Xiaomi 12T Pro review: capture poster-sharp shots with this 200MP smartphone

Not counting its 200MP camera, the Xiaomi 12T Pro is an unremarkable but adequate option at a fair price

A photo of the Xiaomi 12T Pro
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Xiaomi's 12T Pro is a perfectly adequate phone. The promise of its 200MP camera is only partly realised thanks to a system let down by poor secondary cameras. If you're a landscape photographer and you shoot on a tripod or in well-lit environments, the 12T Pro's full-resolution shots are poster-sharp with incredible resolved detail. Its design, screen, battery life and performance don't pull up any red flags, so if you find it at the right price, while it isn't perfect, it could still serve you well.


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    Well-lit photos packed with detail

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    Plenty of storage

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    Powerful internals

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    Very fast charging


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    No wireless charging

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    Poor secondary cameras

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    Misses out on IP rating

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    Slightly clunky design

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Where does the Xiaomi 12T Pro fit into the brands swollen line of phones? Its 'T' series offers top-tier power at a lower cost than the flagship line. It's usually launched a few months before the next flagship lands, and by dropping flourishes like wireless charging, manages to bring best-in-class screen refresh rates and incredibly nippy wired charging speeds at an affordable price. This year, it goes one better, introducing Samsung's huge-resolution 200MP ISOCELL camera to Xiaomi phones.

Xiaomi's no stranger to taking a punt on powerful camera tech. The Xiaomi 12s Ultra was the first to feature Sony's 1-inch IMX 989, which has since landed on the Vivo X90 Pro 5G. This incredible sensor is also set to return on the upcoming Xiaomi 13 – expected to be announced globally at Mobile World Congress 2023.

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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.