Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Xiaomi’s latest mid-range phone in India is the Note 12 Pro+ 5G. The top-of-the-line Note 12 phone is a direct follow-up to the Note 11 Pro + 5G, which, in our opinion, wasn’t as much of a market leader as many people had hoped. Xiaomi is now trying to fill the gap with the Note 12 Pro+ 5G, which has some hardware that is the first of its kind in the segment.
The 200-megapixel main camera on the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G is its best feature. The phone is also the Redmi Note that charges the fastest. But the combination of high-end and first-in-segment hardware has also led to a higher price. It costs a lot more than the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G and is almost the same size as the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge (Review).
Even though it’s more expensive, should you think about buying the Note 12 Pro+ 5G? Here’s our full review to help you decide.
Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G price in India
The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G has two options for how much space it can hold. The base model of the phone has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It costs Rs. 29,999. Xiaomi sent us a version with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The cost is Rs. 32,999.
Note 12 Pro+ 5G design
Glass makes the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G feel premium.. Even though the phone weighs about 208g, the back panel curves towards the flat plastic frame, making it easy to hold even for long periods. . The device also has an IP53 rating, which means it can handle splashes of water.
Xiaomi sent us the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G in Arctic White, which I think is the most attractive colour. The phone looks sharp and expensive because of how shiny it is. Even though the white paint is shiny, it hides fingerprints and smudges much better than the Obsidian Black and Iceberg Blue paints. What I didn’t like as much was how much the phone wobbled when I used it on a flat surface. This is because the camera module sticks out.
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The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G has a 6.67-inch AMOLED display that gets quite bright for both indoor and outdoor use. This gives you a well-rounded multimedia experience. The screen has a full HD+ resolution and can show more than a billion different colours. When you consume content, you see deep blacks and bright colours. Popular apps like Netflix support Dolby Vision HDR, WideVine L1, and HDR10 content.
That being said, I think the Realme 10 Pro+ 5G (Review) is a little better for multimedia than the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G. The display’s curved edges and small bezels make it easier to get lost in what you’re watching. It just depends on what you like, and if you like a flat screen, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G will not let you down. The screen of the Redmi also refreshes at 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, or 120Hz, depending on what is on the screen.
The specs and software
The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G has a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC with a built-in Mali G68 GPU. This is a 6nm chip. The phone has a 4980mAh battery and can be charged quickly with 120W. Along with Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, etc., it also supports 10 5G bands in India. The phone has an AI face recognition feature and a fingerprint scanner on the side.
Software-wise, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G comes with the Android 12-based MIUI 13 custom skin. I would have liked to see the latest MIUI 14 skin instead, which is based on Android 13. Xiaomi hasn’t said exactly when the phone will come out, but they have said that it will get Android 13 and Android 14, as well as four years of security updates.
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MIUI 13 still has a lot of features and a lot of ways to customise it. There are features like Floating Windows, which are very popular, and an Always-on Display that can be changed (AoD). MIUI 13 is also mostly about system-level improvements, like a better way to store files, a higher priority for the processor, and more. You also get the Privacy Dashboard, Permission Manager, and support for new widgets that come with Android 12.
Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G battery life
The SoC in the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G is better than the Snapdragon 695 SoC in the 12 Pro. But based on the price and specs, you can also think of it as a replacement for the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge, even though it may not seem like much of an improvement. But this doesn’t mean that the Note 12 Pro+ 5G’s performance unit isn’t good enough for everyday tasks.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G works well whether you are switching between apps, waiting for them to load, or just using it to play games. I played Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legends, and both games were pretty easy to play. The first game supports ‘Max’ framerate with ‘Low’ graphics, but if you don’t mind compromising and playing with ‘Very High’ frame rate, you can play the game with ‘Very High’ graphics for a more visually appealing and smooth experience.
I’m satisfied with a phone that lasts all day and can be fully charged in 30 minutes, even without Boost Charging, even though it took more than 19 minutes. The phone’s HD video loop test battery lasted 15 hours and 23 minutes. Our Realme 10 Pro+ 5G battery lasted 19 hours and 43 minutes. Does the Note 12 Pro+ 5G overheat when playing games? No. The phone’s vapour cooling chamber or the cold weather in northern India may be to blame. The games functioned fine after 45 minutes of nonstop play. The phone grew warm throughout the 4,38,678-point AnTuTu benchmark test. The Realme 10 Pro+ 5G scored 5,04,626 with the same SoC.
The phone is the most expensive Redmi Note ever made, but if you ignore the name and look at what it offers, it almost hits all the marks.