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Xiaomi 12 flagship phones unveiled: 50 MP cameras and AI Photo technology

Xiaomi today officially unveiled the Xiaomi 12 flagship phone line including a number of improved features such as reduced size and weight, improved display, larger battery and faster charging, as well as a system camera reimagined.

The Xiaomi 12 range is available in three flavors.

The new Xiaomi smartphones will be available in three versions: The 12, The larger 12 Pro, and The budget-friendly 12X. The Pro version offers the most recent improvements for the camera, processor and screen.

The Xiaomi 12 Pro (left) and 12 (right).

Xiaomi version 12 comes with the 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor found in many other 2021 Android phone models, along with a 13MP ultra-wide lens and a 5MP macro camera equivalent to 50mm. Xiaomi 12 Pro goes even further with its cameras by bringing Sony IMX707 50MP sensors for all three cameras.

New Camera Tech in the Xiaomi 12

The upgraded camera system also includes a new night mode algorithm that the company says will pick up more light in low light situations while keeping noise levels under control. The company also has a faster autofocus technology called CyberFocus (developed in-house by Xiaomi) that will prevent a subject’s face (and other background elements) from freezing even when he is in motion.

AI-based facial recognition technology can recognize all objects in a photo and choose which one to focus on automatically. The company claims to be able to learn the physiognomy of the person in the frame to better track and perform the best possible focus approach using the depth sensor. In addition to this tracking function, the technology, present in all three versions of the flagship phones, can also activate a “skin rejuvenation” tool in which it can effectively perform pixel-by-pixel reconstruction of the skin of subjects in the body. framework. creating an image that “goes beyond simple texture leveling. Xiaomi says the system uses generative comparison networks (GANs) to develop a” reverse growth “effect on the skin that rejuvenates but doesn’t make it artificial. the new portrait / beauty mode can figure out what realistic skin should look like and will automatically change blemishes naturally.

This new technology also offers improved capture speed and image stabilization, which the company says provides high quality images. higher quality and sharper burst mode, as well as a significant reduction in shutter delay.

In addition to the impressive camera updates, the new Xiaomi 12 Pro features a 4,600 mAh battery that is split into two cells that can charge at 120W via cable, or 50W wirelessly, capable of reaching a full charge in 39 to 53 minutes (respectively).

Xiaomi 12 Pricing and Availability


Xiaomi 12 smartphones are available for pre-order on December 30, 2021 with shipping and general availability starting in early 2022. The price of the phones starts at around $ 502 for the 12X base and goes up to $858 for the top-of-the-tier 12 Pro model.

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