xiaomi 12T In hand review

The Xiaomi T series devices typically launch weeks before the following flagship and months after the initial model. And even if they do offer a wealth of excellent features, they are not designed to compete on the highest level. A Xiaomi T model, on the other hand, is better referred to as a flagship killer. So let’s meet the Xiaomi 12T, a phone that you might want to consider purchasing instead of the front-runners. It is the successor to the Xiaomi 11T.
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When discussing a Xiaomi T version, three things immediately spring to mind: a premium display, a very high-res camera, and blazing fast charging. These also perfectly apply to the brand-new Xiaomi 12T.

The 12T model improves upon the 11T by adding a higher resolution AMOLED screen with native 12-bit colour support, which supports even more colours. Instead of the Dimensity 1200 chip found in the 11T, it has the more recent Dimensity 8100-Ultra chipset. Furthermore, the charging power has increased from 67W to a whopping 120W!

Introduction
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The Xiaomi 12T has a large screen and a straightforward design, so it appears like any other standard glass smartphone. It has a Gorilla Glass 5 screen and is dust and mild splash resistant to IP53 standards. From 1080p on the 11T and 12, the display resolution has increased to 1220p, and the dynamic refresh rate is 120Hz.

One of the greatest non-flagship chipsets available is the Dimensity 8100, and Xiaomi has tweaked it, giving it the name 8100-Ultra. There are 128GB and 256GB variants of the 12T available with 8GB LPDDR5 RAM.

An improved 108MP Samsung HM6 sensor with OIS lens is now part of the camera. The 8MP buddies for ultrawide and macro are enduring. Actually, not quite. This 2MP macro decrease is certainly disappointing considering that both the 12 and the 11T have 5MP telemacro cameras with AF.

Xiaomi 12 T Pro and Xiaomi 12 T
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The big 5,000mAh battery and the lightning-quick 120W rapid charging are also great features. And as part of the retail package, the phone does come with a 120W power adaptor.

The Xiaomi 12T also includes two speakers that support Dolby Atmos. The Xiaomi 11T’s side-mounted fingerprint scanner has been replaced by an under-display fingerprint sensor.

With its sharper screen, quicker hardware, enhanced cameras with OIS, and faster charging, the Xiaomi 12T delivers enough improvements over the 11T to make it a viable successor. Owners of the 11T won’t be compelled to upgrade right away, but for €600, it appears to be a flagship-killing deal compared to the €1000 or more purportedly cutting-edge smartphones now available.

Along with the 12T, a Pro variant is also available; it boasts the most recent Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 CPU, a 200MP primary camera, and compatibility for Dolby Vision on the screen. Starting at €750, it will be more competitive with flagship models.

The Xiaomi 12T is packaged in a large, white box that also includes a USB-A to USB-C cable with a 6A rating and a 120W power adapter.Image in the space.

Unboxing of Xiaomi 12 T
unboxing of Xiaomi 12 T. Image credit: GSMArena.com

The phone itself comes with a thin, factory-applied protective film covering the screen, and there is a soft, transparent case within the paper section.

Design and build quality

It’s undeniable that the Xiaomi 12T is a large smartphone. The 108MP OIS camera protrudes quite a bit from the device, which also features a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen and a big 5,000mAh battery within. Compared to the Xiaomi 12, it is somewhat larger, but else it is very similar.

Back Design
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The Xiaomi 12T has a reliable and well-known design; it has two types of glass, a flat Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and a curved matte glass over on the back. The curved glass continues to make the frame surrounding the longer sides slimmer than previously. It is still composed of strong plastic, has a matte texture that matches the rear panel, and is still rather flat.

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Similar in size and construction to earlier models in the line, but with aluminium frames that made them seem more upscale in the hand. We found it disappointing to learn that Xiaomi chose plastic for its T version. Additionally, the screen protector, which was Gorilla Glass Victus on earlier phones, has been downgraded to the more outdated Gorilla Glass 5 by the manufacturer.

