Xiaomi Redmi 12C review

Added by on 01.03.23 | Last update 10.11.23
Xiaomi Redmi 12C review

As someone who is always on the lookout for new and affordable technology, I was excited to get my hands on the Xiaomi Redmi 12C. I have read reviews from various sources praising this smartphone with its impressive specs, storage and display space while maintaining an affordable price. Naturally, I was curious to see if this device would live up to expectations, so I put it through a few tests. In this review, I'll share my first-hand experience with the Redmi 12C and whether it's worth considering as your next smartphone.

Xiaomi Redmi 12C Specifications

  • Release date: 2022, December 31
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Mint, Violet
  • Dimensions: 168.8 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm.
  • Weight: 192 g.
  • Screen: 6.71" in, 720 x 1650, IPS LCD
  • Camera : Dual, 50MP
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6769Z Helio G85 (12nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2x2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
  • Battery: 5000, Li-Po, non-removable
  • Network: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
  • Operating system: MIUI 13
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity

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Xiaomi Redmi 12C Design

I have to say that the design of the Redmi 12C is simply stunning. The combination of flat edges and curved back makes it not only aesthetically pleasing but also very comfortable to hold. The ribs all over its polycarbonate finish give it a very slip-resistant feel, which I appreciate as I won't have to worry about accidentally dropping it.

Flipping the device over, I immediately notice the rear camera module located on the top left, and next to it, the quick and responsive fingerprint sensor. I like how the fingerprint sensor is conveniently located, making it easy to unlock the phone without having to search for it. At the bottom of the device, I can see the speaker grill, infrared blaster, and charging port. The placement of these features is very intuitive and easy to access.

I'm also impressed with the placement of the volume rocker on the power button on the right side. This makes it very easy to adjust the volume or turn the device on and off with just one hand. Above all, the placement of the 3.5mm audio jack at the top of the device is a great feature that most smartphones lack these days. 

The Redmi 12C comes in four stunning colours that perfectly suit different lifestyles: Ocean Blue, Graphite Grey, Mint Green and Lavender Purple. The phone itself feels very light, despite its size, and I can easily carry it in my pocket or purse.

Overall, I'm impressed with the design of the Redmi 12C and it's clear that a lot of thought has gone into the button placement and features. It provides a very comfortable and seamless user experience and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a sleek and stylish smartphone.

Xiaomi Redmi 12C Camera

When it comes to the Xiaomi Redmi 12C's camera, I have to say that I'm impressed by its natural looking photos with great detail and clarity. The 50MP AI dual rear camera with advanced HDR and night mode is perfect for capturing everyday moments and depth. I especially love using the Night Mode feature, as it enhances photo detail and results in even more detailed photos than when it's turned off. Without it, the photo can look a bit grainy and blurry, but the colors are still preserved.

As someone who likes to take selfies, I think the 5MP front camera produces decent selfies that look natural. The Redmi 12C's camera system provides a good photographic experience regardless of the available light or lack thereof. It is equipped with a 50MP f/1.8 main camera and a 5MP f/2.2 front camera that perform well in terms of capturing colours and contrasts.

Overall, the Redmi 12C may be an entry-level offering, but it offers adequate photo shooting capabilities. If you have good lighting, it can definitely capture images with a lot of detail, but may struggle in low-light conditions. However, I would still recommend it to those looking for a budget smartphone with good camera capabilities.

Xiaomi Redmi 12C Display

I'm thoroughly impressed with the Xiaomi Redmi 12C's display. The 6.71-inch HD+ Dot Drop display offers an immersive viewing experience with its 20.6:9 aspect ratio and thin side bezels that take up minimal screen space. The reading mode feature is a useful addition that protects my eyes from harmful blue light. It may not have the sharpest images or the deepest blacks, but for its affordable price the visuals are more than satisfactory.

The device's refresh rate of 60 Hz ensures that the user interface and animations are smooth and responsive. 

Overall, the Xiaomi Redmi 12C's display exceeds expectations considering its price. This is a great device for watching your favorite shows and videos with its large screen. For those looking for better audio performance, I would recommend using headphones with the 3.5mm audio jack located at the top of the device.

