The Redmi 6 (review) was a step backward in more than one aspect when compared to the Redmi 5. With the launch of the Redmi 7, however, it seems that Xiaomi has learned its lesson. We now have an entry-level smartphone that feels more in line with 2019’s standards. Today, we shall be taking a look at the top five reasons why the Redmi 7 is a worthy upgrade from the Redmi 6.
1. Updated Design
The Redmi 6’s outer shell consisted of a cheap looking plastic construction with an outdated design. While the Redmi 7 still uses a polycarbonate body, we now get a splash of gradient colors this time around. With a vertical rear camera placement and omission of fake antennae cuts, the overall aesthetic feels cleaner. Then there is also the matter of the loudspeaker which has been moved back to the bottom of the phone as opposed to the rear-firing placement of the Redmi 6. The phone is also better protected thanks to the use of Gorilla Glass 5 over its display and a P2i splash-resistance coating all around.
2. Wider Display
On the Redmi 7, we now get a taller 6.2-inch LCD as opposed to the Redmi 6’s 5.45-inch screen with unbearably thick bezels. Furthermore, Xiaomi is now among the ever-growing list of smartphone brands to offer waterdrop notch screens in the entry segment of the market. And while the screen of the Redmi 7 gets taller, its clarity remains largely the same as the pixel count has also gone up. The Redmi 6 offered a 720 x 1440p resolution screen, while the Redmi 7 gets a 720 x 1520p resolution display.
3. Improved Performance
Perhaps the most notable improvement on the Redmi 7 over its predecessor is with regards to its performance. Even though the Redmi 7’s Snapdragon 632 chipset is older and built on a 14nm process compared to the Redmi 6’s Helio P22 that is built on 12nm process, benchmarking results confirm how the latter is significantly better in both CPU and GPU performance. The new phone also gets Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box, while the Redmi 6 is yet to receive that update. There is also the fact that Xiaomi had removed the IR blaster on the Redmi 6, but has brought it back on the Redmi 7.
4. Better Battery
The Redmi 6 offered a strictly average battery life with its use of a 3000mAh cell. On the Redmi 7, however, we get a significant bump up to a 4000mAh capacity battery. Needless to say, this should result in a noticeable improvement in battery life even with heavy usage.
5. Upgraded Cameras
The primary camera on the back of the Redmi 7 remains the same as that of the Redmi 6 at 12MP with an f/2.2 aperture. While the depth sensor gets moved down to a 2MP sensor instead of the Redmi 6’s 5MP sensor, we don’t think image quality will be impacted as most depth processing is software-based anyway. With all that said, we do get an upgrade for selfies as the camera gets bumped up from 5MP to 8MP.