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The recognisable camera island from the Xiaomi 12 series is another feature that followers of the company will recognise right away on the 12T. All worldwide Xiaomi 12 phones have the same rectangular shape with a large glass covering the main camera, which instantly distinguishes them from other smartphones.

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The Xiaomi 12T has an IP53 rating for protection to minor splashes and dust. It doesn’t get any worse in terms of IP ratings, but it’s still better than nothing and can at least give you piece of mind when using the phone in humid conditions. We do, however, hope that more phone makers would step up their game and increase water resistance to reach the IP67 standard, as Samsung does for every phone that isn’t in the entry-level range.

Now let’s examine the Xiaomi 12T in more detail.

The upgraded 6.67-inch AMOLED display is found on the front. Xiaomi refers the it as CrystalRes AMOLED, and it boasts a greater 1220p resolution. With a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate and up to 480Hz touch responsiveness, the screen is fairly quick. Due to chipset restrictions, Dolby Vision is not supported, however HDR10+ is.

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The display is flat, and the dated 20MP selfie camera from Xiaomi has a tiny hole. This 20MP front camera is found on several Xiaomi phones, but none of them utilise it to its full potential due to the tiny sensor and Quad-Bayer filter. We believe Xiaomi has been utilising it to make these punch holes so small, but many people pay a price for it in the form of decreased photo and video quality.

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Two stereo speakers are included inside the Xiaomi 12T, one at the top and one at the bottom of the device, both hidden beneath dotted grilles. Additionally, the top one features a second front-facing outlet for an earphone and improved sound balance that is located immediately above the screen.

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While the previous 11T models had their fingerprint scanner situated on the side on top of the Lock key, the Xiaomi 12T series has also shifted to an under-display fingerprint scanner in addition to having a better screen. We encountered no problems at all because the UD sensor is dependable, quick, and precise.

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The Xiaomi 12T’s rear is gently curved and entirely matte. The 108MP primary camera, the 8MP ultrawide, the 2MP macro, and the LED flash are all located on the camera island. Though it protrudes quite a little from the rear, the rectangular piece complements the straightforward tale and fits well there.

108MP of primary camera, 8MP Ultra-wide camera, and 2MP Macro camera. Image credit: GSMArena.com

The majority of the phone’s polycarbonate frame is flat and not very slippery. Am okround the top and bottom, it is broader.

One of the speakers, the IR blaster, and one of the microphones are located on the top.

The SIM tray, secondary speaker, USB-C connector, and primary microphone are all located at the bottom.

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The Xiaomi 12T has nothing at all on its left side.

On the right side of the 12T are the power/lock and volume keys.

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The Xiaomi 12T’s strong frame provides respectable grip, but the back glass panel is excessively slippery. While we felt secure using the 12T without a case, there were several situations—like the daytime and low-light shoots—where we felt we just had to wear one. And we appreciate the packaged case for that.

The 12T is not a little phone; although it is thick and hefty, it doesn’t feel like a brick. It is comfortable in the hand and suitable for most pockets. It is feasible to operate with one hand, but it will undoubtedly need a lot of finger gymnastics.

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The Xiaomi 12T is an all-around reliable phone with a nice construction and straightforward design. We valued the screen protector, soft case, and IP53 protection that were included, and we enjoyed using it. The Xiaomi 11T’s metal frame, which gave it a less luxury and more mid-range feel, is what we did miss.

Display

According to Xiaomi’s marketing materials, the 6.67-inch 120Hz CrystalRes AMOLED display is a feature of the Xiaomi 12T. Since the Xiaomi 11T, it has been improved with a panel that has a sharpness of 446ppi and a larger resolution of 2,712 x 1,220 pixels. Dynamic refresh rates of up to 120Hz and touch response rates of up to 480Hz are supported.

