- The new Redmi 12 series comes in 4G and 5G variants for buyers
- Redmi 12 brings a lot of exciting features to the budget range
- The new Redmi phone comes with the Android 13-based MIUI14 version
Redmi 12 series has launched in India and once again Xiaomi has introduced a 4G and a 5G variant of the model, which helps the company to price the products competitively. Having a 4G phone in the lineup is part of Xiaomi’s strategy to attract more people and help them upgrade to a competent device without burning a hole in their pocket. Even though all the attention has been on the Redmi 12 5G model, we have decided to take a closer look at the overall package offered by the Redmi 12 4G and see if it goes up well against the likes of the newly-launched Moto G14 and the Realme C53, the other phones in the same price range. Here’s a detailed comparison to give you the answer.
Redmi 12 4G vs Moto G14 vs Realme C53: Specs At Glance
|Specs||Redmi 12 4G||Moto G14||Realme C53|
|Display||6.79-inch Full HD+||6.5-inch Full HD+||6.74-inch HD+|
|SoC||MediaTek Helio G88||UniSoc T616||UniSoc T612|
|RAM||Up to 6GB||4GB||Up to 6GB|
|Storage||Up to 128GB||64GB||Up to 128GB|
|Rear Camera||50MP + 8MP ( ultrawide) + 2MP (macro)||50MP + 2MP (macro)||108MP + portrait|
|Battery||5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging||5000mAh battery with 20W fast charging||5000mAh battery with 18W charging|
|Operating System||Android 13||Android 13||Android 13|
Redmi 12 4G vs Moto G14 vs Realme C53: Price in India
Redmi 12 4G base variant starts at Rs 8,999, going up to Rs 10,499 if you want the Redmi 12 6GB variant. These are introductory prices with a Rs 1,000 discount available to early buyers.
Moto G14 has launched in the market this week and the smartphone is priced at Rs 9,999. The phone will be available via Flipkart, Motorola India website, and retail outlets starting from August 8.
The Realme C53 price in India is Rs 9,999 for the 4GB + 128GB variant. The handset also has a 6GB + 64GB model priced at Rs 10,999.
Redmi 12 4G vs Moto G14 vs Realme C53: Design
The Redmi 4G is a breath of fresh air with its design approach, making all the right noises. Firstly, you get a glass body which gives it a premium appeal, the camera layout is wrapped into the ring without a module that looks classy and the metallic touch to the frame offers a comfortable grip. The colours are refreshing and having a non-glossy panel is a welcome move.
You could say the same for the Moto G14 as well, looking to catch your eye with its appealing glass-ish design and the panel at the back with its glossy imprint is sure to do the work. It is lighter than most phones in this range at 177 grams which should make it easy to use with one hand.
Realme C53 goes for a plastic panel that is also shiny and has a textured finish. The phone weighs 182 grams and comes with a thickness of 7.99mm but the biggest highlight is the rear camera layout.
Purely when you look at the design and the overall in-hand feel, we give our vote to the Redmi 12 4G over the other two phones in this aspect.
Redmi 12 4G vs Moto G14 vs Realme C53: Display
Redmi 12 4G has a 6.79-inch LCD display that offers FHD+ screen resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch-sampling rate and 450 nits of peak brightness. The screen gets Corning Gorilla Glass protection which deserves a mention.
Moto G14 sports a 6.5-inch display that also gives you FHD+ resolution. The screen has a punch-hole cutout but only supports 60Hz refresh rate, and gets Panda glass protection.
With the Realme C53 you have a 6.74-inch LCD display that only offers HD+ resolution but supports 90Hz refresh rate along with 560 nits of peak brightness. The main highlight of the display has to be the mini-capsule that gives you information like charging status and more.
Redmi 12 4G once again has the upperhand, not only because of the bigger screen, but also with support for FHD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate in tow.
Redmi 12 4G vs Moto G14 vs Realme C53: Performance and UI
Xiaomi is using the MediaTek Helio G88 SoC to power the 4G variant of the Redmi 12. You get the phone with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage which is further expandable. The Redmi 12 4G boots Android 13-based MIUI 14.
Moto G14 is powered by octa-core Unisoc T616 chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Moto G14 runs Android 13 out of the box and will get the Android 14 update.
Realme’s offering is powered by Unisoc T612 SoC with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. It runs on the Android 13-based Realme UI T Edition.
While the UniSoc chips have proved to be effective, it still falls short of matching up to the power offered by the Helio chipset. Having said that, when it comes to the software, Motorola has the upperhand with its bloatware-free UI.
Redmi 12 4G vs Moto G14 vs Realme C53: Cameras
Redmi 12 4G features a triple camera layout that includes a 50MP sensor along with an 8MP ultrawide sensor and a 2MP macro lens. You have an 8MP selfie shooter.
The Moto G14 carries a dual-camera setup at the back, which includes a 50MP primary camera and a 2MP macro sensor. On the front side, the handset flaunts an 8MP selfie camera.
Realme C53 features a 108MP primary camera along with a portrait sensor that offers 3x in-sensor digital zoom. This phone also has an 8MP sensor on the front.
Megapixels are generally not the benchmark to gauge quality, and having the better 50MP sensor gives the Redmi 12 4G the advantage over its rivals.
Redmi 12 4G vs Moto G14 vs Realme C53: Battery
Redmi 12 4G packs a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W charging. The Moto G14 also has a 5,000mAh battery but its unit offers 20W fast charging support.
Realme C53 gets a 5000mAh battery as well and it supports 18W charging speed.
In this department, the Moto G14 takes the cake, thanks to the faster charging support.
Redmi 12 4G vs Moto G14 vs Realme C53: Verdict
It does seem like Xiaomi has pulled out another winner in the form of the budget Redmi 12 4G smartphone. It has the looks, screen, power, camera and battery to justify the price tag, however, the software and the phone’s charging speeds are not ideal for the current market trends.
This is where the Moto G14 raises its hands, with a bloatware-free software, faster charging unit than the other two phones and a lightweight design being the icing on the cake. And finally, the Realme C53 comes third in this three-way shootout, mostly because of its outdated design, lacking in performance and only the camera and the mini capsule the highlight.