Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Review in India, the Redmi Note series is so popular that you or someone you know probably already have one. When the series first came out in the U.S., it shook up the industry because it had features that hadn’t been seen before at its price point. Since then, there have been eleven versions, but the game is still viral. It’s time for the yearly update once more. The Redmi Note 12 starts at Rs 17,999 this year. This is a more expensive Redmi Note than we have seen in the past. But things are different. The phone has one of the first Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 chips to hit the market. It is now also ready for 5G, and the back looks very different when put next to older Notes. I’ve been using the device every day for a week, and here’s what I think about it.
Redmi Note 12 review: Design & display
The Redmi Note 12’s design differs from previous Notes (or their camera modules). The Redmi Note 11 had an all-black camera module with lenses, but this one is simpler. The glossy camera island on the matte back reminded me of Realme’s phones.
Redmi Note 12 has a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen, up from 6.43 inches last year. Excellent color fidelity and sunlight legibility are indistinguishable from Xiaomi’s midrange phones. Most people like the default color scheme, but if it’s too dreary, choose “Saturated” from the display settings. Widevine L1 is supported. Thus you may watch complete HD material. The default refresh rate is 60Hz, but it may be increased to 120Hz for smooth scrolling.
Redmi Note 12 Review: Performance & Software
The Redmi Note 12 is powered by a Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 processor. Everyday things are easy. MIUI once ran poorly on inexpensive smartphones, but that seems to be over. The SD 4 Gen 1 can keep its clock speeds far longer than a 20-minute stress test. No heating during long gaming sessions. However, in Delhi’s cold, it’s impossible to confirm that. The 4 Gen 1 is a budget chip, so don’t expect excellent graphics. PUBG New State’s graphics became “Lite” after I went to 60 FPS.
The flat acoustic characteristic is normal for the pricing point. They aren’t unique, but they work and are loud. With Nothing Ear 1, I found that the Note 12’s maximum volume was lower than usual. This needs to be fixed.
MIUI is mixed on the Redmi Note 12. The phone may work well because it has lighter software skin, fewer blur effects, and flashy animations. The Control Centre has a grey background that I couldn’t modify. No Android 13 is also frustrating.
At least bloatware is laudable. There’s rubbish, but it’s all removable. Add that you can remove some system programs to install Google. Xiaomi should have added blur effects and app launch animations to MIUI 13 to make it more pleasurable.
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Redmi Note 12 Review: Connectivity, Battery
Jio and Airtel both ran 5G on the Redmi Note 12. Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 supports 5G. Websites load and download quickly. In much of the city, I could receive 200mbps, and the speed test meter even hit 500mbps briefly. The 5G modem built into the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 is very efficient. Switching between 4G and 5G barely affected the battery life.
When battery drain is so significant without 5G, it’s hard to assess its impact. I’m a heavy phone user, but most last me a day. Redmi Note 12’s 5000 mAh battery ran out sooner. Two 5G networks are too much for phones to manage, as I discovered when I inserted my SIM card. Xiaomi releases optimization updates often, so it will be fixed soon if this is a common problem.
Redmi Note 12 Review: Cameras
Redmi Note 12 has a 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultrawide lens, and 2MP macro. Given the phone’s pricing, excessive expectations are unrealistic. The cameras perform their job. Daylight photos contain good detail and can be zoomed without losing much.
Indoor shots could be better. Unsteady shots result from shaky hands. Xiaomi has used natural colors this time rather than boosting them for appeal. OK, video recording, no 60FPS.
Unexpected was the ultrawide camera. Despite its 8MP resolution, the camera’s output was usable. You’re better off trimming macro images from the primary sensor. If I had to describe the cameras in one line, they’re decent during the day but lackluster at night.
Review of the Redmi Note 12: Conclusion
The Redmi Note 12 possesses excellent performance, 5G connectivity, and a sharp display. In addition to 33W rapid charging, the smartphone can be charged in just over an hour. The only component that was disappointing was the camera, which was subpar. Especially now that the cost of entry has risen. The Redmi Note 11 will be available for Rs 13,499 in 2021. I’m leaving out the company’s exchange bonuses and rebate discounts, which will lower the prices for many people. According to Redmi, the effective price will be Rs 15,499 when all deals are combined. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that this Redmi Note is more pricey, which could prove to be a difficulty.