Xiaomi 12 Pro review

The Xiaomi 12 Pro combines 50MP imaging with sleek styling and flagship specs

Xiaomi 12 Pro
(Image: © Basil Kronfli/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Xiaomi’s going from strength to strength, and the 12 Pro is its most refined smartphone to date. It combines flagship power, an incredibly sleek design, and a very reliable camera, not to mention the fastest charging available on any mainstream flagship phone. It isn’t the best camera phone we’ve used with its limited zoom; the Xiaomi 12 Pro is an excellent, balanced smartphone.

Pros

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    Best-in-class charging speeds

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    Rich fingerprint-repellant design

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    Excellent screen quality

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    Great primary camera

Cons

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    Limited telephoto reach

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    Good, not great battery life

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    No expandable storage

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In the year between Xiaomi announced the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Xiaomi 12 Pro, the smartphone maker has been making leaps and bounds in the West, selling loads of mid-range and budget phones and hitting the number three spot behind Samsung and Apple in Q4 2021, according to Counterpoint Research

Xiaomi has also made flagships like the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and Xiaomi 11T Pro, introducing pioneering tech like an almost 1-inch camera sensor in the Ultra and 120W fast charging in the 11T Pro. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist and content creator with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there, he headed up and runs Tech[edit], a technology YouTube channel, and has worked alongside this role at Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 


His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.