Xiaomi 12 Lite review: the best choice!

Table of Contents

  • Specifications
  • Set
  • Positioning
  • Appearance
  • Elements on the case
  • Screen
  • Working hours
  • Communication options
  • Cameras
  • Memory, chipset and performance
  • About sound
  • Impression
  • Competitors


  • Communication standards support: 5G (n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n40/n41/n66/n77/n78); 4G/LTE 3G; GSM; two slots for SIM cards
  • Dimensions: 159.3×73.7×7.29mm
  • Weight: 173 g (metal, glass)
  • Platform: MIUI 13, Google Android 12
  • CPU: 6 nm, octa-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
  • GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 642
  • Display: 6.55-inch AMOLED DotDisplay, 2400×1080 pixels; up to 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch layer frequency; protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Triple main camera: 108 MP (1/1.52″), f/1.88, + 2 MP (macro) + 8 MP (wide-angle, 120°), f/2.4; autofocus
  • Front-camera: 32 MP
  • Memory: 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB (LPDDR4X + UFS 2.2)
  • Communications: Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 5.2; USB Type-C; NFC IR port (remote control); GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS
  • Battery: 4300 mAh, fast charging (67 W)
  • Other: under-screen fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and light sensors, electronic compass
  • Sound: two speakers, Dolby Atmos


  • Xiaomi 12 Lite
  • Adapter
  • USB Type-C cable
  • SIM eject tool
  • Protective case
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty card


Let me remind you that Xiaomi came out not so long agoseveral devices: the flagship Xiaomi 12 Pro, a little simpler and much more compact - 12, even simpler - 12x and a device called 12 Lite that does not fit into the general concept at all.

The fact is that it is 12 Lite that differs from all other smartphones of the new series: it is flatter, has different cameras, and other parameters do not resemble the Xiaomi 12 series in any way.

And it seems to me that it is in this Xiaomi 12 Litewins over the other participants of the "race". This is a product for those who appreciate the classic strict flat design and are not ready to spend money on extra "whistles". The device is maximally optimal for an ordinary undemanding user, while it is not a weak and primitive gadget.


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Xiaomi 12 Lite has several undeniable advantages:

  • Appearance
  • Ergonomics
  • Cameras
  • Working hours
  • Screen

I used this device for about a month, so almost all my conclusions can be called user experience.

To date, the official Russian price12 Lite is 39,000 rubles for the 8GB + 128GB version. It seems to me that even this price is quite adequate for the current market. For example, 12x costs from 60,000 rubles, and for a "proshka" they ask from 109,000 rubles. By the way, did you notice that even the site has decently reduced prices? The 12 Pro alone lost almost 30,000 rubles at once!

If we are talking about AliExpress, then there is 12 Litecan be found from 25,000 rubles. True, delivery costs unrealistic money: in some places they ask for up to 10,000 rubles! But there are also free shipping. Marvelous…


The Xiaomi 12 Lite smartphone is available in three colorssolutions: gray, blue and pink. My review turned out to be a gadget of a strict gray color, but I would recommend looking towards blue or pink - cheerful, bright, beautiful colors. Although if you stuff your smartphone into a case, then it doesn’t matter what color to take the device.

I never tire of repeating that modern devicesthey are made from materials that are difficult to recognize: whether it is plastic, or glass, or painted metal. In general, the frame of the gadget, in my opinion, is plastic, the back side is made of glass, in fact, like the front panel. True, the latter has fifth-generation Corning Gorilla Glass.

And here it is, the main difference from older models. There is already glass Victus. Well, there is metal. Has this affected the ergonomics in any way? I think no.

The main difference between the 12 Lite version and 12 Pro, 12 and12x is a flat, even profile, like the Apple iPhone 12/13. I am sure that they “mowed” under it. I can honestly say that they did better in terms of ease of use, since I used the iPhone 12 for about a year and a week later I hung a bumper on the device, because without it the edges of the device are too sharp.

Xiaomi 12X, 12, 12 Lite and 12 Pro

Xiaomi 12 Lite has a flat screen and backpanel, and sides. The back cover is matte, satin, as it is now fashionable to say. On the plus side, fingerprints are less visible. Well, the look lasts longer.

