Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition evaluation: open the second half where experience is king | Titanium Geek

Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition

Since 2022, the smartphone market has entered a downward period. According to a report released by IDC in September this year, smartphone shipments this year are expected to decrease by 6.5% to 1.27 billion units. In this environment, various manufacturers are trying to expand the market through some segmented and differentiated product lines. Like the previous Xiaomi Civi series, it is a new product with women as the main target users.

On this generation of Redmi Note 12 products, the original strategy of “running for a point” has been abandoned. Although the product name of the Note series is still used, it is actually more like a completely new series. It adopts the new Dimensity 1080 chip, supports the highest 210W fast charging of smartphones currently on the market, and uses a high-standard 120Hz OLED flexible straight screen. Each point points directly to the direct experience that consumers are most likely to perceive.

So how does Redmi, who dares to step out of the traditional comfort zone, perform on the Note 12 Explorer Edition? Next, let’s find out together.

Fully charged in 9 minutes, 210W fast charge is popular

Original 210W charger

The Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition uses the highest-power 210W charging system among smartphones currently on the market. The ultra-100W fast charging architecture composed of 3 high-efficiency charging chips is adopted to realize three-way shunt. The input current of the charger (20V 10.5A) will be divided into 3 channels. The voltage and current of each channel are 20V and 3.5A respectively. After that, the voltage and current of each channel are bucked and boosted to 10V 7A through 3 charging chips, and then the combined current of the three channels is 10V 21A. The voltage and current reaching each cell is 5V 21A after dividing the voltage by the dual cells.

In addition, due to the design of 3 high-efficiency charging chips, the peak power of each charging chip reaches 100W, and the total power upper limit reaches 300W. After leaving sufficient performance redundancy, neither the phone nor the charger can be fully loaded during fast charging, so it is more conducive to heat dissipation.

actual test record

In the actual test, the Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition can charge the 4300mAh battery from 2% to 96% in 9 minutes at a room temperature of 24 degrees, which is basically consistent with the official claim of being fully charged in 9 minutes. It is worth mentioning that when the Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition is fast charging, whether it is a mobile phone or a charger, it is only warm but not hot, giving people a sufficient sense of security.

Domestic power, diamond arrangement display

The screen adopts domestic high-end specifications

In terms of display, the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition uses a 2400 x 1080 resolution, 120Hz flexible straight screen with a size of 6.67 inches and an excitation brightness of 900nits. It supports 1920Hz high-frequency PWM dimming, 160 million-level dimming, 10bit color depth, and 100% P3 color gamut.

Screen pixel arrangement under macro lens

In terms of supply chain, the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition flexible straight screen comes from three major domestic screen suppliers: Huaxing, Tianma, and Visionox, using its latest pixel arrangement technology, Huaxing pearl arrangement, Tianma windmill arrangement, Visionox tripod-type arrangement , are all arranged in a diamond-like arrangement, and the screen display is sharper and clearer under the same pixel density.

It should be said that in terms of look and feel, the screen of the Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition is comparable to any current mainstream flagship phone. The growth of the domestic supply chain is directly reflected in the end products.

200 million pixel stage, film filter singing

camera module

In terms of imaging, it is the key upgrade of the Note 12 Discovery Edition. The main camera is equipped with a Samsung HPX 200 million pixel sensor with a 1/1.4-inch outsole. The lens uses 7P+ALD coating and has a large aperture of f/1.65. After adding an optical image stabilization device, the film formation rate can be effectively improved in a low-light environment. The other two lenses are an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel macro lens.

Night scene samples

With the blessing of large negatives, the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition finally got rid of the traditional cognition, “the camera is just scanning a code” state. The purity and color performance of the picture are remarkable, and the overall look and feel of the picture is excellent.

Indoor proofs

In addition, with the use of large-size sensors, the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition also achieves a certain degree of physical blur, which can bring a significant visual improvement when shooting indoor close-ups.

As for the value of its own 200 million pixels, the author always believes that this is a market-oriented feature. In actual use, no one will use photos taken by mobile phones for large-format output.

Still life proofs

After the hardware is in place, software optimization is the key to determining the final height of image performance. The Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition has added 5 film filters: KC64, V-250, H-400, KP160, FC400. In addition to color adjustment, grain and vignetting will be appropriately added to form a unique aesthetic. At present, for the conventionally shot scenery, still life and other themes, the photos taken by the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition can find suitable film filters to achieve a stylized improvement.

Main photo sample

After the success of Xiaomi Mi 12S Ultra, Redmi has also become the successor of photo frame technology. The Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition provides a total of 5 kinds of picture frames to choose from. At present, these styles are relatively online, and they are all choices that can add points to the photo body.

On the whole, the combination of software and hardware in imaging has made the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition achieve an overall leap.

Design computing power, pragmatic enough

 Family design on the back

In terms of design, the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition adopts a family-style candy bar design, and 207.5g is not thin and light. Considering the additional 3.5mm headphone jack and infrared remote control function, it can also be understood as a pragmatic design.

Benchmark results

Honor of Kings can turn on 120Hz high refresh mode

In terms of chips, the Note 12 Discovery Edition launched the Dimensity 1080 SoC for the first time, using TSMC’s 6nm process, and the measured AnTuTu running score reached 500,000. It can run smoothly in daily use and mainstream game scenarios. The Honor of Kings can turn on the 120Hz high-brush mode, the temperature is normal and the whole process remains smooth and stable.

Taken together, design, computing power and gaming experience are indeed not the strengths of the Redmi Note 12 Exploration Edition, but they are definitely not the shortcomings. Considering the improvements in fast charging, images, and screens, as well as the price that is basically the same as the previous generation, this is completely a rationalized product logic. What’s more, for Redmi, the most important thing in the product line is products that emphasize computing power and gaming experience.

Brave transformation, the start of the second half of the smartphone

Gold Logo on the back

On the whole, the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition is an important attempt on its own traditional route. The weakening of the core computing power does not bring about obvious physical differences. At the same time, the improvement of images, fast charging and the screen are advantages that are easily perceived by consumers. It can be said that the Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition gives the feeling of a kind of flagship mobile phone.

In fact, with the gradual improvement of chip technology, computing power and power consumption will encounter a bottleneck sooner or later. The second half of smartphones may start quietly when each company gradually gives up the pursuit of running points and gradually returns to the user experience.

(This article was first published on Titanium Media App, author/Wu Honglei, editor/Zhong Yi)