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Redmi Note 12 vs Note 12 Pro: what changes?

Redmi Note 12 vs Note 12 Pro: what changes?

Xiaomi brought the original 5G to the Redmi Note 12 line in 2023. Other than that, we’ve already seen that the development is timid, but it’s there. So, how do you differentiate between the Note 12 and Note 12 Pro to choose the best version when buying a new phone?

Canaltech offers a comparison of the brokers of the Redmi line to help. Understand, in the following paragraphs, what are the differences in design, construction, screen, hardware, performance, cameras, and battery.

In the end, you should be able to choose the best between Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G and Note 12 pro, given your type of use. In addition to understanding which one has the best cost benefit.

Design, build, screen and sound

  • Redmi Note 12: 165.9 x 76.2 x 8.0mm, 188g;
  • Redmi Note 12 Pro: 163.0 x 76.0 x 8.0mm, 187g.

There is not much visual difference between the two models. It is true that the Redmi Note 12 is more curved, while the Pro is straighter, both on the back and on the sides. Both are IP53 certified, with some protection against dust and also against splashing water.

The ending has changed. Plastic sides on both devices, but the back of the Redmi Note 12 Pro is glass rather than plastic like the other model. For the rest, there are buttons on the right side, a hole in the screen for the selfie camera and the P2 connector on top and USB-C on the bottom.

The display also has a small change: it’s AMOLED on the Redmi Note 12 and OLED on the Pro. Interestingly, the maximum brightness is higher in the first, as it can reach 1,200 nits, against 900 nits in the second. However, the Pro has features like HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, which the others lack.

Both use Full HD resolution and have a 120Hz refresh rate on the 6.67-inch screen.

The audio system is stereo on the Redmi Note 12 Pro and mono on the base model. Both fail to distinguish between highs and lows, especially at more powerful volumes. With that said, the Pro does sound a little better, simply because it’s stereo.

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Configuration, performance and ease of use

  • Redmi Note 12: Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 Octa-core (up to 2.0GHz), Adreno 619;
  • Redmi Note 12 Pro: MediaTek Dimensity 1080 Octa-core (up to 2.6GHz), Mali-G68 MC4.

The chips on these Xiaomi phones are from different manufacturers, but they are more alike than different. Both were produced at 6 nm lithography and use similar core architectures despite the different speed.

And despite having higher clock rates, the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 fails to score much higher than the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 on Geekbench. But from what I’ve tested, it makes a difference in everyday use, as the Redmi Note 12 Pro is more flexible than the other model.

Redmi Note 12 home screen

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