Redmi Note 12 5G in Nepal: Will it be the best budget phone of the year?

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Redmi Note 12 5G Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series is one of the most popular smartphone series in Nepal and India. In 2022, Xiaomi released the Redmi Note 11 series, including the Redmi Note 11, Redmi Note 11 Pro and Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G, which was very successful just like the previous Note series.

Xiaomi has released the Redmi Note 12 series globally on January 5 and is expected to be available in Nepal in February.

The Redmi Note 12 series includes three phones this year, just like the previous series. The phones are Redmi Note 12, Redmi Note 12 Pro and Redmi Note 12 Pro+. Redmi Note 12 5G is the budget variant of the Note 12 series, which is probably the most popular of the three.

But whether it will be the best budget phone of the year is still an unanswered question as the phone is yet to arrive in Nepal. Nevertheless, it possesses some properties that keep the possibility alive.

Specifications

Dimensions Height: 165.88mm
Width: 76.21mm
Depth: 7.98mm
Weight: 188g
Display 6.67-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED
Sim Duplicate sims
Solution 1,080*2,400 pixels
Operating system MIUI 13 based on Android 12
chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon® 4 Gen 1
GPU Adreno 619
Storage 128GB
RAM 5/6GB
Front camera 13MP (F2.45)
Behind camera 48MP main camera (F1.8)
8 MP ultra-wide camera (F2.2)
2MP macro camera (F2.4)
Battery 5000mAh
Load 33W
Sensors Ambient light
Sensor Proximity
Sensor E Compass
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Colors Frosted green, matte black, mystical blue
Prices (expected) €34,999 (6/128GB)
Rs 30,999 (4/128GB)

Design and display

Redmi Note 12 5G is very similar to the rest of the Note 12 series phones. It has a 6.67-inch Full HD + Super AMOLED display. It has a brightness of 1200 nits with SGS eye care, sunlight mode and reading mode. It is also IP53 splash and dust resistant, which protects it from dust and water.

Redmi Note 12 Pro weighs 188 grams and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has curved edges on the back and a small notch on the front for the front camera system. It is also slim with a thickness of 7.9mm.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Photo: Xiaomi India
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G. Photo: Xiaomi India

Redmi Note 12 has a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz and covers 100 percent of the DCI P3 colors. The phone is available in India in three colours: Matte Blue, Matte Black and Mystical Blue.

Cameras

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Photo: Xiaomi India
Photo: Xiaomi India

Redmi Note 12 5G also has a good camera system for its price. The rear camera is a set of triple cameras with a 48MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro camera. The camera has standard looks with a placement. The rear camera supports a video resolution of 1080P at 30 fps and 720P at 30 fps. The ultra-wide-angle camera also records 1080P video at 30fps and 720P at 30fps.

The rear camera has portrait mode, panorama, pro mode, night mode, custom watermark, document mode, HDR, AI scene detection, time burst, google lens and other functions. The video specifications include short video mode, time-lapse, movie frame, macro video, filters, beautify and kaleidoscope.

The front camera has a 13MP camera, which is quite good for selfies and videos with the front camera. The front camera records videos of 1080P at 30ps and 720P at 30fps. It also has many features such as portrait, HDR, time burst, AI beauty mode, AI watermark, movie frame, palm shutter and voice shutter. The video features include short video, movie frame, kaleidoscope and time lapse.

Performance and storage

The performance of Redmi Note 12 5G is relatively good. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon® 4 Gen 1 chipset with Adreno™ 619 as its GPU. The RAM offered comes in two variants, 4 GB and 6 GB, with an internal memory of 128 GB, which is expandable up to 1 TB using a micro SD card.

snapdragon 4 gen 1 Photo: Xiaomi
Snapdragon 4 gen 1 Photo: Xiaomi

Redmi Note 12 5G is based on MIUI 13 based on Android 12. According to the company, the phone will receive two Android OS updates and four-year security patches.

Battery life and others

Redmi Note 12 5G comes with a huge 5000mAh li-polymer battery with 33W max charging support. There’s a 33W fast charger in the box.

The sensors in the phone include ambient light sensors, proximity sensors, an E-compass, an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The thermal cooling in it is a double graphite plate.

It includes a 3.5mm headphone jack and dual noise canceling microphones. It supports dual 5G SIM and also has a hybrid SIM card slot meaning you can use it for both e-SIM and physical SIM.

The phone in the box contains a phone, adapter, USB type-C cable, SIM card removal tool, quick start guide, warranty card and protective case.

The prices of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G in Nepal are expected to be Rs 30,999 and Rs 34,999 for 4/128GB and 6/128GB variants respectively

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