Xiaomi 12 review

The 50MP Xiaomi 12 is our compromise-free, compact choice

Xiaomi 12
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Compact top-tier flagships are few and far between, and the Xiaomi 12 is our favourite premium compact flagship out now. It marries power, sleek design and a very reliable camera, fast wired and wireless charging, and an improved interface versus old, bloated Xiaomi phones. While there’s no optical zoom, the tele-macro camera is fun, and ensures the well-priced, stylish Xiaomi 12 can take some excellent close-up shots.


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    Premium compact design

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    Uncompromising power

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    Excellent primary camera

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    Fast wired and wireless charging


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    No telephoto camera

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    Ultra-wide camera isn’t best-in-class

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    No expandable storage

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The Xiaomi Mi 11’s hardware was excellent, but its software held it back. A year on and the Xiaomi 12 series is here, following a successful year for the Chinese super-brand. 

Xiaomi hit the number three spot with its smartphone shipments in Q4 2021, and its Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has broken new ground in terms of mobile camera tech, launching with an almost 1-inch sensor. Xiaomi has also been making waves with the best budget camera phone of last year, the Redmi Note 10 Pro.

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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. 

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