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Realme 12 makes surprise appearance on Geekbench

The new 12+. (Source: Realme)
The new 12+. (Source: Realme)
Realme's launch event for the 12 Plus (or 12+) as a new mid-range Android smartphone of today (February 29, 2024) might have suggested that the addition of a vanilla 12 might be redundant at this point. However, it seems that might not be the case, as that device's model number has appeared on Geekbench, with a different SoC to its new Plus counterpart.

Realme has just unleashed its latest "Luxury Watch Design" smartphone on the sub-$350 tier of the Android market - now, however, it seems another, even more affordable version is on the way. It will do so as the 12 5G, according to Malaysia's SIRIM regulator.

The apparently non-Plus version of the 12 has the model number RMX3999, as per the same new report. The same identifier has also just appeared on Geekbench, thereby suggesting that the 12 5G will, like its Plus sibling, launch with Android 14, although the allegedly upcoming model has just 8GB of RAM.

Unlike the 12+, however, it has a "k6835v1_64" platform with 8 ARM cores, 2 of which go at 2.2GHz whereas the rest go at just 2GHz. Accordingly, the vanilla 12 is now said to debut with the Dimensity 6100+ SoC, which, if so, nets the potentially impending Realme mid-ranger single-core scores of not much more than 700 and sub-2,000 multi-core scores.

Accordingly, the Realme 12 5G might also become available in the same south-east Asian markets as the new Plus, and also perhaps as the vanilla Narzo 70 in India thereafter.

Meanwhile, the Narzo 60 now starts for INR 14,999 (~$181) on Amazon

The "RMX 3999"...
The "RMX 3999"... identified as the 12 5G on the SIRIM database. (Source: Geekbench, SIRIM via MySmartPrice) identified as the 12 5G on the SIRIM database. (Source: Geekbench, SIRIM via MySmartPrice)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2024-02-29 (Update: 2024-02-29)