Xiaomi Buy Guide 2023 : Old is Out. 200MP OIS, 120W HyperCharge and 120Hz Flow AMOLED is in.

It might be the end of the first quarter, but Xiaomi isn’t holding back when it comes to full pricing coverage. Now it’s the race to mid-year and here comes the Redmi’s, dropping in during the Xiaomi Fan Festival.

Coming in hot with new upgrades, the Redmi Note 12 Series features – including for the first-time for Redmi, a 200MP camera with OIS, 120Hz Flow AMOLED display, 5,000mAh battery and more!  It’s the one segment that the brand never forgets about because of their Xiaomi Fans, and even more so since that’s how Xiaomi started to grow back in 2010. 

The Redmi Note 12 series makes its way to Malaysia with 4 models : 

  • Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G (8GB+256GB)
  • Redmi Note 12 5G (8GB+256GB)
  • Redmi Note 12 (8GB+128GB)
  • Redmi Note 12 (6GB+128GB)

Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G

ProcessorMediaTek Dimensity 1080
RAM & Storage8GB+256GB
Display6.67’’ FHD+ 120Hz Flow AMOLED
Cameras200 MP, f/1.7, (wide), 1/1.4″
8 MP, f/2.2, 119˚ (ultrawide), 1/4″
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)

16 MP, f/2.45, (selfie)
Battery 5000 mAh
120W Fast Charging (in-box, 0-100% in 19 minutes)
Price8GB+256GB – RM 1599
ColorsBlack, Silver, and Blue

Known affectionately as the Mid-range king, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G gives you access to top-shelf features, such as a 200MP rear shooter with OIS newly added in, which is a first on a Redmi. 

This boost in camera makes it the only phone in the segment that’s not only larger, but also more efficient in photo-taking since Optical Image Stabilization does wonders in taking shots faster and with more stability. AI takes a stride too, with Xiaomi’s own AI Image solution packed in for better post-processing and predictive optimization. 200MP is A LOT of pixels, and this will give you a chance to take simpler shots that you can crop in and edit for a whole different picture. 

The display takes a step forward too, giving you a Flow AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, which will give you the best of both worlds in smooth operation and deeper colors (especially the blacks). High refresh rate AMOLED panels are expensive, and are usually best reserved for the big boy flagships; it seems Xiaomi managed to push that into a RM 1599 price tag. 

Redmi Note 12 5G

ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1
RAM & Storage8GB+256GB
Display6.67’’ FHD+ 120Hz Dot AMOLED
Cameras48 MP, f/1.8, (wide)
8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (ultrawide)
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)

13 MP, f/2.45, (selfie)
Battery 5000 mAh
33W Fast Charging
Price8GB+256GB – RM 1099
ColorsBlack, Green, and Blue

The momentum continues deeper with the Redmi Note 12 5G, a promising all-rounder gunning for the RM 1000 crown. It packs a 120Hz DotDisplay AMOLED spec as the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G and debuts the new 6nm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 chipset that’s power-efficient and 5G ready. 

It also showcases a diverse triple camera setup with a 48MP main sensor as the headliner so you’ll still be able to snap sharp photos and up to 4K video. Keeping the lights on is a 5000mAh battery that’s charged up by the provided 33W fast-charger. This time around, I see that the Redmi Note 12 5G would be the staple model that offers great battery life potential, display quality as well as 5G-ready connectivity, making this an incredible value crunch in the Redmi Note Series. 

Redmi Note 12

ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 685
RAM & Storage8GB+128GB
Display6.67’’ FHD+ 120Hz Dot AMOLED
Cameras50 MP, f/1.8, (wide),
8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚ (ultrawide),
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)

13 MP, f/2.45, (selfie)
Battery 5000 mAh
33W Fast Charging
Price8GB+128GB – RM 799
ColorsBlack, Green, and Blue

The Redmi Note 12 is the starting model of the series, coming in at just RM 799. It sports a Snapdragon 685 chipset and a triple 50MP camera setup, which is pretty impressive considering the price. It has the same 5000 mAh battery and 33W charging as the 5G version of the Note 12. What’s actually impressive here is that you’ll still get a 120Hz DotDisplay AMOLED which is insane considering the current market offering at that range can only get you an IPS panel and 90Hz at best. 

Base capacity is 128GB with 6GB of RAM, and you’re also able to add-on a microSD card for expandability. There’s a lot going for the Redmi Note 12 here, and it’s definitely going to be an exciting offering this year! 

So Have You Decided?

Kind of hard to pick right? Since the Redmi Note 12 series just got even more competitive, covering a wide range from RM 649 to RM 1599, making the series championing both entry-level to mid-range fronts. But don’t worry, we’ve made it easier by simply just profiling which model would suit you best! 

Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G – For those looking to get flagship quality photos. That 200MP camera will surely not disappoint and the dedicated Image AI will make sure every shot will be perfect. It’s also for the impatient go-getter who needs minimal downtime. The 120W HyperCharge will make sure you’re up and running again in just a short wink!

Redmi Note 12 5G – If you’re looking for an incredibly balanced experience, the Redmi Note 12 5G was made for you. This RM 1099 king gets you into 5G, keeps you longer between charges with its Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 and treats your eyes to some smooth, 120Hz Flow AMOLED goodness. 

Redmi Note 12 – It’s for that someone who really wants to maximize every ringgit put into investment. This RM 799 will score you this incredible all-rounder that still has a 120Hz Flow AMOLED screen as well as a triple-camera setup so you don’t miss out on bigger features that are usually reserved for phones double to triple this price! 

Xiaomi Fan Festival 2023 x Redmi Note 12 Series Pre-Order

The Redmi Note 12 series will officially sell in Malaysia from 14th April onwards, with the following prices : 

Official sales start date: 14 April 2023 onwards 

Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G (8GB+256GB): RM 1,599 

Redmi Note 12 5G (8GB+256GB): RM 1,099 

Redmi Note 12 (8GB+128GB): RM 799 

Redmi Note 12 (6GB+128GB): RM 659 (e-commerce only)

Available colors: 

Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G: Polar White, Sky Blue, Midnight Black. 

Redmi Note 12 5G: Onyx Gray, Forest Green, Ice Blue 

Redmi Note 12: Onyx Gray, Mint Green and Ice Blue 

Pre-order however starts this 6th – 13th April 2023, with the following goodies 

In conjunction with the Xiaomi Fan Festival, there’s also a customer service promotion running from 1st – 16th April 2023, where customers can receive a FREE Gift (Xiaomi Bunny Doll sticky note holder) when customers and fans engage in the following:

Additionally, Redmi Note 12 will be available in 6GB+128GB exclusively on e-commerce. From April 6 to 14, enjoy exclusive deals on Lazada and Shopee when you purchase Redmi Note 12 (6GB+128GB), with an early bird exclusive price of RM 649, while stocks last.

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