Redmi recently unveiled its top-of-the-line K60 series complete with a Pro model and a cheaper “E” variant. The Xiaomi sub-brand then ended the year with the announcement of a new entry-level smartphone that just went on sale in China called the Redmi 12C.
The 12C looks very similar to the brand’s most affordable smartphone, the A1, but with improved specs including a bigger display. Specifically, the phone sports a large 6.71-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1650×720 pixels and a peak brightness of 500 nits.
The budget handset runs on a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC and can be obtained with either 4 or 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM. It also comes with up to 128GB eMMC 5.1 storage with a dedicated microSD card slot that supports up to an extra 512GB of storage expansion.
Camera-wise, it is definitely a huge upgrade from the A1’s shooter with a 50MP primary camera as well as a depth sensor although, up front, it still uses the same 5MP selfie camera within its dewdrop notch. There is also a fingerprint sensor next to the rear camera module.
As for connectivity, it supports dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.1 together with a dual-SIM card slot. Additionally, the budget device has a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is still common on smartphones in this price range.
Meanwhile, there is also something that you would not expect to see on a new device in 2023 – a micro USB port. The 12C is powered by a relatively-hefty 5,000mAh battery but through the micro USB interface, the phone can only support 10W charging.
Available in four colour options, the MIUI 13-based Redmi 12C is priced at CNY699 (~RM450) for the base version with 4GB+64GB while the maxed-out 6GB+128GB configuration costs CNY899 (~RM575). For now, Xiaomi has not yet revealed when it will be available in international markets.