Xiaomi 12T was announced locally exactly one week ago. It is a proposal from a Chinese company in the upper middle segment and has several features that make it stand out.
First, it’s a best buy at the price it was listed at in the pre-order phase. These are smartphones with the same chipset, without OIS on the main camera, smaller battery and slower charging, but with a ball signed by Ilie Dumitrescu and a price higher by 1200 lei.
The Xiaomi 12T comes up front with a MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Ultra processor, a 108-megapixel camera with OIS, a 5000mAh battery with 120W charging, tri-band GPS location, etc.
I invite you to discover the impressions created by one of the most interesting smartphones with a price under 3000 lei released this year.
In the package, in addition to the smartphone, you also get a 120W charger (it is not necessary to buy it separately, you can find it in the retail box), USB Type-C – a USB cable that you also use for data transfer, a transparent plastic protective cover. It has a factory-installed protective film over the 6.67-inch screen.
Not much to comment on the design side. It is reminiscent of other Xiaomi smartphones released in recent years. It has a dot cutout for the 20-megapixel front camera, IP53 certification for contact with water droplets and dust.
The durable structure is made of plastic, with glass on the front and back. The front has Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The screen-to-body ratio is 86.7% – we’re talking about a smartphone with a conventional screen, other models here get percentages by using a curved screen. I didn’t think the edges of the Xiaomi 12T display were obtrusive or anything like that.
The main camera module sticks out a bit (they reduced its size compared to the previous generation, but the protective case covers this space. They managed to bring a sensor with OIS without looking like an ad hoc tower. The competition should take note from here.
I tested the Xiaomi 12T in the black version. I’d consider it a stylish, well-built phone with good structural strength (I didn’t bend test it). I would say the materials used are worthy of an upper mid-range phone. In terms of size, I would consider it right in the middle, it’s not a compact smartphone, but it’s not a big one that you can’t use most of the time with one hand either.
Screen and sound
The Xiaomi 12T uses a 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and a touch response of up to 480Hz, HDR10+ certification, 446 ppi and a resolution of 2712 x 1220 pixels, 20:9 aspect ratio. As I wrote above, it has a protective film applied and a polka dot cutout.
Colors are pleasing without being overly oversaturated even in vivid mode. It retains its legibility even under the influence of sunlight. Speaking of color modes, the new Xiaomi smartphone lets you play with the settings to bring it to your liking. In Settings / Display / Color scheme you will find Vivid (recommended by the manufacturer and myself), Saturated, Original color, Advanced settings (DCI-P3 or sRGB with RGB color adjustment option). You have the option for color temperature with default, warm, cool or custom.
The refresh rate can be set to the default with dynamic adjustment depending on the displayed content or adjusted with a refresh rate of 120 Hz or 60 Hz in continuous mode. With the brightness set to the maximum value, I measured 1016 nits on white. It has support for HDR10 and HDR10+, lacks Dolby Vision, but we have Dolby Atmos on the audio side.
The screen on the Xiaomi 12T seemed to me to be an important first PRO point. You have pleasant colors, advanced customization settings according to your preferences. They brought quality AMOLED in the price segment under 3000 lei, which is normal.
Stereo speakers are located at the bottom and above the screen. They sound loud and you immediately hear the stereo effects. They are loud – 91.7 dB measured at 10 – 15 cm from the speaker and 81.1 dB at a normal distance for listening to music on the phone – approx. The distance between the phone and the ear is 30-40 cm. At maximum volume I expected more bass, like it’s a bit loud and distorts a bit. About 80-90% is another discussion. For additional immersion, I recommend USB Type-C or wireless headphones (bluetooth 5.3 powered by 12T). Works great on USB Type-C headphones. Bass sounds good, same for treble or mids. You will have good to very good sound.
Volume control is on the right side, positioned next to the power button, one physical button for up and down.
Hardware, operating system and applications
It was the first time I discovered the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Ultra processor and yes, it is a solid offering in the smartphone segment at a price of up to 600 euros. It reached over 770,000 points in AnTuTu. Please, it is not particularly important, but that it gives good performance and keeps the temperature under control.
Information revealed by CPU-Z for Xiaomi 12T;
The MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Ultra processor is developed on the TSMC lithography process in 5nm, with 4 cores on ARM Cortex-A78 increasing in frequency to 2.85 GHz and another 4 energy-efficient cores on 2.0 GHz on ARM Cortex-A55. It is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. You can set it to take an extra 3GB of RAM from your storage. There is no slot for microSD cards to replace the pre-installed memory, but already in 2022, we no longer have this slot anywhere if we are talking about mid-range or premium phones.
Speaking of keeping the temperature under control, in AnTuTu it did not exceed 40.8 degrees Celsius at the back. In PUBG Mobile, it didn’t reach more than 36 degrees at the back with graphics on HDR and fps on Extreme, and a 30-minute game session used 8-9 percent of the battery. It also runs the game with graphics on Ultra HD and fps on Ultra.
