Realme 12+ review

GSMArena Team, 12 April 2024.

Display

The Realme 12+ has a pretty large 6.67-inch display. It is almost perfectly flat with a standard 20:9 aspect ratio and a FullHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. This works out to a very sharp pixel density of right around 395 ppi. The display is AMOLED and has a 120Hz refresh rate.

Realme 12+ review

Realme claims that it should be capable of around 600 nits of regular brightness output with a peak of 2000 nits. In our standardized testing, we measured around 586 nits in brilliant display mode and a peak brightness of 1,148 nits. That's not exactly the 2,000 nits promised by Realme, but then again, our standardized testing procedure uses a fairly large portion of the display. Plus, the Realme 12+ does have a special mode to specifically boost brightness for HDR content. Also, we found that the Realme 12+ has plenty of brightness to be comfortably usable outdoors.

The minimum brightness we measured was just 2 nits.

Max display brightness test

White test pattern, 75% fill (nits)

  • Manual mode
  • Auto mode
Nothing Phone (2a) Nothing Phone (2a)
664
6.7" AMOLED 1080 x 2412 px
Realme 12+ Realme 12+
586
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Xiaomi Redmi 12 Xiaomi Redmi 12
541
6.79" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Poco X6 Poco X6
531
6.67" AMOLED 1220 x 2712 px
Redmi Note 13 Pro Redmi Note 13 Pro
530
6.67" AMOLED 1220 x 2712 px
Motorola Edge 40 Neo Motorola Edge 40 Neo
523
6.55" P-OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Poco X6 Pro Poco X6 Pro
517
6.67" AMOLED 1220 x 2712 px
vivo V30 Pro vivo V30 Pro
516
6.78" AMOLED 1260 x 2800 px
Motorola Edge 40 Motorola Edge 40
516
6.55" P-OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Moto G84 Moto G84
502
6.5" P-OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Xiaomi 13T Xiaomi 13T
500
6.67" AMOLED 1220 x 2712 px
Nothing Phone (2) Nothing Phone (2)
498
6.7" LTPO OLED 1080 x 2412 px
Pixel 7a Pixel 7a
498
6.1" OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Realme 12 Pro+ Realme 12 Pro+
497
6.7" AMOLED 1080 x 2412 px
Poco M6 Pro Poco M6 Pro
493
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Redmi Note 13 4G Redmi Note 13 4G
492
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Redmi Note 13 5G Redmi Note 13 5G
488
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Redmi Note 13 Pro+ Redmi Note 13 Pro+
486
6.67" AMOLED 1220 x 2712 px
Poco F5 Poco F5
470
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Galaxy A54 Galaxy A54
457
6.4" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy A55 Galaxy A55
446
6.6" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy A35 Galaxy A35
441
6.6" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
 Galaxy A25 Galaxy A25
434
6.5" AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
 Galaxy A15 Galaxy A15
372
6.5" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
 Galaxy A15 5G Galaxy A15 5G
363
6.5" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Poco X6 Poco X6
1339
6.67" AMOLED 1220 x 2712 px
Redmi Note 13 Pro Redmi Note 13 Pro
1331
6.67" AMOLED 1220 x 2712 px
Redmi Note 13 4G Redmi Note 13 4G
1313
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Redmi Note 13 Pro+ Redmi Note 13 Pro+
1283
6.67" AMOLED 1220 x 2712 px
Xiaomi 13T Xiaomi 13T
1264
6.67" AMOLED 1220 x 2712 px
vivo V30 Pro vivo V30 Pro
1197
6.78" AMOLED 1260 x 2800 px
Realme 12+ Realme 12+
1148
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Poco X6 Pro Poco X6 Pro
1148
6.67" AMOLED 1220 x 2712 px
Motorola Edge 40 Neo Motorola Edge 40 Neo
1073
6.55" P-OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Pixel 7a Pixel 7a
1070
6.1" OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Poco M6 Pro Poco M6 Pro
1053
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Motorola Edge 40 Motorola Edge 40
1043
6.55" P-OLED 1080 x 2400 px
 Galaxy A25 Galaxy A25
1030
6.5" AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy A35 Galaxy A35
1024
6.6" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy A55 Galaxy A55
1010
6.6" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Nothing Phone (2) Nothing Phone (2)
998
6.7" LTPO OLED 1080 x 2412 px
Moto G84 Moto G84
996
6.5" P-OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Redmi Note 13 5G Redmi Note 13 5G
991
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Nothing Phone (2a) Nothing Phone (2a)
981
6.7" AMOLED 1080 x 2412 px
Galaxy A54 Galaxy A54
980
6.4" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Poco F5 Poco F5
963
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
 Galaxy A15 Galaxy A15
808
6.5" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Realme 12 Pro+ Realme 12 Pro+
802
6.7" AMOLED 1080 x 2412 px
 Galaxy A15 5G Galaxy A15 5G
786
6.5" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Xiaomi Redmi 12 Xiaomi Redmi 12
541
6.79" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px

The Realme 12+ uses a standard 8-bit panel. It has plenty of color modes available to play around with and offers coverage of both DCI-P3 and sRGB.

