A new Infinix model has appeared in Kenya – the Infinix Note 12i. It is a more affordable alternative to the Note 12 and a follow-up to the Note 11i (though not a strict upgrade).
The phone arrives with a 90Hz IPS LCD and while it is fairly large at 6.82”, it is smaller than the 6.95” 11i display. Anyway, the higher refresh rate is the upgrade, but the cost of that is that the resolution dropped from FHD+ to 1,640 x 720 px.
This model is powered by the same Helio G85 chipset (12nm, 2x A75 + 6x A55, Mali-G52 MC2) as the Note 11i. It is paired with 4GB of RAM and 3GB of virtual RAM. Storage has been doubled to 128GB (while retaining the microSD slot) and you get Android 12 out of the box (skinned with XOS 10.6).
The Note 12i has a new camera starring a 50MP sensor with a bright f/1.6 aperture (replacing the 48MP, f/1.8 camera of the 11i), matching the Note 12 camera setup. This also includes a 2MP aux camera and an additional QVGA model (function unknown).
Video recording tops out at 1440p at 30fps as before. On the front is an 8MP selfie camera, which is a downgrade from the 16MP cameras on the vanilla 12 and the 11i.
The phone runs on a 5,000mAh battery, which supports 18W fast charging. The charger is included in the box along with a USB A-to-C cable, a pair of headphones (to use with the 3.5mm jack) and even a basic protective case. Another note about audio, there are stereo speakers on board with DTS audio support.
The Infinix Note 12i is already available in some regions. For example, in Kenya it costs KES 20,500 ($175/€170/₹13,500). For comparison, the regular Note 12 (with a 6.7” FHD+ AMOLED display and Helio G88) is KES 24,000. The Note 11i was KES 18,500. You should also be able to find the 12i in Nigeria where it appears to be pricier at NGN 100,700 ($245). The model is available in three colors: Sunset Golden, Jewel Blue and Force Black.