In a country like India, where most people belong to the working class who get fixed salaries and are on a tight budget, entry-level smartphones are a very important segment. These devices allow consumers to get the experience of a smartphone but within their limited budgets. Entry-level smartphones are usually last in line to receive the latest upgrades but whenever they do, they offer a decent balance of features and affordability.
Brands like Redmi, Motorola, Realme, Itel, and Samsung are all working hard to offer the best possible entry-level devices in the country. Today, we compare three entry-level smartphones- Redmi 12C, Moto G14, and Itel A70, all launched in 2023. Let us find out which one wins the competition to be the best.
Redmi 12C Vs Moto G14 Vs Itel A70: Design
In terms of design, all three smartphones look very different from one another.
Redmi 12C has a plastic back panel with a pattern and stripes on it. It is different from usual matte or glossy rear panels mostly seen in this price range. It weighs 192 grams and is 8.77mm thick which is not particularly slim but not hefty as well. The downside is that the device doesn’t come with a water-resistant design. It comes in lavender purple, matte black, mint green, and royal blue shades.
Moto G14 follows the design language of other Motorola smartphones. It has a plastic frame with a glossy finish a textured plastic back and slender curved edges. It is a thin and lightweight device as it weighs merely 177 grams and is 7.99mm thick. Moreover, there is water resistance as well. Moto G14 is available in pale lilac and buttercream vegan leather versions.
Itel A70 follows the design language of higher-end smartphones. It has a coarse texture for the back panel which makes the grip in hand better. The camera setup at the back makes you feel there are 3 cameras whereas in actuality there are 2. It weighs around 187 grams and has a thickness of 8.6mm. The smartphone will be available in brilliant gold, stylish black, field green, and azure blue shades.
Conclusion- Moto G14 and Itel A70 have a better design and build than Redmi 12C
Redmi 12C Vs Moto G14 Vs Itel A70: Display
All 3 entry-level smartphones feature a Color IPS LCD panel. However, there is a difference between sizes.
Redmi 12C sports the largest 6.71-inch Color IPS LCD panel with 16M colors and 60Hz refresh rate. It has a resolution of 720×1650 pixels, an aspect ratio of 20:6:9, and 500 nits maximum brightness.
Motorola G14 comes with a 6.5-inch Color IPS LCD panel with FHD+ resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. It has an aspect ratio of 20:9 and 600 nits maximum brightness. There is also Panda glass for protection.
Itel A70 features a 6.6-inch Color IPS LCD panel with a 60Hz refresh rate. It has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and 500 nits peak maximum brightness.
Conclusion- Although Moto G14 has slightly higher brightness, Redmi 12C has the best overall panel with the largest size, 16M colors, and a dynamic aspect ratio.
Redmi 12C Vs Moto G14 Vs Itel A70: Camera
Redmi 12C features a single 50MP Wide-angle camera sensor at the back with autofocus. It comes with Standard, HDR, and Portrait Mode and can record 1080p videos at 30fps. There is an LED flash at the back and a 5MP selfie snapper at the front.
Moto G14 sports a dual camera setup at the back including a 50MP wide angle and a 2MP depth focus with autofocus. It has night vision, portrait mode, live filters, panorama, pro mode, auto smile capture, google lens integration, HDR Timer, Watermark, leveler, barcode scanner, slow motion, and much more. The camera can record videos in 1080p at 30fps. There is an 8MP selfie snapper at the front.
Itel A70 also sports a dual camera setup at the back including a 13MP main and an AI sensor with autofocus. It comes with digital zoom and can record videos in 1080p. There is an 8MP front sensor with a flash as well.
Conclusion- In terms of the camera, Moto G14 has an edge over the other two.
Redmi 12C Vs Moto G14 Vs Itel A70: Chipset & Software
Redmi 12C is powered by MediaTek Helio G85 chipset that is made for entry-level smartphones. It is a 2GHz octa-core processor paired with Mali-G62 MC2 GPU.
Moto G14 is powered by Unisoc Tiger T616 SoC which is a 2GHz chipset as well supported by Mali-G57 MP1 GPU. Itel A70 is also powered by a Unisoc chipset (T603) that is an octa-core processor for lower-end devices.
While Redmi 12C runs Android 12 OS, Moto G14 and Itel A70 run Android 13 out of the box.
Conclusion- Redmi 12C has an edge as it is powered by a Helio chipset while in terms of software, the other two are better as they run Android 13.
Redmi 12C Vs Moto G14 Vs Itel A70: RAM & Storage
All 3 smartphones come with 4GB RAM. Redmi 12C offers up to 3GB Extra Virtual RAM while Itel A70 offers up to 8GB Extra Virtual RAM. There is no such provision in Moto G14 which is available in 4GB RAM configuration only. Redmi 12C comes in a 6GB RAM model as well.
Redmi 12C offers 64GB and 128GB onboard storage with capacity to expand up to 1TB. Itel A70 comes in 64GB and 128GB configurations but offers expansion up to 2TB which is rare for an entry-level smartphone. Moto G14 comes in a 128GB storage model only.
Conclusion- Itel A70 has an edge because memory is expandable up to 2TB.
Redmi 12C Vs Moto G14 Vs Itel A70: Battery
All 3 entry-level devices pack a non-removable 5000mAh battery. The only difference is between their charging capabilities.
While Redmi 12C and Itel A70 support 10W charging speed, Moto G14 comes with 20W fast charging capability. All three brands bundle an adapter inside the box.
Conclusion- Moto G14 is better due to faster charging.
Redmi 12C Vs Moto G14 Vs Itel A70: Price
Redmi 12C comes in the following storage variants-
- 4GB RAM+64GB storage- Rs. 7699
- 4GB RAM+128GB storage- Rs. 7999
- 6GB RAM+128GB storage- Rs. 8999
Moto G14 is available in the following storage configuration-
4GB RAM+128GB storage- Rs. 8490
Itel A70 comes in the following storage models-
- 4GB RAM+64GB storage- Rs. 6299
- 4GB RAM+128GB storage- Rs. 6799
- 4GB RAM+256GB storage- Rs. 7299
Redmi 12C Vs Moto G14 Vs Itel A70: Verdict
All three smartphones are entry-level devices by Redmi, Motorola, and Itel respectively to cater to the needs of consumers who want to own a smartphone but are on a tight budget and can’t spare more than Rs. 10,000. While Redmi 12C has a better display and chipset, Moto G14 has a better camera setup and charging speed. In terms of design, Itel A70 and Moto G14 are better than Redmi 12C while in terms of storage, Itel A70 can get up to 2TB onboard storage.
To conclude, which smartphone is a better fit for the consumer depends on the user’s individual needs. Each has its pros and cons but all three are wise choices to be considered for a price point of under 10k.