Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus vs Google Pixel 6a: At Rs. 32999, which one should you buy?

Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus vs Google Pixel 6a: Two midrange phones that are poles apart, we tell you which one to choose.

| Updated on: Jan 06 2023, 20:33 IST
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Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus vs Google Pixel 6a
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For the same price as the 12GB RAM variant of the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus, you can get the Google Pixel 6a. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

If you have Rs. 33000 to spend on a fairly equipped midrange phone, you are in for a tough time. Other than the Nothing Phone (1), which is currently a unique proposition in this price segment, the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus is the newest entry that is making all the waves right now. A 200MP camera at the back as well as a 120W charging solution make this a tempting option for those who are willing to spend that much money on an expensive Redmi device. However, the top-end variant of the phone goes up head-to-head with the Google Pixel 6a.

For the same price as the 12GB RAM variant of the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus, you can get the Google Pixel 6a. Available in only a single 6GB/128GB variant, the Pixel 6a is retailing at Rs. 32,999. And if you are seeking good cameras, you will be hard-pressed to know which one is a better pick. We try to answer. Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus vs Google Pixel 6a

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An area where the Pixel 6a is an easy pick, especially with its unique camera visor treatment and a cutesy design. The Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus, on the other hand, is a rather generic looking smartphone. Our pick is the Pixel 6a.


No confusion here, the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus has the better display of the two. The 120Hz OLED display is smoother to scroll and at 6.7-inches, it is noticeably bigger. The Pixel 6a also has a good enough OLED display but the 60Hz refresh rate is hard to ignore.


Even though the Dimensity 1080 chip is fairly fast and capable of running most popular apps and games with ease, the Pixel 6a's Tensor chip offers flagship grade performance and is better optimised for its Android OS.


Software is why you buy a Pixel 6a and the phone currently runs Android 13 in its stock form. It runs slick and smooth, plus Google promises 3 OS updates. Xiaomi, meanwhile, offers MIUI 13 based on Android 12. Older OS and bloatware here but MIUI offers more customisation features.


The Google Pixel 6a is an easy pick here for its superior still photography despite using an age-old 12MP Sony sensor. The 200MP camera on the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus is average in comparison with its overall performance, although the 200MP resolution allows for great digital cropping. The Pixel 6a also takes the cake when it comes to selfies.


Even though the Redmi has a bigger 4980mAh battery, it somehow loses out to the Google Pixel 6a. In fact, the Pixel 6a is better optimised for power efficiency and easily outlasts an entire day, something which the Redmi struggles to achieve. The Redmi, however, claws back the advantage with its 120W charging, which fills up the battery in under 25 minutes and you get the charger in the box. Pixel 6a's 18W charging is too slow and you don't get the charger in the box as well.


The Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus is a great pick for someone who values a large 120Hz display, a high-res 200MP camera for zooming, and fast charging. However, the Pixel 6a is our recommendation for its great Android experience, a stellar camera setup, and great battery life.

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First Published Date: 06 Jan, 20:32 IST