After multiple rounds of teasers, Xiaomi is finally introducing the Redmi Note 12 series in the Indian market. This time around, we have only 5G phones. But that does not mean that a future 4G version isn’t in the plans. Moving on, the brand introduced today the Redmi Note 12 5G, Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G, and 12 Pro+ 5G. They have the same name as the Chinese variants and most of the specs are similar. As you can see, the Explorer Edition is not present here. As a result, there is no 210W charging for the Indian market. Have the other phones enough qualities to withstand the competitive Indian market? Let’s find out.
Redmi Note 12 5G
The lineup starts with the vanilla Note 12. It packs a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate with a punch-hole in the center. Under the hood, the phone carries the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 with up to 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of Internal Storage. Unlike previous rumors, the Redmi Note 12 5G keeps the dual-camera setup for the Indian market. We have a 48-Megapixel main camera and a 2-Megapixel depth sensor. The selfie camera is an 8-Megapixel snapper.
The vanilla Redmi Note 12 5G comes with a 5,000 mAh battery with 33W fast charging. The phone misses NFC but keeps the 3.5 audio jack, Bluetooth 5.1, and Dual-Band Wi-Fi. The IR Blaster is present in the phone, but there is no micro SD card slot. Yes, the end is near for mid-range phones with microSD cards. The fingerprint scanner is intact and doubles as a power button.
In India, vanilla comes in Black and Green colors. The price starts at INR 15,499 ($187) for the variant with 4GB/128GB. The higher model with 6GB/128GB will set you back by ($210). The sales will begin in January 11. The smartphone will sell through Mi.com, Amazon, and retail outlets.
Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G
Next, we have the Redmi Note 12 Pro with the same design as the Chinese variant and the same specs. It brings a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC with a Triple-Camera setup. There is a 50-Megapixel main camera, 8-Megapixel ultrawide, and 2-Megapixel depth sensor. There is a Dual-LED flash to help in darker environments. For selfies, the smartphone brings a 16-Megapixel shooter.
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In terms of display, we have the same 6.67-inch size, but the smartphone has thinner bezels resulting in a smaller size. Apart from that, it also has a 120 Hz refresh rate and Full HD+ resolution. The Redmi Note 12 Pro brings a 5,000 mAh battery with a much faster 67W fast charging. This one has NFC, IR Blaster, Stereo Speakers, Wi-Fi 6, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. However, there is still no micro SD card.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro sells in Black, Blue, and Pink colors. There are three configurations and three distinct prices. The phone starts at INR 24,999 ($300) for the base 6GB/128GB model. There is also the 8 GB/128GB with INR 26,999 ($325), and INR 27,999 ($340) for the 8GB/256GB option. Xiaomi will give INR 3,000 ($37) for early birds on January 11. The smartphone sells through Mi.Com, Flipkart, and other local partners.
Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G
Finally, we have the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ variant with a 200-Megapixel camera. It’s the first phone to hit the Indian market with Samsung’s ISOCELL HPX sensor. Besides this camera, we have the regular 8-Megapixel ultrawide and 2 MP-Megapixel sensor. The display specs are the same as the Pro variant, as well as the CPU and the 5,000 mAh battery. The difference is the camera and the 120W charging coming with this unit. Thankfully, the charging adapter is included in the box.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ sells for INR 25,999 ($315) for the base 8GB/256GB model. The one with 12GB/256GB costs INR 28,999 ($350). The phone is available in Black, White, and Blue. The sales will begin on January 11.
Explorer and Speed Edition are missing
The Redmi Note 12 series arrived with pomp in India. However, the Redmi Note 12 Explorer with 210W charging and the Redmi Note 12 Speed Edition with Snapdragon 778G are not available in India. At least not for now. Eventually, these phones can reach the market but we don’t know whether they will retain the same name. According to rumors, the Note 12 with the Snapdragon 778G may reach India and global markets as the POCO X5 Pro 5G. For now, we can only wait.