Xiaomi introduced the Redmi 12 5G in India on Tuesday, August 1, marking a potentially strong entrant to a growing market of affordable 5G smartphones. Armed with a 4G variant as well, the device comes in to a segment that could help the struggling smartphone market of India recover in the quarters to come. Interestingly, the Redmi 12 5G enters the market against two already-launched devices from Samsung and Vivo’s stable — the Samsung Galaxy F14 5G, and the Vivo T2x 5G. Naturally, questions of comparability have surfaced for all the three devices in terms of what each offer, and which could be the better bet. We find out.
Redmi 12 5G v Samsung Galaxy F14 5G v Vivo T2x 5G: Specs Comparison
|Redmi 12 5G||Samsung Galaxy F14 5G||Vivo T2x 5G|
|Display||6.79-inch full HD+ 90Hz IPS LCD||6.6-inch full HD+ 90Hz PLS LCD||6.58-inch full HD+ IPS LCD|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 2||Samsung Exynos 1330||MediaTek Dimensity 6020|
|RAM||Up to 8GB||Up to 6GB||Up to 8GB|
|Storage||Up to 256GB||Up to 128GB||Up to 128GB|
|Rear cameras||50MP + 2MP (macro)||50MP + 2MP (macro)||50MP + 2MP (macro)|
Redmi 12 5G v Samsung Galaxy F14 5G v Vivo T2x 5G: Price in India
The Redmi 12 5G comes to India in three variants — 4GB RAM + 128GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. The three variants, clubbed with an introductory bank offer, pegs the effective price of the device at Rs 10,999, Rs 12,499 and Rs 14,499, respectively.
In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy F14 5G has two variants in India — a 4GB RAM + 128GB storage variant that costs Rs 12,990, and a 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant that costs Rs 14,990.
Vivo, meanwhile, has priced the T2x 5G at Rs 12,999 for the 4GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, Rs 13,999 for 6GB + 128GB, and Rs 15,999 for 8GB + 128GB.
Redmi 12 5G v Samsung Galaxy F14 5G v Vivo T2x 5G: Design
The Redmi 12 5G looks the sleeker of the three, offering flat edges, slimmer bezels and a drill-hole slot for the front camera placement. Its dual-camera setup features a third unit that emulates a camera unit, but is really the LED flash on the rear of the phone. However, the rear camera setup looks akin to the three-camera layout of the ‘Pro’ series of Apple’s iPhones — barring the lack of a defined module around the unit. The device measures 8.2mm in thickness, and weighs 199 grams.
In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy F14 5G looks akin to the more older generation budget smartphones — with bevelled edges, two rear cameras arranged vertically and without a defined module, a waterdrop notch for the front camera, and rather thick bezels topped by a very noticeable chin bezel. It is thicker than the Redmi 12 5G at 9.4mm, and is also heavier at 204 grams.
The Vivo T2x strikes a balance of sorts, with flat sides but a waterdrop notch for the front camera. Its bezels are thicker than the Redmi 12 5G, but the dual rear camera module looks more modern than Samsung’s. It is as slim as Redmi’s, with 8.2mm thickness, and weighs 184 grams — the lightest of the lot.
Redmi 12 5G v Samsung Galaxy F14 5G v Vivo T2x 5G: Display
The Redmi 12 5G outpaces the other two in terms of the display as well, offering a 6.79-inch IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate, and full HD screen resolution. It also has a Gorilla Glass variant atop the screen for scratch resistance.
In comparison, the Galaxy F14 5G offers a PLS LCD display that measures 6.6 inches in size. It is also full HD in resolution, and specifies the use of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 for screen protection.
Vivo’s display on the T2x 5G is the smallest of the lot — using a 6.58-inch IPS LCD screen but without a fast refresh rate. It is, however, full HD in resolution, but without a specified screen protection layer, is likely the most lacklustre of the lot.
Redmi 12 5G v Samsung Galaxy F14 5G v Vivo T2x 5G: Performance and UI
The Redmi 12 5G is powered by the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 SoC from Qualcomm, and also comes with the highest amount of RAM and storage of the lot — with 8GB RAM and 256GB UFS 2.2 storage. It runs on Android 13, powered by MIUI 14 — Xiaomi’s custom interface.
In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy F14 5G is powered by the Exynos 1330 SoC from the company’s own chip stable. Its top variant has the lowest amount of RAM and storage — with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Public benchmark data pegs the Exynos 1330 to be a weaker performer in comparison with the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 chip — albeit by a slim margin. It also runs on Android 13, but is powered by One UI Core 5.1 — a ‘light’ version of the full Samsung One UI custom interface.
The Vivo T2x 5G, meanwhile, is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 6020 SoC, which too is weaker in public benchmark comparison with the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 SoC. It has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, and is powered by Funtouch OS 13 based on Android 13 itself.
Redmi 12 5G v Samsung Galaxy F14 5G v Vivo T2x 5G: Cameras
Interestingly, all the three smartphones here are powered by a very similar dual-rear camera setup. The Redmi 12 5G is powered by a 50MP primary rear camera, and a 2MP macro unit accompanying it. The setup is capable of shooting full HD 30fps videos, while to the front is an 8MP camera capable of full HD video calling.
Samsung’s setup features the same specs for the rear camera unit, but has a 13MP front camera instead.
Vivo, meanwhile, has the exact same setup as the Redmi 12 5G. Each of the three smartphones offer phase detection autofocus on the rear camera.
Redmi 12 5G v Samsung Galaxy F14 5G v Vivo T2x 5G: Battery
The Redmi 12 5G comes with a 5,000mAh battery, paired with 18W fast charging. It also features the now-ubiquitous USB-C port for connectivity and charging.
Samsung outpaces the other two with both battery capacity and charging speed — offering a 6,000mAh battery with 25W fast charging.
The Vivo T2x, meanwhile, has the exact same battery and charging combination as Redmi’s.
Redmi 12 5G v Samsung Galaxy F14 5G v Vivo T2x 5G: Verdict
Based on pure specifications, the Redmi 12 5G comes across as the best of the lot. It looks more modern thanks to sleeker bezels and a slimmer body, along with an iPhone-lookalike camera unit at the rear. Samsung outpaces the others only on the battery category, but definitely looks older than the rest. While the Vivo T2x 5G somewhat keeps pace, it does not really do enough to come across as a winner here. Even in pricing, it is Redmi that comes across as the winner.