The Redmi Note 12 offers great value for money and is probably the new budget king. If you look at the Redmi Note 12 from the perspective of it being an upgrade to its predecessor, you might find some disappointments and probably even consider it a downgrade.
But from the perspective of the value it offers relative to its price, you’re probably looking at the best value for money provided MIUI stays stable.
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Redmi Note 12 Price In Nigeria
The Redmi Note 12 Costs about ₦116,900 in Nigeria for the base version with 4GB RAM. It comes in 3 RAM options, and there’s a 6 or 8GB option which costs more, but all versions come with 128GB of storage which I would say is great and is also expandable by SD card.
As always, Redmi packages its phones with a charger and a case in the box. Note 12 comes with a 33 watts fast charger. Design-wise coming from the Note 11, you can see it’s now flatter, much like the Pro versions last year.
It gets a matt finish on the rear and looks like glass but I won’t be dropping it to find out. It is much better than that mirror glass finish on the 12 Pro Plus. Earlier I mentioned that you might find some disappointments in comparison to the Note 11 from last year.
Well, one of those is the lack of stereo speakers here. We only get a bottom-firing mono speaker with the Redmi Note 12. So, lesser speaker quality than its predecessor. It does get solid build quality still, offering Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Display (120Hz Refresh Rate)
On the display, which is AMOLED, I’d say it is the best you can find for new devices at this price point. It gets a 120hz screen refresh rate and while you’d want to say is an upgrade from the 90hz on its predecessor, I’m afraid right now, that’s only on paper.
Software & UI
Speaking of software, the Redmi Note 12 comes with Android 13 right out of the box and with MIUI 14. Aside from the few glitches I’ve experienced, the software is OK. With its high level of customization, you’re still going to enjoy the MIUI experience. Also, we have split-screen multi-tasking here. I find it quite weird that we still don’t have material U with MIUI 14. Not sure what the hold-up is, but it could mostly be xiaomi playing it safe until MIUI is stable enough to handle it.
Processor & performance
The Redmi Note 12 sports the Snapdragon 685, a 6nm processor which is pretty much a refresh of the Snapdragon 680 on its predecessor, so no major improvements in performance you could argue that the 685 is a little more optimized, but the conclusion is, performance-wise, you won’t see anything major compared to the Note 11.
Except for the few lags I experience with the device which can probably be attributed to MIUI, everything works fine, and I can definitely still recommend it as the best option for its price. For gaming, the Note 12 Pro can handle it at low graphics and high frame rates or high graphics and medium frame rates. Can’t have both, and that’s actually fair for this price point unless you’re buying one of the much older flagships.
Attempts to play Call of Duty mobile at very high graphics were not so smooth. Gameplay had noticeable lags, and I didn’t get smooth gameplay until I switched to low graphics and high frame rates. So if you’re a Call of Duty gamer you might want to manage your expectations with this one.
Apex Legends can only go max at normal graphics and a high frame rate. While the frame rate was consistent for the most part, the gameplay is not entirely smooth. In a gaming session of just over 30 minutes, I didn’t experience any overheating.
Battery Capacity & Charging
The battery capacity of the Redmi Note 12 is 5000mAh, and in my experience so far, I’ve had no issues with it. It should last you at least a day of average to heavy use. It supports 33w fast charging, and the charger comes in the box.
Camera & Video Recording
In the camera department, not much has changed except the absence of the depth sensor which is actually not one of the very useful ones. The image quality you’ll get from its rear camera is satisfactory and I’d say HDR processing is on point.
Night mode is not so great so I won’t count on it. The selfie camera is typical Redmi, soft until you turn off the default beauty filters and it’s better. HDR on portrait selfies is not quite there. The Redmi Note 12 is able to shoot videos at a max of 1080p 30fps from both selfie and rear cameras, and I’d say the software stabilization is good.
The Redmi Note 12 is not an upgrade from the Note 11, so it’s probably not the device you want if you’re looking to upgrade from that, but it is surely one of the better devices you can buy for its price point. It’s great value for money as long as MIUI doesn’t act up. You just need to manage your expectations.
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