Redmi 12 Review

Redmi 12 Review

Introduction and specifications

While the Redmi sub-brand now focuses on mid-range offerings, it doesn't dilute its initial lineup like the Redmi digital series. The Redmi 12 is the company's cheapest phone of the year and will replace the Redmi 10 from 2021. This is because there was no Redmi 11 last year for some reason, which is probably due to sales and limited storage space on the phones.

Redmi 12 review

Fast forward to 2023 and now we have the new Redmi 12. A quick look at the specs reveals that the specs are very similar to the 2021 model with a few minor changes. Let's check!

The new Redmi 12 has a larger 6.79-inch screen, which is one of the largest in its class, while increasing the storage to 128 GB in the base version. This is double the Redmi 10. In addition, the Redmi 12 is IP53 certified for dust and splash resistance, replaces the plastic back with a glass panel and offers a new and cleaner design.

Xiaomi Redmi 12 Specifications Brief Overview:

  • Body: 168.6x76.3x8.2mm, 199g; Front glass, plastic frame, back glass; IP53 dust and splash resistant.
  • Display: 6.79" IPS LCD, 90 Hz, 550 nits (peak), 1080 x 2460 resolution, 20.5:9 aspect ratio, 396 ppi.
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio G88 (12nm): Octa-core (2x Cortex-A75 @ 2.0GHz and 6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz); Mali-G52 MC2.
  • Memory: 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; eMMC 5.1; microSDXC (uses a shared SIM card slot).
  • OS/Software: Android 13, MIUI 14.
  • Rear camera: wide angle (main) : 50 MP, f/1.8, PDAF; Wide angle : 8MP, f/2.2, 120˚; Macro : 2 MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.1, (wide angle).
  • Video recording: Rear camera : 1080p@30fps; Front camera : 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 5000 mAh; Cable 18W, PS.
  • Communication: LTE; Hybrid Dual SIM; Wi-Fi 5; BT5.3; NFC FM radio; infrared port; 3.5 mm plug.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (side).

But before you say that the change is too small after two years of development, here is the real trick of the Redmi 12. Despite the dual storage, the new phones cost around €150, with the Redmi 10 asking €200 at launch. We assume inflation is avoiding the cheap Redmi.

Redmi 12 review

But it's not just about surpassing the previous ones in terms of price-quality ratio, there are other phones with prices up to 200 euros. Can readmi 12 beat it? We wouldn't know!

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The phone comes in a small box with the usual user manual and a USB-C to USB-A cable for charging and data transfer. The charger is not included, so you will need to purchase it separately if you don't have one. The phone can consume up to 18W with Power Delivery, which should be taken into account when purchasing a charger.

Redmi 12 review

Xiaomi has not abandoned the transparent silicone case, so the retail packaging is still richer than the iPhone 14 Pro or Galaxy S23.

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