Finding a compact smartphone is not an easy task. There are many different “giant” offers on the market, among which you have to make a very sharp selection to reach models that are practical enough for people with small hands to use them comfortably. One of them is the Xiaomi 12, which I’m going to take a closer look at today.
A compromise between compactness and battery capacity
Xiaomi 12 is one of the representatives of the company’s latest flagship series of smartphones. In Tabletowo you could already read a detailed review of the Xiaomi 12 Pro, which is larger (163.6 x 74.6 x 8.2 mm) and heavier (205 g), but also costs significantly more (PLN 5199 – 12/256).
In context, the basic Xiaomi 12 looks like a toddler – it has dimensions of 152.7 x 69.9 x 8.16mm and also weighs much less – 180g. Nevertheless, it is not the smallest smartphone available on the market, which should not be a disadvantage – its compact body has a battery with a capacity of 4500 mAh.
For comparison, in smaller competitor designs the cells are also smaller: 4000 mAh at 148 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm or 3700 mAh at 146 x 70.6 x 7.6 mm, which translated into operating time.
It is clear that Xiaomi was looking for the optimal balance between device size and battery capacity in order to be able to offer customers smaller equipment than other smartphones in its offer, at the same time without aggressive battery degradation. . ability. Was it possible?
Looking through the prism of my tests of this model (review soon!) – the smartphone in WiFi can last the day without problem. It’s a bit worse on mobile data, but you don’t need to top it up mid-day – it lasts until early evening (around 6pm).
And even if the phone runs out of power, we have 60 watt fast charging at our disposal (charger included!), thanks to which we are able to quickly replenish the energy. It may not be the espresso level of the Xiaomi 12 Pro (the 120 watt charger does an amazing job there!), but the cappuccino is as good as it gets – for example 55% to 99% in 27 minutes.
The design is eye-catching
With all this compactness, the design is also important. For testing, I requested a model in a color version other than black, since it’s one of those smartphones that looks best in other versions. And indeed – especially since the pink case I’m dealing with is subtle, which can certainly please (I admit, however, that I would like to see a blue one! ;)).
I am not a person whose favorite color is pink, and yet in the combination of a subtle tint, a matte and slightly rough surface, it falls to my taste. So much so that I can’t imagine wearing a protective shell on it – even if it’s transparent (and that’s what we find in the sales kit).
The minimalist design of the device is completed by brighter edges, in particular the lower and upper ones, on which we can find characteristic speaker grilles, as well as a fairly well-presented island with cameras, although protruding considerably the level of the case.
In the case of Xiaomi 12 Pro, the problem was simple – 3x 50 Mpix. Here we have the main camera 50 Mpix f/1.88 with OIS (equivalent to 24 mm), ultra wide angle (123°) 13 Mpix f/2.4 (equivalent to 12 mm) and a telemacro of 5 Mpix (equivalent to 50 mm) – for macro photos at a distance of 3 to 7 cm. I must admit that the photos of Xiaomi 12 may please.
I’ll leave their rating for a full review, but I won’t leave you with anything – below I attach some of the photos I took with a Xiaomi 12 smartphone:
Finally, I will add that Xiaomi 12 is available for sale in two versions – with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory for PLN 3799 and with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of memory for PLN 3999.
The hardware was created in cooperation with Xiaomi Poland