The Redmi Note 12 series are the latest Redmi smartphones which are expected to be launched on Feb-March 2023 while the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G was launched in Feb 2022.
The Redmi Note 12 Global version is already available in India as of 5 January 2023.
For those who want to get their hands early on the Redmi Note 12 series, there are vendors on Shopee and Lazada offering the Redmi Note 12 starting from RM1170.
The global launching price of the Redmi Note 12 base model is about RM1170, almost similar to the RM1189 of the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G.
Let’s find out the difference between Redmi Note 12 and Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G.
We compare the specifications, design, camera, performance, battery life, and design of the new Redmi Note 12 and Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G.
The main differences between the Redmi Note 12 and Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G are the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G has a 108MP main camera compared to 48MP main camera of the Redmi Note 12. There is negligible performance difference since they both are using a 6nm Snapdragon SoC.
Comparing the Redmi Note 12 vs Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Specifications
|Redmi Note 12||Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G|
|Size||165.9 x 76.2 x 8 mm||164.2 x 76.1 x 8.1 mm|
|Weight||188 g||202 g|
|IP rating||IP53, Dust and splash resistant||IP53, Dust and splash resistant|
|Display||Punch-hole 6.67 inches AMOLED, 120Hz, 395 PPI (1080p)|
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
|Punch-hole 6.67 inches Super AMOLED,120Hz, 395 PPI (1080p)|
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
|SIM slot||Hybrid Dual SIM (nano)||Hybrid Dual SIM (nano)|
|OS||Android 12, MIUI 13||Android 12, MIUI 13|
|Chipsets||Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 (6 nm)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (6 nm)|
|Memory||128GB 6GB RAM|
128GB 8GB RAM
|64GB 6GB RAM|
128GB 4GB RAM
128GB 6GB RAM
128GB 8GB RAM
|Card slot||microSD (shared)||microSD (shared)|
|Main Camera||48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF|
8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide)
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
|108 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/1.52″, 0.7µm, PDAF|
8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (ultrawide)
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
|Selfie Camera||13 MP, f/2.5, (wide)||16 MP, f/2.5, (wide), 1/3.06″ 1.0µm|
|Sound||Loudspeakers, 3.5mm jack||Stereo speakers, 3.5mm jack|
|Battery||Li-Po 5000 mAh||Li-Po 5000 mAh|
|Charging||33W wired||67W wired|
Redmi Note 12 vs Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Price in Malaysia
Since the Redmi Note 12 series has not been officially launched in Malaysia yet, we will estimate the price based on the official pricing in India’s official Xiaomi store.
Check out the price prediction for Redmi Note 12 in Malaysia below.
Redmi Note 12 has only two variants, which are:
- 128GB ROM 4GB RAM – RM1059
- 128GB ROM 6GB RAM – RM1199
Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G has 4 variants, which are:
- 64GB ROM 6GB RAM – n/a
- 128GB ROM 4GB RAM – n/a
- 128GB ROM 6GB RAM – n/a
- 128GB ROM 8GB RAM – RM1189
Make sure you check the latest pricing at Shopee and Lazada, which often offer promotions and discounts on new smartphones.
Redmi Note 12 vs Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Design
The Redmi Note 12 is available in three colours: Forest Green, Matte Black, and Mystique Blue; whereas the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is available in three colours as well: Graphite Gray, Polar White, Atlantic Blue.
Both Redmi Note 12 and Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G are the same size, 6.67 inches.
Redmi Note 12 has a 120Hz refresh rate Samsung AMOLED screen with a peak brightness of 1200 nits while the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is also using a Super AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and 1200 nits peak brightness.
Both smartphones are using a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
The difference in design lies in the rear panel where the Redmi Note 12 has a camera bump of similar colour to the phone whereas the Redmi Note 11 Pro camera bump is black colour.
Both smartphones have a very Xiaomi-like design but Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is slightly thicker and more heavy.
Redmi Note 12 vs Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Performance
According to nanoreview.net, the Redmi Note 12’s Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 has an AnTuTu score of 386k, slightly lower than the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G ’s Snapdragon 695’s AnTuTu score of 402k.
Both Redmi Note 12 and Note 11 Pro 5G are using a 6nm chip but the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 on Redmi Note 12 is newer.
The smartphones also support 5G connections, which makes them future-proof.
There is little difference between these two smartphones in terms of CPU and GPU performance.
Redmi Note 12 vs Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Camera
Redmi Note 12 features a triple camera system at the back: main camera (wide), ultra-wide and macro camera, while the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G also has a triple camera system with a 108MP main camera.
The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G takes amazing photos and videos. The night mode is clear and sharp too.
For the front camera, both Redmi Note 12 and Note 11 Pro 5G take great selfies.
Redmi Note 12 vs Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Battery Life
Based on official data, both Redmi Note 12 and Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G have 5000mAh Li-Po batteries. But Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G support 67W charging which is faster than the 33W charging of Redmi Note 12
According to a battery drain test done by Milan Raghav, the Redmi Note 11 5G lasted for 7 hours 32 minutes, slightly shorter than the Redmi Note 12’s 7 hours 50 minutes.
When used casually, both smartphones offer amazing battery life that can easily last for two days without the need to be recharged.
Redmi Note 12 and Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Video Review
Redmi Note 12 Video Review
Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Video Review
Conclusion: Which is Better, Redmi Note 12 or Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
Overall, the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is a slightly better smartphone with better camera and sensors. Still, it’s an older Redmi series and it is heavier too.
If you don’t plan to fork out more than RM1000 on a smartphone, you can consider Redmi Note 11 instead.
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