The Redmi C series is the brand’s most budget line, and the Redmi 13C comes in at a superb ask of just RM 499. However, just how much phone are you going to get for that price? and can price really dictate as the major factor when buying a smartphone on the cheap?
Long battery life
90Hz Refresh Rate
Decent specs for cheap
Seviceable main camera
microSD card slot
Obscenely long charging time
Poor lowlight camera performance
Will not run demanding games despite lower resolution screen
eMMC 5.1 memory is slower and less reliable than UFS storage
Out of 10
MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm)
6GB RAM 128GB storage (eMMC 5.1)
6.74-inch IPS LCD HD+ display 90Hz
50 MP, f/1.8 main camera 2 MP f/2.4 macro 0.8 MP depth sensor
8MP front-facing camera f/2.2
Bluetooth 5.3, USB Type-C 2.0, Up to WiFi 5
Android 13, MIUI 14
5000 mAh, up to 18W Fast Charging (10W included in-box)
Midnight Black, Navy Blue, Glacier White, Clover Green
The Redmi 13C adopts a simplistic yet elegant design, featuring a textured rear panel that provides a comfortable grip and minimizes fingerprint smudges. The display bezel is slightly wider than its more premium counterparts, but it doesn’t detract from the overall aesthetics. The phone comes in a variety of color options, including Midnight Black, Navy Blue, Glacier White, Clover Green, which is actually quite plentiful already.
Do note that the Redmi 13C does not come with an IP Rating so it’s definitely not water friendly!
The Redmi 13C comes with a 6.74-inch IPS LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass which is a nice touch for this price segment. It is large, reasonably bright, and has a smooth 90Hz refresh rate. The 720p resolution is not the sharpest, but it is still acceptable for everyday use.
The display has decent color reproduction. Colors are not as vibrant as some other smartphones, but they are still accurate.
Powered by a Mediatek G85 chipset, the Redmi 13C delivers adequate performance for everyday tasks such as browsing the web, checking emails, and using social media apps. However, it may struggle with more demanding tasks like AAA gaming or heavy multitasking. The 6GB of RAM is sufficient to run Android smoothly, and you have the option to add more RAM from your internal storage as Virtual RAM, though your real-time mileage may vary.
The Redmi 13C features a dual-camera setup on the rear, comprising a 50MP main sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. The main sensor captures somewhat decent photos in well-lit conditions, with reasonable detail and color reproduction. However, its performance in low-light environments is less impressive, with noticeable noise and blurriness. The depth sensor provides adequate background blur for portrait shots, but its overall impact is rather modest.
The Redmi 13C packs an industry standard 5000mAh battery, which provides ample power for a full day’s use under moderate usage. With light usage, the phone can easily last for two days without needing a recharge. The battery also supports 18W charging, but in the box you’re only provided a 10W unit instead.
So Is It Any Good?
I can see and feel that lots of corners were cut to achieve such a low price point that offers 128GB + expandable storage as well as a 90Hz screen. On that surface, it’s a serviceable device that’s a suitable choice for users who prioritize basic functionality and long battery life without breaking the bank. However, those seeking more powerful performance or enhanced camera capabilities may want to consider other options.