Budget smartphones, even those under Php10,000, have become well-equipped in the past few years, and the two models we’re comparing today prove that.

Take a look at the Infinix Note 12 G96, similar to its cousins, this affordable device will justify every single peso you pour on it by giving you features that fit your needs.

Same as the Vivo T1x. More than its specs, Vivo dressed this device with good materials and looks to make it a more compelling value for the price.

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So which of these two devices should you go with? We find out in our Infinix Note 12 G96 versus Vivo T1x specifications and features comparison.

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Infinix Note 12 G96Vivo T1x
Operating SystemAndroid 12
XOS 10.6
Android 12
Funtouch 12
Display6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
393ppi
60Hz refresh rate
6.58-inch FHD+ IPS
2408 x 1080 pixel resolution
401ppi
90Hz refresh rate
Processor2.05GHz MediaTek Helio G96 octa-core2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 octa-core
RAM8GB
+ 5GB via virtual RAM expansion
4GB
GPUMali-G57 MC2Adreno 610
Storage128GB/256GB
expandable via microSD
64GB
expandable via microSD up to 1TB
Front Camera16-megapixel8-megapixel
Rear Camera50-megapixel (PDAF, f/1.6)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
50-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (Depth sensor)
LED flash
AudioStereo speakers
DTS audio
Headphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Headphone jack
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth
GPS, A-GPS
FM radio
USB Type-C
HSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS
FM Radio
USB Type-C
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint scannerSide-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Others
ColorsForce Black
Sapphite Blue
Snow Fall
Space Blue
Gravity Black
Dimensions and Weight164.6 x 76.8 x 8mm
185g
164.3 x 76.1 x 8mm
182g
Battery and Charging5,000mAh
33W fast charging
5,000mAh
18W fast charging
Price8GB/128GB: Php8,999
8GB/256GB: Php9,999
4GB/64GB: Php8,999

Design and Build Quality

Unlike gaming-centric smartphones today, both Infinix and Vivo went with clean, straightforward, and elegant designs for their sub-Php10,000 entries.

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The T1x shares the same design language that its siblings have. There’s a square glass for the triple camera setup, with a lip housing the LED flash.

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Meanwhile, the Infinix Note 12 has a more refreshing design when compared to other devices we’ve seen from the brand. It has distinct large lenses and a wide camera island with design accents. While design preferences are subjective, we gotta hand the win to the Note 12 for this one.

Display and Audio

An obvious win for the Infinix device. Other than being slightly bigger, it also boasts a premium AMOLED screen, which offers better colors and deeper contrast than the traditional IPS panel of the competition.

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To Vivo’s credit, the T1x does have a high 90Hz refresh rate, but we doubt you’d notice any difference in speed, especially from a budget device with a budget processor. To put a nail in the coffin, the Note 12 also has a pair of speakers for a stereo setup while the latter settles for a single bottom-firing driver.

Performance and Hardware

There’s no secret that more people trust Qualcomm chips over MediaTek’s. Primarily because of their reliability, especially in battery efficiency. That’s true, in this case, as the Snapdragon 680 of the Vivo T1x is more efficient than the Helio G96 on the Note 12.

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Still, the MediaTek chip on the Infinix device is more powerful than the Qualcomm one in terms of CPU performance and gaming. It also has more RAM and storage capacity — making the Note 12 the ultimate winner of this round.

Battery

Both models share the same 5,000mAh battery capacity. But since it has a more efficient CPU, longevity should be slightly better on the T1x.

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Still, we gotta hand the win to the Note 12 due to its 33W fast charging technology. That’s almost twice as fast as T1x’s 18W adapter.

Cameras

Both the Infinix Note 12 G96 and Vivo T1x have 50-megapixel main cameras and 2-megapixel depth sensors.

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The T1x managed to get a third camera on the back with its macro lens, which most of the people never even use. That said, the Note 12 gets a one-up by having a sharper 16-megapixel front camera for selfies and video calls, versus the latter’s 8-megapixels.

Conclusion

Despite its 90Hz refresh rate screen and power-efficient chipset, it’s quite clear that the Vivo T1x lost it to the Infinix Note 12 G96 in this comparison.

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For the same starting price of Php8,999, the Note 12 G96 has a more powerful chipset, AMOLED screen, twice the RAM capacity, up to 256GB of storage, stereo speakers, and faster charging.



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