Samsung Galaxy A54 vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro

Samsung Galaxy A54 vs.  Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro

Introduction

The still competitive mid-range segment has several new contenders from popular lines. The Samsung Galaxy A54 gets the A5x series back on track after the super successful A52s followed the rather meh A53. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 12 Pro is well-equipped and attractively priced – as is usual with Xiaomi’s mid-range efforts. Which one is better?

You can compare the full technical specifications below or check out our editor’s review.

Design and build quality

Both phones are fairly standard in size for their class and take up quite a bit of space in your pocket. The boxy shapes don’t help make them more compact. This means that the Galaxy is one bit shorter – 5 mm is not an insignificant difference. Again, the Redmi is slightly lighter and gives you a slightly larger display.

You can use the link below to compare the size of both phones in 3D view.

A few physical properties beyond mere dimensions are worth noting here. While the Redmi has an IP53 degree of protection, as it is resistant to splashing water, the Galaxy should be able to survive immersion in water up to 1m deep for 30 minutes (IP67). On the other hand, the Redmi treats you to a few connectivity options that the Galaxy doesn’t have – a 3.5mm headphone jack and an IR emitter. Samsung counters with a microSD slot (shared, but still) – Redmi doesn’t have one.

Another point to consider is the implementation of the fingerprint reader. We know of people who deliberately seek out side ones like the one on Redmi, while others complain about some specific usability issues. Then there’s the Galaxy unit – it’s an optical sub-display, although it’s positioned a bit lower than ideal.

Display

The most obvious difference in the displays has already been mentioned – the one on the Galaxy is smaller with a diagonal of 6.4 inches compared to the 6.67-inch Redmi panel. Otherwise, little separates them – both FullHD OLEDs with roughly comparable maximum brightness and a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz, which both make full use of. Color reproduction is similar with a competent sRGB-adapted mode on each and less accurate but more visually pleasing Vivid options. Redmi’s Dolby Vision certification gives it an edge if you’re obsessed with the stuff, while the Galaxy is capable of HDR10+.

Battery life

Both phones are powered by 5,000mAh batteries, but the Galaxy manages to squeeze better battery life out of the same capacity. Most importantly, the results on the screen are better – by 4 hours in the web browsing test and by 2 hours in video playback. An additional 4 hours of voice talk time and higher efficiency in standby mode mean that the Galaxy will last longer, which is reflected in the overall rating. Redmi is not bad, just not like good.

Charging speed

The tables turn when we look at charging speed. The Redmi Note 12 Pro is rated for 67W charging, while the Galaxy specs say 25W, and while the Redmi doesn’t charge nearly 3x faster, a 30-minute outage on the Note 12 Pro will get you to 78%, while the Galaxy’s indicator will show 56%.

Another win for Redmi here is not in the numbers, but in the box – unlike the Galaxy, it comes with a charger in the retail package.

Speakers

Both the Galaxy and Redmi have stereo speakers and posted the same volume results in our testing, putting them in the “Good” category.

A side-by-side comparison gives us the preference for the A54’s output thanks to a slightly more noticeable presence in the low frequencies for a more balanced sound overall, while the Note 12 Pro is more in the middle.

Performance

None of these phones are powered by a Qualcomm chipset – mid-range budgets are better served with alternative SoC options. The Galaxy uses Samsung’s own Exynos 1380 chip, while the Redmi Note 12 Pro has a Mediatek Dimensity 1080 inside. Both chips are 5G capable and are manufactured on modern production nodes (5nm vs. 6nm).

The Exynos CPU has a 4+4 core configuration versus Dimensity’s 2+6 setup, although the Galaxy’s powerful 4xCortex-A78 cluster is limited to 2.4GHz, while Redmi’s 2xA78s can reach slightly higher at 2.6GHz. The Galaxy outperforms the Redmi by some 15-20% in multi-core CPU testing, although the difference in single-core workloads is negligible.

The Mali-G68 MP5 Galaxy GPU has one more core compared to the Mali-G68 MC4 that the Redmi is equipped with. The A54 is also slightly better in graphics benchmarks and should be a slightly better choice for gaming, although neither phone is a powerhouse in this regard.

