If the iPhone 14’s $799 / £849 / AU$1,339 starting price puts you off, you might want to pay attention to the Xiaomi 12T, an anticipated mid-range phone that is set to debut very soon.
This would be a low-cost spin-off of the Xiaomi 12, as well as a successor to the Xiaomi 11T, and some leakers seem to think it could be released soon, alongside a Pro version (as Xiaomi T-phones often do), plus a budget tablet and some headphones.
Xiaomi 12T, 12T Pro, Redmi Pad and Redmi Buds 4 Pro are likely to be released next week globally. pic.twitter.com/x8GY2U0owVSeptember 14, 2022
Leaks so far suggest the phone could have a high-res 200MP rear camera (similar to the just-released Motorola Edge 30 Ultra), but other than that, we’re expecting a similar device to previous models, albeit with some updates and tweaks here and there. there. That’s okay, because Xiaomi T phones are generally reliable and tough phones, with really intuitive side-mounted fingerprint scanners, big, beautiful screens, and useful camera features.
The best part will likely be the price, as these phones fall squarely in the middle of the mid-range market. The Xiaomi 11T Pro costs exactly the same as the Google Pixel 6, despite having better specs in many departments, and the non-Pro version costs even less.
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Given how expensive new iPhones are – especially in the UK, where a price increase means you’re paying a lot more for phones there than in the US – mid-range phones like this can be great for people who want a capable handset without paying. flagship prices.
We expect the Xiaomi 12T, as well as a Pro sibling, to launch next week as this will give them more time to compete with Apple’s four new iPhones. As mid-range devices, Xiaomi’s upcoming potential releases probably aren’t destined for our list of best cheap phones or best smartphones in general, but they could still be great alternatives for some people.