- Realme has improved the design of its new Pro lineup
- All three phones offer fast charging support.
- Cameras get special focus from all three brands.
Realme 11 Pro series has launched in India this week, giving consumers more options in the mid-range segment. Realme’s latest number series focuses on design, camera performance and charging support.
Now, it is ready to take a leap further and give people something more exciting. Realme 11 Pro has a unique design but that itself isn’t going to be enough for the device to succeed in a market where you also have the Lava Agni 2 and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro to choose from. Both the Realme and Redmi Pro models face a tough fight from the India-based Lava Agni 2 5G smartphone that was launched recently.
We take a closer look at all three phones and give you a detailed comparison of the Realme 11 Pro, Lava Agni 2 and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro and look at their specifications and features to tell you which one of these is a better buy.
Realme 11 Pro vs Lava Agni 2 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G: Price in India
Realme 11 Pro has come to India with three storage options. You have the 8GB + 128GB base variant available for Rs 23,999. The 8GB + 256GB and the 12GB + 256GB models are priced at Rs 24,999 and Rs 27,999, respectively.
The Lava Agni 2 5G has been launched in a single variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage, which is priced at Rs 21,999.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro costs Rs 24,999 for the base variant with 6GB + 128GB. The price goes up to Rs 26,999 for the 8GB + 128GB variant and Rs 27,999 for the high-end 8GB+256GB model.
Realme 11 Pro vs Lava Agni 2 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G: Design
Realme 11 Pro series has a lot of similarities, especially with its design. The Pro version comes in two options, one of them has a plastic panel while the other gets a vegan leather finish. The giant camera module can be intimidating but does well to overpower the device now. The phone weighs around 185 grams and the in-hand feel is comfortable thanks to the rounded corners.
The Lava Agni 2 5G features a glass-back design which gives it a premium quotient. The quality of the materials used makes you feel like the phone costs a lot more, which is a big credit to the brand. What you do realise very quickly is that the phone is rather hefty at 210 grams which could make it hard to use for people with small hands.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro features a glass back body like its predecessors. Unlike the other two phones, this one gets an IP53 rating which makes it dust and splash resistant.
Design is usually subjective, but Realme 11 Pro gets our vote over the other two when you consider comfort and looks.
Realme 11 Pro vs Lava Agni 2 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G: Display
Realme 11 Pro gets a 6.7-inch curved AMOLED display that offers Full HD+ resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate screen that is claimed to offer 950 nits of peak brightness. The screen supports HDR10+ and has a punch-hole cutout which houses the selfie camera.
Lava Agni 2 flaunts a 6.78-inch 3D Dual curved AMOLED display which also supports Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate screen. Agni 2 display also supports HDR 10 and HDR 10+ and Widevine L1.
Redmi Note 12 Pro has a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate screen. It comes with Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support and can offer 900 nits in peak brightness.
Again, it is a tough fight between the three, wherein two feature a curved display, while the Redmi Note 12 Pro’s screen offers Dolby Vision quality. Our pick would be the Realme 11 Pro once again.
Realme 11 Pro vs Lava Agni 2 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G: Performance and UI
Realme 11 Pro is powered by the new MediaTek Dimensity 7050 SoC with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. Realme is offering the Android 13-based Realme UI 4.0 version out of the box.
The Agni 2 5G was the first device in India to come with the Dimensity 7050 chipset. You get the phone with a single 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. You also have support for 8GB virtual RAM that uses internal storage. Lava is also offering the Android 13 operating system which comes without any bloatware and doesn’t show ads.
As for the Redmi Note 12 Pro, you have the older MediaTek Dimensity 1080 chipset which is powerful for its segment but doesn’t really stand out. In addition to this, Redmi Note 12 Pro gets the MIUI 13 which is based on Android 12 out of the box.
Even though Lava has a single 8GB RAM variant in the market, the fact that you have a clean software experience tips our vote in its favour, especially when both Realme and Lava are offering the same chipset.
Realme 11 Pro vs Lava Agni 2 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G: Cameras
Realme 11 Pro gets a dual-camera setup at the back which consists of a 100MP main sensor with optical image stabilisation (OIS) support and a 2MP secondary camera with a portrait lens. The front of the phone has a 16MP shooter.
The Agni 2 features a 50MP main sensor along with an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP macro sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. Lava is also offering a 16MP camera on the front for selfies.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G gets a triple rear camera module with a 50MP sensor that supports OIS, along with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor and a 2MP macro sensor. On the front, it has a 16MP selfie shooter like the other two phones.
The main camera round goes to Realme because of its 100MP sensor with OIS support. As for the other sensors, Xiaomi gives you more value than Lava.
Realme 11 Pro vs Lava Agni 2 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G: Battery
Realme 11 Pro packs a 5,000mAh battery with 67W fast charging support. The Agni 2 is backed by a small 4,700mAh battery but supports 66W fast charging. And the Redmi Note 12 Pro also gets a 5,000mAh battery with 67W fast charging support.
Realme 11 Pro vs Lava Agni 2 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G: Verdict
Realme 11 Pro comes out winning multiple rounds, thanks to its design uniqueness, camera specs, battery charging support and overall value. Software is not its strongest suit and the hardware might feel more mid-range-ish for the price.
Lava Agni 2 has a compelling design, the primary camera does the job, and the clean software experience along with fast charging is hard to ignore.
As for the Redmi Note 12 Pro, you have an outdated software version, the chipset is now old too but the camera, charging, design and even the display still carry their weight.
Our pick out of the three would be Realme for most things, Lava Agni 2 comes a close second, while Xiaomi loses out because of the older chipset and the software provided out of the box.