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Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S smartphone review: Light, cheap and with OLED screen

Slim and slender. The Redmi Note 12S is a compact smartphone with its 6.43-inch screen. It offers a lot of storage and a high-resolution main camera, but you won't find 5G. In our review, we take a look at how well the compact mid-range smartphone scores.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S

Smartphones with screens just under the 7-inch limit are no longer a rarity, but there are certainly people for whom a compact smartphone is more practical. It fits better in the pocket, is easier to use in small hands and is often lighter.

The Redmi Note 12S is Xiaomi's new and slightly smaller model in its cheap mid-range series. But this doesn't mean that you have to do without an AMOLED screen and decent storage space.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S (Redmi Note 12 Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G96 8 x 2 - 2.1 GHz, Cortex-A76 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
Display
6.43 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 409 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 256 GB 
, 235 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 Infrared, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD (shared, up to 1TB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B32/​B38/​B40/​B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.1 x 159.9 x 73.9 ( = 0.32 x 6.3 x 2.91 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 33-watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 108 MPix f/​1.9, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 8.0MP, f/​2.2, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/2.4, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: hybrid stereo speakers, 24 Months Warranty, FM Radio, fanless
Weight
176 g ( = 6.21 oz / 0.39 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
249 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
80.4 %
08/2023
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2
176 g256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.43"2400x1080
78.5 %
06/2023
Honor X8a
Helio G88, Mali-G52 MP2
179 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.70"2388x1080
81.7 %
06/2023
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
SD 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619
189 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.67"2400x1080
79.1 %
03/2023
Motorola Moto G53
SD 480+, Adreno 619
183 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"1600x720
79.4 %
05/2023
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2
202 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2408x1080

Case - Lightweight plastic

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S is quite a light smartphone at 176 grams and significantly smaller than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G, for example. However, the bezels around the screen are clearly visible, so the phone could have been even more compact with some tweaking.

The case is made of plastic; the back shimmers in either Pearl Green, Ice Blue or Onyx Black. The camera module protrudes clearly from the case and stands out due to its dark color. Despite its simple plastic frame, the smartphone is very stable and can hardly be twisted. The back can be dented slightly in some places.

A protection standard has not been specified, so the Redmi Note 12S should not be exposed to dusty environments or submerged in water.

Size comparison

167.7 mm / 6.6 inch 78 mm / 3.07 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 202 g0.4453 lbs165.9 mm / 6.53 inch 76.2 mm / 3 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs162.7 mm / 6.41 inch 74.7 mm / 2.94 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 183 g0.4034 lbs162.9 mm / 6.41 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 179 g0.3946 lbs159.9 mm / 6.3 inch 73.9 mm / 2.91 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 176 g0.388 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Equipment - A lot of memory for little money

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S comes in two configurations, of which the availability depends on location. The same also applies to price.

  • 128 GB mass storage / 6 GB RAM 
  • 256 GB mass storage / 8 GB RAM

An unusual feature is the FM radio capability. This is handy in the absence of network coverage or if you don't want to use any mobile data. An infrared port also allows for the linking of remote control devices.

NFC is also on board so that mobile payment services can be used.

Left: SIM slot
Left: SIM slot
Right: standby button, volume rocker
Right: standby button, volume rocker
Top: IR blaster, speaker, 3.5mm port
Top: IR blaster, speaker, 3.5mm port
Bottom: microphone, USB-C port, speaker
Bottom: microphone, USB-C port, speaker

microSD Card Reader

The microSD slot is also the smartphone's second SIM slot, so you have to decide whether you would rather use 2 SIM cards or one SIM and the microSD for more storage.

