We put the Xiaomi 12 through our rigorous DXOMARK Display test suite to measure its performance along 6 criteria: readability, color, video, motion, touch, and artifacts. In this test results, we will break down how it fared in a variety of tests and several common use cases.
Key display specifications:
- 6.28 inches, OLED
- Dimensions: 152.7 x 69.9 x 8.16 mm
- Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels, (~419 ppi density)
- Aspect ratio: 20:9
- Refresh rate: 120 Hz
Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.
Best: Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max (160)
Best: Vivo X90 Pro+ (164)
Best: Samsung Galaxy S23 (Snapdragon) (162)
Best: Huawei P40 Pro (155)
Best: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 (168)
Best: Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 (161)
Please be aware that beyond this point, we have not modified the initial test results. While data and products remain fully comparable, you might encounter mentions and references to the previous scores.
Position in Global Ranking
1. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
4. Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
4. Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
4. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5
8. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (Snapdragon)
8. Samsung Galaxy S23 (Snapdragon)
10. Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus (Snapdragon)
13. Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
16. Honor Magic4 Ultimate
28. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Snapdragon)
31. Samsung Galaxy S22+ (Exynos)
35. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4
35. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Exynos)
35. Vivo X80 Pro (MediaTek)
39. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
39. Samsung Galaxy S22 (Snapdragon)
39. Samsung Galaxy S22 (Exynos)
39. Vivo X80 Pro (Snapdragon)
45. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon)
45. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos)
49. Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Snapdragon)
56. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
56. Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon)
63. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
63. Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (Exynos)
66. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
73. Vivo X70 Pro (MediaTek)
73. Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)
89. Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)
89. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (Exynos)
93. Apple iPhone SE (2022)
99. Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
103. Motorola Edge 40 Pro
106. Motorola Razr 40 Ultra
110. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
115. Motorola Edge 20 Pro
115. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
119. Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
125. Xiaomi Redmi K50 Gaming
127. Nubia RedMagic 6 Pro
128. Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
135. Microsoft Surface Duo
137. Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro
138. Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G
146. Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
147. Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
149. Lenovo Legion Phone 2 Pro
Position in Premium Ranking
1. Samsung Galaxy S23 (Snapdragon)
5. Samsung Galaxy S22 (Snapdragon)
5. Samsung Galaxy S22 (Exynos)
7. Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Snapdragon)
12. Vivo X70 Pro (MediaTek)
12. Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)
18. Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)
40. Lenovo Legion Phone 2 Pro
- Smooth touch interactions
- Smooth light transitions
- Properly maintained performance in angle
- Low brightness level in HDR10 video watching
- Lack of brightness in most tested conditions, especially under sunlight
- Difficulties to handle frame drops when watching videos
The Xiaomi 12’s 120Hz screen refresh rate provides a smooth experience and its color rendering is well-managed in indoor light conditions.
The device adapts its brightness levels smoothly to changing lighting conditions. However, brightness could be a bit higher when viewing photos indoors; and when outdoors, the screen is too dim to properly see the content. Under sunlight, the display activates an image adaptation function, but that tends to reduce color nuances.
Brightness is also an issue when using the Xiaomi 12 to watch movies. In low light, the screen’s brightness is too low to allow for a comfortable viewing experience, particularly when watching HDR10 content. Frequent frame drops also minimize the movie-watching experience. This is the main drawback of the device.
About DXOMARK Display tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone and other display reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective and perceptual tests under controlled lab and real-life conditions. Note that we evaluate display attributes using only the device’s built-in display hardware and its still image (gallery) and video apps at their default settings. (For in-depth information about how we evaluate smartphone and other displays, check out our articles, “How DXOMARK tests display quality” and “A closer look at DXOMARK Display testing.”
The following section gathers key elements of our exhaustive tests and analyses performed in DXOMARK laboratories. Detailed performance evaluations under the form of reports are available upon request. Do not hesitate to contact us.
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
How Display Readability score is composed
Readability evaluates how easily and comfortably users can read the display under different real-life conditions on still content (photos & web). DXOMARK uses its Display Bench to recreate ambient light conditions ranging from total darkness to bright sunlight. In addition to laboratory tests,perceptual analysis is also made in real-life environments.
