Try Xiaomi 12 Pro again after 3 months: has it reached consecration with the GLOBAL rom?

It's been three months since our review of the new Xiaomi 12 Pro, the new top of the range of the Chinese giant which, when we received it for testing, was not yet on sale in Italy. Well, after a few months of waiting Xiaomi 12 Pro it also officially arrived at us in its Global version, that is with a very different rom compared to the Chinese one with which we stressed the smartphone some time ago.

And every promise and debt: in the review of the Xiaomi 12 Pro we have stressed several times that the device in our possession did have Google services, but on the China ROM, anticipating that once it was available in the Global version we would have tested some of its fundamental features again.

So no, this is not the review of the Xiaomi 12 Pro but, after the last update with the security patches of April 2022, it is time to see what are the - real - differences between the Roma China and the Global ROM, in order to be able to understand if the company is managed to solve or improve some points that may have been affected by the different versions of the operating system: camera, battery, performance and overheating and management of the proximity sensor.

3 months with Xiaomi 12 Pro: what changes between the Global version and the China one

Camera

Let's start this sort of "comparison" talking about the camera, because it is true that from the hardware point of view the two versions are absolutely identical, but changing the ROM version could in turn change the whole image processing system and everything else. is behind the long string of features related to smartphone computational photography.

But first, let's do a summary of the features related to the camera sector of the Xiaomi 12 Pro: in the new top of the range of the brand three sensors with the same resolution (ie 50 megapixel) have been integrated which, however, are technically very different from each other.

The main camera, however, is the only one to really flex its muscles: it uses the new Sony IMX707 sensor, and is flanked by an ultra-wide angle and a 2x zoom both with a JN1 sensor.

And I'll come straight to the point: between the Global version of the Xiaomi 12 Pro and China, the differences from the point of view of image processing are very few. All in all in short, in our tests we found qualitatively very similar photographs, without any substantial difference, especially as regards the main camera: it is with this camera that the Xiaomi 12 Pro continues to flex its muscles, producing best-in-class quality among images in both good and low light conditions.

In reality, the company has taken a few steps forward. And it did so by attempting to bridge that qualitative gap between the main camera and the other two, which I told you about quite thoroughly in the device review. In conditions of good light, as well as at night, the images taken with the ultra wide angle handle the dynamic range better and are characterized by a better managed noise, but the most substantial differences are noticed when shooting at night with the optical zoom: with the latest update of the ROM Global, the company has managed to better manage the dynamic range and the battering of the photos taken with low light using this lens which, let's remember, was the only one not to convince me three years ago.

Let me be clear, unfortunately the lens poco bright optical zoom tends to bring physical limits that can hardly be overcome with the software, and indeed things have improved, but slightly and with results that certainly do not scream a miracle. But that's okay, this improvement is still a good sign that means that the brand, deep down (and even if it will never admit it), is aware of the "problem" and is working to improve things.

As for the video I did not find any difference: the electronic stabilization system was already good in the Chinese version of the smartphone, and also the management of the dynamic range and the saturation hue balance were equally good: in the Xiaomi 12 Pro Global all the merits (and defects) of video recording are confirmed by what we saw with the ROM China.

Performance and overheating - Xiaomi 12 Pro Global vs. China

Let's now move on to the hardware and management of the much-feared 8-generation Snap 1: on "In Test with Giz", our Telegram group where we show you all the backstage of our reviews, there were many users who asked us just if the "overheating" issue has been resolved in the Global version of the Xiaomi 12 Pro, but first - as usual - a brief overview of the technical characteristics.

in Xiaomi 12 Pro The new first generation Snapdragon 8 was used which, in our sample, is flanked by 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM memory and 128 GB of UFS 3.1 internal memory. A super top of the range configuration, which allows you to carry out practically all the operations possible with a smartphone, and does so at maximum power.

But by now we all know that the Snap 8 Gen 1, as powerful as it is, suffers from a problem that should not be underestimated: overheating. Well, I'll be concise: also Xiaomi 12 Pro Global heats up a lot, probably more than the Chinese model. Let's be clear, smartphones with identical hardware should guarantee identical benchmarks, but I still wanted to re-run all the tests just to try to understand if those of Xiaomi, with the global ROM, had changed something in terms of processor management. But first things first.

GeekBench 5

In the benchmark performed with GeekBench 5, the results obtained by the Xiaomi 12 Pro Global are almost identical to the ones we got 3 months ago with the Chinese version. To tell the truth, the variant sold in Italy scored slightly higher than the Chinese one, obtaining 1224 points in single core (against 1180 in the China version) and 3524 points in Multi-Core (against 3429 in the China version). .

Mark 3D

The 9560 points obtained in 3D Mark with Xiaomi 12 Pro China overturn a little what was seen in GeekBench, because the Global version obtained a score of 9560 and the difference is seen in the average framerate: in the test, Xiaomi 12 Pro Global guaranteed an average of 57.30 FPS while the China version surpassed 60, reaching an average 60.70 FPS.

