And another phone to a lineup with a very confusing chronological order.
As with the release of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 chipset (yes, it skips the SD7+G1 and SD7G2), both Realme and Redmi have been racing to be the first to use the new midrange chip. This competition is so fierce that a new iteration of their most popular series has been created. For Xiaomi, it’s the Note 12 Turbo. And turbocharged it is. It’s a phone designed for performance after all.
It is currently a “champion” in a way that the chipset defeats all other chipsets in terms of raw power. The phone has a flagship-grade AMOLED screen. It’s a 6.67″ 12-bit FullHD+ (2400x1080px) AMOLED screen with Dolby Vision, 1920Hz PWM Dimming, 120Hz refresh rate, and a really bright 1000nits max brightness. The screen is closely identical to the already-released POCO X5 Pro albeit the Note 12 Turbo lacks an in-display fingerprint scanner.
You already know what chipset it uses, the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2. A midrange chip so powerful it made Qualcomm skip two iterations. The phone has 8 or 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and either 256GB or 1TB UFS 3.1 internal storage.
The teasers mentioned a 64MP primary camera. Alongside that is the 8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro cameras. The selfie shooter is the standard 16MP resolution.
The battery is also a strong suit because turbochargers tend to use a lot of power, and so the phone has the typical 5000mAh battery but also a rapid 67W USB-C charging speed. Despite the use of AMOLED, the phone has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Aside from that, it has 5G services, Wi-FI 6/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, a 3.5mm jack, an IR Blaster (classic to all Redmi Notes), and MIUI 14 based on Android 13 (finally).
Xiaomi is proud of the Redmi Note 12 that they enrolled it to Hogwarts. It’s a wizard, techies! And if you’re an avid collector, chances are you already own the Coke-themed Realme 10 Pro, the Genshin-themed OnePlus 10T, the Naruto-themed Realme GT Neo 3, and now you will be collecting the magical Harry Potter-themed Redmi Note 12 Turbo with 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. Hence the regular version skips this option.
While there’s neither a global nor a Philippines release yet, if you want to (but with a risk), you could pre-order both the regular and Harry Potter variants in China. The regular Note 12 Turbo starts at CNY 1,999 (~Php 15.8K; no taxes involved) and CNY 2,599 (~Php 20.5K) for the 8/256 and 16/1TB configurations respectively.
Meanwhile, your whimsical smartphone from Hogwarts starts at CNY 2,399 (~Php 19K). The Redmi Buds 4 also has a distinct Harry Potter look just like how the previous one had a Genshin look with Klee’s cute voice included.
- 6.67″ FullHD+ (2400x1080px) 12-bit AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 1920Hz PWM Dimming, Dolby Vision, 1000nits peak brightness
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2 (4nm, TSMC)
- 64MP (Primary), 1/2″, Quadrapixel Binning, 1.4µm
- 8MP (Ultrawide), 120° FOV
- 2MP (Macro)
- FRONT: 16MP
- MIUI 14 based on Android 13
- 5000mAh, 67W fast charging
- USB-C, 3.5mm jack, MicroSD Slot, Virtual RAM, IR Blaster, Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
- 5G services, Wi-Fi 6/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC
- Blue, Black, Silver, Harry Potter Edition (Limited)
- 8/256: CNY 1,999 (~Php 15.8K)
- 12/256 (Harry Potter Edition only): CNY 2,399 (~Php 19K)
- 16/1TB: CNY 2,599 (~Php 20.5K)
Source: Xiaomi (in Chinese)