The Redmi 7 series is finally available in India, about six months after the announcement of the Xiaomi Redmi 6 series. The successor now comes with a water droplet notch, beautiful gradient design, and a few other updated features. In the recent past, manufacturers including Samsung have tried their best to make their presence felt in the under-10k segment of the smartphone market, which has forced manufacturers like Xiaomi to refresh their product lines and improve their existing services.
The newly announced Xiaomi Redmi 7 is a perfect product and appeals to most people when it comes to providing exactly what the public is looking for. The focus of the new smartphone is the overall value instead of the emphasis on a specific feature. Xiaomi has not yet launched the cheaper Redmi 7 Pro or Xiaomi Redmi 7A on the market, in this review we will compare Redmi 7 with competitors such as Honor, Realme, and Samsung.
Design and Display
Redmi 7 looks very different from the old Redmi phones and completely breaks the mold. The brand has abandoned the metal design seen on Xiaomi Redmi 6 and has now chosen the same colorful glossy plastic as most other competitors. The device comes in three different colors including Comet Blue, Lunar Red, and Eclipse Black.
The Comet Blue and Lunar Red variants come with a color range on the back and this is called the Aura Smoke design, which is controversial because not everyone likes it. However, the overall efficiency is small compared to other services that we have seen in recent times. The device comes with a dark translucent plastic case in the box that makes the finish less obvious.
Redmi 7 has a very similar design to the Redmi Y3, this device has a screen of 6,26 inches compared to the 5.45-inch screen on the Redmi 6. The Redmi 7 is significantly larger than its predecessors and generally also has a thinner border. The device also weighs more than 180g and has a thickness of 8.47mm, making it very hand-held. The device is quite large and you can feel the weight when holding it or carrying it in the bag, the corners are sometimes also difficult to reach with just the thumb.
The brand introduced the waterdrop notch even on the cheap Redmi 7 with this generation, while the smartphone has a noticeable border, the brand chose Gorilla Glass 5 to protect the screen from scratches and cracks. The back of the smartphone is made of molded plastic and is finished with Nanospray for waterproofing. The back of the device is very glossy and highly reflective, the fingerprints clinging to the back and the stains are easy to notice in the moment of smartphone use. We also noticed that the back is a dirt magnet and the fabric can be due to the static energy stored, although carefully processed, the back is very susceptible to scratches and scratches.
The edges of the Redmi 7 are made from translucent plastic and give a good grip, the fingerprint sensor on the back and the right power button are just within reach. The headset is located above the front camera and is very thin, most of the sensor is hidden and there is a small notification light on the chin below the screen that will light up when the phone is charging. The top of the smartphone has a 3.5 mm headphone jack along with an infrared generator to control household devices such as TVs, AV, and Audio Stereo. On the top left of the smartphone, there is a tray containing a Nano SIM card and a microSD card, there are two grids at the bottom, one of which is for speakers while the other is probably for the microphone.
Xiaomi Redmi 7 still uses the micro USB port and we are keen to see the USB Type C port on the device. Although the device still uses a plastic body that is not beneficial to many people, the device still looks quite beautiful and has quite a high durability. However, Redmi 7 is more attractive than its predecessors at the same price.
Performance and Software
The Redmi 7 is equipped with the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor as the He Redmi Y3. This is a significant improvement over the MediaTek Helio P22 available on Redmi 6 or Snapdragon 625 on Redmi 6 Pro. The new Snapdragon 632 is powered by Qualcomm’s Kryo 250 CPU cores that run at 1.8 GHz and have a built-in Adreno 506 CPU. The device comes in two variants, the basic model has 32 GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM while the more expensive variant at 8,999 Rupees comes with 3 GB of RAM. This is a surprising move as the Redmi 6 has 3GB of RAM on variants and offers the option for 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
The device runs on MIUI 10.2 software based on Android 9 Pie, which is very similar to the software found on all Redmi Devices. The default lock screen is the Wallpaper carousel that may include some ads, however, during the initial setup, there is an option to turn this off. This is the same platform used by Samsung on their M series smartphones, we find fewer ads and better-designed sn codes on the Redmi 7 than the Samsung Galaxy M20.
MIUI software does not come with an app drawer and all app icons are displayed on the home screen, there is also an app store with various tables including shortcuts for specific tasks in certain applications. The MIUI task converter has a tiled layout and is very handy to use. The second Space feature in MIUI allows the use of a separate profile for private apps and data, which can then be conveniently deleted. The dual app feature allows you to run versions of any app, not just the agencies as in some cases. There are a Mi Apps store and several first-party apps along with ads in it. The built-in music app lets you stream from Hungama without further setup, and there’s also a Security app for virus scanning and enhanced privacy.
Redmi 7 works very well, we tested the 3GB RAM variant of the device, in addition to the ads in the software, the rest of the experience is generally very smooth. We notice occasional lag when scrolling through the app switcher when more than one app and their animations are cached. The display is pretty good but sometimes the text is a bit blurry and the ability to use sunlight is not the best. The benchmarks showed a huge improvement over the Redmi 6 series, an AnTuTu score at 103,561 while Geekbench gave us a single-core score of 1247 and a multi-core score of 4,333.
We tried several games on Redmi 7 including Asphalt 9: Legends and PUBG, Asphalt 9 somehow showed itself in incompatibility on the Play Store so we had to download the game. PUBG games run in pre-set average graphics by default and the game runs well. The device has slightly warmed up the upper area of the back of the smartphone.
The Redmi 7 comes with a 12MP main sensor with an aperture of f / 2.2 and a 2MP sub-sensor for depth sensor. There are no telephoto or wide-angle lenses in the device, however, similar to the Redmi Y3, there is an AI mode to adjust the camera settings automatically based on the scene captured. The camera app has a number of options including Pro mode, Portrait mode, Beauty, Group Photography, Time Lens, and more. It also supports mass shooting by holding down the shutter button and also has the option of metering levels.
We were quite impressed by the overall patterns and photos are taken under sunlight with incredible detail and sharp focus. There are good details in the focus area, however, when the image is a little distant, it looks much inferior. Redmi 7 handles exposure quite well in brightly lit scenes, however, the color seems a bit dull and lacks focus.
Low-light shots are actually pretty good and the colors are pretty well preserved, however, there is a lot of noise in most of the shots taken and the photos lack detail when zoomed in. There is also a lot of blurry motion and some light areas are over-lit due to slow shutters resulting in less optimal images. Video recording is supported at 1080p at speeds of up to 60FPS and supports both, H.264 and H.265 codecs. The clips are filmed slightly blurry and have a lot of vibration, night shooting with low detail, and a lot of noise.
The front camera of the device is quite good, it uses an 8MP sensor with an f / 2.0 aperture and is turned on beauty mode by default, very positive. The overall picture is quite good, however, if you prioritize the selfie image then the Redmi Y3 may be the better option than the Redmi 7.
Xiaomi Redmi 7 offers some of the best features and modern design, the brand has worked a lot to improve the overall design and feel of the smartphone since redmi 6. The reduction of RAM and the lack of a 64GB variant are a big thing. – Downstairs, redmi Note 7 and Redmi Y3 are both available for just over Rs 1,000 compared to Redmi 7 and can be more profitable for most buyers thanks to the advantage they offer.