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Xiaomi 12T Pro review: 200MP photos, battery and … physical sensor

Two new Xiaomi smartphones officially hit the market today, the Xiaomi 12T and 12T Pro, the second model, the top of the range, which I talked to you about in this review. It is an advanced but not very advanced product, a semi-top product that is growing in population with interesting proposals. The list price is 849 euros, but with different launch offers it is possible to take it home at an affordable price and have a powerful, reliable and powerful smartphone on hand, with some cheaper than the higher-range flagships. Build and build quality The dimensions of the Xiaomi 12T Pro are very generous (163.1 mm x 75.9 mm x 8.6 mm). The overall look is in keeping with the “T” series of previous years, the smartphone actually comes with a curvy design that is rounded on all edges. The surfaces are regular and thanks to their thickness of 8.6 mm they look almost massive. Under the fingertips, it shows good build quality, although it lacks water and dust resistance certification and the bezel is made of polycarbonate, not aluminum. They are right in that category of products that indicate this point, preferring, for example, a plentiful battery over small dimensions and weight (205 grams). On the top side I indicate the presence of the infrared port, while the ignition and volume switch are on the right side. Both the protective glass and the back cover are made of Gorilla Glass 5, while in the package you will find a transparent TPU cover and a pre-applied film. By removing it, you will be able to appreciate more than a good oil treatment. The display is a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2712 x 1220 pixels and a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. It’s not an LTPO panel but the refresh rate is still dynamically managed in steps between 30, 60 and 90, 120 Hz). There is no shortage of HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support. It’s a good screen, well calibrated with factory claims of a Delta E of 0.38 and a JNDC of 0.28 points. Unfortunately, it lacks a bit of inspiration on the luminance below 1,000 nits, compared to direct competitors, including the Xiaomi 12X and 12 that manage to do a little better. The result is not very powerful HDR and good but not great external readability. You will be very happy to know that the proximity sensor is physical, as we have already tried with the Poco M5; That Xiaomi has opened a new path, abandoning the problematic virtual proximity sensor? We can’t be sure but at least the Xiaomi 12T Pro works great without the slightest problem, that’s okay. SOFTWARE On board the Xiaomi 12T Pro we find MIUI 13 Global based on Android 12 and updated security patches until August 2022. I remind you that Xiaomi usually provides 2 years of Android updates for these high-end smartphones and 3 support regarding security patches . As always, there is no shortage of possibilities for the user on the Xiaomi UX, in this case for another, the pair Android 12 with MIUI 13 already loved it with the Xiaomi 12S Ultra and here its effectiveness is confirmed, beyond a few small minor bugs that appear now and then . Xiaomi focuses a lot on smartphone interaction features that allow you to sew on a personalized experience of use, so we find the “Touch Assistant” that enables retractable navigation keys, the “Sidebar” with which to launch applications that open in the window, we can choose between a center Separate or integrated notification with quick toggle and activation of many other gestures compatible with many functions. From the first configuration, you will find some pre-installed applications and games, especially social networks and other unwanted utilities, fortunately, everything can be uninstalled without effort. All in all I do not mind MIUI at all, during the summer I used the Xiaomi 12S Ultra for a long time and on that occasion I was able to experience the long-term interaction, and I found myself quite well. Here, perhaps the animations are quite abundant here and there, for example in the choice of backgrounds or in the “beauty mode for video calls” the oriental original shines, but it is part of a very complete package with the latest version faster and more slender than the last.Data screen: Crystal ResAMOLED 6.67″ Flat 2712×1220, Up to 120Hz Refresh Rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, HDR10+, Dolby Vision Mobile Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Memory: (8) / 12GB LPDDR5 128/256GB RAM Intercom: 5G, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, IR, Dual SIM + eSIM Audio: 2x Harman Kardon Cameras Headphones: Front: 20MP 1/3.47″ f/2.24, 78° Rear field of view: 200MP, 1 / 1.22″ Samsung Isocell HP1; OIS, f/1.69, Ultra Wide Angle Dual DPAF 8 MP, 1/4″ f/2.2 2 MP Macro f/2.4 Battery: 5.000 mAh, charging 120W (power supply in the package) OS: Android 12 with MIUI 13 EXPERIENCE D ‘USE Xiaomi 12T Pro is a smartphone that works well in general, after all Xioaomi has fixed the problem of the proximity sensor so that you can fully enjoy the product in daily use.Performance is undoubtedly a strong point, Snapdragon 8 + Gen 1 does not betray , to assert itself as a real racing horse attentive to consumption and temperatures. Not for nothing in gaming, the Xiaomi 12T Pro becomes an excellent product, also preferred by the Game Turbo group that