realme C12 

price₹ 8,499 onwards

launchAug, 2020


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2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 4 Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.


  • Pleasant, refreshing design - back is textured similar to other budget realme phones, there is a square-shape camera module similar to the realme C11
  • Front has a similar affair with a dew-drop notch and thin bezels
  • The patterned back almost completely eliminates the chances of getting fingerprints or smudges - it also adds a lot of grip and gives the phone a very solid, sturdy feel
  • Face recognition and fingerprint sensor are quick to unlock the smartphone
  • Quite hefty, at 209g weight and 9.8 thickness


  • Large, 6.5 inch IPS display with HD+ resolution - the colors are vibrant with a decent amount of sharpness
  • Sunlight legibility is also good - the display gets bright enough for comfortable outdoor use
  • There is no Widevine L1 certification which means that you cannot enjoy HD content on Netflix and Amazon Prime


  • The Realme C12 comes with Realme UI based on Android 10 which is much more streamlined and clean compared to previous realme phones - it still packs a lot of useful features like Dark mode, Focus mode, Game Space and Personal Information Protection
  • There's still some bloatware that comes pre-installed


  • Performance of the realme C12 is strictly average - the apps begin to lag when you try browsing the internet and running apps in the background simultaneously - as far as gaming is concerned, it is capable of handling light games only such as Temple Run, Candy Crush etc


  • Good triple camera setup for the price - a 13MP primary shooter + a 2MP depth sensor + 2MP Macro camera
  • The main camera can click photos with good details in bright light - photos have a lot of details, colours have a punch, come out well even when shot against a direct light source, thanks to the HDR and chroma boost
  • The macro camera produces fun, usable photos as long as you give it a lot of light and the correct focal distance
  • The portrait shots look good, and the edge detection is decent as well
  • The 5MP front camera can shoot decent selfies - the portrait mode works for the front camera as well, bringing out a more aggressive bokeh effect than the one produced by the dedicated sensor at the back
  • Decent video recording quality, with a option to shoot slow motion videos
  • Low light photos are average, as expected, they lack detail and aren't very sharp


  • Uses the old MicroUSB plug, while the competition has started offering USB Type-C in the budget segment


  • Monster 6000mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of usage easily, making for one of the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Charging is on the slower side with the 10W charger - it takes over 4 hours to charge the smartphone completely


  • Realme C12 is worth buying as long as your usage is basic - it has a good display that produces bright colours, cameras manage to deliver beautiful shots and the battery the can last days
  • If you're looking for a good performing phone with all other bells and whistles, there's the realme Narzo 10 as alternative at similar price

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realme C12 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10Expected update to next Android version
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.5 inches
Screen Resolution720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignDewdrop Notch
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor2.3 GHz, Octa Core, MediaTek Helio G35Ranked #68 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUPowerVR GE8320
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 256 GB
Battery Capacity6000 mAh
Weight209 gmHeavy
Thickness9.8 mmThick
Width75.9 mmOk for one-handed use
Primary Camera13MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; PDAF
  • 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture
  • 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture
  • HDR
  • Panorama
Secondary Camera5MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • f/2.0 Aperture
  • AI Beauty
  • Filter Mode
  • HDR
  • Panoramic View
  • Portrait Mode
  • Timelapse
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFi DirectYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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