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Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Review with Pros and Cons: Bargain Time

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Rear Side Design
*Images Credit: Gadget Bridge Hindi/YT

2023 started and yet we didn’t get value for money device, Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G is a pricey smartphone and has tons of major problems. So before we start the review, let me share with you the India price of the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G.

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Price in India

  • 6GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 24,999
  • 8GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 26,999
  • 8GB Ram + 256GB storage: Rs 27,999

The device is available in Obsidian Black, Arctic White, and Iceberg Blue color options while it will be available from 11th January 2023 at noon From Flipkart and Mi.com/in.

By the way, For a Limited time, you can get an instant Rs 3000 discount on an ICICI bank Card.

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Review

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Indian Retail Box

Yes, the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G is worth buying but it’s not value for money device. However, if you’re a fan of Redmi and don’t want to buy any other brand’s smartphone then do consider the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G otherwise, better save Rs 24,999.

Max, Redmi should have priced this smartphone up to Rs 20,999 but now at Rs 24,999 price tag, it’s too much for what Redmi is offering.

When you spend 25k, you have options like Motorola Edge 30, RealMe 10 Pro Plus 5G, and even RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G. So it doesn’t make any sense to pay a premium for Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G.

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Concluding everything from price to features, it’s better to skip the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G and consider the RealMe 10 Pro Plus 5G as it has slightly better specs. Although, RealMe 10 Pro Plus 5G is also not a value money device but as of now, From RealMe and Redmi, these are the two good options available.

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Pros and Cons

PROSCONS
120Hz Smooth AMOLED DisplayOverpriced
Bright 900 nits PanelNight Photography Can be Improved
10 5G BandsOIS Doesn’t Support Videos
Louder Stereo SpeakersFront Camera has Dynamic Range Issue
Long Lasting Battery LifeNot the best Options for Gamers
Takes Decent Images Under SunlightNo In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Plastic Unibody
Still Runs on Android 12
No SD Card Slot

Display

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Home Page

I recently reviewed the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus 5G and guess what, Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G has the same display as the 12 Pro Plus 5G, not even a single change, so let me just borrow some paragraphs from that review.

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Side Mounted Fingerprint Placement

The Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G comes with a 120Hz 6.67-inches AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and pick a brightness of 900nits. This is a 10-bit panel and 240Hz Touch Sampling Rate while it also has the Wide Vine L1 Support.

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Top Side

To protect the front side, Redmi is using the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Now, the rear and even frames are made from plastic.

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One Tip from my side, don’t buy the Stardust Purple color option because it look cheap. Still, if you love the design of the Stardust Purple color then go for it.

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Left Sides

The MediaTek Dimensity 1080 is not a very powerful SoC and it will handle the 120Hz refresh rate without any problem.

All in all, The Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G has an excellent display and it does justify the Rs 24,999 price tag.

Performance

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Weight

Again, no change in Processor too, both the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G and Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus 5G have the SoC.

The MediaTek Dimensity 1080 is not made for heavy games, so if you’re thinking to buy Redmi Note 12 Pro for gaming then don’t because, after 30 or even 45 minutes of gaming, you will see frame drops and lags.

In short, don’t buy Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G to play games like COD Mobile, PUBG New State, or even Apex Legends. Now, it’s not like these games won’t run but if you play for a long time then you will feel disappointed with your purchase.

By the way, Redmi has also added the 12-layer graphite sheet which means, the phone won’t get hot. Now, the real test of a 12-layer graphite sheet will be in summer, so let’s wait.

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The phone also has 10 5G Bands which include the SA; n1, n3, n5, n8, n28a, n38,
n40, n41, n77, and 78 NSA; n38, n40, n41, n77, and n78. In short, you will be able to take advantage of 5G all over India.

To put it simply, Don’t buy the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G for gaming but for day-to-day usage, it’s a good option to consider.

