Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 7A 32GB is a slightly better phone than the Huawei Honor 7S, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 7A 32GB!

Huawei Honor 7S  Xiaomi Redmi 7A 32GB 
Huawei Honor 7S Xiaomi Redmi 7A
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Excellence Score
17.0
21.2
Value for Money Score
64.4
77.7
Price ₹ 5,999 onwards ₹ 5,529 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2018 Jul, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.45 inches 5.45 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.5 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name Mediatek MT6739Ranked #100 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #67 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8100 Adreno 505
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13.0MP 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features PDAF, HDR, Panorama F/2.2 Aperture, Sony IMX486 Sensor, PDAF, 1.25um Pixel Size, AI Beautify, Face recognition, Low light enhancement, Standard HDR, Auto HDR, Burst mode
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 5MP
Secondary Camera Features LED flash AI Portrait mode, Bokeh Mode, AI Smart Beauty mode, Selfie Timer, HDR
Internal Memory 16 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.3 mm 9.55 mm
Weight 142 gm 165 gm
Width 70.9 mm 70.4 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 3020 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Audio Playback Time: 198 hrs, VoLTE calling: 30 hrs, Video Playback Time: 13 hrs
Fingerprint sensor
Other Features Noise Filtration 2 years warranty; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Clean, simple, no-fuss design
  • Easy to use and live with - one-handed use wasn't much of a problem - the slightly rounded sides make this phone comfortable to hold - at 142g, it won't weigh down your pockets either
  • Nice, modern, 18:9 screen on the front - it's good for watching videos on, thanks to its vibrant colour reproduction - and it is bright enough to be usable outdoors without trouble
  • Huawei's custom EMUI skin is a decent Android skin overall, and has plenty of customization options including a switchable app drawer and your choice of icon density
  • The speaker is just about okay for watching videos and playing games - though don't expect music to sound great
  • Pretty good battery life - you will be able to get through a full day of use with around 40 percent battery left, with moderate use
  • Very good build quality
  • Nice looking plastic design, with a matte finish (though it's not quite as stylish and modern as the Realme C2, with the company's trademark diamond design and dewdrop notch)
  • Matte finish means it's easier to keep the phone's body clean and also doesn't highlight scratches
  • It is also a pretty compact phone - if you like smaller phones, you will like the Redmi 7A - it fits well in hands
  • Splash proof
  • Fast face unlock
  • Decent 5.45-inch IPS display with good viewing angles
  • MIUI is one of the more refined Android UIs, and packs many features like 'dark mode', 'reading mode' etc - this time the ads are relatively less intrusive too, compared to recent Redmi phones (although they are still there)
  • Pretty decent performance with the new Snapdragon 439 processor - day-to-day use is fairly smooth, and simple games run well
  • Overall processor performance is pretty similar compared to its main competitor, the Realme C2
  • Decent set of rear (12MP) and front cameras (5MP), for the price bracket
  • In outdoor situations specially, the cameras deliver good results with pretty good details and colours
  • Overall, the camera performance is similar to the other "relatively good" camera phone for the ultra-budget category, the Realme C2
  • Very good battery life with a large 4000mAH battery - you can easily get up to 1.5 days of use
  • The Xiaomi Redmi 7A is the first Xiaomi phone to come with two years of warranty
  • Overall, the Redmi 7A is a pretty solid ultra-budget option from the Xiaomi camp - if you don't care much for having a stylish design, and your performance requirements are basic, it's a good, reliable option to go for
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Slow, unreliable Face unlock - unlocking the phone with your faces takes a good 2-3 seconds each time
  • The software implementation to deal with native 16:9 apps on the 18:9 screen is less than ideal - usually most phones just leave black bands on this space - with this phone though, Honor for some reason decided it would be a good idea to always show a message in the blank space, directing you to go to the Settings to force an app to fill the screen - most people will find this invasive and distracting, especially when gaming - there might be apps that cannot scale gracefully, and they should usually be allowed to run letterboxed in peace
  • There's some bloatware that comes packed with EMUI - including a Themes app, a Phone Manager with the usual RAM cleanup and permissions management tools, and a formulaic freemium game, and it's own own gallery, calendar, email, music, and video apps
  • Laggy performance - you will encounter odd momentary freezes and lags throughout the interface - loading times of apps is pretty significant - switching between apps isn't very smooth - and gaming except the most simple games is a frustrating experience - overall benchmark scores are also just about passable for this price bracket
  • Honor's camera app takes a little getting used to - it's not the most intuitive, and you have to dig through it sometimes to get to what you want
  • Quality wise too, both the rear and front cameras are ordinary - you will see grain and artificial-looking textures even in close-up shots - pictures are sometimes unfocused or have overexposed patches - photos look ok on the phone's own screen, but you can't really do much with them beyond that - night photography is pretty average too
  • Video recording quality is not bad but the clips are saved in the ancient 3GP format
  • The 16GB of storage will get limiting soon, if you install any big apps/games on the phone - which will require you to then extend the internal memory by using an external card - and that will then degrade performance further
  • On the whole, while the Honor 7S does look good, the actual usage is frustrating on multiple levels - even some of last year's phones at this price level deliver better features and performance - it will find is tough to compete against the likes of Redmi 6A or Redmi 6, which offer better performance, and much better value for money
  • While the design is pretty decent, it does looks a bit old-school with the large bezels
  • Sunlight legibility could have been better
  • 2GB RAM is somewhat limiting in terms of multitasking performance
  • Low light performance is expectedly average though
Expert Reviews
  1. While it does look quite good, we found actual usage to be frustrating on multiple levels
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Just another budget smartphone with nothing really special about it
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The software paired with low-end hardware kills the performance and might leave you asking for more capability
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Keeping the phone's low pricing in mind, Honor 7S turned out to be a good handset
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. The Redmi 7A is quite a steal
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are a first-time smartphone user, the Redmi 7A is worth every paisa...However, if you want a more appealing design and an additional camera for better portrait shots, the Realme C2 is a better pick
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you’re looking for an all-rounder in the ultra-budget price bracket, the Redmi 7A should be the top option
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Great smartphone experience for feature phone users..there’s a fair bit of value on offer here
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Does well for its price category
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A solid choice...First-time smartphone buyers can find total worth with the Redmi 7A, as it delivers a great experience
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. For the price, it’s hard to see a single place where the Xiaomi Redmi 7A puts a foot wrong....the safest of safe bets
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  8. A great option for this price category...For a first time buyer looking to dip their toes in the Android ecosystem through an affordable entry-level device, the Redmi 7A comes recommended
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. At this price, the Redmi 7A is definitely the best in the business
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. For the price, it is a really good option
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. An excellent choice for first-time smartphone users
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. digit.in hands-on Read Review »
  14. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  15. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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