Xiaomi has launched its latest low-budget smartphone in India, dubbed as Redmi 7A. The phone is priced at Rs 5,999 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage variant. The 2GB RAM and 32GB storage variant is priced at Rs 6,199. The device comes in Matte Blue, Matte Black and Matte Gold colors.
As a launch offer, Xiaomi is offering a Rs 200 discount for only July, that means users can buy it for Rs 5,799 for the 16GB storage variant and Rs 5,999 for the 32GB internal storage variant. Redmi 7A is an upgraded version of Redmi 6A with new design, larger battery and host of interesting features. Is the Redmi 7A the best smartphone in this price segment, let’s find in our review.
Redmi 7A Design and Display:
Xiaomi opts for a clean unibody design for its latest Redmi 7A, which looks much better than its previous sibling Redmi 6A. The back panel is made of polycarbonate plastic with matte finish, which looks quite sturdy and premium in hand. The device has thick bezels, which is acceptable at this price point. Its competitor Realme C2 however looks more stylish with its diamond cut pattern.
Redmi 7A is a non-slippery and also does not smudge easily. The company claims that the phone come with nano coating material, which makes it splash proof. Xiaomi is also offering two years warranty on the new smartphone.
The Redmi 7A features a 5.45-inch HD+ IPS display, with 1440 x 720 pixels screen resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The display has great viewing angles and good color reproduction, but we were not impressed with the maximum brightness level. The display is reflective under direct sunlight, and the brightness seems pretty low to watch videos and read text.
Redmi 7A Performance and Software:
The Redmi 7A is powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC, along with Adreno 505 GPU. The device offers a decent overall performance at this price point. We did not find any major issue or lag with day to day usage and app switching.
Redmi 7A does a good job as compared to other smartphones in this price segment. It easily handles low graphics games without any lag. PUBG is set to a low resolution settings by default. We also found some frame drops and lags during game play.
The Redmi 7A runs Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 on top. The MIUI 10 comes with lots of interesting features such as Second Space, Dark Mode, Dual Apps, Reading Mode, and many more. It also comes with lots of bloatware including Dailyhunt, Ludo Master, Paytm, ShareChat, Amazon, Facebook, Mi Chat. The Redmi 7 comes without fingerprint sensor, but it has an AI face unlock which works pretty fast to unlock the device.
Redmi 7A Camera:
The Redmi 7A sports a 12MP Sony IMX 486 single rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture, coupled with a 5MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture for selfies and video calls. The rear camera comes with host of interesting features such as AI Face recognition, single-tone flash, low light enhancement, Standard HDR, Auto HDR, and Burst mode.
The Rear camera does a good job in daylight condition. The picture comes with good amount of detail and natural colors. The photo clicked in low light were not impressive with less details, lack sharpness, and were grainy in nature. Its Bokeh mode though does a good job with background blurred.
The 5Mp front camera also did a good job in daylight condition, but the picture taken in direct sunlight looked washed out. The photos clicked in low light were grainy with fewer details. The device can capture up to 1080p video at 30fps. Video quality was not impressive; it looks grainy and washed out.
Redmi 7 Battery and Connectivity:
The Redmi 7 is fueled by a 4000mAh battery with 10W standard charger. The battery easily lasts more than a day on single charge. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Overall, Redmi 7A is a decent package at low budget. It offers a good design, decent performance, and great battery life. The camera performance is also good in day-light, however it struggles in low light. It will though have to fight hard against its closest competitor Realme C2, which is trending with its diamond cut design and dual camera.