As already mentioned, the Realme 12+ has HDR support - HDR10+ on the display, to be exact. It has decoder support for HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG. No Dolby Vision. It also has the highest possible Widevine L1 DRM certification, allowing apps like Netflix to offer up FullHD streams to saturate the display resolution.

The Realme 12+ reports support for 60Hz and 120Hz operation. There is no 90Hz middle ground like you see on many other devices. You can choose between a trio of refresh rate modes in display settings. Standard mode just locks the refresh rate to 60Hz. Then you get high mode and Auto select mode. Both of these tend to favor 120Hz, High more so than Auto mode.

However, the Realme 12+ doesn't seem to have any smart auto-switching logic even in Auto mode and instead operates on a per-app logic. That means that even when there is no motion on screen, the phone won't drop to 60Hz to save battery.

Realme 12+ review

Worse still, we had very little success with high refresh rate gaming. Just one out of all the games we tried managed to run in 120Hz mode and push higher than 60fps. So, high refresh rate gaming is practically a no-go.

Overall, we really wish the Realme 12+ had better refresh rate behavior.

Battery life

The Realme 12+ packs a decent size 5,000 mAh battery. In our testing, it managed 13:03 hours of Active Use Score, which is above average for this battery capacity but is about what we would expect from the MediaTek Dimensity 7050 chipset, which we have already tested in the Realme 11 Pro. The 6nm chip is efficient overall.

Our new Active Use Score is an estimate of how long the battery will last if you use the device with a mix of all four test activities. You can adjust the calculation based on your usage pattern using the sliders below. You can read about our current battery life testing procedure here. For a comprehensive list of all tested devices so far, head this way.

Charging speed

The Realme 12+ has support for 67W SuperVOOC charging. The charger and a proprietary USB Type-A to Type-C cable are included in the box. Keep track of both if you want to charge at full speed. The Realme 12+ has the same battery capacity and charging support and the same chipset as the Realme 11 Pro, so it comes as no surprise that the two phones charge at exactly the same rate.

Realme 12+ review

We clocked our Realme 12+ review unit at 41% after 15 minutes on the charger and then 73% at the 30-minute mark. A full charge took us right around 47 minutes. While not quite as fast as the competing charging solutions from the likes of Xiaomi and its 67W-rated charging, Realme's 67W solution certainly holds its own in the price bracket. You can certainly do a lot worse in this department.

