In this post, we are going to be pitting the Redmi Note 12 4G vs Tecno Spark 10 Pro. These are two new lower midrange devices that are currently available for the African and Asian markets. So if you are torn between these two, then this post is for you.
The Redmi Note 12 4G is the vanilla (lowest) device of the Redmi Note 12 series. It is the successor to last year’s Redmi Note 11 and it is designed to be the more cost friendly option of the series.
The Tecno Spark 10 Pro on the other hand is the best device of the Spark series. Despite what the marketing gimmicks are trying to sell you, it is a lower midrange device. A good device no doubt, but still lower midrange.
Redmi Note 12 4G vs Tecno Spark 10 Pro
The main specifications of both devices that you may be interested in are:
Redmi Note 12 4G (RN12 4G)
- SoC: Snapdragon 685
- GPU: Adreno 610
- Software: Android 13, MIUI 14
- Display: 6.67″ 1080p AMOLED, 120Hz, Gorilla Glass 3
- Cameras: 50MP (JN1) + 8MP + 2MP + 13MP (Selfie)
- Battery: 5000mAh, 33W fast charge
Tecno Spark 10 Pro
- SoC: Helio G88
- GPU: Mali G52 MC2
- Software: Android 13, HiOS 12.6
- Display: 6.8″ 1080p IPS-LCD, 90Hz
- Cameras: 50MP + (unknown) + 32MP (Selfie)
- Battery: 5000mAh, 18W fast charge
When it comes to performance, without mincing words, the RN12 4G is superior to the Spark 10 Pro. This is because it uses a much better Snapdragon 685 when compared to the Helio G88 on the Spark 10 Pro. Apart from the SoCs on board, the RN12 4G also uses UFS 2.2 memory which is so much faster when compared to the slower eMMC 5.1 on the Spark 10 Pro. For this section, its very clear, it is the RN12 4G that is the better device.
Software and support
Both devices run Android 13 out of the box but implement different software skins. The RN12 4G uses its signature MIUI whilst the Spark 10 Pro runs on HiOS 12.6. When it comes to software skins, its usually apples to oranges and it’s better to let people go with their preferences. However, by my personal opinion from having used both, I prefer MIUI over HiOS.
Another area where Xiaomi does better is software support. With Redmi phones, you are guaranteed up to at least two years of software support and updates, I am yet to see a Tecno device in the lower midrange that can come close, much less top that.
For the displays, it is another straight shot. The RN12 4G has the better display panel (AMOLED), which is brighter, faster and has Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The Spark 10 Pro has an IPS-LCD display which is duller, slower and lacks any sort of screen protection. It is no contest, it is a landslide (Peter Drury 😌)
Both devices sport 50MP main cameras, but the camera on the RN12 4G is a Samsung JN1 whilst I am yet to ascertain the origins of the camera on the Spark 10 Pro. With that being said, the RN12 4G has more camera options (ultrawide and macro) and a better image signal processor to boot. This should ensure that you get better photo and video output from the RN12 4G.
Where the Spark 10 Pro shines however is in the selfie department. It has a far superior selfie camera and that could be a huge deal breaker for some people. Both devices can shoot videos of 1080p at 30fps.
Now, when you check, you’ll see that both phones have 5,000mAh batteries installed but that is only the one part of the story, the lesser half if you will. The SD685 (6nm) on board the RN12 4G, runs cooler and consumes less battery when compared to the Helio G88 (12nm). The AMOLED display on the RN12 4G also consumes less battery when compared to the LCD on the Spark 10 Pro. When it comes to charging, the RN12 4G charges almost 2 times faster than the Spark 10 Pro. 18W doesn’t even come close to 33W. The RN12 4G should top up in just over an hour, while the Spark 10 Pro will require significantly more time. What this translates to is a longer battery life on the RN12 4G. Easy winner here.
Connectivity, security and sensors
Both phones support 2G, 3G and 4G LTE but the RN12 4G has faster network speeds (Cat. 13) when compared to the Spark10 Pro (Cat.7). They also both support Bluetooth 5, WiFi 5, 3.5mm audio jacks, USB C (2.0) ports and microSD card slots. For security, they both use a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
For sensors, whilst they both have accelerometers, GPS, proximity and light sensors, The Spark 10 Pro lacks NFC and an Infrared blaster.
The Tecno Spark 10 Pro starts at ₦104,000, KSh23,000, ₹12,499, and GH₵1,830 for the 8+128GB model. The Redmi Note 12 4G starts at ₦116,900, ₹14,999, KSh24,499 and GH₵1,900 (4+128GB)
This Redmi Note 12 4G vs Tecno Spark 10 Pro seems more like a procession than an actual contest. The Redmi Note 12 4G is far superior at everything when compared to the Tecno Spark 10 Pro. However, to make up for it’s inadequacies, there is a lot of RAM and storage available on the Spark 10 Pro which should influence a lot of buyers but that’s just icing over an inferior cake.
If you can afford it, the Redmi Note 12 4G is better. If you are short on cash however, then you may want to see this device that is cheaper but goes toe to toe with the Tecno Spark 10 Pro.
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This battle shouldn’t even exist if you just compared the chips alone.
I dey tell you 😂😂😂😂
This is not even a close fight. The Tecno got floored
Na Redmi 12C na be Tecno Spark 10 Pro mate. Not the Redmi Note 12 4G.