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Infinix Note 12 VIP hands-on

Infinix Note 12 VIP hands-on

It’s not every day we get a phone with a VIP right in its name, here at HQ. But in the case of the Infinix Note 12 VIP, it may have been a better fit to just call it Note 120. Or 120+108. Let us explain.

The Infinix Note 12 VIP is focused on three things – fast charging, fast screen refresh rate, and camera performance. Charging leverages a 120W beast of a charger that can, on paper, do the 0% to 100% in just 17 minutes.

As for the display, the Infinix Note 12 VIP goes all-out with a 6.7-inch 1080x2400px 10-bit AMOLED with 1 billion colors, 700 nits of brightness and 120Hz refresh rate.

Infinix Note 12 VIP specs at a glance:

  • Body: 163.5×76.7×7.9mm, 199g; Glass front, glass back, plastic frame.
  • Display: 6.70″ AMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, 700 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 393ppi.
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6781 Helio G96 (12 nm): Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G57 MC2.
  • Memory: 256GB 8GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
  • OS/Software: Android 12, XOS 10.5.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 108 MP, f/1.8, 1/1.67″, 0.64µm, PDAF, Laser AF; Ultra wide angle: 13mm f/2.2; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: 16 MP, (wide), 1/2.76″, 1.12µm.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 1440p@30fps, 1080p@60fps; Front camera: 1440p@30fps, 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 4500mAh; Fast Charging 120W, 100% in 17 min.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); NFC; FM radio; 3.5mm jack.

Finally, the Infinix Note 12 VIP packs a 108MP main camera that combines 9 pixels into 1 for a 12MP resulting image, or can shoot full-res 108MP stills. It’s backed up by a 13MP ultrawide with autofocus, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 16MP selfie that has its own LED flash. We’ll give those a look as well.

Rounding off the specs sheet, we have a 4,500mAh battery, a MediaTek Helio G96 chipset, 8GB of RAM that can be expanded using up to 5GB from the 256GB storage, and Android 12 with Infinix’s XOS on top. Finally, a few nice touches, like the 3.5mm headphone jack, and stereo speakers.

The retail experience is up to the VIP name. The expected accessories are all here – earbuds, a complimentary case, a 120W charger that is impressively compact, and a USB cable.

Then you have some extra niceties that Infinix has added – plastic screen protector, a medley of stickers, a SIM ejection tool, and a voucher for one XGold to spend in Infinix’s XClub. Not a bad haul for $300.

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