The mid-range Xiaomi 12T and Xiaomi 12T Pro have just been unveiled, but although they include mid-range prices, some of their offerings are at the top end.
The highlight of this phone is its 200MP primary camera, which is a megapixel count nearly no other smartphone can match though the China-only Moto X30 Pro was there first (now available in other regions as the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra).
Although this camera may not be the most balanced, it would require a very large 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP macro, as well as a 20MP front-facing snapper. Xiaomi promises excellent low-light performance from these sensors, although this is a good thing to put to the test once the review time comes.
A complete charge in only 19 minutes is possible with the Xiaomi 12T Pros 120W, which is doubled with its 5,000mAh battery.
The rest of the specs include a 6.67 inch 1220 x 2712 AMOLED screen, a 120Hz refresh rate, a top-end Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, and a glass back.
The typical Xiaomi 12T, which has largely identical specs, but the main camera is just 108MP, is a slightly inferior MediaTek Dimensity 8100 Ultra, and there is no 12GB RAM model.
Other minor differences are made, with the Pro model, for example, delivering sound that Harman Kardon seems to be capable of, but the chipset and main camera are also of course lacking.
Both models come in a variety of shades, and you''ll be able to get them in the United Kingdom from October 20, with the Xiaomi 12T starting at 499 (around $570 / AU$875), while the Xiaomi 12T Pro starts at 699 (roughly $800 / AU$1,230).
These phones will not be officially launched in the United States, and there is no word on Australia currently, but it is possible that they will be seen there via grey-market import.
Analysis: how the 12T compares to the 11T
Wondering how much Xiaomi has upgraded the 12T line from the Xiaomi 11T line? Well, the Xiaomi 11T Pros specs, including its charging power, are quite similar to the Xiaomi 12T Pro, for the most part, although the older phone has only a 108MP main camera and a more dated chipset.
The standard Xiaomi 12T is its charging speed and chipset, which is the main upgrade from its predecessor, with the Xiaomi 11T charging at a reduced but still-decent 67W.
These new phones have some eye-catching capabilities, yet they do not appear to be significant improvements on their previous ones, at least on paper.
Despite their ability to rank among the best Xiaomi phones out there, depending on how well they perform in practice, is something we should investigate once they have passed them through a full review.