Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 7A 16GB is a slightly better phone, but the Nokia 2.1 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Xiaomi Redmi 7A 16GB might be a slightly better choice.

Nokia 2.1  Xiaomi Redmi 7A 16GB 
Nokia 2.1 Xiaomi Redmi 7A
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Excellence Score
18.6
18.7
Value for Money Score
74.7
72.2
Price ₹ 4,549 onwards ₹ 4,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Jul, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid Go Edition Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.45 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1280 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features IPS LCD, Anti-fingerprint coating Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Ranked #101 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #70 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 308 Adreno 505
RAM 1 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 microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 8.0MP 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features N/A 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 N/A AI Portrait mode, Bokeh Mode, AI Smart Beauty mode, Selfie Timer, HDR
Internal Memory 8 GB 16 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 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 9.7 mmThick 9.55 mmThick
Weight 174 gmMedium 165 gmMedium
Width 77.6 mmInconvenient 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 4000 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 Stereo Speakers 2 years warranty; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Nice, clean, attractive polycarbonate based design - both looks and feels great - and a lot batter than what you might expect for its bottom-of-the-barrel pricing
  • There is a copper strip running around the periphery of the smartphone that combos well with the rest of the phone
  • Unlike glass-backed phones, the phone also retains its looks without becoming a mess of fingerprint smudges after a day of use
  • Good build quality too - will survive a few drops without trouble - the durability of the Nokia phones of yesteryear is on full display here
  • The phone's screen is a 5.5" IPS display with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1280 x 720 - it's not exceptional - but it's functional and gets the job done
  • Software is where the Nokia 2.1 truly shines, and has a leg over its competition in this price bracket - it features a clean, stock version of Android Oreo (Go edition) and will be updated to Android Pie as well
  • Android Go edition also means that you have lighter version of apps like Google Maps, which helps on such a low specced phone
  • The camera is fairly quick at taking shots, which is worth appreciating in this price segment - the camera app is also relatively well-done, with the HDR, Panorama, flash, manual mode, and delayed shot options easily accessible (those are also all the options you'll get with the camera - no-frills is the theme of the day)
  • The two full-size stereo speaker grilles on the front are great to see - and it's something that even a lot of flagship phones can't claim - the speakers get relatively loud as a result (though of course the sound quality is just about ok, which is all you can expect at this price range)
  • Excellent battery life - the low specs of the phone, simple software, and the large battery pack (4000mAh) result in some pretty great battery life - you should comfortably get 2 days of 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]
  • Average performance - performance is not a strong suit of the Nokia 2.1 being backed by a low power Snapdragon 425 and a measly 1GB of RAM - there are frequent lags during daily use, multi-tasking is a pain, and the phone will not meet the needs of anyone except very basic users (messaging, calling, light browsing, simple games)
  • When it comes to actual quality though, the camera is strictly average - this is a cheap phone and the camera was simply not a priority in its design - colours are dull and bland, details are low, dynamic range is abysmal, low-light performance is ordinary
  • Probably the most critical flaw of the device is the 8GB of internal storage - it's simply not enough for 2018, and you will very quickly need to resort to using the expandable memory slot even with bare minimum apps - which will result in a further degradation of performance (accessing stuff on a microSD card is almost never as quick as accessing it on internal memory)
  • Overall, while the Nokia 2.1 might make sense if you are a very basic user and are really after stock Android, but for most, phones like the Redmi 6A will be a much better value proposition with better performance and better storage
  • 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. As keen as we are on affordable phones, the Nokia 2.1's performance tests your patience too much
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. An easy recommendation for light phone users
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  3. A tale of misplaced priorities
    neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  4. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  5. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  6. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  7. androidpolice.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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