Redmi Note 12 Pro+ vs Realme 10 Pro+: Which one is Better?
Every year, Redmi and Realme launch a series of phones under the 25,000 price point targeted towards the midrange segment. They are usually standouts and default recommendations to someone looking for an all-rounder device. There’s a consistent cycle they follow.
If Realme performs well in one year, Redmi does better in the next. This kind of competitiveness is excellent for the end consumer. The Realme 6 and Realme 7 series were better than the Redmi Note 9 series, but the Redmi Note 10 series was objectively way better than the Realme 8 series.
Moving to the Realme 9 Pro+, it was a much better phone than the Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus at the time, though it was more expensive. In this article, we’ll compare the Realme 10 Pro+ to the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ and see if the historic Redmi-Realme cycle still holds. This on-paper comparison may contain subjective opinions along the way.
Realme has already held the Indian launch event for the Realme 10 and Realme 10 Pro Plus. Redmi has yet to release the Note 12 Pro Plus, but it has already been launched in China, so we know the specifications. The Note 12 series is said to launch in India on 5th January 2023.
This time, Realme has prioritised a fashion-focused audience. The 10 Pro+ drops the glass back and premium build of the 9 Pro+. It replaces the glass with a more generic plastic back. This has the advantage of added durability. As a result, the phone is very light to hold, coming in at just 175g.
This year, Realme’s central Unique Selling Point seems to be the 120Hz curved AMOLED display. The phone has a thin chin at the bottom, and the front looks gorgeous.
Redmi Note 12 Pro+ vs Realme 10 Pro+
Smartphone companies typically choose between function and form in the midrange segment. Realme has decided to flaunt its design with a curved 120Hz AMOLED display. The curve over the edges gives it a good look. It’s 800 Nits bright and has support for HDR10+. This is a massive upgrade from the flat 90Hz OLED screen with a thick chin on the 9 Pro Plus.
The answer to the debate between curved versus flat screens strictly lies in personal preference. Some people prefer having a flat display over a curved one since a curved screen poses many issues. You can’t find a good screen protector, and the durability takes a hit. Screen repair costs in an accidental drop will skyrocket compared to a flat panel.
Flat panels also tend to have fewer accidental touches. They also don’t make the content you’re playing pour over the edges. This is what Redmi has picked for the Note 12 Pro Plus. The phone ships with a flat 1080P panel with 900 Nits of brightness. Redmi has one advantage, though, and that’s support for Dolby Vision HDR.
Dolby Vision is a standard that’s better than HDR10+. It brings out more details from the highlights and shadows during video playback, making your content consumption experience more colour-rich and immersive. We cannot determine which screen shows content and colours better before there are practical comparisons of the two.
The primary reason Redmi wins this category is Dolby Vision support. Since companies have to pay for that HDR Standard, it’s nice to see it on a midrange phone.
Both phones use Samsung camera sensors but very different camera sensors. Since most of Realme’s budget, this time, went into the curved 120Hz screen, that didn’t leave them with enough for a suitable camera sensor. They, unfortunately, dropped the excellent IMX766 sensor (1/1.56″) from last year and replaced it with an inferior and tiny HM6 sensor.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus has a 1/1.4″ sensor size and a high 200MP resolution. The primary camera also supports Optical Image Stabilisation. This helps in smoother panning and stabilisation when shooting videos. OIS on a midrange phone does not work as well as flagships for videos since the sensors and lenses aren’t that large.
It primarily assists low-light photography by keeping the shutter open for longer. If you’re shooting a moving subject, the chances of motion blur with OIS are vastly reduced.
Realme has used the HM6 sensor, which has a 1/1.67″ sensor size. It’s a decent sensor for budget phones but is extremely underwhelming for a midrange offering at 25,000. The HM6 also drops OIS, which the previous 9 Pro+ indeed had. Lack of OIS will mean worse low-light shots and increased chances of motion blur, especially in low light.
Stabilisation and video panning will also take a hit, thanks to the reduction in sensor size and the lack of OIS. To be very clear, the HM6 is the same sensor used in the budget Realme 9 from last year. It’s worth noting that a higher megapixel count does not directly translate to better images since the IMX766 was a much better sensor.
Several tests have proven that the Realme 9 Pro+ performs miles better than its supposed successor in several aspects. Redmi has reportedly been working on optimising and tuning the HPX sensor, and since it’s a larger sensor than the HM6, we can expect it to produce better results than the Realme 10 Pro+.