Charging speed

  • in 15 min
  • in 30 min
  • Time to full charge (from 0%)
Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G
67%
5000 mAh 120W Xiaomi HyperCharge
Motorola Edge 40 Motorola Edge 40
58%
4400 mAh 68W TurboPower
Motorola Edge 40 Neo Motorola Edge 40 Neo
50%
5000 mAh 68W TurboPower
Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G
49%
5100 mAh 67W
Poco X6 Pro Poco X6 Pro
47%
5000 mAh 67W
Realme 11 Pro Realme 11 Pro
42%
5000 mAh 67W SuperVOOC
Realme 12+ Realme 12+
41%
5000 mAh 67W SuperVOOC
vivo V30 Pro vivo V30 Pro
39%
5000 mAh 80W FlashCharge
Nothing Phone (2) Nothing Phone (2)
32%
4700 mAh 45W PPS
Moto G84 Moto G84
30%
5000 mAh 33W TurboPower
Galaxy A55 Galaxy A55
29%
5000 mAh 25W PD
Nothing Phone (2a) Nothing Phone (2a)
29%
5000 mAh 45W
Galaxy A35 Galaxy A35
26%
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Pixel 7a Pixel 7a
20%
4385 mAh 30W PD
Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G
100%
5000 mAh 120W Xiaomi HyperCharge
Motorola Edge 40 Motorola Edge 40
92%
4400 mAh 68W TurboPower
Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G
83%
5100 mAh 67W
Poco X6 Pro Poco X6 Pro
83%
5000 mAh 67W
Motorola Edge 40 Neo Motorola Edge 40 Neo
82%
5000 mAh 68W TurboPower
vivo V30 Pro vivo V30 Pro
77%
5000 mAh 80W FlashCharge
Realme 12+ Realme 12+
73%
5000 mAh 67W SuperVOOC
Realme 11 Pro Realme 11 Pro
72%
5000 mAh 67W SuperVOOC
Nothing Phone (2) Nothing Phone (2)
62%
4700 mAh 45W PPS
Nothing Phone (2a) Nothing Phone (2a)
59%
5000 mAh 45W
Galaxy A55 Galaxy A55
55%
5000 mAh 25W PD
Moto G84 Moto G84
54%
5000 mAh 33W TurboPower
Galaxy A35 Galaxy A35
52%
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Pixel 7a Pixel 7a
36%
4385 mAh 30W PD
Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G
0:25h
5000 mAh 120W Xiaomi HyperCharge
Motorola Edge 40 Motorola Edge 40
0:40h
4400 mAh 68W TurboPower
Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G
0:42h
5100 mAh 67W
vivo V30 Pro vivo V30 Pro
0:42h
5000 mAh 80W FlashCharge
Poco X6 Pro Poco X6 Pro
0:43h
5000 mAh 67W
Realme 12+ Realme 12+
0:47h
5000 mAh 67W SuperVOOC
Realme 11 Pro Realme 11 Pro
0:47h
5000 mAh 67W SuperVOOC
Motorola Edge 40 Neo Motorola Edge 40 Neo
0:51h
5000 mAh 68W TurboPower
Galaxy A55 Galaxy A55
1:03h
5000 mAh 25W PD
Nothing Phone (2a) Nothing Phone (2a)
1:03h
5000 mAh 45W
Nothing Phone (2) Nothing Phone (2)
1:04h
4700 mAh 45W PPS
Moto G84 Moto G84
1:15h
5000 mAh 33W TurboPower
Galaxy A35 Galaxy A35
1:26h
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Pixel 7a Pixel 7a
1:57h
4385 mAh 30W PD

Speakers - loudness and quality

The Realme 12+ has a hybrid stereo setup with a dedicated bottom-firing speaker and an amplified front-facing earpiece as the second channel. The Realme 12+ also has a small opening on the top bezel for sound to escape, which helps in balancing the two channels and in stereo separation.

Realme 12+ review

The speakers sound balanced and of similar audio quality, even if the bottom one is louder. Quality is quite good overall, and we can say that there is a noticeable improvement compared to the older Realme 11 Pro. Mids tend to sound a bit cleaner to our ears. Highs come out very clear, too, with little distortion. The Realme 12+ is also louder than the Realme 11 Pro, earning a VERY GOOD score in our standardized testing.

The Realme 12+ doesn't have a full-featured equalizer, but it does include something called OReality Audio. It is an audio enhancement technology with a smart mode by default and optional presets for movies, gaming, and music.

The Realme 12+ also has Hi-Res audio support.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal "0db" flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

Connectivity

The Realme 12+ is a dual-SIM 5G device with simultaneous 5G connectivity on both of its Nano-SIM slots. It supports SA and NSA Sub-6 connectivity. The phone has GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS and QZSS support for location services. Local connectivity is covered by dual-band Wi-Fi ax/6 as well as Bluetooth 5.2 with LE and Hi-Res audio support. Our unit has NFC on board, but the feature is market-dependent, so check with your local retailer. There is FM radio receiver is on board.

Realme 12+ review

The Type-C port on the Realme 12+ is backed up by a USB 2.0 data connection, which means a theoretical data transfer speed cap of 480 Mbps. It has Host/OTG support but nothing else fancy, like video output via USB Alt mode.

The Realme 12+ has a pretty full set of sensors onboard. There is a TDK icm4x6xx accelerometer and gyroscope combo. A memsic mmc5603 magnetometer and compass combo. Also, an OPUS Fusion light sensor that reports data a bit slowly but gets the job done. A proper hardware proximity sensor is also on board - a SensorTek stk33c01. The only obvious omission is a barometer.

Reader comments

  • PhoneGEEK765
  • 27 Jun 2024
  • ITL

WHY TF did they release a realme 12 plus? Now we have 4 phones of the realme 12 series

  • Anonymous
  • 01 Jun 2024
  • X{X

Poco x6

  • M
  • 11 May 2024
  • CbG

Else xiaomi's software experience is so pathetic