Xiaomi Redmi 13C review: A blend of performance and affordability

Xiaomi Redmi 13C 5G is powered by MIUI 14, which is built on top of Android 13
An undated  image of Xiaomi Redmi 13C. — Xiaomi
An undated  image of Xiaomi Redmi 13C. — Xiaomi

Redmi, a Chinese tech company, has unveiled its latest invention, the Redmi 13C 5G smartphone, which had debut in India's vibrant market.

Xiaomi's Redmi 13C strives to provide a reliable 5G experience while still featuring an appealing design and a long battery life. It also includes a big display, making it ideal for content viewing.

Moreover, its design is not only attractive but also dust and splashproof. Indeed, the Redmi 13C 5G appears to be the ideal beginner phone for someone looking to upgrade from a low-power, entry-level smartphone.

What distinguishes this gadget is its dependence on the MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ processor, which is a significant deviation from the conventional Redmi 13C. 

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Xiaomi Redmi 13C 5G price in India

The Xiaomi Redmi 13C 5G costs INR 10,499 in India. At that price, users get 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is essentially entry-level hardware for keeping the software experience and apps running smoothly.

However, it's wonderful to see 128GB of basic storage, which should be plenty to meet the app needs of most smartphone customers at this price. The phone is also available in a more future-proof 6GB RAM edition, which is priced competitively at INR 11,999.

Xiaomi Redmi 13C 5G specifications

The Xiaomi Redmi 13C 5G is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ SoC. The chipset isn't performance-oriented. It is not designed with gaming in mind, but it is efficient while running everyday programmes and provides reliable 5G connectivity.

On that topic, it supports a variety of 5G bands (both NSA and SA) and has dual-band Wi-Fi for optimal in-home data connectivity, along with Bluetooth 5.3, which is more than suitable for connecting to your TWS earbuds or other peripherals.

Moreover, there is also compatibility with the standard GPS navigation systems, so users won't have any problems utilising a maps app to navigate.

The phone features a 5,000mAh battery and ships with a 10W charger. The phone also supports microSD card storage extension of up to 1TB. There is a fingerprint reader for secure biometric authentication.

Xiaomi Redmi 13C 5G is powered by MIUI 14, which is built on top of Android 13. Even for a cheap phone in 2024, this feels a little out of date. The software experience is normally MIUI, which is quite out of date. However, the next HyperOS upgrade could enhance this experience.

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Xiaomi Redmi 13C 5G performance

In terms of software performance, Gadinsider had a smooth experience with the 8GB RAM + 256 GB model. Apps also stayed in memory, the 6.74-inch HD+ LCD display isn't the sharpest Gadinsider saw at this price.

However, its performance is good, with the best colours displayed in the Standard display colour scheme, Users noticed a yellowish tint in the bottom half of the panel when watching it inside.

The 90 Hz screen refresh rate, although making software animations and transitions look smoother, does not help in any other way because games are often run at medium graphics settings. Whereas, viewing films, the refresh rate maintains at 60 Hz and seldom goes below 30 Hz.