Xiaomi unveiled the 12-series just days before New Year’s eve and only announced plans for a launch in China. The rest of the world is still waiting for a global launch and while there is no official time line yet, there are clues piling up that suggest that the launch is near.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro and its vanilla sibling were spotted in the database of an Indonesian telco a few weeks ago, now the Pro has also gone through the FCC and has appeared in several benchmark results.
The FCC report for the phone (2201122G) reveals support for the following 5G sub-6 bands: n5, n7, n38, n51, n66, n77 and n78. It will also feature Wi-Fi 6E support, though that is still not legalized in some regions (eg the EU). NFC is on board as well.
This 5G connectivity is enabled by the Qualcomm modem inside the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. A Geekbench result from the global Xiaomi 12 Pro shows 12 GB of RAM and Android 12 (with MIUI 13 on top). The score is on the low side for an 8 Gen 1 phone, so the global ROM may need work.
As for the RAM, the base Pro has 8 GB, but since there is only one result in the database, we can’t draw conclusions about what memory capacities will be offered to the global audience. The vanilla Xiaomi 12 that was tested by Geekbench did have 8 GB of RAM (that unit scored even lower, which further suggests that the ROM is not ready for prime time).
The phone also appeared in the HTML5Test database, using Chrome 96 on Android 12. Interestingly, this result is from two months ago, before Xiaomi unveiled the 12 series, so work on the global model has been going on for a while.
The Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro are headed for a global launch, the third member of the family, the Xiaomi 12X, will likely join them. The launch date is still nebulous, but previous leaks indicated that the Xiaomi 12 is aiming for a February or March release and we have no reason to believe its two siblings will not be by its side. And don’t forget that there is also an Ultra model waiting for its time to shine.