Xiaomi 12 Lite - the phone that prioritizes selfie quality

The Xiaomi 12 Lite selfie smartphone packs a front-fill light and flashy styling – but can it get the basics right?

Photo of the Xiaomi 12 Lite in green
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Xiaomi 12 Lite is a fun selfie-focused phone that does a good job in most areas, combining rich styling with a great screen. While you can get the phone's rear camera mix for less, and its battery life could be better, its front camera helps it stand out. And thanks to decent performance when compared to key competition like the Galaxy A53 5G, this could be a great shout if you want a stylish phone with a knack for taking good selfies on a budget.


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    Rich design for the price

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    Great-looking AMOLED screen

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    Above-average front camera

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    Fast 67W wired charging


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    Battery life could be better

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    Poor macro camera performance

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    No OIS across any cameras

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    No expandable storage

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If you want to capture great-looking selfies on a budget, then Xiaomi's 12 Lite is one of a handful of smartphones created to scratch that particular itch. Its front camera comes loaded with a dual-LED fill-light and autofocus, much like the Vivo V21 5G. While the 12 Lite misses out on OIS, it undercuts the X21 5G's price, and offers more powerful internals. 

Xiaomi is bringing back a tried and tested camera champ for the 12 Lite's main camera – the same 108MP sensor that made the Redmi Note 10 Pro one of the best budget camera phones we've ever tested. That's combined with an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro camera. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.