Xiaomi likes to talk about flagships regarding its T-versions, but the Xiaomi Redmi 12T and Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro equipment need to give it that. I’ve used the well-equipped Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro with a 200-megapixel primary camera for almost four weeks. We’ll find out whether you get a lot of performance for your money with the Xiaomi pseudoflagship. The high RRP of 71,000 Tk is initially a deterrent, but the prices are already in free fall. The Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro promises brute performance with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, lightning-fast charging with 120 watts, good battery life with 5000 mAh, and excellent recordings with the 200MP primary camera.
The T version of Xiaomi’s true flagships is almost legendary. Since the last generation, they have offered an extended update promise with three years of Android and four years of security updates. Compared to Xiaomi’s real flagships, you have to do without wireless charging and IP certification. Furthermore, USB 3 ports are only available from other manufacturers, and an alternative with all these points would be the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra ( to the test). But of course, only some things are perfect with Motorola too, and the manufacturer has to struggle with processing defects and the camera software. We are now taking a close look at the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro.
The Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro measures 163 x 76 x 8.6 millimetres and weighs 205 grams. All three colour variants have a matte glass back that feels high-quality and is resistant to scratches. However, it is still being determined whether this is Gorilla Glass in any version. The Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro has IP53 certification on paper, but it has nothing to do with waterproofing. The frame feels high-quality and stable, but it is made of plastic. In the B-grade, there are straightforward deductions for the plastic frame. If you use a case, you can ignore it as usual. Even with the supplied protective cover, the Xiaomi 12T Pro is shaky on the table. That’s simply because the 200-megapixel primary camera protrudes 3.5mm from the back. By the way, if you shake the Xiaomi 12T pro, you can hear the OIS-supported 200MP sensor wobbling. This is perfectly normal.
The design of the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro is benevolently described as „unobtrusive.“ The 200MP under the camera is not even conspicuously visible, which I welcome. However, I would have liked the required labels, such as the CE-Mark and Dustbin, to be just as hidden as this lettering. They are just as eye-catching as the Xiaomi lettering. The lettering with Harman Kardon on the top, on the other hand, is again very subtle and, therefore, hardly visible. The USB-C (2.0) port, the SIM card slot (2 x Nano-SIM), the primary microphone, and a speaker are located on the underside of the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro.
On the far left, we have the power button and the volume rocker in the usual order from bottom to top. Like the frame, these are also made of plastic. However, the pressure point is excellent, and the keys only have a little play. Then, back at the top, we have a second speaker opening, a second microphone, and the infrared transmitter typical of Xiaomi. The above introduction also provides the usual stereo sound through the earpiece speaker. Dolby Atmos helps with the equalizers and Harman Kardon with the tuning.
The result is a loud and clear sound with excellent mids and a touch of depth. With Dolby Atmos, you can customize the sound, and I even liked it better without Dolby. The opening as mentioned above also provides the usual stereo sound through the earpiece speaker. Dolby Atmos helps with the equalizers and Harman Kardon with the tuning. The result is a loud and clear sound with excellent mids and a touch of depth. With Dolby Atmos, you can customize the sound; I even liked it better without Dolby.
The aforementioned opening also provides the usual stereo sound through the earpiece speaker. Dolby Atmos helps with the equalizers and Harman Kardon with the tuning. The result is a loud and clear sound with excellent mids and a touch of depth. With Dolby Atmos, you can customize the sound; I even liked it better without Dolby.
The fingerprint sensor is top-notch and has permanently unlocked my Xiaomi 12T Pro quickly (under a second) and reliably (8/10 first-time attempts) over the past few weeks. So I can’t complain at all, even if Vivo’s massive fingerprint scanner is much faster and more pleasant to use. Alternatively, the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro also offers face unlock, which works without restrictions. Also, an always-on display is, of course, available. I would only have to blame the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro for the missing IP certification (I don’t count IP53 there!), the plastic frame, and the USB 2 connection if you had chosen the 800 as the RRP. But some competitors have all of that, and Xiaomi has to accept the point deduction. Whether you need it is, of course, still your decision. There is nothing to complain about in terms of the actual processing, and the Xiaomi 12T Pro is a large and perfectly processed smartphone. But why do people suddenly unpack Gorilla Glass 5 for the display and say nothing about the protection standard of the glass on the back? Someone has to explain it to me.
There are flagship buyers interested in something other than a curved display. This is not the case for me, but with the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro, you are definitely in the right place. The flat display measures 6.67 inches diagonally and has a pin-sharp 2712 x 1220 pixel resolution. The Display has an exciting resolution of 446 pixels per inch. The absence of a particularly high-resolution display is something I appreciate, but where the idea for a 1220p display came from is still being determined. But of course, everything is crisp and, with a maximum of 120Hz, also super smooth. In practice, the 120Hz doesn’t act intelligently, but only on certain apps. For example, if you open YouTube, the refresh rate drops to 60Hz, because you don’t need more for a video. You can only choose between “automatic, “120Hz, or 60Hz. After all, the always-on display runs quite frugally at 30Hz. Otherwise, the Xiaomi 12T Pro is almost always at 120Hz, and everything seems fluid.