In testing with our Angelbird V60 reference card, read rates are quite slow. The CPDT benchmark reveals repeated drops in the data rate, so the card reader should only be used for data that is used less often.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
50.48 MB/s +156%
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Angelbird V60)
26.8 MB/s +36%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
23.14 MB/s +17%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
19.7 MB/s

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø34.6 (15.6-48.3)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø36.3 (4.86-48.5)
Motorola Moto G53 Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø38.9 (28.3-49.6)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø37.2 (22.3-48.4)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø75.3 (44.9-85.2)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø61.2 (29.9-79.8)
Motorola Moto G53 Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø76.1 (26.1-84.4)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø75.7 (20.1-83.4)

Software - Android 13 ex works

Android 13 is preinstalled on the smartphone. On top of this is in-house MiUI 14, which changes the system significantly and sometimes displays advertising when using system apps. Numerous third-party apps are also preinstalled, which can be simply deleted if desired.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S is not part of the "Android Enterprise Recommended" program, which provides information about update frequency and duration. Hence, it is difficult to obtain information about the expected supply of updates and software for the smartphone.

The Redmi Note 11S predecessor, which started with Android 11, will receive Android 13. Therefore, major version updates are also expected for the Redmi Note 12S 2. The security patches were from July 2023 and thus reasonably up to date at the time of review. In the low price range, Xiaomi usually provides security updates every 3 months.

Software on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Software on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Software on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S

Communication and GNSS - Tracking inaccurate

Thanks to WiFi 5, the Redmi Note 12S achieves data rates of up to 388 Mbit/s with our Asus ROG Rapture AXE11000 reference router. So the smartphone is on the usual level for this price range, but we also observed one or two significant drops in the data rate during testing. These occur at irregular intervals when the test is repeated several times.

The smartphone displays full signal strength close to the router and websites are loaded quite quickly. At a distance of 10 meters and through 3 walls, the signal strength remains unchanged, but pages load noticeably slower.

The Redmi Note 12S is a 4G smartphone. It offers the most necessary frequencies for domestic use, but you'll have to inquire further whether you can use mobile internet when traveling abroad. During our approximately 2-week review phase, we repeatedly checked the signal and compared it with high-end smartphones in the same network at the same place. The Xiaomi smartphone is on a medium level here and usually cannot keep up the signal strength of more expensive smartphones, but never completely loses reception in an inner-city environment

Networking
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Average of class Smartphone
  (34.8 - 1875, n=200, last 2 years)
635 MBit/s +98%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
369 (361min - 371max) MBit/s +15%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
347 (336min - 351max) MBit/s +8%
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
345 (317min - 350max) MBit/s +8%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
333 (276min - 345max) MBit/s +4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
320 (241min - 354max) MBit/s
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Average of class Smartphone
  (40.5 - 1810, n=201, last 2 years)
668 MBit/s +82%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
369 (337min - 380max) MBit/s 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
368 (326min - 388max) MBit/s
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
367 (351min - 384max) MBit/s 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
363 (349min - 374max) MBit/s -1%
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
358 (319min - 374max) MBit/s -3%
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø319 (241-354)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø368 (326-388)
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors
Available satellite networks
Available satellite networks

The Redmi smartphone works with all major satellite networks for localization. SBAS is also supported for more precise positioning. When we step outdoors, it takes a short while before we are positioned accurately to a good 5 meters.

As for its real-world capabilities, we took the Redmi Note 12 on a bike ride, taking the Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch along for comparison.

The Xiaomi smartphone's navigation capabilities prove to be limited, even on fairly open terrain. Again and again, we see clear deviations from the route and the loop recorded is clearly too small. 

These inaccuracies also persist in the narrow streets of the old town and over the bridge. According to the Redmi Note 12, we passed through houses and hovered over the water. Even in this price range there are smartphones that track the user much more precisely.

Tracking the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S - overview
Tracking the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S - overview
Tracking the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S - loop
Tracking the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S - loop
Tracking the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S - bridge
Tracking the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S - bridge
Tracking the Garmin Venu 2 – overview
Tracking the Garmin Venu 2 – overview
Tracking the Garmin Venu 2 – loop
Tracking the Garmin Venu 2 – loop
Tracking the Garmin Venu 2 – bridge
Tracking the Garmin Venu 2 – bridge

Telephony and Voice Quality - Loud when needed

Xiaomi uses Google's standard app for telephony.

The voice quality is loud and clear via the integrated earpiece, so that you can understand the other person well, even in noisy surroundings. The microphone also picks up our voice clearly, but there are small dropouts from time to time.

