realme 12 Pro+ – a mid-range phone with a focus on cameras (review)


A rather notable minus is that the realme 12 Pro+ doesn’t offer support for Dolby Vision or HDR10+ for streaming apps, which may or may not be a problem depending on what kind of user you are and how much you plan to watch movies. But anyway, it’s good to know that the cinematic experience is not bad at all thanks to the quality of the panel itself, even if the lack of HDR support is sometimes felt. The auto-adjusting 120Hz refresh rate can switch between 30, 60, 90 and 120Hz depending on the app you’re using, offering a battery saver, albeit modest compared to other models that can drop to 1Hz. But that’s flagship territory, I don’t really know of a mid-ranger doing something like that.

Autonomy is another strong point of the phone. The large 5,000mAh battery lasts without problems even on the busiest days, and if you are a light user and don’t use your phone much during the day (for social media or gaming), two days is not out of the question. If you happen to run out of battery during the day, the 67W charger included in the package can give you 50% juice in 20 minutes.

I’m not ashamed of my performances either. the realme 12 Pro+ comes equipped with a Snapdragon 7s Gen 2, a truly mid-range chipset that does its job very well. Applications open quickly (and thanks to the 12GB of RAM, they stay open in the background for quite a while), I didn’t encounter any lag in the system and games, including the most demanding ones, run well. Don’t expect top performance in Genshin Impact or CoD Mobile with all the settings turned up, but you can play any title available on the Play Store at the moment without too much trouble.

Out of the box, realme 12 Pro+ comes with Android 14, which makes me happy, with realme UI 5.0 on top. The news that the phone comes with the latest version of the operating system is good, considering that it gives you an extra year of support compared to if it came with Android 13. Unlocking is simple and easy thanks to the optical sensor of the fingerprint below the screen.


But it’s only now that we get to the pièce de résistance of this phone, and the reason why many are interested in it: the cameras. And to get that out of the way, let’s see how it looks on paper. And so we have: a Sony IMX890 sensor on the main, 50MP with f/1.8, PDAF and optical stabilization, alongside an 8MP ultrawide with f/2.2 and a viewing angle of 112 degrees. And the star of the show, a periscope telephoto lens, a first for this segment, of 64MP with f/2.8, optically stabilized and with a 3x zoom.

The main camera takes some really good pictures, capturing them with natural colors and an impressive dynamic range. This means that even the darker areas of your images are full of detail. The clarity of the images is so good that you can zoom in (or “pixel-inspect”, as some would say) without losing quality, even when cropping your photos. In low-light conditions, the camera’s Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) system works wonders, keeping your photos sharp and detailed.

realme 12 Pro+

The standout feature of the realme 12 Pro+, however, is undoubtedly the telephoto camera. It’s the same 64-megapixel periscope sensor found on big names like the OnePlus 12 and other high-end devices, offering a window into premium technology. Even though it is not paired with the best image signal processor (ISP) on the market, the results do not disappoint. Textures are rendered with beautiful sharpness, making everything from people to objects look defined and sharp. It does well in both bright and dark scenes thanks to its dynamic range. But what’s really remarkable is how well the telephoto camera matches the main camera’s color and white balance – a rarity in this price segment.

realme 12 Pro+

The ultra-wide camera, while decent, falls short of the prime and telephoto lenses in terms of detail and dynamic range. Texture detail is average, and while it handles shadows well, colors can look a bit washed out compared to the other two cameras.

We’re not bad on the video side either, and the realme 12 Pro+ can shoot in both 4k/30fps and 1080p/60fps. That means it’s your choice whether you prefer smoother video or higher resolution, and I admit I’d also like to see the option of 4k/60fps on a phone with camera phone aspirations, even a mid-range one.


Bottom line, is it worth getting a realme 12 Pro+ or not? To answer that, we also need to know the price, right? Well, realme 12 Pro+ will be available starting this month at partner stores (eMAG, PC Garage, Flanco, Carrefour) for the price of 2,500 lei. And considering you’re getting a beautiful phone with a gorgeous screen, a set of flagship-grade cameras and a powerful chipset, my guess is that it’s not that much.

realme 12 Pro+

Sure, you can find cheaper options that may come with a better processor, or a slightly brighter screen, but very few models available now are as complete a package as this one. So, if you’re looking for the perfect mid-ranger with an increased focus on cameras, the realme 12 Pro+ is a model you should definitely put on your list.

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