Xiaomi invests the 200 megapixel field with the 12T Pro

It is in BMW Welt, the showroom of the German car brand, that Xiaomi today announces its flagship for the end of 2022, the 12T Pro. This model takes up most of the Xiaomi 12 series launched at the start of the year, but also delivers a significant batch of new features. We had the opportunity to take it in hand a little before its presentation, enough to give you our first impressions before a more complete test.

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So much to say from the start, the Xiaomi 12T Pro is a beautiful smartphone despite a rather classic design. If you liked the design of the 12 Pro, you’ll only like what’s on offer here, as it’s generally the same. The smartphone also retains almost identical dimensions (163.1 x 75.9 x 8.6mm) and a weight that is kept at 205g.

The handling does not differ in any way and is just as comfortable. Good news, this model incorporates the IP53 standard. IP68 would have been preferable, but it is quite a pleasant element. At the screen level, the 12T Pro retains an Oled panel with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. However, the LTPO technology has been abandoned: the screen is only adaptive between 30 and 120 Hz (compared to 1 and 120 Hz on the 12 Pro). The maximum brightness has also been revised downwards, with a maximum peak of 900 nits (vs. 1500). The screen is still as bright and comfortable to use, but 1500 nits would have been a nice added value here.

The screen on the 12T Pro is less bright than on the 12 Pro.

Internally, the SoC is necessarily under development, and Xiaomi has chosen Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Qualcomm’s latest advanced processor, combined with 8 GB of RAM and 3 GB of virtual RAM. A pleasant power and a chip which, above all, should provide a much greater autonomy than the Xiaomi 12 Pro, which had difficulty convincing us on this point. To do this, the smartphone relies on a 5000 mAh battery with ultra-fast charging at 120 W, which promises a full tank in less than 20 minutes.

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Change that is also in the picture with the abandonment of the three modules of 50 Mpx. Ditto the telephoto lens by the way. In fact, in addition to the 200 Mpx module, which we will return to below, the Xiaomi 12T Pro houses an 8 Mpx ultra-wide-angle module. A 2 MP macro lens is also included. In front, Xiaomi has replaced the 32 Mpx module with a 20 Mpx module.

200 Mpx to convince

All the above compromises are destined to be compensated by one feature: the 200 Mpx photo module. Xiaomi joins Motorola in the race for the highest definition by integrating Samsung’s Isocell HP1 sensor into its smartphone. Thus, we will benefit from a 1 / 1.22 inch sensor with 0.64 μm pixels and a lens opening of f / 1.69. The Ultra HD option offers 50 MP with a pixel binding before 4. You need to tap on the small 200 MP logo to get the full definition. 200 Mpx allows a larger crop in the image, 16 times larger than in a 12.5 Mpx image (default setting). The image is therefore more detailed, but to get to the bottom of it, we quickly compared a photo of the 12T Pro with the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, the first smartphone to integrate such a sensor.

The 200 Mpx module takes up a lot of space on the back.

The 200 Mpx module takes up a lot of space on the back.

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We were particularly surprised by the responsiveness of the shutter, which could take up to 2 seconds on the Motorola model. The colorimetry is also very different. With Xiaomi, the tones are warmer, while on the Edge 30 Ultra, the colors are neutral and close to natural. The end result is so far much better on the 12T Pro, which delivers a much more detailed image when you get closer to the subject.

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The result in 200 Mpx on the Xiaomi 12T Pro (left) and the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (right).

The result in 200 Mpx on the Xiaomi 12T Pro (left) and the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (right).

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A first observation which can therefore be clearly established by this comparison. The white in the Xiaomi image is more yellow, but the level of detail is much higher than on the Motorola Edge 30 ultra. We can feel it in the hair, the beard or the details of the jacket.

After this first move, we realize that the Chinese company has made a lot of compromises in relation to its flagship from the start of the year with the arrival of this 200 Mpx sensor. To see during our test whether this does not serve the smartphone as a whole.

That said, the initial results regarding this module are quite promising. The confrontation with our test scene will allow us to be right or wrong. If Xiaomi has corrected the inconsistencies of its 12 Pro version (especially autonomy), then this 12T Pro version could very well prove to be more than interesting at the end of 2022. Especially since €799 (8/256 GB version ), this smartphone is much more affordable than the 12 Pro was when it was released.

It will go on sale from 13 October. For every pre-order, a Redmi Pad, a new tablet from Xiaomi, will be offered, a gift worth €299.

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