The sound quality is significantly weaker via the speaker and hands-free mode, so that the person on the other end sounds further away and is harder to understand. But our voice is conveyed in a way that is easy to understand, according to the other party.

Cameras - Flexible system with decent photos

Photo with the front camera
Photo with the front camera

The main camera in the Redmi Note 12S has a resolution of 108 megapixels, and Samsung's Isocell HM2 is used as the sensor. It combines 9 pixels into one large pixel and thus shoots 12-megapixel images with good light sensitivity. Full resolution can only be used in a special mode.

The resulting photos are rather cool in terms of white balance, but this contributes to realistic reproduction. At first glance, the images look sharp, but details become lost when enlarged. The dynamics are satisfactory in daylight, but decrease in weak lighting and show clear weaknesses in both dark and bright areas.

The wide-angle camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels and you can use a hybrid zoom with focal lengths between the two lenses in normal photo mode. The camera takes decent pictures, but you shouldn't zoom in for detail. The third lens on the back is a low-resolution macro camera that can only be used in a special mode.

On the front is a 16-megapixel Sony camera. It takes solid selfies in good light, but there is little in the way of dynamics, and details look very grainy when zoomed in.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main camera - flowerMain camera - surrounding environmentMain camera - low lightWide angle

Samsung's main camera still has to prove itself in the test lab. Here we have a test chart that we photograph in full studio lighting. The sharpness clearly decreases at the edges of the picture, and black text in front of a red background also poses sharpness problems for the camera.

At only 1 lux illuminance, the image is still recognizable, but with very little detail.

ColorChecker
8.3 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
9 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
0.8 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S: 8.8 ∆E min: 0.85 - max: 14.9 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
51.6 ∆E
39.3 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
44.7 ∆E
56.7 ∆E
51.3 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
39.2 ∆E
29 ∆E
58.5 ∆E
58.8 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
45.4 ∆E
35.6 ∆E
69.3 ∆E
40.2 ∆E
41.2 ∆E
75.1 ∆E
67.2 ∆E
49.6 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S: 44.1 ∆E min: 13.91 - max: 75.14 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty - Protective case included

In addition to the charger and a USB cable, the package also contains a silicone case for the smartphone and a tool for opening the SIM tray. However, you won't find a wired headset, which is absolutely necessary if you want to use the FM radio since it serves as an antenna replacement.

Xiaomi offers a 24-month warranty on smartphones purchased in the EU (this may differ in regions outside the EU). Another bonus is that the battery and the power adapter are also covered by a full 2-year warranty.

Input Devices & Operation - Precise touchscreen

Since the screen can display up to 90 frames per second, operation feels very responsive. The accurate touchscreen also contributes to this and accepts our commands without issue right up to the corners.

The fingerprint sensor is integrated in the standby button on the right. It reacts quickly and reliably to fingerprints that have been registered and unlocks the smartphone with minimal delay. Facial recognition is also available on the Redmi Note 12S. However, this only works with 2D images and is therefore susceptible to manipulation.

Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in landscape mode

Display - Bright and accurate screen

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

An AMOLED screen is rarely found in this price range (just above US$200), but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S has one. It has enhanced FullHD resolution and a frame rate of up to 90 Hz.

The brightness is also on a high level, even if we only measured an average of 631 cd/m² and not the 700 cd/m² advertised by Xiaomi. We measured over 900 cd/m² in small areas (APL 18), so the display is also be reasonably suitable for HDR content, even if it is not advertised as such.

Since the black value on AMOLED screens is almost perfect due to the pixels that can be switched off, this makes for strong contrasts and vivid colors on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S.

