While there are plenty of Xiaomi phones on the way – the Mi Note 11 and Mi 11T come to mind – the Xiaomi Mi 12 will be the brand’s next true flagship phone.
The Mi 12 follows the Xiaomi Mi 11, the brand’s flagship product in 2020, which also had a premium sibling in the Mi 11 Ultra and a mid-range in the Mi 11 Lite 5G. Although we gave the Mi 11 “vanilla” a very good score, there are still things that a successor could do better.
We’ve listed all the new things we want to see in the Xiaomi Mi 12 below, based on what we liked (and didn’t) about the Mi 11 series, and looking at other Xiaomi phones as well as handsets. manufactured by other companies.
There aren’t many leaks on the Xiaomi Mi 12 so far – it’s probably too early to hear them – but you’ll find what we’ve heard below, and when more do start popping up, most likely. in the last few months of the year we’ll be reporting them all and sharing them on this page. So stay tuned for this.
Cut to the chase
- What is that? Xiaomi’s flagship phone 2022
- When did he come out? Probably early 2022
- How much will it cost? Expect a higher price
Xiaomi Mi 12 release date and price
Xiaomi is an odd company for release dates, at least judging by the Mi 11 series, and the Mi 12 is unlikely to be any different.
The Mi 11 was first unveiled in December 2020, during a launch only in China. It took until February 2021 for a global relaunch and another month before it went on sale.
It’s a bizarre, stretched timeline that negates much of the phone’s hype by the time it hits the global market, so hopefully Xiaomi won’t repeat it for the Mi 12. We can’t be sure, though. .
Regarding a Xiaomi Mi 12 price, we can once again only go to the Mi 11 as an indication. The phone costs £ 749 / AU $ 1,099 (around $ 1,040), which puts it roughly in the price line of the Samsung Galaxy S21 and OnePlus 9 – expect similar competition next year.
News and Leaks
We have seen renderings made by fans of the Xiaomi Mi 12. Although they are not official, they are actually based on real leaks on the phone, so we can use them as a first look at the device.
The screen and design are pretty much the same as on the Mi 11, but there is an additional rear camera and no front camera. This doesn’t mean that selfies are banned, but that the phone might have a snapper under the screen, like the ZTE Axon 20 5G.
Before hearing anything specifically about the Xiaomi Mi 12, Xiaomi unveiled a new technology called Xiaomi HyperCharge, which offers 200W wired charging and 120W wireless charging. That’s supposed to be enough for Fully charge a 4000mAh battery in just 8 minutes with wired charging, or in 15 minutes wirelessly.
The company hasn’t said this will be used in the Xiaomi Mi 12, but we do think it will likely arrive in a phone before too long a time, so the Xiaomi Mi 12 (or one of its siblings) is a likely candidate.
What we want to see
This feature wishlist for the Xiaomi Mi 12 is based on the Mi 11 series (including the Ultra) as well as other Xiaomi phones, and what the company’s competitors are doing.
1. Lower prices
When it burst into Western phone markets, Xiaomi made a name for itself with its ‘flagship killer’ phones, which had specs similar to the best offerings from Samsung and OnePlus (itself the original flagship killer). ), but with much lower prices.
With the Mi 11, this is no longer the case – the Vanilla Phone and the Ultra model both compete in terms of price. The Mi 11 wasn’t too expensive as such, but the competitive edge that made Xiaomi stand out is gone.
We would like to see the Mi 12 undermine its contemporaries, so that it can place itself in front of them in a more palpable way. If there is another Ultra model, we would like to see it much more affordable, as the Mi 11 Ultra was arguably not worth its price.
2. A cleaner user interface
MIUI, the Android fork that Xiaomi uses on its phones, has some really good features and some absolutely horrible ones. The company must sort it out.
It is true that MIUI has a lot of customization options, more than some other Android forks, and the interface has solid security.
But on the other hand, MIUI comes with a lot of bloatware, has an annoying security scan pop-up every time you install an app, and is really, really buggy. These issues need to be resolved before we can wholeheartedly love Xiaomi phones.
3. New modes of photography
We’re listing something here that we’ll almost certainly see – but it’s a list of what we want to see, and Xiaomi’s new camera modes are often a treat to play with.
For photography and videography in the camera app, Xiaomi often offers new modes that its competitors do not have. There are many effects-rich video modes called Movie Effects, automatic color editing for photography (more in-depth than just filters) and the sky edit mode which allows you to completely change the horizon and weather effects. pictures.
We’re already excited to see what the Mi 12 brings, as the fun modes will likely make using the camera a treat.
4. Better battery life
The Xiaomi Mi 11 series was plagued with a constant problem, in that the phones just didn’t have very good battery life.
While every phone has a huge battery, it doesn’t seem like the software or features have been optimized very well, resulting in a rapid drain of power. In particular, the Mi 11 Ultra had an overheating issue that caused the charge to drop.
Clearly bigger isn’t better in this case – we’d like Xiaomi to roll out more battery optimizations that keep phones from dying so quickly.
5. Improved fingerprint scanner
Not all Xiaomi phones have on-screen fingerprint scanners, but those that often spoil this feature a bit.
Some on-screen scanners can be finicky, meaning your finger is sometimes rejected even though it should work. Sometimes it can be a software problem, other times just a problem with the sensor being too small.
Xiaomi needs to find a fix for these fingerprint sensors because they are quite annoying to use otherwise.