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Realme C12 vs Redmi 9: How these two budget smartphones compare

Realme C12 was launched recently as an entry-level smartphone that runs MediaTek Helio G35 processor but Redmi 9 is Xiaomi's answer to that smartphone.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | August 28, 2020 | Updated 12:50 IST

Highlights

  • Redmi 9 and Realme C12 were launched recently under Rs 10,000.
  • Both smartphones have MediaTek Helio G35 processor under the hood.
  • Redmi 9 and Realme C12 are priced at Rs 8,999 and are very comparable.

Redmi 9 came out earlier this week as Xiaomi is looking to wrest its customers who would go for the rival's smartphones that have recently emerged as well. I am talking about Realme's three smartphones under the C-series that are a competition to the Redmi 9, basis they all use the same MediaTek Helio G35 processor. But the direct competition to the Redmi 9 from the refreshed Realme C portfolio is the Realme C12.

Realme C12 and Redmi 9 both have certain things in common, but the biggest similarity would be the Helio G35 processor that debuted with the C11. The processor is an entry-level one that may not be related to the P35 processor launched some years back but its performance is more or less the same. I tested the Realme C12 and found its processor capable enough for everyday tasks and some light gaming. Similarities apart, let us take a look at how the Redmi 9 compares with the Realme C12.

Display

The Redmi 9 has a 6.53-inch LCD with a 720p resolution while the Realme C12 has a 6.5-inch display, also with the same 720p resolution. The former has a screen-to-body ratio of 81 per cent while that of C12 is 81.7 per cent. The aspect ratio of displays on both smartphones is 20:9.

Camera

In the camera department, the Realme C12 outdoes Redmi 9, thanks to an extra 2-megapixel black-and-white sensor. But otherwise, they both have similar cameras: a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth-sensing camera. For selfies, they both have 5-megapixel cameras on the front.

Battery

Battery wise, Realme C12 is a better deal than Redmi 9. The Realme C12 has a 6000mAh battery while the Redmi 9 only has a 5000mAh battery under the hood. Both support 10W charging only and are not compatible with fast chargers.

Operating System

Both Realme C12 and Redmi 9 run Android 10, however, there is a difference between their interfaces. The Realme C12 runs Realme UI while the Redmi 9 is based on MIUI 12.

Price

Redmi 9 is priced at Rs 8,999 for the base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage while the Realme C12 comes in a single variant with 3GB and 32GB storage that costs Rs 8,999.

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