The display is shielded by a flat piece of Gorilla Glass 5 and features a tiny hole for the selfie camera.

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The 12-bit colour depth for more than 68 billion colours, HDR10+ compatibility, and True Display characteristics that adjust colour temperature in accordance with environmental light (True Tone on Apple’s iPhones) are some of the most significant screen features.

Xiaomi claims that the Xiaomi 12T screen can produce 900nits of maximum brightness and 500nits of normal brightness. And thus, we start by putting that to the test.

And like any other Xiaomi product, the 12T display’s characteristics fulfilled their promises. When using the slider, the highest brightness was 513 nits, but the solar boost produced a maximum brightness of 954 nits.

The screen’s lowest brightness when white was displayed was only 1.9nits, which is excellent.

Color accuracy

The DCI-P3 wide colour gamut is supported by the Xiaomi 12T. Three alternative colour options are available in the phone’s settings: Vivid (automatic colour correction by default, DCI-P3), Saturated (DCI-P3 with saturation enhancement), and Original colour (sRGB with targeted colour accuracy). For each setting, you may change the colour temperature. Additionally, you may select DCI-P3 or sRGB directly in the Advanced Settings.

The screen was fairly true to DCI-P3, with the exception of the somewhat bluish-white and grey hues. The screen’s default setting is Vivid, and it is designed to properly replicate DCI-P3 colours. By choosing a Warm colour temperature, you may reduce the blue tint.

The precision to sRGB of the Standard option, on the other hand, is exceptional, with an average deltaE of 1.8.

Refresh Rate

Refresh Rate choices on the Xiaomi 12T include Default and Custom. Two fixed steps are available under the Custom button: 60Hz and 120Hz.

The 120Hz and Default modes both operate dynamically. While the UI and all system programmes always display 120 frames per second, while the image is static, the screen switches to 60 frames per second in order to conserve battery life. Additionally, apps that cannot support displays running at a frequency higher than 60Hz use 60Hz for video playback and streaming.

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Apps for hardware screening identify the screen’s set refresh rate stages as 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz. We only saw MIUI using 30Hz once, and that was for the Always-on Display. For video games that can top out at 90Hz, 90Hz is also a possibility.

On the Xiaomi 12T, high refresh rate gaming is feasible, and many games do use the 120Hz refresh rate as native.

HDR Streaming

However, unlike other versions, the Xiaomi 12T display does not support Dolby Vision since the Dimensity 8100 processor does not support HDR10 or HDR10+. Because of the Widevine L1 DRM on the phone, compatible apps will stream at the greatest possible quality.

All well-known applications do in fact identify the Xiaomi 12T and effortlessly provide Full HD HDR10 content.

Battery Life

A 5,000mAh battery, the same size as the Xiaomi 11T’s, powers the Xiaomi 12T. However, the new model allows significantly quicker charging; however, we shall discuss it later.

The Xiaomi 12T performed admirably in our battery test, earning a rating of 104 hours of endurance, compared to the Xiaomi 11T’s 98 hours. The 12T performed admirably on the on-screen test and can hold a call for up to 33 hours.

Charging Speed

The Xiaomi 12T’s 5,000mAh battery’s 120W HyperCharge capability is one of its standout features. The charger and proper 6A-rated cable are included with the phone, so you are ready to use it right out of the box.

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The 12T offers Boost Charge mode, which enables the quickest charging possible but only when the phone’s screen is off to prevent overheating. By default, this function is off, but you may turn it on under the Battery options.

The 12T charges from 0% to 30% in 5 minutes without Boost, and we reached 46% charge in 10 minutes, 60% charge in 15 minutes, 96% charge in 30 minutes, and a complete charge took 31 minutes precisely.

When we turned on the Boost, it charged us fully in 23 minutes and reached 35% in 5 minutes, 55% in 10 minutes, 71% in 15 minutes, and 95% in 20 minutes.


