This year we are seeing a trend, where budget phones in the lower price segments are getting launched. We have seen Coolpad, Samsung, RealMe, and Xiaomi fighting out in the budget segment, that is below 10K. Yes, it is an interesting segment which has got a huge customer base. That is the reason many players are interested in this segment. We already reviewed Cool 3 Plus in our last blog. In this article, we will review Redmi 7A, which is a budget offering Xiaomi. Xiaomi has launched multiple models in this segment, and that is why it has got a stronghold in this area. We will check out what is new in Redmi 7A, and what the phone missed out in terms of features.
Redmi 7A is soon making its way to India, and this has been confirmed by Redmi itself. However, Redmi has not confirmed any timeframe for this, but unconfirmed sources say that Redmi 7A might be in India by end of August. Also, there is no confirmation on the cost at this moment but it is believed that the phone will be priced with 10K. Xiaomi has already sold 23.6 million units of Redmi 6A, Redmi 4A, and Redmi 5A, by April 2019. That is why it is betting bid on Redmi 7A. Redmi 7A has been already launched in China and is up for sales. Redmi 7A succeeds Redmi 6A. Currently, Redmi 6A is available for Rs.5,999 and has been one of the top sellers amongst the budget phones. Redmi 7A will be priced on similar lines, or experts say that it can be lesser as well. The phone will be launched in two different variants, 2GB + 16GB and 2GB + 32 GB. It is definitely a good deal, to get 32GB with a 6K price range.
Redmi 7A is a dual sim phone which will be shipped with Android 9, that will be topped with MIUI 10. Since it’s an upgraded version of 6A, you can definitely expect better hardware on Redmi 7A. This phone is poised to give a tough competition to RealMe C2, which has been launched recently. However, if we talk about the looks, Redmi 7A looks a bit dated in comparison to Cool Plus 3 and RealMe C2. However, in terms of features, it is still better than both of them. Redmi 7A has got 5.45 inches, and it is not bezel-less. Even its, not a narrow bezel. The phone will be shipped with octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor, clocked at 2.0GHz. Along with that, it will have 2GB RAM. Now, you have to keep in mind that with 2GB RAM you can only perform limited operations, and it is definitely not enough for today’s era of mobile computing. Today, there are many apps which are installed on the phone. These apps run concurrently and test the resources of the phone. Hence, we can say that 2GB RAM is definitely a limitation. However, at this price range, you can’t expect much. Especially, if you are expecting a high performing smartphone under 7K, then it is simply a wrong expectation.
Redmi has packed 7A with 13 MP rear camera. The rear camera is equipped with PDAF. This simply means that the camera will have superior autofocus. Redmi 7A will have 5 MP front camera. One can also use the front camera AI face unlock. Again, it is good to have AI face unlock at this price. So, nothing fancy about the cameras, it is just a decent regular camera with average performance. We have seen some sample pics posted by some of the Chinese reviewers, and the images are good if not excellent. But it lacks clarity and depth. Also, the image is quite average under low lights. The rear camera supports Full HD video recording. The phone is going to have an FM radio, unlike some other models which have stopped shipping FM Radio with their phones.
As we have mentioned previously, in terms of storage there will be two options, 16 GB and 32 GB. In case you want more storage then you definitely get more through micro SD card. You can basically extend your storage through an external memory card up to 256 GB. The phone will have micro-USB port, along with a 3.5 mm audio jack. There is no fingerprint sensor on this phone, and neither we expect one at this price range. However, in the same price Cool Plus 3 is providing both AI Face unlock and fingerprint sensor at this price, which definitely gives an edge over Redmi 7A. The phone battery is quite massive, that is 4000 mAh with 10W charging. The undoubtedly bigger battery is a definite advantage at this price. The battery is not removable. The phone will be launched in two specific colors, blue and black. It is expected that phone will be launched through Flipkart, and initially will not be available through the offline stores. It has got a host of sensors, that includes Accelerometer, Magnetometer, and Ambient Light.
Should you buy this phone?
It really depends on what you require from your smartphone. If you are looking for performance, premium display, premium looks, then obviously you should not purchase this phone. On the other hand, if you are looking for a decent budget phone for your day to day work, with a massive battery that never runs out, then this phone is for you.
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