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Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G: Super Sulit or Overpriced?

Once in a blue moon, Infinix releases phones that not only great in specs but also very cheap compared to its competitors. Now we will review the Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G!

Infinix’s trust among Filipino customers has gotten even stronger through the years, balancing between great specifications and value for money — the Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G is probably just that. But we’ll never know until we review it, not until now!

Gorgeous box: clean and looks very premium. We don’t know who’s this guy though.

The box

The box is shaped like your standard Infinix affair, but this packaging for the Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G — this is something else. We easily noticed the white, almost marbly-like color to it: the box feels like a jetplane— sleek and streamlined, while the added embossed section for the phone’s name drenched in reflective silver design makes every person who will buy this feel that much special.

The contents from left to right: Care+ Warranty Card, some IMEI stickers, XClub coupon, the phone itself, a pair of earphones, Type-C Charger, 33W Fast charger, and the jelly case. The box takes a backseat as Venom prepares to throw it away.

The contents

Inside, you’ll find the rest of the Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G acessories, the same as all of their boxes, but this time, there’s a pair of earphones, a new and improved warranty card with a different design choice (possibly to advertise Transsion’s Carlcare service), and a faster charging brick at 33W (compared to the 18W one which are typically found in almost all Infinix smartphones).

The back

The Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G has a stunning back design, to put it simply. It has a plastic frame and finish, yet it feels nice to the touch and it can even fool other people into saying that this is a frosted glass one. The raised wave etchings makes this beautiful design stand out when the light shines on it. So far, this is the first time we’ve seen the Infinix logo on the lower left feels like a premium brand (aside from the Infinix Note 12 VIP).

The camera module however has a slight bump, nothing to worry about, but it won’t be a problem anymore once you put the jelly case into it, but in our opinion– it cheapens the overall look so go ahead, we won’t be calling you a godless heathen for quite some time just because you’re not using a case for your phone.

That guy made that punch hole.

The display

The Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G’s display is something else. And that’s both good news and bad news. While the stunning 6.7 inch AMOLED display is right up our alley, the 60Hz refresh rate and the waterdrop notch won’t win our hearts anytime soon, because they’ve done phones before that are cheaper with 90Hz and punch hole cutouts in the past such as the cult-favorite Infinix Hot 12 Play, finding that the Note 12 Pro 5G doesn’t have that is definitely a huge bummer. Keep note, the phone has a MediaTek Dimensity 810 processor which supports 90Hz, so we honestly don’t know why they left that feature on the cutting room floor. Maybe an update will enable that? We hope so.

The camera

This is the most advanced camera yet ever added into a Infinix smartphone besides the Note 12 VIP, equipped with a set of 108MP wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth— this is all you’ll ever need to capture above-average shots with thing, and it has a Quad-Flash so every photo is well-lit. The 16MP selfie shooter with dual LED flash isn’t too shabby either– it’s the standard for most mid-rangers, and the Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G did just that. The video recording capabilities however is just passable for our tastes.

The battery

How about the Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G’s performance when it comes to battery? While it has only 60Hz, it will conserve more power than other phones with 90Hz and above refresh rates. The 5,000mAh Li-Po battery does its job, and the 33W fast charger makes guarantee that you’ll never charge multiple times in a day (unless you’re a battery drain freak like us, anything past 90% will lead us to juice it up again to 100%–in short, never idolize us when it comes to charging).

Not too bad, it’s actually a good score.

Can it game?

Available in 8GB of RAM with the option of either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage (plus expansion via microSDXC), all is well when you choose to play your favorite games with the Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G. It also has an Extended RAM capability of up to 5GB so multitasking isn’t an issue. It is powered by Dimensity 810, a power-efficient chipset that will rarely throttle with the most demanding games like Call of Duty (medium GFX/high FPS), or a game that can run on a potato-enzyme powered smartphone like Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (high GFX/high FPS). While Genshin Impact is playable here, unfortunately, you are stuck with low GFX and 30FPS and that too will lead to occassional stutters.

“I won,” said that guy. The phone replied, “I don’t even know you.”

Extras

It has 5G enabled already, the holy 3.5mm headphone jack is present, the classics such as Bluetooth, radio, and it’s available in Black and White. It is priced at around PHP 12,499 (unofficial price) for the base 8+128GB model.

What we like about the Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G

✔️AMOLED display

✔️ Fancy back design

✔️ 5G enabled

✔️ Long-lasting battery

✔️ Dimensity 810 5G is inside

✔️ Great cameras with bunch of LED flash

✔️ up to 13GB of RAM

✔️Superb build quality

✔️ Dual firing speakers

✔️ Very decently priced

What we dislike about the Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G

❌ Still 60Hz in a chipset with 90Hz capability

❌ Waterdrop notch

❌ Tons of bloatware

❌ No ultrawide lens

❌ Not user friendly UI

FINAL VERDICT: MAGANDA NA (3.8/5 estimated to 4 stars ★★★★)

Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G: Maganda Na!

In conclusion

The Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G is a step into a right direction— fixing their bloatware issues, questionable refresh rate choices and resorting to a more friendly user interface makes this phone almost perfect in our opinion.

Read the full specs of the Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G here: https://unboxdiaries.com/phones/infinix-note-12-pro-5g/

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