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Xiaomi 12 Pro with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 launched in India; first impressions

Xiaomi India launched the latest Xiaomi 12 Pro alongside the Xiaomi Pad 5. The flagship-grade smartphone comes with a 2K E5 AMOLED display. The phone supports 120W wired charging.

Xiaomi 12 Pro

Xiaomi flagship smartphone always comes with big numbers and bragging rights. Last year’s Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is the perfect example of this. With the launch of Xiaomi 12 Pro, the company is planning to take these numbers to the next level. Xiaomi 12 Pro is the next flagship smartphone for this year. It comes with a more mature and refined set of features and specifications. The tech giant Xiaomi claims to have worked on delivering a better option in terms of display, camera, and more this year.


Xiaomi 12 Pro launched in India

Last month at Xiaomi Next Event in India, Xiaomi unveiled the latest flagship smartphone, the name of Xiaomi 12 Pro. The new Xiaomi flagship smartphone will compete against the OnePlus 10 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22. Additionally, the Xiaomi 12 Pro includes a 120Hz Samsung E5 AMOLED display and a triple rear camera setup. Furthermore, the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powers the latest flagship from the house Xiaomi.

Xiaomi 12 Pro smartphone officially debuted in India with WQHD+ E5 AMOLED display
Xiaomi 12 Pro smartphone officially debuted in India with WQHD+ E5 AMOLED display

Regarding other key highlight features, the Xiaomi 12 Pro comes with up to 12GB of RAM, and 120W fast wired charging. It also gets a 50W fast wireless charging solution. Alongside the Xiaomi 12 Pro, the tech giant also launched the Xiaomi Pad 5, the latest Android tablet in India.

Xiaomi 12 Pro price in India:

Xiaomi 12 Pro price in India starts at Rs 62999 for the base variant with 8GB RAM. The Xiaomi flagship smartphone also comes with 12GB RAM, and the 12GB RAM variant carries a price tag of Rs 66999. Meanwhile, the Xiaomi smartphone comes in three color options: Couture Blue, Noir Black, and Opera Mauve.

The latest Xiaomi 12 series smartphone price starts at Rs 62999 in India
The latest Xiaomi 12 series smartphone price starts at Rs 62999 in India
  • Availability

As for the availability, the Xiaomi 12 Pro is available via Amazon, Xiaomi India’s official website, Mi Home Store, and other essential retail channels in the country. During the launch event, Xiaomi also provided details about the introductory offers. Also, Read about iPad Pro 2022 rumours


Xiaomi 12 Pro: Launch Offers

Under this introductory offer, the Xiaomi 12 Pro is available with a discount of Rs 4000. Additionally, the customers purchasing the phone using an ICICI Bank card or EMI options will also get an additional Rs 6000 discount. The company holds a ‘Special Xiaomi Fan Sale’ to appease existing Xiaomi and Redmi phone owners.

The Xiaomi smartphone is availeble with an instant discotunt of Rs 4000 with ICICI Bank cards and EMI transactions
The Xiaomi smartphone is available with an instant discount of Rs 4000 with ICICI Bank cards and EMI transactions

In this special Fan Sale, the company will be offering a 100 percent discount of up to Rs. 20,000 in exchange for an existing Xiaomi or Redmi phone. Meanwhile, this Fan sale will occur through Amazon, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores. Besides this, Xiaomi India also launched the Xiaomi Pad 5, the latest Android tablet.



Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet comes with a starting price of Rs 26999 for the base 128GB storage variant. This Xiaomi Pro variant was released internationally in March. In the global market, the Xiaomi 12 Pro price starts at USD 999, roughly Rs 76600 for the base variant with 8GB RAM.

Xiaomi 12 Pro: Unboxing

The all-new Xiaomi 12 Pro comes inside an oversized box packaging. Meanwhile, the latest Xiaomi smartphone packs in a black-themed box packaging with branding on the top. We can see the “12” number in bold font on the top of the box packaging, with Xiaomi branding also present on one side, and the text is highlighted in copper color. On the box packaging box, we can also see some key features, date of manufacture, and price details.

