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Redmi 7A review – Budget King

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It’s no secret that Xiaomi rules the smartphone budget segment. No, they do not set trends. Yes, their own innovations are only “so-so.” It’s the price tag that matters, and the quality is getting better with every year. You can love or hate Xiaomi, but it is pointless to deny the aforementioned points. Today our guest is the cheapest of them all – Redmi 7A.

Redmi 7A

Key features of Redmi 7A

Taken from the GSMArena website

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2019, May
Status Available. Released 2019, June
BODY Dimensions 146.3 x 70.4 x 9.6 mm (5.76 x 2.77 x 0.38 in)
Weight 165 g (5.82 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Splash resistant
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.45 inches, 76.7 cm2 (~74.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~295 ppi density)
PLATFORM OS Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 9
Chipset Qualcomm SDM439 Snapdragon 439 (12 nm)
CPU Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 6×1.45 GHz Cortex A53)
GPU Adreno 505
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal 32 GB, 2/3 RAM or 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Single 13 MP, f/2.2, 1.12µm, PDAF – China
or
12 MP, f/2.2, 1/2.9″, 1.25µm, PDAF – India
Features LED flash, HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
SELFIE CAMERA Single 5 MP, f/2.2, 1.12µm
Features HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Radio FM Radio, built-in antenna
USB microUSB 2.0
FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 10W – China only
MISC Colors Matte Black, Morning blue, Matte Blue, Matte Gold
Models MZB7995IN, M1903C3EG, M1903C3EH, M1903C3EI
SAR 0.74 W/kg (head)     0.79 W/kg (body)
Price About 100 EUR

Our video about Redmi 7A

If you do not want to read the text – watch the video!

Appearance, materials, assembly

I’m not sure that the term “design” is applicable in this case. Standard plastic bar with rounded corners and equally rounded edges. But the build quality is great, and with ergonomics everything is in order.

Redmi 7A

The plastic is solid, matte, which is good – fewer scratches, firmer grip. The bezels around the display … in a smartphone that costs less than $100… shouldn’t matter at all. Nevertheless, they are small in this case, and there is a sense of relevance to the smartphone.

Redmi 7A

But the miracle did not happen: microUSB is still here, but at least there is a 3.5 jack. There is also splash protection, which was a pleasant surprise for me.

Redmi 7A supports two nanoSIM cards and microSD without any vulgar combo slots.

Redmi 7A

The only thing that might seem unaesthetic is the back of the phone, riddled with needless text. The modest frontal Redmi logo is not annoying at all.

Screen

The display with an IPS matrix has a diagonal of 5.45″ and a resolution of 1440×720 with a pixel density of 295 dpi and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The color rendition is quite decent, everything is balanced. Brightness is not bad, typical for this type of matrix. Detailing is good. Quite comfortable universal display for everyday use.

Redmi 7A

Performance

Inside we have Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 with eight cores. Video is handled by Adreno 505. As for the rest – there are variations. There are 3 versions of Redmi 7A – 2\16 GB, 2\32 GB and 3\32 GB.

Redmi 7A

First things first: let’s test this thing with PUBG. Of course, the settings are minimal, but the smartphone doesn’t fall flat on its face. There is enough performance, everything works smoothly and without lags. No problems with the system as well.

Cameras

In terms of cameras, there are also two versions of the smartphone – for the Indian and Chinese markets. Only the main cameras differ – 12 MP or 13 MP. The aperture remains unchanged – f/2.2. Why the Indian market can’t get that one megapixel is a mystery. Racism, probably.

Redmi 7A

Nevertheless, the camera copes with its tasks quite adequately – especially if you consider the price tag. Of course, you better snap photos during the day – in the dark, the camera is losing ground. This concerns both photos and video. Autofocus is not the fastest, but it’s not slow either. In general, the main camera is quite good for this price.

СМОТРЕТЬ ПРИМЕРЫ ФОТО И ВИДЕО В ОРИГИНАЛЬНОМ РАЗРЕШЕНИИ

The selfie camera is also bearable. 5 MP with f/2.2. The pictures you get are good enough for social media.

Battery

In terms of battery life the phone offers 4000mAh. 2 days, with moderate gaming.

Soft

Smartphone is running Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 interface. The shell is lightweight, unobtrusive – with all the features from Xiaomi. It is comfortable, which is the most important.

Redmi 7A

Redmi 7A results

Even despite its modest appearance, Redmi 7A is a good smartphone. It is a great choice for those on budget. Whether this is your first smartphone, or this is a smartphone for a child, a senior, or just an undemanding user, it’s more than enough. It is quite enough for all “everyday” tasks, and if you need more, open the wallet wider. See you next time on Root Nation.

Redmi 7A

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