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Xiaomi 12X: The smallest 12-series smartphone steals the show

The Xiaomi 12X's AMOLED display offers a peak brightness of around 1,000 nits.
The Xiaomi 12X's AMOLED display offers a peak brightness of around 1,000 nits.
In addition to the Xiaomi 12 and the Xiaomi 12 Pro the Chinese OEM also sells a more affordable entry-level model named Xiaomi 12X. It features the exact same design language as its more expensive siblings, and it performs strikingly similar as well. Mid-range competitors watch out, there's a new sheriff in town.

The 12-series is Xiaomi’s latest series of their top smartphones, and the launch was focused mostly on the larger Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro.

There is, however, a third member, the Xiaomi 12X. And it could very well be the most exciting one. First of all, it represents the comeback of Xiaomi’s X-series of affordable smartphones. Second, this 6.28-inch device is a compact yet powerful Android smartphone featuring a 120 Hz AMOLED display, up to 12 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage, and a 50 MP main camera.

For their 12X, Xiaomi chose the Snapdragon 870 from their parts bin resulting in a level of performance akin to high-end instead of mid-range devices while both, the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro, are powered by the  faster Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 instead.

Identical Design and Virtually Identical in Terms of Technology to the Xiaomi 12

Apart from the SoC the difference between the Xiaomi 12 and the Xiaomi 12X are few and far between. The only major difference is the former’s support for wireless charging with up to 50 W and reverse wireless charging with up to 10 W while the latter does not support any form of wireless charging at all. Otherwise, the two are virtually identical, down to individual design elements. And while the Xiaomi 12 Pro features the same design it is slightly larger at 6.73 inches.

Find out more in our extensive review.

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Manuel Masiero, 2022-03-19 (Update: 2022-03-18)