It runs Android 12 with MIUI 13, and security updates are brought to the level of August 2022. Xiaomi has promised 3 years for major updates to the operating system (it will make a step up to Android 15), security updates will arrive in 4 years.
MIUI 13 is the evolution of the interface that Xiaomi puts on Android. Important adjustments have been made. Swiping to the left of the front camera brings you notifications, and swiping to the right of the 20-megapixel sensor turns on quick settings with tons of options. The interface itself has tons of options that you discover over time.
In the special features section, you will find front camera assistant, floating windows, another area with specific settings at the authentication level, lite mode and pulse (uses a fingerprint reader).
MIUI 13 interface on Xiaomi 12T:
Pre-installed apps on Xiaomi 12T:
Google Apps: Google Search, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Drive, YT Music, Duo, Google Photos, Calendar, Calendar, News, Google One, Podcasts, Play Store;
Xiaomi Apps: Scanner, Compass, ShareMe, Services and Feedback, Mi Remote, Mi Browser, Mi Video, Weather, Turbo Game;
Other apps: Amazon Shopping, Facebook, TikTok, WPS Office, Spotify, Snapchat and Booking.com.
I can’t say that bloatware doesn’t exist, but I find most apps useful.
MIUI 13 developed on Android, screenshots from Xiaomi 12T;
Benchmark tests run on Xiaomi 12T;
It is a phone with a slot for two nanoSIM cards, 5G + Wi-Fi 6, bluetooth 5.3, tri-band localization for higher speed and accuracy, NFC + infrared port, optical fingerprint reader located in the display.
On the top is one of the speakers, an infrared port and a microphone, on the right you’ll find the power button and a dedicated volume rocker, and on the bottom you’ll find a USB Type-C port, a second speaker, a microphone and a slot for two nanoSIM cards.
On Wi-Fi 6 and a gigabit connection, it reached a maximum of 658 Mbps for download and 392 Mbps for upload, and on 5G in SpeedTest it stopped at 259 Mbps for download and 110 Mbps for upload. These are not the highest values we have achieved on a smartphone, regardless of whether we are talking about Wi-Fi or 5G. I’d say he’s doing well and that’s about it.
On the network I tested it had VoLTE and VoWiFi support, I guess that’s also because you find it there in the pre-order phase.
Camera and video
The rear camera has:
- 108 megapixels wide with f/1.7, PDAF and OIS;
- 8-megapixel ultra-wide with a 120-degree angle;
- 2-megapixel macro with f/2.4;
It has a dual LED flash on the back and shoots 4K at 30 fps. I’m sure the chipset supports 4K at 60fps, but Xiaomi hasn’t implemented it. If you want 60 fps, settle for 1080p.
Camera and video interface on Xiaomi 12T;
Photos are of good to very good quality, autofocus is accurate most of the time, regardless of whether it’s low light or night. With night mode, you get photos with more detail and sharpness.
The videos are of good quality, the focus is constantly maintained. You can find more details in the dedicated gallery accompanying the article.
4K 30 fps clip made with Xiaomi 12T;
Photos taken with Xiaomi 12T;
Daily photos with 0.6, 1x and 2x, 5x and 10x;
Other photos taken during the day;
With and without portrait mode active on the rear and front cameras;
Photos taken at night (the first 3 are without night mode on, and the next 3 are with night mode on):
Other photos taken by Xiaomi 12T:
It stands very well on the autonomy side, and in medium to intensive conditions of use it has even up to 2 days of autonomy. The 5000 mAh battery is supported by an energy-efficient chipset, but also by an AMOLED screen where you can set Dark Mode for greater efficiency. It charges at…, 120W and from 0 – 100% takes only 19 minutes (tested).
Plus, you get an ultra-fast charger right in the box, along with the cable needed to achieve the specified charging speed.
Xiaomi 12T with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space – 2799 lei for pre-sale on Mi-Home.ro. Included are Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro, 6-month screen warranty and 3-month YouTube Premium.
- AMOLED with good brightness, pleasant colors and adjustable refresh rate;
- powerful chipset, without reaching too high temperatures in games that require full graphics;
- good connectivity (5G, Wi-Fi 6, bluetooth 5.3, fingerprint reader with pulse measurement role, infrared port and ad hoc remote control role);
- good quality photos in most usage scenarios;
- high autonomy;
- USB Type-C 2.0;
- like there are too many pre-installed apps;
Xiaomi 12T is one of the best proposals in the price segment under 3000 lei, since it was launched in 2022 so far. It is helped by a high-performance chipset, a good quality screen, strong sound with Dolby Atmos certification, a camera that stands out not only in the number of megapixels, but also in the quality of the images offered.
You can find it on pre-order on Mi-Home, Orange, etc. and I recommend it to those who are interested in a real best-buy.
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