This is the Redmi Note 12s, it has almost the same specs as the Note 11s. That is to say, if you’re looking for an upgrade from the Note 11s, you should look past this one.
the Note 12s, while it may not look so, has some minor improvements over its predecessor, precisely RAM, and storage. And for this reason, the Note 12s comes with 8 gigs of RAM and 256 gigs of storage. The 11s was 6 gigs of RAM and half the storage capacity. Also, this comes at a more affordable price than the Note 11s.
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Redmi Note 12s Price In Nigeria
The Redmi Note 12s price in Nigeria is ₦153,000, which is very good because you’re getting more RAM and storage for less price.
Redmi Note 12s
Price In Nigeria
8GB RAM + 256GB
Redmi Note 12s Price In Nigeria
Also, for devices priced around this category, the Redmi Note 12s still stands tall and is highly recommendable. It is competing with the likes of Samsung’s A24, M6 Note 30 Pro 5G, and Tecno Camon 20 Pro 4G.
Like most other Redmi phones, you get in the 12s with steam car accessories. That is a 33 Watts fast charging brick and a transparent protective casing.
The Note 12s come in a couple of interesting colors which include Onyx Black, Ice Blue, and Pearl Green. Design-wise, it seems a bit different from its predecessor, even when it packs basically the same specs all around, for the most part. But I think the build quality is solid, and I love the matte finish on the rear. It feels like frost glass. I can’t tell if it’s glass or plastic.
We also get stereo speakers here and the Signature Air Blaster, which comes in handy to control your electronics. I’ve actually never needed to use it, but it’s great to have, and I hope Xiaomi doesn’t get rid of it. The fingerprint scanner here is on the power button, and it works just fine to unlock the device, as expected.
The display is still 1080p AMOLED with a 90Hz refresh rate. It makes for smooth interaction with the UI, but I’m certain some will still point out the fact that Redmi should have at least upgraded this to 120Hz, and I agree.
The display is a lovely-looking one, and I have no complaints whatsoever. It will give you that vibrancy expected of an AMOLED display, and it can get bright up to a thousand nits. Using this day-to-day much like its predecessor, I find it still a recommendable device.
Software & UI
It comes with Android 13 out of the box, so it holds the advantage of longer software support by a year. It gets MIUI 14, and unlike my experience with MIUI 14 on the regular 12 4G, this one seems more consistent with the performance so far.
However, the bloatware apps here can be annoying as it seems to be randomly installing new apps. I noticed a couple of extra apps installed as soon as I installed Call of Duty Mobile. Now, this is a problem, though it’s barely an inconvenience to uninstall them. There are also ads within the UI, which can be limited if you know your way around Android.
RAM & Internal Storage
I also appreciate the fact that this comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage as the only option while maintaining competitive pricing.
I think other regions get the 6 gig option with less storage. It is actually quite interesting that we are seeing budget phones come with more RAM storage these days.
Processor & Gaming
The Redmi Note 12s sports a MediaTek Helio G96, a 12-nanometer processor, which is still a solid one for this price point. It’s not been a bad idea for Redmi to go with the more efficient G99. This is already almost three years old if I’m correct. G96, though, is certainly no pushover when it comes to performance.
There are still not many processors that trump it at this price, so I’d say it’s still a pretty good deal. For gaming, you can play the likes of Call of Duty Mobile at medium graphics and high frame rate, and the gameplay is lag-free for the most part.
PUBG plays on HD and high frame rates, and you can run the graphics to balanced and get the Ultra frame rate option. You don’t get an extreme frame rate even if you drop the graphics to smooth.
Battery Life & Charging
The battery life on the Redmi Note 12s is still pretty good. It comes with a 5000mAh, and it lasts at least a day on a full charge, depending on your use case.
The camera configuration here is pretty much the same as the Note 11s, with the exception of a depth sensor, which I doubt anyone would notice. The main camera remains 108 megapixels, and the selfie camera is 16 megapixels. The photos captured by its rear cameras are solid, with good color representation, and also great with HDR processing.
The front camera, however, is not quite impressive. It’s not as sharp and isn’t stable to get a good shot. Also, HDR processing doesn’t seem to work very well for videos. The Note 12s can only shoot 1080p 30fps from both selfie and rear cameras.
The Redmi Note 12s might not be a very different device from its predecessor, but it surely is still one of the recommended devices for its price. It is not an upgrade from the Note 11s, but it’s still a solid option over the regular Note 12 and a couple of other devices at this price point. It is one I can recommend if you want something with 5G.
Though, I think only Infinix offers a device at this price point with 5G. Sadly, the Redmi Note 12 5G does not come to this region. So, if Redmi is your preference, you’ll be going for the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus, which is almost twice the price of this. The regular Note 12 Pro 5G also does not come to this region.
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