Infinix Note 12 VIP hands-on

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Scarlette Lennon19 June 2022Last Update : 2 weeks ago
Infinix Note 12 VIP hands-on

Introduction

It’s not every day we get a phone call with a VIP right in the name, here at headquarters. But in the case of Infinix Note 12 VIP, it might have been better just to call it Note 120. Or 120 + 108. Let’s explain.

Infinix Note 12 VIP is focused on three things – fast charging, fast screen refresh rate and camera performance. Charging utilizes a 120W beast of a charger that on paper can handle 0% to 100% in just 17 minutes.

As for the screen, the Infinix Note 12 VIP goes all out with a 6.7-inch 1080x2400px 10-bit AMOLED with 1 billion colors, 700 nits brightness and 120Hz refresh rate.

Infinix Note 12 VIP specifications in an instant:

  • Body: 163.5 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm, 199 g; Glass front, glass back, plastic frame.
  • Screen: 6.70 “AMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, 700 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 393ppi.
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6781 Helio G96 (12 nm): Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G57 MC2.
  • Memory: 256 GB 8 GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
  • OS / Software: Android 12, XOS 10.5.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 108 MP, f / 1.8, 1 / 1.67 “, 0.64µm, PDAF, Laser AF; Ultra wide angle: 13 mm f / 2.2; Depth: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
  • Front camera: 16 MP, (wide), 1 / 2.76 “, 1.12 .m.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 1440p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps; Front camera: 1440p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30fps.
  • Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 120W, 100% in 17 min.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); NFC; FM radio; 3.5 mm jack.

Finally, the Infinix Note 12 VIP packs a 108 MP main camera that combines 9 pixels into 1 into a 12 MP resulting image, or can record 108 MP still images in full resolution. It is supported by a 13 MP ultrawide with autofocus, a 2 MP depth sensor and a 16 MP selfie that has its own LED flash. We will also give them a look.

To round off the spec sheet, we have a 4,500 mAh battery, a MediaTek Helio G96 chipset, 8 GB of expandable RAM up to 5 GB from 256 GB of storage, and Android 12 with Infinix’s XOS on top. Finally a few nice details, such as the 3.5mm headphone jack and stereo speakers.

The retail experience is up to the VIP name. The expected accessory is everything here – earbuds, a free case, a 120W charger that is impressively compact, and a USB cable.

Then you have some extra goodies that Infinix has added – plastic screen protector, a mix of stickers, a SIM eject tool and a coupon for one XGold to use in Infinix’s XClub. Not a bad move for $ 300.

Infinix Note 12 VIP hands-on

So now let’s talk the phone itself.

Design and build quality

The Infinix Note 12 VIP is straight, square and flat. The back panel is flat, the sides are flat, and the screen is almost completely flat, except for an ever-so-small curve at the edges. The surface on the sides is glossy and it is color matched to the back panel, which has a matte finish.

Infinix Note 12 VIP hands-on

Despite the difference in surface finish, the Infinix Note 12 VIP is a sleek phone if you use it without the included case. On the upper side, the phone is comfortable in the hand. It’s nicely balanced, it does not feel too big, although it is certainly not a compact phone.

Infinix Note 12 VIP hands-on

Barely 200g, it is not light either, but it is not the heaviest there is. And when you take it in hand, the Infinix Note 12 VIP feels lighter than you expected.

Infinix Note 12 VIP hands-on

The display is impressive. It is surrounded by thin frames and the hollow camera does not eat too much in it. The panel is decently bright, but is not as good as flagship OLED screens in direct sunlight.

Infinix Note 12 VIP hands-on

The contrast on the panel stands out. The colors are very deep and powerful, which makes it a pleasure to use multimedia on this screen. There is a noticeable shade of blue that more sharp-eyed users will notice right away and it is not something you can fix due to limited adjustment options.

Out of the box, the phone is set to switch automatically between 60Hz and 120Hz. The automatic behavior favored 60Hz, which feels choppy for those who are spoiled by modern monitors with high refresh rates. By digging deeper into the settings, we found the Ultra Touch, which can further adjust the screen for faster swipe and movement speed. Setting both to Fast made the Infinix Note 12 VIP infinitely smoother.

A few words about XOS 10, which sits on top of Android 12. It is packed with features and options. Maybe even overwhelmingly. Many of the included apps can also be considered bloatware, as Infinix has included quite a few first-party and third-party apps, often with overlapping feature sets.

More importantly, the XOS 10 works seamlessly without hiccups or nicks despite the influx of apps. So Infinix has done its job pretty well in the custom UI department. And when we say custom, we mean custom.

From the lock screen you get an optional Magazine service. In addition, the clock screen is also affected by the powerful theme support, which includes things like video slideshows, custom fonts, and an online theme store in the form of a separate XTheme app.