Software

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Bottom Chin

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G runs on MIUI 13 based on Android 12. Redmi has promised 2 Years of OS Updates and 4 Years of Security Updates, so this device will get OS Updates up to Android 14.

The catch is,

The device runs on Android 12 and Android 13 has been out for months. Now, what Redmi did is, delayed the Android 13 update, so they don’t have to update the device up to Android 15.

Redmi has also said that MIUI 14 based on Android 13 is ready and it should be out within a month, so you see what Redmi did…

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Bloatware Apps

By the way, Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G comes with hall lot of Bloatware which you can uninstall but you will have to manually uninstall all the third-party apps which is not a good experience even after paying the Rs 24,999.

The phone has ads in the UI which you can disable from the settings but the problem is every single user won’t know about this, so they will continue using the device as it is.

Overall, MIUI 13 is the same as all the other Redmi Phones, there is nothing new to talk about.

Cameras

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G 50MP Ultra HD Mode

The bigger change is on the camera side of things,

The Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G has a 50MP primary sensor (OIS), 8MP ultra-wide lens, and 2MP macro sensor while there is a 16MP selfie shooter on the front.

The rear camera can shoot videos at [email protected] and [email protected]/60fps while the front can shoot at [email protected]/60fps.

Fun Fact, OIS works well when you take images but when shooting videos, it disappears, in short, OIS doesn’t work in videos.

So then million dollar question, why did Redmi bother to add OIS, if you can’t use it in videos?

No one will give me a million dollars but still, let me answer, it’s because they wanted to market the device.

By the way, if Redmi wants they can add OIS in videos by just updating the smartphone but they have to work on it. So let’s see whether they push updates or not.

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For those who are wondering, the videos don’t come out well at all. Lack of OIS shows when I was shooting videos.

Also, if you’re taking videos and there is light behind you then the sensor will have a hard time fixing the background. Now, this can also be easily fixed with an OTA update.

The primary 50MP sensor is from Sony and its Sony IMX766 which is a premium sensor that has been used on phones like OnePlus 10T and even ROG Phone 6 Pro.

So you will be like, it’s good right, it should take good images?

Now, the problem is, no matter how expensive the sensor is if the brand doesn’t optimize well then it’s just there for a showcase. That’s the case with the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G

The Sony IMX766 takes useable images under daylight but when it comes to low light, it suffers a lot. It adds hall lot of noise and if you take an image of your friend then his/her skin will turn out to be on the softer side.

Also, as this is a Redmi smartphone, it does add a little bit of extra color, it’s not too much but yes, the human skin tone will be a bit saturated.

The 8MP Ultra-wide and 16MP front cameras are the same as Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus 5G.

The 8MP ultra sensor is there and it’s just there. If there is enough light then it will take good images but under low light, the images will come out soft.

The 16MP front camera is social media ready, you won’t have to use any kind of filter, just take a selfie and post it on social media and you will look white.

Overall, the Redmi Note 12 Pro has decent cameras and it can be improved further with an Update but it all depends on Redmi whether they want to put in extra hours and wants to improve the cameras or not.

As you can see, I didn’t add any camera samples of Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G, so what you can do is, go to this and you will find all the camera samples of this device along with videos too (Fyi, it’s Google Drive Link).

Audio

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Notification center

The device has a stereo speaker with the support of Dolby Atmos. Both of these speakers are good, they’re loud, sound clear, and have a good amount of bass too.

The microphone quality is also solid, so there won’t be any kind of problems with calling too while the carrier aggression also helps when the phone is not getting good singles.

It also has a 3.5mm audio jack and IR blaster as well.

Battery

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Sim Card Placement

The Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G has a 5,000mAh battery with 67W wired fast charging support and yes, the 67W adapter is supplied in the box.

The device will take about 46 minutes to charge from 0% to 100% which is super fast but make sure you charge the device with a 67W charger.

The MediaTek Dimensity 1080 is battery efficient processor, so there is nothing to worry about it. Expect the battery to last for a day but if you’re a very heavy user then expect the battery to last till 4 to 5 PM.

