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One month with the cheapest Xiaomi 12: it has everything you need without spending an extra euro

The Xiaomi 12 Lite, the most affordable in its range, offers an excellent screen, 67W fast charging and a very good value for money.

For some time now it is almost impossible to keep up with a manufacturer like Xiaomi . Not because of the devices of all kinds that it presents with unprecedented frequency, from electric scooters to a smart feeder and drinker for pets , but because of its constant innovations in the mobile market, either with its brand or with sub-brands such as Poco or Redmi. Its latest flagships, the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro, could not be left without its most affordable version, the Xiaomi 12 Lite, available on Amazon right now from 397 euros in its 8 GB and 128 GB version. Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Price in Bangladesh

Usually, the suffix Lite in a smartphone implies lower specifications than those of its ‘older brothers’, but in this case those differences have been reduced to a minimum. And it is that the sensations with the Xiaomi 12 Lite are those of being before a premium product , not a mid-range one. This is especially helped by its 6.55-inch AMOLED screen, its fast charging and also its cameras, which offer more than remarkable results. latest smartphone price in bangladesh

There will be those who miss a greater processing capacity, since the Snapdragon 778G processor is not the most powerful on the market, but in the rest of the characteristics the benefits of this model designed to succeed leave no doubt : we are facing one of those Mobile phones so balanced and reliable that they have all the potential to sweep sales.

Light and striking

At first glance, where the difference between the Xiaomi 12 Lite and the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro is most noticeable is in its less curvilinear design and, curiously, in its weight. And it is that with 173 grams it is a pleasant device to hold for long periods of time without getting tired. Plus, its 7.3mm-thick size fits nicely in the hand (and pocket), which is a major departure from the bulky 200-gram-plus handsets that seem to have become the norm in recent years. time.

The very soft-touch back cover has an attractive glossy finish that, on the model I’ve been able to test, is slightly pink in color but also reflects light, taking on purple and even silver tones. In addition to this nice finish, you can also find the Xiaomi 12 Lite in black and green. It certainly attracts attention and can conquer you just by its appearance.

Xiaomi 12 Lite

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At the front, all the limelight is for the 6.55-inch AMOLED FHD+ screen, with an improved refresh rate of 120 Hz (compared to 90 Hz on the Mi 11 Lite) and colors that seem to come out of the frames . In fact, the Xiaomi 12 Lite covers 99.6% of the sRGB gamut in the default screen profile in the MIUI operating system. This vivid mode boosts the intensity of colors to an unnatural level, but you can switch to ‘original’ mode and get a more balanced saturation.  

Outdoors and with direct light it may have a glare problem, but in general the screen looks correct in almost all environments and it has a fairly fast and efficient automatic brightness function. The maximum brightness, with this function deactivated, reaches a not inconsiderable 443cd/m² and 950 nits.

The bottom frame of the Xiaomi 12 Lite

The bottom frame of the Xiaomi 12 Lite MI omicron

For the rest, the body of the Xiaomi 12 Lite gives up some things , such as the headphone jack or the space for an SD card, but includes an infrared emitter, a dual nano SIM tray and a dual Dolby Atmos-compatible speaker on the edges. upper and lower. The fingerprint sensor is hidden under the screen and works in an exemplary manner, while a small hole houses the front camera.

A solid camera

While some of its competitors have renewed their lenses and sensors, Xiaomi has opted for an old acquaintance, the 1.52-inch 108 MP Samsung HM2. It is the same main sensor that the brand had already used in the Xiaomi 11T Pro and the Redmi Note 10 Pro. It is not as effective in low light situations as the Sony IMX766 mounted by alternatives such as the Realme 9 Pro Plus or the OnePlus Nord 2T, but defends itself in all other fields.

The camera module of the Xiaomi 12 Lite

The camera module of the Xiaomi 12 Lite Ishmael Sailor omicron

The ultra wide angle offers good results , although it loses some depth, detail and brightness compared to the main sensor. Meanwhile, the 2 MP macro is still not really useful, as is the case with the vast majority of smartphones. We will have to wait for manufacturers to decide to definitively give up a feature that, in most cases, is completely dispensable.

The main camera takes photos with vivid colors, with a very solid dynamic range and a soft bokeh effect if you get close enough to the subject or object being photographed, even more so if the portrait function is activated. At night, the phone automatically activates night mode and there the sensor suffers to reach the level of detail of its competitors, but the photos are still quite good for the price range of the terminal. 

Xiaomi 12 Lite camera module

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We tested the cameras of the Xiaomi 12 Lite

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The 32 MP selfie camera of the Xiaomi 12 Lite is its other great asset for Instagram lovers, as it offers bright photos with a lot of detail. Being narrower, the sensor tends to open the shutter to capture more light, and can sometimes show some blur.  

processor and battery

Xiaomi has equipped its phone with the Snapdragon 778G, Qualcomm’s latest 6nm mid-range chip. It is somewhat inferior to the Snapdragon 780G that powered last year’s Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite, but it is more than enough for everyday use .

To put it to the test I have multitasked to the maximum and I have played graphically demanding games with it, such as Genshin Impact or Call of Duty Warzone , and it has compiled without major problems or slowdowns . In this, the  Adreno 642L GPU integrated into the processor helps a lot.

The battery is the same as that of the previous model, the Xiaomi 11 Lite, that is, 4,300 mAh. On paper it seems short, but doing heavy use of the phone, gaming, watching movies and using various productivity apps, it has rarely gone below 30% at the end of the day . If the use is minor, the battery can easily last without charging for more than two days.

Xiaomi 12 Lite

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In addition, it has fast charging and the box includes a 67 W charger , with which the battery goes from 0 to 50% in less than 15 minutes. We have already gotten used to it, and now there are models that reach 200 W , but fast charging is still a technical prodigy that until a few years ago seemed impossible and hindered the experience offered by this type of device.

Will I buy it?

In summary, the Xiaomi 12 Lite is a smartphone to take into account in the competitive mid-range. It has a great design, excellent ergonomics, and a gorgeous AMOLED screen . It has some less remarkable sections, such as performance or battery, but as a whole it is another example of Xiaomi’s ability to adjust the value for money to the maximum.

The Xiaomi 12 Lite next to its box

The Xiaomi 12 Lite next to its box Ishmael Sailor omicron

Its striking and thin exterior and the sensations it offers do not deceive: you are facing one of the best mobiles in its category , which has nothing to envy the Samsung A53, the OnePlus Nord 2T or the Realme 9 Pro Plus, their equivalents in the range half. The cameras fully comply, although they are not among the most remarkable of their specifications. 

Finally, its current price of 397 euros  clears up any possible doubts you may have: it is a pleasure to use on a day-to-day basis and for that money you are not likely to find much better models.