638
cd/m²
626
cd/m²
624
cd/m²
636
cd/m²
627
cd/m²
625
cd/m²
643
cd/m²
636
cd/m²
627
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 643 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 631.3 cd/m² Minimum: 2.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 627 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.15 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5.1
ΔE Greyscale 1.4 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
99.2% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.284
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
Honor X8a
IPS, 2388x1080, 6.70
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Motorola Moto G53
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
PLS LCD, 2408x1080, 6.60
Screen
-27%
-11%
-77%
-272%
Brightness middle
627
492
-22%
658
5%
587
-6%
579
-8%
Brightness
631
481
-24%
663
5%
559
-11%
543
-14%
Brightness Distribution
97
94
-3%
98
1%
91
-6%
87
-10%
Black Level *
0.38
0.4
0.57
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.15
1.32
-15%
1.4
-22%
2.6
-126%
7.6
-561%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.05
3.37
-64%
2.7
-32%
5.62
-174%
12.7
-520%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.4
1.9
-36%
1.7
-21%
3.3
-136%
8.7
-521%
Gamma
2.284 96%
2.194 100%
2.23 99%
2.463 89%
2.23 99%
CCT
6347 102%
6288 103%
6504 100%
6288 103%
9344 70%
Contrast
1295
1468
1016

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 355.6 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 355.6 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 355.6 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18719 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

0% brightness
0% brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100 % brightness
100 % brightness

Series of measurements at a fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

Annoyingly, the screen exhibits clear PWM flickering at 50% brightness and below, which fluctuates between 120 and 356 Hz. Since a DC dimming option is lacking, sensitive individuals are likely to have issues here. So you should definitely test the screen at low brightness before buying.

Color reproduction is very good in the "Standard" profile and deviates only minimally from the reference values.

CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN DCI P3 color space
CalMAN DCI P3 color space
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
2.1 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.1 ms rise
↘ 1 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 5 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
2.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.4 ms rise
↘ 1.4 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 6 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (34.3 ms).

Outdoors, the bright display proves to be easy to read, even on bright summer days.

The viewing angles are also very wide from all directions thanks to AMOLED.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - Old SoC with good performance

MediaTek's Helio G96 is used as the processor in the Redmi Note 12S. It has a few years under its belt and was already used in the Redmi Note 11S predecessor. Nevertheless, the current Redmi smartphone still proves to be powerful and is able to rank in the midfield among the comparison devices.

In everyday use you'll have to deal with the fact that the system stutters from time to time, but overall you can work well. You'll also have to live with slightly longer waiting times when starting more complex apps, but the Helio G96 proves to be sufficient for many tasks overall.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=227, last 2 years)
851 Points +61%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
642 Points +21%
Motorola Moto G53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
558 Points +5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
530 Points
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
525 Points -1%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (466 - 530, n=3)
508 Points -4%
Honor X8a
Mediatek Helio G88, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
284 Points -46%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 5538, n=227, last 2 years)
2716 Points +55%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
1954 Points +11%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (1688 - 1863, n=3)
1769 Points +1%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1755 Points
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1700 Points -3%
Motorola Moto G53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1632 Points -7%
Honor X8a
Mediatek Helio G88, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1132 Points -35%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=56, last 2 years)
1367 Points +101%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
680 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G96
 
680 Points 0%
Honor X8a
Mediatek Helio G88, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
438 Points -36%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7244, n=56, last 2 years)
3580 Points +112%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1688 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G96
 
1688 Points 0%
Honor X8a
Mediatek Helio G88, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1217 Points -28%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1478071, n=160, last 2 years)
701406 Points +93%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
363022 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (297002 - 363022, n=2)
330012 Points -9%
Motorola Moto G53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
317725 Points -12%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
308581 Points -15%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
Points -100%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 19783, n=219, last 2 years)
11030 Points +33%
Motorola Moto G53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
10093 Points +22%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (8115 - 9209, n=3)
8540 Points +3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
8297 Points
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
8038 Points -3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
7953 Points -4%
Honor X8a
Mediatek Helio G88, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
6789 Points -18%
CrossMark - Overall
Average of class Smartphone
  (200 - 1408, n=158, last 2 years)
801 Points +55%
Motorola Moto G53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
546 Points +5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
539 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
534 Points +3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
518 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (440 - 518, n=2)
479 Points -8%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 9730, n=159, last 2 years)
5319 Points +73%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
3337 Points +9%
Motorola Moto G53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3236 Points +5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3072 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (2696 - 3072, n=2)
2884 Points -6%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2825 Points -8%
System
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 15148, n=159, last 2 years)
9066 Points +60%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
6437 Points +13%
Motorola Moto G53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
6157 Points +8%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
5684 Points
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
5508 Points -3%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (5016 - 5684, n=2)
5350 Points -6%
Memory
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 11617, n=159, last 2 years)
5784 Points +35%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
4282 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
4065 Points -5%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3991 Points -7%
Motorola Moto G53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3782 Points -12%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (3280 - 4282, n=2)
3781 Points -12%
Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 32002, n=159, last 2 years)
12133 Points +355%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
4001 Points +50%
Motorola Moto G53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2876 Points +8%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (2666 - 2763, n=2)
2715 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2676 Points 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2666 Points
Web
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2044, n=159, last 2 years)
1462 Points +7%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1372 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (1163 - 1372, n=2)
1268 Points -8%
Motorola Moto G53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1263 Points -8%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
1184 Points -14%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1083 Points -21%
UL Procyon AI Inference - Overall Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=129, last 2 years)
22531 Points +140%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
9380 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (9119 - 9380, n=2)
9250 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
6303 Points -33%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
5395 Points -42%
Motorola Moto G53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
5242 Points -44%
AImark - Score v3.x
Average of class Smartphone
  (298 - 128240, n=76, last 2 years)
12592 Points +1397%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
949 Points +13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
841 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G96
 
