Redmi 12: An entry-level smartphone with an iPhone Pro-inspired design

Redmi 12

Xiaomi has recently launched its new Redmi 12 smartphone in Thailand, which was initially leaked weeks before the launch. The Redmi 12 is the latest smartphone in the Redmi series, and it is an entry-level device designed to appeal to consumers who are looking for a budget-friendly smartphone.

The smartphone has a sleek and modern design that is reminiscent of the latest iPhone Pro models. The back of the device has a triple camera setup, consisting of a 50 MP main sensor, an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 2 MP macro sensor. The front of the device has a large 6.79-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution and an adaptive refresh rate of up to 90 Hz.

The front camera is an 8 MP shooter located inside a circular and centered hole, while the frames around the display are quite pronounced, especially the one at the bottom. The device is available in three colors: Midnight Black, Sky Blue, and Polar Silver.

Xiaomi Launches Redmi 12: A Budget-Friendly Smartphone with Impressive Features

The Redmi 12 is running MediaTek’s Helio G88 processor, which is a modest 12nm SoC with an octa-core CPU and Mali-G52 GPU. The device also comes with either 4 or 8 GB of RAM memory (LPDDR4X type) and 128 or 256 GB of storage space (slow, with eMMC 5.1 memories), which can be further expanded up to 1 TB via microSD cards. However, when using memory expansion, the device does not support Dual SIM.

The smartphone does not offer stereo audio, but it maintains the 3.5 mm audio jack, which is becoming less common on smartphones today. The device is IP53 certified, which means it is protected from dust and can withstand some water splashes. It also has a good connectivity compartment, although it lacks support for 5G networks and NFC.

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The Redmi 12 comes with a 5000 mAh battery that supports wired fast charging at 18 W via USB-C port. The operating system is MIUI 14 on top of Android 13. It is great news for the fans of the Chinese manufacturer.

The Redmi 12 is available in three memory configurations: 4+128 GB, 8+128 GB, and 8+256 GB. The price of the intermediate configuration is 5999 Thai bath (about $173). At the time of writing, we have no information on the price of the other two memory configurations or details on the possible marketing in global markets.

Despite being an entry-level device, the Redmi 12 has some impressive features that make it a competitive option for those looking for a budget-friendly smartphone. The device has a large and vibrant display, a decent camera setup, and a long-lasting battery. The device is also ideal for people with basic smartphone needs who don’t require 5G or NFC support.

Redmi 12 Specifications

  • 6.79-inch FHD+ (1080×2400 pixels) LCD screen with 90Hz refresh rate
  • Octa Core MediaTek Helio G88 12nm processor (Dual 2GHz Cortex-A75 + Hexa 2GHz 6x Cortex-A55 CPUs) with ARM Mali-G52 2EEMC2 GPU
  • 4GB / 8GB LPDDR4X RAM with 128GB/256GB (eMMC 5.1) internal storage, expandable memory up to 1TB with microSD
  • Android 13 with MIUI 14
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
  • 50MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, 8MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, 2MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture, LED flash
  • 8MP front camera with f/2.1 aperture
  • Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Dust and splash resistant (IP53)
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Dimensions: 168.60×76.28×8.17mm; Weight: 198.5g
  • Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C, NFC
  • 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging

In conclusion, the Redmi 12 is a great entry-level smartphone that provides excellent value for money. The device is perfect for people who want a smartphone that is affordable, yet still has many of the features found in more expensive devices. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly smartphone, the Redmi 12 is definitely worth considering.

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