Xiaomi 12, Galaxy S22 and iPhone 13: which is the best smartphone?

The Xiaomi 12 arrived in Brazil in early May to compete directly with Apple’s Samsung Galaxy S22 and iPhone 13. Best of all, its price is not the cheapest, but it combines a set of very advanced settings.

Here, it starts selling for R$9,499.99 to pay in installments. To see which one is better, we put the technical papers of the trio in a trio comparison. So, is Xiaomi up to the VIPs in this sector?

Xiaomi 12

  • Height: 152 mm
  • Width: 69.9 mm
  • Thickness: 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 179 grams
  • Colors: gray and blue

Galaxy S22

  • Height: 146 mm
  • Width: 70.6 mm
  • Thickness: 7.6 mm
  • Weight: 167g
  • Colors: green, pink, white and black

iPhone 13

  • Height: 7 .146 mm
  • Width: 71.5 mm
  • Thickness: 7.7 mm
  • Weight: 174 grams
  • Colors: green, pink, blue, midnight, starburst and red

In terms of dimensions and weight, there are few differences between the three phones, with the heaviest phone, the Xiaomi 12, beating out the lightest, the Galaxy S22, by only 12 grams. This shows that the experience, at least in terms of usability, tends to be similar in any of them.

In terms of construction, it is made with an aluminum casing and a glass coating on the front and back to give more resistance. The iPhone here features a greater range of colors.

The most notable differences in terms of appearance are on the front: with Xiaomi and Samsung adopting the selfie camera only in a “hole” in the screen. The iPhone, on the other hand, keeps the “notch,” which is the hole on the top that houses the camera, biometric sensor and audio output for calls.

Behind them, the three have different approaches to the camera standing. The S22 is the best that integrates the lens into looks, while Xiaomi doesn’t try to hide these at any point in time. The iPhone, in turn, retains an old and square solution, which, in terms of visuals, is not very interesting.

Anyway, the three devices are pretty equivalent in this regard.

judgment: tie.

Xiaomi 12

  • Amoled 6.28 in (15.95 cm)
  • Full HD + resolution is 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz

Samsung Galaxy S22

  • 6.1 in (15.49 cm) 2X Dynamic Amoled
  • Full HD + resolution is 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz

iPhone 13

  • 6.1 inch (15.49 cm) Super Retina XDR OLED
  • Full HD + resolution is 1170 x 2532 pixels
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz

If your concern is image quality, the three devices do well in this regard, as they use similar technologies in building the screen.

Xiaomi offers a larger screen, but the difference is minimal in size and should not interfere with watching videos or playing games.

However, both Samsung and Samsung are doing better than the iPhone at this point. The reason is that the screen refresh rate of these devices is twice what was seen with the Apple cell phone. This makes animations and transitions smoother and more natural than what you see on iPhone.

Verdict: tie between Xiaomi 12 And Galaxy S22.

Xiaomi 12

Samsung Galaxy S22

iPhone 13

Although the iPhone 13 has hardware that interacts efficiently with the device’s operating system and software (which leads, among other things, to lower power consumption), the device’s battery is small by today’s standards.

This is a disadvantage and tends to worsen over time, as lithium-ion batteries tend to lose some of their capacity when in use.

Samsung is not far in this regard. On the other hand, Xiaomi offers more power reserve than others compared to this text. In addition to this feature, it also outperforms competitors in another aspect: the presence of a charger in the device case, which Samsung and Apple do not do.

And it’s not just a charger, but a 67W model that, according to the brand, takes 39 minutes to fully fill the device’s battery.

Verdict: victory Xiaomi 12.

Xiaomi 12

  • Rear: 50 MP wide angle, 13 MP ultrawide and 5 MP close-up
  • Front: 32MP wide angle

Samsung Galaxy S22

  • Rear: 50MP wide angle, 12MP ultra wide, 10MP
  • Front: 10 MP wide angle

iPhone 13

  • Rear: 12MP wide angle and 12MP ultra wide
  • Front: 12 MP wide-angle, 3D SL depth sensor, biometrics

the basic

Although the approaches of the three cell phones are different, there is no reason to doubt the quality of the images produced by their cameras. At this point, Samsung and Xiaomi have a closer setup, with three lenses on the back.

The iPhone 13 is the simplest in this regard, using only two lenses on the back. In any case, the quality of the photos on the device is already known and will not irritate the user. The AI ​​image processing system is getting better year by year.

About the megapixel value, at which Samsung and Xiaomi give away the iPhone, this is something that should be noted in practice only if the idea is to print photos taken at a large size. Which, let’s face it, very few people do.

Verdict: While the iPhone allows for good photos, the versatility of iPhone lenses Xiaomi 12 And Galaxy S22 Make the two equal.


Once again, Xiaomi comes with heavy megapixels artillery – which, once again, hits the aforementioned question.

Even with fewer megapixels, the highlight goes to the iPhone 13 for a more accurate configuration that includes a dedicated depth sensor. In practice, this means that photos with a blurry background taken with the device’s selfie camera rely less on the action of the camera software, resulting in more natural results.

Verdict: victory iPhone 13.

Xiaomi 12

  • Processor: Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (octa-core, 3 GHz)
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 256 GB

Samsung Galaxy S22

  • Processor: Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (octa-core, 3 GHz)
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 128GB or 256GB

iPhone 13

  • Processor: Apple A15 Bionic (hexa-core, 3.22 GHz)
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB

This is where iPhone 13 fans are smiling. And it’s not because competitors are slow and far from it. The Xiaomi 12 and the Galaxy S22 bring an identical set when we talk about the processor, video card and RAM (which helps with performance). Thus, they are able to provide excellent performance and run any application or game without difficulties or stutter.

However, the advantage of the iPhone lies in the interaction between its chips and the custom operating system. This makes it outperform competitors, which can be demonstrated in standardized tests. Consider the multi-core evaluation of the application:

  • Xiaomi 12 has a score of 3652 points.
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 with a score of 3,682 points.
  • iPhone 13 with 4,645 points.

Verdict: victory iPhone 13.

  • Xiaomi 12: From R$4927.04 (in 156GB version in retail stores)
  • Galaxy S22: From R$5399.10 (in 128GB version in retail stores)
  • iPhone 13: From R$ 5199 (in 128 GB version in retail stores)

With three equivalent devices, the price charged for the devices ends up being a more relevant factor in the purchasing decision.

The R$9,499.99 initially charged made the Xiaomi 12 more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro, two examples of mobile phones more advanced than the three models analyzed today.

Therefore, the cost and return is not worth it. However, weeks after launch, it was already possible to find that it costs much less, less than R$5,000. This changes the entire game.

If you love the Android operating system and have no association with more traditional brands (such as Samsung), investing in the Xiaomi 12 will be interesting. The device has excellent performance, good cameras, the largest battery as well as more storage memory.

The final result: victory Xiaomi 12.

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