841 Points 0%
Motorola Moto G53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
424 Points -50%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
Points -100%

The mobile graphics chip in the Redmi Note 12S cannot render 4K graphics in games smoothly, but neither can any other smartphone in this price range. Even in Full HD graphics, you have to run less complex games for a smooth gaming experience. The Redmi Note 12 5G, for example, is much more powerful here.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
326 Points
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
310 Points -5%
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
287 Points -12%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
156 Points -52%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
Points -100%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
324 Points +2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
317 Points
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
293 Points -8%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
188 Points -41%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
Points -100%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1139 Points 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1139 Points
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
973 Points -15%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
622 Points -45%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
Points -100%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1191 Points +3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1160 Points
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
982 Points -15%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
697 Points -40%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
Points -100%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2901 Points +18%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2846 Points +15%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2677 Points +8%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2468 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2347 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2289 Points +5%
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2232 Points +2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2178 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2413 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2393 Points +7%
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2363 Points +6%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2236 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3618 Points +14%
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3387 Points +7%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3231 Points +2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3174 Points
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2478 Points -22%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2590 Points +15%
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2412 Points +7%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2347 Points +5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2244 Points
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1231 Points -45%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2709 Points +13%
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2638 Points +10%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2546 Points +6%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2400 Points
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1386 Points -42%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
103 fps +106%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
58 fps +16%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
56 fps +12%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
50 fps
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
34 fps -32%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
85 fps +49%
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
81 fps +42%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
64 fps +12%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
57 fps
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
38 fps -33%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
68 fps +127%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
36 fps +20%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
30 fps
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
27 fps -10%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
19 fps -37%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
43 fps +23%
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
41 fps +17%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
36 fps +3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
35 fps
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
21 fps -40%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
55 fps +175%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
25 fps +25%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
21 fps +5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps -35%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
31 fps +41%
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
29 fps +32%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
24 fps +9%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
22 fps
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps -41%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
29 fps +164%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
15 fps +36%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
12 fps +9%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
11 fps
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
7.4 fps -33%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
17 fps +31%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
17 fps +31%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
15 fps +15%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
13 fps
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
8.7 fps -33%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
20 fps +141%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
11 fps +33%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
8.3 fps
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7.9 fps -5%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
4.8 fps -42%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
8.9 fps +62%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7.1 fps +29%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5.5 fps
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5.3 fps -4%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
3.2 fps -42%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
31 fps +138%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
17 fps +31%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
13 fps
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
12 fps -8%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
7.5 fps -42%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps +43%
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
18 fps +29%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
14 fps 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
14 fps
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
8.2 fps -41%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3.1 fps +55%
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2.9 fps +45%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2.3 fps +15%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2 fps
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1.5 fps -25%

