Xiaomi has launched its Redmi Note 12 range in South Africa, and sent us the range-topping Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G to review.
We were immediately impressed by its powerful camera array that features a whopping 200MP sensor, as well as its vibrant AMOLED display, striking design, and long-lasting 5,000mAh battery.
The best part was that we could experience all these flagship-level features without the typical bank-breaking price – the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G has an RRP of only R11,999.
Unrivalled in the mid-range smartphone segment, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G’s camera features an impressive 200MP Ultra-HD image sensor that lets you capture every detail when taking a photo.
This camera is equipped with OIS (optical image stabilisation), too, meaning each photo we took was not only extremely detailed, but also perfectly crisp.
The flagship-level 7P lens, anti-glare coating, and large aperture then helped us capture more light for vibrant shots in dimly lit areas and at night.
The rear camera array is completed by an ultra-wide lens for those awesome landscape views and a macro lens for detailed close-ups.
Turning to the front, we were greeted by a 16MP camera that made it easy to capture trendy videos for TikTok and Instagram.
This makes the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G perfect for active social media users and vloggers, as well as travellers who want to record all their picturesque views.
Energetic display and charging
Xiaomi has equipped the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G with an outstanding 6.67-inch display that allowed us to see the true beauty of our photos.
The AMOLED display offers exceptional colours and contrasts on an incredibly bright panel that is easy to see, even under direct sunlight.
This display also features a 120Hz refresh rate, making browsing, gaming, and watching videos super smooth.
Powering all of this was a 5,000mAh battery that ensured we were never dashing for a charger right before load-shedding struck.
When our Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G was running low on battery, the smartphone’s support for 120W “hyper charging” meant it only needed to be plugged in for 19 minutes to return to maximum battery.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G is the best choice for South Africans who want a powerful smartphone with an excellent camera and a long-lasting battery.
It is even better when paired with the Xiaomi Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker, which offers excellent sound.
The Xiaomi Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker has a long-lasting battery itself, that allows you to enjoy up to 10 hours of music when jamming with friends.
Its portable design and IP67 dustproof and waterproof rating make it the perfect addition when going to the pool or the beach.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ is available at an RRP of R11,999, and you can view its specs in the table below.
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G|
|Display||6.67-inch 2,400 x 1,080 AMOLED, 120Hz|
|CPU||MediaTek Dimensity 1080 Octa-Core|
|Rear camera||200MP + 8MP + 2MP|
|Connectivity||5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC|
|Ports||USB-C, 3.5mm audio|
|Battery||5,000mAh, 120W HyperCharge|
|Dimensions and weight||162.9 x 76.0 x 8.98mm (210.5g)|