Following the local release of the Redmi Note 7 and Xiaomi Mi 9, a recent social media post by Xiaomi Philippines said that “Another 7 is coming your way.” This likely points to the imminent launch of Redmi’s most cost-effective smartphone.
In China, the Redmi 7 carries a price tag of ¥699 (around P5,468 or $104 converted) for the base variant with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage. Meanwhile, the 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB units cost ¥799 (P6,251 or $119) and ¥999 (P7,815 or $149), respectively.
Those are the lowest prices we’ve seen for a phone that packs a capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chip. For comparison, the Honor 8C, which uses the same chipset, is priced at P7,999 ($152) in the Philippines — and that’s for the 3GB/32GB option. The Redmi 7 could start at P5,490 ($104) when it lands here.
The phone looks a lot like the Redmi Note 7 that launched earlier. A fairly large LCD display with a waterdrop notch can be found on the front, whereas the back featured dual cameras and a fingerprint reader on top of a glossy, gradient finish. An 8-megapixel selfie camera is housed in the notch.
The Redmi 7 runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9.0 Pie. It also gets a traditional microUSB port that supports 10-watt fast charging for the 4,000mAh non-removable battery.
Redmi 7 specs
- 6.2-inch notched LCD display, 1,520 x 720 resolution (19:9)
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor
- 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM
- 16GB/32GB/64GB storage
- Dual 12MP (f/2.2) and 2MP rear cameras
- 8MP front camera, AI
- Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
- 4,000mAh battery
- MIUI 10 based on Android 9.0 Pie
- Blue, red, and black color variants
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