Xiaomi has announced the Redmi 7A in China. A follow-up to last year’s Redmi 6A, the Redmi 7A brings a big battery and splash-resistance to the entry-level segment. Even though Xiaomi isn’t announcing the price or the configuration set just yet, it’s easy to predict what’s in store with the Redmi 7A going by the history of the series – for some perspective, the Redmi 6A currently starts in India at a price of Rs 5,999, and it is available in 2GB/16GB and 2GB/32GB versions. Something similar will be expected from the Redmi 7A as well.
The Redmi 7A may not be as fancy-looking as the Redmi 7 (or the Redmi Note 7 or the Redmi Note 7S or the Redmi Note 7 Pro) but again, going by the history of the series, there’s a lot to look forward to here. The Redmi 7A, much like the Redmi 6A and the Redmi 5A before it, is an entry-level smartphone designed for fist-time users who’re looking to make a switch from a feature phone – without breaking a bank.
The key highlight, this year, seems to be the phone’s P2i hydrophobic coating – which is also found in the Redmi 7 and other new-age budget Redmi phones. Xiaomi is using watertight seals for all the points considered weak for a smartphone - this means that all the ports and buttons on-board the Redmi 7A – SIM card tray, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm jack and the speaker – are protected by watertight seals. These watertight seals, in turn, will ensure the device is protected against accidental spillage and light rain. All this when coupled with the phone’s P2i hydrophobic coating makes the Redmi 7A resistant to light splashes of water/rain.
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 Redmi 7A comes with a 5.45-inch 720p+ LCD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor under the hood. 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. On to the optics, the Redmi 7A has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera.
Xiaomi is expected to announce pricing and availability details of the Redmi 7A on May 28 – where it will also launch the much-hyped Redmi K20 flagship phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and a 48MP main camera with Sony’s IMX586 sensor. The Redmi 7A maybe a China-exclusive at launch but Xiaomi is likely to bring it to India sooner or later – and Xiaomi has already confirmed that it will launch the Redmi K20 in India soon.