Our Opinion

The realme C11 is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 7A 16GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme C11!

Xiaomi Redmi 7A 16GB  realme C11 
Xiaomi Redmi 7A realme C11
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Excellence Score
16.9
25.2
Value for Money Score
64.2
81.1
Price ₹ 5,999 onwards ₹ 6,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2019 Jul, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.45 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #88 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G35Ranked #67 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 PowerVR GE8320
RAM 2 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 12MP 13MP + 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, Sony IMX486 Sensor, PDAF, 1.25um Pixel Size, AI Beautify, Face recognition, Low light enhancement, Standard HDR, Auto HDR, Burst mode 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 5P lens, 2MP: Depth sensor; f/2.4 Aperture, AI Beauty, Filter Mode, HDR, Panoramic View, Portrait Mode, Time-lapse, Slo-mo, NightScape, Expert Mode
Secondary Camera 5MP 5MP
Secondary Camera Features AI Portrait mode, Bokeh Mode, AI Smart Beauty mode, Selfie Timer, HDR f/2.4 Aperture, AI Beauty, Filter Mode, HDR, Panoramic View, Portrait Mode, Timelapse
Internal Memory 16 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 (Wireless) Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.55 mmThick 9.1 mmThick
Weight 165 gmMedium 196 gmHeavy
Width 70.4 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.9 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5000 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 Audio Playback Time: 198 hrs, VoLTE calling: 30 hrs, Video Playback Time: 13 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor
Other Features 2 years warranty; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Pleasant, refreshing design - back is textured similar to other budget realme phones, there is also a strip coming down the square-shape camera module, which adds a bit of charm to overall look
  • Front has a similar affair with a dew-drop notch and thin bezels
  • The patterned back almost completely eliminates the chances of getting fingerprints or smudges - it also adds a lot of grip and gives the phone a very solid, sturdy feel
  • Face recognition is quick to unlock the smartphone in different lighting conditions
  • Large, 6.5 inch IPS display with HD+ resolution - the colors are vibrant with a decent amount of sharpness
  • Sunlight legibility is also good - the display gets bright enough for comfortable outdoor use
  • The Realme C11 comes with Realme UI based on Android 10 which is much more streamlined and clean compared to previous realme phones - it still packs a lot of useful features like Dark mode, Focus mode, Game Space and Personal Information Protection
  • Decent dual camera setup for the price - a 13MP primary shooter + a 2MP depth sensor
  • The main camera can click photos with good details in bright light - photos have a lot of details, colours have a punch, come out well even when shot against a direct light source, thanks to the HDR and chroma boost
  • The portrait shots look good, and the edge detection is decent as well
  • The 5MP front camera can shoot decent selfies - the portrait mode works for the front camera as well, bringing out a more aggressive bokeh effect than the one produced by the dedicated sensor at the back
  • Decent video recording quality, with a option to shoot slow motion videos
  • Uses the old MicroUSB plug, while the competition has started offering USB Type-C in the budget segment
  • Impressive battery life with a big 5000 mAh battery - it lasts for two full days on a single charge with moderate usage
  • Realme C11 is worth buying as long as your usage is basic - it has a good display that produces bright colours, cameras manage to deliver beautiful shots and the battery the can last days
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • A bit heavy, at 196g
  • There is no Widevine L1 certification which means that you cannot enjoy HD content on Netflix and Amazon Prime
  • There's still some bloatware that comes pre-installed
  • Performance of the realme C11 is strictly average - the apps begin to lag when you try browsing the internet and running apps in the background simultaneously - as far as gaming is concerned, it is capable of handling light games only such as Temple Run, Candy Crush etc
  • Low light photos are average, as expected, they lack detail and aren't very sharp
  • Charging is on the slower side with the 10W charger - it takes over 3 hours to charge the smartphone completely
  • If you're looking for a good performing phone with all other bells and whistles, there's the realme C3 as alternative
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. The C11 scores high on design and the overall aesthetics, but falls short in performance
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Decent cameras, design, and great battery life for the price
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Realme C11 is an entry-level phone that gets the job done and also looks good while at it, though more RAM would be appreciated
    financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Realme C11 is worth buying, as long as your needs are basic
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Those looking to buy a budget phone with exceptional battery life should consider the Realme C11
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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