 3,120 x 1,440 pixels resolution, 10-120Hz refresh rate, HDR, 24-bit colour, 1,500-nits peak brightness
  • 6.78-inch / 3,200 x 1,440 pixels (~517 ppi) / 120Hz refresh rate / AMOLED Display
  • Main Screen:6.7-inch / Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex / 2,640 x 1,080 pixels (425 ppi) / 22:9 aspect ratio / 1 to 120Hz adaptive refresh rate
  • Cover Screen: 1.9-inch / Super AMOLED / 512 x 260 pixels (302 ppi)
  • 6.7-inch, LTPO AMOLED, 3,126 x 1,440 pixels resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, 10-bit colour
  • 6.7-inch, LTPO AMOLED, 3,126 x 1,440 pixels resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, 10-bit colour
  • 6.67-inch, 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, AMOLED DotDisplay, 20:9 ratio, 120Hz refresh rate, 480Hz touch sampling rate, HDR10+, DCI-P3
Camera
  • Rear:
  • 200MP main, 0.64μm pixel size, 1.28μm 4-in-1 pixel binning, 2.56μm 16-in-1 pixel binning, f/1.69
  • 8MP ultra-wide, 120° FOV, f/2.2
  • 2MP macro, f/2.4
  • Front:
  • 16MP, f/2.45
  • Rear:
  • (Main) 50MP, 1/.31-inch sensor size, f/1.85 aperture, 1.2μm pixel size, Octa PD, Quad Bayer
  • (Ultra-wide) 12MP, f/2.2 aperture, 1.25μm pixel size, 125.8° FOV, AutoFocus
  • (Telephoto) 48MP, f/3.5 aperture, 0.7μm pixel size, 5x optical zoom, 30x Super Res Zoom
  • Laser detect Autofocus, OIS, EIS
  • Front:
  • 10.8MP, f/2.2 aperture, 1.22μm pixel size, fixed focus
  • ZEISS Co-engineered Imaging System
  • Rear:
  • 50MP main camera, f/1.57, ZEISS Gimbal Portrait Camera, OIS
  • 48MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
  • 12MP portrait, f/1.85
  • 8MP periscope telephoto, f/3.4, 5x optical zoom
  • Front:
  • 32MP main, f/2.45
  • Rear:
  • 12MP main, f/1.8 aperture, 1.8μm pixel size, 83 ̊ FOV, Dual Pixel AF, OIS
  • 12MP ultra-wide, f/2.2 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size, 123 ̊ FOV
  • Front:
  • 10MP, f/2.4 aperture,1.22μm pixel size, 80 ̊ FOV
  • Rear:
  • (Main) 48MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size, OIS, EIS
  • (Ultra-wide) 50MP, f/2.2 aperture, 150° FOV
  • (Telephoto) 8MP, f/2.4 aperture, 3.3x optical zoom, 30x digital zoom, OIS
  • Front:
  • 32MP, f/2.2 aperture, 0.8μm pixel size, fixed focus, EIS
  • Rear:
  • (Main) 50MP, f/1.7 aperture, 1.0μm pixel size, 5-axis OIS
  • (Ultra-wide) 50MP, f/2.2 aperture, 1.00μm pixel size, 110° FOV
  • (Telephoto) 13MP, f/2.4 aperture, 5x hybrid optical zoom, 20x digital zoom
  • Front:
  • 32MP, f/2.4 aperture, 0.8μm pixel size, fixed focus
  • Rear:
  • 108MP main, 0.7μm pixel size, 2.1μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel, f/1.75
  • 8MP ultra-wide, 120° FOV, f/2.2
  • 5MP telemacro, f/2.4, 3-7cm AutoFocus
  • Front:
  • 16MP, f/2.45
Video Support
  • 8K24FPS, 4K60FPS, 1080p60FPS
  • (Rear) 4K60FPS, Slow motion 240FPS, OIS
  • Up to 8K30FPS, 4K60FPS
  • (Rear) 8K24FPS, 4K120FPS, 1080p60FPS
  • (Rear) 4K60FPS, 5-axis OIS
  • 8K30FPS, 4K60FPS, 1080p60FPS (front)
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, L1+L5 GPS, G1 GLONASS, E1+E5a GALILEO, Beidou, USB-C, NFC
  • Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2, Google Cast, Dual Band GNSS, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou
  • Up to Wi-Fi 6 (2.4GHz, 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS, OTG, Type-C USB 3.1
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 5G (NSA, SA, Sub6, mmWave), 4G (LTE) , Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, USB-C
  • Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1), GPS, A-GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS, Galileo
  • Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, UWB, USB Type-C, GPS, A-GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
  • Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, L1+L5 GPS, G1 GLONASS, E1+E5a GALILEO, Beidou, USB-C, NFC
Storage Type
  • 256GB internal storage (UFS 3.1), no MicroSD slot
  • 128GB (UFS 3.1)
  • 256GB (UFS 3.1)
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 512GB internal storage
  • UFS 3.1
  • 256GB (UFS 3.1)
  • 256GB (UFS 3.1)
  • 128/256GB internal storage (UFS 3.1), no MicroSD slot
Battery
  • 5,000mAh
  • 120W wired fast-charging
  • 5,000mAh
  • 23W wired fast-charging (PD 3.0)
  • 23W wireless fast-charging (Qi-certified)
  • 4,700mAh
  • 80W FlashCharge
  • 50W Wireless FlashCharge
  • 3,700mAh
  • 25W Fast Charging
  • Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
  • Wireless PowerShare
  • 5,000mAh
  • 80W wired fast-charging (SuperVOOC)
  • 50W wireless fast-charging (AirVOOC)
  • 5,000mAh
  • 80W wired fast-charging (SuperVOOC)
  • 50W wireless fast-charging (AirVOOC)
  • 5,000mAh
  • 120W wired fast-charging
Dimensions
  • 163.1 x 75.9 x 8.6mm
  • 162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9mm
  • 164.6 x 75.3 x 9.1mm
  • Unfolded: 165.2 x 71.9 x 6.9mm
  • Folded: 84.9 x 71.9 x 15.9 - 17.1mm
  • 163 x 73.9 x 8.55mm
  • 163.7 x 73.9 x 8.5mm
  • 164.1 x 76.9 x 8.8mm
Weight
  • 205g
  • 212g
  • 219g
  • 187g
  • 201g
  • 218g
  • 204g

