Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ unboxing and first impressions

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Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ in China last October, which will debut in India tomorrow alongside the Redmi Note 12 and Redmi Note 12 Pro (no plans yet for the Explorer Edition). The Note 12 series will be the successor to the 11i series – at least in India – as the company confirmed to us that there will be no 12i or 12i HyperCharge in the Asian country. This makes the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ a spiritual successor to the 11i HyperCharge, which is known as the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ in some countries. Although there is also a Redmi Note 11 Pro+ in India, it has different specifications.

We don’t have the Indian prices of these Note 12 series smartphones yet, but we’ve already got our hands on the Redmi Note 12 Pro+, so let’s see what it’s all about.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ comes in a black retail box which includes the protective case, a SIM eject tool, a USB-C cable, a 120W charger and the usual paperwork. We received the Arctic White model, but there will be two more options – Obsidian Black and Iceberg Blue.

The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ is built around a 6.67″ 120Hz Pro AMOLED screen, which is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and has a maximum brightness of 900 nits. The panel can produce 1.07 billion colors and supports the DCI-P3 color scale. You can also get HDR10+, Dolby Vision and Widevine L1 certification, which allows users to stream 1080p videos on supported OTT apps.

The screen also has a hole in the middle for the 16 MP selfie camera. Despite having an AMOLED display, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ doesn’t come with an in-display fingerprint scanner, as Xiaomi opted for a side-mounted solution, which we found to be fast and accurate in the short time we spent with the phone.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ unboxing and first impressions

The back panel of the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ is also covered in glass, but Xiaomi has not revealed which one exactly. The back of the smartphone has slim curves around the edges, which make it easier to hold than those with flat screens. However, it smudged easily and many users could find it unwieldy.

The rear panel has a triple camera setup consisting of primary 200 MP (ISOCELL HPX), 8 MP ultrawide (120° FOV) and 2 MP macro units. The 200MP camera has OIS for photos and videos (including [email protected]) and can record 10-bit RAW images.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ unboxing and first impressions

Under the hood, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ has the Dimensity 1080 SoC with up to 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.2 storage. The smartphone runs Android 12-based MIUI 13 out of the box with the November 2022 Android security patch and packs a 4,980mAh battery with 120W HyperCharge support.

Xiaomi claims that the included 120W adapter can fully charge the battery in 19 minutes when 120W charging is enabled (it’s not by default). Whether that’s true or not is something we’ll find out when we start testing the Redmi Note 12 Pro+.

The rest of the Redmi Note 12 Pro+’s highlights include 5G connectivity, IP53 rating, stereo speakers and Hi-Res Audio (wired and wireless). It also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and Dolby Atmos.

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