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Redmi 12C Review: Budget Smartphone with Reliable Features

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Redmi 12C

Xiaomi recently released the Redmi 12C, it's the latest all-around budget smartphone that offers one of the most powerful performances in its price segment, with bigger storage, a larger screen, and an affordable price that starts at just ₱5,499!

Redmi 12C

Xiaomi's latest entry-level smartphone, the Redmi 12C offers some of the best specs and features in its price range. I had the opportunity to play with this new Redmi smartphone to see if it lives up to its promise.

Redmi 12C Specs

MIUI 13 based on Android 12
6.71-inch HD+ IPS display, 1650 x 720 pixel resolution, 268ppi
2.0GHz MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core processor
Mali-G52 MP2 GPU
32GB/4GB/128GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD up to 1TB
50MP + 2MP depth sensor rear cameras
5MP selfie camera
Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
AI Face unlock
Dual SIM, Dual standby
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1
3.5mm headphone jack
Micro USB
5,000mAh battery, 10W fast charging
Colors: Graphite Gray, Ocean Blue, Mint Green, and Lavender Purple

Design and Built
The Redmi 12C boasts a stylish and chic textured design that improves slip-resistant grip. The device's unibody construction, coupled with its curved back, also makes it comfortable to hold.

Redmi 12C

While the fingerprint sensor looks like it was designed to be hidden, it's placed on the camera island to seamlessly blend in, making it not easily accessible, and it takes a bit of practice to get used to it. But it does the job well in unlocking the phone, and it works every time.

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Redmi 12C

This phone is slim at only 8.77mm and also lightweight at 192g, which makes it easy to slip into a pocket or purse. The power button and volume buttons are conveniently located on the right side, providing a satisfying tactile experience when pressed.

Redmi 12C

The triple SIM tray on the other side has room for two nano-SIM cards and one microSD card that can support a whopping 1TB of storage capacity.

Redmi 12C

The usual speaker, microphone, and micro-USB port are on the bottom of the device. The 3.5mm audio jack is placed on the top, and sadly, there is no IR blaster on this device. Also, I was a bit disappointed at Xioami that they didn't opt for the newer Type-C port, which is now the standard in almost any new device today.

With its large 6.71-inch HD+ Dot Drop display, the Redmi 12C offers stunning visuals at 1650 x 720 HD+ resolution and a good 20.6:9 aspect ratio that makes everything look so much better.

Redmi 12C

Even though the screen has some noticeable bezels, especially at the bottom, the screen-to-body ratio of 82.6% is still good for such a large screen. Viewing angles are also good. However, I must say that the 500-nit brightness level leaves a bit to be desired when it comes to using it outdoors or under direct sunlight.

It also features a Reading Mode, which makes the screen light gentler on the eyes, significantly reducing blue light, protecting the eyes, and making the device more comfortable to use.

MediaTek's Helio G85 chipset is what drives the Redmi 12C. The octa-core CPU is equipped with two Arm Cortex-A75 CPUs running at up to 2GHz and six Cortex-A55 processors running at up to 1.8GHz, interlinked by a large L3 cache for improved performance.

Redmi 12C

The Redmi 12C is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 chipset. The octa-core CPU features two powerful Arm Cortex-A75 CPUs operating up to 2GHz and six Cortex-A55 processors operating up to 1.8GHz, interlinked by a large L3 cache that delivers fast performance and seamless multitasking.

Redmi 12C

It also comes with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, My review unit is the 4GB+128GB variant, which offers good performance and can handle multiple apps and games with ease. It also has a smooth and responsive experience, even when multitasking or playing games.

The Redmi 12C sports a dual AI camera system at the back with a 50-megapixel main camera that can shoot images with vibrant colors and crisp details. With HDR and Night Mode, the camera can be used in low-light conditions.

Redmi 12C

The user-friendly interface of this camera software complements its wide range of shooting modes, which include portrait, panorama, slow-motion, and more.

Redmi 12C

There is a 5-megapixel front camera for capturing selfies in the display's notch that can take decent selfies and also works well for video chats and meetings.

Battery Life
The Redmi 12C comes with a 5,000mAh battery that keeps it powered up all day long, even when I'm crushing it with heavy usage.

It supports 10W fast charging, although I must say that it's not really fast since it uses the older micro-USB port, which has its limitations when it comes to fast charging. But it definitely gets the job done! Charging the battery takes about 3 hours to fully charge.

Stylish design
Large display
Good Performance
Decent cameras
Long battery life

Not Android 13
Uses an old micro-USB port
No IR Blaster

The Redmi 12C is a budget-friendly smartphone that is dependable and offers excellent value. The large 6.71-inch HD+ Dot Drop display is ideal for work, study, and even entertainment. Its camera performance is respectable, and its textured back panel makes it a good option for everyday use. It has a capable and reliable performance that is adequate for the majority of apps but may struggle when playing especially resource-demanding games. 

It also has a long battery life, but its fast charging capability is limited by the use of a micro USB port. In addition to the microSD card slot, fingerprint scanner, and facial recognition, there is also a 3.5mm audio port, which is another of its notable features. If you are in the market for a budget smartphone that offers the mentioned features, then the Redmi 12C is a good option.

Redmi 12C Price and Availability in the Philippines:
3GB+32GB version: ₱5,499
4GB+64GB version: ₱6,499
4GB+128GB version: ₱7,499
6GB+128GB version: ₱8,999

The Redmi 12C is now available at Xiaomi-authorized offline stores and online via their official Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok Shop.
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