Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro confirmed to receive shorter software support than the Samsung Galaxy S22 series
Yesterday, Xiaomi introduced the 12, 12X and 12 Pro globally, three smartphones launched last year in China. While Xiaomi remained silent about software support for the trio in its press releases, it confirmed its software commitments during its live stream. For some reason, it appears that the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro will receive longer software support than the Xiaomi 12X.
Specifically, Xiaomi stated that it would provide three Android OS updates to the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro, along with four years of security patch updates. As we discussed in our launch articles, the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro will ship with Android 12 builds of MIUI 13, not the Android 11 ones installed on the global versions of the Redmi Note 11 series.
In comparison, Xiaomi did not announce anything regarding the Xiaomi 12X, which also launches on Android 12. Hence, it seems probable that Xiaomi will only upgrade the Xiaomi 12X to Android 14. Additionally, we suspect that the Xiaomi 12X will be left with three years of security patches too, matching other Xiaomi smartphones. Moreover, Xiaomi claims that it will offer one free screen repair within six months of purchasing a Xiaomi 12 series handset.
Tellingly, Xiaomi tells people to 'check out the detailed terms and conditions' for the offer, albeit without providing a link to these terms. Setting this aside, Xiaomi continues to trail Samsung, which now offers four Android OS updates and five years of security patches for the Galaxy S22 series. Better still, Apple still updates the iPhone 6s, over six years after its release.