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23 mayo, 2021

Redmi continues to expand its catalog of entry and a half range and last July the Xiaomi Redmi 7A landed in Spain. Its about lowest step of the mark, focused on an audience without great demands as far as mobile is concerned, betting especially on the price.

Now, the Redmi 7A has gone through our test bench to analyze if the mobile complies on a day-to-day basis and there is something beyond that groundbreaking price for get a niche in the disputed entry range. As a preview, on Redmi they are experts in getting it, so, in theory, they should not have many problems.

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Redmi 7A by Xiaomi datasheet

REDMI 7A

SCREEN

5.45 inch LCD / IPS
HD + resolution (1440 x 720 pixels)
18: 9
Screen-to-body ratio 74.4%

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

146.30 x 70.41 x 9.55 mm
165 grams

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 439

RAM

2 GB

INTERNAL STORAGE

16/32 GB (expandable up to 256 GB with microSD)

REAR CAMERA

12 MP

FRONTAL CAMERA

5 MP

SOFTWARE

Android Pie 9.0 with MIUI 10

DRUMS

4,000 mAh with 10W load

CONNECTIVITY

4 G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooh 4.2, microUSB

OTHERS

Face recognition, 3.5 mm jack, dual SIM, wireless FM radio, Splash resistant

PRICE

88 euros

Xiaomi Redmi 7A Smartphone 2 Go of RAM 16Go of ROM

Xiaomi Redmi 7A Smartphone 2 Go of RAM 16Go of ROM

Continuous design without breaking molds

Redmi Cover

Redmi is committed to continuity and presents a Xiaomi Redmi 7A with few differences regarding design over its predecessor, the Redmi 6A. Thus, we find a mobile without great pretensions in this sense, with a 5.45 inch LCD / IPS screen with HD + resolution (1440 x 720 pixels) and an 18: 9 ratio that makes it a narrow and long phone. In addition, the glass front is flat, without rounded frames on the sides.

Made of polycarbonate (plastic), moves away from the premium air of other materials such as metal or glass common in other superior ranges. However, we also find advantages. The main one is that we do not have to worry about the fingerprints on the back of the smartphone or that we are facing a much more resistant mobile against falls or shocks.

The phone has splash protection, improved resistance thanks to an invisible nano-coating that reduces corrosion caused by sweat, oils, beverages or other liquids. According to Redmi, something similar to a rain jacket for the smartphone that, in practice, is curious to see how it repels splashes.

Measuring 146.30 x 70.41 x 9.55 mm, it weighs 165 grams, perhaps somewhat high for its size and, in fact, the first feeling when you pick it up is that it weighs. However, after a while with him he disappears, becoming a telephone. easy to operate with one hand adapting well to it thanks also in part to the rounded corners.

Redmi 7a Side

We are facing an entry range, which means that here there is no notch, much less perforated screen. Far from all that, we find frames everywhere: visible on the sides, but especially on the chin (where we also find the brand name) and in the upper area where the front camera and the notification LED are located. All this leads to the body-screen ratio being 74.4%, according to manufacturer data.

The mobile comes in two colors, blue and black (we have had the blue version) and when we turn it over, we find the first surprise: the fingerprint reader missing. At this point, it is striking that a mobile does not have this biometric sensor, no matter how much input range it may be.

The Redmi 7A by Xiaomi does not have a fingerprint reader, although it does have a face unlock

Thus, we only find the camera module in a vertical position in the upper left corner, where a lonely lens and LED flash. Yes, it is also rare to have a single sensor in a mobile, but we insist, we are in the lowest step of Redmi, so you can hardly ask for more. Next to it, different texts, such as the reference to the AI ​​Camera or the brand of the terminal.

We go to the sides. On the right side we find the volume and power / lock buttons, while on the left there is a single slot for the cards: two nanoSIM and one microSD.

Redmi 7a Headphones

The phone keeps the headphone jack in the upper area, a position that attracts attention since it is far from most manufacturers and to which it is somewhat difficult to get used to, especially at the beginning. In the lower area we find the speakers next to the micro-USB port.

REDMI 7A BY XIAOMI

NOKIA 1 PLUS

SONY XPERIA L3

MOTOROLA MOTO G7 PLAY

LG K40

ZTE BLADE A5 (2019)

SCREEN

5.45 inch

5.45 inch

5.7 inch

5.7 inch

5.7 inch

5.45 inch

SCREEN / FRONT RATIO

74.4%

75.1%

75.6%

77.3%

76.2%

75.1%

DIMENSIONS

146.3 x 70.4 x 9.6 mm

145 x 70.4 x 8.6 mm

154 x 72 x 8.9 mm

147.3 x 71.5 x 8 mm

153 x 71.9 x 8.3 mm

145.8 x 70 x 9.6 mm

WEIGHT

165 grams

138.4 grams

156 grams

149 grams

144 grams

157 grams

As we said before, the Redmi 7A by Xiaomi offers a 74.4% screen-to-body ratio According to manufacturer data, a figure that is in the same line as other mobiles in its range. For example, the Nokia 1 Plus or the ZTE Blade A5 (2019) have the same 5.45-inch screen and a front-end use of 75.1% in both cases.

