Xiaomi’s 12T Pro packs a 200-megapixel camera, but without Leica branding

After debuting its first Leica-branded smartphones – including its super-slim foldable phone – in China, Xiaomi is finally switching back to international mode with new flagships. The Xiaomi 12T series consists of two models, with the 12T Pro using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and being the world’s second phone with a 200MP camera. The 12T uses MediaTek’s Dimensity 8100 Ultra processor along with a 108-megapixel main camera.

Much like the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (known as the X30 Pro in China), Xiaomi’s 12T Pro uses Samsung’s ISOCELL HP1 sensor to capture 200-megapixel still images. While not as small as the newer ISOCELL HP3, the HP1 still packs features like 2x in-sensor zoom, 4-in-1 pixel binning to mimic 1.28um pixel locations for better sensitivity, and 16 -in-1 Super offer pixel binning to simulate even larger 2.56um pixel sites for dark environments. Should you decide to shoot in “Ultra HD” mode for 200 megapixel outputs, you can use the AI-powered “Xiaomi ProCut” tool to analyze these shots and suggest ideal compositions.

Xiaomi 12T Pro sample shots

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In addition, this main camera has optical stabilization and can also do motion tracking focus, eye tracking focus, 8K video recording and HDR10+ video recording. The 12T Pro’s other shooters include an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera (f/2.2, 120-degree field of view), a 2-megapixel f/2.2 macro camera, and a 20-megapixel f/2.24 punch -Hole selfie camera on the other side of the phone. It’s the same list of cameras for the slightly more affordable 12T, except for the less powerful 108MP main camera, which is powered by Samsung’s ISOCELL HM6 sensor.

Strangely, there’s no Leica branding here. Engadget reached out to Xiaomi on the matter, to which a representative replied, “While Leica is a partner in our strategic image upgrade, they won’t necessarily contribute to every device.” Presumably, the Leica collaboration is currently limited to Xiaomi’s China-only phones , namely the Mix Fold 2 and the three models in the 12S range.

Xiaomi 12T series

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Both the 12T Pro and 12T have the same 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a crisp 2,712 x 1,220 resolution (446ppi) in a 20:9 aspect ratio. You get an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate with up to 480Hz touch sampling rate for better scrolling and gaming. The 12T Pro’s display has a few additional features, including Dolby Vision, adaptive HDR, adaptive reading mode and SGS Low Visual Fatigue certification.

The 5,000mAh battery in both 12T models supports 120W fast charging, which apparently takes just 19 minutes to go from zero to 100 percent; And don’t worry, the charger and cable are included. As with most flagship phones, the 12T series includes stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos, although only the 12T Pros have Harman Kardon tuning. Other features include NFC, Bluetooth (5.2 on 12T Pro, 5.3 on 12T) and an infrared remote control. With the 12T series based on Android 12, Xiaomi guarantees three years of Android OS updates along with four years of security patches.

The 12T series will be available in three colors: blue, black and silver. The 12T Pro starts at €749 (about $740) with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and the 12T starts at €599 (about $590) with the same configuration. Some regions might get up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but one thing is for sure: Xiaomi has already confirmed that none of the phones will be going to the US. The closest they come to the bottom 48 is through Walmart and AT&T in Mexico.

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