The Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro offer minor upgrades over the Xiaomi 12 series

Xiaomi today unveiled three flagship devices as part of its new Xiaomi 12S series: the Xiaomi 12S, Xiaomi 12S Pro and Xiaomi 12S Ultra† Of the three, the Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro are minor upgrades over last year’s flagship Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro. However, the top model Xiaomi 12S Ultra is a completely new device that succeeds the older Mi 11 Ultra. We have already discussed everything new in the Xiaomi 12S Ultra in a separate post and in this post we will quickly take a look at the other two models.

Xiaomi 12S & Xiaomi 12S Pro: Specifications

Specification Xiaomi 12S Xiaomi 12S Pro
To build
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Dimensions and weight
  • Glass back:
    • 152.7 x 69.6 x 8.16mm
    • 182g
  • Leather back:
    • 152.7 x 69.6 x 8.66mm
    • 179g
  • Glass back:
    • 163.6 x 74.6 x 8.16mm
    • 204g
  • Leather back:
    • 163.6 x 74.6 x 8.66mm
    • 203g
Display
  • 6.28″ FHD+ AMOLED
  • 2400 x 1800p resolution
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Up to 240 Hz touch sampling rate
  • 1100nits peak brightness
  • 100% DCI-P3 coverage
  • Dolby Vision support
  • 6.73-inch 2K AMOLED
  • 3200 x 1440p resolution
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Up to 240 Hz touch sampling rate
  • 1500nits peak brightness
  • 100% DCI-P3 coverage
  • Dolby Vision support
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
RAM and storage
  • 8GB LPDDR5 RAM + 128GB UFS 3.1 Storage
  • 8GB + 256GB
  • 12GB + 256GB
  • 12GB + 512GB
  • 8GB LPDDR5 RAM + 128GB UFS 3.1 Storage
  • 8GB + 256GB
  • 12GB + 256GB
  • 12GB + 512GB
Charge battery
  • 4.500mAh
  • Support for 67W wired charging
  • Support for 50W wireless charging
  • Support for 10W reverse wireless charging
  • 4,600mAh
  • 120W wired charging support
  • Support for 50W wireless charging
  • Support for 10W reverse wireless charging
Safety In-display fingerprint scanner In-display fingerprint scanner
Rear camera(s)
  • Primary: 50MP IMX707, f/1.79
  • Ultra wide angle: 13 MP, f/2.4, 123 degrees FoV
  • Macro: 5MP
  • Primary: 50MP IMX707, f/1.9
  • Ultra wide angle: 50 MP, f/2.2, 115 degrees FoV
  • Telephoto: 50MP, f/1.9
Front camera(s) 32MP f/2.4 32MP f/2.4
Port(s) USB Type-C USB Type-C
audio N/A N/A
Connectivity
  • 5G
  • 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • NFC
  • 5G
  • 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • NFC
Software MIUI 13 based on Android 12 MIUI 13 based on Android 12
Other possibilities
  • X Axis Linear Vibration Motor
  • X Axis Linear Vibration Motor


As you can probably tell from the table above, the Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro only have a few changes compared to last year’s Xiaomi 12 series. The newer models come with Qualcomm’s latest flagship Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, which should offer slightly better performance and power efficiency.

Xioami 12S in all colors on white background.

Xiaomi 12S

Xiaomi has also upgraded the camera system on one of the new models. The Xiaomi 12S now has a 50MP Sony IMX707 primary sensor, instead of the IMX766, but the ultra-wide and macro cameras remain unchanged. However, the Xiaomi 12S Pro comes with the same camera system as the Xiaomi 12.

Xioami 12S Pro in all colors on white background.

Xiaomi 12S Pro

Both phones have the same screens as their respective predecessors and the same 32MP selfie shooters housed in a punch cutout. The battery capacity and fast charging capabilities also remain unchanged and Xiaomi has not offered any improvements in connectivity either.

In terms of software, the Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro run MIUI 13 out of the box based on Android 12. Currently, Xiaomi has not shared its commitment to software updates for the device.

Prices & Availability

The Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S are available in four RAM/storage variants at the following prices:

  • Xiaomi 12S:
    • 8GB+128GB: CNY 3,999 (~$597)
    • 8GB + 256GB: CNY 4,299 (~$642)
    • 12GB + 256GB: CNY 4,699 (~$702)
    • 12GB + 512GB: CNY 5,199 (~$777)
  • Xiaomi 12S Pro:
    • 8GB+128GB: CNY 4,699 (~$702)
    • 8GB + 256GB: CNY 4,999 (~$747)
    • 12GB + 256GB: CNY 5,399 (~$807)
    • 12GB + 512GB: CNY 5,899 (~$881)

The devices will go on sale in China from July 6, with pre-orders opening later today. Xiaomi has not yet shared pricing and availability details for other regions. We expect the company to release the information in the coming weeks.


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