One of the advantages that the Galaxy has had from day one, and that will only increase as time goes on, is software support. The A54 comes with Android 13 and should get 4 more OS versions in the future, so up to 17), while the Redmi starts at 12 and only 2 OS updates are promised. The One UI vs MIUI debate is more of a personal preference as both are highly functional and customizable.

Camera quality

Both phones have basically similar camera setups – the primary one on the back is joined by an ultra-wide and “macro” camera. This puts the Galaxy-specific modules a step up from the Redmi in all but the main 50MP unit – 12MP vs. 8MP ultrawide, 5MP vs. 2MP macro and even 32MP selfie camera vs. 16MP.

While the numbers don’t mean much on their own, they do tell a story that the Galaxy is more camera-friendly than the Redmi, and the images and videos we’ve gotten of both reinforce that notion. The differences aren’t huge by any means, but the Galaxy has slight advantages in all areas, even on seemingly identical primary cameras.

Ultra-wide camera, Samsung Galaxy A54 - f/2.2, ISO 40, 1/1916s
Main camera, Samsung Galaxy A54 - f/1.8, ISO 40, 1/4505s
Main camera, Samsung Galaxy A54 - f/1.8, ISO 40, 1/3906s
Main camera (2x zoom), Samsung Galaxy A54 - f/1.8, ISO 40, 1/3257s - Samsung Galaxy A54 review

Samsung Galaxy A54 camera samples: 0.6x 1x 1x 2x

For more demos and in-depth analysis, check out our Galaxy A54 camera review.

Ultra-wide camera, Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro - f/2.2, ISO 53, 1/1431s
Main camera, Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro - f/1.9, ISO 52, 1/2198s
Main camera, Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro - f/1.9, ISO 63, 1/1783s
Main camera (2x zoom), Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro - f/1.9, ISO 55, 1/2198s

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro Camera Samples: 0.6x 1x 1x 2x

For more samples and detailed analysis, check out our Redmi Note 12 Pro camera review.

Neither will fool you into thinking they can capture top-quality low-light shots, but both do a decent job, especially if you stick with the main cameras. Still, we’d give the Galaxy the nod overall.

Video quality is another close call between the two. Both support 4K, but neither can stabilize it, so if you want stabilization you have to go for 1080p30fps.

What is easier to solve is the quality of the selfie camera. Galaxy front camera photos are great, significantly better than Redmi. The Galaxy can also record 4K selfie video (albeit without EIS), so that works in its favor as well.

Here’s a look at how the Galaxy A54’s main camera compares in image quality to the Redmi Note 12 Pro in our photo comparison tool.

And here’s a comparison of the Galaxy A54’s main camera in video quality with the Redmi Note 12 Pro in our video comparison tool.

Statement

There is a clear price divide in this battle of capable midrangers, and while the exact numbers will vary, the Galaxy A54 is more expensive compared to the Redmi Note 12 Pro. The extra money will buy you clear, if not really tangible, benefits like better dust and water resistance and longer software support. You can experience some of its advantages more easily, such as a memory card slot or a nice selfie.

Redmi has a few of these benefits that you can enjoy on a daily basis, and if you need them, the Galaxy is simply not an option – a headphone jack and an IR blaster.

It’s a good thing that there’s really little that separates them when it comes to many fundamentals, especially if you’re looking at it from Redmi’s perspective. Both phones have great displays, and while the Galaxy lasts longer on a single charge and the Redmi charges faster, neither is really a deal breaker. Similarly, the slightly better overall camera experience on the A54 (arguably) isn’t enough of an incentive to sway you in its direction.

Yes, the Galaxy’s advantages may add up to a more complete overall package, but the Redmi’s price more than makes up for its shortcomings, plus it has its own unique selling points.

    Samsung Galaxy A54

    Get the Galaxy A54 for:

  • Degree of protection IP67 and slot for microSD.
  • Top class battery life.
  • Newer software and 4 years of OS updates (compared to 2 on Redmi).
  • Great selfie.
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro

    Get Redmi Note 12 Pro for:

  • Lower price.
  • Headphone jack and IR transmitter.
  • Faster charging and the charger arrives in a box.

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