Xiaomi's Redmi Note 12: A Smartphone You Shouldn't Be Missing Out on

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 Hi, guys! Our friends from Xiaomi Redmi Philippines sent us the Redmi Note 12 to unbox and review and after weeks of taking it for a spin, I finally have enough firsthand experience with it to share my thoughts of it with you. After all, when we choose our phones, we all have our personal preferences and dealbreakers to consider. Here is my take on this smartphone.

Xiaomi's Redmi Note 12

What does the Redmi Note 12 have to offer and what do we know about it so far?

"Redmi Note 12 is the latest mid-range level smartphone that delivers a fast and satisfying overall experience with it’s 120Hz AMOLED also without compromising with other fundamental features. It is the best fit for the vibrant lives of the young Philippine market."

From what I personally saw with the pricing, and testing, it is indeed fast, and responsive as I flip through and use it. I tested it for gaming and streaming and was quite satisfied with its overall performance. I love watching shows on my phone and I didn't have any problems doing so on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12.  It's no wonder that Live Vivid are the words used in its promotion.

Videos and pictures look crisp and the bright and colorful, the responsive display makes the visual experience smoother and quite enjoyable. I have to say that these are the best selling points for me simply because I abhor lagging and I want clear images when I use it for photography, play games, or stream.

Redmi Note 12 boasts a stunningly bright and colorful AMOLED screen with an impressive 120Hz refresh rate.

Redmi Note 12 in Ice Blue

It definitely  has a youthful vibe to it and would certainly be perfect as a gift for a teenager or a good midrange phone for a young adult. The Dot Display with stylish flat frames gives the phone a premium look and feel along with its ergonomic design. The smooth and curved edges and durable make ensures that it is comfortable enough to hold for long periods of time. This smartphone doesn't feel awkward at all in your hands and the selection of colors it comes in are really beautiful. It comes in 3 colors: Onyx Gray, Mint Green and Ice Blue.

Vibrant color display

Storage and Pricing:

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 is available in 3 variants for storage and price range to suit your needs. It comes in 4GB+128GB for ₱8,999.00 , 6GB+128GB for ₱9,999.00, and 8GB+128GB for ₱10,999.00.

It has up to 1TB expandable storage.

Top Features of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12:

If you are thinking of getting a Redmi Note 12, here are the top features of the phone you will want to look into:

1. It has a Smooth 120Hz AMOLED display

The sleek design coupled with the vibrant display makes it aesthetically pleasing to its user. Images and videos are stunningly bright and colorful and it has an impressive 120Hz refresh rate. 

When I turned it on for the first time and started using it, I can see how it undoubtedly has one of the best displays in its category as its 6.67" FHD+ display with DCI-P3 offers a wide range of colors that enhances the immersive and smooth user experience.

My basic apps are the usual social media platforms, favorite games, and streaming services. I also love taking photos so I was delighted to see how smooth the color transitions were. I love how bright and lively the display is. Apparently the brightness goes up to 700 nits. This phone is great for taking photos and you are able to clearly look at the photos even on sunny days or under bright lights

Crisp and vibrant color display for pics taken on a sunny day outdoors

Vivid color display for pics taken at indoor setting

Clear images even on a cloudy day

2. It has the Powerful Snapdragon® processor with Advanced 6nm process. 

This ensures a fast and seamless overall experience while using this phone. I actually did not experience lagging for gaming and streaming.

Display for games are bright and distinct

Redmi Note 12 can keep up with your fave mobile games

3. It features 33W fast charging with a 5000mAh (typ) long-lasting battery. 

The fast charging was  something I really liked because then I don't need to wait for the battery to charge for too long. The battery life and fast charging feature was really surprising and I was very much delighted that I only needed to charge this unit for a few times in a week. With moderate use, you can go through a full battery in 3 days and even then it would not even really be empty. If you are using it for games and streaming, it will still last you for an entire day's worth of battery life. I appreciate that the charging brick is included also. 

4. It has 50MP AI triple camera with Ultra-wide and macro lenses.

The Redmi Note 12 takes great photos in every scenario and all kinds of light. Apart from the main camera, it also comes with an ultra-wide camera and a macro camera. It also has a variety of useful features and filters at your disposal.

Ultra Wide shot using the Redmi Note 12

Macro shot using Remi Note 12

I also tried the phone's Night Mode and it was quite impressive as it is able to capture images even with limited lighting. I think the one thing to remember is to hold the camera still or have the subject stay still to get better images. 

Night Mode using Redmi Note 12 at Davao City Coastal Road's Park

Night Mode pic taken at the DGT Weekend Market

The portrait mode lets your subject stand out from their background by producing a natural depth of field. Simply put, it gives your subject it more dimension instead of appearing flat.

Redmi Note 12 rear protrait

Redmi Note 12 front portrait

5.  Uses Corning® Gorilla® Glass protection

So what is Gorilla Glass and why do we want it for our phone?  The way Gorilla Glass is designed, it allows the potassium ions to spread far into the phone's surface, and this creates a high compressive stress deep into the glass.It is this very layer of compression that makes the surface hardy and able to take more beating than typical glass and one of Corning's biggest strengths is its dedication on developing the technology behind the glass.

In easier terms, this protection ensures you aren't getting a flimsy phone that can't withstand daily use or the typical wear and tear phones go through.

Why you should get a Redmi Note 12

Redmi Note 12 is one of the latest smartphones in the market and It falls under the mid-range category that delivers a fast and satisfying overall experience with its 120Hz AMOLED and does not compromise the essential features for a smartphone. It's new, fast, beautiful, has impressive display, and has everything you need in a phone but won't break the bank. You get more bang for your buck with this phone. 

I really enjoyed reviewing this phone and exploring its features. If you are looking for a phone that has the necessary specs you might want or need but need to work with a budget, Redmi offers you variants at prices that fit your needs for a midrange phone. It won't break the bank but will definitely deliver on all the features you could want in a smartphone and more.

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