It’s official: Xiaomi‘s upcoming flagship lineup is launching end of this month.
(Update: December 29: The Xiaomi 12 Pro, Xiaomi 12, and Xiaomi 12X have gone official!)
According to official posts on Chinese social media platform Weibo, the Xiaomi 12 series will debut in China December 28. Two models are confirmed to be part of the line — the Xiaomi 12 Pro and Xiaomi 12 — though word has it there will be a more budget-friendly Snapdragon 870-based Xiaomi 12x as well. Let’s see.
The Pro and vanilla units run MIUI 13 and are powered by the newly announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which debuted on the Motorola Moto Edge X30. The chip is based on a 4nm Samsung process and a tri-cluster design consisting of a Cortex-X2 prime core running at 3GHz, three Cortex-A710 performance cores clocked at 2.5GHz, and four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores operating at 1.8GHz.
The difference between the two, as can be seen in the image above, is that the Xiaomi 12 Pro is noticeably bigger than the Xiaomi 12. The company’s cofounder, Lei Jun, admitted they have learned from Apple, which offers different sizes of its iPhones. They want Xiaomi fans to be able to choose the version the latter are comfortable with, but still get the power that a true flagship provides.
How the Xiaomi 12 supposedly looks
Previous leaks show the Xiaomi 12’s supposed design. The non-Pro model allegedly comes with a triple camera on the back, a 6.2-inch curved screen, a 5,000mAh battery, 152.7 x 70.0 x 8.6mm dimensions, and a ₹69,990 (around P46,232 in Philippine pesos or $926 in U.S. dollars) price tag.
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