Here’s my take on Redmi’s new budget-focused smartphone – Redmi 12 5G.
Redmi 12 5G review
- Premium glass back
- Good primary camera in daylight
- Impressive performance
- Excellent battery life
- Portrait mode needs improvement
- Fast charging could have been better
The Redmi 12 5G is the world’s first smartphone to feature Qualcomm’s newest mid-range Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 CPU, and it has made its global premiere in India. When compared to its predecessor, Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, the new SoC is manufactured utilizing a cutting-edge 4nm technology and offers greater clock speed and support for faster RAM and storage combinations. Is the Redmi 12 5G worth buying, or is there more to it than meets the eye? Continue reading this review to discover out
Redmi 12 5GTable of Contents
- Design and display
- Performance and software
- Battery and charging speeds
- The final decision
The Redmi 12 5G is undoubtedly an impressive device with several noteworthy features. It excels in performance and battery life. The device also exudes a premium feel with its glass back and features a respectable primary camera. However, the Redmi 12 5G charging solution feels a bit on the slower side, while the interface has some bloatware
Design and display
- The design of the Redmi 12 5G does not scream “budget.” The phone’s glass back, as well as the flat sides with a metallic paint finish, provide a wonderful in-hand sensation. Instead of a distinct camera module on the rear, the smartphone has three discrete rings, giving it a clean and basic appearance. While the phone is a little wide, the curved edges and 8.17mm thin design provide for a pleasant and ergonomic grasp. Furthermore, the device is IP53 rated, which means it is resistant to water splashes and moderate dust
- The phone has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that is elegantly built into the power button on the right spine, near the conveniently accessible volume controls. The USB Type-C connector, as well as the speaker grille, are placed on the bottom edge. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack and an IR blaster on the top edge.
- The front of the Redmi 12 5G features a 6.71-inch display with a centered punch-hole for the selfie camera and a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. The display is LCD, with FHD+ resolution, 550 nits of brightness, and a refresh rate of 90Hz. The phone features visible bezels and a wide chin, which is common on low-cost smartphones. In terms of watching enjoyment, it is adequate for the price. The colors are vibrant and brilliant in their normal settings, and outdoor readability is comparable to other smartphones in the market. Even in direct sunshine, the writing remains legible.
- Moving on, the viewing angles are adequate, if not outstanding, and the 90Hz refresh rate appears to have been successfully optimized for the UI and supporting programs. The device is Widevine L1 certified, allowing you to stream FHD video from Netflix and other OTT sources.
- The Redmi 12 5G rear camera configuration consists of a 50MP main sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. The main sensor produces 12.5MP photos by default and produces usable photographs in daytime. The camera’s exposure level is well-balanced, the colors are brilliant and punchy, and the dynamic range is enough for catching details in both bright and dark regions. The details are also quite sharp.
- Furthermore, the phone includes a specialized mode for snapping photographs with the full 50MP resolution. While the overall quality is similar to that of a standard photo, with a minor boost in sharpness, it produces a faint graininess in the photographs and gives the colors a warm tone. Similarly, the portrait mode fails to separate the backdrop from the foreground, resulting in visible warping on the figures.
- The cameras’ low-light performance is adequate when the night mode is enabled. Without the night mode, you may see fuzzy photographs with light blazing across the frame. The Redmi 12 5G front camera has an 8MP sensor, which is adequate even in harsh sunlight. The photos have minor errors in skin tones, and the face detail is excessively smooth. Having said that, the phone has a number of camera filters for users to experiment with in order to improve their photographic experience.
Performance and software
- The all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 chipset powers the Redmi 12 5G. This chipset brings significant performance improvements over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 SoC. Starting with the benchmark scores, the Redmi 12 5G achieved 4,45,286 points on AnTuTu, while its Geekbench multi-core test score exceeded 2,100 points. That said, the handset’s performance seems to be throttling quite a bit on the CPU Throttle test while running 50 threads for 30 minutes.
- The smartphone appears to operate well in the real world, though. The tablet is quickly unlocked via the side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and multitasking with a few applications open in the background doesn’t cause any significant problems. The phone runs without any noticeable hitches even while playing games like BGMI at their highest available graphics and frame rate settings.
- The MIUI 14 software, which is also present on many other Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones on the market, is preinstalled on the Redmi 12 5G and is based on Android 13. An intuitive user experience with separate notification panels and a control center, similar to iOS, is provided by MIUI 14. Additionally, the phone offers a variety of customization possibilities in addition to necessary capabilities like call and screen recording. It is important to keep in mind that the smartphone has certain pre-installed programs, which makes the experience a little bloated. Users may also come across a few spammy alerts, which is another area for development.
Battery and charging speeds
- The Redmi 12 5G has a standard 5,000mAh battery that should last you the entire day, even with moderate usage. The phone’s durability is demonstrated by the Battery test result of approximately 16 hours on PCMark.
- The phone does, however, charge pretty slowly. The Redmi 12 5G supports an 18W charging solution, however even if a 22.5W charger is included in the package, it can take longer than two hours to fully charge the device from zero to one hundred percent.
Redmi 12 5G The final decision
Regarding features and functionality, the Redmi 12 5G is extremely strong. This performance-oriented handset has a sleek, quality glass back and a minimalist appearance. Its impressive battery life and primary camera’s resourcefulness really stand out in bright, sunny conditions. The phone’s portrait mode and charging rates, however, come up short when measured against those of its rivals. I give the Redmi 12 5G a thumbs up with regards to anything else. With a starting price of Rs 11,999, the device has been released in India.