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Xiaomi 12 Lite Review

The Xiaomi 12 Lite review shows a completely revamped, squared and trendy design. The upgraded 120Hz display and better 108MP camera are nice touches. There is also faster charging tech and the Snapdragon 778G should suffice for most tasks. So, this Xiaomi phone brings a great 120Hz OLED screen, excellent cameras and faster charging, so it’s well worth checking out.

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Xiaomi 12 Lite Specs Sheet

Processor: Snapdragon 778G 5G Dual Sim
RAM: 6GB, 8GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Display: 6.55-inch FHD Plus AMOLED DotDisplay,120Hz Adaptive refresh rate
Camera: 108MP+8MP+2MP Triple Rear Camera, 32MP Front Camera
Battery: 4300mAh, 67W turbo charging
Others: NFC, WIFI, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, Dual Speakers, Dolby Atmos
Network: 5G Dual Sim

5G NR: n1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n77, n78

LTE FDD: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/26/28/32/66

LTE TDD: 38/40/41/42/48

WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19

GSM: 2/3/5/8

Supported Protocols: Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi 4 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax), Supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi / 5GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.2

The Xiaomi 12 Lite has a slightly lower, 32MP resolution selfie camera that offers autofocus. The high aperture also allows for some fantastic bokeh effects, allowing you to take photos that leave your viewer speechless. It isn’t the only phone to offer this feature, but it’s almost unheard of at this price point. You can now take incredible selfies with ease.

Xiaomi 12 Lite Review

The Xiaomi 12 Lite review for design shows it is a noticeable departure from last year’s model while borrowing some of the more expensive Xiaomi 12, 12X, and 12 Pro design traits. The Lite option has a squarer design and no more oval-shaped camera module. A large yellow Mi logo at the back adds some flair to an otherwise business-like appearance. The backplate is changeable for other colors, including white, black or blue. It is almost entirely made of plastic, ensuring a 173g lightweight chassis and a thin shape (7.29mm). Then again, last year’s Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE model was lighter and more delicate.

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This year’s Xiaomi 12 Lite boasts an improved OLED panel with 12-bit (68 billion colors) color depth. The 6.55-inch, 1080 x 2400px display is also more instantaneous, supporting up to 120Hz adaptive refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate for lower response time during gaming. It looks visually stunning and is certified by Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and supports up to HDR10 video playback. Furthermore, the phone comes in four elegant gradient finishes available in blue (pictured), pink, green, and red, making it a nice-looking device. And last but not least, the camera got some upgrades too, so let’s see what this phone is capable of!

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Features

This year’s Xiaomi 12 Lite boasts an improved OLED panel with 12-bit (68 billion colors) color depth. The 6.55-inch, 1080 x 2400px display is also more instantaneous, supporting up to 120Hz adaptive refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate for lower response time during gaming. It looks visually stunning and is certified by Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and supports up to HDR10 video playback.

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The Xiaomi 12 Lite review for specs shows it features an upgraded version of the 6nm Snapdragon 778G. It uses an octa-core CPU and an Adreno 642L GPU for graphically intensive tasks. The CPU has 1x 2.4 GHz Kryo 670 Prime, 3×2.4 GHz Kryo 670 Gold, and 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 670 Silver. There are two variants, 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM with UFS 2.2 storage. Plus, there are dual Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, Bluetooth 5.2, WIFI 6, NFC, but no 3.5mm audio jack.

Camera Performance

The Xiaomi Mi 12 lite is the flagship budget phone from Xiaomi. It has Samsung’s 108MP ISOCELL HM2 sensor with 1/1.52-inch lens and 0.7µm pixels. Plus, this camera has an f/1.9 aperture and outputs 12MP images in a nona-bayer arrangement (bins 9 adjacent pixels into 1).

The ultra-wide camera has an 8MP, 1/4.0-inch, 1.12µmp sensor paired with an f/2.2 lens covering a 120-degree field of view. However, the macro camera has been downgraded from 5MP down to 2MP, and there’s no autofocus this time around either. Also, the aperture is f/2.4.

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With a 12MP selfie camera, Xiaomi’s budget phone has the best-in-class selfie camera! It gets a slightly bigger 32MP, 1/2.8-inch, 0.8µm sensor with f/2.5 aperture and autofocus capabilities, which is a rare finding even in higher-end phones. Interestingly enough, there’s no binning enabled, so selfies are in the full 32MP resolution.

Unboxing Xiaomi 12 Lite

The Xiaomi 12 Lite review for unboxing shows it comes in a standard retail box containing the usual user manuals and the 67W wall charger. There is a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging and data transfer, as well as for data transfer. Also, you will find a manual, sim tray ejector pin, and a transparent silicone case.

Pros

  • It has a fresh and lightweight design and thin bezels.
  • OLED with a 120Hz refresh rate.
  • 67W fast charging solution.
  • A solid camera for all scenarios.
  • The Selfie camera has autofocus.
  • Budget phone. 
  • Android 12 with feature-rich MIUI 13.

Cons

  • No MicroSD slot.
  • There is no 3.5mm audio jack.
  • Battery life could have been better. 
  • There are a lot of powerful smartphones choice under the same price category.

The Verdict

The Xiaomi 12 Lite review indicates this “lite” version of the more expensive 12X, 12 Pro, and 12. It maintains a relatively competitive price tag that makes sense in the series while retaining some high-end features. The 67W fast charging, flagship OLED panel, and big 108MP primary sensor make a compelling case. And camera performance is pretty solid, too. However, the 4300mAh battery is a downer, but the 67W charger could be helpful and supportive.

XiaomiToday Rating: 4/5

Xiaomi 12 Lite Price: $399

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