Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro review

GSMArena Team, 1 April 2023.

Display

The Redmi Note 12 Pro employs a 6.67-inch Flow AMOLED screen of extended 1080p resolution (395ppi). It has a small perforation to make way for the selfie camera and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. According to the official specs, the OLED should be the same as on the Redmi Note 12 Pro+.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro review

The OLED screen supports 10-bit color depth, which means it can display over a billion colors. There is also support for 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch response, and 1920Hz PWM dimming to minimize eye strain in low-light conditions.

The screen is certified for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision content, supports DCI-P3 color space, and has a listed peak brightness of 1,000 nits.

Compared to the same size OLED on the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, this one has more colors and Dolby Vision support.

Xiaomi promises 900nits of maximum brightness, and we can confirm them - we measured 890 nits of maximum automatic brightness thanks to the Sunlight Boost. The typical maximum brightness you can achieve when manually using the brightness slider is 490 nits.

Finally, the minimum brightness at point white was 2.1nits, in line with most of the OLED panels nowadays.

One thing we are not happy about is the inconsistent brightness scrubber - the first 85% or so of the bar are responsible for about 200nits, and the last small part corresponds to the other 290 nits. This means the manual control is terrible if you decide to rely on it.

Display test 100% brightness
Black,cd/m2 White,cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro 0 490
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro (Max Auto) 0 890
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 0 535
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ (Max Auto) 0 990
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G 0 470
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (Max Auto) 0 746
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G 0 479
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G (Max Auto) 0 760
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro 0 457
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (Max Auto) 0 725
Xiaomi 13 Lite 0 512
Xiaomi 13 Lite (Max Auto) 0 938
Xiaomi 12 Lite 0 507
Xiaomi 12 Lite (Max Auto) 0 824
Realme 10 Pro+ 0 484
Realme 10 Pro+ (Max Auto) 0 809
Realme 9 Pro+ 0 433
Realme 9 Pro+ (Max Auito) 0 613
Samsung Galaxy A54 0 457
Samsung Galaxy A54 (Max Auto) 0 980
Poco F4 0 530
Poco F4 (Max Auto) 0 1003
Poco X5 Pro 0 491
Poco X5 Pro (Max Auto) 0 912
Motorola Moto G82 0 496
Motorola Moto G82 (Max Auto) 0 690

Color accuracy

The MIUI display color options have three different models - Vivid (default, DCI-P3), Saturated (DCI-P3 with saturation boost), and Standard (sRGB). You can fine-tune the color temperature for each mode. There is also a custom mode, where you can select the color gamut and fine tune colors, saturation, hue, contrast, gamma.

The Vivid (default) option reproduces DCI-P3 mostly faithfully, excluding the slightly bluish white and gray hues (fixable by selecting Warm Color temperature). The Standard option corresponds to sRGB and offers accurate rendering, including the white and gray colors.

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Color settings

Refresh rate

The Redmi Note 12 Pro's OLED panel supports up to 120Hz refresh rate, and there are two modes in Settings - Custom (choose between 120Hz or 60Hz), and Default (automatic switching behavior).

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro review

Exploring the matter further, we found out that the screen supports four fixed refresh rates per its specifications - 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz.

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Refresh rate options

Just like on many other MIUI-powered phones, the Custom 120Hz and the Default (auto) offer the same behavior - the system uses 120Hz for the phone's UI and most apps (games included), at least while the user is interacting with the display or there is motion on screen. Then, once it sees a static picture for a couple of seconds, the system drops the refresh rate down to 60Hz to save power. 60Hz is always used for the camera app, video playback and streaming.

The screen can use the 30Hz mode, too, but the only occasion we saw it in action was for the Always-on Display and the Notification Light.

Theoretically, the screen should be able to switch to 90Hz refresh rate, but we didn't find an app to trigger this refresh step.

Streaming and HDR

The Redmi Note 12 Pro comes with Widevine L1 DRM support, and Full HD streaming with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support is available across popular platforms, Netflix included.

Netflix - Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro review
Netflix

Battery life

The Redmi Note 12 Pro is powered by a 5,000mAh battery, the same as the Pro+ and the previous Redmi Note 11 models.

The Redmi Note 12 Pro managed a solid Active Use Score of over 12 hours. It posted outstanding Screen-on-Times - it offers around an hour more on web and video than the Pro+ version. Since both devices are virtually identical, excluding the charging speed and the main camera, we cannot think of any reason for this peculiarity rather than the display itself. We noticed that there is a difference in the maximum brightness, which could be a hint that Xiaomi sources the panels from different manufacturers, and this could be a possible explanation.

