Xiaomi launched its first smartphone in August 2011, quickly gaining market share in China, becoming the country’s largest smartphone brand in 2014. There are exactly 11 years between Xiaomi’s first smartphone, Xiaomi Mi 1, and its last phone, Xiaomi 12. So how much have Xiaomi’s smartphones changed in 11 years?
Comparison of Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi Mi 1
Xiaomi was 1 year old when it launched its first smartphone. The latest model smartphone of the company, which has developed and grown in 11 years, is Xiaomi 12. What has changed in Xiaomi’s smartphones in 11 years? Let’s compare the features of Mi 1 and Xiaomi 12
Mi 1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 (MSM8260) processor. This processor has 32-bit architecture. Produced with 45nm production technology, the processor contains two Scorpion cores (enhanced ARM Cortex-A8) clocked at up to 1.5 GHz. The graphics processor used in Snapdragon S3 is Adreno 220. These features are quite low for today.
The Xiaomi 12 series uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (SM8450) processor. This processor is produced with 64-bit architecture and 4nm manufacturing technology. It uses the ARM cortex x2 core as the main processor and this core can be clocked at 3.0 GHz. As auxiliary cores, it uses 3 x ARM Cortex-A710, which can reach 2.5 GHz, and 4 x ARM Cortex-A510, which can reach 1.8 GHz.
The Mi 1’s screen has a resolution of 480p 480 x 854 pixels. The size of the screen produced with TFT LCD technology is 4 inches. The screen of Xiaomi 12 consists of an AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1080p 1080×2400 pixels. There are other features offered by this 6.28-inch screen; HDR10+, 1.07 Billion colours, Dolby Vision and more.
The differences between the battery of Mi 1 and the battery of Xiaomi 12 are as follows: The battery of Mi 1 has a capacity of 1930 mAh and is charged with a maximum of 5W. The battery of Xiaomi 12 is 4500 mAh. This huge battery has Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0+ technology and supports 67W wired charging. Offering wireless charging support in addition to wired charging, Xiaomi 12 offers wireless charging speed up to 50W.
If we compare the cameras of these two smartphones; The rear camera of Mi 1 is 8MP. It is not possible to say anything about the front camera because Mi 1 does not have a front camera. If we look at the Xiaomi 12, it has 3 cameras on the back with a resolution of 50 + 13 + 5 MP. The main lens supports 4K 60 FPS and 8K 24 FPS video recording. The front camera has a 32MP lens. It is possible to shoot 1080P 60 FPS videos with this lens.
Storage and Memory
Mi 1 has a storage space of 4GB. Also, there is no sd card slot. This value is very little for today. If we look at the Xiaomi 12, there is a storage option of 128 GB or 256 GB. This storage unit supports UFS 3.1 technology. In the RAM part, there are 8 GB or 12 GB versions. These memories are produced in LPDDR5 type.
There are many advantages to using up-to-date software on smartphones. For example, security patches, minimum android version required by applications and more. Mi 1 offers MIUI 4 user interface based on Android 2.3.3. Xiaomi 12 comes with MIUI 13 based on Android 12, which is Xiaomi’s latest MIUI version. It will also support MIUI and Android versions that will come with updates.
Finally, we see that Xiaomi’s smartphones have changed a lot in 11 years. Time will tell us how far this change from Mi 1 to Xiaomi 12 will go.