Brightness under various lighting conditions
Contrast under various lighting conditions
Outdoors in the shade, from left: Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 11 Ultra, the Apple iPhone 13, and the Asus Zenfone 8
(Photos for illustration only)
Outdoors in sunlight, from left: Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 11 Ultra, the Apple iPhone 13, and the Asus Zenfone 8
(Photos for illustration only)
Luminance uniformity in false color for 20% gray
This graph shows the uniformity of the display with a 20% gray pattern.
The more visible the green color is, the more uniform is the display.
How Display Color score is composed
The color attribute evaluates the capacity of the device to accurately reproduce colors. The measurements taken are for fidelity, white point color, and gamut coverage. We perform color evaluations for different lighting conditions to see how well the device can manage color in the surrounding environment. Colors are measured using a spectrophotometer in a controlled lighting environment. Perceptual analysis of color rendering is against the reference pattern displayed on a calibrated professional monitor.
White point color temperature under indoor lighting conditions (1000 lux)
Xiaomi 12, color fidelity at 1000 lux in the sRGB color space
Xiaomi 12, color fidelity at 1000 lux in the DCI-P3 color space
Each arrow represents the color difference between a target color pattern (base of the arrow) and its actual measurement (tip of the arrow). The longer the arrow, the greater the color difference is visible. If the arrow stays within the circle, the color difference will only be visible to trained eyes.
White point on angle, Xiaomi 12
This graph shows the color shift when the screen is at an angle. Each dot represents a measurement at a particular angle. Dots inside the inner circle exhibit no color shift in angle; those between the inner and outer circle have shifts that only trained experts will see; but those falling outside the outer circle are noticeable.
Color rendering outdoors, clockwise from top left: Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 11 Ultra, the Apple iPhone 13, and the Asus Zenfone 8.
The Xiaomi 12 shows a slight blue to green cast.
(Photos for illustration only)
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Snapdragon)
How Display Video score is composed
Our video attribute evaluates the Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) and High Dynamic Range (HDR10) video handling of each device in indoor and low light conditions. We measure tone mapping, color gamut, brightness and contrast of the display. We perform perceptual analysis against our professional reference monitor (Sony BVM-HX310) to ensure that the rendering respects the artistic intent.
Video brightness at 10% APL in the dark ( < 5 lux)
The device’s brightness is low for HDR10 content.
(Photos for illustration only)
The primary colors are measured both in HDR10 and SDR. The extracted color gamut shows the extent of the color area that the device can render. To respect the artistic intent, the measured gamut should match the mastering color space of each video
How Display Motion score is composed
The motion attribute evaluates the handling of dynamic contents. Frame drops, motion blur, and playback artifacts are scrutinized using games and videos.
The long exposure photos below show the number of frame irregularities in a 30-second video. A good performance shows a regular pattern (either a flat gray image or a pull-down pattern).
Xiaomi 12, frame drops at 30 fps
Xiaomi 12, frame drops at 60 fps
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
How Display Touch score is composed
To evaluate touch, DXOMARK uses a touch robot and a high-speed camera to play and record a set of scenarios for smoothness, accuracy and response-time evaluation.
Average Touch Response Time Xiaomi 12
This response time test evaluates precisely the time elapsed between a single touch of the robot on the screen and the displayed action. This test is applied to activities that require a high reactivity, such as gaming.
How Display Artifacts score is composed
Evaluating artifacts means checking for the performance, image rendering and motion flaws that can affect the end-user experience. DXOMARK measures precisely the device’s reflectance and the presence of flicker as well as evaluates the residual aliasing when playing videogames, among others.
Average Reflectance (SCI) Xiaomi 12
Reflectance measurement (SCI)
Measurements above show the reflection of the device within the visible spectrum range (400 nm to 700 nm). It includes both diffuse and specular reflection.
Flicker Frequency Xiaomi 12
This graph represents the frequencies of lighting variation; the highest peak gives the main flicker frequency.