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Xiaomi 12X assessment: This smartphone shouldn’t exist

The Xiaomi 12X was unveiled by its producer as a compact and reasonably priced flagship. And whereas the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12X are very related, you will see on this complete assessment that the compromises made within the Xiaomi 12X weren’t trivial.

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Good

  • Compact and neat design
  • Elegant display screen
  • Glorious battery life
  • Snapdragon 870 remains to be environment friendly
  • Nice pictures with the IMX 766 lens

Unhealthy

  • Restricted software program replace coverage
  • 120 watts charging not supported
  • No IP score or wi-fi charging help
  • Extremely wide-angle lens is disappointing
  • Costly

The Xiaomi 12X in a nutshell

The Xiaomi 12X has been launched globally since March 28, 2022 and is available in a single reminiscence configuration of 8/256 GB with an asking value of $749.90. It’s at the moment not obtainable within the US formally. On paper, it’s an identical in each strategy to the Xiaomi 12, the “precise” flagship from the Chinese language producer aside from the truth that it’s extra compact and simpler to carry.

Not less than that is what Xiaomi would love you to consider. In actuality, the Xiaomi 12X skips a number of key components of the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Professional. An older SoC, a extra outdated model of Android, a restricted replace coverage, and slower charging speeds. These compromises actually justify its extra aggressive value, particularly in a context the place Xiaomi has considerably elevated its costs. However these are additionally its weaknesses that increase the query of the mannequin’s relevance in Xiaomi’s catalog.

Principally, is not the Xiaomi 12X merely muddying up the line-up this 12 months? It’s for me and for a few of us.

Design: Very good compact type issue

The Xiaomi 12X is a extra compact model of the Xiaomi 12, make no mistake about it. In reality, it’s its important promoting level. Therefore, it sports activities an identical design that’s as interesting as the bottom mannequin.


What I appreciated:

  • Comfortable and easy matte coating on the again.
  • Its blue coloration and its reflections.

What I disliked:


Xiaomi 12X Design au dos
That is what the Xiaomi 12X appears to be like like from the again / © NextPit

The bottom mannequin is already fairly compact, as my colleague Ben famous in his Xiaomi 12 assessment. The Xiaomi 12X measures 152.7 x 69.9 x 8.2 mm and suggestions the scales at 176 g. This type issue is very nice to carry, though the ergonomics undergo a bit when you will have massive fingers like mine.

The matte glass again coating may be very easy and very comfortable to the contact. I additionally actually just like the reflections from the sunshine blue shade that I discover to be soothing. The digital camera module behind sits vertically in an oblong island and stands out approach an excessive amount of for my private choice. The principle lens occupies half of this island which gives the look of getting an enormous sensor.

Xiaomi 12X écran bords incurvés
Curved edges on a smartphone, you both prefer it or not. I do! / © NextPit

In entrance, the display screen has curved edges and a middle punch gap digital camera on the prime. Identical to the again, the display screen is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus. There are additionally two Harman Kardon stereo audio system but it surely misses out on a 3.5mm jack. The Xiaomi 12X additionally lacks an IP score that provides water and dirt resistance.

Xiaomi 12X haut-parleurs Harman Kardon
The stereo audio system of the Xiaomi 12X are fairly highly effective. / © NextPit

Display: X on X, nothing to complain about

The Xiaomi 12X packs a 6.28-inch AMOLED show with a Full HD+ decision of 1080 x 2400 pixels and an adaptive refresh fee of 120 Hz. The utmost brightness was rated 1100 nits (peak stage). That is the one aspect the place the Xiaomi 12X didn’t make any compromises over the bottom mannequin.


What I appreciated:

  • 12-bit coloration help.
  • 120 Hz refresh fee.
  • Nicely-calibrated colorimetry.
  • Good brightness stage.

What I disliked:


Xiaomi 12X écran
The AMOLED display screen of the Xiaomi 12X is similar as that of the bottom Xiaomi 12 mannequin. / © NextPit

The display screen high quality is all the time prime notch on Xiaomi’s flagships. It presents the identical HDR10+ and Dolby Imaginative and prescient licensed display screen as on the bottom Xiaomi 12 mannequin and thus, is among the first handsets to natively help 12-bit colours.

The 120Hz adaptive refresh fee can be within the combine however the sampling fee is sadly restricted to 480Hz. The show helps the total DCI-P3 coloration spectrum and I discovered the P3 coloration matching mode within the superior choices to be very efficient.

Xiaomi 12X écran poinçon
The middle punch gap digital camera that we’re all accustomed to. / © NextPit

The 1,100 nits most brightness is barely part of the display screen. The brightness in typical and in HBM (with the excessive lumonisity mode) are usually decrease, round 500 and 930, respectively, in response to what I’ve seen in different critiques.

Xiaomi 12X écran coins arrondis
The rounded corners present a great grip. / © NextPit

OS: MIUI 13 based mostly on Android 11

The Xiaomi 12X runs on MUI 13 however not on Android 12. The smartphone additionally doesn’t profit from Xiaomi’s new replace coverage.


