Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G Review: The Redmi Note 12 series was just announced by Redmi in India. The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G, Redmi Note 12 Pro, and Redmi Note 12 5G are the three models in the series. Last year, the Redmi Note 11 series of phones from the Xiaomi sub-brand were widely distributed in the nation. The Redmi Note 11 5G wasn’t available in the Indian market when it debuted the Redmi Note 11 4G, Note 11T 5G, and other versions.
The Chinese and Indian variants have identical specifications. However, the Note 12 5G that was released in India differs slightly from the one that is sold in China. The primary distinction is that the Indian model has three cameras on the back, whilst the Chinese model has a dual-camera configuration. Here is my review of the Note 12 5G, which I have been using for almost ten days.
Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G Review
The Redmi 12 5G has now formally debuted in the Indian market. This much awaited Xiaomi 5G smartphone is making its debut on the international stage in the Indian market, and it has an alluring starting price of only 11,999, making it the company’s most cost-effective 5G device.
A sleek glass back panel, a potent new Snapdragon SoC, and many more goodies are included in this phone. Interested in learning if the Redmi 12 5G lives up to the hype, Continue reading our Redmi 12 review to learn out.
Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G Review Overview
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Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G Price
There are two models and three finishes for the Redmi Note 12 5G. The cheapest model, which costs Rs. 17,999, comes with a respectable 128GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. The 6GB RAM model, which costs Rs 19,999 and includes the same amount of storage, is also available. Frosted Green, Matte Black, and Mystique Blue finishes are offered for both variations. For this review, we were given a Frosted Green version with 6GB of RAM.
The new Redmi Note 12 5G indeed appears thin at 7.9mm, but it weighs 188g, which is a fair amount. Polycarbonate is used to make the frame and the back panel. The back panel has a velvety matte surface that gives it an upscale appearance and feel, but it also draws fingerprints and other smudges easily. These are however simple to clean. Because the edges are flat and the frame is matte, gripping this big phone is difficult because it’s quite slippery. The camera module’s design has altered, giving it a more contemporary appearance. It now resembles a block of polished glass that is lifted from the back panel.
The Redmi Note 12 5G’s display is of the AMOLED sort and has a hole-punch cutout for the front camera. The power button on the side of the device houses the fingerprint scanner. The display‘s left, top, and right sides have thin enough bezels, but the bottom has a chin that detracts from the quality appearance of the device.
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Performance & Software
The Redmi Note 12 5G’s engine is powered by the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, a 6nm chipset with support for 5G connectivity. The only other phone with the same chip is the iQOO Z6 Lite, which includes a 120Hz LCD panel. The SD4G1’s specifications are very comparable to those of the Snapdragon 695, which has slightly faster clock rates of up to 2.2GHz. The SD4G1 delivers processor speeds up to 2.0GHz in contrast. Throttling was noticed in the 60-minute CPU throttle test at about the 25-minute mark, but the chip progressively recovered its performance, as can be seen in the screenshot below.
The tablet started to become a little heated after I tested games like Free Fire Max and Shadow Fight 4 on it for about an hour. It provides the Game Turbo feature for better gaming. For thermal control, the phone has two graphite sheets.
On the back of the Redmi 12 5G, there is a dual camera configuration with a 50-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It has an 8-megapixel camera on the front, which is located inside the display’s hole-punch cutout that is positioned in the centre. There are some new Leica-inspired filters from Xiaomi.
The phone’s primary camera outputs 12.5MP photographs by default, and photos taken in natural light were respectable. The overall exposure of the images is controlled by the camera, although some of the shadows are crushed. The contest’s colours and design have a pleasing punch. Additionally, the phone does include a special mode for taking photos with the full 50MP resolution. The overall quality is still comparable to standard photographs, but the sharpness has improved slightly. However, this option gives the photos a light graininess and gives the colours a warm tone. Unfortunately, the portrait mode struggles to distinguish the background from the foreground, which causes the subjects to appear warped.
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Battery and Charging
The battery life of the Redmi 12 Pro has been excellent. An enormous 5000mAh battery powers the phone. The smartphone was able to deliver an average screen-on duration of about 5 hours on days with high usage, which included intensive camera use, ongoing social media engagement, and all-day content consumption. The screen-on time increased to almost 6 hours on lighter days when activity were restricted to WhatsApp and emails.
The Redmi 12 does not do well in terms of charging speed, nevertheless. The Redmi 12 5G only supports an 18W charging solution, thus even if a 22.5W charger is included in the package, it can still take more than two hours for it to fully charge from zero to one hundred percent.
It is difficult to recommend Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 12 5G at Rs. 17,999 unless all you care about is a solid battery life. With its entry-level Redmi Note model this year, Xiaomi appears to have lost its direction and is now attempting to tick off as many boxes as possible rather than putting quality first. In comparison to other smartphones at and below this price point, the cameras are perhaps the biggest letdown as they frequently fail to capture even the basics right.
For an additional Rs. 1,000, the Realme 10 Pro 5G has an improved SoC, a 108-megapixel primary camera, stereo speakers, and an intriguing design. With an OIS-enabled primary camera, an IP52 rating, dual speakers, and a nearly stock version of Android that will receive its Android 13 upgrade this year, Motorola’s Moto G82 5G (Review) is also a better option starting at Rs. 18,999.
Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G Review FAQ’S
What is the price of xiaomi redmi 12 5g?
Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G price in India starts from Rs. 11,999.
What is the battery capacity of xiaomi redmi 12 5g?
Redmi Note 12 5G comes with a massive 5000mAh battery and 33W fast charging.
What is the display size of xiaomi redmi 12 5g?
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G features a 6.79 inches AMOLED type display.