More megapixels: The Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi presented the latest edition of its T-series smartphones in Munich and especially flaunts the cameras. The main camera of the 12T resolves 108 megapixels, that of the 12 Pro a whopping 200 megapixels. The prices for the 12T start at 600 Euros (8/128 GB), the variant with 256 GB internal storage costs 650 Euros. The manufacturer charges 800 Euros for the Pro variant (8/256 GB). Besides the smartphones, Xiaomi presented several other devices, including an entry-level tablet and a fitness band.
Although Xiaomi mainly wants to score with the cameras, they are not a product of the recently entered partnership with camera manufacturer Leica. The Wetzlar-based company had participated for the first time in the 12S Ultra, which is not available in Germany.
The camera setup of the 12T and 12T Pro differs in terms of the main camera. For that of the Pro model, Xiaomi uses the 200-megapixel Isocell HP1 sensor from Samsung. At 1/1.22″, it is quite large for smartphone standards. However, since it has 200 megapixels, the edge length of a single pixel is still tiny at 0.64 µm. To counteract this, the software combines four pixels and 16 pixels in difficult lighting conditions. A test will have to clarify how useful a 200-megapixel sensor is in a smartphone. In Florian Weiler, even Leica’s technical director of the cooperation with Xiaomi had expressed skepticism about 200-megapixel sensors in smartphones.
Xiaomi leaves it at 108 megapixels (f/1.7, 1/1.67″, OIS) in the 12T. Both main cameras are complemented by 8 MP ultra-wide (f/2.2, 1/4″) and macro camera (2 MP, 1/5″, f/2.4).
Different SoCs and large battery
Xiaomi also makes differences in terms of the SoC. The top model is equipped with Qualcomm’s fastest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, a slightly beefed-up variant of the regular 8 Gen 1. MediaTek supplies the Dimensity 8100 Ultra for the 12T. Both smartphones are equipped with a 5000 mAh battery that is supposed to be charged in 19 minutes with the included 120 watt charger. The battery cannot be charged wirelessly.
The 6.67″ display of the T-series displays 2712 × 1220 pixels and a maximum frame rate of 120 hertz. Both smartphones lack IP protection against water and dust, and Xiaomi also omits a jack socket. The regular sales launch is on October 13. Both devices are supposed to get four years of security and three years of Android updates up to Android 15.
Tablet and Smart Band Pro
Xiaomi equips the entry-level Redmi Pad tablet with a 10.6-inch LCD that displays a maximum of 90 hertz. The 8000 mAh battery is supposed to provide long runtimes. The MediaTek Helio G99 SoC is at least suitable for streaming. The variant with 3 GB of main storage and 64 GB of flash storage costs 300 Euros, and the surcharge of 30 Euros for double the flash and 4 GB of RAM is well spent.
Xiaomi promises a runtime of up to 12 days for the Smart Band 7 Pro. The 99 euro fitness tracker has a 1.64 inch OLED display with a pixel density of 326 dpi. According to Xiaomi, the tracker is waterproof up to 50 meters and has 110 different sports modes. The tracker connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth 5.2, but NFC for mobile payments is not part of the equipment according to the spec sheet.