For internet surfing, the Redmi Note 12S is not a bad choice for its price range. It is usually faster than comparable smartphones in the browser benchmarks, and websites load reasonably quickly in everyday use. However, you often have to wait a bit for pictures.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (21.2 - 351, n=168, last 2 years)
96.4 Points +55%
Motorola Moto G53 (Chrome 111)
69.475 Points +12%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S (Chrome 115)
62.192 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G (Chrome 113.0.5672.76)
58.044 Points -7%
Average Mediatek Helio G96 (42.5 - 62.2, n=2)
52.4 Points -16%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G (Chrome 112)
48.955 Points -21%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=155, last 2 years)
92.9 runs/min +76%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S (Chrome 115)
52.7 runs/min
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G (Chrome 113.0.5672.76)
48.5 runs/min -8%
Motorola Moto G53 (Chrome 111)
47.78 runs/min -9%
Average Mediatek Helio G96 (34.4 - 52.7, n=2)
43.6 runs/min -17%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G (Chrome 112)
34.4 runs/min -35%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall Score
Average of class Smartphone (25 - 202, n=123, last 2 years)
92.4 Points +59%
Motorola Moto G53 (Chrome 111)
77 Points +33%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G (Chrome 113.0.5672.76)
68 Points +17%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S (Chrome 115)
58 Points
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G (2111)
50 Points -14%
Average Mediatek Helio G96 (42 - 58, n=2)
50 Points -14%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average of class Smartphone (37 - 304, n=133, last 2 years)
122 Points +58%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G (Chrome 113.0.5672.76)
91 Points +18%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S (Chrome 115)
77 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G96 (55 - 77, n=2)
66 Points -14%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (4633 - 89112, n=200, last 2 years)
31478 Points +58%
Motorola Moto G53 (Chrome 111)
20938 Points +5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S (Chrome 115)
19873 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G (Chrome 113.0.5672.76)
19867 Points 0%
Average Mediatek Helio G96 (17394 - 19873, n=2)
18634 Points -6%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G (Chrome 112)
15352 Points -23%
Honor X8a (Chrome 114)
9404 Points -53%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average Mediatek Helio G96 (2560 - 2773, n=2)
2667 ms * -4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S (Chrome 115)
2560.2 ms *
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G (Chrome 112)
2337.2 ms * +9%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G (Chrome 113.0.5672.76)
2117.2 ms * +17%
Motorola Moto G53 (Chrome 111)
1829.3 ms * +29%
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=166, last 2 years)
1798 ms * +30%

* ... smaller is better

The Redmi Note 12S offers quite fast storage in the form of UFS 2.2. Together with a correspondingly fast memory controller, however, this kind of storage can do much more, as the Samsung Galaxy A14 5G shows. Even so, the Redmi Note 12S offers fast data transfers and relatively short loading times for its price range.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12SHonor X8aXiaomi Redmi Note 12 5GMotorola Moto G53Samsung Galaxy A14 5GAverage 256 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-66%
-9%
-28%
13%
34%
61%
Sequential Read 256KB
518.7
278.1
-46%
520.09
0%
474.6
-9%
849.3
64%
888 ?(507 - 1009, n=15)
71%
1271 ?(215 - 4512, n=224, last 2 years)
145%
Sequential Write 256KB
492.3
224.2
-54%
505.55
3%
243.87
-50%
469.83
-5%
719 ?(369 - 913, n=15)
46%
875 ?(57.5 - 3202, n=224, last 2 years)
78%
Random Read 4KB
211.9
61.6
-71%
170.61
-19%
166.24
-22%
193.63
-9%
223 ?(99.7 - 291, n=15)
5%
221 ?(22.2 - 543, n=224, last 2 years)
4%
Random Write 4KB
202.6
18.7
-91%
161.26
-20%
139.83
-31%
204
1%
226 ?(99.2 - 301, n=15)
12%
234 ?(13 - 584, n=225, last 2 years)
15%

Games - 60 fps only in some games

60 fps in games are rarely achieved with the Redmi Note 12S. Although possible in the fast 2D shooter Armajet, there are occasional frame rate fluctuations here as well.

At very low settings in PUBG Mobile, we see up to 40 fps, otherwise 30 fps is the norm. Frame rates were measured with GameBench.

