The charging speed of smartphones has been steadily increasing over the past few years and seems to have reached its peak. In the new Redmi Note 12 line, presented today, the model called Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition received support for fast charging HyperCharge with a capacity of 210 W. It allows you to fully charge a smartphone battery with a capacity of 4300 mAh in just 9 minutes. In comparison, Xiaomi’s 120W HyperCharge and Oppo’s 150W SuperVOOC chargers take 15 minutes to charge a 4,500 mAh battery.
Along with the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition, the mid-range processor Dimensity 1080 from MediaTek also debuted, in addition, the smartphone received a 6.67-inch OLED screen (2400×1080 pixels, 120 Hz). The main camera in the model is 200 megapixels (Samsung’s new HPX sensor with OIS), there is also an 8 megapixel ultra-wide-angle module, a 2 MP macro camera and a 16 MP selfie camera.
The Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition also features dual-SIM slots, dual speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, NFC, and an infrared transmitter for controlling compatible electronics at home.
As for RAM and non-volatile memory, this model only comes with one combination: 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage. Unlike last year’s Redmi Note 11 Pro+, there is no option to increase memory with microSD cards. The model is currently available only on the Chinese market and costs approximately $330.
Left to right: white, black, blue versions of Redmi Note 12 Pro+, as well as Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition and Redmi Note 12 Yibo Edition (collaboration with Chinese artist Wang Yibo)
Despite its name, the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition is actually based on the Redmi Note 12 Pro+, but the latter has a less powerful charger (120 W) with a larger battery (5,000 mAh). This model starts at around $304, and comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but there’s a 12GB version for $331.
Another model in the new lineup is the similar-looking Redmi Note 12 Pro, which gets a 50-megapixel main camera (Sony IMX766 sensor) and uses only 67W charging for the same 5,000 mAh battery. The cost of such a modification starts at about $235, for which the user also gets 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of built-in storage. A 12/256GB version will also be available for around $304 – effectively the base price of the Pro+.
The youngest model in the series is the Redmi Note 12, which is positioned as an affordable smartphone for $166. It is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 processor, a slightly lower-quality 6.7-inch OLED display (with lower brightness and contrast, as well as the lack of HDR support), less powerful cameras (48 MP main, 2 MP depth sensor and 8 MP front ), weaker charging power (33 W) and only a monophonic speaker. In the basic version, the smartphone offers 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of built-in storage, in addition, there is a modification with 8/256 GB for $235.
As in the case of other Redmis, we should expect international versions of the smartphones later.