A fully functional and individually configurable always-on display (AOD) is also included. The notification effect for the edges of the display always looks fabulous. Under “Color Scheme, “you not only have three different modes to choose from, but you can also fine-tune your display to your preferences under “Advanced Settings. ” The colour temperature can also be infinitely adjusted. The display’s brightness is already in manual mode at a maximum of 950 and a minimum of 2 lux. With the automatic brightness activated, you end up at 1650 lux, and the outdoor readability is perfect.
The touchscreen of the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro recognizes up to 10 touches at the same time and implements all inputs precisely and at lightning speed. It is Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and without intense pressure, you hardly get any scratches on the display. Of course, you can adjust the popular dark and reading modes over time. Double-click to wake up is also possible. The Xiaomi 12T Pro display also supports Widevine L1 and can use HDR+ and Dolby Vision content in addition to the corresponding HD content from well-known streaming providers. The Xiaomi 12T Pro ticks all the boxes on display. If you can do without the marketing feature of the exceptionally high display resolution, you get one of the best displays on the market. If you are looking for a flat, bright, sharp, and fast display, then the Xiaomi 12T Pro is perfect.
Not only is the display of the 12 Pro fast, but also the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 ensures top-notch performance. But that also comes with a good portion of heat. The smartphone cannot complete the 3DMark GPU stress test after two updates without overheating. Of course, the well-known thermal throttling occurs, but this has no effect in practice. In terms of CPU performance, however, the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro processor has no problems at all. The octa-core processor from the market leader Qualcomm is the fastest currently used in an Android smartphone. And that’s precisely how the Xiaomi 12T Pro feels in practice. Nothing falters, nothing jerks, and all applications open and install without waiting times. When it comes to memory, the Xiaomi 12T Pro relies on 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and also lightning-fast UFS 3.1 memory. The memory is at least 256GB and has a fast read/write rate of 1884/1815 MB/s. Equipped like this, the Xiaomi 12T Pro delivers top values in all benchmarks:
I would have wished for another storage version with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage, but that may come onto the market later. With a Xiaomi 12T Pro, you don’t have to worry about speed and gaming suitability, and you are still excellently positioned in the future. You will not find a significantly faster smartphone at the moment.
The Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro is still running MIUI 13 on Android 12. The official update promise includes three major Android versions (i.e., up to Android 15) and four years of security updates. New MIUI versions of this highly customized system also bring innovations. The Android basis only changes the substructure of the manufacturer’s Xiaomi operating system and has no relevant effects on you in practice. For security, there is a so-called security patch every month, which was delivered to me twice during the test period. The fact that Xiaomi also displays advertising on flagships is annoying, but after 10 minutes with these instructions, it is no longer relevant. Most of the bloatware can be easily uninstalled, and you will have a clean and fast MIUI 13 system above all.
After Motorola presented the Edge 30 Ultra, the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro is now the second 200-megapixel smartphone. The Samsung S5KHP1 (HP1 for short) has a resolution of 200 megapixels but delivers 12.5-megapixel images (1:16) via pixel binning. The sensor is large at 1/1.22 inch, and Xiaomi combines that with an 8P f/1.69 lens and an 85° field of view. Of course, the sensor is also stored in an OIS and is ideally suited for night shots. From a purely technical point of view, the primary camera is a powerful upgrade compared to last year’s Xiaomi 11T Pro. With the 8MP ultra wide-angle camera (Samsung S5K4H7), the 2MP macro camera (GC02M1), and the 20-megapixel selfie camera (Sony IMX596), the setup is then complete.
Main camera: 200 megapixels (Samsung HP1), f/1.69, 1/1.22 inch, autofocus, OIS, 85° Ultra wide-angle camera: 8 megapixels (Samsung S5K4H7), f/2.2, 1/4 inch, 120° Macrokamera: 2 megapixels (GC02M1), f/2.4, 1/5 inch Selfie-Kamera: 20 megapixels (Sony IMX596), f/2.24, 1/3.47 inch, 78°
In advance, the Xiaomi 12T Pro proved itself against the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and the Google Pixel 7 Pro. There it was shown that the primary camera is excellent, but the other sensors need to be more appropriate for the price.
Daylight Shots Review of Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro
The 200-megapixel snaps of the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro deliver excellent daytime shots. The images are sharp, detailed, and accurate in colour. The high dynamic range also ensures beautiful recordings. The Xiaomi occasionally has a few problems with the white balance and tends towards a yellowish colouration on surfaces exposed to direct sunlight. Otherwise, the focus works quickly and reliably. The Redmi 12T Pro produces high-end images via the primary camera in daylight.
You also have the option of taking 50 or even 200-megapixel shots. The result is absurdly huge images with 60-90 megabytes in 200MP mode. The photos are also completely over-sharpened since the sensor does not deliver the 200MP natively, but these images are interpolated. With 50MP, you can still get a slight advantage in the details, but you should not use the 200MP mode.
On the other hand, the 2X mode of the primary camera delivers surprisingly good results. The zoom shots can convince, and only at 5X do significant weaknesses appear compared to real zoom cameras.
