The Xiaomi 12T Pro has an ace up its sleeve: a 200MP camera. Unfortunately, the only other cards he has hidden are an 8 and a 2. It’s not a strong hand and potential buyers are divided on whether this phone is a good choice.
Interestingly, some reviewers in last week’s poll consider the 12T Pro an affordable Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 phone that’s a solid choice for gaming. 2022’s fastest Android chipset is paired with the “largest vapor chamber ever” on a Xiaomi T series, there’s also a large 5,000mAh battery for those long gaming sessions that only need a break of about 20 minutes before being able to leave again thanks to the 120W charging system.
Plus, this phone offers a sharper display than most in its class – it splits the difference between FHD+ and QHD+ and it has the expected 120Hz refresh rate and 480Hz touch sampling rate. bad for a $750 phone, right?
But as a $750 camera phone, the Xiaomi 12T Pro fell short. Some are ready to live with the basic 8MP ultra camera and only digital zoom, some aren’t and both camps are about equal in size.
In short: Xiaomi 12T Pro • Xiaomi 12T
The poll was also split on the issue of Xiaomi 12T vs. 12T Pro. There was a slight preference for the Pro, but only a slight one. Still, there is no shortage of Xiaomi phones with 108MP cameras available at different price points and with different chipsets – Dimensity, Snapdragon, take your pick.
And at €600 it’s just too expensive for a Dimensity 8100 gaming phone – essentially the same chip is available in the Poco X4 GT for under €400 and you get a 144Hz LCD to boot. Unsurprisingly, most people lean towards a 12T pass.
Xiaomi stuck with 8MP ultra-wide cameras (also featured on last year’s 11T duo), although 2020’s 10T models had 13MP sensors. Going with 13MP again wouldn’t have been a major difference, but it would have helped the newer T models sell better as camera phones.