The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ isn't the most compact or light phone, and its weight can feel a bit heavy, but the sturdy construction makes up for any shortcomings. Read our review to find out all the important aspects about this device.
Before reading the full review, you can familiarize yourself with the detailed Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ specs or watch the video below the article.
- Release date: 2022, October 27
- Colors: Black, Blue, White, Trend edition
- Dimensions: 162.9 x 76 x 9 mm.
- Weight: 208.4 g.
- Screen: 6.67" inc, 1080 x 2400, OLED
- Camera : Triple, 200MP
- Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 1080 (6 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (2x2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
- Memory: 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM
- Battery: 5000, Li-Po, non-removable
- Network: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
- Operating system: Android 12, MIUI 13
- Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass
Design and display
The device comes in three color options, each with a different coating on the back. For example, the Iceberg Blue model, which features a matte look with a sky blue shade that looks quite stylish.
As far as looks go, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ is nothing special. It has Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both sides and a slightly protruding camera module on the back. The phone also includes standard features like a 3.5mm headphone jack, an IR port, a USB Type-C port, a speaker grill and a power button with a built-in fingerprint sensor. Overall, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ is a visually appealing device with design elements that will appeal to a significant portion of its target audience.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ is designed to offer an exceptional visual experience thanks to its AMOLED display. The screen has a 120Hz refresh rate and FHD+ resolution, and features a small, unobtrusive hole-punch camera. The bezels around the panel are incredibly thin, and the screen can reach a brightness of 900 nits, making it ideal for outdoor use.
The display is also equipped with impressive specifications, including the ability to display 1.07 billion colors and a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1. It supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision for OTT services, making it an excellent choice for content consumption, whether you're surfing the web, watching videos, gaming or browsing YouTube.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ camera system is a major selling point for the company. The setup includes a 200MP Samsung ISOCELL HPX sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro lens. Taking photos in good lighting conditions produces impressive results, with the camera capable of capturing sharp detail and dynamic range. However, when using the full 200MP resolution, it's important to have proper lighting, as exposure and dynamic range can be affected.
The 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens performs well in maintaining color temperatures and capturing detail around the edges, while the 2-megapixel macro lens may lack resolution, but it reproduces colors accurately.
Overall, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+'s camera is a capable device in daylight, with the potential to rival flagship offerings with some tweaking.
This leads to the issue of low-light performance. On the one hand, with the help of lighting, the sensor does not have to rely on night mode. By adjusting the manual exposure slider, you can take great photos with minimal editing, showing good shadow detail and a correctly exposed overall image.
However, Night Mode can be too aggressive with exposure and ISO adjustments, making a normal low-light image look like it was taken in broad daylight. Also, details appear over-sharpened, resulting in unnatural-looking images.
However, the 16MP front-facing camera produces smoother photos with accurate skin tones.
Productivity and software
The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC, which ensures that performance won't be an issue. While it may not be the fastest in its class, it can handle any task you throw at it. Whether you are playing a demanding game, using social media or just surfing the web, the phone handles everything smoothly.
This is confirmed by the benchmark test results, which show that even during the CPU Throttle test, the Note 12 Pro+ maintains a remarkable 88% of its maximum performance. For demanding tasks like playing Call of Duty Mobile, the phone sets its graphics quality to low to ensure maximum fps for a smooth gaming experience. In terms of storage, the phone is equipped with up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of UFS 2.2 internal storage.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ supports 5G connectivity and can work with up to 10 bands, according to Xiaomi. It includes the commonly used sub-6GHz n28 and n78 channels, although it lacks the higher-bandwidth mmWave n258. In terms of 4G, the smartphone performs extremely well.
The device features a dual speaker system supported by Dolby Atmos that provides good sound quality when used in closed spaces. Additionally, for those who prefer wired audio, there's a 3.5mm Hi-Res headphone jack. The phone also features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that works efficiently and lets you unlock the device with a single touch.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ runs Xiaomi's own MIUI 13 based on Android 12, which is surprising given that most other major OEMs have already moved to Android 13. Over the years, MIUI has undergone some changes, although it still it has some bloatware and finding settings in the interface can be difficult.
Redmi Note 12 Pro+ is powered by a large 5000mAh battery that lasts more than a day with the screen on for 6 hours. The phone also boasts super fast 120W charging capabilities, with the charger included in the box, allowing you to charge the device from 0 to 100% in less than 20 minutes.
The device meets all the requirements of a compelling phone under $360 without making any compromises. Daylight photography is excellent. With its fast charging, decent performance and solid build quality, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ has the potential to set the standard for future mid-range phones.
- Beautiful display
- Minimalist yet stylish design
- Good daylight photography
- Blazing fast charging
- The night mode is not up to par
- It comes with Android 12
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ video review
Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by Xiaomi.