The standby consumption is average on the new Note 12 models, in stark contrast to the frugal on the previous Note 11 devices. This could be a modem or MIUI 14 thing.

Anyway, the Redmi Note 12 Pro offers solid battery numbers across the board, and we don't think anyone will be left wanting more.

Expand to reveal our legacy battery test (Endurance rating). How we test now.

The Redmi Note 12 Pro is powered by a 5,000mAh battery, the same as the Pro+ and the previous Redmi Note 11 models.

The phone scored a 97-hour endurance rating on our battery life test, which is better than the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ with the same screen and chipset, but lower than the Redmi Note 11 series. Let's explore this a bit.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro review

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice app. The endurance rating denotes how long the battery charge will last you if you use the device for an hour of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. More details can be found here.

The Redmi Note 12 Pro posted outstanding Screen-on-Times - it offers 2 hours more on web and video than the Pro+ version. Since both devices are virtually identical, excluding the charging speed and the main camera, we cannot think of any reason for this peculiarity rather than the display itself. We noticed that there is a difference in the maximum brightness, which could be a hint that Xiaomi sources the panels from different manufacturers, and this could be a possible explanation.

The standby consumption is average on the new Note 12 models, in stark contrast to the frugal on the previous Note 11 devices. This could be a modem or MIUI 14 thing.

Anyway, the Redmi Note 12 Pro offers solid battery numbers across the board, and we don't think anyone will be left wanting more.

Video test carried out in 60Hz refresh rate mode. Web browsing test is done at the display's highest refresh rate whenever possible. Refer to the respective reviews for specifics. To adjust the endurance rating formula to match your own usage patterns, check out our all-time battery test results chart, where you can also find all phones we've tested.

Charging speed

The Redmi Note 12 Pro supports 67W Mi Fast Charging for its 5,000mAh battery. The phone comes bundled with that charger and an appropriate USB cable, which is nice considering the current eco-friendly trend.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro review

Five minutes on that charger will replenish 19% of the dead battery, which is quite enough to last you for a few hours. We captured 44% charge in just 15 minutes, while a total of 30 minutes on the charger refilled 78% of the battery.

30min charging test (from 0%)

Higher is better

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Name
30 min time
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+
100%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
100%
Poco F4
92%
Realme 10 Pro+
86%
Xiaomi 12 Lite
84%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
83%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro
78%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
74%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
59%
Samsung Galaxy A54
56%
Realme 10 Pro
54%

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A full charge took 55 minutes, which is not bad at all.

Time to full charge (from 0%)

Lower is better

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Name
Time
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
0:16h
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+
0:23h
Poco F4
0:38h
Realme 10 Pro+
0:41h
Xiaomi 13 Lite
0:42h
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
0:45h
Xiaomi 12 Lite
0:50h
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro
0:55h
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
1:02h
Samsung Galaxy A54
1:03h
Realme 10 Pro
1:12h

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Speaker loudness and quality

The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ features a hybrid stereo speaker setup. This means that one of the speakers is placed at the top of the phone and has two outlets - top-facing and front-facing for earpiece purposes. The second speaker is at the bottom of the phone.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro review

The Redmi Note 12 Pro supports the Dolby Atmos enhancement, and it's turned on by default. We experimented with listening to music with and without Dolby Atmos, and we found the experience better when the Dolby Atmos was active. This way, the speakers offer better audio quality with crisper sound. Turning the Dolby Atmos enhancement will make for an arguably richer sound, but the bass and the high frequencies are a bit muted.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro review

Finally, the Redmi Note 12 Pro scored a Good mark on our loudness test. We would rate its sound quality as Good, too, as the vocals are good, there is bass, and the Dolby Atmos helps for better presented high frequencies.

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.

Reader comments

  • Roger
  • 09 Jul 2024
  • mS0

I kept the A34!

  • Roger
  • 02 Jul 2024
  • mS0

I have bought it a week ago. I must say nice phone. I am awaiting the A34, curious if that will swing me over because the pro looks like a complete package aside the longterm updating of course. Both cost me around €190.

  • Anonymous
  • 02 Jun 2024
  • SbW

What does it mean the 8 + 4 in ram of Redmi note 12 pro