Xiaomi Redmi 12 presented officially ahead of global release
Xiaomi has now lifted the lid on the Redmi 12 after several detailed leaks. According to Xiaomi's Thai website, the Redmi 12 relies on the Helio G88, a mid-range chipset that MediaTek released in 2020. For reference, the Helio G88 contains two ARM Cortex-A75 CPU cores clocked at 2 GHz, six Cortex-A55 cores restricted to 1.8 GHz and a Mali-G52 MP2 GPU that peaks at 1 GHz.
Xiaomi complements the mid-range chipset with LPDDR4x RAM and eMMC 5.1 flash storage, plus a 5,000 mAh battery that recharges at up to 18 W. Additionally, the Redmi 12 packs a 6.79-inch IPS display with a 2,460 x 1,080-pixel resolution and a 90 Hz refresh rate. However, the handset can vary its display refresh rate between 36 Hz, 48 Hz, 60 Hz and 90 Hz to reduce power consumption.
Elsewhere, the Redmi 12 has a MicroSD card reader for up to 1 TB of storage expansion, along with 50 MP primary, 8 MP ultra-wide-angle, 2 MP macro and 8 MP front-facing cameras. The device also runs MIUI 14 based on Android 13, unlike some other recent mid-range Xiaomi smartphones like the POCO X5. Currently, Xiaomi has only announced the handset in Thailand, although the Redmi 12 is expected to cost €199 in the Eurozone.
The Redmi 12 retails for THB 5,299 (~US$153) in Thailand with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. A cheaper 4 GB of RAM option should be available too, but neither of Xiaomi's official retailers stock such a variant yet. The same applies to a 256 GB of storage model, which Xiaomi also describes on its website. At any rate, the Redmi 12 comes in Midnight Black, Sky Blue and Polar Silver colourways.