Xiaomi Redmi 7 Review

by May 10, 2019 0 comments

Last year, Xiaomi announced Redmi 6 series which was also one of the best-selling model for the company in India in 2018. Xiaomi which once enjoyed a huge market share in the affordable space is now threatened by Samsung which has launched really great devices in its Galaxy M and Galaxy A series. But, Xiaomi isn’t one company that sits back and watch. The company earlier focused on bringing top specifications on its devices, but never really cared about design. But, with the launch of Redmi 7, Xiaomi has given consumers a device that not only stands tall on design but also on photography and performance. Let’s take a closer look at Xiaomi Redmi 7 Review.

Xiaomi Redmi 7 Review: Specifications and price

The Redmi 7 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC, a fast processor from the Redmi 6’s MediaTek Helio P22 and also over the Redmi 6 Pro’s Snapdragon 625. The smartphone is further integrated with Adreno 506 graphics.

The Xiaomi Redmi 7 sports a 6.26-inch with a resolution of 720×1520, aspect ratio of 19:9 and delivers 84 per cent of the NTSC colour gamut – good enough for a device at this price.

The Redmi 7 comes in two variants – 2GB RAM version costs Rs 7,999 and the 3GB RAM variant costs Rs 8,999. Both the smartphones come with 32GB of internal memory.

Xiaomi Redmi 7 Review: Design and performance

The Redmi 7 might look a glass body but here looks are deceiving as the smartphone boasts a plastic body and if you want gradient finishes, you should go for Lunar Red and Comet Blue, which are more good looking than the eclipse black colour. The company has also added Oleophobic coating at the back to wipe out fingerprint smudges easily. Another important thing to notice in the design of Redmi 7 is the use of Gorilla Glass 5. Impressive!

Running Snapdragon 625 chip, the smartphone delivered decent performance, however serious gamers beware as it is not a device for them. The 3GB variant will give slightly better performance than the 2GB base variant. Navigating through the interface is smooth and easy to use, but stutters at times. During my time with the device, I noticed a minute lag while multitasking between the apps which could be an issue of cache memory.

The display performance is satisfactory and you will get decent colours and viewing angles. Videos on YouTube and other streaming apps looked nice, but I found text to be less sharp at times. The speaker produced good sound and is great for music, but of course, if you want bass, I recommend you to use headphones. The Xiaomi Redmi 7 review unit also came with headphones, but those aren’t that great.

Games such as PUBG Mobile ran at low graphic setting and Asphalt 9: Legends turned out to be incompatible.

The smartphone runs MIUI 10.2 on top of Android 9 Pie. While the look and feel of icons is good, the interface keeps pushing ads which is really disappointing. You can switch these ads off from the Setting menu, but many wouldn’t even bother to turn them off.

There is no app drawer and all the apps are hooked directly on to the home screens. There is also dual apps feature allowing you to run a same app in two instances with different credentials.

Xiaomi Redmi 7 Review: Camera

The smartphone sports dual rear camera setup consisting of 12MP + 2MP sensor along with an 8MP front camera. While Xiaomi claims Redmi 7 can take great photos, but in real life performance was average. The smartphone clicks good images when there is enough light but fails desperately in low-light.

The 2MP depth sensor did a good job in identifying subject but the edge detection was not that sharp. Overall, the Redmi 7 camera can click satisfactory images given its price.

Conclusion

With a decent design, Gorilla Glass 5, quick processor, the Xiaomi Redmi 7 is a great successor to Redmi 6 and even to Redmi 6 Pro at this price. Samsung Galaxy M20 can be a good alternative but it lets down for its Exynos 7870 chip. But, if you willing to shell out a couple of 1,000 bucks more, you can purchase the Redmi Note 7 for Rs 11,990 which has slightly improved specs.

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