Xiaomi has been a revelation in recent years. With a lot of amazing smartphones to their name already this year, the brand has displayed creativity and continuity and looks to dominate the smartphone market in years to come.
While Xiaomi may not be the first name that comes to mind when mentioning popular smartphones in South Africa, it is beginning to stamp its mark in the industry as one of the very best new-generation smartphones today and the introduction of another masterpiece in Redmi 7 confirms this.
If you want to know more about the Xiaomi Redmi 7, then you should keep on reading this. Here, we will take a deep look at the smartphone’s core features, general reviews and how much it goes for in the current market in South Africa.
Xiaomi Redmi 7 Prices in South Africa
As revealed by the manufacturer during its launch in South Africa, the Xiaomi Redmi 7 would sell for the following prices:
- 2GB/16GB version: R$1,800 – R$1,980
- 3GB/32GB version: R$2,808 – R$2,880
- 3GB/64GB version: R$2,160 – R$2,340
Xiaomi Redmi 7 Specs at a Glance
- Display: 6.26-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 720 X 1520 pixels
- Dimension: 158.7 x 75.6 x 8.5 mm
- Processor Type: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 CPU
- RAM: 2GB/3GB
- Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
- Back Camera: Dual 12MP + 2MP camera, 1080p Video@30/60fps; Autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama
- Front Camera: 8MP camera, 1080p Video@30fps
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass, Fingerprint (on-screen), Gyroscope
- Battery: 4, 000mAh non-removable Li-Po battery with fast charging
Xiaomi Redmi 7 Review
The mobile market has seen some impressive affordable smartphones launched recently and Redmi 7 is one of the latest to be welcomed to the party. The smartphone has been widely embraced in various parts of the world thanks to its outstanding features and lovely design.
Redmi 7 is one of the first sets of smartphones to features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600-series processor in the mid-range market. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC and boasts options for either 2GB RAM with 32GB internal storage and another variant that boasts 3GB RAM with 32GB storage. This leads us to that same question of how good is the new Redmi 7 smartphone?
Let us take a deeper look at the smartphone features.
If a design is one factor you consider key in a smartphone, then you most likely will be impressed with Redmi 7. The smartphone feels so comfortable and lovely to hold. While there is nothing out of the ordinary about the overall design and feel of the phone, its U-shaped notch display is something to admire about the device. The unique notch houses the 8 MP front camera and the proximity and ambient light sensors.
Unlike the other Redmi series, the Redmi 7 feature an all-plastic body and there are some signs some corners have been cut to maintain the price it goes for. It boasts a single speaker but it succeeds to be loud enough for users not to have any reason to complain about that aspect.
The rear of the phone feels sticky; attracting lots of fingerprints. The brand confirmed that the new silky coating is more prone to scratches as well.
The Redmi 7 features a 6.3-inch HD+ (1520×720) 19.5:9 IPS LCD display with a water drop notch. The DEVICE looks similar to the Redmi Note 7 apart from its slightly wider bezels. Its resolution of 720 x 1520 is fair enough, given the price it goes for, although we would have loved a Full HD+ screen. Notwithstanding, this device boasts one of the best displays you can get for the price. The display is impressive and vibrant with love color output, which is even better when compared to some other smartphones in its category.
The Redmi 7 camera is top notch. It sports a lovely combination of the 12MP main camera and a secondary 2MP depth sensor. The outputs are rather impressive, especially when shots are taken at low-light.
You shouldn’t expect a perfect camera quality given the price it goes for as close examination of shots reveals a lack of some details. Yet, Xiaomi has done a great job with tweaking the device’s camera. The phone also captures portrait mode shots impressively well and marks a reasonable upgrade when compared with phones in its category.
Redmi 7 packs a strong 4, 000mAh non-removable Li-Po battery. The device easily lasts one day and a half on a single full charge. In fact, with not so heavy usage, the battery can be easily managed for two days of usage. Although charging the device takes longer than most users would like, with the bundled 5V 2A charger taking over 130 minutes to fully charge the phone, you can be confident of strong and reliable battery life.
Redmi 7 is one of the first sets of smartphones to features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600-series processor in the mid-range market as it runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC. The chip, which uses the 14nm process, boasts the octa-core 2.2GHz processor and Adreno 506 GPU.
Xiaomi Redmi 7 represents a huge improvement in almost all aspects you can imagine. Xiaomi’s latest lineup for Redmi smartphones signifies a drastic positive step in various aspects. From the performance to its design and display, the Redmi 7 proves a significant upgrade of all other Redmi devices.
While you might still not rate this smartphone with the latest products of the likes of Samsung and Apple, the pone strongly compares with any other smartphone in its category and stakes a claim among the very best phones released so far in 2019.