Realme 12 Pro+ 5G: Is it the best designed phone for 2024?

Realme 12 Pro+ 5G. Photo: Realme India
Realme 12 Pro+ 5G. Photo: Realme India

Realme has launched its popular mid-range number series smartphone, the Realme 12 Pro series. The series includes the Realme 12 Pro 5G and the Realme 12 Pro+ 5G which are the successors of the Realme 11 Pro+ 5G and Realme 11 Pro 5G respectively. The Realme 11 series was widely appreciated for its design and performance at the price range.

The 12 series has stepped up the game with an even better design. Realme has not only changed the design but has also upgraded the performance and the camera to compete in the mid-range price market. Realme recently has been focusing a lot on the design aspect and the price range performance.

The 12 Pro+ has some major differences from last year’s 11 Pro+ which include design, IP rating, chipset, camera and charging.

Let us see what the luxuriously designed smartphone delivers in terms of specs.

Specifications of Realme 12 Pro+ 5G

DimensionsLength: 161.47mm
Width: 74.02mm
Depth: 8.75mm
Weight196 grams
Display typeAMOLED
Display size6.7-inch
Resolution2,412 x 1,080 (FHD+)
Refresh rateUp to 120Hz
IP ratingIP65 dust and water resistance
Glass Protection0.55mm Double-Reinforced Glass
ChipsetSnapdragon 7s Gen 2 (4nm)
CPUOcta-core (4×2.40 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPUAdreno 710
OSRealme UI 5.0 based on Android 14
Storage128GB | 256GB
Rear camera 50MP Sony IMX890 main camera
8MP ultra-wide camera
64MP periscope portrait camera
Selfie camera32MP
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax(Wi-Fi 6)
NetworkLTE | 5G
SIMDual Nano SIM
AudioDual Speakers
Supports Dolby Atmos
Dual-mic Noise Cancellation
Hi-Res Audio Certification
SensorsGeomagnetic sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor, Acceleration sensor, Gyroscope, In-display fingerprint sensor
Battery5,000mAh (typ)
Charging67W SUPERVOOC wired fast charging
Ports and Buttons2 Nano SIM Card Slots
Type-C Port
Power Button
Volume Buttons
ColoursSubmarine Blue
Navigator Beige
Explorer Red
Price (expected)Rs 50,000 (8/128GB)
Rs 54,000 (8/256GB)
Rs 60,000 (12/256GB)

Design and Display

The Realme 12 Pro+ and the Realme 12 Pro share the same design and dimensions. The design is fascinating. Realme patterned up with Luxury Swiss Watch designer Ollivier Savéo to craftfully design the smartphone.

All the colour options have a vegan leather back. Since the phone is designed by a luxury watch designer, it comes with a big round camera module housing the triple camera setup. There is a golden 3D Jubilee Bracelet which gives the texture of a luxury watch strap. A golden patterned line runs through the middle and around the camera module for an even better look.

Realme 12 Pro+ 5G designer Ollivier Savéo. Photo: Realme India
Realme 12 Pro+ 5G designer Ollivier Savéo. Photo: Realme India

The back curves to the plastic frame which has a metal-like shiny finish. On the front, the 12 Pro+ 5G has a curved screen with a centred hole-punch cutout which houses the selfie camera. The bezels are minimal with the sides being curved almost zero while the top and the chin have a slight ear-like bezel.

Realme 12 Pro+ 5G. Photo: Realme India
Photo: Realme India

The Realme 12 Pro+ 5G has a stunning 6.7-inch curved Vision Display, delivering vibrant visuals with an FHD+ resolution of 2,412 x 1,080. It has a screen-to-body ratio of 93 per cent which gives an immersive viewing experience. It has smooth scrolling and responsiveness with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of up to 240Hz. The display offers a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1 and a peak brightness level of 900 nits. It has a wide colour gamut of 100 per cent DCI-P3 and 1.07 billion colours for a vibrant look.

Realme 12 Pro+ 5G display. Photo: Realme India
Photo: Realme India

As for the protection, it has 0.55mm Double-Reinforced Glass and IP65 dust and water resistance.

Realme 12 Pro+ 5G IP rating. Photo: Realme India
Photo: Realme India

Performance and Storage

The performance has also been stepped up with the change from MediaTek Chipset in the 11 Pro series to Snapdragon chipsets in the 12 Pro series. The Realme 12 Pro+ 5G is powered by the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 chipset built on a 4nm processor. It has an octa-core CPU, which includes Cortex-A78 and Cortex-A55 cores for seamless multitasking and responsiveness. The Adreno 710 GPU handles the graphics for gaming and multimedia.

Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 chipset. Photo: Realme India
Photo: Realme India

It runs on the Realme UI 5.0 based on Android 14. The overall software experience is good but Realme gets back to the cost-cutting techniques in the software part with a bunch load of pre-installed hot apps and hot games. It also has a 3D VC liquid cooling system which spans 3394mm² and covers the main heat sources of the motherboard giving a boost in heat dissipation efficiency.