Although we weren’t quite able to match Xiaomi’s promised full charge time of 19 minutes, 23 minutes is not too long. Numerous factors influence how quickly a device charges. For instance, our unit’s SIM card was linked to both the Wi-Fi and cellular networks, and while it was charging, it received a few alerts that briefly lit up the screen.

Speakers

The top and bottom speakers of the Xiaomi 12T are separated by dotted grilles to form a stereo speaker configuration. The upper speaker has another front-facing plug since it doubles as an earphone.

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The Xiaomi 12T produces balanced audio output despite the top speaker being quieter and having less bass than the bottom one. The Dolby Atmos enhancement is supported by the speakers and is turned on by default.

Our loudness test resulted in a Very Good rating for the Xiaomi 12T. With rich high notes, strong voices, and a passable bass, the sound is good. Disabling Dolby Atmos will result in richer voices and a somewhat broader output, but you will lose some high frequencies.

software

With the most recent MIUI 13, Android 12 is booted on the Xiaomi 12T. As is customary in the MIUI camp, the version of the custom overlay matters more than the OS itself, although there are still a few novelties. However, genuine Android 12 features like the privacy dashboard and the revamped widgets interface are still lacking.

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You may choose the Always-on display capability to show for 10 seconds after a tap, genuinely always, or only within a certain time frame. Some less expensive MIUI-powered smartphones only provide the first choice. Naturally, you have access to a wide variety of AOD themes, some of which may be altered.

The Notification effect is also supported by the Xiaomi 12T. It illuminates the borders of the screen as fresh alerts arrive, but customization options are limited to a few colour choices and the ‘Starlight’ setting. The AOD is not necessary for this effect to function.

Using the under-display fingerprint scanner, you may unlock the screen. The reader is simple to set up, runs admirably quickly, and has excellent accuracy. The animation used to scan a fingerprint can also be modified.

There is also a 2D Face Unlock option, however it is far less safe than using a fingerprint.

The homescreens are typical in that they contain widgets, folders, and shortcuts. If enabled, Google Discover is located in the leftmost window. You may choose to enable or disable the optional app drawer, which automatically classifies your apps into groups.

MIUI 13 includes a separate Notification shade and Control Center, much like MIUI 12 did. Similar to how you access the Notification Center and Control Center on iPhones, you pull down from either side of the screen to access them. To flip between them, use side-swiping.

If you do not like this split that resembles an iPhone, you may disable the Control Center, and the shade will return to its standard appearance and functionality.

If you have ever used a Xiaomi, the task switcher will also be familiar to you. Two columns display all of your most recent apps. To quickly open a split-screen, tap and hold any card. To shut one, just slide it left or right. Additionally, Floating Window is available using the Task Switcher or Sidebar interfaces.

Themes have always played a significant role in MIUI and are still available in MIUI 13. They may modify your background images, ringtones, system icons, and even the look of your always-on display. You can download new ones from the Themes shop. There are also Super Wallpapers available.

Performance

In its high-end chips this year, Mediatek gave manufacturers the option to alter “camera processing engine, display processors and audio hardware, hybrid multiprocessing (CPU, GPU, visual processors), artificial intelligence processing, and connection (Bluetooth features and profiles).”

One such customised chipset, the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Ultra, powers the Xiaomi 12T. It is a variant of the original Dimensity 8100 chipset, much to how Oppo and OnePlus have their own customised Dimensity 8100-Max.

Xiaomi has enhanced the power efficiency of the CPU and GPU as well as the onboard ISP and APU’s capabilities. A jump in low-light video capture, improved noise reduction for photographs, and increased frame rate stability when gaming are a few of the new enhancements.

The Dimensity 8100-Ultra and its Dimensity 8100 sibling are virtually similar in terms of main hardware features. A Mali-G610 MC6 GPU, a MediaTek Imagiq 780 ISP, a MediaTek APU 580 AI processing unit, as well as an LPDDR5 memory controller are all included in this configuration, which is housed on a 5nm TSMC node. It’s positioned to compete with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 and 888+ and is somewhat more powerful than the Dimensity 8000.

