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Xiaomi 12 series goes official with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

The Pro’s main camera is absolutely massive!

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With the launch of a new flagship lineup, Xiaomi is bringing the year to a close on a high note. The Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro, and Xiaomi 12X were formally unveiled today at a ceremony in China, succeeding the Mi 11 series from last year and will compete against the incoming 2022 flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S22 and OnePlus 10. The new phones have a quicker SoC, better displays, faster-charging speeds, improved camera technology, and more than their predecessors.

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Of the three, the Xiaomi 12 Pro is the most powerful. It has a 6.78-inch AMOLED LTPO QHD+ display with a refresh rate of 120Hz, a touch sampling rate of 480Hz, and compatibility with Dolby Vision. It also includes Goodix’s unique In-display Light Sensor, which allows the phone to automatically change the display color temperature for a comfortable viewing experience in various lighting circumstances.

The Xiaomi 12 is equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, as well as up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 flash storage.

The phone’s triple camera arrangement on the back has a 50MP Sony IMX707 primary sensor, a 50MP ultrawide camera, and a 50MP telephoto lens with up to 2x optical zoom. A 32MP selfie camera is housed inside the hole-punch cutout on the front of the phone. There’s also CyberFocus, an AI-powered video recording function that, according to the business, “will not lose focus” and “continuously monitor people no matter how they move.”

The phone has four stereo speakers, two of which are woofers and two of which are tweeters, for audio. This one-of-a-kind configuration, according to Xiaomi, produces deeper bass and clearer treble. The phone also boasts a 2900mm2 vapor chamber, which allows users to play graphics-intensive games for long periods of time without experiencing thermal throttling.

A 4,600mAh battery powers the Xiaomi 12 Pro and supports up to 120W fast wired charging and 50W fast wireless charging. On the software side, the phone runs MIUI 13, Xiaomi’s most recent custom skin.

The Xiaomi 12 is a middle-of-the-road device. Many of the important features of the Pro model are retained but in a smaller package. It has a 6.28-inch AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and support for Dolby Vision. The vanilla version is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, the same as its bigger brother. In comparison to the Xiaomi Pro, the Xiaomi 12 has a different camera arrangement. A 50MP IMX766 primary sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide camera, and a macro lens are included. A 4,500mAh battery powers the Xiaomi 12 and is charged using a 67W rapid wired charger. Wireless charging up to 50W and reverse wireless charging up to 10W are also supported.

In most ways, the Xiaomi 12X is identical to the vanilla version, with the exception that it is powered by the Snapdragon 870 SoC.

Specifications

SpecificationsXiaomi 12 ProXiaomi 12Xiaomi 12X
Dimensions and Weight163.6mm × 74.6mm × 8.16mm205g180g176g
Display6.73-inch AMOLED LTPO (Samsung E5)
QHD+ (3200 x 1440)
120Hz refresh rate
480Hz touch sampling rate
100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut coverage
Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support
1500nits brightness
10bit color depth
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
6.28-inch AMOLED
FHD+ (2400 x 1080)120Hz refresh rate
Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support
100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut coverage
12bit color depth
1100nits brightness
16,000 automatic brightness levels
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
6.28-inch AMOLED
FHD+ (2400 x 1080)120Hz refresh rateHDR10+ support
100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut coverage
12bit color depth
1100nits brightness
16,000 automatic brightness levels
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
SoCSnapdragon 8 Gen 11x ARM Cortex-X2 @ 3.0GHz3x ARM Cortex-A710 @ 2.50GHz4x ARM Cortex-A510 @ 1.80GHz
Adreno 730 GPU4nm process
Snapdragon 8 Gen 11x ARM Cortex-X2 @ 3.0GHz3x ARM Cortex-A710 @ 2.50GHz4x ARM Cortex-A510 @ 1.80GHz
Adreno 730 GPU4nm process
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8701x ARM Cortex-A77 @ 3.2GHz3x ARM Cortex-A77 @ 2.4GHz4x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz 
Adreno 650 GPU
RAM and Storage8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 flash storage8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 flash storage8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 flash storage
Rear CameraPrimary: 50MP IMX707 main camera, OIS
Secondary: 50MP ultrawide camera
Tertiary: 50MP telephoto
Primary: 50MP IMX766 main camera, OIS
Secondary: 13MP ultrawide camera
Tertiary: Macro sensor
Primary: 50MP IMX766 main camera, OIS
Secondary: 13MP ultrawide camera
Tertiary: Macro sensor
Front Camera32MP32MP32MP
Battery4,600mAh batterySurge P1 charging chip
120W fast wired charging
50W fast wireless charging
10W reverse wireless charging
4,500mAh battery
67W fast wired charging
50W fast wireless charging
10W reverse wireless charging
4,500mAh battery
67W fast wired charging
Other features5G NRNFCWi-Fi 6Bluetooth 5.2USB Type C
Four-unit stereo speakers (2x woofers and 2x tweeters)Dolby Atmos support
5G NRNFCWi-Fi 6Bluetooth 5.2USB Type C
Dolby Atmos support
Stereo speakers tuned by Harman Kardon
5G NRNFCWi-Fi 6Bluetooth 5.2USB Type C
Dolby Atmos support
Stereo speakers tuned by Harman Kardon
SoftwareMIUI 13MIUI 13MIUI 13

Xiaomi 12 Series Pricing and Availability

The Xiaomi 12 series is the first to be released in China. Pre-orders begin on December 30, with actual sales beginning the following month. Black, purple, blue, and green are some of the color selections. There’s no news on when the new lineup will be released internationally.