Realme 12 Po+ 5G cooling. Photo: Realme India
Photo: Realme India

The Realme 12 Pro+ 5G is available in two RAM options which include 8GB and 12GB. The 8GB RAM is paired with 128GB and 256GB storage options while the 12GB RAM is paired with 256GB of storage. It also has a Dynamic RAM feature which helps to increase the RAM size up to 24GB using the internal storage.

Realme 12 Po+ 5G RAM and Storage. Photo: Realme India
Photo: Realme India


The camera on the Realme 12 Pro+ 5G is also interesting. Here, Realme has partnered up with Chilean cinematographer Claudio Miranda. He has worked in films such as Life of Pi, Top Gun: Maverick, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Tron: Legacy. He has also won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his role in Life of Pi in 2013.

Claudio Miranda has worked with Realme for fine-tuning images. There are also three film filters made in collaboration with Claudio Miranda with unique colour grading matched with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio and cinematic-level bokeh adjustment. The filters are Journey, Maverick and Memory.

Claudio Miranda using Realme 12 Po+ 5G. Photo: Realme India
Photo: Realme India

The Realme 12 Pro+ 5G has a triple camera setup at the rear. The main camera features a 50MP Sony IMX890 sensor with OIS for steady and stable shots. It has a resolution of 4,096 x 3,072 and an aperture of f/1.8, while the 24mm equivalent focal length provides a wide field of view (FOV) of 84°.

Realme 12 Po+ 5G rear camera sensor. Photo: Realme India
Photo: Realme India

Instead of using a macro camera or a depth sensor, Realme has stepped the game with a 64MP periscope portrait camera with an OmniVision OV64B sensor. It delivers a resolution of 4,624 x 3,472 and supports OIS for steady telephoto shots. With an aperture of f/2.8 and a focal length equivalent to 71mm, it delivers impressive portrait shots with a narrow FOV of 33° and 3x optical zoom. The last camera is an 8MP ultra-wide camera, providing a wide range of view with a focal length equivalent to 16mm and an aperture of f/2.2 and FOV of 112°.

Realme 12 Po+ 5G periscope telephoto camera sensor. Photo: Realme India
Photo: Realme India

The rear camera has a lot of photography features including Auto-zoom, street photography mode, moon mode, starry mode pro, super nightscape, pano, professional mode, portrait mode, HDR, AI scene recognition, AI beauty, filters, text scanner, portrait distortion correction, one take and a super group portrait.

Realme 12 Po+ 5G camera app. Photo: Realme India
Photo: Realme India

As for video shooting, the rear camera of the Realme 12 Pro+ 5G can shoot 4K videos at 30fps, 1080p and 720p videos at both 30fps and 60fps. It can also record slow-motion videos at 1080p and 720p at 120fps. The videography features of the smartphone include slow motion, time-lapse, cinema mode, AI video tracking, Starry time-lapse video and tilt-shift time-lapse video.

Realme 12 Po+ 5G front camera. Photo: Realme India
Photo: Realme India

The front camera of the Realme 12 Pro+ 5G has a 32MP sensor which clicks decent selfies and videos. The front camera also has features such as Portrait mode, pano, ultra-wide angle, AI beauty mode, face recognition, filters, super nightscape and AI scene recognition. It can record 1080p and 720p videos at 30fps.

Battery and Charging

The Realme 12 Pro+ 5G is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery which supports 67W SUPERVOOC wired fast charging. For connectivity, it features Wi-Fi 6 support for fast wireless networking, along with Bluetooth 5.2 for seamless pairing with other devices. It offers both LTE and 5G network compatibility for high-speed mobile data. With dual nano SIM slots, users can easily manage multiple phone numbers.

Realme 12 Po+ 5G battery and charging. Photo: Realme India
Photo: Realme India

Audio features include dual speakers with Dolby Atmos support, providing immersive sound quality. Dual-mic noise cancellation ensures clear audio during calls, while Hi-Res Audio certification enhances music playback. A range of sensors including a geomagnetic sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, acceleration sensor, gyroscope and in-display fingerprint sensor.

Realme 12 Po+ 5G audio. Photo: Realme India
Photo: Realme India

The Realme 12 Pro+ 5G is available in three colour options, Submarine Blue, Navigator Beige and Explorer Red.

Realme 12 Po+ 5G. Photo: Realme India
Photo: Realme India

The Realme 12 Pro+ 5G is expected to cost around Rs 50,000 for the 8GB/128GB variant, Rs 54,000 for the 8/256GB variant and Rs 60,000 for the 12GB/256GB variant in Nepal.

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Dahal is a gadget/auto writer at Onlinekhabar.

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