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Xiaomi 12 Pro Review

Xiaomi is constantly looking to consolidate itself in the high range of mobile telephony. The company, very well positioned in terms of sales in Spain, is looking for the third consecutive year to reach as many pockets as possible with a high-end phone. After the Xiaomi Mi 10 and the Xiaomi Mi 11, the new generation of the company’s flagship arrived in our country, and it does so with two models: The Xiaomi 12 and the Xiaomi 12 Pro.

I have used the Xiaomi 12 Pro as my primary phone for several days. In this article, I will develop my experience with this great bet, with which Xiaomi wants you to forget about Apple, Samsung and OPPO.

The rear surface is smooth, enjoyable to the touch and with an excellent treatment to repel fingerprints. In this generation, the camera module has a rectangular format to house a gigantic primary sensor, accompanied by two other sensors I will discuss later.

As a whole, and in my opinion, the design of the Xiaomi 12, although it continues in the wake left by the Xiaomi Mi 11, brings a specific personality and identity to Xiaomi’s high-end range, feeling like a solid and very premium phone.

If we turn the terminal around, we see that the screen has a slight curvature on its sides, something that is also present, almost symmetrically, in the rear sector. This detail makes the grip of the Xiaomi 12 Pro comfortable and allows us to use the phone for long periods without much problem.

Of course, we must bear in mind that its size makes the phone weigh about 205 grams, so it is not the lightest device I have had in my hands, but it does improve the weight of other high-end devices against those that can compete, like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, or the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

The screen of the Xiaomi 12 Pro also offers the necessary specifications and quality to live up to the rest of the phone’s specifications. In this generation, we have a large 6’73’ AMOLED panel that, like many of the competitors in this price range, has LTPO technology. Thanks to this, the panel can adjust its refresh rate from 1Hz to 120Hz, depending on what is displayed on the screen, so that the impact on the device’s battery is less.

The screen of the Xiaomi 12 Pro leaves a good taste in the mouth: it is clear and with a good level of brightness.

After my first tests, the screen of the Xiaomi 12 Pro left me with an excellent taste in my mouth. We have an all-terrain panel capable of offering excellent sharpness, especially when we choose the WQHD + resolution (3,200×1,440), a brightness capacity of more than enough to use it in most light conditions, and fluidity to spare to enjoy our favourite video games, as well as smooth transitions, present at all times.

The Xiaomi 12 Pro arrives with the specifications that every high-end phone would dream of: The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 256 GB of storage, etc. In short, on paper, the Xiaomi 12 Pro is one of the best Android phones we can currently have.

My experience with the phone has been very satisfactory, and everything feels fast and smooth on the Xiaomi 12 Pro. Opening, closing and switching between open applications are done immediately, the performance of video games works perfectly without a trace of any lag, and overall, everything works as expected.

At the level of heat dissipation, this Xiaomi 12 Pro has a cooling system for a system baptized as Liquid Cool Technology. With regular use, the phone does not heat up in the least, but when taking pictures consecutively, it does seem that the phone suffers more in this section.

Regarding the software, we have MIUI 13 based on Android 12, and everything has worked relatively stable during my tests. As I told you, I have not had any problems with lag or jerks during the days that I have been using the Xiaomi 12 Pro. Although I think that this customization layer is not fully optimized, even for this great Xiaomi flagship. I believe MIUI 13 is too demanding, which may affect the device’s battery, as I will tell you later.

Some cameras with a lot of ambition

Xiaomi seems to have put a lot of love into the camera section of this Xiaomi 12 since we are facing the first Android phone whose trIt’s sensors reach 50 MP each. The usual thing in this type of device is to have a higher resolution primary sensor and two less, but all three play in the same league this year.

This Xiaomi 12 Pro’s photographic set comprises a 50 MP Sony IMX707 primary sensor, a 50MP telephoto lens with two optical magnifications, and reaches up to 20 digital embellishments, and finally, an ultra-wide angle sensor, also of 50MP.

Unfortunately, in the short time I have had, I have not been able to test the camera of this Xiaomi 12 Pro as I would have liked. Still, I’ve been able to take some pictures outdoors, in decent lighting, and the results are pretty interesting.

Xiaomi 12 Pro Daytime Photo

Xiaomi’s new high-end phone seems to quickly capture the colours and all the information related to the lights and shadows of the captured images. The contrast works very well, and the backlights offer a better result than I expected, regardless of the sensor we are using.

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