What I appreciated:

  • MIUI 13 is very customizable

What I disliked:

  • Restricted replace coverage.
  • Android 11 pores and skin.

Xiaomi 12X interface MIUI 13
The Xiaomi 12X runs on MIUI 13 however it’s based mostly on Android 11 and never Android 12. / © NextPit

I cannot dwell on the interface itself since MIUI 13 would be the topic of a full devoted assessment very quickly. Simply word that the adjustments in comparison with MIUI 12 are incremental in nature. You may try my number of the very best MIUI 13 options in addition to my tutorial on the way to take away advertisements from MIUI since they’re current even on Xiaomi’s high-end smartphones.

Aside from that, there may be additionally the problem of getting approach an excessive amount of bloatware current. This may be an irritating downside to those that have been utilizing clear variations of Android all this whereas earlier than making the change to Xiaomi’s handsets. I feel it is usually a disgrace that Xiaomi would not provide the identical replace coverage as on the Xiaomi 11T/11T Professional and Xiaomi 12/12 Professional. Overlook about 3 main variations of Android and 4 years of safety updates right here.

Alternatively, MIUI 13 is predicated on Android 11 and never Android 12, so we do not have the reworked Materials You widgets, Privateness Panel, clipboard safety, hidden exact geolocation, and the improved Face Unlock algorithm. To make issues extra painful, you might be one 12 months behind different flagships launched in 2022 when it comes to the working system. I do know that at Xiaomi, it is principally the MIUI variations that rely, however nonetheless!

Efficiency: The Snapdragon 870 SoC can nonetheless maintain its personal

The Xiaomi 12X packs a Snapdragon SoC: not the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, however the Snapdragon 870 that’s mated to 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.


What I appreciated:

  • Snapdragon 870’s efficiency nonetheless holds up right this moment.
  • No overheating points.

What I disliked:

  • $750 for a smartphone with a mid-2021 SoC is common

The Snapdragon 870 is an SoC that was launched final 12 months and was normally reserved for high-end smartphones, concentrating on mid-range gaming fans as nicely. On paper, the Xiaomi 12X is at fault for this compromise of not integrating the most recent processor in comparison with most of its Android opponents. Even the Poco F4 GT, which retails for $599 that’s some $200 cheaper than the Xiaomi 12X, has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

 Xiaomi 12XXiaomi 12Xiaomi 12 Professional
3DMark Wild Life428396269975
3DMark Wild Life Stress Check
  • Finest rating: 4278
  • Worst rating: 2906
  • Stopped attributable to overheating
  • Finest rating: 10028
  • Worst rating:4625
Geekbench 5
  • Single core: 966
  • Multi-core: 3340
  • Single core: 1179
  • Multi-core: 3591
  • Single core:1155
  • A number of core: 3356

However in each day use, the distinction is imperceptible. Admittedly, the benchmark scores are far much less spectacular on the Xiaomi 12X than on different 2022 Android flagships. However I used to be capable of quietly play all my video games with the graphics at most setting with out experiencing any noticeable framerate loss.

Xiaomi 12X test performance benchmark
Xiaomi 12X efficiency on 3DMark’s Wild Life Stress Check benchmark. / © NextPit

As you’ll be able to see beneath, the framerate remained steady for many of the length of the Wild Life Stress Check benchmark by 3DMark, which simulates intensive gaming use for 20 minutes. Aside from a drop within the ultimate loops, temperature management was quite exemplary.

I feel that Xiaomi did not make such a nasty alternative by integrating the Snapdragon 870 SoC right here, particularly once we understand how a lot the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC overheats the smartphone it runs on. However this alternative ought to have been mirrored within the value of the cellphone.

Digicam: The Sony IMX766 is the proper brew

The Xiaomi 12X includes a triple digital camera module on the again carried by the well-known 50 MP Sony IMX766 for the principle lens and complemented by a 13 MP extremely wide-angle lens and a 5 MP macro lens. In entrance is a 32 MP selfie digital camera.


What I appreciated:

  • Important lens that’s efficient each in the course of the day and at night time.
  • Evening mode labored nicely.

What I disliked:

  • Disappointing extremely wide-angle efficiency.
  • Restricted digital zoom functionality.
  • Why trouble with a macro sensor?

Xiaomi 12X module photo
The Xiaomi 12X’s triple digital camera module and its 50 MP Sony IMX766 important lens. / © NextPit

On paper, the digital camera module has frankly advanced little or no in comparison with final 12 months’s Xiaomi Mi 11, aside from the truth that we discover the well-known Sony IMX766 sensor in the principle lens. This is similar sensor that’s included in lots of Android flagships this 12 months and that I discover to be a superb alternative.

In the course of the day, the first lens clearly carried out very nicely. We achieved a great stage of element and sharpness. The dynamic vary can be broad sufficient in most situations and the publicity is nicely managed.