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The Dimensity 8100-Ultra chipset has excellent single-core performance, but it is not class-leading since it lacks a prime core as the flagship chipsets do.

The Xiaomi 12T performs somewhat better than the Snapdragon 870 group and slightly worse than the top Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 devices in the combined AnTuTu 9 test. It is comparable to the Zenfone 8 with a Snapdragon 888 processor.

We are unable to provide you true GPU scores because our device has all GPU tests blocked. Since we’ve already examined other devices using a comparable MT 8100 chipset, such the Realme GT Neo3, we can give you an idea of the performance’s range. The MT D8100 GPU performance is comparable to the Snapdragon 888 processor, according to Realme’s test results.

Therefore, it appears that the Xiaomi 12T is a perfect match for the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset. It is among the top performing chipsets on the market, while not being the most powerful.

We also put its stability to the test, and it passed with flying colours. When using 100% of its CPU resources for an hour, it kept 92% of its CPU speed. The gadget was warm, then practically hot, yet we could handle it without worrying about getting burned.


The Xiaomi 12T appears to offer outstanding stability in addition to excellent performance. It did warm up, but it didn’t overheat, and even when it was operating at its best, the surface temperature was bearable.

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Camera

Similar to what we saw on the Xiaomi 11T, the Xiaomi 12T has a triple-camera configuration on the rear. It has a 108MP primary, an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP macro, which is a fairly standard configuration. While the primary and ultrawide cameras’ resolutions were kept, the 11T’s 5MP telemacro was lowered to a basic 2MP camera.

Similarly towards the 11T, the primary camera has a 108MP sensor, although it is now the newer (and smaller) Samsung ISOCELL HM6, as opposed to the HM2 on the 11T. It’s a 1/1.67 “a 24mm f/1.7 lens with a 0.64 m pixel sensor. With a Nonapixel colour filter, which combines 9 sensor pixels into a single, sizable 1.92-mm one, the output resolution is set to 12MP by default. There is optical picture stabilisation and PDAF is an option. In addition, the sensor has Dual Native ISO.

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An 8MP Samsung S5K4H7 ISOCELL Slim 1/4 is used by the ultrawide camera “a 1.12 megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 lens. Infinity is the fixed focal point. The ultrawide cam is capable of using night mode as well.

A 2MP GalaxyCore GC02 sensor and an f/2.4 lens make up the macro camera. The focus is set at a distance of roughly 4 cm.

A 20MP Quad Bayer Sony IMX596 sensor is used in the front camera. It has a 26mm f/2.2 lens attached, and the focus is fixed.

Although it has some oddities, the camera app is a rather easy implementation. The first method of changing modes is by using side swipes (on the black bezel! ), and you can also tap on the visible modes to jump right to them. Only the toggle next to the shutter release may be used to swap between the front and rear cameras; up and down swipes do not operate in this regard.

By selecting the More tab and then the edit button, you can add, remove, and rearrange modes in the main rolodex. You can also go to that page from the settings menu. Although you may choose to utilise a (less obvious) pull-out window that is called up from a line near to the shutter release, the unused modes will still remain under the More tab.

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Additional choices may be found under the hamburger menu at the very end, along with the icon to access the settings and the Macro mode (why here rather as a mode in the rolodex?). You have a flash mode switch, an HDR switch, an AI toggle, and a shortcut to Google Lens next to that hamburger menu.

The camera zoom switches that work in one of two ways are on the near end, along with a magic wand that has filters and aesthetic effects. Simply touching on one of the three dots, which stand for the ultra-wide, main, or 2x digital possibilities, is the first step. Alternately, you may swipe sideways while tapping the active magnification to show two other zoom levels—2x and 10x—as well as a slider for intermediate magnifications.

