The Infinix Note 12 VIP is the company’s top dog in their all new Note series, at least for now, before they launch the Helio G99 powered version and its 5G companion. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro is among the top in the Note 11 lineup with a 5G version that crowns up the whole series.
So how do these two upgrades stack up against each other? Let’s find out as we compare the note-able series in this comparison review.
DESIGN & BUILD QUALITY
Both brand seems to have taken a leaf out of iphone’s book by giving their latest note series a flat sided design. However the Infinix note 12 VIP is far lighter and easier to hold than the Redmi note 11 pro, they both look well crafted with a premium feeling at hand. Their frames are made to look metallic but its actually made of plastic and both brand did well in making the frames look metallic but this right here is plastic.
Both phone rocks two stereo speakers and shares side mounted fingerprint sensor that also serve as power button. Their fingerprint reader does seem quiet sensitive, but that of the Infinix Note 12 VIP unlocks faster than that of Redmi Note 11 pro as you can see in our test.
On the sim and micro SD card department, we have an hybrid sim slot on the Redmi note 11 pro, this means you get to use only one nano simcard with micro SD card or two simcard without an sd card at the time, while the Infinix Note 12 VIP has a dedicated sim slot housing two nano simcards and a micro sd card at the same time. Here I’ll pick the Infinix note 12 VIP for its dedicated slot as it allows you use your two simcards and a micro sd card at the same time on the phone
Both rocks glass front, and that of the Redmi Note 11 Pro is equipped with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection which is helpful during accidental drops while the Infinix Note 12 VIP also comes with a glass front too, though Infinix didn’t specify the particular class of it but it sure feels protective as well.
The general idea is the back of this devices, here we have a triple camera model, running horizontally across the upper side on the Infinix Note 12 VIP, with a 108MP main sensor, 13MP ultrawide lens, 2mp depth lens and a Quad LED flash. While the Redmi note 11 Pro is also equipped with 108MP main sensor, 8mp ultrawide lens, 2mp depth lens and additional 2mp macro lens and a LED flash.
Both comes with a glass back and that of the Redmi feels more like an actual glass while that of the Infinix Note 12 VIP is made of glass material, not actual glass but plastic with matte finishes, ensuring no fingerprint smudges sticks to the phone.
There is an IP53 rating on the Redmi device that makes the phone dust and splash resistant while the Infinix note 12 VIP lacks that feature. So ill advice you are careful with your VIP phone if you get one. But that dosnt mean the Redmi note 11 pro is a water resistant device, it can equally get damaged in a practical sense
In overall build quality and design, the Note 12 VIP feels more elegant when put against the Redmi Note 11 Pro but then the Note 11 Pro IP53 certification is a nice-to-have feature.
On the display aspect, they both rock an AMOLED screen display coupled with 120Hz high refresh rate, 10-bit panels with 100% DCI-P3 and 700 nits peak brightness. The Infinix uses an AMOLED B1 display which is very good but that of the Redmi Note 11 Pro is better because its a super Amoled display which is very rich in colors and brightness, providing great picture quality when playing games or media consumption, one can’t really tell the difference in their display but the super amoled screen is a better pick in a practical sense.
As for the screen size, it’s a 6.67”inch on the Redmi note 11 pro while that of the Infinix Note 12 VIP is 6.7’inch, this makes the Infinix note 12 VIP better for cinematic viewing with the biggest AMOLED screen size in its price category, and talking about price, the Infinix Note 12 VIP comes in a price value of 200,000 naira while the Redmi note 11 pro sits on a 175,000 naira. So what do you think about the display panel of this two note series, lets know your thoughts via the comment section below.
