We used the device for some time and here’s what we think about it.
Xiaomi Redmi 7A: Design
There are three colour options of Redmi 7A to choose from — Matte Blue, Matte Black and Matte Gold. The review unit we received is Matte Blue in colour.
The phone has a plastic body and features curved edges. Back of the device features a single camera sensor with an LED flash placed under it. There is no fingerprint sensor on the rear side, but the smartphone offers face unlock for security. We will talk about it in the later part of the review.
The SIM card + micro SD card slot is placed on the left side of the device. Power button is on the right, which in turn is placed below the volume buttons. One will find the speaker grille placed on both edges at the bottom of the phone. The Xiaomi Redmi 7A comes with micro USB port for charging. The 3.5mm headphone jack and microphone can be found on the top.
Although the phone does not come with any IP rating, the company says that the Redmi 7A features nano-coating for protection against spalshes and other damages.
The phone feels sturdy in hand and is non-slippery, thanks to the matte finish. Front of the device features bigger bezels on both top and bottom. Xiaomi with Redmi 7A has introduced a matte-finished rear design in Redmi ‘A’ series. The matte finish design helps keep the device smudge free. Overall, the phone looks decent, and it leaves the impression of an average Android phone.
Xiaomi Redmi 7A: Display
Like its predecessor Redmi 6A, the phone comes with a 5.45-inch IPS display with 1440×720 pixels resolution. But the Redmi 7A comes with HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, unlike Redmi 6A’s HD screen.
The display offers bright and vivid colours and a satisfactory viewing experience, considering the smartphone’s price. The phone comes with a special reading mode which makes the colors warmer, allowing eyes to relax. Then there is a separate dark mode which uses dark color palette for system backgrounds and other compatible apps. Using the device outdoors was no hassle and we did not encounter any problem. As stated before, colours are overall sharp and viewing angles are fine too.
Xiaomi Redmi 7A: Performance
Xiaomi Redmi 7A comes powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor. This is a good upgrade compared to the MediaTek A22 quad-core processor in its predecessor Redmi 6A. Considering the Redmi 7A is an entry-level phone, we did not expect the device to deliver extraordinary performance. Launching of apps take noticeable time. Further, users will find that switching between apps is not lag free and did stutter often. We would like to add here that while setting up the gmail account, we had to relaunch the app again and again as it became unresponsive. We also faced stuttering issue while playing some games, including PUBG. Playing casual games like Candy Crush was easy and without any difficulty.
Buyers will get to choose from two storage options — 16GB and 32GB. The internal storage is expandable up to 256GB with the microSD card slot. The phone offers a 2+1 card slot which means users get a dedicated slot to increase the storage. The Redmi 7A runs on MIUI based on Android 9 Pie which is a plus point of the device. The handset comes with pre-installed third party apps like Paytm, Helo and Sharechat. There are apps like Mi Pay, Mi Credit and Mi Drop as well. Like other Xiaomi phones, the Redmi 7A is not ad-free.
The phone has no fingerprint reader at the back, but supports face unlock technology using the front camera. Unlocking the device using this security feature works well even in dim conditions, although it will take a second or more to unlock the phone. Other security options include the pin, pattern and password.
But we can safely say that the phone performs well amongst its competitors like Realme C2, Coolpad Cool 3 Plus and others.
Xiaomi Redmi 7A: Camera
The phone offers a single rear camera lens. Initially, we were surprised to see that the Xiaomi Redmi 7A feature a 12-megapixel camera, unlike its predecessor Redmi 6A that has 13-megapixel rear lens. But during our usage, we discovered that the phone offers a better camera quality and clicks sharp images. This holds true for the photos captured in daylight. The phone manages to capture sufficient details that is expected of an entry-level phone.
At the front, the handset has a 5-megapixel camera sensor for selfies. The selfie camera quite fine and captures okay images. There are separate modes that the camera app delivers. Users will get a Beauty Mode with five different levels of beautification to choose from. Then there are various filters like Sky Blue, Blush, Story and Childhood to add fun to images. Xiaomi Redmi 7A also features a Pro mode that allows one to customise settings like Focus, Shutter speed, ISO and more.
However, images clicked indoors were filled with noise. The phone adds unwanted colours to the object in images and leaves them with a superficial finish.
Xiaomi Redmi 7A: Battery
Redmi 7A houses a 4,000mAh battery and comes with a 10 watt micro USB charger. Redmi 6A, on the other hand comes equipped with 3,000mAh battery. The phone takes more than two hours to charge completely. But given its price, we cannot complain. With an average usage, the phone can easily last for two days. This is a good feature for those looking for a phone that can perform daily functions without worrying to charge the device every day. However, if you are a social media addict and loves checking Facebook and Instagram every now and then, Redmi 7A can last for 15-16 hours.
To summarize, the Redmi 7A has few positives like the bigger battery, better camera and a Snapdragon processor. The device manages to capture satisfactory images that are shareable on Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.
And, then there is no dearth of choice when it comes to entry-level phones in the Indian market. Xiaomi Redmi 7A will compete edge-to-edge with Realme C2 and the recently-launched Realme 3i. With average specs and no outstanding feature, Xiaomi Redmi 7A is just another face in the crowd. However, it is not deniable that the phone is an upgrade to its predecessor, Redmi 6A. If you are looking for a phone that is pocket-friendly, clicks good images and lasts a day or so, then Redmi 7A is an option worth considering.