allows you to customize various parameters between visibility, performance, network management and notifications The version I tested is the one with 8 GB of RAM (actually expandable) and it seems a bit cramped for MIUI 13 and Android 12: for 50 euros that requires more, I can recommend the variant from 12 GB, as long as You’re interested in maximum fluidity and interaction, otherwise that’s okay . The tactile feedback is very good, which among other things with MIUI 13 is more present than in the past, the optical fingerprint reader under the screen is perfect, it is in the right position and you do not miss a beat. Charging and autonomy There is no wireless charging which is very unfortunate, on the other hand in the package you will find a 120W power supply that fully recharges the smartphone in 20 minutes. You won’t actually need it much because the autonomy is huge, among the smartphones with the highest processor, this is probably the best I’ve tried so far: the two days can be reached without major problems, with no less than 6 and a half. / 7 hours of active viewing. I point out that in the program there is an option to disable ultra-fast charging in case you do not need it. Audio and Multimedia The two headphones with Harman Kardon sound are powerful and full-bodied, the only drawback I’ve found is partial distortion at maximum volume, possibly due to the vibrations felt to the back of the body. In general, the multimedia sector is up to par, thanks to the various parameters supported by the display and an impressive series of settings applied to the audio in the headphones: from equalization to simulating environmental scenarios, to separate fine-tuning of the audio for the right headphone. and left. Phone and communication part under this profile, no problem to report, Xiaomi 12T Pro has proven to be reliable and efficient in all operations involving communication, from signal reception to managing dual SIM, WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth, everything is fine. I unexpectedly found support for both SIM and eSIM, which is not obvious, and also the excellent operation I was able to experience while roaming data abroad. The CAMERAS Xiaomi 12T Pro has a cornerstone in the photographic sector and a good summary of what it is as a whole: an excellent smartphone with many good things and some important compromises as well. The main camera houses the impressive 200MP Samsung Isocell HP1 sensor, which we’ve already seen in action on the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, which here also confirms great performance and exceeds expectations, but is surrounded by two other sensors that are very few in comparison. For product positioning, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel macro module. Starting with the 200MP photos, I can only be satisfied, as you can see from the photo samples the quality is very high and the level of detail is impressive. Obviously, it takes a lot of light to take advantage of the full resolution but the results are very interesting. Xiaomi has implemented this beautiful Samsung sensor well, which also allows you to shoot at 50MP (pixel binning at 9p), and it is probably also possible to take advantage of the 2X digital zoom without quality loss, as it is only the central pixels of the sensor used . I strongly advise you to download the original images from these links (LINK 1, LINK 2) to appreciate the real quality. Keep in mind that in order to include it in the gallery, I had to resize it to 50% and then resample it with 20% data loss. Obviously you don’t necessarily have to take 200MP photos, also since photos are around 50-70MB the sensor is actually designed to be able to combine pixels into groups of 4x4s to get a massive 2.56µm virtual pixel with photos 12.5 mega pixel resolution. Pixel binning can be used very well in low light and in any other situation. The quality is always very good, only in the night mode the pictures are not completely clean and have a little mixed noise, but the level in general is very high and higher than the Xiaomi 12 and 12 X (but not the 12 Pro). In the gallery you can also see some selfies that totally convinced me, as well as ultra-resolution photos that are discreet during the day but really bad at night. As expected, this smartphone takes pictures very well with the main camera, while the other two leave something to be desired. The videos are in excellent quality, you get 8K which has super detail, while 4K at 30fps is the format with the best performance. In conclusion, the price of the Xiaomi 12T Pro is 849 euros for the 8/256 GB version, and it goes up to 899 euros for the 12/256 GB version. A price list that places the product in a competitive range that is not easy to appear in. It is a smartphone with playing cards, no doubt about performance, autonomy and a camera with a resolution of 200 megapixels, but at the same time it cannot offer the same specifications that we find on other competitors. It’s a classic product to watch, because the performances won’t be long in coming, which makes it very attractive. Since launch, for example, you can buy it at a solid discount of 749 euros in the 8/256 GB version in Xiaomi physical stores, or bundled with the Redmi Pad (worth about 300 euros) until October 21 for the 12 / 256 GB variant on Amazon. it, Mi.com and major electronics stores. video

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