The controls via touchscreen and position sensor work very well.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Diablo: Immortal
Diablo: Immortal
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S; Armajet; 1.61.6: Ø59.1 (54-60)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 2.7.0: Ø39.7 (38-41)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S; PUBG Mobile; HD; 2.7.0: Ø29.8 (28-31)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S; Diablo Immortal; Medium Mobile Low; 2.0.2: Ø29.2 (24-31)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S; Diablo Immortal; Ultra Mobile Very High; 2.0.2: Ø29.4 (22-31)

Emissions - Only light throttling

Temperature

At a maximum of 42.2 °C, the smartphone gets very warm under prolonged load, but doesn't reach critical temperatures and can always be held without issue. Performance also remains quite constant under longer loads. We measured a maximum performance drop of 8% after 20 runs of the same benchmark.

Max. Load
 42.2 °C
108 F
36.7 °C
98 F
33.8 °C
93 F
 
 41.2 °C
106 F
36.3 °C
97 F
33.7 °C
93 F
 
 40.8 °C
105 F
36.3 °C
97 F
33.8 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 42.2 °C = 108 F
Average: 37.2 °C = 99 F
35.2 °C
95 F
36.8 °C
98 F
40.6 °C
105 F
34.4 °C
94 F
37 °C
99 F
42.1 °C
108 F
32.8 °C
91 F
37.1 °C
99 F
40.3 °C
105 F
Maximum: 42.1 °C = 108 F
Average: 37.4 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.3 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 21.3 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.2 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.2 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.1 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.7 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.5 % +9%
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
96.9 % +6%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
91.7 %
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
83 % -9%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
% -100%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99 %
Motorola Moto G53
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
98.8 % 0%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
98.4 % -1%
Honor X8a
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash
81.8 % -17%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
% -100%
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø1.956 (1.948-1.968)
Honor X8a Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø1.011 (0.932-1.14)
Motorola Moto G53 Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø1.755 (1.744-1.766)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø1.978 (1.957-1.988)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø6.91 (6.4-6.98)
Honor X8a Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G88, 128 GB eMMC Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø3.9 (3.73-4.49)
Motorola Moto G53 Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø5.87 (5.72-5.9)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø7.2 (7.18-7.21)
Thermal imaging, front
Thermal imaging, front
Thermal imaging, back
Thermal imaging, back

Speakers

The speaker system, consisting of the main speaker on the bottom edge and the earpiece as the second speaker, produces slight stereo effects when you hold the phone sideways and reproduces voices quite clearly. As soon as instruments are added, however, the two speakers seem a little overwhelmed and become imprecise. The sound is also quite high-pitched, but is rarely uncomfortable, even at maximum volume.

Things sound better when using the audio port or Bluetooth for external audio devices. Also great is the fact that Xiaomi provides many codecs for wireless audio transmission, including SBC, AAC, the most important aptX codecs, LDAC and LHDC up to version 5.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.1372537.537.73131.429.64033.333.45032.132.66326.126.78020.219.710016.116.612514.917.21601329.62009.535.325010.541.331511.948.64008.154.3500959.163010.260.680013.963.7100012.264125011.866.7160011.470.7200010.671.7250011.372.231501271400012.773.2500013.468.6630014.161.9800014.864.21000015.768.51250016.464.51600017.354.3SPL24.981.3N0.646.4median 12.2median 63.7Delta1.911.529.635.63031.224.530.625.833.237.536.825.232.820.236.620.436.317.537.514.439.914.341.915.247.411.951.113.55712.165.512.466.511.770.111.874.511.477.212.376.112.276.712.178.112.28012.979.313.478.513.281.612.98213.682.513.479.313.26524.890.40.681.3median 12.9median 76.10.911.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseXiaomi Redmi Note 12SSamsung Galaxy A14 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 48% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 43% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 39%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 68% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 26%, worst was 134%

Samsung Galaxy A14 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 33.8% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.1% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 24% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 39%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 45% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 48% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 26%, worst was 134%

Battery Life - Long runtime

Power Consumption

While the Redmi Note 12S hardly requires any energy under low load, it can consume up to 8.6 watts under heavy load.

