Our Opinion

The realme 7i 64GB is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime 128GB is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then realme 7i 64GB might be a slightly better choice.

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime 128GB  realme 7i 64GB 
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Excellence Score
33.0
34.1
Value for Money Score
83.4
79.0
Price ₹ 10,299 onwards ₹ 11,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2020 Oct, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.53 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 90 HzHigh
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Mediatek Helio G80Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 662Ranked #47 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G52 MC2 Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB 4 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 USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
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; 28mm Focal Length; 1/3.1" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 118-degree Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Lens, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor 64MP: f/1.8 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.3 aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; 22mm Focal Length; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size, 2MP: B/W Sensor; f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, EIS, Super NightScape, Panoramic view, Expert mode, Time-lapse, Portrait mode, HDR, Ultra wide mode, Ultra macro mode, AI scene recognition, AI Beauty, Filter, Chroma Boost, Slow Motion, Bokeh Effect Control
Secondary Camera 8MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 4.0, Portrait mode, HDR, Screen Flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Palm shutter f/2.1 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 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 9.1 mmThick 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 198 gmHeavy 188 gmMedium
Width 77.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.5 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 5020 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 Yes, 18W Fast Charging Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Striking, shade shifting rear design - the Redmi 9 Prime's looks similar to the more expensive Poco X2 with its quad-camera arrangement in a circular patch
  • The front is the routine, dew-drop notch with decent bezels
  • The fingerprint scanner is on the back and it is fast and reliable
  • The textured back of the Redmi 9 feels great in the hand and provides excellent grip
  • Sharp, vibrant, and vivid 6.53-inch full HD+ IPS display - keeping the price-point of the phone in mind, Redmi 9 Prime offers a pretty good display
  • MIUI 11 is as feature rich as ever, the overall interface on the phone is quite smooth and user friendly - Android 10 is running beneath all the jazz
  • Very good performance from the new MediaTek G80 chipset (similar to the Snapdragon 712) - the phone smoothly handles day-to-day task with ease and heavy games like PUBG Mobile run reasonably well
  • Decent quad-camera setup - a 13MP main, an 8MP ultra-wide, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The photos from the main camera are good for this budget class
  • The ultra-wide camera is among the better ones at this price and captures more of the scene easily
  • The macro camera puts out decent close-ups if you get the distance right with its fixed focus lens
  • The portraits are detailed, and the blur is convincing thanks to the dedicated depth sensor
  • Decent selfies from the 8MP front camera - portrait mode is available for selfies too, and it is as competent as a single fixed-focus camera can be
  • Excellent battery life with the 5020 mAh cell - with regular use, the Redmi 9 Prime easily lasts through two days of use
  • Redmi 9 Prime is a great option for people looking for a phone with decent gaming performance, good display, and solid battery life at an affordable price
  • Trendy rear design - the Realme 7i features a similar design as other Realme 7 series phones, the glossy back creates some interesting patterns when light hits it
  • The front too looks similar with a hole-punch and thin bezels all around
  • Face unlock and the side-mounted fingerprint sensor are quick
  • The Realme 7i gets a vibrant 6.5 inches IPS LCD - the 90 Hz refresh rate is a class leading feature
  • The 90Hz refresh rate makes for smoother scrolling and animations
  • Software on the Realme phones is much improved since the company switched to Realme UI, it is easy to use - it is also packed with features such as Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, Dark Mode, and Riding Mode among others - there are some exciting and useful features like Realme Dual-Mode Audio, which allows you to connect a Bluetooth and a wired headset at the same time to listen to music on the smartphone
  • Average, inconsistent performance from the Snapdragon 662 - regular tasks such as scrolling, opening apps, texting is fine for a phone, but it is inconsistent, stuttering animations and delayed app load times bugs the overall performance
  • Good quad cameras at the back - the main unit boasts a 64MP sensor, with an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP micro and a 2MP depth sensor - this setup is similar to the one on the Realme 7 and in real-world scenarios, it performs similarly
  • The daylight photos from the main sensor preserve the natural colour and have good exposure - it exhibits improved dynamic range, with better details compared to the Realme 6 - the new sensor is slightly better than the old one in the Realme 6
  • The ultra-wide camera captures a wider perspective but details and colours are weaker compared to the main sensor as expected
  • Portrait shots generally look good, and you get the option to adjust the background blur before shooting
  • Low light photos look cleaner too, with less grain - shots captured using Night mode look more pleasing, compared to what the Realme 6 can produce
  • The 16MP camera can take decent selfies - the selfie portrait mode is useful as it manages to correctly crop out the background, and there's also Night mode for bright selfies even in the dark
  • Overall, the cameras on the Realme 7i are a bit improved than the previous gen, which always a good thing
  • Very good battery life from the 5000 mAh battery - even with medium to heavy usage, it will get you a day and half of runtime on one charge
  • Decent fast charging - the 18W fast charger fills up the big battery in just over 2 hours
  • The Realme 7i is a good smartphone, considering all the features and specifications it offers at its price - the 90Hz display is appealing, on top of that, Realme has thrown in a 64-megapixel camera, which none of its rivals feature
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The display has average sunlight legibility and you’d have to keep the brightness all the way up for more clarity
  • It packs in plenty of bloatware, so you can get strange notifications and ads, which is annoying
  • Average low-light photos, the camera struggles to get the exposure right
  • Charging is a bit slow - the 10W charger included in the box tops up the Redmi 9 Prime in 2 hours and 48 minutes
  • The plastic material doesn’t feel solid, it catch scratches easily - additionally, it loves dust and fingerprint smudges
  • The Realme 7i is on the heavier side weighing at 188 gms
  • Sunlight legibility is poor
  • Resolutions on the lower side at HD+, phones like Redmi Note 9 offer Full HD+ display at similar price
  • There are still several pre-loaded apps however (though most of these can thankfully be uninstalled)
  • The 2MP macro camera is not great, and even photos taken in broad daylight look quite poor
  • However, the Redmi Note 9 is a more well-rounded package at the same price, there's also the Motorola Moto G9 which offers better overall experience (stock Android), superior battery life and decent cameras
Expert Reviews
  1. The Redmi 9 Prime is an excellent budget phone that seems easy to recommend
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It's hard to find a better phone at this price point
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The full-HD+ display and the big battery give this phone an edge over the competition
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Redmi 9 Prime is one of the best phones in the price bracket
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Redmi 9 Prime strikes a good balance between style, battery, and performance
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Redmi 9 Prime's performance for its price point is very Note-worthy!
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. If you are a gamer on a tight budget, Redmi 9 Prime makes for a value for money package
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Redmi 9 Prime promises a lot of power with its MediaTek Helio G80 SoC and impressive camera performance all on a tight budget
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
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  14. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. It is a decent phone but the Realme 6i is a much better deal
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  2. Good but Realme 6i a better deal
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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