Xiaomi yesterday officially announced the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Turbo in China. This is a new addition to the already existing Redmi note 12 series of smartphones from last year.
The Redmi Note 12 Turbo is also the first smartphone to feature the Snapdragon 7+ Gen2 SoC under the hood.
In this article, we’ll have a look at what the Turbo edition offers and whether it’s worth getting over it’s older siblings.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Turbo: Design
Design wise, the new Redmi Note 12 Turbo follows in the footsteps of its elder siblings, with a boxy panel, flat edges, and a rectangular module housing triple camera sensors.
Moving to the back of the phone, you’re greeted by a rather unique glittery back panel. You’ll also find the camera module that houses a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro lens.
The Redmi Note 12 Turbo will also be available in a special Harry Potter Edition with a customized design, including the ‘Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’ logo, a drawing of the Guardian deity “Stag,” and the Harry Potter logo engraved on the back panel.
The box packaging will also include a personalized back cover, a personalized card pin, and stickers.
The rear camera cutouts are modeled after Harry’s trademark glasses and lightning scars. Furthermore, the ‘Harry Potter edition’ includes custom boot animation, wallpapers, themes, and more.
The phone sports a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, adaptive HDR, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 1920Hz PWM, 1000nits brightness, a punch-hole cutout for the selfie snapper, and flat edges.
From the paper specs, this display is the same one found in the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition, Redmi Note 12 Pro, and Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus.
As stated earlier, the Redmi Note 12 Turbo is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen2 SoC, which is paired with the Adreno 668 GPU.
The 7+ Gen2 SoC is a very capable chipset and manages to keep up with the high-end Exynos 2200 in a benchmark carried out by Android Authority.
The Redmi Note 12 Turbo edition will also come with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 1TB UFS 3.1 storage. The storage is further expandable via a microSD card.
Battery and other features
The phone is powered by a 5,000 mAh battery with 67W charging support and boots MIUI 14 based on Android 13. In terms of connectivity, you get Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 6 as well as a headphone jack and an IR blaster.
Price & availability
The Redmi Note 12 Turbo will come in black, blue and silver colors. Pricing for the 8/256GB variant is set at CNY 1,999 ($290, ~Ksh 38,000). The 12/256GB model is CNY 2,099 ($305, ~Ksh 40,000) while the 12/512GB version is CNY 2,129 ($335, ~Ksh 40,769).
The top-tier 16GB RAM and 1TB storage version is priced at CNY 2,599 ($378, ~Ksh 50,000).
If you’ve been thinking of getting the Redmi Note 12 series, I’d suggest waiting for the global version of the Turbo edition or straight up import one from China.
The 7+ gen2 SoC is the phone’s main attraction since you’re essentially getting flagship level performance at an affordable price.
If you’d however want to get the vanilla Redmi Note 12, you can do so by heading over to the Xiaomi store.