The "island" with lenses is made of transparent plastic. There is a chance that it will scratch over time. I wonder why not glass? Saving? Unlikely…

For a month of active work with the device in allpossible conditions (still worked in the country) there were no problems with Xiaomi 12 Lite, that is, neither heat (+40 in direct sunlight), nor splashes of water from vacationers splashing in the quarry, nor dust, no sand - everything is fine. Moreover, I did not even notice scratches on the case.

Thus, the 12 Lite smartphone can be called a reliable device, tested in real harsh conditions of a summer residence. But yes, of course, the cell phone did not experience except Siberian frosts and snowfall.

By the way, the entire Xiaomi 12 series does not have water and dust protection. Even 12 Pro. If you need IP, then “please, welcome” Mi 11 Ultra or 12S Ultra.

I heard a story about fogging camera lenses on Xiaomi 12 series. I have all the representatives on my hands. Haven't seen one like this. Probably bloggers got the first non-final samples.

In general, Xiaomi 12 Lite is easy to use,durable, well-built, thin (only 7.2 mm) and reliable smartphone, made of adequate materials for its price. If you are afraid of damage to the appearance - put on the silicone bumper from the kit. It is quite tolerable quality, does not cause rejection. However, ergonomics will definitely suffer.

Elements on the case

On the front panel at the top is the front camera.As far as I understand, there is no proximity sensor here, since the device periodically turned on the backlight during a call. It seems to me that this is generally a problem with many modern smartphones.

The light sensor with a firmware update began to work worse: it constantly lowers the brightness or does not respond to bright light. 12, 12X and partially 12 Pro behave similarly.

At the top end there is an IR transmitter, a speaker, a microphone.

On the bottom - a slot for SIM cards, the main microphone, USB Type-C, the main speaker.

The speech speaker is loud, there is a large margin, it sounds clear, legible, loud.

The fingerprint scanner is located under the screen. Works relatively quickly, recognizes correctly. But not the best.

On the right is the power button and volume control.The buttons are flat and located in the right place: the thumb finds them easily. The pressure is soft, the stroke is small. A soft "click" sound is heard. In general, very comfortable.

On the reverse side are three camera lenses and a two-section flash. It shines brightly, the effective distance is up to 2 meters. The light is closer to 4000 Kelvin.


Basic data:6.55-inch AMOLED DotDisplay, 2400×1080 pixel resolution; up to 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch layer frequency; protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 5; density 400 PPI, aspect ratio 20:9; TrueColor technology, ΔE ≈ 0.31, JNCD ≈ 0.26. Support: sRGB, DCI-P3, HDR10+ and even Dolby Vision.

According to theoretical data, it uses wellsimply stunning display. In real life, it looks a little worse than the screens of Xiaomi 12, 12X and even more so 12 Pro. This is a purely subjective impression, based on the fact that I used all these devices for at least a month at the same time.

One of the downsides is the low brightness of the matrix. This happened after a recent system update. Can you live? Yes, it is quite. If you do not trust automation, adjust the brightness manually. Hello 2000s!

The maximum brightness in manual mode is 720 cd/m2. This is a high figure for such a device. Usually no more than 650 cd/m2. On automatic, the brightness reaches 690 cd / m2.

But in HDR mode, the peak brightness reaches as much as 1200 cd / m2!

It behaves well in the light, but up to 1200 cd / m2 the brightness never twists, which is bad. Especially in the summer sunshine.

The refresh rate can be set to either 60Hz or 120Hz. I think the choice is obvious.

An interesting observation: at 120 Hz, the ripple factor is 8% (100% brightness), and at 60 Hz it is 18%.

On the Xiaomi website it says "PWM dimmer 1920Hz". However, I did not find any settings to eliminate flicker. Nevertheless, at 120 Hz the ripple is really low (up to 15%).

This device has an AOD mode, but it is truncated. That is, it works only from touching the screen. There is no permanent AOD here. But it is in models 12, 12X and 12 Pro. This is about the prefix Lite.