There is a Pro mode that is quite competent and allows you to change the shooting settings on your own. Here, you may make advantage of your primary, ultrawide, and even macro cameras. Depending on the camera you’re using, you may choose from four different white balance settings or adjust the light temperature using a slider. There’s also a manual focusing slider, a shutter speed slider (1/4000s to 30s/0.8s for main/ultrawide), and an ISO control with a range. There is a little live histogram available, and the hamburger menu contains a toggle for zebras.

There are a tonne of more settings, including Long Exposure, which has its own selection of presets for star trails, neon trails, starry skies, oil paintings, and light paintings.

Both the primary camera and the ultrawide camera include a night mode. In the advanced Settings, there is also an Auto Night mode.

Daylight photos quality

The primary camera’s 12MP images are reliable yet odd in a manner. All examples have lots of resolved detail, correct white balance, and vibrant colours that are yet within a reasonable range of accuracy.

The photographs show strong contrast, and the dynamic range is appropriate and not excessive. In actuality, not even the Auto HDR fired once.

The representation itself is also quite nice, especially over the foliage, with superb crispness and a balanced appearance in the middle of the photos. The quality of little things, such greenery and people, degrades more and more as one moves away from the visual centre. Although the difference is not great, it is odd and of no use.

Despite lacking a telephoto camera, the Xiaomi 12T nevertheless includes a separate 2x zoom setting. The centre of the standard 12MP output is simply cropped and upscaled to provide a digitally zoomed image.

These are the actual stuff, and you can shoot in 108MP as well. So lifelike as a de-mosaiced Nona-Bayer image is capable of becoming. They are vivid, have great contrast and dynamic range, but have average sharpness and clarity. And if you reduce this 108MP to 12MP, you’ll receive less-processed photographs rather than ones that are more detailed than the default ones.

But hold on—more. there’s These high-resolution images showed extremely soft, nearly fuzzy edges. This explains why the corners of the standard photographs have softer edges and is also commendable for Xiaomi’s processing, which makes up for it skillfully, though a little unnaturally.

Here’s a wonderful surprise for you! Numerous 8MP ultrawide photo samples have been examined, and the majority, if not all of them, are average or at best decent. Which, we suppose, is acceptable for mid-range ultrawide cameras.

However, the 8MP ultrawide camera on the Xiaomi 12T takes wonderful pictures (when compared to similar shooters, that is). The photographs have exceptional clarity, realistic colours, high contrast, and a good dynamic range. They are also highly detailed. Even better, the automated distortion correction and noise reduction are also excellent.

We do commend the job done here because the photographs we took provide a natural and true-to-life rendering, especially when considering the sensor and lenses employed.

Even though there isn’t a separate depth sensor, the portrait pictures we captured with the primary camera are nevertheless rather likeable. The Xiaomi 12T hardware enables a precise depth map and successful subject separation. The subjects are well-exposed, detailed, with vibrant colours, and noise-free, while the blur is believable.

Please excuse us if we still find it difficult to accept that the 5MP telemacro cameras Xiaomi employed on its earlier phones have been demoted for the 2022 models.

The 12T’s 2MP macro camera does alright, capturing passable close-ups. The photographs have sufficient dynamic range and high contrast, but the colours are a little subdued and there is not a lot of resolved detail.

As a result of Xiaomi using one of its 20MP Quad-Bayer cameras for selfies once more, the images don’t have as much information as the resolution would indicate. A lot of fine detail was also lost during the noise reduction. Despite the subdued colour rendering, the subjects have beautiful skin tones and are well-exposed. The best we can say is that the images do appear okay on the phone’s screen.


The selfies taken in a portrait orientation are decent, with somewhat better exposure but duller colours. The blur and separation are both pleasing.

Lowlight photos quality

Although auto Night mode processing enabled in Photo mode, the Xiaomi 12T will use whatever special sauce it deems appropriate. Typically, it utilises a 1s exposure for the primary camera and leaves the ultrawide camera alone.

