Xiaomi 12 Pro Unboxing, First Impressions, Camera Samples

Announced in the Philippines in late March, the new Xiaomi 12 series has finally arrived in the Philippines. Today, we have its top-end variant—the Xiaomi 12 Pro.
Xiaomi 12 Pro Unboxing, First Impressions, Camera Samples
Xiaomi 12 Pro in Gray

To recap, the device is boasting bleeding-edge specifications, but with an attractive price tag of just PHP 48,999.

It features a large 6.73-inch Gorilla Glass Victus protected E5 AMOLED LTPO microlens screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 480Hz touch sampling rate, and a QHD+ resolution. Inside is a 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 octa-core processor, Adreno GPU, 12GB RAM, 256GB UFS 3.1, and 4,600mAh battery with 120W fast wired charging, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging.

But, is it as good as it sounds on paper and will give your hard-earned cash justice?

Let's dive into part 1 of the review.

Unboxing/Accessories

Outer packaging
Outer packaging

The phone comes in a large black box with Xiaomi 12 Pro branding, key specs, key features, and regulatory information printed around the outer side.
Box inclusions
Box inclusions

Inside the box are the Xiaomi 12 Pro, SIM ejector tool, 120W wall charger, USB-C cable, bumper case, and documentation.

On the display is the pre-installed screen protector.

There are no earphones included in the box. However, it is nice that the phone still comes with a bumper case and a charger in the box.

Build Quality/Design

Sleek back
Sleek back

The Xiaomi 12 Pro is made of a Gorilla Glass Victus protected front, metal frame, and a frosted glass back panel. This rear panel is fingerprint smudge resistant but is still slippery. The frame and the back glass panel curve to making the phone easy to hold despite its size.

Premium materials like most flagships!

Because of the combination of glass, metal, and polycarbonate, the phone is premium to hold and look at. 
SIM tray
SIM tray

The phone features a form of water and dust resistance as the SIM tray has a red rubber gasket. The same SIM tray can carry up to two nano SIM cards.
Display
Display

In the front, you will see the 6.73-inch E5 AMOLED LTPO display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 480Hz touch sampling rate, HDR10+ support, Dolby Vision support, and a 3216 x 1440 resolution. Again, the panel is Gorilla Glass Victus protected.

One of the most immersive screens on a phone around!

Around the panel are super-slim bezels that make the display even more immersive. On the upper part of the display is the punch hole that houses the selfie camera. On top of the panel is the super slim slit that houses the earpiece.
Top and bottom
Top and bottom

On top are antenna lines, IR blaster, microphone port, and the speaker grill while at the bottom is the SIM tray, microphone port, USB-C port, and the second speaker grill.

The Xiaomi 12 Pro 5G is one of the few phones with two true speaker grills for a fuller stereo experience. It has a quad stereo sound in total.
Left and right
Left and right

On the left, are antenna lines while on the right are more antenna lines, a metal volume rocker, and the metal power button.

The phone measures 163.6 x 74.6 x 8.16mm and weighs 205 grams.
Rear cameras
Rear cameras

At the back of the phone are the 50MP f/1.88 1/1.28-inch Sony IMX707 main camera, 50MP f/2.2 Samsung JN1 115-degree ultra-wide-angle camera, and 50MP f/1.9 Samsung JN1 2x portrait camera and LED flash.

The stock camera app includes the following modes: Photo, Video, Pro, Night, 50MP, Short video, Panorama, Documents, VLOG, Slow motion, Time-lapse, Movie effect, Long Exposure, Supermoon, and Dual Video.

First Camera Samples

Rear 1x camera daylight
Rear 1x camera daylight
Rear 2x camera daylight
Rear 2x camera daylight
Rear 20x camera daylight
Rear 20x camera daylight
Rear ultra-wide camera daylight
Rear ultra-wide camera daylight

As expected, the daylight images are good It managed to reproduce the sunny summer conditions of the day of the shoot while retaining plenty of detail and sharpness. The contrast is good but the colors are too close to real life. It may need a hint of saturation.
Selfie daylight
Selfie daylight

For selfies, the 32MP f/2.45 sensor teams struggle with light sources or bright areas in selfies, the blue skies were turned to white. Otherwise, the image is super sharp with plenty of detail and good contrast. It does need a hint more of saturation.

For videos, the rear camera can capture up to 8K 24fps in quality while the selfie camera can capture up to 1080p only.

We will share more camera samples in our full review.

Stay tuned!

Xiaomi 12 Pro Specs

Display: 6.73-inch Gorilla Glass Victus protected E5 AMOLED LTPO Micro Lens screen w/ 1-120Hz refresh rate, AdaptiveSync Pro, 480Hz touch sampling rate, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, QHD+ 3200 x 1440 resolution at 521 ppi
CPU: 3.0GHz 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno
RAM: 12GB LPDDR5
ROM: 256GB UFS 3.1
Back Camera: 50MP f/1.88 1/1.28 Sony IMX707 w/ PDAF, OIS + 50MP f/2.2 Samsung JN1 115-degree ultra-wide-angle + 50MP f/1.9 Samsung JN1 2x portrait camera + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 32MP f/2.45
Battery: 4,600mAh w/ 120W fast charging, 50W wireless charging, 10W reverse wireless charging
OS: Android 12 w/ MIUI 13
Connectivity: WiFi 6, 5G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS (L1 + L5), dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: In-Display fingerprint sensor, face unlock, IR Blaster, quad speakers, Harman Kardon audio, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio, cooling system, X-axis linear vibration motor, USB-C, Colors: Gray, Purple, Blue
Dimensions: 163.6 x 74.6 x 8.16 mm
Weight: 205 g
Price: PHP 48,999

As of the moment

Web surfing
Web surfing

This is easily the most eye-catching and premium-built Xiaomi phone to date. We can see why it commands the PHP 48,999 price tag.

On paper, it is one of the few smartphones with the flagship 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 at under PHP 50K.

It also features a 120Hz QHD+ E5 AMOLED LTPO display with Gorilla Glass Victus protection. It even has fast UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR5 RAM. The 4,600mAh battery is large and charges fast with 120W fast charging.
Initial AnTuTu score
Initial AnTuTu score

These specs managed to score at least 854K in AnTuTu with a 9.5-degree increase in temperature and a 10 percent loss in battery percentage. It does reach 51.6 degrees which are hot to hold which is somewhat alarming.

And let's not forget the triple 50MP rear cameras and 32MP selfie camera. 

So even though it is priced at PHP 48,999, it features better specs than a lot of phones with a higher price tag.

We are very excited about further testing the phone so stay tuned for the full review coming soon.

What do you guys think?
Xiaomi 12 Pro Unboxing, First Impressions, Camera Samples Xiaomi 12 Pro Unboxing, First Impressions, Camera Samples Reviewed by Telenor Editorial on April 03, 2022 Rating: 5

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