Xiaomi has traditionally followed its annual flagship phone update with some more modest mid-range variants with a T appended to the name – and so with the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro available, we’re now expecting the Xiaomi 12T and Xiaomi 12T Pro to surface.
Courtesy of generally accurate informants in WinFuture (opens in new tab), we now have a lot more information about the next two phones. The new leak covers some rumors we’ve heard before, some new details, and some images of the T phones as well.
The Xiaomi 12T and Xiaomi 12T Pro will apparently use plastic bezels instead of the metal of the flagship versions, and both phones will come with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2712 x 1220 pixels and a refresh rate of 120Hz. The battery capacity is the same in both models: 5,000mAh.
Processors and Cameras
It looks like there will be differences in the internals. The 12T will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 Ultra CPU and will have 8GB of RAM and a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage. There will be a triple-lens camera on the back of the phone, led by a 108MP main sensor.
As for the 12T Pro, it gets a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor. It will come with 8GB or 12GB of RAM, depending on the region, and 256GB of storage. This phone will also have a triple-lens rear camera, rumor has it, although this module will have a 200MP main camera.
This is something we’ve heard before, and it would be the first 200MP camera sensor to turn it into a Xiaomi phone. We should know if these leaks are accurate very soon – the phones are rumored to be officially released next week.
Analysis: a variety of options
It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with all the different handsets that come out from all the different phone manufacturers each year – and Xiaomi is definitely not alone in staggering device launches over several months.
Apple, Google, Samsung, OnePlus and others follow the same strategy of offering flagship and mid-range phone options, although each company’s approach is not identical. For example, Apple keeps older devices for sale to close the price gap between its flagships and the iPhone SE, rather than launching a middleman.
And it’s those price points that are crucial – these phone makers want to make sure that whatever your budget, there’s something that interests you in their current range. It’s more money for them and more options for us, because not everyone wants to spend a lot of money on something like the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
All this brings us back to the Xiaomi 12T and Xiaomi 12T Pro. Xiaomi phones often impress when it comes to combining powerful specs with value for money, and considering what we saw with the Xiaomi 11T Pro last year, our expectations are high.