Last week, Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 12 series of smartphones in China. The lineup includes four models, the Redmi Note 12 5G, the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G, and the Redmi Note 12 Explorer edition. It looks like the Pro models might be sold outside of China as the Xiaomi 12i series.
In October 2021, Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 11 Pro and the Note 11 Pro+ in China. Both devices were rebranded as the Xiaomi 11i and the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge in India. Hence, it is being speculated that the Xiaomi 12i series will be rebranded versions of the Redmi Note 12 Pro models outside of China.
According to tipster Kacper Skrzypek, the Xiaomi 12i HyperCharge will be a rebranded version of the Redmi Note 12 Pro+, which is likely to remain exclusive to the Chinese market. While he did not mention anything about the Xiaomi 12i, it seems that it will also be released in the global market as a rebranded version of the Redmi Note 12 Pro.
The Xiaomi 12i and 12i HyperCharge are expected to offer the same specs that are available on the Redmi Note 12 Pro duo. The 12i series is likely to come with a 6.67-inch OLED display that offers a Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. Both models are likely to run on the Android 13 OS and the Dimensity 1080 chipset. The lineup may offer up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of storage.
The Xiaomi 12i could feature a 50-megapixel (Sony IMX766, with OIS) + 8-megapixel + 2-megapixel triple camera unit. The 12i HyperCharge, on the other hand, may arrive with a 200-megapixel (Samsung HPX, with OIS) + 8-megapixel + 2-megapixel triple camera setup. Both models may arrive with a 5,000mAh battery. The base model may support 67W fast charging, whereas the HyperCharge edition may offer 120W fast charging.