Here, I have provided the rough numbers, so the real battery life can change user by user.

Verdict

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G

Rahul Makwana

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Rear Side Design
Display
Build
Performance
Software
Cameras
Audio
Battery
Price

Summary

The Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G could have been a killer smartphone at Rs 19,999 but now at Rs 24999, it’s just another smartphone with MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC and 67W fast charging. The moral of the story is, you won’t regret it if you skip the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G and buy other devices.

3.5

Still, if you have any kind of questions then feel free to drop them in the comment box, I would love to answer them, see you there…

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G Full Specifications

Launch Date5th January 2022
First Sale11th January 2022 via Flipkart at noon
Price6GB Ram + 256GB storage: Rs 24,999
8GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 26,999
8GB Ram + 256GB storage: Rs 27,999
Display6.67-inches FHD+ AMOLED
120Hz Screen Refresh Rate
10-bit panel
395ppi density
900nits pick brightness
Supports Wide Vine L1
240Hz Touch Sampling Rate
86.8% screen-to-body ratio
Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels resolution
Dimensions162.9 x 76 x 7.9 mm
BuildGlass front (Corning Gorilla Glass 5)
Plastic Frame
Plastic back
OSAndroid 12 – MIUI 13
2 Years of OS Updates
4 Years of Security Updates
ChipsetChipset: MediaTek Dimensity 1080 (6 nm)
GPU: Mali-G68 MC4
CPU: Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 &
6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
Cooling: 12-layer graphite sheet
Storage Options6GB Ram + 128GB Storage
8GB Ram + 128GB Storage
12GB Ram + 256GB Storage

– LPDDR4x Ram
– UFS 2.2 Storage
SD-Card SlotNo
Rear Cameras50MP Primary Sensor (f/1.9) – OIS
(Sony IMX766)
8MP Ultra-Wide (f/2.2)
2 MP Macro (f/2.4)

Video
[email protected]
[email protected]/60fps

Camera Samples
Front Camera16MP Selfie Shooter

Video
[email protected]/60fps
3.5mm JackYes
Wi-Fi VersionWi-fi 6 2×2 (2×2 wifi)
Stereo SpeakersYes
Carrier AggregationYes
Bluetooth Version5.2
5G SupportYes, 10 5G Bands.
5G BandsSA: n1, n3, n5, n8, n28a, n38,
n40, n41, n77, and 78
NSA: n38, n40, n41, n77, and n78
IR BlasterYes
SensorsProximity sensor,
Ambient light sensor,
Accelerometer,
Gyroscope,
Electronic compass,
IR blaster,
Geomagnetic sensor
Fingerprint (Side-Mounted)
Fingerprint SensorSide-Mounted
Battery5,000mAh (non-removable)
67W Wired Fast Charging
0% to 100% in 46 Minutes
ColorsObsidian Black, Arctic White,
and Iceberg Blue
SAR ValueSAR Limit: 1.6 W/kg,
Head: 0.844 W/kg,
Body: 0.810 W/kg
Model NumberMZB0CXPIN
Weight188 Gram
In the boxRedmi Note 12 Pro 5G,
67W Charger,
USB Type-C Cable,
SIM Eject Tool,
Protective Case,
Quick Start Guide,
Warranty Card
Available atFlipkart

*Images Credit: Gadget Bridge Hindi/YT

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3 Comments

3 Comments

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  2. Gopal

    January 15, 2023 at 2:24 am

    Bro, Is it worth to get this phone at 16K? My need is camera?

  3. BYJ

    January 16, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    PLS CHOOSE ME BETWEEN REDMI NOTE 12 PRO PLUS AND 12PRO . ANY PROBLEMS MIGHT COME LIKE HANGING OR ANYTHING.
    OUT OFTHESE 2 , WHICH ONE WOULD U RECOMMEND.
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