realme 12 5G First Impressions: Very Promising!

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realme has recently unveiled its latest addition to the mid-range smartphone market, the realme 12 5G. This device promises to deliver a premium experience at an affordable price point, combining sleek design, powerful performance, and advanced camera capabilities. As we eagerly await its official launch in the Philippines, let’s take a closer look at what the realme 12 5G has to offer.

realme 12 5G Unboxing

The realme 12 5G comes in a vibrant yellow retail package, similar to the other smartphones in the lineup. Inside the box, you’ll find the smartphone itself, a protective case, a 67W power adapter, a charging cable, and a SIM ejector tool.

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The inclusion of a protective case right out of the box is a thoughtful touch, ensuring your new device stays safe from day one.

realme 12 5G Specs

Display6.72-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) IPS LCD, 120Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate, 950 nits peak brightness
ProcessorMediaTek Dimensity 6100+ 5G
Storage128GB / 256GB / 512GB UFS 2.2
Rear Camera108MP main, 2MP depth
Front Camera8MP
Battery5,000mAh, 45W SUPERVOOC charging
Connectivity5G, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.2
Dimensions165.6 x 76.1 x 7.69 mm
ColorsTwilight Purple, Woodland Green


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The realme 12 5G boasts a trendy watch-inspired design, seamlessly blending elements of luxury timepieces into a smartphone. The other realme 12 variants also sport the same design, which we totally dig.

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realme 12 Pro Plus 5G Review

Introduction In an evolving smartphone landscape, realme has consistently pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in the mid-range segment. With the launch of the realme 12 Pro Plus 5G, the brand aims to deliver a flagship-level photography …
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realme 12 Plus 5G Review

Introduction In the ever-evolving world of smartphones, realme has established a niche with feature-packed devices at affordable prices. The realme 12 Plus 5G is one the latest additions to its popular number series, offering a stylish design, …

The polished sunburst dial pattern on the circular camera island, combined with the 3D jubilee bracelet texture and polished PVD edges, create a visually striking appearance.

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Available in two vibrant colors, Twilight Purple and Woodland Green, the device caters to diverse aesthetic preferences.

Despite its slim 7.69mm profile, the Realme 12 5G feels comfortable to grip, thanks to its lightweight build and rounded edges. The metallic frame further enhances the phone’s premium look and feel.


The realme 12 5G features a 6.72-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) IPS LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 180Hz touch sampling rate. This combination ensures smooth scrolling and responsive touch input, enhancing the overall user experience. With a peak brightness of 950 nits, the display remains visible even in direct sunlight, making it ideal for outdoor use.

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For what it’s worth, it is worth nothing that the display specs of the new Realme 12 is a huge step up from its predecessor, which only has 90Hz refresh rate.

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Powering the realme 12 5G is the MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ 5G processor, a chipset that promises smooth performance and efficient power management. The device is available in two RAM configurations, 6GB and 8GB, both utilizing LPDDR4X technology for faster data transfer speeds. Storage options range from 128GB to a generous 512GB, ensuring ample space for your apps, games, and media files.

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While we haven’t had the opportunity to thoroughly test the realme 12 5G’s performance yet, we’ll be sure to provide an in-depth analysis in our full review next week. My expectation is that its overall performance should be better than last year’s Helio G99.

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Stay tuned for benchmarks, gaming tests, and real-world usage scenarios to gauge the device’s true potential.


The realme 12 5G boasts an impressive camera setup, featuring a 108MP main camera and a 2MP depth sensor on the rear. The primary camera promises to capture stunning details and vibrant colors, while the depth sensor aids in achieving beautiful bokeh effects for portrait shots.

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On the front, an 8MP selfie camera ensures you can take great self-portraits and participate in video calls with clarity.

We’ll show more sample photos and our review of the performance of its camera specs and features in our full review. For now, here are some of the photos we took just a few hours after we unboxed the unit.


While we haven’t had the chance to thoroughly test the audio capabilities of the realme 12 5G, the device is expected to deliver a decent audio experience. realme has a reputation for incorporating quality audio components into their devices, so we can anticipate a satisfactory sound output from the built-in speakers and the 3.5mm headphone jack.

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realme 12 is Coming Soon to the Philippines

The realme 12 5G is set to make its debut in the Philippine market soon, and realme has extended an invitation to a livestream launch event scheduled for April 25 at 6PM. This event promises to provide more details about the device’s availability, pricing, and any special offers or promotions.

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Mark your calendars and join us for the livestream to be among the first to learn about the realme 12 5G’s official launch in the Philippines. Stay tuned for our full review next week, where we’ll dive deeper into the device’s performance, camera capabilities, and overall user experience.

Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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