Xiaomi’s budget brand Redmi has just revealed the newest device, the Redmi Note 12 Turbo, the first in the market to be powered by the new Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 Mobile Platform. The latest addition to the Note family may be a wallet-friendly device but it is no slouch in the specs department. The Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 is paired with the fastest memories there are in the market today, namely, LPDDR5 and UFS 3.1. OK. Maybe not the fastest in flash storage but you get the idea.
The new Redmi Note 12 Turbo [CH] is rocking a 120 Hz 6.67” OLED flexible display that boasts 12-bit colors and supports a bunch of eye-watering standards. It has a triple camera setup, powered by the Xiaomi imaging chip, and features a 64 MP main camera with OIS, an 8 MP super wide-angle (120°) camera, and a 2 MP macro camera. Over at the front is a 16 MP portrait camera.
It is outfitted with a 5,000 mAh battery with 67 W wired fast charging. And no, it does not have wireless charging but it has pretty much everything else and more including Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 6E, 5G, dual SIM support, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi positioning, IR, and a headphone jack.
It is offered in 8 + 256, 12 + 256, 12 + 512, and a whopping 16 GB + 1 TB configuration. But honestly, the real draw is not any of those or even the specs. Don’t get me wrong. Those are very good specs for what it is. But the real draw is this: the Redmi Note 12 Turbo Harry Potter Edition [CH].
Billed as the first Harry Potter phone, the Redmi Note 12 Turbo Harry Potter Edition has everything a Potterhead dreams of. There is the platinum 3D relief of the Hogwarts crest and Harry Potter branding created using 3-layer of graphics and a variety of techniques. So, this isn’t some cheap printing.
It also leverages the large cameras to recreate Harry’s iconic round glasses. A graphic of a lightning scar found on Harry’s forehead was added for good measure.
The Harry Potter-themed is accompanied by a bunch of goodies, including a Platform 9 ¾ SIM ejector, a movie-inspired Hogwarts acceptance letter (not delivered by an owl, though), a replica of the Marauder’s Map, some stickers, and a special case that allows the design of the phone to be seen, well, at least half of it anyways.
I don’t believe the 67 W power brick is themed, though. It does, however, get packaging inspired by the magic spell book. When opened up, you will be greeted by the letter of acceptance – complete with a wax seal – on one side, and opposite it is the “Mirror of Erised” which mirror is part of the phone’s display.
All these for, believe it or not, just 2,399 yuan [CH] (around US$349). The Harry Potter Edition is only available in 12 GB + 256 GB configuration.
The Redmi Note 12 Turbo Harry Potter Edition, along with the regular edition, is available to order in China now. The device will go on sale starting on March 31, 2023. The regular edition starts at 1,999 yuan [CH] (about US$291) and runs up to 2,599 yuan (US$378) for the top configurations. 2,599 is the introductory price, btw. The MSRP is 2,799 yuan (approx. US$407).
Images: Xiaomi [CH].