Redmi Note 12 5G Launched With 120Hz AMOLED Screen only in $166

The Redmi Note 12 5G series has just gone official in China which consists of 4 phones, 3 of which we have already covered in a separate article. It is entirely focused on the base Redmi Note 12 5G, which is the cheapest in the family and the only one with a Qualcomm chipset.

The Note 12 5G shares display specifications with its siblings. It has the same Samsung AMOLED panel measuring 6.67 inches with 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. It has a peak brightness of 1200 nits, but doesn’t support 1 billion colors or HDR10+. Its fingerprint sensor is on the side unlike the Pro variants.

Redmi Note 12 5G Internals and Software

Under the hood, the phone comes with Qualcomm’s latest generation budget SoC, the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, a 6 nm chip with 5G support. It is paired with 4GB/6GB/8GB RAM options and 128GB/256GB storage variants. There is also no memory card slot. For software, you get Android 12 out of the box with Xiaomi’s custom MIUI 13 skin.

Redmi Note 12 5G Cameras

Unlike other phones in the series, the Redmi Note 12 5G has only two cameras on the back with a 48MP main sensor and a 2MP depth camera. The lack of an ultrawide unit is a little disappointing, even for budget phones. Video recording goes up to 4K and 1080p 60 FPS.

There is an 8MP selfie camera housed in the punch-hole cutout.

Battery and Pricing

Battery capacity is the same as the Pro phones at 5,000 mAh, but fast charging is limited to 33W.

The base Redmi Note 12 will be available in China in black, white and blue color options at a starting price of just $166. Its price is likely to be higher in the international market.


  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Adreno 619
  • OS: Android 12, MIUI 13
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Display:
    • 6.67″ AMOLED with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution; 120Hz refresh rate, 1200 nits peak brightness
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB
    • Internal: 128 GB, 256 GB
    • Card slot: No
  • Camera:
    • Rear (Quad): 48 MP, (wide), 0.8µm, PDAF
      2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
    • Front: 8 MP
  • Colors: Black, Blue, White
  • Fingerprint sensor: Side-mounted
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh, 33W fast charging
  • Price: $166

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