The line Redmi Note can easily be considered one of the most successful to the rich product portfolio her Xiaomi. Having already been at the top of the Value for Money category for some time now, Xiaomi does not stop developing and constantly improving the Note series, which rightly is currently the her “best-seller”.. The Redmi Note 12 5G incorporates all those elements that we have to loveoffering her flexibility of an extremely low price combined with all that tech features that the average user is looking for to (over)cover his demanding digital everyday life. In fact, being a 5G alternative to the 4G version of the device, this means that we should expect a series of significant improvements at the hardware level. So let’s get to know it better in the detailed hands-on review we have prepared for you…
The Redmi Note 12 5G may be a Value for Money device, but this does not mean that Xiaomi has made “discounts” regarding its construction. Sturdywith impressive durable plastic to surround it, if nothing else the Redmi Note 12 5G does not fall short in piece of endurance. The smooth surfaces, if nothing else, attract attention by reminding us of the texture left by the glass material, while the device is ergonomically designed with some minor differences compared to the 4G version, displaying several similarities with its Pro “bigger” cousins.
The Note 12 5G comes in three colors: Frosted Green, Matte Black και Mystique Blue with the slight curvature on its sides offering an easy and comfortable grip. Its weight is tolerated at 188 gramswhich makes it quite lightwhile with its thickness amounting to 8mm if nothing else, it follows the standards of the time. Looking more closely at it its overall design we can see that on the right side “live” the volume rockers together with the power button (you can easily press it with your thumb), which even works as a fingerprint sensor. Right next to it are the volume rockers to adjust the volume, while on the left side you will find the tray for inserting the SIM card and microSD.
In the lower part, the eye falls on the USB-C port and on the grills that “host” the speaker of the device. A pleasant addition is that on the top side, the Xiaomi design team added a classic audio input jack 3.5mm for the lovers of “tradition”, while right next to it you will also find an infrared port, which definitely adds a plus. It is worth noting that the Redmi Note 12 5G comes with certification IP53which means it is extremely resistant to powder and to water drops and it is certainly a feature that is not often seen in the sub-300 euro category.
Overall, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G is a device that is highly satisfactory appearance wisewhile at the same time it stands out for its high functionality.
The display as you know, it is one of the most important pieces in the puzzle of the experience that a smartphone gives, and undoubtedly Xiaomi paid a lot of attention to the screen technology used in the Redmi Note 12 5G. With screen diagonal on 6.67 inches AMOLED technology and a screen-to-body ratio that touches the 85%, the screen of Xiaomi’s VfM device achieves the “purpose” her. With an aspect ratio of 20:9, 395ppi (pixel density) and a refresh rate of 120Hz if nothing else it produces a fairly bright and at the same time “smooth” result, while from what we have seen the screen of the Redmi Note 12 5G shows excellent results under direct sunlight. It may not have HDR capabilities, but we still think it can easily cover their needs mainstream users in the field of entertainment.
Going deep inside and taking a look at the “inner world” of Xiaomi’s 5G affordable smartphone, here’s our pick of a octa-core Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 (with manufacturing technology at 6nm) is ideal for this category. The 8 cores that make up the Qualcomm chipset provide not only the power required to fulfill daily Mobile tasks, but at the same time “specialize” in the most efficient energy management. Specifically, the Snapdragon 4 Gen. 1 consists of 2 Cortex-A78 cores running at 2GHz and 6 Cortex-A55 cores, which are clocked at 1.8GHz. In terms of graphics, an Adreno 619 GPU takes over there, providing highly satisfactory results. The Redmi Note 12 5G comes in three different memory configurations: 4GB RAM/128GB storage – 6GB RAM/128GB storage and 8GB RAM with 256GB storage space (in the Greek market you will find more of the 4GB RAM model), while the microSDX card support could be characterized as quite convenient in case the initial storage space is not enough for you (it can accept cards with a capacity of 1TB).
In general, we can easily see that the affordable 5G proposal of the leading Chinese company responds quite well even in high pressure conditions, even though it is not the fastest smartphone on the market. Offering uninterrupted mode, ease at usesatisfying multi-tasking and low energy consumption, certainly provides what the average user needs to make a decent living. Leaving the hardware and focusing on the software, Xiaomi has opted for the Android 12 operating system, which (although older) works perfectly with the MIUI 14providing the user with a fairly flexible user experience.
Taking a look at connectivitythe Redmi Note 12 5G comes with support for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-bandwhile at the same time providing Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP and LE. In addition, it supports satellite positioning GPS and GLONASSwhile it also comes with NFC which means you can make your contactless payments with a simple tap. Finally, add to the pluses infrared portwhich essentially turns the Redmi Note 12 5G into a remarkable remote control for controlling and operating the rest of your interconnected devices.
Xiaomi has equipped the Redmi Note 12 5G with a triple-camera setup, which differs slightly from the 4G version of the device. In particular, you will find a primary camera at the rear 48MP with an aperture of f/1.8, which comes with a ultrawide sensor at 8MP (f/2.2, 120˚, 1/4″, 1.12µm), while the setup is completed by a lens macro at 2MP and f/2.4. In addition, a discreet front camera in the center of the screen, which offers resolution in 13MPf/2.5, (wide), 1/3.0″ undertakes to meet your needs in the field of selfies.
The triple camera setup features a number of AI based functions, which promise great portraits that will boost your social media presence. The dynamic range of colors and the satisfactory detection of the subject, so that the photographic result produced by the «budget-friendly» proposal by Xiaomi, they are undoubtedly one of the strongest features of the latest Redmi Note. We also found quite satisfactory performance in operation Night Mode (low light conditions), while the number of filters, photographic modes and choices they certainly make the Redmi Note 12 5G a worthy proposition in its class and a device you like to “experiment with”.
Finally, Xiaomi’s affordable 5G smartphone has a really big battery with a capacity of 5000mAhwhile the 33W fast charger (included in the package) does a great job as it can charge the 50% of the device in just 22 minutes! Combined with very good energy management, the Redmi Note 12 5G does well famously in the field of autonomy.
Concluding our review, we can easily conclude that the Redmi Note 12 5G hits the mark same successful pattern of his predecessors. With a price below the psychological limit of 300 eurosthe Redmi Note 12 5G can certainly be a great solution for all those users who are looking for a powerful and reliable 5G smartphone that has satisfactory tech specs, quite good photographic capabilities and high autonomy. Undoubtedly, Xiaomi once again delivers “lessons” in the Value for Money category, confirming that it has the know-how to create smartphones that redefine and change the standards in the budget-friendly segment of the market!
Source: Digital Life! by www.digitallife.gr.
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