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Review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 (4G)

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Xiaomi launched its new Redmi Note 12 series recently, which includes Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G, Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G, Redmi Note 12 Pro 4G, Redmi Note 12S, and Redmi Note 12. We got our hands on the series’ mid-range offering – the Redmi Note 12.

The device comes packed in a neat white box that includes the Redmi Note 12, a 33W charging adapter, a USB-A to USB-C charging cable, a SIM ejector tool, a clear case, and some paperwork.

The overall design of Note 12 is quite good. On the right edge, you get the volume rockers and the power button, which also doubles up as the fingerprint reader. On the right edge, you get the dual-SIM slot with two dedicated SIM trays and one microSD tray.

On the top edge, you get the 3.5mm audio jack, the IR blaster, and a noise-cancelling microphone. On the bottom edge, you get the speaker grille, the USB-C port, and a second noise-cancelling microphone. The phone weighs just 183.5 grams and is available in three colours – Onyx Gray, Mint Green, and Ice Blue. The variant reviewed here is the Ice Blue model.

On the front, you get a 6.67-inch AMOLED Dot Display that offers a resolution of 2400-by-1080 pixels. The display also offers a refresh rate of 120Hz, a peak brightness of 1200 nits, and a contrast ratio of 4,500,000:1. The phone also supports the DCI-P3 wide colour gamut and is Netflix HD certified.

On the rear, you get a triple camera setup. Now, this includes the 50MP main camera with an aperture of f/1.8, an 8MP ultra-wide camera with an aperture of f/2.2, and a 120° field of view. There’s also a 2MP macro camera with an aperture of f/2. The rear cameras can record videos at up to 1080p at a frame rate of 30fps. On the front, just above the display is where you will find the 13MP selfie camera that offers an aperture of f/2.45.

The Redmi Note 12 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 chipset. This is paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB or onboard storage, which can be expanded to up to 1TB using a microSD card. The phone also comes with a 5000mAh battery and is enabled by both Mi-FC and MMT technology to charge up quickly with 33W fast charging. The handset also runs on the latest Android 13 with MIUI 14 out of the box.

Some of the features that MIUI 14 promises were present in our review unit. The folders on the home screen can be enlarged, and the Gallery app can recognise text natively besides using Google Lens. The option to make the folders bigger on the home screen is also there.

The display on the Redmi Note 12 did very well during our review period. Brightness was more than sufficient and it was easy to use even on a bright sunny day. Colour accuracy and sharpness were also on point.

The Redmi Note 12 4G has a new Snapdragon 685 chipset based on the 6nm process. The SD685 is a new mid-range SoC, which is similar to the Snapdragon 680. It has the same 4 + 4 CPU core setup but with faster speeds. The 685 has 4x Cortex-A73 cores at 2.8 GHz and 4x Cortex-A53 cores at 1.9 GHz. The graphics are handled by the Adreno 610. The 685 also doesn’t have 5G connectivity like the Snapdragon 680, but it has better connectivity. It has a FastConnect 6200 chip with Bluetooth 5.2 support.

The Snapdragon 685 does well in the benchmarks for multi-core CPU performance but not so well in GPU-heavy and combined tasks because of its weak Adreno 610 GPU. It still works fine for this budget range, though. And most of the other phones we compared it with were a bit more costly.

In terms of photography and videography, the phone performs well. The main 50MP camera takes good photos in natural light. The pictures are colorful, bright, and ready to be uploaded on social media. They have a lot of details and no distortion even at the edges. When you zoom in, the details and the quality are still good.

For a price of AED 849, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 (4G) is a good mid-range choice compared to other cheap 5G options. Xiaomi gave up the 5G connectivity for better hardware and user experience and they seem to have done a pretty good job. The main feature is the bright 120Hz OLED screen which is much better than its price.

The phone has a great display, long-lasting battery, good performance, and fast charging, and is hence a great phone for the price range.

Price: AED 849

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 (4G) AED 849
  • Final Rating
3.5

Summary

The Redmi Note 12 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 chipset. This is paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB or onboard storage, which can be expanded to up to 1TB using a microSD card.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries

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Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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Acer Launches Chromebox Mini

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As the digital landscape evolves, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to engage with audiences. Digital signage and interactive kiosks are at the forefront of this trend, with the market expected to reach $30.56 billion by 2028. Acer addresses this demand with mini-PCs designed for digital signage and kiosks. Their Chromebox Mini CXM1 is a secure and reliable mini-PC that can drive up to three displays simultaneously. It’s compact, silent, and features the latest connectivity options like Wi-Fi 6E and Gigabit Ethernet.

Powered by ChromeOS, the Chromebox Mini CXM1 offers fast deployment, automatic updates, and long-term support. Additionally, the cloud-based Google Admin console allows for remote management and customization. The Chromebox Mini CXM1 complements Acer’s existing line-up of digital signage solutions, including Large Format Displays (LFDs). Acer offers LFDs in various configurations, from high-resolution 4K displays to interactive whiteboards. These LFDs seamlessly integrate with the Chromebox Mini CXM1 using a VESA mounting kit.

Acer’s large format displays are designed for consistent performance and stunning clarity. They cater to various needs, including promotional signage, education, and corporate collaboration. With robust management tools and automated security, Acer displays require minimal maintenance, allowing businesses to focus on creating engaging content. Acer’s Chromebox Mini CXM1 and LFDs provide businesses with a comprehensive suite of tools for impactful advertising, information sharing, and customer interaction.

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Sony Unveils Next-Gen ZV-E10 II Vlogging Camera with New Lens Kit

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Sony Middle East and Africa has launched the ZV-E10 II, the successor to their popular ZV-E10 vlogging camera. The new model builds on the strengths of the original while adding improved performance and features for content creators. The ZV-E10 II boasts a new 26-megapixel sensor and the latest BIONZ XR image processing engine for better image quality. Autofocus and video capturing have also been enhanced, with features like a new vertical format user interface and improved battery life.

The camera offers two key functions for creating professional-looking content: Creative Looks and Cinematic Vlog Setting. Creative Looks provides a variety of presets for different looks, while Cinematic Vlog Setting automatically adjusts settings for a cinematic feel.

Key Highlights:

  1. Upgraded 26MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ XR processor
  2. Improved autofocus and video capturing
  3. Cinematic Vlog Setting for Automatic Video Optimization
  4. Vertical shooting mode with a rotating user interface
  5. Upgraded battery for extended recording time
  6. Compact and lightweight design

The ZV-E10 II camera body will be available in selected countries from July 2024. Sony also announced the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II lens, a compact zoom lens ideal for the ZV-E10 II. This lens is lightweight, offers good image quality, and features built-in image stabilization. The E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II will be available in black in selected countries from July 2024.

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