iPhone 13 vs Xiaomi 12: see hardware differences

O Xiaomi 12 arrived on the market at the end of 2021 and, despite not being officially available in Brazil yet, competes in the price range of the new iPhone 13 In other countries.

Due to their very different ecosystems, it is uncommon for users to migrate from iOS for the Android, and vice versa. However, for those who are thinking about making this transition and are interested in one of the devices, the TecMundo prepared a comparison highlighting the strengths of each model.

design and construction

Smartphones have similar dimensions. O iPhone 13has an aluminum body and the same type Gorilla Glass on both surfaces, in addition to a layer of ceramic glass on canvas, giving extra protection. In addition, the iPhone is certified IP68 dust and submersion resistance of up to 6 meters for 30 minutes.

Xiaomi 12 and iPhone 13 have similar dimensions, but very different constructionXiaomi 12 and iPhone 13 have similar dimensions, but very different constructionSource: Reproduction: Xiaomi / Apple via Tecmundo

In the case of the Xiaomi 12, the manufacturer opted for Gorilla Glass 5 on the back of the device, and Gorilla Glass Victus to the screen. In theory, the GG Victus can withstand drops of up to 1.80 m and up to 8 N of pressure, much stronger than the GG5, but without sealing against dust or water.


The first clear difference between the devices is in the screen. The iPhone 13 uses bezels Super Retina XDR YOU AREproprietary technology similar to Super AMOLED, 6.1″, 1170×2532 resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

The Xiaomi 12 has an AMOLED panel of 68 billion colors, 120 Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. Its screen is slightly larger, with 6.28″, 1080×2400 resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio.

iPhone 13 screen is smaller and has a notch in the front camera areaiPhone 13 screen is smaller and has a notch in the front camera areaSource: Apple

The main difference between the displays is the Super Retina’s higher pixel density at 460 ppi versus AMOLED’s 419 ppi. However, Xiaomi’s smartphone does not have the infamous notch, while the iPhone 13 has a very apparent cutout in the region of the front camera.


In addition to the 12 MP front camera, the iPhone 13 only has two 12 MP rear cameras, one main and one ultrawide, capable of recording videos in 4K at up to 60 fps and in FullHD with super slow motion. 240 fps. The composition is practically the same as iPhone 11.

Comparison of iPhone 13 and Xiaomi 12 camerasComparison of iPhone 13 and Xiaomi 12 camerasFonte:  GSM Arena

One of the main highlights of the Xiaomi 12 is its set of cameras. The 50 MP main camera is accompanied by a 13 MP ultrawide and a 5 MP with a telephoto lens and a focal length of 50 mm, something still uncommon among smartphones, except for specific models such as the Sony Xeperia Pro-I.

Xiaomi 12 brings 50 MP main camera and telephoto camera with 50 mm focal lengthXiaomi 12 brings 50 MP main camera and telephoto camera with 50 mm focal lengthFonte: Xiaomi

Recording modes on Xiaomi’s mobile range from 8K/24fps to an impressive 720p at 1920 frames per second. The 32MP selfie camera also stands out, recording at 1080p/60fps and 720p/120fps.

processor and performance

The iPhone 13 uses the new A15 Bionice 4 GB de RAM (6GB no iPhone 13 Pro Max). Relatively smaller memory than the competition is usually not an issue, largely due to iOS optimizations in addition to its storage of up to 512 GB.

The Xiaomi 12 was one of the first models to receive the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1brings options of 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM and ultra-fast UFS 3.1 internal storage 128GB or 256GB. The result of synthetic tests, however, is quite divisive.


Comparing the main benchmarks, the A15 reaches 4,673 points in the GeekBenchwell ahead of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1’s 3,856. Already looking at the result of the AnTuTuXiaomi scores 1,000,603 against the iPhone 13’s 810,350.

Benchmark comparison has divisive resultsBenchmark comparison has divisive resultsSource: NanoReview

This is due to the way these tests operate. Even though both are synthetic tests, GeekBench analyzes the performance of the entire suite. AnTuTu tests each component separately and the final score is the sum of the individual scores. Therefore, the result is natural, since the Android smartphone has at least twice as much memory.

System and interface

Even with clear differences between the two models, the main element that influences the choice is their operating systems.

For owners of other Apple devices, opting for the iPhone is natural, especially because of the integration with the company’s accessories. Because of its closely controlled ecosystem, even with some less impressive technical specs, everything the iPhone sets out to run it does very well. O iOS 15 still brings new features compared to its predecessor, but most of them quality of life.

Integration between Apple devices is simple and intuitiveIntegration between Apple devices is simple and intuitiveSource: Apple

Xiaomi 12 comes with Android 12 and the MIUI 13 interface. Android devices bring embedded applications from manufacturers is common, however, Xiaomi gives the user a lot of freedom to uninstall most of them, as long as they are not security or system programs. Even though it’s not a “pure Android”, the experience is less annoying than brands that put programs that are impossible to remove and that are constantly consuming device resources.


Both models are in the range of €800 in Europe, but the iPhone 13 can now be officially found in Brazil, starting at R$7,599. The Xiaomi 12, however, is only found via import so far, ranging from R$5,000 to R$7,000 depending on the marketplace.

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