What are its real arguments for winning against Apple, Samsung and Oppo?

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, it is necessary to have arguments beyond the ambitions. On paper, the Xiaomi 12 Pro seems like a perfect challenger to the competitors’ giants. But is it worth it? To find out, “20 Minutes” tested it for several weeks. Dom!

Screen and sound border on perfection

There is no doubt that Xiaomi, known for its well-equipped smartphones at a tight price, also wants to play in the big leagues. Its Xiaomi 12 Pro testifies to this, which has an exciting technical sheet.

Once in hand, we are instantly seduced by the quality of the impressive 6.73-inch screen of this 5G smartphone. WQHD + (3200 x 1440 pixels), it is also adaptive. This specificity allows it to adjust the update of its screen from 60 Hz to 120 Hz: the more dynamic the video content, the more the viewing frequency increases. Consequence: increased fluidity, which is important for video games.

Xiaomi 12 Pro is one of the most gifted 5G smartphones of spring 2022.
Xiaomi 12 Pro is one of the most gifted 5G smartphones of spring 2022. – XIAOMI

The screen of the Xiaomi 12 Pro is very bright and offers tonic colors and supports four speakers. Just that … After the eyes, it’s the ears that are spellbound. The offered sound reproduction is gaining in scope. But we are also surprised by the quality of the developed bass, as good as it can be with a smartphone … That is why we like to do without headphones or Bluetooth headphones to watch our favorite TV series. . Dolby Atmos compatibility is guaranteed.

50 million pixels and some missing

But it is clearly in the picture and the video that we expected the new flagship for the Chinese company. By adjusting a trio of 50-megapixel * rear sensors, the Xiaomi 12 Pro does not set the bar as high as you might imagine. Many predicted that its main sensor would be 108 megapixels.

Remains ready for most situations. If it lacks agility in ultra wide angle (with images sometimes suffering from lack of detail), as well as in portrait mode (with sometimes random clipping), Xiaomi’s latest toys nonetheless meet most expectations.

It stands out especially in low light, or even with its relevant 2x optical zoom, though it does not (and with good reason) come close to the incredible 10x optical zoom on Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra. On their side, selfies are delivered in 32 megapixel precise with an infinity of details in the hair, the hairs in the beard … For the video, 12 Pro films up to 4K at 60 frames per second and in 8K at 24 frames / second. The quality is therefore really there, even though the Xiaomi 12 Pro does not perform better than its direct competitors.

The trio of rear sensors at every 50 megapixels of Xiaomi 12 Pro.
The trio of rear sensors at every 50 megapixels of Xiaomi 12 Pro. – XIAOMI

Less than 30 minutes to refuel

The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen processor. However, this power monster seems a bit greedy. Despite its 4600 mAh battery, the 12 Pro does not last during the day of use (maximum ten hours of use). Consolation: it is compatible with 120 watt wired charging and comes with the charger ad hoc. Result: it only takes 30 minutes to fully charge the smartphone, which separates it from all. With its 80-watt charger, the Oppo Find X5 Pro charges up in 35 minutes.

A good alternative

In the ring is flagship from Xiaomi has nothing to be ashamed of, even though the devil is sometimes in the details. The smartphone does not have an IP protection index against dust and water. And while the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus, which guarantees its resistance, its satin mat back is easily scratched, as we found when we had placed the smartphone in a trouser pocket with … a simple key.

Sold for 1,099 euros (12 GB + 256 GB), Xiaomi 12 Pro is therefore an alternative to the larger ones. The competitor will no doubt be able to do well with potential one-off and aggressive commercial offers, such as during the French days until 9 May, when it is possible to offer it for 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.

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