Xiaomi 12 Pro is now available globally, but it is marred by one disappointing weakness

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Last December, Xiaomi launched the 12-series in China and left the rest of the world waiting till now. Thankfully, the global launch has been done and we now know how much these fine pieces of work will cost.

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To start with, there are three models in the series – Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro, and Xiaomi 12X. The 12X is the base model, sitting below Xiaomi 12, and the Pro is the most powerful and most capable of the lot.

All of them have similar batteries – 4500mAh units for the 12X and 12, while the 12 Pro shows up with a 4600mAh unit. That’s just 100mAh extra juice to run with on the Pro.

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Xiaomi 12 Pro global release, prices, and availability.

Prices of Xiaomi 12X, 12, and 12 Pro

Xiaomi 12X has a Snapdragon 870 processor instead of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor used by the 12 and 12 Pro. It two memory options: 8/128GB and 8/256GB. The base variant has a price tag of $650/€700. There is no word yet on the price of the higher storage variant. .

Xiaomi 12 has three variants, as follows: 8/128GB, 8/256GB, and 12/256GB. The base variant sells for $750/€800. There is no word yet on the price of the other two variants.

Xiaomi 12 Pro has two variants. The first one has 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. It has a $1,000/€1,000 price tag. The second has 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. In the United Kingdom, both phones are available on Three UK on a 24 month contract. In Nigeria, the 12 Pro has a ₦499,000 price tag for the 12/256 GB variant.

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Xiaomi 12 Pro’s weak point

The specs of the 12 Pro are top notch, but where Xiaomi messes things up is in the battery department. The combination of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and a 4600mAh battery delivers poor battery life, if GSMArena’s review is anything to go by. Here’s an excerpt from the review;

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Indeed, the 12 Pro posted unimpressive numbers for endurance in all disciplines. Video playback (at 60Hz) was particularly out of touch with modern realities at just over 12 hours. Web browsing (at a constant 120Hz) isn’t that bad, though at under 11 hours, it’s not going to win any comparisons. And the 19-ish hours of voice calls, if enough to last a lifetime for some users, aren’t competitive either.

In the end, the Endurance rating for the Xiaomi 12 Pro worked out to 74h.

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That’s terribly poor battery performance. For comparison, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro, which I own, has a battery endurance rating of 95h. That’s a massive difference. Pixel 4a 5G, which has great battery life, has an endurance rating of 122h. And lastly, the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which is successfully changing the narrative about iPhone battery life, has an endurance rating of 121h.

We will wait to see users’ response to Xiaomi 12’s disappointing battery life. Perhaps the impressive 120W fast charging might be enough to compensate for it.

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The good news is that if you are resident in countries in Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, Xiaomi 12, 12X, and 12 Pro will be available for you to buy soon.

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