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Infinix Note 12 VIP: Price, Features & Full Specifications

Infinix Note 12 VIP
Written by Futoextra

This is the Infinix Note 12 VIP, If it is design you’re looking for, it’s got it. If it’s power, storage, or the fastest charging speed, the Note 12 VIP has got it all. It is indeed VIP for a reason, but how much of an upgrade is it from the Note 11 Pro seeing that they have the same processor?

Interesting fact, I’ve been using the Infinix Note 12 VIP for the past 2 months and I’ve not gotten a single ad popup. XOS is looking better.

Features Highlights & Price

So, the Infinix Note 12 VIP most expensive and premium-looking Infinix Note device yet, costing 199,900 (About 290 EUR). The Infinix Note 12 VIP has adopted a build quality and design partly reminiscent of the Zero X and X Pro of last year. Alongside the Note 12 VIP,  Infinix launched the Note 12 G96 and Note 12i.

The Note 12 VIP is top of the chain packing a glass build, an AMOLED display, 120w hyper charging, and other interesting features which probably is the reason for the VIP name tag.

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Infinix Note 12 VIP Unboxing

The unboxing of the Note 12 VIP is the typical experience we’ve come to expect of Infinix. All accessories are present and even more. There’s a preinstalled film screen protector and also a glass screen protector added to the box.  While other brands are reducing box content, Infinix is bumping the charger to 120 watts.  It might not be the only device out there with 120watts hyper charging but it is one of the very exclusive devices to have this feature, probably even the most affordable one.

120 watts Charging & Battery Safety

With its 120 watts charger, you can boost it from 0 to 100 in less than 20 minutes. That’s super fast! As for the effect of such charging speeds on long-term battery life, Infinix says they’ve added 103 charging and battery safety features to ensure it doesn’t rapidly degrade the battery.

Build Quality & Design

Processor aside, the Infinix Note 12 VIP packs major upgrades when you look at the rest of the specs compared to the Note 11 Pro which is its predecessor.

It has the obvious better boxy design with flat frames which actually let the device stand on its frame without support. The back design is also flat and is built of textured fiberglass which is smudge resistant and has a nice feel to it. The camera bump spans across the top of the device and has a glossy finish that will surely retain smudges. It hosts the camera sensors and flashes to the left side. There’s a golden ring around the main camera sensor. The VIP branding takes the bottom right of the camera bump. It gets a slim design at 7.89mm and is also slightly lighter than its predecessor at 198g, that’s about 10 grams lighter than the Note 11 Pro.

The Note 12 VIP comes in just 2 colors, Cayenne grey and Force black which is the one I’m currently using.  We still have the headphone jack here, and also get stereo speakers which sound great for media consumption. The Note 12 VIP supports dual 4G nano SIM cards and has an extra slot for a micro SD  card. Unlike most devices at this price point, you can actually use both sim cards and an SD  card at the same time. It is not a hybrid. The fingerprint scanner on the Infinix Note 12 VIP  is placed on the power button and works just fine.

Display

Infinix Note 12 VIP

Infinix Note 12 VIP

As an upgrade from the Note 11 Pro, the Note  12 VIP gets a great-looking AMOLED display with a noticeably slimmer chin. It maintains the center hole cut-out for its selfie camera. Just above the display, you get a front flash as is common with most Infinix devices. It is a 6.7 inches display, noticeably smaller than its predecessor, also has a 1080p resolution.

It retains the 120hz screen refresh rate from its predecessor but this time gets a 360hz touch sampling rate which makes for very responsive operation and scrolling within the UI. It’s a good-looking AMOLED display with vibrant colors, and as expected for an AMOLED display, you’ll get the Always-on Display feature. This isn’t the brightest AMOLED display I’ve seen at this price point but it gets bright enough for outdoor use.

Ram, storage & Software, NFC

The Infinix Note 12 VIP comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. If you’re into virtual RAM, you can extend this by 5GB more, but I think 8GB is more than enough for fluid multitasking. Now, I mentioned at the start that the Note  12 VIP has not shown any ad popups so far and that’s actually true. While it does come with a couple of preinstalled apps or bloatware as we call it, XOS 10.6 here has been optimized to prevent those annoying ad pop-ups and that’s a good one from Infinix.

