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Xiaomi 12T and 12T Pro price-performance balancing act comes to Singapore

By Liu Hongzuo - on 4 Oct 2022, 9:00pm

Xiaomi 12T and 12T Pro price-performance balancing act comes to Singapore

Xiaomi 12T Pro.

Xiaomi is finally ready to officially bring out the Xiaomi 12T and Xiaomi 12T Pro. Like the preceding T series handsets, the 12T and 12T Pro kept to its delicate balancing act of pitting performance against friendlier price points.

 

Is 108MP not enough? How about 200MP with 16-in-1 pixel binning?

Xiaomi 12T.

The  Xiaomi 12T touts a triple rear camera system led by a 108MP primary camera, along with 8MP ultra-wide angle and 2MP macro. Xiaomi said the 12T is good enough to deliver low-light shots that look crisp and bright, even in the most challenging situations.

Xiaomi 12T Pro.

Not wanting to be left out, the Xiaomi 12T Pro also offers a triple rear camera array that pushes the limits of specs and affordability. It has a 200MP primary camera (backed by a Samsung ISOCELL HP1 sensor), and the same 8MP ultra-wide with 2MP macro secondary lenses.

The insane 200MP on 12T Pro isn’t just a big number to scare rivals, since Xiaomi packed several vital features to milk the 1/1.22-inch sensor. For example, it has 4-in-1 and 16-in-1 pixel binning techniques (combining pixels in size to make photos brighter and more detailed). It also has “in-sensor” 2x zoom, much like how the new iPhone 14 Pro models can also give you 2x telephoto shots by sampling the middle megapixels of its sensor. 

 

Best of both processor worlds

Xiaomi 12T.

Xiaomi 12T packs a respectable MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Ultra chipset, which is a souped-up variant of its Dimenisty 8100 along with all the other perks like 5G compatibility. The MediaTek chip (built on a 5nm manufacturing process) touts “increased GPU performance and power efficiency” of up to 30% compared to its predecessor.

Xiaomi 12T Pro gets the 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, making it one of Singapore's most affordable SD8+G1 smartphones. In addition, Xiaomi also added a vapour chamber inside the 12T Pro that’s 65% larger with 125% higher thermal material coverage than the preceding 11T Pro, which should help with heat management and power efficiency.  

 

Return of 5,000mAh battery and AMOLED displays

A mainstay of T-series phones by Xiaomi is a combination of its fast wired charging speeds with generous battery capacity. The 12T and 12T Pro have 5,000mAh and 120W HyperCharge, similar to the previous 11T Pro. While these phones lack wireless charging, Xiaomi makes up for it by being one of the few still providing the 120W charging adapter inside the box.

Another feature shared between both models is the 6.67-inch CrystalRes AMOLED display rated at 1220p resolution (2,712 x 1,220 pixels). In addition, the panel supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, making it accurate with its 68 billion colour reproduction and HDR-capable for a wide variety of content. There’s also 120Hz refresh rate too.

Both 12T and 12T Pro are Android 12 phones (MIUI 13) with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. 

 

Pricing and availability

Xiaomi 12T Pro.

Xiaomi 12T series phones (12T and 12T Pro) retail in three colours: Black, Silver, and Blue.

The Xiaomi 12T (8GB RAM + 256GB storage) goes at S$749, while the Xiaomi 12T Pro (12GB RAM + 256GB storage) retails at S$1,099. 

Pre-orders for both models run from 6 to 13 October 2022 at Xiaomi Stores, major consumer electronics stores, and its partnered stores across Singapore.

Xiaomi 12T pre-orders get a Xiaomi Air Purifier 4 Compact (worth S$159), while Xiaomi 12T Pro pre-orders get a Xiaomi Watch S1 Active (worth S$229) together with the Air Purifier 4 Compact.

Pre-orders for the phones are also available on Xiaomi’s official Lazada and shopee platforms between 5 to 12 October (Xiaomi 12T Lazada, Xiaomi 12T Shopee, Xiaomi 12T Pro Lazada, Xiaomi 12T Pro Shopee). Finally, the 12T series are also available at telcos M1, Singtel, and StarHub, with product availability and dates subject to the telco’s stock.

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