News Redmi 7: Low-budget smartphone officially launched
At the turn of the year 2019, Xiaomi “separated” from Redmi for marketing reasons and is now establishing Redmi as its own brand. The Redmi Note 7 was the first strike and the second one follows. On March 18, the tech giant from China officially presented the Redmi 7, the manufacturer’s low-budget device.
Technical data of the Redmi 7
|Display||6.26 inch 19.5:9 HD (1520 x 720 pixels) LC display (268 PPI)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 632 @ 1.8 GHZ|
|Graphic chip||Qualcomm Adreno 506|
|Internal memory||16/32/64 GB (expandable up to 512 GB)|
|Camera||12 megapixels with ƒ/2.2 aperture|
|Front camera||8 Megapixel|
|Connectivity||b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth 4.2, Micro-USB, GPS, Dual-SIM|
|Features||Fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock, 3.5 mm jack, Infrared|
|Operating system||MIUI 10 interface based on Android 9|
|Dimensions / Weight||158,73 × 75,58 × 8,47 mm / 180g|
Xiaomi or Redmi usually succeeds relatively well in presenting all devices of a generation in a similar look. The new Redmi 7 reminds us of the Redmi Note 7, the big brother. With a display diagonal of 6.26 inches, however, this is minimally smaller, but really only minimally, after all, the Note 7 works with a 6.3 inch diagonal. On the other hand, the resolution is reduced a good deal, with 1520 x 720 pixels one only works with HD resolution.
The Redmi 7 thus has a much larger screen than its predecessor, which is equipped with a 5.45 inch display. The dimensions are probably 158.73 × 75.58 × 8.47 mm, which would make it relatively large and thick.
Since the Redmi devices always appeal to a somewhat younger target group, the Redmi 7 promises a colourful variety of Colorways. The Budget smartphone will appear in black, grey, green, red, blue, purple and white. These colourings are probably each equipped with the Twilight effect, which can be seen well on the photos. On the back there is the fingerprint sensor next to the dual camera – nothing new.
Back to Qualcomm!
Low-budget smartphones always have to manage the difficult balancing act between a certain basic performance level for current applications and a good price. Redmi opts for the Snapdragon 632 processor. The chip is still relatively new and combines eight Kryo 250 cores with a clock frequency of 1.8 GHz. The CPU is more or less a successor of the Snapdragon 625 processor, which is known from the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite or Redmi Note 4.
In addition there are probably 2/16 GB, 3/32 GB and 4/64 GB memory, the final price of the device is graded according to the version. Even budget smartphones have long since been equipped with dual cameras on Xiaomi, including the Redmi 7. This combines a 12 megapixel sensor with a secondary sensor that won’t deliver the big added value with 2 megapixels. The front camera in the Waterdrop notch delivers 8 megapixel resolution. With a capacity of 4,000 mAh, the battery is quite large and should also provide a good battery life for the low-budget smartphone.
Of course the smartphone uses MIUI as operating system, because it is not an Android One device. This is based on Android 9 Pie. In addition there are of course WLAN and Bluetooth, as well as in a very realistic global version of course all necessary LTE bands. Since both the Redmi 5 and 6 have been released as global version, we strongly assume that the low-budget smartphone will also find its way to Europe.
One still relies on the micro-USB connector on the bottom side, but also on the 3.5 mm connector on the top side. Another advantage is the real Dual SIM + memory expansion, so we have a total of three slots for SIM cards and a microSD card!
Of course, the price is still missing for a final assessment. I clearly like the processor choice better than with the predecessor and should provide sufficient performance. Therefore, we think that Xiaomi produces a worthy successor here, even though I personally would have liked a more compact design in order to distinguish it from the Redmi Note 7 even more clearly.