Xiaomi brings the newer Redmi 12C. Is it worth it?

Xiaomi Redmi 10C has been one of the more successful lower-budget smartphones from Xiaomi for the last few months. Now, Xiaomi brings the new Redmi 12C. The phone is priced at ৳15,999 for its 6/128 GB model.

So, what has changed? firstly, we still have the same big 6.71 inches HD+ display. This is one of the biggest displays you can find which is a good thing. But you could expect a Full HD+ display at this price but HD+ isn’t unfair let’s say. There is no 90Hz refresh rate which is definitely a downside. Last year in the Redmi 10C, we had a Gorilla Glass protection on the front which is gone now. The design looks ordinary with a waterdrop-notch on the front. The back is made of plastic. It looks elegant and simplistic but nothing catchy or extraordinary. It’s also 8.8 mm thick, not the thinnest in the market.

The main back camera is 50 MP. The 0.08 MP depth sensor, there is nothing to say about it. The camera should provide pretty satisfactory results. However, the 5 MP front camera is very average and not recommendable at all at this price. You will surely find better front cameras on other phones even at a much lower budget than this. Both cameras can record Full HD videos.

There is Android 12 now instead of Android 11. It’s a fine and well-needed update. The chipset is a MediaTek Helio G85 which is pretty good. But last year’s Redmi 10C had a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G which offers better CPU performance and battery life. But surprisingly, they have the same gaming score according to nanoreview which is impressive. Many of us perceive the Snapdragon 680 4G to be a much more powerful chipset than the Helio G85 since the Snapdragon 680 4G chipset is still being used in some mid-range smartphones. A big disappointment is that now we have a slower eMMC 5.1 ROM compared to the previous UFS 2.2 one. The 5000 mAh battery has just a 10W charger which is pretty average as well. A 18W charger was very expected.

Among other features, we have a back-mounted fingerprint sensor placed next to the camera, a MicroUSB port (no USB Type-C), FM Radio and so on. Overall, this is a very overpriced phone from Xiaomi and we can’t recommend it at all to our readers.

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