The Xiaomi 12 will likely end up as a close rival for the Samsung Galaxy S22, Oppo Find X4 and OnePlus 10 when they launch, so it’s definitely worth paying attention to whatever happens today. If you’re keen to watch the Xiaomi 12 launch, you can find a link to a live stream here. Bear in mind, as a Chinese launch it’s not in English – but in this live blog, we’ll be bringing you all the important information you need. But given that the XIaomi 12 launch is over, it might be easier to catch up using our beat-by-beat analysis below. Welcome to our Xiaomi 12 launch live blog. There are two hours to go until the show begins, but we’ll walk you through what to expect.
The Xiaomi 12 launch ceremony has come to an end! It began at 3:30 a.m. PT / 6:30 a.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. GMT / 7:30 p.m. ACT and lasted two and a half hours. Along with the Mi 12 and Mi 12 Pro, there was also the Mi 12X, MIUI updates, a new smartwatch, new headphones, and more. This was a China-only debut, and we expect the phone to be released to the rest of the world in early 2022. This is exactly what happened with the Mi 11 a year ago, when it was unveiled in China on December 26 and subsequently made available worldwide in February. Despite the fact that this is not a “global” launch, the phone will be same. Today, we learned everything there is to know about the new flagship smartphone, including camera specifications, screen size and resolution, charging speed, design, and more.
Before we get too bogged down with Xiaomi 12 information, let’s briefly mention the non-smartphone devices coming today. The Xiaomi Watch S1 has been teased, but we only know the design so far – you can see an image of it above. The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro – that’s a device that only launched in China, but is basically identical to the Xiaomi Pad 5 we got globally but with more RAM – is getting a higher-storage-space variant with a new colored keyboard. Some new wireless earbuds have been teased too. Hopefully, we’ll also see mention of Xiaomi’s Cyberdog, a good ro-boy that was launched earlier this year and has shown up in a few launch events since.
This is the next version of MIUI, Xiaomi’s Android skin, which has been anticipated some time. The company has confirmed that this will debut today too, and we’ll likely see the Xiaomi 12 phones being the first devices to come with it pre-installed. So what’s new with MIUI 13? Well bug fixes hopefully, as we commonly criticize MIUI as being one of the buggiest custom user interfaces. Beyond that, Xiaomi has detailed the new user interface to an extent. Apparently it will have a ‘focus calculation’ mode so it can use your location data (we think – the machine translation from Xiaomi’s post means we can’t be certain this is what’s used) to work out what you’re doing with your device and minimize unimportant processes.