2023 just kicked off, and looks like Xiaomi already has a solid offering for Php 6k.
Right before we welcome 2023, Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi unveiled a new budget device that has the potential to dominate the Php 6k segment should the brand decide to bring it here. Called the Redmi 12C, it is essentially similar to the Redmi 10C that’s available in the Philippines, but with a more affordable price tag.
Aside from being more affordable, the Redmi 12C is better than the 10C in some aspects. Beyond a nice back panel that has a textured design and diagonal stripes, the Redmi 12C uses a Helio G85 processor, which does perform better than the Snapdragon 680 used in the 10C despite being an old processor.
The better processor was made in exchange for a slower 10w charging solution via a MicroUSB port, which is a total shame in 2023 especially with the EU passing a measure that USB-C ports is the ONLY acceptable port starting in 2023.
Like the 10C, you also get up to 6GB RAM, up to 128GB internal storage, a 6.71-inch HD+ display with a notch for the 5-megapixel selfie shooter, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, 5000mAh battery, dual rear camera setup that’s led by a 50-megapixel snapper, and an “exclusive optimized version” of MIUI 13–which we think might be close to stock like the Redmi A1.
Redmi 12C Specs
- Helio G85 processor
- 4GB/6GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 64GB/128GB internal storage
- 6.71-inch HD+ IPS LCD display
- 50-megapixel f/1.8 main camera with PDAF, 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor
- 5-megapixel f/2.0 front camera
- 4G, LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1
- Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- 5000mAh battery
- 10w charging
- Android 12, MIUI 13
The Redmi 12C is priced at CNY 699(~Php 5.7k) for the 4GB/64GB model, CNY 799(~Php 6.5k) for the 4GB/128GB model, and CNY 899(~Php 7.3k) for the 6GB/128GB model. Knowing Xiaomi, they will most likely bring over at least the 4GB/64GB variant to the Philippines especially since it fits very well in the lucrative Php 6k price segment.