ReviewsRedmi Note 12 Pro review (2023) a great phone in your budget

Redmi Note 12 Pro review (2023) a great phone in your budget

A big 5,000mAh battery is also built into the Redmi Note 12 Pro.

Features

Design, Build and Features
Display and Software
Camera and Performance
Battery Life

Summary

The Redmi Note 12 Pro offers decent voice quality and is thus very suitable for phone calls or video conferences. It is a clear step down from the Pro+, but it is also significantly cheaper. It is a great phone for the money, although the same can be said for many similarly priced devices.

Xiaomi usually announces a lot of Redmi phones at once, so it’s totally fine if you can’t remember which one is which. There are two standard Redmi Note 12 phones and two Pro Redmi Note 12 phones for the global market. We’ve already talked about the most expensive of the four, the Pro+, which has a 200MP cameras and 120W charging. Now, it’s time to meet the Redmi 12 Pro. The standard Pro model’s best features are its Dolby Vision OLED screen, its fast performance, its 50MP OIS main camera, and its fast 67W charging.

Redmi Note 12 Pro: Description

This Redmi Note 12 Pro should be the least expensive phone that comes with both Vision and Atmos from Dolby. In fact, the Redmi Note 12 Pro has a 6.67-inch OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate and 1B colors. It sits on top of the Dimensity 1080 5G chipset, which should give it enough power for smooth gaming on a budget. We have also said that the phone has stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos. The Redmi Note 12 Pro has a 50MP OIS main camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera, and a 2MP macro camera on the back. The Pro+ model has a 200MP main camera instead, which is the first big difference.

The second difference is how fast the phone charges. The standard Redmi Note 12 Pro supports 67W fast charging, which is plenty, but it’s slower than the Pro+ jaw-dropping 120W power. The third and final difference is the design. The back of our Note 12 Pro is flat and made of two pieces of glass, while the back of the Pro+ is curved.

Redmi Note 12 Pro: Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Powerful processor for smooth performance
  • Large display with high resolution
  • Ample RAM and storage options
  • Long-lasting battery with fast charging support
  • Affordable price point compared to similar devices

Cons

  • Availability may vary depending on the region
  • MIUI software may have occasional bloatware or ads
  • Limited water and dust resistance
  • Lack of wireless charging feature
  • Display may not have the highest refresh rate compared to some competitors

Specification Table

SpecificationDetails
Display6.6-inch IPS LCD
Resolution2400 x 1080 pixels
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 870
RAM6GB/8GB/12GB
Storage64GB/128GB/256GB (expandable up to 1TB)
Rear CameraQuad camera setup: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front Camera20MP
Battery5,000mAh
Charging33W fast charging (Type-C)
Operating SystemMIUI 13 based on Android 12
Connectivity5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS
Fingerprint SensorSide-mounted
ColorsVarious options depending on region
Official linkVisit Website

Design and Build

Redmi Note 12 Pro review

The Redmi Note 12 Pro looks almost exactly like the Redmi Note 12 Pro+, which is the most expensive phone in the line. That says a lot about the first part: the 12 Pro looks and feels just like a top-of-the-line phone. Maybe the only difference between this phone and a high-end phone is that the glass back isn’t as strong as Gorilla Glass. Because of this, the Note 12 Pro is more likely to get broken, but I’m sure it will survive most drops. You also get a lot of protection from outside forces for the price. A rating of IP53 means that it can handle dust and splashes of water well, but it won’t survive a full bath.

Choosing plastic instead of aluminum for the sides of the phone makes it easier to hold. It means you don’t have to use a case, but the silicone case that comes in the box makes it much more comfortable to hold. You can choose from three colors, but the “Midnight Black” version shown in photos is by far the most reflective. It’s not a stretch to say that the back of the smartphone could also be used as a mirror.

If you don’t put a case on it, you’ll also have to deal with a lot of dirt and fingerprints. The back and front of the 12 Pro get dirty quickly, so be ready to clean it just as much as the front. But since there isn’t a fingerprint sensor in the screen, you’ll have to use the one that’s built into the power button. It’s not quite as easy, but it’s easy to set up and more reliable. This doesn’t feel at all like a solution.

Redmi Note 12 Pro: Features

When it comes to a smartphone, it’s what’s on the inside that really matters, so let’s look at the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5 G’s features. Well, it’s clear that Redmi wants its customers to have a premium experience on a budget, since this device focuses on its camera, battery, and screen. Together, these features make this the perfect device for people who want to take pictures or play games. Speaking of which, the 6.67-inch 120Hz AMOLED screen has clear images that make it fun to play games on this device.

We put the phone through its paces with different games, of course. Some can be played on mobile devices, and others are part of Xbox Game Pass. we can say for sure that they all worked great and looked great. This screen was made with gamers in mind. If you want to know what games I like to play on this phone, they are Marvel Snap, Marvel Contest of Champions, and MLB The Show 23, which we play in the cloud.

Redmi Note 12 Pro: Display

Starting with the screen, the Redmi Note 12 Pro has a 6.67-inch Full HD+ Pro AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, a 20:9 aspect ratio, a 2.5D curved glass screen, and a pixel density of about 394 PPI. The screen is bright, with a brightness of 900 nits in high brightness mode, which is turned on when you watch HDR content. It has DCI-P3 wide color gamut support, so the colors are bright. It has a 120Hz display refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate.