This comes with Android 12 right out of the box. It doesn’t have any major Android 12 visual changes like Material U, but you can notice the changes in the notifications panel and also that indicator when the camera or mic is in use. There’s still nothing to suggest if we’ll get future software updates and that’s one thing we’ll like to see from Infinix. XOS is feature packed as expected and if you know your way around it, you’ll get plenty of customization options. The AI assistant Folax is present on the Note 12 VIP, and it also works offline and can still carry out certain commands even when you don’t have access to the internet. That’s a neat feature. One added feature to the Note 12 VIP is NFC,  so if you use that feature, it’s present here.

Performance, Processor, Gaming & Battery Life

For performance, this device is capable of handling whatever you throw at it. While the Helio G96 is not the best processor available at this price point, it comes close and gets the job done. XOS is more refined to give a better user experience and you don’t have to worry about random pop-ups. The Helio G96 is the same processor on the Note 11 Pro, so nothing has changed in that regard. The Density 900 on the more affordable Zero 5G would’ve made this much better but it is what it is. The Helio G series Chipsets are known for their gaming efficiency but you might want to keep your expectations a little low for the G96 here.  It has a lesser GPU than the G95 so, while you’re able to game fairly well, on some games you will not be able to play on high graphics settings, but on some other games it works well.

The battery on the Infinix Note 12 VIP is of  4500mAh capacity. A downgrade from the 5000mAh on its predecessor but I’ll say not by much,  especially since you have 120watts fast charging and will never really need to wait too long to charge.

Camera Quality

Infinix Note 12 VIP camera

The Infinix Note 12 VIP gets a 108mp camera setup which Infinix calls the Cinemagic camera. It gets a 13mp Ultra-wide camera and a 2mp depth sensor. Its selfie camera is 16MP. Previously,  HDR was absent on portrait selfies but the Note 12 VIP, processes HDR quite well. When the lighting condition is less than ideal, selfies might appear soft, but in the right lighting conditions, you will get sharp and detailed selfies. The Note 12 VIP by virtue of the Helio G96 can shoot videos at no more than 2K 30fps from both its selfie and rear cameras. We don’t get  4K video recordings here, and there’s no optical image stabilization.

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Infinix Note 12 VIP Full Specifications

PRIMARY INFO 
BrandInfinix
ModelNote 12 VIP
Launch Date2022, May 16
Price₦199,000 in Nigeria
DESIGN
Dimensions163.5 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm (6.44 x 3.02 x 0.31 in)
Weight199 g (7.02 oz)
BuildGlass front, glass back, plastic frame
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY
TypeAMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, 700 nits (peak)
Size6.7 inches, 108.4 cm2 (~86.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~393 ppi density)
CAMERA
Rear Camera108 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/1.67", 0.64µm, PDAF, Laser AF
13mm f/2.2, (ultrawide)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
FeaturesQuad-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video recording[email protected], [email protected]
Selfie Camera16 MP, (wide), 1/2.76", 1.12µm
FeaturesDual-LED flash
Video Recording[email protected], [email protected]
HARDWARE
ProcessorMediatek MT6781 Helio G96 (12 nm)
CPUOcta-core (2x2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPUMali-G57 MC2
RAM4GB RAM & 8GB RAM
Storage128GB & 256GB
PLATFORM
OSAndroid 12, XOS 10.5
BATTERY
Type & CapacityLi-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable
ChargingFast Charging 120W, 100% in 17 min
MISCELLANEOUS
LoudspeakerYes, with dual speakers
3.5mm jackYes
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Biometric / FingerprintYes (side-mounted)
USBUSB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go

The Infinix Note 12 VIP is a premium device with that solid design, and you can say it’s a major upgrade from the Note 11 except for the  processor. Its price though is on the high side, and the Helio G96 at this price point  might be a deal breaker for some. If you’re not big on mobile processors and want  the sleek looking device which is capable of handling most of your smartphone needs with enough RAM and Storage, I think it meets all the criterias.

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