It then continues with an apparent weakness because, with the RRP price of the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro, we expect more than just a good camera. The ultra-wide-angle camera shows solid colours and good sharpness in the centre. On the other hand, blurriness is a big problem at the edges, and the photos are not at the flagship level. They’re not the immense disappointment I was expecting. The camera is usable and gets solid results.
The 2-megapixel macro camera then somehow insults me as a tester. A clear step backwards this year, although Xiaomi had these great 2x5MP sensors years ago, which were fun. I don’t have to say anything about the recordings. Just watch the tragedy.
The portrait shots then fall back into the “okay “category. The separation of foreground and background works well, and the pictures are good overall. But there is a visible lack of sharpness in the face.
The fact that Xiaomi didn’t install a mid-range camera after all is impressively noticeable in the night shots. The primary camera delivers here, and Xiaomi’s night mode takes quick and simply excellent pictures. This is where the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro surpasses almost every flagship, and the smartphone does an excellent job here. Good software optimization is also partly responsible here. Thanks to the OIS, there are hardly any problems here, even with my trembling hands.
Night mode is also available for the ultra-wide-angle camera, but the results are no more than serviceable.
When it comes to selfies, the flagships no longer differ that much. The 20MP camera of the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro ensures sharp, detailed, and colour-coordinated shots at the proper distance. There is nothing to complain about.
The 200MP primary camera can record videos at 4K and 30FPS. OIS and EIS reliably stabilize them. At 60FPS, great pans are also possible. The recordings are detailed and sharp. Even at night, the recordings remain attractive and do not immediately start to jerk. Unfortunately, the UWW-Knipe can only take 1080p recordings, which does not justify the price. The selfie videos are at least stabilized and deliver 1080p with 60FPS. It still looks good, and the sound quality is pretty good in all recording modes.
The Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro is all about the primary camera. It can convince day and night. The videos are also great, and the selfie camera is also evident. However, the UWW-Camera (applies to day, night and videos) and the macro-Camera (just kidding) are not in the planned price range. Anyone who says they rarely use the UWW and don’t need an extra zoom camera will get top-notch photo and video quality here.
connectivity and communication
I used the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro in dual SIM mode during the test period with both Vodafone and Telekom SIMs. I could use VoLTE and VoWiFi on both networks, and the reception was always good. However, I also noticed that the Telekom network in my region is much better than the Vodafone network. But Xiaomi can’t do anything about that. The Redmi 12T Pro operates reliably on the following frequencies:
The SAR value of the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro is 1 W/kg for both head and body. The call quality was excellent on the ear and still decent with the speakerphone. The proximity sensor always reliably darkened the display.
Modern standards such as WiFi 6 deliver excellent transmission rates. Even 10 m and two walls away from my router, I still got 280/50 Mbit/s from my gigabit line. The Bluetooth connection in my VW vehicle was not working correctly, but all links were possible at all times. In addition to aptX as a high-resolution Bluetooth codec, the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro also supports LHDC and LDAC. The Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro can also score points regarding location determination. The location is instantly determined with an accuracy of 3-4 m, and a compass supports pedestrians. However, I had to calibrate the latter noticeably often because it initially pointed in the wrong direction. In any case, I always found my way to my destination without any problems and had no crashes or restrictions.
In addition to the well-known acceleration, proximity, and brightness sensors, the sensors also have a gyroscope, a compass, and an infrared transmitter. Of course, the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro also has NFC for mobile payments.
The 5000 mAh giant Xiaomi 12T Pro battery can be fully charged in just 19 minutes. A 120-watt power supply is included in the scope of delivery. Even if this feature is super practical, you rarely need to use it when running the smartphone. The loading speed can also be limited in the settings if desired. In practice, I managed at least 1.5 days with Hertz on automatic in dual SIM mode with 7-8 hours of DOT ( time with the display switched on). In the PC-Mark battery test, the Xiaomi Redmi 12T Pro also delivered good values with 12.5 hours at 120 Hz and over 15 hours at 60 Hz. The runtime is quite remarkable for a flagship, significantly when it is rarely downregulated to 60Hz.
The Xiaomi 12T Pro has a flawless finish, the display is excellent, the performance is fantastic, the main camera is flagship-level, the battery life is good, and the connectivity is impeccable. Nevertheless, this conclusion does not go hand in hand with a precise price recommendation because more than 50,000 TK is simply not appropriate for this smartphone. Xiaomi leaves out too many things that the manufacturer knows how to do. At 800 MSRP, an excellent primary camera isn’t suitable, and it lacks wireless charging, IP-Certification, and a USB-C 3 Port. You can come to terms with the plastic frame and outdated Corning Gorilla Glass, but that doesn’t have to be the case ? .
Xiaomi’s excellent all-in-one package at the end of the year is just wrongly priced. If it drops a bit, then you can recommend the device without hesitation if you can do without the points mentioned above.
As an alternative with better camera performance, we recommend the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. If you don’t like Xiaomi, the OnePlus 10T has almost the same equipment as the Xiaomi 12T Pro.