Xiaomi 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Price, Specifications and Features Compared

The Xiaomi 12 has been introduced in global markets, but it remains to be seen if the flagship smartphone is introduced in India as well.

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Xiaomi has brought its flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi 12, to global markets. While an India launch date is yet to be announced, the smartphone offers a competitive flagship offering against a close industry rival, the Samsung Galaxy S22. On this note, here’s looking at how the two flagship Android phones fare, all features considered together.

Xiaomi 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Price

Prices of the Xiaomi 12 for India have not been revealed yet. However, the Xiaomi 12 has been priced at $749 for global markets, or approximately Rs 57,000. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S22 costs $799 in USA, and Rs 72,999 in India. Xiaomi had also launched its previous flagship, the Mi 11 Ultra, in India at Rs 69,999 – which could serve as an indicator of how much the phone may cost here, once launched.

Xiaomi 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Design

The Xiaomi 12 offers all the usual design aspects that you’d expect from a flagship phone today, including a centrally aligned drill hole slot for the front camera, and edge to edge display with minimal bezels. To the rear, the camera unit is placed proportionately to the top-left corner, with the primary camera featuring a larger lens. The phone is 8.2mm thick, and weighs 179 grams.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 has thicker bezels, and a largely similar design as the S21 series. It has a flatter design approach in terms of angles and cuts on the phone body, and is slimmer and lighter as well – being 7.6mm thick and weighing 167 grams.

Xiaomi 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Display

The Xiaomi 12 features a 6.28-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with Dolby Vision, 1100 nits peak brightness, HDR10+ and 120Hz refresh rate. It also has a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus on top. The Samsung Galaxy S22 is a bit more compact, featuring a 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X full HD+ display. It also offers HDR10+ and 120Hz refresh rates, but is brighter at 1300 nits peak brightness. It also has a Gorilla Glass Victus Plus on top.

Xiaomi 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Performance

Powering the Xiaomi 12 is Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, this year’s de facto flagship grade smartphone processor. Available RAM and storage combinations range from 8GB + 128GB to 12GB + 256GB. The device runs on Android 12, with the Miui 13 custom interface underneath.

Samsung too has gone the Snapdragon way in India this year, offering the same processor – but with only up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Samsung offers Android 12 as well, but with its own, custom OneUI 4.1 underneath.

Xiaomi 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Cameras

The Xiaomi 12 brings a triple rear camera setup to the table, offering a 50MP primary camera with f/1.9 lens, a 13MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.4 lens, and a 5MP telephoto-macro camera f/2.4 lens as part of the configuration. It can capture 8K videos at 24fps, or 4K at 60fps and HDR10+. To the front, it has a 32MP camera with f/2.5 lens, and support for full HD video calls at 60fps.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 also has a triple rear camera setup, with a 50MP primary camera with f/1.8 lens, a 10MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 lens and 3x optical zoom range, and a 12MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 lens. The videography credentials remain the same here. To the front, users get a 10MP selfie camera with f/2.2 lens, and 4K video calling at up to 60fps.

Xiaomi 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Battery

The Xiaomi 12 offers a 4,500mAh battery, with 67W fast charging and 50W fast wireless charging. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S22 has a 3,700mAh battery with 25W fast charging and 15W wireless charging.

Xiaomi 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Verdict

Based on specifications and initial images, the Xiaomi 12 has a more appealing design and better battery life. Both the phones are largely similar in terms of performance, display and cameras. In terms of price, Xiaomi may offer a slightly more competitive pricing. However, Samsung’s offering is slightly more compact, and has a better telephoto camera.

On this note, the Xiaomi 12 could be the better overall choice – while the Samsung Galaxy S22 could be the pick for those who want smaller devices.