Our Opinion

The Vivo Y81 (3GB RAM) is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi 7 (2GB RAM) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Vivo Y81 (3GB RAM)  Xiaomi Redmi 7 (2GB RAM) 
Vivo Y81 Xiaomi Redmi 7
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Excellence Score
19.0
18.9
Value for Money Score
51.7
62.8
Price ₹ 11,500 onwards ₹ 7,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Apr, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoNo updates expected Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.22 inches 6.26 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #81 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 632Ranked #67 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 2 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 13.0MP 12MP + 2MP
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, HDR, Pro Mode, Portrait Bokeh Mode, AI Face Beauty, Slow Motion, Time Lapse, Panorama, Doc Mode, PDAF, Filters, Palm Capture, Voice Control 12MP: 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.2 Aperture; PDAF, Portrait Mode, Night Light Enhancement, HDR, Auto HDR, Continuous Shooting, Face Recognition
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Screen Flash, Single Picture, HDR, Face Beauty, Panorama, Filters, Palm Capture, Voice Control, Portrait Bokeh F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 4.0, Portrait mode, HDR, Screen flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Palm shutter
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.8 mmMedium 8.47 mmMedium
Weight 146 gmLight 180 gmMedium
Width 75.0 mmOk for one-handed use 75.6 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 3260 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 N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives] N/A
  • Beautiful, premium, slick colorway back panel - one of the best looking phones in this price bracket
  • Modern, sharp design up-front too, with a large screen and water-drop notch
  • Fast fingerprint reader
  • Good, 6.26-inch IPS LCD HD+ display - easily among the best in this price bracket - it has good sunlight legibility, great viewing angles, and good color tuning - watching movies and images on the screen is a pretty good experience
  • MIUI is one of the more refined Android UIs, and has plenty of customization features - you can easily do things like switch between buttons and gestures for navigation and turn off the notch depending on your preference
  • Very good performance, with a Snapdragon 632 chipset at the core - daily use is smooth and pleasant, simple games are a breeze, and even complex games like PUBG do fine on low graphics settings
  • Good dual-rear camera setup - a combination of a 12MP primary camera paired with a 2MP depth sensor - the end results are fairly impressive
  • Images shot outdoors in good light come out very well with retained details even in shadow regions
  • Portrait mode is good too - edge detection is rather good and the bokeh fall-off is fairly natural
  • Good selfie camera too, with a decent software-based portrait mode, and a decent beauty mode
  • Overall, Xiaomi has scored here again, with probably the best overall camera package at this price point
  • The phone has a single speaker but it manages to be pretty loud - there is little to no bottom end, but on the flip side, music doesn’t crackle even with the volume cranked up to the maximum
  • Excellent battery life - with a 4000mAh battery, the phone comfortably lasts a day and a half on a single charge - and with lighter usage, you can easily manage two days
  • Overall, the Redmi 7 is a very good deal for anyone looking for an entry-level smartphone that can handle all the basics and more - it delivers good performance and a well-optimized usage experience, and it looks smashing while at it
2-minute Review [Negatives] N/A
  • It's an all plastic affair though, so the build quality is definitely not as premium as the Redmi Note series (which have glass backs)
  • The glossy back, like all glossy backs, attracts a lot of fingerprints, and will scratch relatively easily too (so using a case is a good idea)
  • It continues to be ad-strewn though - and by default you will get ads on the lock screen, ads whenever you install an app on your phone, and ads in the notification shade - all of this can be turned off, but that requires a few steps and know-how - something a lot of people using the phone won't have
  • Low light shots are more of a mixed bag (the phone tends to reduce the shutter speed, which makes it harder to get a sharp image), and video recording lacks stabilisation - but that's to be expected in this price bracket
  • That said, if you can raise your budget by about a 1000 bucks, the Redmi Note 7 with an all-glass design, a Snapdragon 660 processor, and a Full HD display is an even better value proposition
Expert Reviews N/A
  1. If you’re looking for a smartphone that offers a great value for your money, then the Redmi 7 is the one to go for
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Has an advantage in terms of features and specifications overall at its price... however the software experience, particularly all the advertising, is likely to put a lot of people off
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A reliable, value for money offering
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A cracking deal
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. For its price, Redmi 7 is certainly an excellent package
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Value-for-money smartphone
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Packs a punch...Budget phone done right
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Has all boxes ticked...among all the options you can choose from in the price bracket, the Redmi 7 just seems to be a slicker package overall
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A dependable smartphone that ticks most of the right boxes
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Has the feel of a phone that costs way above its price
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Xiaomi has once again created a great smartphone at an affordable price
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  12. Value for money
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
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