Redmi 7A best alternative

Redmi 7A updates the entry-level phone from the Xiaomi sub-brand and touts to offer the best value for money. As a successor to last year’s successful Redmi 6A, the new handset delivers a beefier battery, an upgraded processor and enhanced camera. To top this, the phone starts at a price of Rs. 5,999 with an introductory price cut. But does all of these make it the best low-end budget phone?

To answer this, we have to pit it against the prevailing competition in the market. You know it, we know it and as evident from the title, the top contender is- Realme C2 (review). Given its starting price tag of Rs. 5,999 and the underlying offering, it might sure sound like a fair deal for your money. Even the Realme India CEO Mr. Madhav Sheth made a jab at Redmi 7A and overtly compared the two phones.

Now one might think his tweet to be biased for obvious reasons. So, in all due fairness, we decided to compare – #DeshKaRealChoice vs Desh Ka Smartphone. By the end, we have shared a BONUS contender too.

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Redmi 7A vs Realme C2 spec comparison

Model Redmi 7A Realme C2
Display 5.45-inch HD+ (720x1440p) IPS LCD screen with 18:9 aspect ratio 6.1-inch  HD+ (720x1440p) IPS LCD Dewdrop screen with 19:5:9 aspect ratio
Processor 12nm octa-core 2.0GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 439, Adreno 505 GPU 12nm octa-core 2.0GHz, Helio P22,PowerVR GE8320 GPU

 

RAM 2GB 2/3GB
Internal Storage 16GB/32GB, Dedicated MicroSD card slot upto 256GB 16GB/32GB, Dedicated MicroSD card slot upto 256GB
Software MIUI 10 (Android Pie 9) Color OS 6.0 (Android Pie 9)
Rear Camera 12MP (f/2.2) 13MP (f/2.2) +2MP (f/2.4)
Front Camera 5MP (f/2.2) 5MP (f/2.0)
Battery 4000mAh, 10W charger 4000mAh, 10W charger
Indian Price
  • 2GB RAM+ 16GB: Rs. 5,999
  • 2GB RAM+ 32GB: Rs. 6,199
  • 2GB RAM+ 16GB: Rs. 5,999
  • 2GB RAM+ 32GB: Rs. 6,999
  • 3GB RAM+ 32GB: Rs. 7,999

 

Redmi 7A vs Realme C2 comparison: Design and Display

Redmi 7A vs Realme C2 specs comparison
Source: Redmi India

From first glance, you would notice the long black forehead of Redmi 7A. Stranger things are happening and Redmi 7A’s aged design choice is a glaring one. Realme C2 in comparison looks modern flaunting a dewdrop notch up top.

Redmi 7A vs Realme C2 specs comparison
Realme C2 dewdrop notch

Specswise, Realme C2 impresses with a 6.1-inch HD+ LCD display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Redmi 7A has a smaller 5.45-inch HD+ LCD screen with 18:9 aspect ratio.

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Both of them are plastic build weighing somewhat the same. While Realme designed a diamond cut texture, Redmi goes with a plain back. Redmi 7A touts P2i splash-resistant coating. Realme C2 comes in Diamond Black and Diamond Blue hues. As for Redmi 7A, you could grab it in Matte Black, Matte Gold, and Matte blue colors.

Redmi 7A vs Realme C2 specs comparison
Realme C2 Back

Both the brands have ditched the fingerprint scanner and thusly you’ll have to depend on the Face Unlock option. Well, you get a 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot, micro-USB port in both.

Redmi 7A vs Realme C2 comparison: Performance and Battery

Redmi 7A vs Realme C2 specs comparison
Source: Redmi India

While both the phones bear a 12nm based octa-core CPU with 2.0GHz clock speed, the change appears in the brand. Realme C2 is team MediaTek with Helio P22 and Redmi 7A is part of Qualcomm club with Snapdragon 439 chipset. Redmi comes in a single 2GB RAM option coupled with a 16GB or 32GB storage variants. In case of Realme, you could either opt the 2GB plus 16GB/32GB model or 3GB with a 32GB variant.

Redmi 7A vs Realme C2 specs comparison
Realme C2 Color OS

The clear real-world performance difference can only be tested once we have the device, which unfortunately we don’t. However, at least on paper, they are not night and day. Xiaomi touted a 75329 Antutu score during the launch which wanes behind the 77000 (approx) score of Realme C2. That said, specs might not be always loyal to actual performance.

Software-side, the Redmi 7A runs on MIUI 10 and Realme C2 on Color OS 6.0 skin. Their respective RAM and power management features could benefit both of their’s 4000mAH batteries. Since both of them runs on Android Pie with the feature-rich epidermis, the final choice lies within your taste. For now, our pick goes to MIUI, barring its ad-infected interface over the Color OS. But, this could change with the arrival of the rumored Realme software revamp.

Redmi 7A vs Realme C2 comparison: Camera

Redmi 7A vs Realme C2 specs comparison
Source: Redmi India

Redmi 7A puts its money on a single 12MP camera with f/2.2 aperture at the back. Upfront, your selfies would be produced by a 5MP (f/2.0) sensor. Realme C2, on the other hand, sports a dual setup with a primary 13MP (f/2.2) shooter with a 2MP f(2.4) depth sensor. The dewdrop notch is home to a 5MP (f/2.0) selfie snapper.

Redmi 7A vs Realme C2 specs comparison
Realme C2 camera

Although Realme C2 has an upper hand with numbers, that should necessarily not translate to the best output. Besides this, both of them are equipped with an LED flash and video recording capability upto 1080p@30fps from the rear camera.

Redmi 7A vs Realme C2 comparison: Verdict

While both the phones stand head to head in various aspect, the final pick becomes a close call. It’s too early to judge the phones for their performance and camera experience. That said, our aim has been to help you with picking the best phone in your budget.

Realme C2 features a newer aesthetics with a larger display and clearly wins in the book of looks. It has a larger RAM variant, and an additional depth sensing unit to aid the optics. But when Redmi 7A’s sale begins from July 11, a polished software could be its only draw.

Redmi 7A vs Realme C2 vs Samsung Galaxy M10 specs comparison
Samsung Galaxy M10

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What about comparing Redmi 7A vs Realme C2 vs Samsung Galaxy M10?

Additionally, if you aren’t satisfied with both of them, you could consider Samsung Galaxy M10 (review). It has the biggest of display amongst the three, which stretches to 6.22-inches with 82.1% screen-to-body ratio, 720 x 1520 pixels, and 19:9 ratio aspect ratio.

You get the latest Android 9.0 Pie based OneUI skin, which runs within premium Samsung flagships. The processing is helmed by a 14nm based Exynos 7870 octa-core chipset with 1.6GHz clock speed and Mali-T830 MP1 GPU.

Redmi 7A vs Realme C2 vs Samsung Galaxy M10 specs comparison
Samsung Galaxy M10

You get a similar RAM plus ROM combo like in Realme C2 and identical camera arrangement. Here, however, instead of a 2MP depth sensor, you get a secondary 5MP ultra-wide camera. Its 3400mAh battery could also handicap the experience.

To top all these specs and features, Samsung basks a brand value like none other. So, this could be your next buy if the Samsung logo entices you. It starts at a price of Rs. 6,990 for the base variant.

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