Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G is a recently launched smartphone by Xiaomi. It comes featuring a dual rear camera, a Qualcomm’s latest mid-range Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 chipset, paired with 8GB RAM, 256GB of internal memory and 5000 mAh battery. The Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G has 6.79-inch display with an 90Hz adaptive refresh rate, and touch sampling rate of 240Hz.
Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G Key Specs and Features
- 6.79 inches IPS LCD Display, 1080 x 2460 pixels (~396 ppi density), ~85.1% screen-to-body ratio
- Android 13, MIUI 14
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 (4 nm) Octa Core Processor
- 4GB, 6GB, 8GB RAM
- 50 MP (wide) + 2 MP (depth) Dual Rear Camera
- 8 MP Front Camera
- Fingerprint Sensor (side mounted)
- 128GB, 256GB Built-in Storage
- 4G LTE Support
- 5G Support
- 18W Fast Charging Capacity
- 5000 mAh Non-removable Li-Po Battery
The design of the Redmi 12 5G is anything but budget, exuding a premium feel with its sleek glass back panel and metallic paint finish on the flat edges. It has a slightly broad build, that offers a comfortable and ergonomic grip due to its curved corners and thin 8.17 mm profile. The android phone is also IP53 certified, providing resistance to water splashes and some dust, making it more durable and reliable.
Furthermore, the Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G has a glass back panel labeled “Crystal Glass Design” by Xiaomi, providing a luxurious touch. On the front, there is 6.79 inches display, protected by Gorilla Glass. It also features a punch-hole camera at the top of the phone.
The 6.79 inches display is built on IPS LCD panel and offers support for a touch sampling rate of 240Hz and 90Hz screen AdaptiveSync refresh rate feature which can automatically switch between refresh rates depending on what you are viewing. It also has 550 nits peak brightness, which ensures a vibrant and easily visible display, even in bright outdoor conditions.
On the rear, the Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G has three individual rings house the cameras, contributing to its unique and attractive design. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button on the right side, along with easily accessible volume buttons. Additionally, the Redmi 12 5G has a 3.5mm headphone jack and an IR blaster on the top edge further adds to its appeal.
The Redmi 12 5G comes in attractive color options, including Jade Black, Pastel Blue, and Moonstone Silver, giving users a choice to pick the one that suits their style preferences. The smooth rear back panel resists fingerprints, maintaining a neat and clean look.
For optics, the Redmi 12 5G comes equipped with a dual rear camera setup, featuring a 50MP primary shooter with an f/1.8 aperture and 4-in-1 pixel binning technology. Accompanying the main sensor is a 2MP depth sensor. The camera has the capability to capture images at 12.5MP by default, but users can also opt to take photos in the full 50MP resolution.
In well-lit conditions, the main camera performs impressively, producing images with good dynamic range and a decent amount of detail. The shots are well-exposed, and the sensor effectively captures objects in both foreground and background. The colors in the photos are accurate, with a touch of vibrancy to make them visually appealing.
However, the camera’s HDR performance is not exceptional, which is to be expected from a budget phone. In low light or dim conditions, the camera tends to struggle, often choosing slow shutter speeds and high ISO, resulting in blurry and grainy images. To compensate for this, the phone offers a night mode feature that enhances performance in such situations.
The portrait mode feature works decently in well-lit environments, adding artificial background blurring to create a pleasing bokeh effect.
For selfie lovers, the Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G comes with the 8MP front-facing camera which can capture a good amount of detail and color accuracy.
When it comes to video recording, the Redmi 12 5G can shoot at resolutions of 720p30, 1080p30, and 1080p60. The 1080p video quality is decent, providing acceptable footage for a budget smartphone. The audio recording during video capture remains clear and undistorted.
Hardware and Software
The Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 chipset built on the 4nm process, the phone offers significant performance improvements over its predecessor. The octa-core CPU comprises 2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A78 cores and 6x Cortex-A55 cores, ensuring smooth multitasking and efficient handling of various tasks. It is coupled with the Adreno 613 GPU that provides decent graphics capabilities for gaming and multimedia.
It has three storage variant, including 128GB storage / 4GB RAM, 128GB storage / 6GB RAM, and the highest variant with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage, thus providing ample space for apps, games, and media. Additionally, users have the option to expand storage further up to 1TB using a microSD card.
On the software front, the phone comes with MIUI 14, based on Android 13, out of the box. The MIUI 14 provides an intuitive and feature-rich interface, akin to iOS, with separate panels for notifications and a control center. Users also get access to various customization options, essential features like call and screen recording, and other software goodies commonly found in Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones.
The Redmi 12 5G’s battery life is commendable, thanks to its 5000mAh cell, which easily lasts through a day of moderate usage. However, charging speeds are relatively slow, as the phone only supports 18W charging despite the provided 22.5W charger. It can take over two hours to charge the device from 0 to 100 percent, which might be a drawback for users who prefer faster charging.
Xiaomi Redmi 12 5g Price and Availability
Xiaomi Redmi 12 5g price starts at between $130 to $145, / € 120.00 / ₹17,590. The Redmi 12 5g price ranges from about ₦110,000 to ₦160,000 in Nigeria.
Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G Specs
Here are a few specs of the Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G:
- Platform: Android 13, MIUI 14
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 (4 nm) Octa Core Processor (2.2 GHz dual-core Cortex-A78 and hexa-core Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Adreno 613
- Memory: 4GB, 6GB, 8GB RAM
- Colours: Jade Black, Pastel Blue, Moonstone Silver
- Dimension: 168.6 x 76.3 x 8.2 mm
- Weight: 199 g
- SIM Type: Nano SIM
- SIM Count: Dual SIM
- Display: 6.79 inches IPS LCD Display, 1080 x 2460 pixels (~396 ppi density), ~85.1% screen-to-body ratio
- Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass
- Foldable Display: No
- Rear Camera: 50 MP (wide) + 2 MP (depth) Dual Camera
- Rear Camera Features: LED Flash, HDR
- Front Camera: 8 MP Camera
- Built-in Storage: 128GB, 256GB
- Memory Card Support: microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
- 2G CDMA 1X: –
- 3G WCDMA: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
- 3G CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: LTE Bands 1, 3, 5, 8, 40, 41
- 5G: 5G Bands 1, 3, 5, 8, 28, 40, 78 SA/NSA
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: Yes
- WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes Bluetooth 5.3, A2DP, LE
- NFC: Unspecified
- Infrared Blaster: Yes
- USB Port: Yes USB Type-C
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: –
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes, GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: –
- Barometer: –
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: –
- Heart Rate Monitor: –
- Gyroscope: –
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, (side mounted)
- Iris Scanner: –
- Face Unlock: –
- Stylus Pen: –
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: –
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: –
- Wireless Charging: –
- Built-in Mobile Payment: –
- Water Resistant: Yes
- Dust Resistant: Yes
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: –
- Document Editor: –
- Battery: 5000 mAh Non removeable Li-Po Battery
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: –
- Fast Charging: 18W Fast Charging Capacity