Xiaomi 12 Pro, our review unit in Opera Mauve color option
Xiaomi 12 Pro, our review unit in Opera Mauve color option

After opening the box packaging, we get the mobile unit on the top along with some documentation, a SIM ejection tool, and good quality Xiaomi 12 Pro case. Furthermore, the box also includes a USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter. It is because the handset misses out on the 3.5mm headphone jack. Meanwhile, it feels good to see the headphone adapter within the box. However, most brand skips this USB Type-C to a 3.5mm headphone adapter.



In addition, we also get a massive and heavy charging brick. This adapter is a 120W original Xiaomi charger that also comes directly inside the box. Additionally, there is a good quality USB Type-A to Type-C cable for charging and data transfer. Let’s check out the design of the new Xiaomi 12 series smartphone.

  • Design

We get the Opera Mauve color review unit. The Opera Mauve color is a bluish pinkish gradient shade, a stunning and different color setup. Meanwhile, the Xiaomi 12 Pro comes with a slim metal frame sandwiched between the two sheets of glass. The Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protect the front glass sheet. At the same time, the rear glass also gets protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

The latest Xiaomi flagship smartphone comes in three color options
The latest Xiaomi flagship smartphone comes in three color options

Both the front and the rear glass panels get curved sides. Thus, making it easy for the users to grip the flagship smartphone. However, the smartphone feels slippery in the hands. Overall, the in-hand feel is good, and the weight distribution is also good. The build quality is also decent.


Xiaomi 12 Pro: Specifications

The latest Xiaomi 12 Pro is a dual-SIM Nano Android smartphone. Meanwhile, this smartphone runs on Android 12 with MIUI 13 on top. Based on our experience with this smartphone, the smartphone seems to have most of the Android 12 features. One of the drawbacks is that even being the flagship smartphone, the device also comes with some pre-installed third-party apps. These third-party apps will also send unwanted spammy notifications. Luckily, we can uninstall most of these apps.

The Xiaomi flagship 5G phone features a massive 6.72-inch WQHD+ E5 AMOLED display, with 1500 nits of peak brightness
The Xiaomi flagship 5G phone features a massive 6.72-inch WQHD+ E5 AMOLED display, with 1500 nits of peak brightness
  • Display

The smartphone gets a large 6.72-inch WQHD+ E5 AMOLED display with gentle curves on the left and right corners. This Xiaomi display also gets a screen resolution of 1440*3200 pixels. Furthermore, this display is based on the second-generation LTPO technology. This display will offer a dynamic refresh rate between 1Hz to 120Hz. Meanwhile, we can also set the dynamic range ourselves varying from 60, 90, and 120Hz.



Xiaomi claims that this display can reach a peak brightness of up to 1500 nits. Additionally, it also gets support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+. This certification also makes this phone well suited for streaming HDR videos. In addition to this, the flagship smartphone also gets a quad-speaker setup. Harman Kardon has tuned this speaker setup. Additionally, a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protect Xiaomi 12 Pro display. Moreover, the bezels on display are thin. Meanwhile, the front camera sits inside the center punch-hole on the top of the display.

Harman Kardon tunes the speaker system on the latest Xiaomi mobile phone
Harman Kardon tunes the speaker system on the latest Xiaomi mobile phone
  • Hardware:

Under the hood, the latest flagship octa-core Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC powers the Xiaomi 12 Pro. Meanwhile, the same processor is available on nearly all the flagship smartphones launched this year. This chipset also comes along with Adreno 730 GPU and up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Xiaomi 12 series smartphone also carries 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and the internal storage does not support storage expansion.


  • Camera:

The current flagship Xiaomi 12 Pro features a triple rear camera configuration in terms of optics. A 50MP Sony IMX707 primary sensor headlines this camera setup with an f/1.8 aperture. Furthermore, the primary sensor supports Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The secondary camera is a 50MP ultra-wide shooter, and this ultra-wide camera also gets a 115-degree field of view (FoV). At the same time, the third lens is a 50MP telephoto lens. The telephoto lens also enables 2x optical zoom. But this Telephoto lens skips on Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).