120HZ REFRESH RATE
Smooth scrolling on both phone is a breeze with their 120hz high refresh rate but Infinix took things a bit further here by including an ultra touch swipe and motion speed feature, though this comes with sacrifice to the battery but it’s a nice to have feature
When it comes to overall Performance which is one aspect we all look out for in a smartphone, powering both device is the MediaTek Helio G96 chipset with Mali-G57 MC2 GPU. The chipset is good for gaming and running daily task effectively with no lags but not that powerful enough when it comes to high intensive Android games, here I’ll say there’s no competition when it comes to their processor as both device uses same Helio G96 chipset
RAM & STORAGE
The Infinix Note 12 VIP comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB of onboard UFS 2.2 storage while the Redmi note 11 pro also come with 8GB of RAM with 128GB of onboard UFS 2.2 storage. Both device has RAM expansion capabilities and you can expand up to 3GB of RAM for the Redmi Note 11 Pro and 5GB of RAM for the NOTE 12 VIP respectively. This gives the Note 12 VIP an upper edge as you’re getting a more capable RAM and storage configuration,
When it comes to the Android OS, The Redmi Note 11 Pro comes running Android 11 and Xiaomi’s MIUI 13 out of the box while the Note 12 VIP runs on the latest Infinix XOS 10.6 UI and Google’s latest Android 12 OS. But it all comes down to user interface preference and Android version – between Infinix’s XOS 10.6 and Xiaomi’s MIUI 13. Having been a user of XOS and MIUI for a couple of years now, I’ll pick Infinix XOS over MIUI for its lightness but for beauty, the MIUI 13 takes the cake. So in terms of theoretical performance, the Note 12 VIP is a better pick if you’ll be putting your device to heavy tasks. Plus it runs the latest Android version.
Battery life is another one important factor to consider and the Redmi Note 11 Pro is equipped with a 5000mAh battery while the Infinix Note 12 VIP has a 4500mAh battery. They both have Type-C ports but with different charging speeds.
Boosting the Infinix battery is a 120W Hyper charging brick while The Redmi has a 67W fast charging brick. Here there is no competition as the Note 12 VIP juice up its empty battery to 100% in 22 minutes while that same time period, the Note 11 Pro charges to 61%. Up here is a charging speed comparison I made for this two device
By the end of the day after heavy use, the Note 12 VIP had 20% battery life and light use can pull two days. While the Redmi note 11 pro battery can pull a full day or two on light usage but throw in gaming and the stamina drops as well. However, the ultra-fast charging gives the Infinix Note 12 VIP a lead over its competitor. When depleted, you can be back online within few minutes. But then it all boils down to the choice of the battery capacity between the Redmi’s 5000mAh with a 67W quick charge and Note 12 VIP 4,500mAh battery with a 120W hypercharging feature
When it comes to photography, this is where our opinions are a kind of a mixed bag as both have a 16MP selfie camera in the center punch-hole of their displays and a 108MP main sensor, here is what to expect when it comes to photography from both smartphone. Both device takes good shots on their 108MP sensors, but that of Infinix note 12 VIP looks real and brighter with accurate details and punchy colors when looked closely, while that of the redmi looks rather dull in details and colors. Potrait Shots on their 16mp selfie lens also looks better on the Note 12 VIP with accurate colors and details. When it comes to night shot, the note 12 VIP utilizes the available light to make the night picture more brighter and better looking than that of the Note 11 pro.
When it comes to videography, the Infinix note 12 VIP shoots good videos with accurate details and bright looking colors, thanks to the 60fps capped on its 1080p resolution and it can also shoot on 2k resolution capped at 30fps. While the Redmi Note 11 pro doesn’t do quite well on its videography aspect as it struggles with frame drops and rather dull looking colors due to the fact its capped at 1080 resolution with 30frame rate per second and no other shooting mode than 720p.
I’m still trying to understand why Xiaomi watered down the camera capability of the Note 11 pro when its running on a very capable Mediatek helio G96 chipset, same chipset running on the Infinix Note 12 VIP. The Note 12 VIP has a rather more versatile setup and you’ll be pretty happy with most of the shots taken on it.
Both phones put up a good fight and the question of functionality and value for money largely depends on each user’s preference. While the Redmi Note 11 Pro boasts of the IP53 rating, bigger battery and a super amoled screen that’s missing on the Note 12 VIP. However, the Note 12 VIP serves essential features that redeems it in this comparison including a better design, ultra-fast charging, superlative performance and more-than-capable cameras.
A value buy is the Redmi Note 11 Pro – it ticks most checkboxes while the Note 12 VIP goes extra with basics and some more such as the 120W hyper charging feature. Both phones offer terrific value and irrespective of which one you pick, you won’t be disappointed with the overall package.