Xioami Redmi 7 Review

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A Brief History

In July 2013, Redmi was introduced by Xiaomi as a budget smartphone line.  Xiaomi has been bringing smartphones in the mid-range and budget market over the five years since Redmi’s original introduction.  Redmi 7 is Xiaomi’s new offering with some stunning features. Redmi series has been providing some good features at very affordable prices. With big players like Samsung and Realme, Redmi 7 is another attempt by Xiaomi in the budget range. The device comes with 6.2-inches HD+ screen, Snapdragon 632 chipset, dual rear camera, and 4,000mAh battery life. With such a nice set of features, is it a worthy buy in budget segment? Let us check it out in the Xiaomi Redmi 7 review below.

Digging Deeper

Design and Display

Redmi 2.  Photograph by Vernon Chan.

Redmi series is coming with nicely built devices- all thanks to the aluminum chassis they use. Xiaomi Redmi 7 comes in three color variants: Cormet Blue, Eclipse Black, and Lunar Red. Xiaomi has used the gradient finishing on the back panel- Xioami calls this as Aura Smoke. The device has got curved edges which makes it grippy and comfortable to hold in hands. The device’s back panel catches fingerprints and smudges easily. You must use a back cover to protect it from smudges and scratches. On the top left corner, you get to see the dual vertical camera sensor. Also, a fingerprint sensor is on the back panel which is very easy to reach and is responsive too.  You can easily buy this phone online using Croma Discount with great offers.

On the top, you get to see a 3.5mm headphone jack and an Infrared Blaster. The left edge packs SIM tray while on the right, you get to see the volume rockers and power button. On the bottom, there houses a micro-USB port with speaker grilles.

Coming to the display, Xiaomi Redmi 7 comes with 6.2-inch HD+ display with 1520 x 720 pixels resolution. The screen comes with

Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 which adds a protective layer to the screen. Yes, it doesn’t have Full HD+ resolution which is disappointing. The screen gets a U-shaped notch on the top and has thick bezels than usual mid-range devices. The IPS panel brings the colors accurate and sharp enough to give you a great movie watching experience. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best displays in this price segment.

Performance

Redmi Note 3.  Photograph by Vernon Chan.

Under the hood, Redmi 7 has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset. The device comes in two RAM variants: 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM. The device packs 32GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 512GB via microSD card. Redmi 7 comes with the good chipset which can get the job done easily. The overall experience is very smooth but while using many apps at a time, you might find lags. Yes, you get to see lags and a little bit of hiccups while loading some apps. But, it is due to the optimization problems which must be resolved by MIUI in further updates. Playing games on this device is not a great stroke, you can run games like PUBG on low settings. So, this is not a great phone for gaming.

Xiaomi’s Redmi 7 runs Android 9.0 Pie coupled with MIUI 10 on top of it. MIUI 10 comes with a handful of customizations which have made the device very easier to use.

Cameras and Battery Life

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Front Screen.  Photograph by Zukunft.

Xiaomi’s Redmi 7 packs a dual rear camera setup including a primary 12MP sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies, you get to see an 8MP front camera which acts as a face unlock sensor too. Redmi 7 rear camera captures some good images- fully detailed and with perfect aesthetics. In low light conditions, the camera lacks aesthetics and sharpness. Selfie camera in this device gets the job done and give you some amazing pictures out of the cam.

Redmi 7 comes with 4,000mAh battery which can give you two days of battery life. If you are a moderate user, you will get enough of it for a full day and still some fuel remaining in the tank. In about 2 hours, you get to charge the phone from 0-100 percent.  In terms of battery life various options available in the market and one can avail those using Mobikwik Coupons with great deals.

Final Verdict

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 4 GB 128 GB.  Photograph by Nickispeaki.

Coming at Rs 7,999, Redmi 7 is a decent device if you are looking for good performance with big battery life. In this price bracket, you get one of the best displays. Yes, you might feel some hiccups or lags here and there but still, it gives you a smooth sail. With further updates, you might see the optimization issues resolved. If you are looking for a device which offers good value for your money, then Xiaomi’s Redmi 7 is one of the worthy options. If you are not looking for something heavy and just want to do casual things on this device, then you will not be disappointed with this smartphone. Overall, Redmi 7 is an amazing phone which everyone can afford to grab.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Carrier, Mark.  From Smartphones to Social Media: How Technology Affects Our Brains and Behavior.  Greenwood, 2018.

From Smartphones to Social Media: How Technology Affects Our Brains and Behavior (Hardcover)


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