Xiaomi recently launched the Note 12 4G in India as the newest member of the Note 12 series. As the name suggests, it’s a 4G device and has been positioned as the cheapest offering in the lineup. However, the latest launch has the same design as its more expensive siblings and an impressive spec sheet for a smartphone priced under Rs 15,000. At this price point, the new launch goes against another 4G offering – Realme 10 and Samsung’s latest – Galaxy F14 5G. Let’s find out how Xiaomi’s latest fares against the competition in India.
Redmi Note 12 4G vs Realme 10 vs Samsung Galaxy F14 5G: Price in India
Redmi 12 4G
|6GB + 64GB||Rs 14,999|
|6GB + 128GB||Rs 16,999|
|4GB + 64GB||Rs 13,999|
|8GB + 128GB||Rs 16,999|
Samsung Galaxy F14 5G
|4GB + 128GB||Rs 12,990|
|6GB + 128GB||Rs 14,990|
The Redmi Note 12 4G arrives as India’s cheapest Redmi Note 12 series device. The phone has been launched in two variants featuring 6GB RAM and either 64GB or 128GB storage. The former can be picked up for Rs 14,999, whereas the latter is priced at Rs 16,999. The phone will be available in three colours — Lunar Black, Frosted Ice Blue, and Sunrise Gold from April 6 via Mi.com, Mi Home Stores, etc.
The Realme 10 was launched at a thousand bucks cheaper for the base 4GB + 64GB variant at Rs 13,999, but the top-end variant offers more RAM (8GB) for the same price, Rs 16,999. The device is available exclusively via Flipkart and Realme Store.
Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy F14 5G has launched in India in 4GB and 6GB variants with 128GB storage. The base model can be picked up for Rs 12,990, and the 6GB model is available for Rs 14,990. The handset is available in OMG Black, Goat Green, and Bae Purple on Flipkart and Samsung E-store.
The Samsung Galaxy F14 5G comes out on top here with an affordable price tag for both variants. Additionally, it’s the only 5G handset in the mix here.
Redmi Note 12 4G vs Realme 10 vs Samsung Galaxy F14 5G: Design
Design-wise, all three smartphones flaunt the trending design philosophy in the industry. The Redmi Note 12 4G features the same industrial design as its more expensive siblings, with a plastic build and flat edges. According to Xiaomi, at 7.8mm and 186gm, the Redmi Note 12 4G is the slimmest Redmi Note series smartphone ever. Xiaomi offers it in Lunar Black, Frosted Ice Blue, and Sunrise Gold colours in matte finish.
Realme 10 4G, on the other hand, features the glossy light particle design that Realmehas been highlighting heavily. It also follows the modern design trend of two massive standout camera cutouts without the island. It also follows the same form factor as the Redmi offering, with flat edges and a punch-hole display, albeit slightly thicker at 7.95mm. The phone weighs 178gm, which is light.
Lastly, Samsung is sticking to its Galaxy S-series design with two separate camera cutouts with LED flash. However, the phone features an Infinity U display, which means it has a dated waterdrop notch display on the front. Moreover, it’s the chunkiest out of the lot with 9.4mm thickness and 206g weight.
While looks may be subjective, the Realme 10 4G, with its glossy back panel, slim profile, and lightweight, wins this round. Moreover, the punch hole cutout on Realme is in the top-left corner, which is easier to ignore than the centrally mounted cutout on Redmi Note 12 4G.
Redmi Note 12 4G vs Realme 10 vs Samsung Galaxy F14 5G: Display
Coming to their window to the world, Samsung Galaxy F14 5G is the odd one out with a PLS LCD panel. The display measures 6.6 inches and offers a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2408 pixels. The screen supports a refresh rate of 90Hz and 16M colour depth.
Another 90Hz device here is the Realme 10 4G. It features a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel with an FHD+ (2,400 × 1,080 pixels) resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate screen. The display produces 1,000 nits peak brightness.
However, the Redmi Note 12 4G bags this round with its larger 6.67-inch AMOLED display, offering an FHD+ resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels. What tips the scale in favour of the latest Redmi launch is the support for a 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, and 1,200 nits of peak brightness.
Redmi Note 12 4G vs Realme 10 vs Samsung Galaxy F14 5G: Performance
In the performance department, the Redmi Note 12 4G has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 chipset with Adreno 610 GPU ticking at its core. The processor is backed by 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage. The onboard storage can be expanded up to 1TB using the dedicated microSD card slot.
The Realme 10 4G features an octa-core MediaTek Helio G99 processor with the Mali G57 GPU taking care of visuals. The phone comes with up to 8GB RAM and up to 128GB UFS 2.2 storage, which cannot be expanded. It has a leg up over others and features up to 8GB of virtual RAM.
Lastly, Samsung is powered by an Exynos 1330 SoC based on a 5nm process. There is Mali G68 MP2 GPU accompanying the processor for visual performance. The SoC is mated to up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, which can be expanded up to 1TB via a microSD card.
Among these three, the Exynos 1330 is a capable workhorse with an outstanding balance between performance and battery efficiency. However, if you are a power user and need more RAM, Realme 10 4G will be more suitable for you.
Redmi Note 12 4G vs Realme 10 vs Samsung Galaxy F14 5G: Cameras
Coming to the optics, the Realme 10 and Samsung Galaxy F14 5G feature a dual rear camera setup, whereas the Redmi 12 4G has three cameras on its back. The Realme 10 has a 50MP primary shooter with an f/1.8 aperture, backed by a 2MP B&W portrait lens. There’s a 16MP camera on the front for selfies.
The Redmi Note 12 4G flaunts a 50MP f/1.8 Samsung JN1 sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree field of view, and a 2MP macro sensor on its rear panel. As for selfies, the phone offers a 13MP unit on the front.
Coming to the Samsung Galaxy F14 5G, it flaunts a 50MP primary camera sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a 2MP macro sensor. For selfies, you get a 13MP front camera.
While all three smartphones feature a 50MP primary sensor, the Redmi Note 12 4G takes the crown here, thanks to an 8MP ultra-wide lens. It makes the camera setup on the Redmi offering more versatile.
Redmi Note 12 4G vs Realme 10 vs Samsung Galaxy F14 5G: User Interface
As for the user interface, the Redmi Note 12 4G features Android 13-based MIUI 14. The Samsung Galaxy F14 5G runs Android 13-based One UI 5.1 out of the box. Lastly, the Realme 10 boots the older Android 12-based MIUI 13 out of the box.
While both Redmi Note 12 4G and Samsung Galaxy f14 5G offer Android 13 to users, the latter also offers two major updates and four years of security updates. This tips the scale in favour of the Samsung offering.
Redmi Note 12 4G vs Realme 10 vs Samsung Galaxy F14 5G: Battery
As for the battery, both Redmi Note 12 4G and Realme 10 4G are powered by a 5,000mAh battery. Both phones also support 33W fast charging. However, Samsung offers a bigger 6,000mAh battery with support for 25W fast charging. If you need a bigger battery, Samsung is the pick here.
Redmi Note 12 4G vs Realme 10 vs Samsung Galaxy F14 5G: Verdict
There you go, Redmi Note 12, Realme 10, and Samsung Galaxy F14 5G compared spec by spec and pricing. The Samsung Galaxy F14 5G is an excellent choice with a powerful 5 G-enabled processor and a beefy battery at the cheapest price tag among the three. However, if you are a gamer and mobile photography enthusiast, you will appreciate the larger 120Hz display and the additional 8MP wide-angle lens on the Redmi Note 12 4G. Realme 10 4G gets its foot in the door with 8GB virtual RAM. In the end, it all boils down to individual preference.