Total: bright, high-quality, almost without PWM, with a cool HDR mode, but subjectively loses to matrices in Xiaomi 12, 12X and 12 Pro; the light sensor is naughty.

Working hours

Since the designers decided to make the phone thin (7.2 mm), then, naturally, something had to be sacrificed. With what? Of course, the capacity of the battery. Therefore, in Xiaomi 12 Lite we see a 4300 mAh battery.

However, I hasten to please you: this did not affect the work time much.

  1. The glow of the screen at automatic brightness (almost always it was 80 - 100%, since it was in the light) - 5 - 5.5 hours.
  2. Video playback at maximum brightness (700 cd / m2) - up to 13 hours.
  3. Games (at a brightness of about 50%) - 4 - 5 hours.
  4. WhatsApp audio calls with screen off - up to 5 hours.
  5. YouTube video without HDR (at about 50% brightness) - up to 11 hours.
  6. 4K video shooting - up to 5 hours.

Very good numbers too.Provided that in 10 minutes from charging 67 W (included in the kit), the device is charged up to 40%. This has saved me more than once: I have to run away on business, and the smartphone shows 15% of the charge; I stuck the adapter, and while I was dressing, the phone was charged more than half. And this time will be enough for a long time.

Xiaomi 12 Lite does not understand wireless charging.

Communication options

Here's what you need to know: Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 5.2; USB Type-C; NFC IR port (remote control); GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS.

In general, nothing new to say about the quality of communicationI can not. All Xiaomi 12 series behave plus or minus the same way. Didn't see any obvious problems. Everything is fine with GPS too: a cold start is less than a couple of seconds even indoors.

Using NFC, you can record tickets on a Troika card and more. Bluetooth is ok. The only thing I noticed in the subway was some interference with the operation of TWS headphones.


With cameras, Xiaomi did it simply:to reduce the cost of the device, it was necessary to save money, so there is no “zoom” here, as well as high resolutions for macro and “width”. All finances went to the 108MP main camera sensor.

And Xiaomi also relied on selfies, because in partposition this model as a device for young people, tik tokers and streamers. Therefore, the front module is 32 MP, and even with autofocus. This is a rather pleasant and unexpected bonus.

I will have a separate topic with frame comparisonon all devices of the Xiaomi 12 series. Looking ahead, I will say that everything is not so simple. That is, 12 Pro shoots perfectly, but it’s impossible to say that 12 Lite is much inferior.

I used the 12 Lite camera to the fullest.Day and night photos are amazing: wide dynamic range, bright and juicy colors, accurate white balance (although some bloggers have claimed otherwise in their reviews). There is natural background blur. True, it can also play a negative role when shooting at close range: the edges of the frame are washed out due to the characteristics of the sensor and optics.

At night, there is a little more noise than 12, 12X and 12 Pro. This is due to the large resolution, but a weak sensor for such purposes. However, the quality is still at a high level.

"Shirik" is only 13 MP, but not much differentfrom 50 MP sensor in Xiaomi 12 Pro. Most importantly, the proportion between bright and light areas in the frame is observed. Good dynamic range, bright and rich colors. Almost no "soap" at the edges of the frame.

At night and with poor lighting in the room, artifacts come out without pronounced noise. Slightly reduced detail.

The macro module has a fixed focus. Takes it off. It is better to take a 108 MP frame and crop it.

As for video shooting, everything is also good here. The maximum available to you is 4K at 30 fps on the main camera and 1080p at 30 fps on the “wide”. Macro is written in 720p at 30 fps.

However, the main thing here is quality, not resolution. The videos are smooth, the colors are natural, there are few artifacts at night. I had enough video opportunities for my eyes.

The front camera is great.Still: 32 MP, autofocus, 1080p at 60 fps! But do not forget to wipe the peephole: the lens is very sensitive to contamination of the glass surface. And if the film is pasted, then it is better to provide a hole for it.

Digital bokeh - so-so, I did not like it.


