While there may be a lot of Xiaomi phones coming soon – 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 2020 brand’s flagship, 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 ‘vanilla’ Mi 11 a very good score, there are always things that a successor can 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 and handsets offered by other companies. are made .
There haven’t been many leaks about the Xiaomi Mi 12 so far – it’s probably too early to hear those – but you’ll find what we’ve heard below, and when more pop up, probably in the last few months of the year, we will report and share on all of them on this page. So stay tuned for that.
A source suggests that Xiaomi’s 200W charging technology could appear in a phone around mid-2022, which could be too late for the Mi 12, but maybe not for the Xiaomi Mi 12 Ultra.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Xiaomi’s 2022 flagship phone22
- When is it out? Probably early 2022
- How much is it? Expect a premium price
Xiaomi Mi 12 release date and price
Xiaomi is a weird company for release dates, at least judging by the Mi 11 series, and the Mi 12 will probably be no different.
The Mi 11 was first unveiled in December 2020, only in China. It took until February 2021 for a global relaunch and another month for it to go on sale.
That’s a bizarre and long-winded timetable that wipes out 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.
As for a Xiaomi Mi 12 price, again we can only go on the Mi 11 as a guideline. The phone cost £749 / AU$1,099 (around $1,040), which puts it roughly in line with the Samsung Galaxy S21 and OnePlus 9 in price – expect similar competition next year.
News and leaks
We’ve seen some fan-made renders of the Xiaomi Mi 12. While they’re not official, they’re actually based on real-life leaks about the phone, so we can use them as an early look at the device.
The screen and design look pretty much the same as on the Mi 11, but there’s an additional rear camera and no front camera. This does not mean that selfies are prohibited, but that the phone could have a snapper under the screen, like the ZTE Axon 20 5G.
However, this is directly contradicted by one leak, with a top spotter suggesting that the Mi 12 will still have a punch hole for the main camera, just like its predecessors.
A major leak suggests that the Xiaomi Mi 12 will feature either a 192MP or 200MP main camera, both of which would be the highest-resolution camera we’ve seen on a smartphone. That leak also says the phone will have the next version of Qualcomm’s high-end chipset line, presumably the Snapdragon 895, something that was likely already based on precedent.
Before hearing anything specific about the Xiaomi Mi 12, Xiaomi unveiled a new technology called Xiaomi HyperCharge, which offers 200W wired charging and 120W wireless charging. That’s presumably enough to fully charge a 4,000mAh battery in just 8 minutes with wired charging, or in 15 minutes wirelessly.
The company has not said it will be used in the Xiaomi Mi 12, but we think it will likely arrive in a phone soon, so the Xiaomi Mi 12 (or any of its siblings) is a likely candidate.
More recently, a leak has suggested that this charging technology could debut in or around June 2022, which would probably be too late for the standard Mi 12, but the Mi 11 Ultra landed a few months later than its cheaper sibling, so the Xiaomi Mi 12. Ultra is a possible candidate.
What we want to see
This feature wish list for the Xiaomi Mi 12 is based on the Mi 11 series (including the Ultra) and other Xiaomi phones, and what the company’s competitors are doing.
1. Lower Prices
When it broke into western phone markets, Xiaomi made a name for itself with its ‘flagship killer’ phones, which had similar specs to the top offerings from Samsung and OnePlus (itself the original flagship killer), but at much lower prices.
With the Mi 11, that’s no longer the case – the vanilla phone and the Ultra model both match rivals in price. The Mi 11 wasn’t too expensive as such, but the competitive edge with which Xiaomi led the way is gone.
We’d like to see the Mi 12 undercut its contemporaries so that it can get ahead of itself in a more tangible way. If there’s another Ultra model, we’d like to see it much more affordable, as the Mi 11 Ultra probably wasn’t worth its cost.
2. A cleaner user interface
MIUI, the Android fork that Xiaomi uses on its phones, has some really great features and some absolutely terrible ones. The company has to fix it.
It is true that MIUI offers a lot of customization options, more than some other Android forks, and the interface has a solid security.
But on the other hand, MIUI comes with a ton of bloatware, has an annoying security scan popup every time you install an app, and is really, really buggy. These issues need to be fixed before we can love Xiaomi phones wholeheartedly.
3. New Photography Modes
We’re listing something here that we’re almost certain to see – but this is a list of what we want to see, and Xiaomi’s new camera modes are often a joy to play around with.
For photography and videography in the camera app, Xiaomi often brings new modes that rivals do not have. There are plenty of effects-heavy video modes called Movie Effects, automatic color editing for photography (more in-depth than just filters), and the sky editing mode that lets you completely change the skyline and weather effects for photos.
We’re already excited to see what the Mi 12 brings, as the fun modes are likely to make using the camera a treat.
4. Better battery life
The Xiaomi Mi 11 series has been plagued with a constant problem in that the phones just didn’t have very good battery life.
While every phone had a huge battery, it seems that the software or features are not optimized very well, draining the power quickly. The Mi 11 Ultra, in particular, had an overheating problem that caused the charge to plummet.
Obviously, bigger isn’t better in this case – we want Xiaomi to roll out more battery optimizations that ensure the phones don’t die so quickly.
5. Improved Fingerprint Scanner
Not all Xiaomi phones have on-screen fingerprint scanners, but the ones that often mess this feature up a bit.
Some on-screen scanners can be temperamental, meaning sometimes your finger gets rejected even when it’s supposed to work. This can sometimes be a software issue, sometimes just a problem with too small a sensor.
Xiaomi has to come up with a solution for these fingerprint sensors because otherwise they are quite annoying to use.