 

JetStream 2.0

JetStream 2 is a combination of a variety of JavaScript and Web Assembly benchmarks, including benchmarks that came before like SunSpider and Octane. It primarily tests for a system’s and browser’s ability in delivering a good web experience. It runs a total of 64 subtests, each weighted equally, with multiple iterations, and takes the geometric mean to compute the overall score. The higher the score, the better.

 

Geekbench 5

Geekbench CPU is a cross-platform processor benchmark that tests both single-core and multi-core performance with workloads that simulate real-world usage. Geekbench 5 scores are calibrated against a baseline score of 1000, which is the score of an Intel Core i3-8100. The higher the score, the better.

 

3DMark Wild Life (Unlimited)

3DMark Wild Life is a cross-platform benchmark for Windows, Android and Apple iOS for measuring GPU performance. Its graphics test consists of multiple scenes with variations in the amount of geometry, lights and post-processing effects, mirroring mobile games that are based on short bursts of intense activity. Wild Life uses the Vulkan graphics API on Windows PCs and Android devices. On iOS devices, it uses Metal.

In Unlimited mode, the benchmark runs offscreen using a fixed time step between frames. Unlimited mode renders exactly the same frames in every run on every device, regardless of resolution scaling. The higher the score, the better.

 

PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 and Storage 2.0

PCMark for Android is a benchmark for testing the performance of Android phones and tablets. The Work 3.0 test checks how the device handles common productivity tasks such as browsing the web, editing videos, working with documents and data, and editing photos. Storage 2.0 checks write-in and read-out performance for internal storage, external storage (if applicable), and SQLite database management. Together, the benchmarks can clue us in on how capable a phone is at handling everyday use. Work 3.0 scores are above, while Storage 2.0 scores are immediately below for each device - the higher the score, the better.

