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Xiaomi 12X under review

Xiaomi 12X under review

Xiaomi 12 series goes global today and its most affordable member, the Xiaomi 12X, is in our offices ready to start the review process. This may turn out to be the best seller of the trio as it’s basically a Xiaomi 12 with a different chipset: a Snapdragon 870 instead of a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

You definitely lose performance with this swap, but the 870 is still a pretty powerful chip, especially the GPU, which was the flagship level a few years ago. The Snapdragon 870 also has a reputation for running cooler than the 8 Gen 1, which should mean better sustained performance if Xiaomi has cooled down well.

Another difference between the two models is that the 12X doesn’t charge wirelessly. If that’s something you use, the Xiaomi 12 is the best option with 50W wireless charging (it takes less than an hour to fully charge). If that’s not something you use, the battery and wired charging on both models are the same (4500mAh and 67W). The supplied charger should reach 100% in 39 minutes according to official figures.

The rest is essentially the same, including the 6.28-inch screen. That’s a big change from last year’s Mi 11, which had a whopping 6.81-inch screen, making the phone too big for some. The 12X (and 12) are 12mm shorter and 5mm narrower, making them much more manageable with one hand.

The new OLED panel also drops the resolution to 1080 x 2400px, resulting in lower pixel density despite the smaller diagonal (419ppi vs. 515ppi). That’s more acceptable on the cheaper Xiaomi 12X, of course, than the 12. On the plus side, you still get Gorilla Glass Victus protection (the Mi 11i, for example, used the older GG5).

The 12X also has the same camera setup as its more expensive sibling with a 50MP main module (1/1.56″, 1.0µm pixel sensor, OIS) and a 13MP ultrawide camera (123° , 1.12 µm pixels). The model has a built-in telephoto lens (only a 5 MP tele macro module). Please note that the camera hardware may be the same, but different chipsets will handle image processing differently.

The Xiaomi 12X will go up against the Realme GT2, which also lacks a TV camera and wireless charging. However, it comes with the new Snapdragon 888 for around the same amount of money. We’re reviewing GT2, so stay tuned for our findings.

We should soon have a full review of the Xiaomi 12 too. The vanilla model starts at $750/€800 for an 8/256GB model, while the Xiaomi 12X is cheaper at $650/€700, but that won’t tell. . only 128 GB of storage. Since neither phone has a microSD slot, some of you may need to get the 256GB version of the 12X, which will cut into savings.

Another consideration is that Xiaomi committed to 3 Android OS updates and 4 years of security patches for the 12 and 12 Pro, the 12X got no such commitment. On the plus side, all three 12-series models come with a 2-year warranty and free screen replacement for the first 6 months. Stay tuned for our full Xiaomi 12X review, to help you decide if the money you save by getting the 12X is worth it over paying more for the 12.

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