15 Feb 2024

Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G. Pro and cons.

I have been using the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G for about 7 months now.  

I normally change my phones regularly - at least 2 - 3 phones every year, but since my son grew older and stopped breaking/ drowning them, they last longer now. That was the reason I used Redmi phones in the first place and I am really happy that they still offer the best value for money in the market. 

So let me go through the Pro and Cons of the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G.


1. Camera: I bought this phone along with the Redmi Note 12 Pro ( 4G version) for my wife and I am not sure why but her phone is equipped with a 108 megapixel main rear camera, while my 5 G version comes with 50 MP wide camera +8MP ultra-wide camera +2MP macro camera. The results of my camera is slightly better which shows that megapixels do not mean better results. Plus it has optical image stabilization and slow-motion recording at 960FPS,.

The rear camera reords video: 4K at 30fps1080p at 30/60fps720p at 30fpsSlow motion: 1080p at 120fps | 720p at 120/240/960fps

It has a 16MP front camera. You can also record videos: 1080p at 30/60fps and 720p at 30fps. The front camera can also take slow motion vids: 720p at 120fps. Also does well in video conferencing sessions over Zoom or Teams. 

2. Battery Life: The Battery capacity is quite decent: 5000 mAh and comes with  67W Hypercharge charger included in the box. This is great because a lot of the more expensive brands don't come with chargers now. The charging speed is amazing.

 3. Audio: Has Dual speakers, supports Dolby Atmos and best of all supports 3.5mm headphone jacks. I also received the Redmi Buds 4 Lite as free gifts when I bought the phones. 

4. Display: It is much better than the Redmi Note 12 Pro 4G. Here are the specs:

6.67" FHD+ Flow AMOLED display with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz.

5. CPU: The phone is powered by a Dimensity 1080 Oct-core CPU with max. 2.6GHz. So performance is quite smooth. 


It is currently running the Xiaomi Hyper OS.  version (Android 1.4).

The screen is Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5.

Can accommodate 2 SIM cards. 

The phone is IP53-certified against dust or splashes so ok if it gets caught in the occasional; rain but do not take it swimming or even in the shower. 


Just some minor issues. 

Camera: The camera has issues in low light conditions. Also, in the 4K video mode, there is no EIS. So videos are quite shaky.

When I recently visited the official Xiaomi page, I noticed that they have come out with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro + 5G which has a 200MP wide camera. This phone was not available when I bought the phone. I also noticed that they are no longer selling the Redmi Note 10 Pro 4G, which is slightly cheaper and with a similar performance. 

Overheating: After prolonged usage, especially when playing games, I can feel that the phone is quite warm and it is a warning for me to put down the phone for a while. I read this complaint from other users as well. 

Battery life over time: The battery used to last about 1 and a half days with normal usage but I now need to recharge every day. This is quite normal but other friends with more expensive phones don't seem to have to problem even after more than a year. 

Speaker Quality: The speaker quality has also gone down over time and I have to push the volume to maximum when I am using it in the car in handsfree mode. 


I can confidently say that the phone is the best in the price range. 

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored by Xiaomi. 

Watch my short comparison between the 4G and 5 G models on YouTube.

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