Nokia C12

The Nokia C12, is a budget-tier offering from HMD Global. The smartphone which is the newest addition to the Nokia C-series is also the successor to the Nokia C10.

It offers decent features starting from it’s display to the battery. One interesting attribute about this smartphone is it’s battery which is removable.

However, it also parade other features such as a compact boy, acceptable cameras and clean UI make it hopeful in the affordable price segment.


Nokia C12 Key Specifications

  • 6.3 inches IPS LCD Display, 720 x 1600 pixels (~278 ppi density), ~80.3% screen-to-body ratio
  • Android 12 (Go edition)
  • Unisoc SC9863A1 (28nm) Octa Core Processor
  • 2GB, 3GB RAM
  • 8MP Single Rear Camera
  • 5MP Front Camera
  • 64GB Built-in Storage
  • 4G LTE
  • 3000 mAh Removable Li-ion Battery



The Nokia C12 retained the C-series decent design accent. It shares similar form factor and build with the Nokia C10 and Nokia C31.

The entry-level phone rocks a sleek and stylish look, thanks to its nano-textured back panel. Its camera bump on the back is also spectacular, thus, adds a touch of finesse to its design.

The plastic body’s build quality is sturdy but lightweight at 177.4g that adds a sense of portability with the slightly thick body highlighted by the 8.8-mm thickness side panel which gives the phone a substantial in-hand feel in the palm of one’s hand.

While the phone parade a visually appealing and functional features, it seem to be lacking a fingerprint canner which adds an extra layer of security to phone.

The Nokia C12 is available in Dark Cyan, Charcoal and Light Mint colour options.



The front is dominated with a 6.3-inch IPS LCD screen offering an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels and a 278 ppi density.

The surrounding bezels gives an 80.3% screen-to-body ratio which us a smaller display compared to most entry-level smartphones at this price point.

With its lower price tag, the screen quality is surprisingly good. The display’s Brightness boost feature, comes in handy ensuring decent screen visibility during outdoor use or when under direct sunlight.



The camera setup is similar to its premium sibling, the Nokia C12 Plus.

The rear camera module is home to a single 8MP camera though not astounding, but does a decent job in delivering reasonably good photos considering it’s price.

However in low-light condition, the camera stutter with noticeable image background noise.

The 5MP front camera housed in a tear-drop notch delivers decent selfie shots though with background noise.

The smartphone can record 720p HD video resolution but since it lacks video stabilization support, the quality isn’t something to write on.

With all its limitations, the smartphone is just good enough for casual photo shot and video recording.


Hardware and Software

Under the hood, the Nokia C12 is powered by an entry-level Unisoc SC9863A1 octa-core processor, with clock speed at 1.6GHz.

Complementing the processor is the graphics processor, IMG8322 GPU, which has been streamlined to deliver decent graphics performance for entry-level applications and games.

A 3GB of RAM storage isn’t the biggest among the competition, but it’s decent enough for typical day-to-day usage.

The RAM storage is paired to a 64GB of built-in storage, ensuring ample space for storing all your favorite apps,files and multimedia.

For average users, this should probably be enough but there’s still room for expansion using dedicated memory card.

The Nokia C12 boots on light version (Go Edition) of Android 12 operating system.



The C12 is a 4G smartphone with dual SIM support.

It also offer wide range of connectivity features such as Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hotspot for wireless transfer, GPS for navigation, 3.5 mm audio jack for plugging in wired headphones and sadly no type-C port but a micro USB port for charging and data transfer.



The Nokia C12 is fuelled by a 3000 mAh Li-Po battery. The Nokia C12 and Nokia C12 Pro got better offering of 4000 mAh battery.

For light use, the battery won’t have a problem lasting a day.

The remarkable part is that the battery is removable.

With most devices drifting away from removable to non-removable battery, Nokia seems to be drifting in.

This will allow users swap out their battery, especially when it malfunctions without having to replace the entire phone.


Nokia C12 Price and Availability

The price of Nokia C12 starts at about $130 to $135. However, in Nigeria the smartphone is priced around ₦58,000.

The smartphone was announced on January 18 and was made available for purchase on February 2, 2023.

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