Just a few days after Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2, the new budget chip made its debut with the Redmi Note 12R in China. In a nutshell, the 12R shares a lot of similarities with the Redmi 12 that was announced in Thailand a few weeks ago, with the main difference being its use of a 4nm Snapdragon 4 Gen 2, which is vastly superior to the Helio G88 used on the Redmi 12.
Given the similarities, you are also getting the same set of features found on the Redmi 12. These include a dual rear camera setup that’s led by a 50-megapixel main camera, a 6.79-inch Full HD+ IPS display with a 90hz refresh rate and a punch-hole for the 5-megapixel selfie camera, 5000mAh battery with 18w charging, and Android 13-based MIUI 14.
Configuration options include up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB internal storage, though it remains to be seen if Xiaomi uses UFS 3.1 RAM and LPDDR5X storage given that the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 supports them.
The Redmi Note 12R starts at CNY 999(~Php 7.7k) for the 4GB/128GB model and goes up to CNY 1799(~Php 13.8k) for the 8GB/256GB model. There’s no word yet if Xiaomi has plans of making the Redmi Note 12R available outside of China.