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Among the software there is "Film Effects".I reviewed them in the Xiaomi 12 review. I was impressed by the double video (the information from the rear camera is displayed on top, and from the front camera below). But most of all, the effect called “cloning” was fun. In the first case, the object is cloned in the frame (it can be either a person or anything), in the second, the same object is in the same video, in the third case, the object, as it were, “collects” its copy.

The interface is the same as in any other Xiaomi device. You can read about it at the link below. MIUI 12 Review

This is a material about a new version of the proprietary shell of Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones called MIUI 12

Examples of photos and videos:

  • Original photos (zip, 121 MB) >>>
  • Sample video (MP4, 176 MB) >>>
  • Sample video macro (MP4, 41 MB) >>>

Memory, chipset and performance

Officially, Xiaomi 12 Lite has these options forMemory: 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB. However, on sale you will most likely find 8 GB + 128 GB. Alas, memory cards are not supported in this model. Therefore, if you take a smartphone for a long time, then look for 8 GB + 256 GB.

The RAM speed is defined as 7700 MB/s. There is a possibility that the result is incorrect. However, anything can be...

Built-in memory (I had a variant with 128 GB) - 930/230 MB / s. Reading is excellent, but writing could be done a little faster, at least 300 MB / s.

In this case, we are dealing with SoC QualcommSnapdragon 778G: here 6 nm, 8 cores, 5G support. Thanks to the 6 nm process technology, the device almost does not heat up, it is certainly colder than Mi 11 Ultra, 12 Pro and 12. If you do not pay attention to this in the cold season, then using a hot phone in the heat is quite uncomfortable.

There are no issues in terms of performance.All games are on Ultra graphics settings. But then everything depends on optimization: somewhere there are drawdowns up to 30 fps, and somewhere without problems 60 fps. The heavy game of Genshin impact on Ultra runs with great difficulty, occasionally dropping to 15 fps in case of a large number of effects. If you turn on screen recording, you will “catch” interface friezes.

If it's not about games, then in general the phonerelatively nimble. However, in comparison with Xiaomi 12, 12X and 12 Pro, the Xiaomi 12 Lite seems to be a little slow. But this is in comparison, when you use all these devices at the same time.

If the instant reaction of the phone is important to you, then you better take a closer look at the Xiaomi 12X or older.

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In my opinion, the system was “combed”, part of it was removed"sores". The interface has become a little smoother even on older devices. Moreover, the developers eliminated the lags cunningly: the device pauses before performing this or that action. In previous versions of the UI, at these moments, the smartphone would lag and perform an action.

About sound

Xiaomi 12 Lite has two stereo speakers.They sound relatively loud, the stereo base is narrow. The quality is normal for such a gadget, but I heard better. I would like a slightly more expressive sound, here it is a bit flat.

For some reason, it is on Xiaomi 12 series that many TWS headphones in WhatsApp calls play a quiet sound. The scenario is not obvious, but the fact is the fact. Huawei FreeBuds 4 are especially quiet.

With normal music listening, any TWS earphones behave well.


The Xiaomi 12 Lite smartphone is an extremely successful product of the company. The first thing I noticed was the flat design. Classic flat screen and back panel without any frills like Waterfall displays.

The second is pleasant materials, build quality. For a month of active use in the country, there are no problems with the appearance of the device: no scratches, no chips.

The third is the display. He's great. Here you have 120 Hz, and high brightness, and support for honest HDR. True, there is a minus - the AOD mode is truncated.

Fourth, work hours. Despite the 4300 mAh battery, the device works for quite a long time, providing up to 5.5 hours of screen light. More details can be found in the relevant section.

Of the minuses, it is also worth noting the periodicsystem microlags. There are few of them, they are more noticeable in comparison with other devices. And after a week you don't even notice. The device also has an average turn off of the backlight during a call.

In general, Xiaomi 12 Lite, as I wrote more than once, -the most optimal smartphone in all respects. I used it with great pleasure for part of the summer and did not regret it, even if I had Xiaomi 12 Pro on hand.

I wrote about the price before. Our 12 Lite costs a little less than 40,000 rubles. On AliExpress you can find from 26,000 rubles. For such money, I would not even begin to think - I would buy it.


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