Xiaomi 12 to come with improved charging speeds and a better primary camera than the Mi 11
Digital Chat Station has elaborated on some of the hardware that Xiaomi has purportedly chosen for the Xiaomi 12. Expected to debut next month in China, the handset may not arrive globally until January 2022. According to the leaker, Xiaomi has upgraded its entry-level flagship in fundamental areas, including charging capabilities.
For context, the Mi 11 can recharge at 55 W over a wired connection and 50 W wirelessly. Few flagships have reached this charging wattage yet, but Xiaomi has brought 120 W wired charging to devices like the 11T Pro. Supposedly, the Xiaomi 12 will support 100 W wired charging, which should deliver exceptionally fast charge times regardless of its battery capacity.
Additionally, Digital Chat Station asserts that Xiaomi settled upon a 50 MP sensor as the Xiaomi 12's primary camera. Typically, Xiaomi relies on Samsung camera sensors rather than Sony Exmor ones, for whatever reason. To date, Samsung has released four 50 MP camera sensors, the ISOCELL JN1, ISOCELL GN1, ISOCELL GN2 and the ISOCELL GN5.
Currently, no manufacturer has used the ISOCELL GN5 in a smartphone, so it could be a candidate for the Xiaomi 12 series. Xiaomi already uses the ISOCELL JN1 in mid-range smartphones, while it skipped the ISOCELL GN1 in favour of the ISOCELL GN2 for the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra. Hence, it seems likely that Xiaomi has equipped the Xiaomi 12 with an ISOCELL GN2 or ISOCELL GN5.
Overall, either camera would provide improved image quality over the ISOCELL HMX found in the Mi 11. While the ISOCELL HMX is not a bad camera sensor by any means, we did not consider it to be at a flagship smartphone level when we reviewed the Mi 11 in February.