Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 4G review

GSMArena Team, 3 April 2023.

Design and ergonomics

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 4G adopts a slightly different design than its 5G sibling. While the latter has oval shapes and a curved back, the former has a more blocky style with sharp edges and a flat frame. In fact, the device looks and feels like last year's Xiaomi 12 Lite, which had the same design language. Even the camera island on the back is similar. And despite its low price, the device is IP53-certified against dust and splashes.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 4G review

Aside from the front glass, the whole chassis is made of plastic. The back panel has a frosted finish (we have the Ice Blue color for review), it doesn't attract fingerprints so easily and as we already mentioned, it's completely flat. The frosted finish is nice to the touch, but it isn't fooling anyone; it's not glass.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 4G review

The camera piece has rounded corners and sharp edges and houses all three cameras along with the LED flash. It's really simple, and it doesn't stick out as much. However, it causes the phone to wobble when placed on a flat surface.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 4G review

The sides are also flat and made of plastic. Interestingly, the audio jack is placed on the top side next to the IR blaster, while the bottom is home to the USB-C connector and the loudspeaker grille. This leaves the SIM + microSD card tray on the left and the power button that doubles as a fingerprint reader and the volume rocker on the right.

The power button is easy to reach with your thumb but the volume rocker requires some stretching.

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The front panel is business as usual - we've got a fairly small centered cutout for the selfie camera, thin side bezels and a rather thick bottom lip. Not that we've expected thin bezels all-around, given the price tag. And even though the front glass isn't curved, it sticks out from the frame just a little and it's not sharp to the touch. It definitely feels nice.

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For a budget-friendly 6.67-inch device, the Redmi Note 12 4G is quite lightweight and thin. The profile measures just under 8mm (7.9mm to be exact) and tips the scale at 183.5 grams. We also liked the overall build and we didn't find any unwanted gaps or ridges. The flat design may be appealing to some but we believe it might not be everyone's cup of tea. You will need to hold it to know if you can handle the big dimensions and sharp edges.

Reader comments

  • person4278
  • 22 Feb 2024
  • XN7

Absolutely blown away by the performance and features of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 4G! The phone is lightning fast and the camera quality is outstanding. The battery life is amazing, lasting me all day with heavy usage. The display is crystal clear an...

  • Redmi fan
  • 10 Feb 2024
  • 7X9

When I'm playing games sometimes I can't touch the screen even my hands is dry and I think it's an issue cause everytime I restart it, it just getting worst luckily this phone got gyroscope.

  • Rn
  • 08 Feb 2024
  • m{C

No, this Cpu is great imo. I have the 8gb version and it's really smooth, even when I have 10 apps on. So it's a ram issue they are facing or software issue, miui global works well for me. I mean octacore 4x 2,8 + 4x 1,9ghz is plenty for a ...