Chinese giant Xiaomi wants to win against Apple and its iPhone 13 Pro Max, Samsung and its Galaxy S22 Ultra, or Oppo and its Find X 5 Pro. But to box in the heavyweight category, there has to be more than ambition, arguments. On paper, the Xiaomi 12 Pro looks like a perfect challenger against the behemoths of the competition. But is it worth it? To find out, it was tested on “20 Minutes” for several weeks. Judgment!
Screen and sound border in perfection
There is no doubt that Xiaomi, which is famous for well-equipped smartphones at a tight price, also wants to play in the big leagues. Its Xiaomi 12 Pro proves it, with an exciting technical sheet.
Once there, we were immediately impressed by the quality of the impressive 6.73-inch screen on this 5G smartphone. WQHD + (3200 x 1440 pixels), it is also adaptive. This specificity allows it to adjust the refresh of its display from 60 Hz to 120 Hz: the more dynamic the video content, the higher the display frequency. Consequence: increased fluidity, which is important for video games.
Very bright, offering tonic colors, the Xiaomi 12 Pro’s screen doubles as support for four speakers. It’s just … After the eyes, the ears are spellbound. The audio reproduction on offer is growing in scope. But we were also amazed at the bass quality developed, as good as a smartphone … As a result, we were happy without headphones or Bluetooth earphones to watch our favorite TV series. . Dolby Atmos compatibility is guaranteed.
50 million pixels and some flaws
But it’s clear in the photo and video that we’re looking forward to the new head of the Chinese company. Aligning a trio of 50-megapixel* sensors on the back, the Xiaomi 12 Pro doesn’t set the bar as high as one might think. Many predict that its main sensor will be 108 megapixels.
Remains a barrier ready for most situations. If it lacks the agility of ultra wide-angle (with photos sometimes suffering from a lack of detail), as well as Portrait mode (with sometimes random clipping), Xiaomi’s latest toy nonetheless satisfies the most of the expectations.
It stands out especially in low light, or even with its associated 2x optical zoom, though not (and with good reason) close to Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra’s remarkable 10x optical zoom. For their part, the selfies provided at 32 megapixels are accurate with unlimited hair details, beard hairs… second. The quality is really there, even if the Xiaomi 12 Pro has done nothing better than its direct competitors.
Less than 30 minutes to refuel
The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen processor. This power monster seems a bit selfish, though. Despite its 4600 mAh battery, the 12 Pro doesn’t go through the course of a day of use (ten hours of use, at most). Comfort: it is compatible with 120 Watts wired charging and is supplied with charger to this. Result: It only takes 30 minutes to fully charge the smartphone, which sets it apart from everyone else. With its 80-watt charger, the Oppo Find X5 Pro charges in 35 minutes.
A good alternative
In the ring, the flagship from Xiaomi there is no shame, even if the devil is sometimes in the details. The smartphone has no IP protection index against dust and water. And while its screen is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus which guarantees its resistance, its satin matte back is as easily scratched as we found, when we put the smartphone in a trouser pocket with… a simple the key.
Sold for 1,099 euros (12 GB + 256 GB), the Xiaomi 12 Pro is therefore an alternative to the larger one. The competitor will undoubtedly do well with potential one-off and aggressive commercial offers, such as during the French Days until May 9, where it is possible to offer it on sale for 949 euros.
* 50 megapixel wide angle (f/1.9); 50 megapixel ultra wide angle (f/1.9); 50 megapixel telephoto lens, with 2x optical zoom.