Xiaomi launched the entry-level Redmi 7A phone in India on Thursday at a starting price of Rs 5,999 for the base variant with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, going all the way to Rs 6,199 for the top-end variant with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. For a limited period – until July end – Xiaomi will be selling the Redmi 7A at a reduced price of Rs 5,799 and Rs 5,999 respectively – to commemorate its 5-year anniversary in India. The Redmi 7A will be available for buying in India from July 11 from Flipkart and Mi.com/in - and via offline stores soon after.
A follow-up to last year’s Redmi 6A, the Redmi 7A brings a big battery and splash-resistance to the entry-level phone segment. The Redmi 6A was the best-selling phone in India in Q1 2019, according to data released by Counterpoint Research and something similar will be expected from the Redmi 7A as well.
Although the India variant of the Redmi 7A is largely similar to its China variant, Xiaomi has made some India-specific upgrades to the phone. Unlike the Redmi 7A China variant, the Redmi 7A that will be sold in India will come with a 12MP rear camera with Sony’s IMX486 image sensor – the same sensor that’s found in the company’s more expensive Mi A2 and Redmi Note 7 phones. Plus, Xiaomi is touting the fact that the Redmi 7A India variant comes with a built-in antenna for wireless FM radio playback. Xiaomi will be also offering 2-year warranty on the Redmi 7A – which is a first for any Xiaomi product in India.
The Redmi 7A is an entry-level smartphone designed for fist-time users who’re looking to make a switch from a feature phone – without burning a hole in their pocket. It comes with a 5.45-inch 720p+ LCD display and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor under the hood paired with up to 2GB RAM and up to 32GB storage. The phone runs Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 software and packs a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion. There’s a sizeable 4,000mAh battery inside and micro-USB port for charging and data syncing. The Redmi 7A comes with a 5MP front camera.
Elsewhere, the body of the Redmi 7A is made entirely out of plastic and there’s no fingerprint scanner here (although the phone does support face unlock). The phone will be available in Matte Blue, Matte Black and Matte Gold options.
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