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Xiaomi 12T Pro Has a Whopping 200MP Main Camera. Seriously

There's a new leader in the smartphone megapixel race. But remember, more pixels doesn't always mean better pictures.

Xiaomi 12T Pro smartphone in gray
Xiaomi's 12T Pro is all about the camera.
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Xiaomi doesn't shy away from beefy cameras on its phones, and the new Xiaomi 12T Pro keeps this going with a massive 200-megapixel camera. 

The main camera of Xiaomi's 12T Pro has a Samsung-made 1/1.22-inch sensor, or among the highest resolution camera sensors ever made for a phone. These larger sensors tend to deliver better images in low-light environments and more bokeh, among other image enhancements. 

Along with that 200-megapixel main shooter, a 8-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera complete the rear camera module. 

Read More: Xiaomi 12S Ultra has the world's largest camera sensor

Xiaomi's 12T Pro rear view of three different color phones

Xiaomi's 12T Pro features three rear cameras, headlined by a 200-megapixel main camera.

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However, best-in-class image quality on a smartphone isn't determined by one factor, or in this case, a 200-megapixel camera. It goes beyond high megapixel counts, which let you enlarge and crop into a photo without losing detail. As with any other phone, the Xiaomi 12T Pro's software (computational photography) will play a crucial role in determining the image quality of the final photo, though Xiaomi has a solid track record.

In addition to the headline-making camera module, the Xiaomi 12T Pro features all the trappings of a 2022 flagship. There's a top-of-the line processor (Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1), a crystalline 6.67-inch AMOLED display, a large 5,000-mAh battery, super fast 120W charging and 5G compatibility. Pricing details weren't revealed at the time this was announced, but the 12T Pro is expected to receive a release in Europe and the UK among other places. 

For more details about Xiaomi's fancy new flagship, check out CNET's specs charts below. The Xiaomi 12T Pro is a member of the new Xiaomi 12T series, announced at the company's launch event in Munich on Tuesday.

Xiaomi 12T Pro specs

Display size, resolution, refresh rate 6.67-inch AMOLED; 2,712 x 1,220 pixels (120Hz adaptive)
Pixel density 446ppi
Dimensions (Millimeters) 163.1mm x 75.9mm x 8.6mm
Weight (Grams) 205g
Mobile software MIUI 13 based on Android 12
Camera 200-megapixel (main), 8-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (macro)
Front-facing camera 20-megapixel (front)
Video capture 8K
Processor Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
Storage/RAM 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB, 12GB+256GB
Expandable storage None
Battery/Charger 5,000-mAh (120W fast-charging)
Fingerprint sensor In-display
Connector USB-C
Headphone jack None
Special features 200-megapixel main shooter, 5G, 120W fast-charging
Price (USD) N/A
Price (GBP) TBC
Price (AUD) TBC