Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition fails to meet 210W claimed charging speed in real world test

The Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition is the world's first phone with 210W ultra-fast speed charging support.

Highlights
  • Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition ships with 210W claimed fast charging speed.
  • Xiaomi claimed the phone would charge in nine minutes but in a real-world test, the Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition took 10 minutes and 10 seconds.
  • Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition launched in China last week.

Redmi Note 12 and Redmi Note 12 Pro series debuted in China last week. The Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition is the world’s first phone with 210W ultra-fast speed charging support. This is much superior to the current 150W speeds available in the market. The brand claimed it can fully charge the built-in 4,300mAh battery in just nine minutes, which really was incredible. However, the actual charging speeds are a little lower than what has been promised, but still much ahead of the competition.

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Folks at Charger Labs put the Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition to the test. The results showed the phone was able to reach a peak charging wattage of 184.85 W about three minutes in. However, the speeds were not consistent throughout as they dropped to lower wattage quickly.

Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition charging

Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition charging speed

Of the said 210W charging speeds, the Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition was able to reach a peak speed of 184W. This speed didn’t sustain for long and continued to decline; however, the speeds remained above 120W. The results showed the phone was able to charge fully in 10 minutes and 10 seconds, which is a good one minute above the claimed nine-minute mark.

While this doesn’t make any real-world differences, it would have been nice had Xiaomi delivered what it claimed or mentioned actual facts instead of inflated numbers. These speeds are ahead of the competition in the current market scenario. The report further mentions the Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition manages to charge without producing any heat. It reached a peak temperature of 43.3 degrees Celsius in the test.

Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition specifications

  • 6.67-inch FHD+ OLED display
  • MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC
  • 8GB RAM, up to 256GB storage
  • MIUI 13
  • 200MP + 8MP + 2MP triple cameras
  • 16MP selfie snapper
  • 4,300mAh battery, 210W fast charging

Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition sports a 6.67-inch FHD+ OLED display with 2400 X 1080 pixels resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, a 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and up to 900nits brightness.

The phone is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC paired with 8GB+256GB and 12GB/256GB models. It runs on Android 12-based MIUI 13 custom skin out of the box. The phone is equipped with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for security, stereo speakers, X-axis linear motor, NFC, infrared, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition measures 162.9 X 76.03 X 8.98mm and weighs 207.5 grams. 

Connectivity features include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers. The phone packs a 4,300mAh battery with 210W fast charging support.

Moving to optics, the Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition has triple camera sensors on the back, with a 200MP Samsung HPX primary sensor with f/1.65 aperture, 7P Lens, ALD coating, and OIS. There is an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2MP macro unit. It packs a 16MP snapper on the front for selfies and video chats.

Key Specs

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Explorer
MediaTek Dimensity 1080 | 8 GBProcessor
6.67 inches (16.94 cm) Display
200 MP + 8 MP + 2 MPRear camera
16 MPSelfie camera
4300 mAh Battery
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