Xiaomi is known for its bank for-buck devices and over the years, they’ve established pretty wholesome lines of devices like the Redmi Note, the Redmi line, and its flagship Xiaomi line. The Redmi being the budget line, there is usually a lot of buzz around these devices.
The much-anticipated Xiaomi Redmi 12 has officially landed in Kenya, and it’s creating quite a buzz in the tech world. Serving as a successor to the Redmi 10 from 2021, this new smartphone is making waves with its incredible features and stylish design.
Redmi 12 Specs
|Release date||June 15, 2023|
|Operating system||Android 13 with MIUI 14|
|Display||6.79-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1080 x 2460 pixels and a refresh rate of 90Hz|
|Processor||MediaTek Helio G88|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|Storage||Up to 256GB internal storage with microSDXC support|
|Rear camera||Triple camera setup with a 50-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera|
|Front camera||8-megapixel front-facing camera|
|Battery capacity||Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery with support for fast charging at up to 18W|
|Sensors||Side-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, compass, and NFC|
|Dimensions||168.6 x 76.3 x 8.2 mm (6.64 x 3.00 x 0.32 in)|
|Weight||198.5 g (7.02 oz)|
|Colors||Midnight Black, Sky Blue, Polar Silver, and Moonstone Silver|
The Redmi 12 takes the smartphone game to a whole new level with its impressive 6.79-inch 1080p LCD screen. What’s even more captivating is the 90Hz refresh rate, providing smoother and more responsive interactions. With a peak brightness of 550 nits, your visuals will be vivid and crisp even in bright sunlight. This device boasts a sleek, flat design that’s both modern and eye-catching.
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For those who are constantly on the move, Xiaomi has taken care of you by equipping the Redmi 12 with an IP53 rating, ensuring it’s resistant to dust and water splashes. This means you won’t have to worry about a sudden downpour or a dusty environment damaging your phone.
Dual Functionality and Convenience
Redmi 12 offers a hybrid SIM slot, providing you with the flexibility to choose between using two nano-SIM cards or one nano-SIM card and a microSD card for additional storage. It’s all about flexibility and customization to suit your unique needs.
Additionally, the phone features a side-mounted fingerprint reader integrated into the power button for enhanced security. You’ll also find an IR blaster at the top of the phone, making it a versatile remote control for various home appliances, including TVs and air conditioners.
Audio and Connectivity
In terms of audio, the Redmi 12 features a single bottom-facing speaker, slightly different from its predecessor’s dual speaker setup. However, this smartphone still retains the beloved headphone jack, which is found at the top of the device. So, you can enjoy your music or take calls with your favorite wired headphones without any fuss.
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Power and Performance
Under the hood, the Redmi 12 is powered by MediaTek’s Helio G88 processor, ensuring a seamless and responsive user experience. With RAM options starting at 4GB with an option to get an 8GB variant, you can multitask with ease, while storage choices range from 64GB to 128 GB.
The phone ships with Android 13 and MIUI 14, and Xiaomi has committed to providing two major Android OS updates and up to four years of security updates. This ensures that your device remains up-to-date and secure for years to come.
Photography enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the Redmi 12 features a versatile triple rear camera setup, including a 50MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP macro sensor. Unlike some smartphones with camera islands, these lenses sit individually, giving the phone an iPhone-esque look.
For selfies, the 8MP front-facing camera ensures sharp photos. Video recording with both the main and selfie cameras is capped at 1080p at 30fps.
With a powerful 5000mAh battery, the Redmi 12 is designed to keep up with your busy lifestyle. It supports 18W (PD) fast Type-C charging, allowing you to quickly recharge your device and get back to what matters most.
While the retail box doesn’t include a charging brick, it does come with a Type-C to Type-A charging cable and a silicone case to protect your phone from everyday wear and tear.
Pricing and Availability
The Redmi 12 is available in a range of colors, including Moonstone Silver, Polar Silver, Midnight Black, and Sky Blue. The variety of colors ensures you can choose a device that matches your style.
The Redmi 12 is priced as follows in Kenya.
- 4GB + 128GB : Ksh 20,799
- 8GB + 128GB : Ksh 22,099
- 8GB + 256GB : Ksh 24,099
You can easily purchase this smartphone from Xiaomi’s official online store on Jumia or authorized offline retailers across the country.