Xiaomi will launch at the end of the year its new Xiaomi 12, 12 Pro and 12 Ultra, which will be the first smartphones to be equipped with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 898 chip. This generation that promises big improvements over the previous year, here is what to expect.
Like last year, Xiaomi plans to launch three smartphones equipped with the upcoming Snapdragon 898 chip. With its Xiaomi 12, 12 Pro et 12 Ultra, the Chinese manufacturer should once again shake up its competitors in the premium segment.
📅 When is the Xiaomi 12 released?
The Chinese manufacturer should unveil its new Xiaomi 12 in December 2021. Xiaomi unveiled its Mi 11 last December, just after the presentation of the Snapdragon 888 by Qualcomm. According to information from the Ice Universe leaker, the schedule should not be different this year.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro and 12 Ultra should arrive a little later, as was the case last year. We will probably have to wait until the first quarter of 2022 to see the most high-end versions arrive. In France, all models will have to wait until 2022.
💰 What is the price of the Xiaomi 12?
At the moment, we have no information regarding the price of the Xiaomi 12, but we imagine that it will not be very different from the previous generation. As a reminder, here are the prices at which Xiaomi had marketed its Mi 11 in China, as well as their prices in France.
Price in China
- Xiaomi Mi 11: from 3999 yuan (539 euros)
- Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro: from 4999 yuan (674 euros)
- Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra: from 5,999 yuan (809 euros)
Prices in France
- Xiaomi Mi 11: from 749 euros
- Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra: from 1199 euros
📱 What does the Xiaomi 12 look like?
The Xiaomi 12 should not be very different from the Xiaomi Mi 11. We should again find a glass design protected by Gorilla Glass Victus on both sides, and perhaps a ceramic back on the more expensive version, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra. The smartphone will also rely again on stereo speakers placed on the upper and lower edges.
At the moment, it is not really clear what the Xiaomi 12 looks like, but the smartphone has already been spotted in the metro in Shenzhen at the end of October. It was obviously protected by a special shell that camouflages its design, but it seems that Xiaomi decided to move the punch to the center of the screen, rather than leaving it in the upper left corner like on the Mi 11. The Xiaomi 12 will therefore not be entitled to a camera under the screen, unlike the Xiaomi MIX 4. A concept from our colleagues at LetsGoDigital based on the manufacturer’s recent patents nevertheless already allows us to imagine what it might look like, but its final design will most likely be different.
🔲 Which screen for the Xiaomi 12?
This year, Xiaomi will finally align with its competitors by using LTPO technology (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide thin-film transistor) on its flagships. As a reminder, this technology saves battery power by dynamically adapting the screen frequency from 10 Hz to 120 Hz depending on the content that is displayed. It would allow a gain of autonomy of about 15%.
The Xiaomi 12 should continue to use 6.81 inch QHD + display, but the latter will benefit this time Samsung’s OLED E5 technology, even more energy efficient.
🚀 What performance for the Xiaomi 12?
The Xiaomi 12 will be the first smartphone to use the new Snapdragon 898 chip that Qualcomm will present in early December at the Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii. For now, we know the chip under its model number SM8450 and its code name “Waipo”. It will be the first chip to be engraved in 4 nm, and Samsung will take care of production.
On the performance side, we know in particular that the SoC will use the new ARM V9 architecture, which promises up to 30% more performance compared to the Snapdragon 888. The CPU should use a total of 8 cores, of which 1 cœur Cortex-X2 high performance at 3.0 GHz, three cores Cortex-A710 at 2.50 GHz as well as 4 energy-efficient Cortex-A510 cores at 1.79 GHz. All are much more energy efficient than the previous generation, so we should be entitled to a real gain in autonomy. On the GPU side, the Snapdragon 898 will use a Adreno 730, which should offer a significant performance boost over the Snapdragon 888’s Adreno 660.
5G connection should be faster than ever thanks to the new Snapdragon X65, the first modem to reach 10 Gbit / s. It will support all current and future 5G network types: 5G StandAlone (SA) and Non-StandAlone (NSA), mmWave millimeter waves, and classic Sub-6GHz frequencies.
Finally, we know that the processor should be coupled with a minimum of 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM on the Xiaomi 12 with at least 128 GB of storage. For its part, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra should benefit from 12 GB of RAM, and could even have a version with 16 GB of RAM.
🔋 Xiaomi 12 battery, autonomy and recharging
On the battery side, the Xiaomi 12 is expected to use a battery ofat least 5000 mAh, as is the case with the Xiaomi 11T Pro. Autonomy should be up, especially thanks to improvements to the screen and the processor.
The battery will probably be compatible with 120 W wired charging on all models, since the manufacturer introduced it this year on the 11T Pro. It will charge the smartphone in just twenty minutes.
Wireless charging will also be there with a power ofat least 50 W on the Xiaomi 12, and at least 67 W on Pro and Ultra models. Smartphones will also offer reverse wireless charging to charge your accessories, and this should be limited to 10 W.
📸 The Xiaomi 12 camera
Like every year, Xiaomi is racing for megapixels again. Indeed, we know that the Xiaomi 12 should be the first smartphone to use the new 200 MP Samsung ISOCELL HP1 sensor. The latter offers tiny individual pixels of 0.64 microns, but can also capture snapshots in 50 MP (combined pixels of 1.28 microns) thanks to pixel-binning technology. It will be accompanied by two other still unknown sensors.
The Xiaomi 12 UItra should bet on huge sensors rather than racing for megapixels, which will delight users who take a lot of night photos. We should find three cameras of 50 MP each at the back, including an main sensor GN2 already present on the Xiaomi 11 Ultra, a ultra wide angle GN5 and one GN5 periscope allowing a 5X optical zoom. So it will probably again be one of the most interesting configurations of 2022.