I seen fairly a little bit of coloration inconsistency between the principle lens and the extremely wide-angle. The distortion of pictures taken by the extremely wide-angle lens is just too noticeable for my style, nearly giving a fish-eye impact to the pictures.

The zoom is clearly restricted as quickly as we exceed the optical capabilities of the lens and the purely digital magnification degrades the picture significantly the second you transcend 2x magnification.

The night time mode labored quite nicely and improved the standard of the pictures by decreasing the digital noise and limiting the flare impact of robust mild sources.

Xiaomi 12X Video 1080p @ 60 FPS

Xiaomi 12X Video 4K @ 60 FPS

Xiaomi 12X Video Selfie 1080p @ 60 FPS

Battery life: Glorious however lacks 120 watts quick charging

The Xiaomi 12X comes with a 4,500 mAh battery that accepts 67 watts of wired
quick charging.


What I appreciated:

  • Glorious battery life.
  • Charger is included within the field and suitable with PD 3.0 and QC 4.
  • 65-watt quick charging.

What I disliked:

  • No wi-fi charging help.
  • No 120 watts HyperCharge help.

I put the Xiaomi 12X via the PC Mark benchmark that we usually use, the place it simulates unrealistic utilization (as a result of it’s too intensive and unbalanced). I set the display screen brightness to 200 nits with the adaptive refresh fee enabled and the decision at Full HD+ (you’ll be able to’t change the decision anyway).

The Xiaomi 12X took 14:21 to fall beneath the 20% remaining battery life mark. So, that is greater than a full day of use with the display screen on on a regular basis. With a extra reasonable display screen time and real-world utilization, you’ll be able to simply final 2 days earlier than needing to plug it into the mains.

Xiaomi 12X test autonomie benchmark
The Xiaiomi 12X held up very nicely in our battery life benchmark. / © NextPit

The 67-watt wired quick charging is greater than sufficient for on a regular basis use. It took me simply over quarter-hour every time to go from 0 to 50% cost and simply over 45 minutes to go from 0 to 100% (46 minutes being my finest time).

Alternatively, I discover it to be an actual disgrace that Xiaomi didn’t implement its new HyperCharge expertise at 120 watts. Even the Xiaomi 11T Professional that was launched final 12 months got here with that, which implies it’s quite foolish to order this function for the Xiaomi 12 Professional this 12 months (and the Redmi Be aware 11 Professional+ 5G).

Technical knowledge

 Xiaomi 12 vary
Product
PictureXiaomi 12Xiaomi 12X
Display6.28-inch curved AMOLED show,
2400 x 1080 pixels, 120 Hz
6.28-inch curved AMOLED show,
2400 x 1080 pixels, 120 Hz
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1Snapdragon 870 5G
Reminiscence128 / 256 GB of storage
8 / 12 GB RAM
256 GB of storage
8 GB RAM
OSMIUI 13MIUI 13
DigicamImportant digital camera: 50 MP
Extremely wide-angle digital camera: 13 MP
Macro digital camera: 5 MP
Important digital camera: 50 MP
Extremely wide-angle digital camera: 13 MP
Macro digital camera: 5 MP
Selfie digital camera32 MP32 MP
Battery4500 mAh, quick cost 67 W, wi-fi cost 50 W4500 mAh, quick cost 67 W
Connectivity5G, Wi-Fi 5 and 6 (ac/ax), BT 5.2, NFC, twin GPS/Galileo, GLONASS/ BDS5G, Wi-Fi 5 and 6 (ac/ax), BT 5.1, NFC, twin GPS/Galileo, GLONASS/ BDS
Dimensions and weight152.7 x 69.9 x 8.16 mm, 180 g152.7 x 69.9 x 8.16 mm, 176 g

Conclusion

The Xiaomi 12X is a well-balanced smartphone that I’d suggest with none hesitation if it have been launched in 2021.

Let’s be clear, I do not blame it for the technical compromises made in comparison with the fundamental Xiaomi 12. I discover them to be viable when it comes to product technique, for a mannequin imagined to be a lite flagship. However they lose all relevance when it comes to value. $750 is just too excessive for such specs in 2022 for my part.

The Snapdragon 870 SoC nonetheless holds up very nicely and has the advantage of operating a lot cooler than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and even the Snapdragon 888 when underneath heavy load. The digital camera module is kind of respectable, though it lacks a little bit of versatility. The display screen may be very good and completely calibrated. Battery life is great and the compact type issue is a criterion that is still wanted by an growing variety of customers.

Alternatively, I do not see why this smartphone deserves to exist. Or quite, why it deserves to coexist within the Xiaomi catalog alongside the Xiaomi 11T Professional, which is less expensive round $660 for the 8/256GB mannequin, sporting related specs whereas providing a extra highly effective and up to date SoC, 120 watts charging, Android 12, in addition to a extra intensive replace coverage.

So as an alternative of shopping for the Xiaomi 12X, simply give it a miss (an X, lol!!!!!) and purchase a Xiaomi 11T Professional.

 

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