If we stretch the diagonal to 5.7 inches, we find the Sony Xperia L3 with a 75.6% utilization, the Motorola Moto G7 Play with 77.3% and the LG K40 with 76.2%.

The mobile has a screen-to-body ratio of 74.4%, a somewhat low figure compared to other similar phones

When comparing the weight, the Redmi 7A tops the table with 165 grams, followed by the ZTE Blade A5 (2019) with 157 grams, closing the Nokia 1 Plus with practically the same size and only 138.4 grams.

Definitely, the design does not break molds and it follows the line marked by Redmi in its lowest echelons and even of entry-level phones from other brands. Simple, functional and with a first feeling of heaviness that later disappears to become a comfortable mobile in hand.

Display: correct colors and sharpness

Redmi 7th Cover

The Xiaomi Redmi 7A mounts a 5.45-inch IPS screen with HD + resolution (1440 x 720 pixels) with 295 dots per inch. What does this translate to? Not an outstanding display, but steps out with ease.

Logically, we would have wanted a higher resolution and an increase of 295 dpi, which probably would have led to more battery drain. And the truth is that color reproduction is correct, same as the degree of sharpness of the screen.

Display Contrast Colors

With a quite realistic color reproduction, the phone also offers the possibility of customizing the color and contrast settings to adapt it to our preferences.

The same happens with the brightness, which in addition to adjusting it manually, offers the possibility of doing it automatically. Does it perform well? The truth is that it takes longer than desired and, in our case, We have ended up choosing to always carry it 100%.

Redmi 7a Sol screen The Redmi 7A by Xiaomi in direct sunlight vs shadow

When viewed under different viewing angles, the screen suffers a bit, as it does outdoors and in direct sunlight, where it suffers a lot. It becomes practically a mirror, being practically impossible to handle despite bringing the brightness to 100%. In the shade, the screen is operational again without too many display problems.

Yes positively highlights tactile feedback, where we have not found any problem during the days of use, with an optimal response time.

Reading Mode Automatic mode vs Reading mode

The mobile also has a reading mode with warmer colors for a better experience, to which the TÜV Rheinland® certified low blue light display It reduces harmful blue light to the eyes. Although logically not ideal for reading a book, it is quite useful in low light conditions.

Redmi 7a Text Size Copy

Among the rest of the options offered by the screen, the possibility of activate it with a double click or by picking up the phone, navigation by gestures or the possibility of adjusting the size of the text in six different levels.

Speakers move to the lower zone offering loud and clear sound

In terms of sound, the Redmi 7A has the speaker in the lower area, the headphone jack on the top and the microphone for noise cancellation. The truth is that it does not have great customization options beyond those that MIUI can offer in the phone’s own settings.

Of course, it is true that the sound is clear Plus, you can turn up 20% more than the default value by just pressing the volume up button when it is already in the loudest mode.

Generally speaking, it works well for music, video, and podcasts, although we have encountered some problem with calls. Nothing that is not solved with headphones, although yes, the mobile has wireless FM radio, that is, without headphones.

Performance: better fluidity than expected

Redmi 7a Top Screen

The Redmi 7A bets on the Snapdragon 439 processor that offers a 26% improvement compared to the Redmi 6A (with Helio A22 chip), according to manufacturer data.

In fact, from the four A53 cores of the MediaTek we went to the eight Cortex A53 cores at 1.9GHz of the Snapdragon, built in 12 nanometers and supported by artificial intelligence. He is accompanied by the Adreno 505 graphic and the Snapdragon X6 LTE modem.

The phone has the Snapdragon 439 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of internal memory

We find 2 GB RAM and two internal storage options with 16 and 32 GB. In our case, we have analyzed the configuration of 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 256 GB with microSD. Yes, mobiles with this capacity are still being manufactured, which in advance seems scarce to us.

Is the RAM enough for day to day? Without forgetting the range in which we move, yes. Have a better than expected performance, which does not mean that with the 2 GB of RAM we are over. In fact, we have found some lags and some problems in multitasking, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Also a unexpected and punctual closure of apps, as was the case the first time we consulted Gmail. Luckily, it didn’t happen again and we were able to navigate the email without any difficulty.

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