So today we are going to be pitting the newly released Xiaomi 12T vs Xiaomi 12T Pro. Both devices were announced yesterday by Xiaomi and should be available globally pretty soon.

The Xiaomi T lineup is nice (and cost effective) alternative to the main flagship line up. In fact, given the struggles of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, dare I say that the 12T line is a welcome addition.

Both the Xiaomi 12T and the Xiaomi 12T Pro are flagship grade devices, although the Xiaomi 12T is more of a flagship killer than an actual flagship. These two phones are the successors to last year’s Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro.

Now, let us pit the Xiaomi 12T vs Xiaomi 12T Pro.


Xiaomi 12T vs Xiaomi 12T Pro

SpecsXiaomi 12TXiaomi 12T Ultra
Body 202g, aluminium frame205g, aluminium frame, IP53
SoCDimensity 8100Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
GPU Mali G610 MC6Adreno 730
Software Android 12
MIUI 13
Android 12
MIUI 13
RAM
Storage
LPDDR5
UFS 3.1
No microSD slot
LPDDR5
UFS 3.1
No microSD slot
Display 6.67" AMOLED, 2712×1220p, 120Hz, 446ppi, 1200nit6.67" AMOLED, 2712×1220p, 120Hz, 446ppi, 1200nit
Camera108MP Samsung HM6 (f/1.7), PDAF, OIS

8MP Ultrawide

2MP Macro
200MP Samsung HP1 (f/1.7), PDAF, OIS

8MP Ultrawide

2MP Macro
Video 4K@30fps, 1080p@60fps
8K@24fps, 4K@60fps
Selfie 20MP (f/2.2)
1080p@30fps
20MP (f/2.2)
1080p@30fps
Battery 5,000mAh, 120W
(100% in 19mins)
5,000mAh, 120W
(100% in 19mins)
Comms4G, 5G, dual SIMs, Bluetooth 5.3, WiFi 6, GPS, NFC, IR blaster, USB 2.0, no 3.5mm jack4G, 5G, dual SIMs, Bluetooth 5.3, WiFi 6, GPS, NFC, IR blaster, USB 2.0, no 3.5mm jack
SensorsUnder-display fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope, compass Under-display fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope, compass
Antutu
v9
780,2041,032,185
Geekbench
v5.1
37564081
PricesStarts from €600Starts from €750


Body

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Both devices are made of aluminum and are quite hefty. The 12T weighs 202g while the 12T Pro weighs 205g.

Performance

When it comes to raw performance then there is no contest. The 12T Pro with it’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is well ahead of the 12T with its Dimensity 8100. The 12T Pro scores a very impressive 1,032,185 on Antutu while the 12T scores a more modest 780,204.

This is not to say that the Dimensity 8100 is bad. Of course not! It is one of the best SoCs around right now, beating very illustrious names like Apple A13 Bionic, Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 870.

Software

Both devices are powered by MIUI 13 which runs on Android 12.

Display

Both devices use essentially what is the same display, a 6.67″ AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2712 x 1220p. The display supports a refresh rate of 120Hz, a pixel density of 446ppi, 68 billion colours, HDR10+ and a max brightness of 1200nits. The displays are protected by Corning Gorilla glass 5.

Camera

This is second area where the 12T Pro completely dominates its lesser sibling and justifies its pro status.

The 12T Pro houses a mammoth 200MP Samsung HP1 camera. It however, has two underwhelming cameras in support. These are an 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP macro camera. In the video department, it is capable of recording 8K video at 24fps and 4K video at 60fps.

The 12T on the other hand comes with a 108MP Samsung HM6 camera. Just like its more illustrious sibling, it also sports an 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP macro camera, in support. It can do 4K video at 30fps and 1080p video at 60fps.

Battery

Both devices use a 5,000mAh battery and support Xiaomi’s proprietary 120W fast charge. Xiaomi claims that this phone can charge 100% in 19 minutes. When you consider the fact that SD8+ Gen 1 is built on TSMC N4 node, the 12T Pro should last for hours on a single charge.

NB:

For flagship level devices, these devices are missing certain features such as wireless charging, water resistance and a telephoto lens. Some persons may also complain about the lack of an SD card slot and a 3.5mm jack but one cannot have it all, especially considering the prices.

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This year Xiaomi decided to add OIS to sweeten the deal, so there’s that.


Conclusion

The 12T and 12T pro are very solid phones that can stand up to any modern flagship or flagship killer available in the market today. Both phones are very similar except for two key specs: SoC and cameras.

If it is the absolute best you are looking for, then the 12T Pro should do you well as long as you have slightly deeper pockets. As for those who are on a budget, the 12T with it’s Dimensity 8100 and Samsung HM6 cameras should more than suffice.


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