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Xiaomi 12
Xiaomi 12
Xiaomi 12
Xiaomi 12

Informr score
The Xiaomi 12 currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 18 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Xiaomi’s latest phone release included two phones, the standard 12 and the pricier 12 Pro. How do they compare? Keep reading to find out!

What’s the Same

  • Snapdragon 8 Gen-1 processor
  • 120Hz refresh rate

What’s Different

  • 65W fast charging
  • 6.2-inch display
  • Macro setting on the camera

The Xiaomi 12 is so similar to the Xiaomi 12 Pro that choosing between the two might be difficult. The choice lies in what you like your phone to do when it comes down to it.

The Xiaomi 12 is smaller, so if pocket-friendliness is critical, it might be ideal.

Or perhaps you want the fastest charging, at which point the Xiaomi 12 Pro would be best.

Maybe your primary use for your phone is media and gaming. Then the larger screen of the Pro would be better suited to you.

Either way, the two phones are virtually the same. Both are highly capable devices.

Trusted Reviews says, “To conclude, the biggest differences between the two mainly lie with the camera, the screen, and fast-charging. The Xiaomi 12 Pro is likely to have a better all-around camera performance thanks to its more impressive secondary sensors, and it’s got a bigger and sharper display as well, while its fast-charging also outstrips that of its little brother. That said, the Xiaomi 12 really doesn’t lag that far behind where it matters, and still has plenty of impressive specifications to its name as well.”

For more on what to expect from this phone, including performance, camera details, and software, consult our review summary for the Xiaomi 12 Pro.

Operating system
Operating system
3 GHz
3 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
50+ MP, f/1.88
50+ MP, f/1.88
4500 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


Xiaomi 12 tries to balance the gap between the affordable 12X and the more expensive 12 Pro. In doing so, it brings the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, wireless charging, and a few other upgrades over the 12X. But considering the competition like Samsung's Galaxy S22, the phone fails to make a stron...

- Nikhil Shrestha, Gadgetbyte

I think Xiaomi has created their version of the default flagship smartphone similar to how Apple has poised the iPhone 13 as the everyday-every person’s iPhone. If you want to go for a premium looking and feeling phone and don’t care about every whistle and bell under the sun then the Xiaomi 12 fits...

- Siddu Munjal, MobileTechTalk

Xiaomi 12’s battery experience really stands out when it comes to charging, thanks to its 67W charger.  That strong charging experience extends to wireless as well. With a massive 120W wireless stand charger, this device provides among the best wireless charging experiences found in our database. De...

- DxOMark

The Xiaomi 12’s 120Hz screen refresh rate provides a smooth experience and its color rendering is well-managed in indoor light conditions. The device adapts its brightness levels smoothly to changing lighting conditions. However, brightness could be a bit higher when viewing photos indoors; and when...

- DxOMark

Like the larger Xiaomi 12 Pro, the 6.28-inch Xiaomi 12 both pleases and disappoints. Its compact dimensions will be a real plus point for many people. The cameras are good, and the macro mode is fun to use, although it's a shame it is so hidden away in the menu system. The top-end chipset, 120Hz scr...

- Sandra Vogel, ZDNet

Prices (Where to Buy)

Common Questions

The 12 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Xiaomi 12 prices from around the web here on The Informr.

Xiaomi backs up the 12 with a 2 Years parts & labour warranty.

If your 12 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Xiaomi support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Xiaomi's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Xiaomi 12's screen size is 6.28 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

3 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm) Octa-core 3 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 12 operating system (OS).

50+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 50+ MP, f/1.88 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4500 mAh battery.

Xiaomi 12 Specs

Release Date December 31, 2021
Regions Available United Kingdom
Operating System Android 12

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Processor Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm) Octa-core 3 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 8/12 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Dual SIM Yes
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 5.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/ac/ax/6e
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
50+ Megapixels, f/1.88, 4-in-1 Super Pixel, OIS
13+ Megapixels, f/2.4, Ultrawide
5+ Megapixels, f/2.4, telemacro
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
8K (7680 × 4320 pixels), 24 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
32+ Megapixels, f/2.45
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel Density 419 pixels
Size 6.28 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR10+, Dolby Vision®, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, 120Hz refresh rate
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Up to 50 W
Fast Charging Up to 67 W
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Aluminium
Colors Blue, Purple, Gray, Green
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.27 x 6.99 x 0.816 cm (6 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 180 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack No
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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