The Infinix Note 12i is a new Infinix model that has arrived in Kenya. It’s a less expensive version of the Note 12 and a follow-up to the Note 11i (though not a strict upgrade).
The phone comes with a 6.82″ 90Hz IPS LCD display, which is slightly smaller than the 6.95″ 11i display. The increased refresh rate is the upgrade, but it comes at the cost of a resolution reduction from FHD+ to 1,640 x 720 pixels.
This variant has the same Helio G85 chipset as the Note 11i (12nm, 2x A75 + 6x A55, Mali-G52 MC2). It has 4GB of physical RAM and 3GB of virtual RAM. The storage has been increased to 128GB (while keeping the microSD slot), and Android 12 is pre-installed (skinned with XOS 10.6).
The Note 12i includes a new camera with a 50MP sensor and a bright f/1.6 aperture, matching the Note 12 camera arrangement (replacing the 48MP, f/1.8 camera of the 11i). A 2MP supplemental camera and an auxiliary QVGA model are also included (function unknown).
As before, video recording is limited to 1440p at 30 frames per second. The 8MP selfie camera on the front is a step down from the 16MP shooters on the plain 12 and 11i.
The phone is powered by a 5,000mAh battery with 18W rapid charging. A USB A-to-C cable, a pair of headphones (for use with the 3.5mm jack), and even a simple protective case are included in the box. Another point to mention regarding audio is that there are stereo speakers on board that enable DTS audio.
In some areas, the Infinix Note 12i is already available. In Kenya, for example, it costs KES 20,500 ($175/€170/13,500). The standard Note 12 (with a 6.7″ FHD+ AMOLED panel and Helio G88 processor) costs KES 24,000. The price of the Note 11i was KES 18,500. The 12i should also be available in Nigeria, where it appears to be more expensive at NGN 100,700 ($245). Sunset Golden, Jewel Blue, and Force Black are the three colour options for the model.