Rounding off weeks of leaks and rumors, the Redmi 7 has finally been launched in China today. The new smartphone will succeed the Redmi 6 which was launched back in June last year along with the Redmi 6A. However, there won’t be a Redmi 7A for this year.
The Redmi 7 range straddles three variants with different price points in keeping with the varied preferences of budget segment buyers.
The base variant comes with 2GB RAM/16GB storage configuration for a price of CNY699 (Approx. INR7,000), while the intermediate variant packs 3GB RAM/32GB storage for CNY799 (Approx. INR8,000), and the top-end variant boasts of 4GB RAM/64GB storage configuration costing CNY999(Approx. INR10,000).
The Redmi 7, aligning with 2019’s trend, features a tall 6.26-inch 720p HD screen with 19:9 aspect ratio and a water-drop notch. The screen is also robust with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Adding muscle to the handset is a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core SoC coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. Up to 512GB expansion of storage is possible by using a microSD card.
In the imaging department, the Redmi 7 rocks a vertical dual-rear camera setup comprising a 12MP primary sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies the device makes use of an 8MP front-facing camera armed with AI smart Beauty, Selfie Timer, and Face Unlock features.
For the firmware, the Redmi 7 runs MIUI 10 layered atop Android 9 Pie. A hefty 4,000mAh battery keeps juicing the handset. All the three variants of Redmi 7 will come clad in Dream Blue, Charm Night Red, and Bright Black color options along with gradient finishes.
The handset is also equipped with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, IR Blaster and a 3.5mm audio jack. Other connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and Micro USB port.
While the Redmi 7 will go on sale beginning March 26 in China its India launch remains shrouded in mystery. For a perspective, last year the Redmi 6 line-up was carried over to India in September, near about three months after its debut in China.