Review: How to Unlock Your Inner Portrait Master with realme 12 Pro+ 5G


Rank Magazine gets first dibs on the latest from realme to see its capabilities and how it inspires and allows one to be a “Portrait Master”.

With its recent launch earlier this month, realme brings what is touted to be a super device that can take your photo snapping flair into a whole other level. With the aim of inviting consumers to “Be the Portrait Master”, the smart device provider introduces the latest iteration of its flagship device family, the realme 12 Pro+ 5G as the ultimate companion for capturing photos and videos fit for your dynamic lifestyle.

It sets out not only to keep memorable moments to cherish, especially during reflective and nostalgic times, but makes sure to give us professional grade features to power one’s creative pursuits in every snap. Rank Magazine gets first dibs on the latest from realme to see its capabilities and how it inspires and allows one to be a “Portrait Master”.

Image courtesy of realme Philippines

One look at the latest release, with its thin and lightweight build and design to go with it, realme 12 Pro+ 5G does not veer to far away from its predecessor’s overall design but it still stay true to its overall ethos to bring an easy-to-handle everyday device, sleek without being too overbearing in one’s pocket or small purses you bring. Worrying about whether it’ll be damaged by water too shouldn’t be a problem, as this model ensures that although not completely waterproof, it’ll withhold any severe damages when faced with accidental splashes.

Available in two colors: Submarine Blue and Navigator Beige, one look at its sleek layout, it is easy to see that it was meant to be enjoyed by modern, contemporary users who are into aesthetic, with cues and elements from the luxury watch industry, as they are into superb functionality.

Co-created by Ollivier Savéo, an international luxury watch design master known for collaborating with Swiss brands such as Rolex, Roger Dubuis, Piaget, Breitling, and Quentin, the design was instilled with sophisticated aspects of his artistry to device’s overall aesthetic, like the elegant Polished Sunburst Dial, Golden Fluted Bezel, and the intricate 3D Jubilee Bracelet, all complemented by a very deep shade of blue.

Aside from that, we can appreciate the fact that for the back of the device, it’s made with Premium Vegan Leather, a finish that makes it resistant to dirt, while giving anyone who uses it the feeling of silk-like smoothness and subtle sense of luxury in its texture.

All these external, superficial qualities aside, what makes the realme 12 Pro+ 5G a great companion for filming, photography, and overall creativity lie on its triple rear camera set-up highlighted by a 50MP main shooter that comes with an 8MP ultrawide shooter, by Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and 120x SuperZoom, the latter being specifically made possible with its 64MP Periscope Portrait Lens, that allows for stable videos and high definition photos captured through a circular camera positioned at the top center portion of the rear of the device’s body. This is powered by the Sony IMX890 OIS Camera and Sony LYT5600 OIS Camera that enables us to capture clear shots even in low-light conditions.

Captured using 0.6 wide angle camera. No filter.

Captured using normal camera settings. No filter.

Captured using 6X Zoom camera function. No filter.

Captured using normal camera settings through Street mode function. No filter.

If you’re someone who’s interested in applying cinematic filters, there are “Master Portrait Filters” built in, reportedly made in collaboration with Oscar Award Winner for Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda, that makes for easy options to make tweaks to your spontaneous portraits.

There’s Journey, inspired by the The Life of Pi with yellow tones and high contrast colors to create a “dream-like” tone; Memory, inspired by The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with cold tones and low-saturation colors for a calm and capable vibe; and Maverick, inspired by Top Gun: Maverick with yellow-green tones, high contrast, and high noise to create a retro film-like vibe. All of these are available even for someone like this writer who is not well-versed with technicalities involved in taking full advantage of camera capabilities of smart phones like this one.

Captured using normal camera settings with the Memory filter.

Captured using normal camera settings with the Journey filter.

Captured using normal camera settings with the Maverick filter.

Captured using normal camera settings with standard Vivid filter.

Its 6.7-inch AMOLED Full HD+ curved display, complemented with slim bezels, gives you more screen to work with, along with a 1080×2412 resolution that ensures high-definition visuals be it for games, video-viewing, or checking videos and photos you just took.

realme 12 Pro+ 5G also has a 100% DCI-P3 Color Gamut that reaches up to 950 Nits of Brightness under direct sunlight. The device specifications indicate that it supports up to 20,000 levels of brightness that allows ease of use no matter how dim or dark the surrounding area is, which is paramount for eye protection. Its 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate make the device perfect for game enthusiasts or just about everyone who enjoy smooth device accessibility, packaged with its flagship level octa-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 7s Gen 2.

In terms of battery, it has a capacity of 5000mAh which allows you to do a lot of things in the course of several hours. From YouTube streaming, chatting, gaming, and scrolling through our favorite social media applications, there’s a variety that we can do without having to worry about dealing with a low powered phone. And even in the case of low battery, the realme 12 Pro+ 5G has a 67W SUPERVOOC Charge that guarantees it can be swiftly restored to 50% in a mere 19 minutes and fully charged in just 48 minutes.

Not to mention that for those who require access and storage of huge media files, you can already get 512GB Massive Storage that can accommodate almost 1,940 TV Show episodes, 120,000 songs, and 120,000 photos, as well as a total of 12GB RAM from the device’s internal storage.

For an all-around device that’ll help you get started or continue in unlocking your inner portrait prodigy, then realme’s latest addition to their impressive lineup of devices, with either the realme 12 Pro+ 5G or realme 12+ 5G, is the optimum route to go.  

realme 12 Pro+ retails for P25,999 and is available now. From March 7 to 15, there will be an exclusive offer of less P4,000 for individuals who’ll opt to buy from Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok Shop with realme Care+, making it only P21,999 with full of its inclusions still.

The same goes for its other variant, realme 12+ 5G, which has an original price of P17,999 for 8GB + 256GB and P19,999 for 12GB & 256GB. They’ll be available for P14,999 and P16,999 respectively, each less P3,000 when bought from Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok Shop with realme Care+ from March 7 to 15 as well.

Additional text and insight: Leo Balante