xiaomi 12

The following prices will apply to all three phones:

  • Xiaomi 12 Pro
    • 8GB + 128GB — CNY 4,699 (~$740)
    • 8GB + 256GB — CNY 4,999 (~$785)
    • 12GB + 256GB — CNY 5,399 (~$845)
  • Xiaomi 12
    • 8GB + 128GB: CNY 3,699 (~$581)
    • 8GB + 256GB: CNY 3,999 (~$628)
    • 12GB + 256GB: CNY 4,399 (~690)
  • Xiaomi 12X
    • 8GB + 128GB: CNY 3,199
    • 8GB + 256GB: CNY 3,499
    • 12GB + 256GB : CNY 3,799
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Samsung confirms February launch event for the Galaxy S22 series

The Korean giant promises a “noteworthy” Galaxy S22 Ultra.

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As has been widely speculated, Samsung is preparing for a flagship phone announcement event next month. TM Roh, the President and Head of MX Business for Samsung Electronics, authored a fascinating blog post today, which was accompanied by the teaser video you can see below. While the company hasn’t yet confirmed a specific date for the upcoming Unpacked event,

Roh promises that, at next month’s Unpacked, we’ll get to see “the most noteworthy S series device” Samsung has ever made. Get it? Noteworthy?

All of this appears to be a pretty obvious method of teasing the idea that the Note series, which was supposed to die in 2021, is making a comeback this year-but, not as the Note line. In fact, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has already been speculated to feature a design identical to that of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra (the last Note ever created), as well as a built-in stylus with the lowest touch latency rate ever.

Roh’s blog post concludes with the phrase “Get ready for the ultimate Super experience,” which we believe confirms that the name of the company’s next ultra-high-end smartphone will be the Galaxy S22 Ultra, rather than the S22 Note, as has been speculated at various points in the past.

This phone is supposed to help you “own the night – taking the best and brightest photos and videos you’ve ever captured with a phone,” “dominate the day with power, speed, and tools that can’t be found anywhere,” and “enjoy cutting-edge innovations made possible thanks to the smartest Galaxy experience yet,” whatever that means.

There’s also the promise of feeling good about being a member of the Galaxy ecosystem’s most sustainable ecosystem–hopefully, this doesn’t imply the charging cord is no longer included in the box.

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Exynos 2200 with Xclipse GPU, based on AMD is now official

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1’s Adreno GPU lacks support for ray-tracing.

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The Exynos 2200, Samsung’s latest flagship processor, was unveiled today, and it will power the Galaxy S22 devices in select territories. The new platform, called Xclipse, is based on the 4nm EUV manufacturing technology and comes with a custom-made GPU.

It’s a “one-of-a-kind hybrid graphics processor” based on the AMD RDNA2 architecture, and it’s the first smartphone chip to offer advanced features like ray tracing and variable rate shading.

exynos 2200

Ray tracing is a method of estimating the movement and color of things as light rays bounce off surfaces in order to approximate how light behaves in real life. Realistic effects and immersive graphics are provided by the hardware-accelerated functionality, making playing games that support these features as good as it gets.

Another technology used in PC and console games is variable rate shading. It allows creators to use less shading in regions where the quality of the game will not be harmed, resulting in a faster frame rate and smoother gameplay.

Also, one of the first chips to include Armv9-based CPU cores is the Exynos 2200. The octa-core CPU has a single Cortex-X2 core with a lot of power, three Cortex-A710 cores for efficiency and performance, and four Cortex-A510 cores for power efficiency. The frequency at which Samsung’s chips are clocked has been a secret for a long time.

exynos 2200

The upgraded GPU and CPU are kept company by a more powerful NPU. The Exynos 2100’s performance has increased by a factor of two, allowing for more concurrent computations and enhancing overall AI performance.

The Exynos 2200 also has a single camera with a resolution of up to 200 megapixels, 8K video recording, and up to 120Hz or 144Hz for 4K or QHD+ displays.

The newest LPDDR5 memory and UFS 3.1 storage are supported by the chipset. The worldwide navigation system supports all key standards and satellites, and the 5G modem works on both sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies.

The Exynos 2200 is “now in mass production,” according to Samsung. There’s no word on when the Galaxy S22 series with the chip will be released, but rumors are pointing to February 8 as a possible debut date.

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Redmi Note 11 series is launching in Europe on January 26

Price starts at €250.

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According to a media source last week, Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi will launch the Redmi Note 11 in Europe for €250. Even though Redmi hasn’t confirmed the report, the company took to social media to promote an event on January 26th, which will mark the Note 11 series’ European premiere.

Xiaomi didn’t identify the area in its posts, but the Note 11 series is already available in numerous territories, including China and India, so we know it’s Europe.

Redmi Note 11

Xiaomi also doesn’t indicate how many smartphones it’ll introduce to Europe next Wednesday, but based on the company’s social media posts, it’s safe to assume we’ll see at least two.

The Redmi Note 11 4G, which was unveiled in November in China, is likely to be the star of the show. The Helio G88 SoC powers it, but the Snapdragon 680 CPU is expected to be included in the global variant.

You’ll receive a 6.5″ 90Hz FullHD+ LCD, Android 11-based MIUI 12.5, a 50MP triple camera, an 8MP selfie camera, stereo speakers, a side-mounted fingerprint reader, and a 5,000 mAh battery with 18W charging if the rest of the specs remain unchanged.

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