Xiaomi has presented its latest smartphone series. With the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 series, the Chinese tech company again wants to outdo competitors in the upper mid-range. The 12 series includes a total of four smartphones with Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G, Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G, Redmi Note 12 5G and Redmi Note 12.
Xiaomi Redmi 12 Pro+ 5G comes with 200 MP main camera
In the latest Redmi 12 series, Xiaomi promises extensive improvements in several disciplines at once. In addition to a revamped camera, battery life and charging time are also said to be significantly better than was the case with the Redmi 11. Let’s start with the camera system. This is of course best in the top model in the form of the Redmi 12 Pro+ 5G. Here you get a triple camera, whose main camera trumps with 200 MP. The whole thing is completed by an obligatory ultra-wide-angle and macro lens. While the macro and ultra-wide-angle cameras in the Redmi 12 Pro 5G also have a resolution of 2 MP and 8 MP, respectively, the main camera has a much lower resolution of 50 MP.
To what extent this will show up in image results is questionable. After all, Xiaomi once again wants to rely on AI-based image enhancement here. The image processing is supposed to be much better in the new generation. The triple camera in the two normal Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 models is likely to deliver a much weaker performance. The main camera of the Note 12 also offers 50 MP, but the sensor cannot keep up with that of the Note 12 Pro. However, software features like a night mode and social media-compatible filters are also available here.
120 Hz AMOLED in all four models
When it comes to the screen, there should again be no differences between the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G and Pro 5G. That means you’ll get a 6.67-inch Flow AMOLED display on both devices. These are supposed to support Dolby Vision as well as Dolby Atmos. At first glance, the Redmi Note 12 and 12 5G also offer such a screen. You also get a 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with 120 Hz. However, they differ from each other in detail.
For example, the Pro models are said to be able to adapt their refresh rate to the respective screen content, which saves battery. All four newcomers are supposed to score with their extremely thin screen edges. Under the hood, there is technology that does not really have much to do with the mid-range. Both the Note 12 Pro+ 5G and the Pro 5G use a MediaTek Dimensity 1080. In contrast, the two Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 devices rely on Qualcomm technology.
While the Note 12 5G comes with a Snapdragon 4 Gen1, a Snapdragon 685 is at the heart of the Note 12. However, the Pro models are once again ahead in terms of charging times. Thanks to HyperCharge2, up to 120 watts of charging power are possible in the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G. The Pro 5G still has a very good 67 watts. Both models come with a 5,000 mAh battery. The Note 12 devices also offer the same battery size. However, charging is “only” possible with a maximum of 33 watts here.
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Redmi Watch 3 as a suitable partner
Xiaomi of course did not miss the opportunity to announce a matching smartwatch at the same time. The Redmi Watch 3 features a 1.75-inch AMOLED display, which is supposed to offer great readability. Features like GPS and a water resistance of up to 5ATM4 combined with a total of 121 sports modes ensure that especially athletes will enjoy the smartwatch. The built-in sensors take care of measuring data like pulse and blood oxygen.
In addition, the Redmi Watch 3 is said to be able to monitor your sleep. Given the feature set, a battery life of up to 12 days sounds quite impressive. Still, the Watch 3 is likely to fall short in direct comparison to the Watch S1 Pro unveiled at MWC 2023. Xiaomi is including the Watch 3ell with the Pro+ model for free as part of its pre-order promotion.
Prices and availability
If the promises work out, Xiaomi will once again offer really good technology for a small price with the Xiaomi Redmi 12 series. The price starts at 229 Euros. That is how much you pay for the Redmi Note 12 with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The manufacturer charges an MSRP of 249 Euros for 4/128. The Redmi Note 12 5G, on the other hand, starts at 299 Euros for 4/128. For its Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G, Xiaomi charges 399 Euros (6/128) and 429 Euros (8/128 GB), respectively. The flagship in the form of the Note 12 Pro+ 5G is only available with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. The RRP here is 499 Euros. Considering that an AMOLED panel with 120 Hz is already available for just under 230 Euros, the competition will have to dress warmly. As part of the pre-order promotion, you can currently still get prices below the RRP. For example, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 is already available for less than 200 Euros.