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.


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.