Xiaomi Redmi 12C Performance

I have been using the Xiaomi Redmi 12C for a few weeks now and I must say that the performance is impressive for an entry-level phone. The MediaTek Helio G85 processor and 4 GB of RAM ensure smooth and responsive switching between apps and tasks. I also appreciate the large storage space, with up to 128 GB of internal memory and the ability to expand the RAM up to 11 GB. This phone can handle quite a bit of multitasking.

One of the things that particularly impressed me was the phone's gaming capabilities. During my gaming sessions, I didn't notice any significant slowdown or frame rate drop when playing games like Mobile Legends and Call of Duty: Mobile at lower settings. For games with more demanding graphics, like Survivor.io, I found that playing at medium settings was optimal for getting the best experience. However, at times I did encounter some input lag.

I also appreciated the AI Face Unlock feature, which proved to be fast and accurate in unlocking the phone using facial recognition technology. This eliminates the need to enter a passcode and provides easy and quick access to the device.

Overall, the Xiaomi Redmi 12C is a great option for those looking for an entry-level phone with decent performance and gaming capabilities. While it may not offer top-end features, it certainly provides a smooth and enjoyable experience that is worth considering.

Xiaomi Redmi 12C Battery

When it comes to the Xiaomi Redmi 12C, the battery is one of the most impressive features. I was overwhelmed by the 5000 mAh battery, which allowed me to use the phone for an entire day without worrying about recharging. The Helio G85 processor is not a battery consumer, so even with constant use, the battery lasts.
However, I did notice that the phone's charging is a bit slow. The 10W fast charging speed wasn't the fastest, and because of the Micro-USB charging port, it was limited. But considering the price, I wasn't too disappointed with the slower charging speed.

Xiaomi Redmi 12C Price

As someone who recently purchased the device, I have to say that the price is pretty reasonable for the specs it offers. With the 4GB/128GB variant that I opted for, I paid Php 7499, which I think is a great deal considering how powerful the phone is. I also like the fact that there are different options to choose from, depending on your memory and RAM needs.

Going through other reviews, I see that the starting price of the Redmi 12C is Php 5499 for the 3GB/32GB variant, which is extremely affordable. For those who need more storage or RAM, the 4GB/64GB variant costs Php 6,499 and the 6GB/128GB variant, which is exclusive online, will set you back Php 8,999. Xiaomi offers excellent value for money with the Redmi 12C and I'm happy with the price I paid.

Xiaomi Redmi 12C Conclusion

In my opinion, the Xiaomi Redmi 12C is an exceptional smartphone that delivers outstanding performance at an affordable price. The MediaTek Helio G85 processor delivers smooth performance which is of great use for both photo enthusiasts and gamers. The 50MP dual camera system with artificial intelligence captures exceptional photos with fantastic detail and clarity, which is ideal for anyone who loves taking photos. The 5000 mAh battery provides longer battery life that will last for several hours, perfect for watching movies and long gaming sessions. Plus, the 6.71-inch HD+ Dot Drop display is perfect for streaming videos and movies.

Xiaomi Redmi 12C is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to buy a budget smartphone that doesn't compromise on performance. With features like MediaTek Helio G85 processor, dual 50 MP AI camera, 5000 mAh battery and 6.71-inch HD+ Dot Drop Display, this smartphone is an ideal choice for everyone. With its affordable price, it is definitely worth considering by anyone who is in the market for a new smartphone


  • Affordable price
  • Good display
  • Good camera
  • Battery life
  • Good performance


  • Micro-USB instead of USB-C, which is becoming more common
  • Not a good camera in night shooting mode
  • Low availability

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Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the Xiaomi Redmi 12C and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by Xiaomi.

Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor

Hello, I am Richard Taylor, a technology expert and journalist from the UK. I have a degree in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham. My passion is the latest technology, especially smartphones. That's why I chose to test, analyze, and write expert reviews about them. My technical expertise, combined with a deep passion for technology and years of experience, has made me a trusted source of information. Over the years, I have written reviews for various sites, but for quite some time now, I have been writing exclusively for PhonesData. You can see more about me here or read all my smartphone reviews here.

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