Since this is a newly introduced benchmark in our reviews, we’re building up our database of PCMark scores for Android phones.

 

Benchmark Performance remarks

With an SD8+G1 inside the Xiaomi 12T Pro, the phone’s synthetic performance matches that of other more expensive alternatives carrying the same component. In real-world use, the Xiaomi 12T Pro was able to handle 3D games at 60Hz without heating up. Navigation, recording, and general use were fine too. Our only performance-related issue of note was the longer-than-usual bootup time the phone had. 

 

Battery Life

Our standard battery test for mobile phones has the following parameters:

  • Looping a 720p video with screen brightness and volume at 100%
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity turned on
  • Constant data streaming through email

Xiaomi 12T Pro’s 5,000mAh battery gave us a solid 12 hours of uptime in our battery test. While it is not the longest in its class of rivals, the Vivo X80 Pro even trumped the 12T Pro by a few hours, we feel that 12 hours is still reasonably good considering the 12T Pro seemed to perform better in benchmarks overall.

Also, using its provided 120W charger took a mere 12 minutes to charge from 0% to 50%, and just under 25 minutes for a full charge. Xiaomi 12T Pro’s easily the fastest-charging phone battery we’ve encountered in 2022. It’s very convenient for users who can’t be tethered to a charging point all day long, but that also means you’ll need to carry its charging head to capitalise on its extreme fast-charging capabilities. Do note that the Xiaomi 12T Pro has no wireless charging support.

 

So, is S$1,099 reasonable for the 12T Pro?

In some ways, the Xiaomi 12T Pro is still head-and-shoulders above true flagship handsets when it comes to its T-series emphasis on value for money. 

S$1,099 gets you more than 1080p display resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, a top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, 120W fast charging, and 256GB storage to boot. There are flagship or premium flagship alternatives that charge more but don’t offer all of those perks at that price point.  Probably the only missing piece of its puzzle is wireless charging.

The 200MP camera offers a nice touch to the overall handset. While you can certainly get stronger imaging performers around the 12T Pro’s price – like the Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro – Xiaomi at least gives you some shooting flexibility and decent-looking photos with its camera combo. The firm also made good use of its pixel-binning techniques to help you get more out of its sensor.

The downsides to getting it are generally found on phones that trade polish and premium for a better price and are more experiential than performance related. The phone’s design is uninspired, with average handling. The UI, while improved, still lacks intuitiveness in some areas. Display too, could use a bit more calibration and fine-tuning for better colourisation and accuracy. And while the 12T Pro may lack IP68 certification, it does still offer some protection with its official IP53 dust and water resistance rating.

All in, Xiaomi 12T Pro satisfies what it’s designed to offer. You can’t really go wrong with this phone choice if your core focus is on a fluid display, good battery uptime, and a powerful processor in your phone. It's true that there are cheaper, more polished alternatives to choose from, but the Xiaomi 12T Pro is functional in those areas too. It's a good overall package that also convinced us to give our Best Value accolade.

If you want to spend as little as possible and still get a phone with an SD8+G1 processor and all the ‘core’ flagship perks, the Xiaomi 12T Pro is quite literally it (at least in Singapore). In our initial launch coverage, you'll also note that Xiaomi still offers a non-Pro Xiaomi 12T at somewhat similar pricing to the Xiaomi 11T Pro, but you don't get the top-tier treatment like its choice of camera sensors, less memory and trading Snapdragon for a Mediatek processor.

Xiaomi 12T Pro is available at S$1,099 on its official platforms. If you want a greater bargain, you should check out its physical Causeway Point store opening promotion too.

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8.0
  • Design 7.5
  • Features 8.5
  • User-Friendliness 8
  • Performance 9
  • Value 8
The Good
Good screen
Top-end processor
Insanely speedy charging
Decent battery uptime
Good value for money
The Bad
Average design
No wireless charging
IP53-rated vs IP68 alternatives (if it matters to you)
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