Once the battery is empty, it can be recharged with up to 33 watts. Fortunately, Xiaomi provides fast charging technology in the low price segment, meaning that the Redmi Note 12S is recharged in 1:45 hours when the battery is completely empty.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1 / 1.3 / 1.5 Watt
Load midlight 5.8 / 8.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
5000 mAh
Motorola Moto G53
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
5000 mAh
Average Mediatek Helio G96
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
0%
4%
0%
2%
3%
Idle Minimum *
1
0.99
1%
0.8
20%
0.64
36%
0.945 ?(0.89 - 1, n=2)
5%
0.886 ?(0.44 - 2.37, n=159, last 2 years)
11%
Idle Average *
1.3
1.98
-52%
1.5
-15%
2.1
-62%
1.585 ?(1.3 - 1.87, n=2)
-22%
1.464 ?(0.69 - 4.26, n=159, last 2 years)
-13%
Idle Maximum *
1.5
2.02
-35%
2
-33%
2.17
-45%
1.7 ?(1.5 - 1.9, n=2)
-13%
1.667 ?(0.79 - 4.45, n=159, last 2 years)
-11%
Load Average *
5.8
3.35
42%
4.6
21%
3.73
36%
4.41 ?(3.01 - 5.8, n=2)
24%
4.79 ?(2.4 - 15.3, n=159, last 2 years)
17%
Load Maximum *
8.6
4.72
45%
6.3
27%
5.44
37%
7.43 ?(6.26 - 8.6, n=2)
14%
7.67 ?(3.85 - 17.8, n=159, last 2 years)
11%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø3.3 (1.021-8.59)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.189 (1.035-1.437)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø4.11 (3.79-6.42)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.189 (1.035-1.437)

Battery Life

We also tested the battery life in everyday use via various battery tests. The most important is our WLAN test, which simulates daily internet use. The smartphone lasts almost 16 hours and thus delivers a good result for the price segment. It lands in the midfield among similarly priced phones.

Almost 6 hours under load is also a good value in view of the possible high consumption rates, so the energy saving functions appear to do their job well.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
29h 56min
WiFi Websurfing
15h 53min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
17h 22min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 56min
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
5000 mAh
Honor X8a
4500 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
5000 mAh
Motorola Moto G53
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
5000 mAh
Battery Runtime
-3%
-7%
8%
13%
Reader / Idle
1796
1668
-7%
2301
28%
2558
42%
H.264
1042
1065
2%
1165
12%
1111
7%
WiFi v1.3
953
927
-3%
645
-32%
1035
9%
1029
8%
Load
356
388
9%
297
-17%
340
-4%

Pros

+ sturdy case
+ compact and light
+ bright AMOLED screen
+ long battery life
+ fast charging technology
+ lots of storage

Cons

- PWM flickering
- inaccurate localization
- system bogged with ads
- no 5G

Verdict - Compact mid-range with a bright screen

In review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S.
In review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S.

Those looking for a somewhat compact smartphone with long runtimes and a great screen should have the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S on their radar.

The case isn't very spectacular, the software ads are occasionally annoying and the speaker system is average. But the smartphone does offer good storage capacity, decent photo quality, flexible app options and fast charging.

In terms of performance, the smartphone is on par with its class, but you have to put up with occasional lag despite the fast storage. The AMOLED screen's lack of DC dimming may be a dealbreaker for sensitive users, as it flickers strongly at low brightness.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S ranks as compact smartphone with lots of storage and a bright AMOLED screen.

Users who do not want to do without 5G and for whom the phone's size is not the most important criterion can also get the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G. The Samsung Galaxy A14 5G is also compact, but you have to make do with much less storage space.

Price and Availability

At Amazon USA, buyers can purchase a 256 GB variant of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S in Ice Blue ($219.50), Onyx Black ($217.00) or Pearl Green ($214.00).

Prices are as of 08.08.2023 and are subject to change.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S - 08/07/2023 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
81%
Keyboard
65%
Pointing Device
90%
Connectivity
46%
Weight
90%
Battery
91 / 86 → 100%
Display
92%
Games Performance
24%
Application Performance
69 / 90 → 77%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
64%
Camera
60%
Average
74%
80%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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