Xiaomi has unveiled the 12T line of smartphones, the flagship of which, the 12T Pro, features a 200-megapixel sensor for taking enormous images and 8K recordings.
While the 12T Pro isn’t the first smartphone with a 200MP sensor (Motorola’s X30 Pro was released this summer), its resolution is rare in the smartphone market. The Xiaomi 12T Pro is built around the Samsung ISOCELL HP1, the biggest of Samsung’s two 200MP ISOCELL image sensors.
Xiaomi’s artificial intelligence (AI) imaging algorithms support the “pro-grade” 200-megapixel sensor to offer what the company claims is excellent imagery with great resolution, powerful night photography, and speedy focusing. Together, these features enable a phone to produce large photographs in a variety of lighting situations, even at night or when photographing moving subjects.
The Type 1/1.22 (10.5 x 7.8mm) Samsung ISOCELL HP1 sensor has 0.64-m-wide pixels. A 4-to-1 binning mode on the HP1 produces equivalent pixels with a size of 1.28 m while recording 8K video, among other pixel binning settings. There is also a 16-to-1 pixel binning option for low-light shooting, bringing the effective pixel size up to 2.56 mm. Additionally, Samsung’s Smart ISO technology, a dual-gain mode for obtaining the greatest image quality possible whether you’re shooting during the day or at night, is integrated into the sensor.
The Xiaomi 12T Pro is missing a telephoto lens from the device. However, there is a 2x lossless digital zoom due to the 200MP picture sensor. Given the ISOCELL HP1’s capabilities and quality, it should come as no surprise that the phone supports 8K video recording and can capture HDR10+ content. The phone also comes with Xiaomi ProCut, a new feature that allows you to clip your image into five different “ProCuts.” A feature of the camera is optical image stabilization (OIS). The 12T Pro has sophisticated autofocus capabilities like eye tracking and motion tracking.
The camera’s main camera is 200MP, but it also has three extra camera modules. It contains a 20MP front-facing selfie camera, a 2MP macro camera, and an 8MP ultrawide camera with a 120° field of view F2.2 lens. Additionally, a fingerprint reader is integrated into the front display.
The Xiaomi 12T series is expected to launch in Asia and Europe on October 13 in three storage configurations, with prices starting at 749 Euros for 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB, and 12GB+256GB. It is unlikely that the Xiaomi 12T series will be made accessible in the United States.
More info on Xiaomi’s website.