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Redmi 12C is a giant with a 50MP camera and microUSB

Redmi 12C is out, with a good value/price camera and a door to the past.

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  • The phone’s HD+ display is just over 6.7″
  • Performance is handled by the Helio G85 processor
  • The battery has a rather solid 5,000 mAh capacity

Xiaomi was very busy at the end of 2022. Recently, we have not only seen the new Redmi K60 series, but also a smartwatch. Finally, the whole series for 2023 was complemented by the entry-level Redmi 12C, which is a phone for undemanding users who won’t mind a device full of compromises. First and foremost, though, let’s just say that this is going to be a very large device, as evidenced by the 6.71-inch IPS display, albeit only with HD+ resolution.

Dimensions 168.8 × 76.4 × 8.8 mm, 192 g, no extra durability
Display TFT IPS, 6.71″ (1 650 × 720 px)
Camera50 Mpx, LED, autofocus, video: 1 920 × 1 080 px, 30 FPS
ChipsetMediaTek helio G85, CPU: 2×2.2 GHz + 6×1.8 GHz with GPU
Internal memory128 GB, Memory cards: unknown
Connectivity5G: no, LTE: yes, Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth: 5.0, NFC: yes
Operating systemAndroid 12
Battery and charging5,000 mAh battery, doesn’t feature wireless charging
Availabilitycurrently unknown for EU, UK market

Under the hood is a MediaTek Helio G85 with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage, which can be expanded up to 512GB with a memory card. The environment is provided by Android 12 with the MIUI 13 superstructure, but in a specially optimized version, as stated by the manufacturer itself. It will be a lightweight version, so in practice, some advanced features from Xiaomi’s higher-end phones may be missing.

A module with two cameras on the back of the new Redmi 12C hides the main photo sensor providing us with a promising 50-megapixel resolution, however, Xiaomi has been silent about the second one. Although we might guess that it will be a camera for the depth of fieldwork. The list of cameras ends with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. A pleasant surprise is the phone’s 5,000 mAh battery which will give the phone plenty of juice for the day, but you will experience a shock when you want to charge the phone as Xiaomi has deployed microUSB in the phone for 2023. Saving money on the USB-C isn’t probably the best way to retain devoted customers.

The Redmi 12C is already available in the Chinese market, and it comes in four colour variants. For the basic 64+4 GB version, the manufacturer charges around £84 including tax. Global availability and prices have not been announced yet.


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