Xiaomi 12 Series smartphone packs in a 50MP triple rear camera setup with OIS
Xiaomi 12 Series smartphone packs in a 50MP triple rear camera setup with OIS

The Xiaomi 12 Pro comes with a 32MP selfie camera sensor with an f/2.45 aperture for selfies and video calling. The rear camera also supports up to 8K video recording at a 24fps frame rate for videos. Regarding other camera features, the Pro variant also includes Xiaomi ProFocus, Portrait Night Mode, Portrait HDR, and Photo Clone. Furthermore, these features are Xiaomi ProFocus motion tracking, Ultra Night video, One-Click AI Cinema, and cinematic video filters for video recording.



  • Camera Performance

Based on our experience, the images clicked with the Xiaomi 12 Pro turned out to be very good. Even the Sony IMX707 sensor also works perfectly with this Xiaomi handset. The ultra-wide camera sensor is also decent. However, the field of view (FoV) is less on this ultra-wide sensor than on other premium smartphones. The telephoto lens can click some good shots, but it skips on the optical image stabilization.

Xiaomi 12 Pro: Camera sample in indoor lighting conditions
Xiaomi 12 Pro: Camera sample in indoor lighting conditions

When it comes to the selfie camera sensor, the 32MP camera can take some great pictures. The skin tone is good, and the color accuracy is also perfect. Even the dynamic range is also good on this Xiaomi 12 Pro smartphone. Surprisingly, both the front and rear cameras can click good photos in low-light conditions. Overall, the camera unit on this Pro variant is one of the best from the company yet.


  • Connectivity

Regarding connectivity options, the Xiaomi 12 Pro includes 5G, 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 6e, and Bluetooth v5.2. It also gets GPS/A-GPS/ NaVIC for navigation. Other connectivity option also includes Infrared IR Blaster, NFC, and the USB Type-C port. The global variant of Xiaomi 12 Pro also gets 14 5G bands. Meanwhile, we can expect the same 5G bands on this device. Furthermore, it also supports Wi-Fi calling functionality.

The latest Xiaomi smartphone gets 14 5G bands
The latest Xiaomi smartphone comes with 14 5G bands connectivity option

Similarly, the Xiaomi 12 Pro includes an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, barometer, and proximity sensor for onboard sensors. For device security, the Xiaomi smartphone also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Furthermore, this in-display fingerprint sensor doubles up as the heart rate sensor.


  • Battery

A 4600mAh Li-Polymer battery powers the Xiaomi 12 Pro and support 120W Hypercharge fast wired charging. The flagship phone also supports Quick Charge 4, Quick Charge 3+, and Power Delivery 3.0 charging standards. Furthermore, it also gets 50W wireless Turbocharging support. Also Read – Realme GT 2 new mobile price in India

The latest Xiaomi 12 series smartphone packs in 4600mAh battery with 120W super fast charging support
The latest Xiaomi 12 series smartphone packs in 4600mAh battery with 120W Hypercharge wired charging support

With a 120W original Xiaomi charger, Xiaomi also claims that the device can fully charge in Boost Mode in just 18 minutes. Remember that this kind of charging is only possible in ideal conditions. Meanwhile, it is not possible to achieve such fast charging in daily life. However, in our testing, the smartphone charged from 2 percent to 100 percent in 24 minutes. Furthermore, it also supports 10W reverse wireless charging. Meanwhile, this Xiaomi phone measures 163.6×74.6×8.16mm and weighs 205 grams.

  • Other Features:

Talking about other features, the Xiaomi 12 Pro also gets Widevine L1 support. There is no IP certification for water and dust resistance. Moreover, the SAR value is also within limits on the Pro variant smartphone. Additionally, there is no notification LED on the smartphone and no FM Radio support.


Xiaomi 12 Pro: Final Verdict

Xiaomi Pro variant is a premium smartphone that starts at Rs 62999 in India. Furthermore, the latest Xiaomi 12 series smartphone looks the part of a proper flagship. Design-wise, the Xiaomi 12 Pro looks premium and classy. Meanwhile, in terms of Display, Camera, and connectivity features, the latest Xiaomi smartphone justifies the Protag.

However, it still misses out on one crucial feature. This missing feature is an official IP rating for dust and water resistance. Henceforth, it is strange to see such a premium phone missing such an essential feature. Meanwhile, even the budget phone from Redmi and Xiaomi come with IP ratings. But this Xiaomi phone’s missing feature could be a deal-breaker for some buyers.

Written by Pulkit Sharma

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