Xiaomi is there again – put another one fantastic huge camera on a flagship phone. This time it is Xiaomi 12 Pro with a 50 megapixel main sensor and a standard f / 1.9 wide angle lens. It’s not that very largest sensor Xiaomi has used in a phone, but the combination of a large aperture lens and a large imaging chip makes it … well, look at that thing.
On the technical side, it’s a Sony IMX707 chip, which Xiaomi says is the first to be used in a mobile device. Gizmochina mention, that that the 707 appears to be a very slight refresher on the IMX700, which makes this claim a little less compelling. Either way, it is a large 1 / 1.28-inch type sensor. Sony combines its 1.22μm pixels, which are already quite large for a mobile camera sensor, into even larger 2.44μm “4-in-1” pixels for better low-light photos.
The 12 Pro contains two additional 50-megapixel rear-view camera sensors: an ultra-wide-angle and a telesensor. The Xiaomi 12 has a slightly smaller 1 / 1.56-inch sensor, a 13-megapixel ultrawide sensor and a 5-megapixel telemacro. In addition to impressive hardware, the 12 and 12 Pro offer improvements to the camera software such as reduced shutter release delay, improvements in continuous shooting and subject tracking for human and animal faces.
On the non-camera side, the 12 Pro and its 12 siblings have all the conveniences of a modern flagship with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets and 120 Hz OLED panels. The Xiaomi 12 offers a 6.28-inch screen and a 4,500 mAh battery; The 12 Pro contains a 6.73-inch screen with a peak brightness of 1,500 nits and a 4,600 mAh battery with a 120 W fast charge function.
If you want to become the proud owner of a really, really big smartphone camera, both will go on sale in China on December 31st. The 12 Pro starts at 4,699 RMB (about $ 737) for 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, and the Xiaomi 12 starts at 3,699 RMB (about $ 580) for the same 8 GB / 128 GB GB configuration.