The ultra-wide on both phones is 8MP in resolution, and the Realme 10 Pro+ sees a downgrade here too. The 9 Pro Plus has a 1/4″ 8MP ultra-wide with a higher 119 degrees field of view. It’s better than the one with a 112-degree FOV used on the 10 Pro+. Redmi’s ultra-wide is an 8MP 1/4″ sensor with a 119-degree FOV, which outclasses Realme’s offering.
Both phones offer an obligatory 2-megapixel macro lens that’s just a space filler. The Redmi wins theoretically since Realme has cut costs in the camera department to focus on design this time.
3. Software Experience
Realme UI has an advantage by shipping the latest Android version, Android 13. Realme UI 4 (based on Android 13) has several creative features and strikes the right balance between professional and playful. The Aqua-morphic design with glassy icons and Gaussian Blur with bold and classy fonts have been themed well.
The Material You implementation has now been improved, and it also brings Large Folders, a feature that NothingOS first had. Realme UI 4 has better Always-On Display customizability too.
Unfortunately, Realme UI 4 ruins the experience with spam notifications, recommendations, and a ton of bloatware, some inappropriate and vulgar. There are ads throughout the UI. You get recommended apps when searching for an app in the menu.
There are many pointless suggestions on the lock screen and dodgy popups of data collection. The infamous Hot Apps and Hot Games are still present. The software experience with Realme UI 4 has been worsened mostly because of promoting OnePlus phones, which have clean software with no adverts.
MIUI is infamous for buggy and late updates, and some software updates also cause hardware damage. The Note 12 Pro+ disappointingly still ships with Android 12 out of the box. MIUI 14 hasn’t brought anything new to the table except for the same Large Folders feature and some new app icon sizes.
In a recent interview with Geekyranjit, Redmi promised to focus on clean software for the Note 12 series, so we expect it to have fewer recommendations than Realme UI 4. MIUI has some unique multitasking features and a great theme store. They also let you unlock the bootloader without compromising on warranty.
This is why Xiaomi and Redmi have an active Custom ROM community, and ROMs keep the phones alive after the official support ends. This section would have gone to Realme if they didn’t make the user experience worse with their adverts.
Realme usually focuses on one Unique Selling Point for their top-end number series phones. For the 9 Pro Plus, it was OIS. The Realme 10 Pro Plus’ USP is a curved display. The 10 Pro+ has two camera rings at the top left and a plastic back. Thanks to the curved screen, the front looks great, with a thin chin and invisible bezels.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ has a flat display, and the back has three cameras in a triangle-like design that highly resembles the Realme 9 Pro+. It also has the IP53 splashproof rating. The phone has a glass back and also an aluminium frame. It has more premium materials than the Realme 10 Pro+ but is also heavier at 208g. It won’t feel as light to hold.
The 10 Pro+ has a dedicated speaker grill up top instead of using the earpiece as the left-channel speaker. Initial tests have shown that it does not perform very well and that there’s a channel imbalance too.
The Indian pricing has not been revealed for the Note. However, a leak assumes it’ll be 24,999 for the base variant. It will probably start at 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Realme 10 Pro+ in India is priced at 24,999 for the 6GB RAM model with 128GB storage. The pricing seems to be identical, assuming the rumours are true.
6. Battery & Charging Speeds
Redmi has a Discovery Edition of the Note 12 Pro+, which charges at a whopping 210W with a 4300 mAh battery. However, the Note 12 Pro+ has a larger 5000 mAh battery that charges at a sufficiently fast 120W.
The Realme 10 Pro+ charges at 67W and has a 5000 mAh capacity. We can’t tell which phone will have better battery life since it depends on various factors, like software optimisation and efficiency.
The Mediatek Dimensity 1080 SOC powers the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ and the Realme 10 Pro+. It’s a decently powerful midrange SOC that handles daily use fine. The Dimensity 1080 is barely an upgrade from the Dimensity 920. It just has a slightly higher-clocked 2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 core. The CPU frequency is also higher at 2600 MHz.
The Mediatek Dimensity 1080 supports 200MP imagery, which the 920 does not. Overall, the performance on both phones should be comparable since the same SOC powers them. Thermals and frame rate stability depend on how well the companies have optimised their software.
So which one is better? Redmi Note 12 Pro+ or Realme 10 Pro+? While several sections like design and performance have ended in a draw, Redmi has bagged two key areas that matter to many people. Thanks to the better 200MP primary sensor with OIS and ultra-wide angle lens, it’s the better camera phone.
You can watch Redmi Note 12 Pro+ vs Realme 10 Pro+ detail comparison video on the Tech Master Youtube channel.
It’s clear that Realme is targeting an audience that wants a lightweight device with a curved screen, and Redmi has focused on making an overall balanced phone for everyone. The Realme wins for people who prefer form over function, but Redmi nails the balance.