Gadgetren – After unveiling the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G at the end of March 2023, Xiaomi is reportedly ready to bring another variant, namely the Redmi Note 12 Pro that supports 4G networks.
To welcome the presence of this mid-range mobile phone that will be released on May 31, 2023, Xiaomi also invited the Gadgetren team to test the Redmi Note 12 Pro directly at an offline Hands-On event in Jakarta.
I myself got the Redmi Note 12 Pro unit in the Glacier Blue color variant which has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. On the packaging box at the back there is a very clear statement that the Redmi Note 12 Pro has different specifications than its sibling with the 5G network.
There are four main features that this new mobile phone offers, namely a 108MP main camera, a 5,000mAh battery with 67W fast charging, an AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, and it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chipset.
After briefly reading the stand-out features, I then opened the plastic seal of the Redmi Note 12 Pro box which contained a thank you note from Xiaomi, a guide, a clear case, a charger head and a USB Type C charger cable.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro feels right in my tiny hands when I hold it. Even though it has a flat frame on each side with curved corners, it doesn’t feel sharp in my palm.
The back body of the Redmi Note 12 Pro in Glacier Blue has a look that is quite interesting to me because of the blue color that can change from light to dark when exposed to reflected light or sunlight.
In terms of photography, this 4G variant uses a different camera module layout compared to the 5G version. The Redmi Note 12 Pro offers a quad rear camera setup with a 108MP primary camera pinned at the top.
On the right side of the rear camera unit, there is an LED flash that helps provide additional illumination when taking pictures at night or in low-light conditions. The 108MP primary camera’s shots are quite satisfactory for me, both AI-assisted and normal.
With the help of AI in the 108MP main camera settings, images look more colorful or vivid, while without AI they are sharper and more detailed. I also took a few photos of showy flowers in portrait mode using the rear camera, which were very focused with blurry or blurred backgrounds.
In addition, I tried to take macro photos of food, which in my opinion were not very detailed. When recording video, it is interesting to choose the quality of the video recording resolution that I want starting from 720 at 30 fps, 1080 at 30 fps, 1080 at 60 fps, up to 4K at 30 fps.
In my opinion, the results of recording 4K video at 30 fps with the Redmi Note 12 Pro with up to 2x zoom provide stable and good quality compared to wide-angle zoom that decreases with changes in lighting.
Video recording with the Redmi Note 12 Pro is also supported by Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which will help users shoot videos with minimal shake so that video movements are smooth. Video recording functions like slow motion, time-lapse and long exposure are also available in this mobile phone.
Users who want to take photos at night can also use the night mode available specifically in the Redmi Note 12 Pro camera app. Especially for those who like to take pictures, you can use the Pro menu for manual photo settings.
Of course, the Redmi Note 12 Pro on the top side provides a 3.5mm audio jack port for connecting headphones and speaker holes.
On the right side are volume buttons and a fingerprint scanner that doubles as a power button. Then, on the bottom side, the Redmi Note 12 Pro is equipped with a SIM tray and MicroSD slot, USB Type C and speakers.
Surf the screen Redmi Note 12 Pro from one page to another is also quite smooth and fast. Likewise, with a bright screen display and the ability to open more than one app and switch to another app, this mobile phone doesn’t lag or break.