The new Redmi Note 12 Series debuted, and it includes the Pro Plus variant, as did the previous series. Don’t be misled: it’s not a flagship, but it’s still a mid-ranger. However, it has some very interesting specifications, including amazing charging technology, a powerful chipset, and an advanced camera. Realme, which released the realme 9 Pro+ earlier this year, is another brand that is releasing Pro Plus mid-range smartphones. Is it better to get the newly announced Redmi mid-ranger or save up for the older Realme 9 Pro Plus? Here is a comparison of the main specifications of the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus and the realme 9 Pro+ to help you decide.
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The Realme 9 Pro Plus has the most interesting design. It is one of the few phones with a color-changing glass back: it can change color in seconds if placed in direct sunlight. It is thinner and lighter than its competitor, and it is a more compact phone. However, the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus has a higher build quality. Unlike the Realme, which has a plastic frame, the Redmi has an aluminum frame as well as a glass back. It also has IP53 certification, making it dust and splash-resistant. However, it is significantly thicker, heavier, and larger than its opponent. So, if you want a more beautiful design and a more ergonomic phone, go for the realme; otherwise, if you want superior build quality, go for the Redmi.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus has the most sophisticated display. It boasts a 6.67-inch diagonal OLED screen capable of displaying up to one billion colors, a Full HD Plus resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, a 120 Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision compatibility, HDR10+ certification, a peak brightness of 900 nits, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Realme 9 Pro+ features a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, a refresh rate of 90 Hz, a peak brightness of 600 nits, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. As can be seen, realme falls short in regard to refresh rate, brightness, and color reproduction. However, its fingerprint reader also functions as a cardiac sensor. But it has nothing to do with the panel’s quality.
The Realme 9 Pro+ has the most sophisticated camera configuration. It has three cameras: a main Sony IMX766 sensor with 50 MP resolution and OIS, an ultrawide camera with 8 MP resolution, and a macro camera with 2 MP resolution. It also has a 16 MP selfie camera. The secondary sensors and selfie camera on the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus are the same, but the main sensor is a Samsung with a 200 MP resolution and OIS.
Specs & Performance
The hardware sector of the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus is unquestionably superior to that of the Realme 9 Pro Plus. It is powered by Mediatek’s new Dimensity 1080 mobile platform, which features an octa-core architecture comprised of two Cortex A78 CPUs running at a maximum frequency of 2.6 GHz, six Cortex A55 CPUs running at 2 GHz, and a Mali G68 MC4 GPU, as well as up to 12 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of internal UFS 2.2 storage. The Realme 9 Pro Plus is equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 920 chipset constructed at 6 nm, an octa-core architecture comprising of two Cortex A78 operating at 2.5 GHz, six Cortex A55 running at 2 GHz, and a Mali G68 MC4 GPU, as well as up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of native storage. Despite the fact that they debuted at separate times, both phones run Android 12 out of the box.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus has a larger 5000 mAh battery that lasts longer and charges faster due to 120W fast charging.
Price & Availability
Due to actual street prices, you can acquire the realme 9 Pro+ for Php23,990, although the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ costs at least $339 or Php19,439. The latter is the winner in the comparison.