Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 7A 16GB is a slightly better phone than the Nokia 2.2 (2GB RAM, 16GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 7A 16GB!

Nokia 2.2 (2GB RAM, 16GB)  Xiaomi Redmi 7A 16GB 
Nokia 2.2 Xiaomi Redmi 7A
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Excellence Score
16.0
18.5
Value for Money Score
61.3
67.9
Price ₹ 5,699 onwards ₹ 5,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2019 Jul, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.71 inches 5.45 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes 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 Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio A22Ranked #89 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #73 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE-class Adreno 505
RAM 2 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 13MP 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.2 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 5MP 5MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size AI Portrait mode, Bokeh Mode, AI Smart Beauty mode, Selfie Timer, HDR
Internal Memory 16 GB 16 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 400 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 9.3 mmThick 9.55 mmThick
Weight 153 gmMedium 165 gmMedium
Width 70.6 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
Other Features Google Assistant Button 2 years warranty; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks smart with a nice, refined polycarbonate shell, and also feels quite nice in your hands
  • Nokia also offers swappable Xpress-on covers (at an extra cost) to add some colour to the phone
  • Has a handy, dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Android One guarantees latest software updates, and a pure-play Android experience
  • Decent 13MP rear cam, and 5MP selfie cam in good lighting conditions - you will get reasonably good results (for the price bracket) in daylight conditions
  • Good battery life with a 3000 mAh battery, that will comfortably last you the day
  • 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]
  • While it looks smart, it lacks the oomph and the style of the Realme C2, one of its primary competitors
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • Slow face unlock
  • Average performance from a low-end Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22 processor - there is a significant lag while loading apps or even firing up the camera - competing devices like the Xiaomi Redmi 7 have a clear edge on this front
  • Lowlight results are average though, from both cameras
  • While the overall camera performance is ok for the price, it is again left behind by the (significantly better) dual camera setups on the Realme C2 and the Redmi 7
  • If you are not concerned with speed and are seeking an unadulterated Android experience on a tight budget, then the Nokia 2.2 might work for you, but for most users, they will be better off looking at the Redmi 7A or Realme C2 instead
  • 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. The Nokia 2.2 does stand out since it is among the few that are guaranteed to get software and security updates....However, the processor is weak and camera performance is also below average
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Okay for a budget phone...but look at alternatives like Realme C2, and Redmi 7A
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. As a backup or just a cheap starter phone, the Nokia 2.2 is a decent little option that does the basics reasonably well
    ww.9to5google.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you’re not driven by speed and are seeking an unadulterated Android experience on a tight budget, then the Nokia 2.2 might work for you
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. One of the most affordable Android One phones in the market....but beyond the Android experience, the Nokia 2.2 is an average device
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  7. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  8. firstpost.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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