Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 7A 32GB is a slightly better phone than the Lenovo K9, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 7A 32GB!

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Excellence Score
19.4
20.1
Value for Money Score
70.3
73.9
Price ₹ 5,849 onwards ₹ 5,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 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 5.7 inches 5.45 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 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 2.5D Curved Glass Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #67 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #73 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 Adreno 505
RAM 3 GB 2 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size 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 13MP + 5MP 5MP
Secondary Camera Features 13MP: AutoFocus; F/2.2 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size, Selfie Light AI Portrait mode, Bokeh Mode, AI Smart Beauty mode, Selfie Timer, HDR
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, 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 (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 9.55 mmThick
Weight 155 gmMedium 165 gmMedium
Width 72.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use 70.4 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 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 Yes
Other Features N/A 2 years warranty; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful glass-based unibody design - gives a premium feel both in terms of looks, and how it is to hold in the hand
  • Nice, transparent shell cover included in the retail box
  • Fairly fast, accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Nice, tall 5.7-inch HD+ screen with 2.5D glass cover - it is bright and crisp, with good sunlight legibility
  • Packs Android 8.1 Oreo with a simple, clean interface, and not too much bloat
  • Packs a solid Helio P22 processor (similar to Snapdragon 625) and 3GB RAM to deliver smooth performance in day-to-day use
  • Decent dual rear camera setup - takes decent quality pictures in well light conditions - macro shots also come off reasonably ok
  • The dual front camera setup too takes decent selfies and has a dedicated LED flash
  • Overall, the cameras are on par with other decent camera phones in this price bracket (but not exceptional as one might have thought, given the 4 cameras and the camera-centric branding)
  • Houses a solid 3000mAh battery - will comfortably last the day with moderate use
  • One of the surprisingly good things about the K9 is the implementation of the USB Type-C port, which makes it the only phone in its price segment to offer it
  • Overall, the K9 turns out to be a pretty decent budget dual-camera phone - and can give some competition to the likes of Redmi 6 in this price segment
  • 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]
  • Low light performance of the cameras is average
  • 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. If you like the looks of the Lenovo K9, it could be an alternative to the Xiaomi Redmi 6
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Decent budget dual-camera phone...will give a stiff fight to the Redmi 6
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Ticking off most of the boxes
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  5. indianexpress.com hands-on 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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