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Upgrade Magazine unboxing of Redmi 13C

Selling from PhP4,999 to PhP6,499, Xiaomi’s Redmi 13C should make waves for those looking for an affordable smartphone with better-than-okay features. Upgrade Magazine takes a quick look (at least for now).

So a friend has been searching for an affordable second phone.

Something, he said, that won’t consume his entire 13th month pay.

But also something that:
1. does not look cheap; and
2. at least has good, even if not flagship, features.

This is where Redmi 13C enters the picture.

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And we unbox it right now.

To start:
Redmi 13C comes in a white with red box that contains the basic specs you may want to know.

By the way, this unit – the 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM – sells for PhP5,499.

There is a 4GB + 128GB version exclusively available from Shopee and Lazada. This sells for PhP4,999. Meanwhile, the 8GB + 256GB version sells for PhP6,499.

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Opened, the box contains:
– the Redmi 13C itself
– SIM card ejector
– cell phone charger and adapter
– quick start guide + warranty card
– safety info that you wish used bigger font to be readable

The unit itself is… surprisingly better-than-okay looking.

You have here a unit measuring 168 mm x 78 mm x 8.09 mm. So you, basically, get a 6.74″ unit, bearing a MediaTek Helio G85 processor.

And this one weighs 192 g.

We have here the Midnight Black (basically black, yes). Though other colors include: Navy Blue, Clover Green, and Glacier White.

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On top of the unit, you get a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

At the right side: there’s the power button/side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and the volume button.

At the left side: you get the dual SIM and microSD slot. Storage, by the way, is expandable up to 1TB.

And at the bottom: you have the loudspeaker, mike, and the USB-C port.

At the front of the unit is the 8MP front camera. And according to Xiaomi, this can record full HD 1080P videos.

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At the back are two rear cameras – the 50MP main camera, and the 2MP macro camera. And yes, this can similarly record full HD 1080P videos.

Redmi 13C has a non-removable 5000 milliampere-hour (mAh) battery, with 18-watt Power Delivery charging using a USB Type-C charger.

Turning on the unit, the initial setting up took around 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

Oh yeah, it has fingerprint and face unlock.

Resolution is 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio, 260 ppi density, so… no pixelated look here.

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Software used, by the way, is MIUI 14.0.2 based on Android 13.

And nope, this isn’t a 5G unit, but uses GSM, WCDMA and LTE for connectivity.

But so far – and this is knowing this isn’t a flagship phone – this Redmi 13C is looking fine… particularly considering its PhP5,499 tag.

We say: consider this one.


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