When both are turned on, the user experience is as smooth as butter, especially when scrolling through the user interface or playing games. This has an adaptive refresh rate, so it can switch between 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz depending on the content. It also works with HDR 10+, which lets you watch YouTube and Netflix. There is also support for Dolby Vision, which works with Netflix. Phones in this price range don’t usually have this feature.

The phone’s screen is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. There are different ways to change the colors and contrast of the screen, and a reading mode lets you reduce the amount of blue light the screen gives off. Dark mode is an option. It also has 1920Hz High Frequency PWM Dimming, which is turned on automatically when the brightness is low to reduce flicker.

Redmi Note 12 Pro: Software

in terms of software updates as Samsung, which, with its Galaxy A34, offers four big updates, five years of software support, and the latest version of Android 13. Even though the Redmi Note 12 Pro already has the new MIUI 14 version, it is still only based on Android 12. On the other hand, at the time of this test, the Xiaomi smartphone already had security patches from February 2023 that were pretty up-to-date.

In response to our question, Xiaomi Germany told us that the Note 12 Pro will only get two big Android updates. You should also know that you will already have used up one of the major OS upgrades to get to the current Android 13. This means that the next Android generation (Android 14) will probably be the end of the line for the Xiaomi smartphone. The Note 12 Pro should still get security updates until 2027, which is four years after it first came out.

Redmi Note 12 Pro: Cameras

The Redmi Note 12 Pro has three cameras on the back. The 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor is the main one. This sensor is often found in phones that cost a lot more, like the Nothing Phone (1), the OnePlus 10T, and the Oppo Reno 8 Pro. You also get an ultra-wide angle camera with 8 megapixels and a macro camera with 2 megapixels. For selfies, the 16-megapixel camera on the front takes care of things. The camera UI hasn’t changed much since the last generation.

You get the usual options, and the ‘More’ tab has a 50-megapixel mode and a bunch of other cool features. You can also use the tab above to turn on HDR and AI mode. In typical Xiaomi fashion, there are a lot of filters and modes to make your photos look better. When the Redmi Note 12 Pro was used during the day, photos were bright, clear, and full of details. Most of the time, the main camera likes warmer tones. We also noticed that some things were too sharp. Even though the camera does HDR well most of the time, it can get confused in some tricky situations. Because the sensor was 1/1.56″, it was also possible to blur the background in close-up shots.

The colors in the pictures were good and real. When it comes to taking pictures of people, it does a good job of keeping the skin tone. Most of the time, Portrait Mode’s edge detection works well, but messy hair can make people worry. The blur effect looks great, and you can set the amount of blur before and after each shot.

Redmi Note 12 Pro: Performance

The Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G and the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus 5G both use the same Mediatek Dimensity 1080 processor, which is a big plus for the books given the price difference. It’s also a step up from the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G’s Snapdragon 695. When paired with 6GB of RAM, this gives decent performance and consistently better benchmark scores than the model from last year, especially for the GPU.

On the other hand, the OnePlus Nord 2T does better with its Dimensity 1300 chip, especially when it comes to graphics, while the Poco X5 Pro 5G does better when it comes to the CPU.It feels pretty smooth in your hand, but if you’ve used a flagship phone or even a faster mid-range phone like the Pixel 6a or the Realme GT Neo 3T, you’ll notice the difference. Apps take a little longer to load and switch between, and there are more small pauses here and there.

Battery and Charging

Redmi Note 12 Pro review

Xiaomi put a 5000mAh battery in the Note 12 Pro, which is enough for a full day of moderate use or even two days if you don’t use your phone much. Also, if you use your phone for several hours with high brightness, GPS, and a lot of photos, you’ll probably need to plug it in by early evening.

But the 12 Pro’s battery life is not anything to worry about. It won’t last as long as the best phones, but you won’t have to worry about it running out all the time either. The quick charging with 67W is also pretty quick. It was at 43% after 15 minutes, 79% after 30 minutes, and 100% after just under 50 minutes. You also won’t be able to charge it wirelessly, but that’s to be expected from a cheap phone.

Final Words

The Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G isn’t as good of a deal as it used to be. Its price has gone up, putting it in competition with some of the best mid-range phones. It is still a good choice, though, if your budget doesn’t go over £350. It’s faster than before, and its camera can take good pictures in a wide range of situations.

The phone’s 6.67-inch AMOLED screen is still as good as ever, and its battery life is reliable, and it charges quickly. Even so, we have some of the same complaints about MIUI and the secondary cameras on the phone. With another price increase from last year’s model to this year’s, we have to say that the Note Pro line doesn’t stand out as much as it used to. But the most recent model is still a very strong candidate for the money.

FAQs

Is Redmi Note 12 Pro good or bad?

The Redmi Note 12 Pro looks good and has good specs for how much it costs. Everything is impressive, from the powerful Dimensity 1080 chip to the very smooth 120Hz AMOLED screen. The battery can easily last a whole day, and the 67W fast charger is a great addition. You also get 5G connectivity and support for NFC.

Is redmi better than Apple?

Xiaomi is the clear winner, since Apple products are expensive. But Xiaomi phones can be bought for very little money. On Xiaomi, you can find devices that work just as well as Apple devices but cost half as much.

Jonathan Williams
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The Redmi Note 12 Pro offers decent voice quality and is thus very suitable for phone calls or video conferences. It is a clear step down from the Pro+, but it is also significantly cheaper. It is a great phone for the money, although the same can be said for many similarly priced devices.Redmi Note 12 Pro review (2023) a great phone in your budget