June 18, 2024
Realme 12+

The company’s first-ever “Plus” smartphone in the numbering series is the Realme 12+. Between the standard Realme 12 and Realme 12 Pro (review) smartphones, the device bridges the gap. In India, the starting pricing for the Realme 12+ is Rs 20,999. An AMOLED display, a MediaTek Dimensity 7050 SoC, three 50MP rear cameras, and a 5,000mAh battery are some of the 12+’s key specifications. Learn about the Realme 12+’s real-world performance, camera prowess, battery life, and other features by reading our review.


If you’re searching for a smartphone under Rs 25k that has good looks, respectable performance, a long battery life, and a nice viewing experience, you might consider the Realme 12+. You can connect your wired headphones or earphones to it using the 3.5mm headphone connector that it has.

Design and display

The Realme 12+ and Pro variants both use the same vegan leather-back design. There are a few obvious differences, though. Both the edges and the curved screen have been replaced with a flat one. In addition, the circular camera module at the back is not surrounded by a fluted bezel. That said, the phone still has an amazing appearance. There are two color options for the phone: Pioneer Green and Navigator Beige.

A 6.67-inch OLED display is located up front. It has a 100% P3 color gamut, 120 Hz refresh rate, and FHD+ resolution. The Realme 12+ has a higher maximum brightness of 2,000 nits, compared to 950 nits on its older brother, the 12 Pro, but has fewer svelte bezels. This makes it simple to read in direct sunlight. In addition to having superb color and contrast ratios, the deep blacks guarantee clear image quality. Netflix and other streaming services can stream Full HD video on the phone thanks to Widevine L1 certification.


A comparable camera system to the Pro models is included with the Realme 12+, except for the telephoto lens. For up-close photos, the smartphone has a 2MP macro sensor instead. A 50MP Sony LYT-600 primary sensor and an 8MP ultra-wide lens are included with this. The phone has a 16MP camera with a punch-hole design upfront for taking selfies and making video calls.

The cameras perform admirably in well-lit environments. Pixel binning causes photos taken with the 50MP OIS primary camera to have a default resolution of 12.5MP. If you are viewing the photographs on a small screen, such as the one on your smartphone, this shouldn’t be a problem. You can take pictures in their highest resolution (50MP mode), which makes them look less grainy on laptops and other devices with bigger screens. However, the quality has somewhat decreased. Not as natural-looking as when clicked in the usual 12.5MP mode are the colors and dynamic range. The sensor has a built-in 2x digital zoom that, under well-lit conditions, produces results comparable to the 1x zoom.

The skin tones seem correct, while the 16MP selfie camera could have done a better job of capturing face details. Both the front and back cameras use computational abilities to produce well-exposed and detailed portrait photographs. Edge detection has to be improved, though. The Realme 12+ has a night mode that improves low-light photography by reducing graininess but at the price of some finer details. Whatever the case, you’ll probably be happy with the end product.

In addition, the smartphone has some interesting movie filters that have been hand-picked by Claudio Miranda, the Oscar winner for Best Cinematography.

Both software and performance

The MediaTek Dimensity 7050 SoC, which powers the Realme 12+, is also present in several other smartphones, such as the Realme 11 Pro from the previous year. Since its release, not much has changed with the chipset; it continues to provide stable performance free from crashes and program freezes. Furthermore, the phone barely throttles under heavy load and doesn’t lag when playing graphically intensive games like Call of Duty. Although this isn’t a smartphone designed primarily for gaming, there is a perceptible temperature surge, which isn’t worrying. The phone uses vapor cooling technology to control its temperature.

Moving on, there are two RAM and storage options for the phone: 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB. Using a microSD card in the secondary hybrid SIM slot, the storage can be increased. See how the Realme 12+ compares to its rivals’ AnTuTu and Geekbench scores.

Next, the Realme 12+ runs Android 14 out of the box with Realme UI 5.0. You may read a detailed review of the Realme 12 Pro here, as it is arguably the same experience. With a few third-party apps pre-installed that may be deleted if preferred, the software is essentially clean. There are also plenty of customization choices and advertisements to help you personalize the gadget to your liking. Major software updates are anticipated for the phone to be provided for two years.

Recharging and battery

With a 5,000mAh battery, the Realme 12+ offers a powerful backup. It showed a run time of 17 hours and 24 minutes on the PC Mark battery test. In addition, the phone’s battery only decreased by 2% while streaming a 30-minute 4K video at 50% brightness and loudness. This implies that with moderate to heavy use, the phone should easily last for more than a day.

When it comes to charging, the phone uses the included 67W fast charger to fully charge a practically dead battery in 45 to 50 minutes.

Final verdict

As part of the early bird bargain, the Realme 12+ is available for less than Rs 19,000 when bank offers are applied. Other than that, the selling price of the phone is Rs 20,999 for the 128GB storage variant and Rs 21,999 for the 256GB variant. This is almost the same as the asking price of the Realme 12 Pro, which offers better close-up photos without requiring you to get up close to the subject. It has a curved-edge display and a 2x telephoto lens. Nevertheless, in contrast, the device’s performance and display brightness are a little lackluster.

The Samsung Galaxy F54 5G (review), Motorola Edge 40 Neo (review), and Nothing Phone (2a) are among the phone’s rivals. However, the stunning design of the Realme 12+—which includes a vegan leather back and a camera module modeled after high-end watches—manages to set it apart. In addition, the display produces clear images, and even under stressful workloads and throughout lengthy gaming sessions, the performance remains fluid. Excellent endurance is offered by the large 5,000mAh battery, which also has quick charging capabilities. For those who are looking for a well-rounded mid-range smartphone rather than one that prioritizes the cameras above all else, the new Realme smartphone is a viable option because it provides an appealing package for its price range overall.

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