Redmi Note 12 5G and Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G were launched in India on Thursday. Both of these smartphones offer major improvements over their predecessors, the Redmi Note 11 and Note 11 Pro, especially in terms of photography, connectivity, and cameras. Xiaomi touts the phones as ‘SuperNotes’ for offering the best in class specifications. With the series starting at Rs 17,999, let’s take look at how different the vanilla Redmi Note 12 is from the Redmi Note 12 Pro model.
Redmi Note 12 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro: price in India
Starting with the price of both devices, the Redmi Note 12 comes at a price tag of Rs 17,999 for the base 4GB + 128GB variant and Rs 19,999 for the 6GB + 128GB storage variant in India.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro, on the other hand, has been launched at Rs 24,999 for the 6GB + 128GB model, Rs 26,999 for the 8GB + 128GB model, and Rs 27,999 for the 8GB + 256GB storage option.
Redmi Note 12 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro: design, display, performance, and camera
Now let’s take a look at various aspects of Redmi Note 12 and Redmi Note 12 Pro such as design, display, performance, cameras, and battery.
The Redmi Note 12 and Note 12 Pro flaunt a minimalistic glass pack panel along with an elevated camera housing for the triple camera setup. Coming to the front, there is a centered punch-hole camera atop both devices’ displays. As for the colour options, the vanilla Note 12 is available in Matte Black, Mystique Blue, and Frosted Green while the Redmi Note 12 Pro comes in Obsidian Black, Arctic White, Iceberg Blue, and a special Stardust Purple.
Both Redmi Note 12 and Redmi Note 12 Pro are equipped with a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with support of 120Hz refresh rate, up to 240Hz touch sampling rate, and DCI-P3 color gamut along with 1200 nits of peak brightness. However, the ‘Pro’ model ups the ante by featuring AdaptiveSync which changes the display’s refresh rate between 30, 60, 90, and 120Hz as opposed to just 60Hz and 120Hz variations on the vanilla Note 12. Furthermore, the Redmi Note 12 Pro also comes with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support for an enhanced content viewing experience along with 1920Hz PWM dimming technology that prevents eyestrain from looking at the screen for long durations.
Processor, RAM, and storage
Coming to the performance side of things, the Redmi Note 12 and Note 12 Pro feature 5G-enabled processors, namely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 and the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC, respectively. Both of the chipsets are based on a 6nm manufacturing process and are paired with UFS 2.2 internal storage with LPDDR4X RAM. Speaking of which, the Redmi Note 12 comes in variants of 4GB RAM with 128GB ROM and 6GB RAM with 128GB ROM while the Redmi Note 12 Pro has 6GB RAM with 128GB ROM, 8GB RAM with 128GB ROM, and 8GB RAM with 256GB ROM options.
When running heavy tasks such as playing graphic-intensive games or editing videos on the go, Redmi Note 12 Pro’s 12-layer heat dissipation system helps in sustaining the maximum performance of the device. While in the case of the standard Note 12, Redmi has put in dual graphite sheets that aid the handset in similar scenarios.
Cameras are where both phones have taken a huge leap from their predecessors. Starting with the Redmi Note 12, the device packs in a triple camera setup consisting of a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. There is a 13MP camera on the front for selfies and video chats.
Now coming to the Redmi Note 12 Pro’s optics, this is where things start getting interesting. The handset gains a 50MP IMX766 OIS-enabled main camera accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro lens along with a 16MP selfie snapper. Redmi has gone further and embedded the ‘Xiaomi AI Image Solution’ into the camera for superior clicks in various lighting situations. Furthermore, the Note 12 Pro also has some interesting camera modes up its sleeves such as a Pro Vlog mode and Film Frames.
A 5000mAh battery unit is present on both the Redmi Note 12 and Redmi Note 12 Pro. The differences lie in the charging speeds where the vanilla Note 12 gets 33W fast charging support while the Note 12 Pro is equipped with Xiaomi’s proprietary 67W Turbo Charge technology, which can juice up the phone from flat to full in a matter of minutes. Xiaomi has also bundled the 33W and 67W chargers in the respective boxes.