The realme 12 Pro Series Were Unveiled in India with Telephoto Sensors!

They finally got rid of that useless 2MP sensors nobody ever wanted… EVER.

Just before the month ends, realme launched its most anticipated device as of late, the realme 12 series. It has changed drastically since the last series, and here we thought the realme 11 series were launched just yesterday. Time flies!

Speaking of time, both the realme 12 Pro and 12 Pro Plus were designed based on how a luxury watch should look. Although the Submarine Blue colour and the “luxury watch” design seem like realme is partnering with Rolex as per the rumor mill, the official announcement has no mention of it so consider this one debunked.

It’s not the design that’s most interesting. The most interesting part is the camera! The company teased the phone’s camera capabilities a lot at CES and how they used the latest technology to improve photo and video quality. Soon, we’ll see how much all of these features actually matter and not just marketing talk. They removed those useless 2MP sensors and replaced them with much more capable telephoto ones, the first for the series. However, expect a grander price in comparison to the previous phones.

realme 12 Pro:

This might be an obvious guess but it seems like realme loves the circular design of the realme 11 so much that they decided to continue on it and fully take advantage of it now. We’ll be lying if we said that we don’t love this design, even if it’s not the most unique. It certainly is a first for realme and BBK electronics in general and deviates from their usual “dual camera” design. One of the colours of the realme 11, particularly Beige (named Navigator Beige here), has also made a comeback with the realme 12 Pro series. The other new colour and the most interesting one at that, is the Submarine Blue variant.

This device comes with a curved 120Hz AMOLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 chipset, and a 50MP Sony IMX882 primary camera with OIS. Alongside that primary comes the other two, mainly the 32MP telephoto and the 8MP ultrawide. The company just has to sacrifice other parts of the phone, such as using a midrange Snapdragon 6-series chip, to put all the stops to what the phone truly is: a luxury photographer. Yes, that back is made of synthetic leather.

As always, a 5000mAh battery is present, alongside 67W SuperVOOC fast charging. It takes 48 minutes to fully charge this phone from an empty battery pack, at least according to official information.

While the Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 chipset may be a bit questionable to some, don’t underestimate it. Despite its name, this 4nm chip performs quite similarly to the Snapdragon 7 Gen 2 but obviously lower-clocked. There are some things realme done to cut down costs such as using the same 32MP selfie as the realme 11 Pro and retaining the 8MP ultrawide. Still, these are basically the only sacrifices you get.

In India, the realme 12 Pro is priced initially at INR 25,999 (~PHP 17.6K) for the 8/128 variant (when this should have been phased out a year ago), and INR 26,999 (~PHP 18.3K) for 8/256. As these are the prices in India and phones are generally more expensive once they arrive in the Philippines, we can expect that they could be priced just slightly higher here due to import tax duties.

realme 12 Pro Plus:

Checking out the summary above, the realme 12 Pro Plus has only fewer changes against the realme 12 Pro. Now, it uses a more powerful, yet still energy-efficient Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 chipset. Next, the primary camera has been upgraded to be truly flagship, opting for a Sony IMX890 sensor (still 50MP resolution). The telephoto here is made by Omnivision, particularly, the OV64B. From that name, it’s obvious to say that the sensor has 64MP resolution. The 8MP ultrawide and 32MP Sony IMX709 selfie cameras were retained.

Another noticeable upgrade was the mention of a 3D VC cooling chamber. The display, battery, charging rate (which is a downgrade from the 11 Pro Plus’ 100W), colours, and design are all shared from the same platform.

Both phones boot with Android 14 with realmeUI 5.0 on top. It is priced in India, with no mention of a Philippines release at the moment, starting at INR 29,999 (~PHP 20.4K) with 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM configuration, INR 31,999 (~PHP 21.7K) for 8/256, and INR 33,999 (~PHP 23.1K) for 12/256.

Source: realme 12 Pro, realme 12 Pro Plus