“It’s slow” -someone who was not read about the chipset.
Another day, another Redmi Note. There are probably more Redmi Notes than there are calendar months in a single series. Qualcomm announced a new 5G midrange chip called Snapdragon 4 Gen 2. The main highlight here is the flagship-tier 4nm process which is unheard of in any midrange chipset. Qualcomm did not state what foundry this was fabricated. For reference, the predecessor, Gen 1, was made by TSMC using a 6nm process and the 480 by Samsung, on an 8nm node.
The Gen 2 uses a 2×6 setup consisting of two 2.2GHz cores and six 2.0GHz efficiency cores. Qualcomm has not revealed the names of these cores yet. The previous chip is clocked at 1.8GHz, making the Gen 2 10% faster than its predecessor. Another improvement here is the use of a UFS 3.1 storage which has significantly faster read and write times than older UFS 2.2 storage options. This new version also makes for better optimization, given that MIUI is actually stable. Moreover, it now supports LPDDR5X RAM which is normally available only on flagship chips like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
Going back to the phone, the Redmi Note 12R is another everyday midrange phone. It has a 6.79″ IPS LCD screen with 90Hz refresh rate, a 50MP Primary camera with a 2MP macro complementary, a low-res 5MP selfie sensor, a 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging, USB-C port, IR Blaster, a 3.5mm jack, NFC, and of course, 5G connectivity. The device shares specs with the recently announced Redmi 12 albeit with a newer design and a new chipset.
In China, the phone is initially priced at CNY 999 (~PHP 7.6K) for the 4/128 configuration. The highest trim option, 8/256, is available for CNY 1,799 (~PHP 13.7K). No word has been made yet for Philippine users.