This phone is the Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition, a $400 mid-range phone that not only comes with a free charger in the box, but is far superior to what other companies are asking you to pay for. The charger itself looks more like a laptop charger, is about the size and weight of two regular phone chargers, and has a single USB-C port. Aside from its larger size, it looks surprisingly ordinary considering its clearly extraordinary capabilities.
Of course, we had to go hands-on with the Redmi Note 12 Explorer and we started with our test!
Redmi Note 12 Explorer Edition (210W) charging speed test:
- in 3 minutes – 38% charge
- in 5 minutes – 58% charge
- in 9 minutes – 86 percent.
- FULL charge took less than 15 minutes
The results are interesting! We started the test with the phone at exactly 2% battery charge and immediately got an on-screen confirmation of 210W Max, which pretty much assured us that we were indeed charging at maximum speed.
By the way, we think all phones should display a similar message to tell you how fast they are charging, it will surely be very useful when choosing the optimal charger, won’t you?
Why did we get slightly slower results than advertised?
But back to the results. Why did we get a full charge in almost 15 minutes when Xiaomi only promises 9 minutes? Well, it should be taken into account that smartphone manufacturers use absolutely ideal conditions for these measurements. This probably means that Xiaomi was charging the phone with it turned off while we turned it on, and secondly, it never woke the phone during the charging process and we kept waking the screen to check the battery level. These may seem like small interventions, but they slow down the charging process.
Another big concern for many people with such fast charging is that it can suffer long-term battery life. In other worlds, it is said that fast charging also destroys the battery faster and shortens its life. But that’s not the case, according to various phone manufacturers that use similar fast charging techniques.
At the end of the day, this technology is very interesting and we think Xiaomi is really nailing it. Why not call this one “Magic Charge” or something more exciting to show the world that you have this advanced new technology!
Redmi Note 12 Explorer: A solid $400 phone
The Redmi Note 12 Explorer is now officially available and retails for around $400.
Redmi Note 12 Explorer Specifications:
- Dimensions 162.9 x 76 x 9 mm, weight 207.5 g
- MediaTek Dimensity 1080 processor
- 8GB RAM, 256GB UFS 2.2 storage
- 200 MP main camera + 8 MP ultra-wide + 2 MP macro
- 4300 mAh battery
- 210W wired charging
- Android 12 with MIUI 13
(Image credit – PhoneArena) The Redmi Note 12 Explorer has a 200 MP primary camera
And the Note 12 Explorer’s main camera does a very good job. But it’s still not a camera phone, and you can really tell when you’re using the ultra-wide camera because of the poor quality, for example.
Everything else, this Explorer Edition Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 is just a solid $400 mid-ranger. The MediaTek 1080 chip inside is actually faster than most other phones in this price range, you get 8GB of RAM, which is again more than most phones at this price, and you even get 256GB of internal storage.
But it’s those new technologies that impress. It’s a preview of the future, where flagship phones can also charge in around 10 minutes. We think it’s really transformative, it changes the way you use your phone and it helps to know that it won’t drain your battery any faster.
So what do you think about this technology? Would you pay for a phone that fully charges in just 10 minutes? How important is it to you?