The Infinix NOTE 12 VIP is quite an interesting device that Infinix unveiled in the Kenyan market in May.
Infinix is selling this device for Ksh 41,999 and it’s probably the best Infinix device we’ve ever used. Infinix has pulled out all the stops to deliver some pretty cool specs – from the display to the 120W hypercharge and 108 main camera, the phone is a good option to consider if you are looking for a phone in this price segment.
At launch, Infinix Country Manager Mike Zhang said the company is setting a new standard for high-quality smartphone performance and design, especially with the new NOTE 12 series, which represents impeccable form and function. This series, he said, packs fast-charging power and powerful chipsets into an iconic design that’s perfect for emerging professionals who need a lightweight, flexible, high-performance device.
“The Note series has always been an important series that has evolved with each launch. Innovation is the motivation of Infinix. We make every effort to make products and applications interesting and of great value. Our goal of innovating our products, especially in the NOTE series, is to provide users with fantastic operating and visual experience,” Zhang added.
Well, we use the NOTE 12 VIP and of course we have so much to say about the device.
Infinix NOTE 12 VIP design and display
The Infinix NOTE 12 VIP screen is an amazing 6.7-inch AMOLED, 120Hz, with HDR10+ support and 1002 nits (peak) brightness display. It’s also Full HD+ with a PPI of 409. It’s a very powerful display and the addition of 120Hz support is a plus. Anyone who loves to game or watch so much content will love this. It delivers faster performance and gives you that premium feel.
When it comes to design, we get what most phones give us in 2022 – thin bezels, a perforation in the center of the screen, and some nice rounded edges and corners. In back, there is a camera module that extends horizontally on the top side. It looks pretty good.
There’s a 3.5mm jack at the base and a USB-C port next to a mono speaker. On the right of the phone is a power button which doubles as a fingerprint sensor. This is also where we have the volume buttons.
The back and back are all plastic, but you might think it’s actually glass. This build gives you a more futuristic and stronger look that we really like.
Infinix NOTE 12 VIP Camera
The camera is one of the best things about this phone – explains why the whole camera experience is built around them. The camera setup is pretty amazing – it’s a triple camera setup with a 108MP F/1.8 main sensor and a 13MP ultra-wide lens too. There is also a 16MP front camera.
Camera performance is fantastic, night and portrait mode were our best. In low light the camera is not so bad, the photos produced are usable. The selfie camera doesn’t disappoint either.
In low light conditions, the front and rear cameras are not so bad. But the front camera isn’t consistent (sometimes it takes good selfies other times it’s bad). The portrait mode on the phone is also very good. For a phone that will set you back $335, the cameras aren’t that bad (but could be better).
You can also shoot videos in 2k resolution but of course a 4K resolution would have been better.
Infinix NOTE 12 VIP Performance and Battery Life
When it comes to performance The chipset inside this device is the MediaTek Helio G96 chip with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage. Besides the 8 GB, there is also 3GB dynamic RAM which means you can increase the RAM to 11GB in total to let you multitask smoothly.
This chipset handles things very well, including playing your favorite graphics-intensive games.
For software, the Infinix NOTE 12 VIP boots XOS 10.5 based on Android 12 out of the box. Infinix promises one year of major software updates and two years of monthly security patches for the smartphone. It is important to mention that XOS is exactly the same as the one we have known for years and it contains a lot of useless bloatware that you can get rid of. Infinix has however really tried to make some tweaks to it to accommodate Android 12.
The battery is one of the main selling points of the Infinix NOTE 12 VIP. It comes with a 4500mAh battery and Infinix also added support for 120W fast charging. You can literally Take the phone from 0 to full in just 20 minutes. This is actually the first phone from Infinix that supports 120W fast charging.
Battery life is also quite strong and should last you a full day of light use with at least 20% remaining.
Should you buy the Infinix NOTE 12 VIP?
There’s so much to love about the NOTE 12 VIP. Infinix has introduced some new things that we find quite interesting – from the colorful display, new Helio G96 chipset, massive RAM and storage, good 108MP main camera, quality build and of course from the 120W hypercharge.
The selfie camera isn’t exactly the best and the fact that you can shoot 4k video is also a downside. Also we were hoping it would be a 5G device well it’s not but again not really a dealbreaker considering our market hasn’t even gone commercial with the 5G.
All in all, it’s a good device to consider.
The NOTE 12 series comes in three models – the NOTE 12 VIP which is available for Ksh 41,999, the NOTE 12 (G96) which Infinix sells for Ksh 27,999 and the NOTE 12i available for Ksh 20,999. You can grab one offline from the company retail stores Across the country. The phones are also available for purchase online at XPARK – The official online store of Transsion and other online e-commerce stores like Jumia.