PC Mark

In PC Mark, on the other hand, the score between the two versions is practically identical: Xiaomi 12 Pro Global scored 13087 points, against the 13160 points we got from the China version.

AnTuTu

And even with AnTuTu this similarity in terms of numerical performance is confirmed: Xiaomi 12 Pro Global obtained a score of 969142, slightly higher than the 951145 obtained by the Chinese version. In a nutshell, in terms of bare and raw performance there are no substantial differences between the two versions of the smartphone.

One of the failed Stress Test attempts with AnTuTu

What has changed, however, is the result of AnTuTu's stress test, for a very simple reason: the first two times I attempted a 15-minute test, the device exceeded the safe temperature, which never happened. with the Chinese version of the smartphone.

AnTuTu Stress Test successful

On the third attempt, however, after turning off the device for half an hour and then turning it back on and running the test, too Xiaomi 12 Pro Global managed to bring it to an end, albeit getting very close to the safety temperature that would have blocked it. In any case, from the graphs it can be seen that the two versions manage the performance of the CPU in a slightly different way: in the China version, the performances have peaks that drop below 80%, while in the Global version this phenomenon does not occur. ever presents. And it is precisely from this that, probably, the execution problems that I encountered derive.

In a nutshell yes, Xiaomi 12 Pro is confirmed among the smartphones with Snap 8 Gen. 1 that heat up more, and even if when we talk about benchmarks we generally talk about raw numbers and not about user experience, it must be said, however, that other smartphones animated by the same SoC, like the OnePlus 10 Pro (here the review) or the IQOO 9 Pro (here the review) did not have the same problems as the Xiaomi.

Finally, the management of LTPO 2.0 technology is also the same as we have seen in the Chinese version of the smartphone. And, I'm honest: I was hoping with it Xiaomi 12 Pro Global the company found a method to be able to go down to 1 Hz, which did not happen.

Although LTPO 2.0 technology is capable of handling variable refresh rates from 1Hz to 120Hz, even with the Xiaomi 12 Pro Global I have never managed to drop below 10 Hz, a frequency that can only be obtained if you set the brightness to maximum: lowering it, the refresh rate stops at 60 Hz.

Battery

As for battery, the 4600 mAH that drives it Xiaomi 12 Pro, in the Global version managed to guarantee a slightly higher autonomy than the Chinese one. If you remember, in the review of the Xiaomi 12 Pro released in January, I was able to use the smartphone for poco less than 5 hours of display on, with automatic brightness and the screen fixed on the highest resolution and on 120 Hz. Well, with the Xiaomi 12 Pro Global and with the same settings I managed to overcome of poco the 5 and a half hours of display on.

Now, it is clear that the improvements are there but they are not revolutionary and yes, 5 and a half hours of display on are not that great, but by lowering the resolution and activating the automatic refresh rate, which takes advantage of the LTPO 2.0, the autonomy it can even increase by an hour.

In any case, the reasons for this (albeit small) difference in autonomy between the two versions are soon said: the Chinese ROM is full of bloatware and pre-installed applications by the company that, like it or not, suck energy. In the Global version, on the other hand, the vast majority of these apps are not installed, which means that energy consumption decreases, albeit in a rather slight form.

Even in the Global version of the Xiaomi 12 Pro then, it is possible to choose whether or not to activate the ultra-fast recharge which, let us remember, with its 120w is able to guarantee a complete recharge in about 18 minutes.

Proximity sensor

Finally, we come to the proximity sensor, which has been the most painful point of Xiaomi's smartphones for years. But first a quick recap: Xiaomi 12 Pro uses a new proximity sensor, manufactured by Goodix, but the sad reality is that while things have improved compared to previous generations, the problem has not been completely solved.

The Goodix sensor is generally used to determine the temperature of the ambient light, to better manage the color balance when taking selfies (eliminating problems related to the brightness of the display) and for other features of this type, and is then also used as a sensor proximity. The problem though, is that even with Xiaomi 12 Pro with Chinese ROM we encountered some annoying limitations of this technology.

And things do not change with the Global version of the smartphone because, first of all, even with this version the proximity sensor is activated only when the smartphone is positioned in a vertical position or slightly inclined: which means that yes, when telephoning while if you are standing or sitting, the system is activated, but if for example you are in bed with one ear resting on the pillow, the first problems would begin.

I must admit, however, that I have never encountered the usual annoyances when I tried to call with him Xiaomi 12 Pro Global  even if, and this is an equally annoying thing, going to listen to voice messages on Telegram or WhatsApp, several times I found myself with the notification curtain down, or in some particular screen of the operating system.

So I confirm what was said in the January review: good but not very good. I hope that sooner or later Xiaomi will decide to change technology because, let's face it, there are many more functional alternatives and this story begins to annoy all users of the brand, both experienced and inexperienced.



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