Redmi 7: This new entry-level smartphone is impressive value for money

James Marshall
March 19, 2019

The so called Redmi 7 is confirmed to have an 3.5mm port for headphones, an infrared (IR) blaster which will let you control your air conditioners and TV. The screen is covered by Gorilla Glass 5 and a P2i nanocoating provides some protection against water splashes. The chipset is a significant upgrade from the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC which powered the predecessor, Redmi 6.

For the camera, Redmi Go would have a single 8MP sensor at the back with an aperture of f/2.0. The onboard AI improves pictures captured with the rear camera further. For the front, the smartphone has an 8-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling with features like AI beauty and AI face unlock. The TENAA listing also listed an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, fingerprint sensor, and a proximity sensor. It comes with a polycarbonate body and will be in gradient finish color options. The Chinese electronics maker is hoping to show it's a company that can do even more: Not only compete with super-premium devices from bigger companies, but make phones for those on a budget. On the front, Xiaomi's new sub-brand Redmi has added a 6.26-inch HD+ display, boasting an aspect ratio of 19:9. Moreover, the device also features 18W fast charging option. The Chinese variant will also come with an 18W charger within the box, unlike the Indian units.

At today's press conference, besides the Redmi 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro, the company also announced two eco-chain products, namely Redmi AirDots True Wireless Bluetooth Headset and Redmi Automatic Pulsator Washing Machine 1A (8kg), priced at 99.9 yuan ($15) and 799 yuan ($119), respectively. The 4GB variant of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, on the other hand, was not mentioned at the event so it is safe to assume that the version is now exclusive to India.

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