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The Chinese giant Xiaomi wants to win against Apple and its iPhone 13 Pro Max, Samsung and its Galaxy S22 Ultra, or Oppo and its Find X 5 Pro. But to box in the heavyweight category, you need to have arguments beyond ambition. . On paper, the Xiaomi 12 Pro looks like a perfect challenger against the behemoths of the competition. But is it worth it? To find out, “20 Minutes” tested him for several weeks. Verdict!
Display and sound border on perfection
There is no doubt that Xiaomi, known for its well-equipped smartphones at a reasonable price, also wants to play in the big leagues. Testimony of this is its Xiaomi 12 Pro, which has an exciting technical sheet.
Once in hand, we are instantly seduced by the quality of this 5G smartphone’s stunning 6.73-inch display. WQHD + (3200 x 1440 pixels), it is also adaptive. This specificity allows you to adapt the refresh of your screen from 60 Hz to 120 Hz: the more dynamic the video content, the more the display frequency increases. Consequence: greater fluidity, which is important for video games.
Very bright, offering tonic colors, the screen of the Xiaomi 12 Pro works as a support for four speakers. Only… After the eyes, it’s the ears that are spellbound. The audio playback it offers is gaining in scope. But we are also surprised by the quality of the developed bass, as good as that of a smartphone… As a result, we gladly do without headphones or Bluetooth headsets to watch our favorite TV series. . Dolby Atmos compatibility is guaranteed.
50 million pixels and some shortcomings
But obviously it is in the photo and video that we expected the new flagship of the Chinese firm. By lining up a trio of 50-megapixel rear sensors*, the Xiaomi 12 Pro doesn’t set the bar as high as one might imagine. Many predicted that its main sensor would be 108 megapixels.
It’s still a hitch ready for most situations. If you lack agility in ultra wide angle (with photos that sometimes lack detail) as well as in Portrait mode (sometimes with random cropping), Xiaomi’s latest toy meets most expectations.
It especially stands out in low light, or even with its relevant 2x optical zoom, although it doesn’t come close (and rightly so) to the incredible 10x optical zoom of Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra. Of leur coté, the free selfies in 32 megapixels are précis avec une infinité de tails dans les chaveux, les poils de barbe… For the video, le 12 Pro films jusqu’en 4K à 60 images par seconde et en 8K à 24 images/ the second. The quality is therefore really there, even if the Xiaomi 12 Pro does not do better than its direct competitors.
Less than 30 minutes to refuel
The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen processor. However, this power monster seems a bit greedy. Despite its 4,600 mAh battery, the 12 Pro does not go beyond the day of use (ten hours of use, at most). Consolation: it is compatible with 120 Watt cable charging and is supplied with the charger ad hoc. Result: It only takes 30 minutes to fully charge the smartphone, which makes it stand out from the rest. With its 80-watt charger, the Oppo Find X5 Pro charges in 35 minutes.
a good alternative
In the ring, he flagship Xiaomi has nothing to be ashamed of, even if the devil is sometimes in the details. The smartphone does not have an IP protection rating against dust and water. And although its screen is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus that guarantees its resistance, its satin matte back is easily scratched as we found it, when we had placed the smartphone in a pants pocket with… a simple key.
Sold for 1,099 euros (12 GB + 256 GB), the Xiaomi 12 Pro is therefore an alternative to the larger ones. The competitor will certainly be able to do well with possible unique and aggressive commercial offers, such as during the French Days until May 9, during which it is possible to offer it for sale for 949 euros.
* 50 megapixel wide angle (f / 1.9); 50 megapixel ultra wide angle (f/1.9); 50 megapixel telephoto lens, with 2x optical zoom.