Infinix Note 12 VIP hands-on

The OS packs all the features you need, including features like an always-on screen, a power management that controls RAM consumption, a theme engine, FM radio, a code scanner, a compass, the list goes on.

The device we are testing comes with a MediaTek Helio G96 – with an octa-core processor with two 2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 cores and six 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 cores. There is 8 GB of RAM that can be expanded with up to 5 GB from 256 GB of storage space.

Infinix Note 12 VIP hands-on

We have tested this chip in detail in our Infinix Note 11 Pro review.

Camera

This is only the second Infinix phone that goes beyond 64MP on its main camera, the other is Zero X Pro, also with a similar 108MP main camera. The phone’s sensor is another, slightly larger. And it’s paired with another set of cameras.

Infinix Note 12 VIP hands-on

On the Note 12 VIP, we get a 13MP f / 2.2 ultra-wide camera with autofocus, a 2MP depth sensor (which contributes almost nothing) and a 16MP f / 2.4 selfie shooter with fixed focus. There is no dedicated zoom camera, but the 108 MP allows for 2x crops of decent quality.

The pixel containers, 12 MP snaps from Infinix Note 12 VIP are good. Colors lean more towards the natural, and we rarely got an over-the-top result. The white balance is a bit chilly and there is a creep of blue and cyan in white.

The detail is okay, but a lot of them were sacrificed by the noise reduction algorithm. Infinix has avoided noise like the plague, there is no trace of it, which unfortunately means that many of the fine details are lost. There is a large portion of sharpening to bring the details back, but the result is overly processed images. Still, if you like your pictures without noise, these look like a part.

The sensor is large enough to provide a good level of background blur, especially if your subject is close to the camera.



Main camera images - 12MP
Main camera images - 12MP

Main camera images – 12MP

Here is a look at the same scene, recorded with standard 12 MP and a full 108 MP. The recording in full resolution seems to have lost its HDR effect and we see blown highlights. Multi-frame sharpening has also gone, leaving mushy, poorly defined textures in the fruit. And the phone was noticeably slower to take the picture. We would avoid this condition as it really does not provide enough benefits to justify the compromises.

Main camera - 12MP vs 108MP
Main camera - 12MP vs 108MP

Main camera – 12MP vs 108MP

We would also avoid using 2x digital zoom. Its wicked amount of sharpening makes things look pretty awful.

Main camera - 2x digital zoom
Main camera - 2x digital zoom

Main camera – 2x digital zoom

The ultra-wide camera is hit-and-miss. One image is sharp while the other is not. And the camera can not handle any kind of highlights in the frame (note the blown out whites in both pictures).

Ultra-wide camera
Ultra-wide camera

Ultra-wide camera

The theme of poor dynamic range continues with the selfie camera, but other than that, we will give this one a good rating. It is wide, color-accurate and very detailed. This camera is also more tolerant of noise, allowing for a subtle face texture that makes it the resulting image. Its dedicated flash is also very strong, which should help for these bar selfies. It is so powerful that the very process of taking pictures is a bit uncomfortable.



Selfie camera
Selfie camera

Selfie camera

Charging

Okay, now we come to the meat of the Infinix Note 12 VIP charging. Infinix claims that the Note 12 VIP’s 4,500 mAh battery can go from 0% to full in just 17 minutes. Its 120W Hyper Charge technology relies on a dual-cell battery in the phone and a dual charge pump to put the charge in efficiently.

And there are 103 protection features inside the phone to protect this process. An additional 18 real-time temperature monitoring systems ensure that the battery is not overheated, allowing Infinix to guarantee up to 800 charging cycles with this phone.

Infinix Note 12 VIP hands-on

We drained the phone down to 0% and recharged it to full several times. In none of them did the phone heat up drastically during charging. It was only hot, never hot.

However, we could not achieve Infinix’s alleged 17 minutes, we would only go to 88% at that time. During our test runs, we got an average of 22 minutes for full charge, which is still very impressive. The fastest phone we’ve tested to date managed it in 16 minutes using an up to 150W charger. The 120W Xiaomi 12 Pro and 11T Pro did it in 21 minutes.

Closing

To close things off, the Infinix Note 12 VIP is a great all-around phone. Its clean design matches nicely with its good build quality, it is very well packaged and it performs excellently.

You get a good battery life, we have no doubt about that, but more importantly, you get excellent charging thanks to the 120W Hyper Charge. The main camera photos are good enough and so are the selfies. While the screen is also solid.

Infinix Note 12 VIP hands-on

Infinix Note 12 VIP will soon be available in select areas for $ 300. You can visit official sitewhich will guide you to a store near you.

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