All except four of the shots we captured with the primary camera utilised a 1s exposure set to Auto; you can find the Night Mode versions of those four photos immediately below the current batch.

As a result, the Auto Night Mode produces superb low-light photographs that are properly exposed and have the recognisable brighter-than-realistic appearance. Both their dynamic range and colour saturation are excellent.

Even though some fine detail was lost in the noise reduction process, there was still a lot of noise left over. Overall, these nighttime images are excellent, Night Mode or not.

Here are the four scenarios that required us to enable Night Mode because the camera app didn’t think it was essential. They have higher dynamic range and less clipped highlights than the standard output, and they are a little bit brighter.

Without Night Mode, the photographs have a little bit more detail and a more accurate exposure and dynamic range. They sell images with good colour saturation, and noise, if any is there, doesn’t interfere. The images taken without the Night Mode will have a more natural appearance if you prefer that look to the overly processed one.

When shooting in its default Auto setting, the ultrawide camera does not activate the Auto Night Mode, and you will obtain typical ultrawide shots. Those have little dynamic range, desaturated hues, and mediocre detail. The contents of them are visible, yet they are not desirable.

The photographs we took are especially impressive because the Night Mode typically selects an exposure period of 2–3 seconds for ultrawide photos. They provide realistic exposure, tolerable noise and resolved resolution levels, superb colour reproduction, and a wide dynamic range. While not fantastic, some are perfect for sharing on social media or in chat.

Video Quality

With its primary camera, the Xiaomi 12T is capable of recording 4K video, 1080p video with its ultrawide and selfie cameras, and 720p video with its macro camera. Only the primary and selfie cameras support [email protected]

The primary and ultrawide cameras always have electronic stabilisation active, regardless of resolution or frame rate. The 60fps is a little bit reliable, but it seems to be inaccessible for the 30fps selfie option.

If you transition from the primary camera to the ultrawide camera and back, the camera app always reduces the video resolution to 1080p. This is a problem we’ve seen on many phones before, and Xiaomi hasn’t yet fixed it.

All of the videos’ audio is recorded in 256Kbps stereo.

Our verdict

One of the most intelligent premium mid-range smartphones to launch in 2022 is the Xiaomi 12T, and we were generally impressed with it. The high resolution, dynamic 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ capabilities, and high brightness of the AMOLED panel make it a terrific screen. The extremely tiny cutout is caused by the outdated selfie camera, though.

The Dimensity 8100-Ultra chipset, whose outstanding speed and amazing stability make it perfect for gaming, also performs admirably. While having one of the fastest charging options is helpful, we also loved the battery life overall.

With two Dolby Atmos speakers and solid photo and video quality throughout the back configuration, the Xiaomi 12T’s features don’t stop there.

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The Xiaomi 12T is not without its flaws, but it is also not a €1000 phone. The Xiaomi 11T’s superior macro camera and metal frame have been removed from the new 12T, which also has basic splash resistance. A bummer is the lack of lossless zoom with a 108MP sensor on the selfie camera, which is also pretty disappointing.

However, we believe that the excellent selection of premium features at a retail price of €600 surpasses the minor cons we have found. And for this reason, we give the Xiaomi 12T high marks.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • No-nonsense dual-glass design with a distinctive camera island.
  • Excellent OLED: brilliant, 120 Hz, 1220 p, HDR10+.
  • With one of the fastest charging speeds, the battery life is reliable.
  • Dolby Atmos, high-quality, loud speakers.
  • The quality of the primary and ultrawide photos and videos is excellent.
  • NFC, Wi-Fi 6, UD fingerprint scanning, 5G, and

Cons

  • As with the 11T, there is no metal frame, Dolby Vision, or telemacro camera.
  • low-quality selfie camera.
  • There is no lossless zoom on the main camera.

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