Welcome. Today I’ll tell you about two devices from the Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi. The models are the Redmi 7 and 8. And don’t forget to check out the Links to stores where you can buy Xiaomi models at good prices in the description below the video. The Redmi 7 smartphone was released in the spring of 2019, and the main representative of the eighth generation saw the light in the fall. What is the difference between these models from each other, and do they managed to reanimate the
Both devices have a design that has become standard for smartphones released in 2019. The base models of Redmi of the seventh and eighth generations are rectangular and “frameless” with rounded corners. The case is made of glass and glossy plastic with sloping edges, which positively affects ergonomics. Almost the entire front side is occupied by a display protected by fifth generation tempered 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass. The lower edge of the display abuts against a narrow “chin”, and on the upper there is a tear drop-shaped cutout under the front camera. Both the “chin” and neckline of Redmi 8 are slightly smaller than those of the “seven”, but this is noticeable only with careful consideration.The more noticeable differences in the front of these models are the Redmi logo on the G8 on the bottom of the display and the notification LED.
The only moving elements of the case – the volume rocker and the power button -are located on the right side for both phones. The models have a standard 3.5 mm mini-jack for headphones. On the “seven” it is located above, and on the “eight” – below. Smartphones differ in the type of connector for charging. Redmi 7 has a microUSB 2.0 port, while Redmi 8 has a two-way USB Type-C.
The functions located on the back side of the devices are identical. Here, you can find a dual camera module and a single flash, as well as a perfectly round fingerprint scanner. But the arrangement of all these elements on them are fundamentally different. Redmi 7 has a vertical dual camera unit in the corner of the top of the rear panel. A flash is placed under it. The round of scanner is located in the center of the upper half of the panel. For the Redmi 8, all these elements are lined up in one vertical line, passing in the middle of the upper part of the back side. This line begins with a flash, under which there is a black block visually combining two lenses of the main camera and a round fingerprint scanner edged with stainless steel.
In terms of dimensions, these smartphones are radically different from the previous Redmi line-ups, which belonged to the category of compact devices. The dimensions of Redmi 7 are 158.73 millimeters in height, 75.58 millimeters in width and 8.47 millimeters in thickness. The gadget weighs exactly 180 grams. Dimensional parameters of Redmi 8 are slightly different. The height of the device is 156.5 millimeters, the width is 75.4 millimeters, and the thickness is 9.4 millimeters. The weight of the smartphone is 188 grams.
Both smartphones are available in three color options – black, blue and red. The smooth back panel that imitates the glass, and the “seven” and the “eight” have a stylish gradient design. The shiny glossy surface looks attractive, but in terms of practicality, it leaves much to be desired. The panel literally attracts dust, scratches and fingerprints. Therefore, to preserve the presentable appearance of smartphones, it is recommended to put them in a case.
Both models received an LCD display with an IPS matrix, an aspect ratio of 19 to 9 and a resolution of HD Plus 1520 by 720 pixels. Display on the Redmi 7 has a diagonal of 6.26 inches and a pixel density of 269 ppi. The G8’s Dot Drop display is second only to its size – its diagonal is 6.22 inches and its pixel density is 270 ppi.
The resolution and pixel density of both screens are rather modest. When switching to these devices after gadgets with Full HD, you should prepare for the fact that the image will appear friable and grainy. However, after a couple of hours of use, most people’s eyes will adapt, and the image is perceived completely normal, even if it is small text.
Color reproduction isn’t bad. As for brightness, the image fades in the sun, but it remains readable. Color temperature can be adjusted manually in the settings. The display supports several basic modes, including day mode and reading mode. In addition, the G8 provides for the possibility of hiding a tear drop-shaped cut-out (both throughout the system and selectively, in separate applications). In the “seven” option to hide the cutout is missing.
Both smartphones operate on the basis of the Android 9.0 Pie operating system, dressed in the MIUI 10 proprietary interface. This functional shell provides the user with a whole range of additional features, including gesture control, adjusting the appearance of the system and an energy-saving mode.
Redmi 7 received a dual main camera. The main module is a 12-megapixel sensor from Omnivision with an f / 2.2 aperture. The second module acts as an add-on. This is a 2 megapixel depth sensor.
The main camera takes fairly high-quality landscape and portrait shots. In general, detail and color reproduction aren’t bad. The camera will fully satisfy the needs of those users who plan to take pictures for a personal archive and social networks. With insufficient lighting, the quality of the pictures leaves much to be desired, but you can’t call them bad. Just the sharpness decreases a little, a peculiar blurring of the frame appears. Autofocus works perfectly. But the camera has no stabilization. Of the interesting functions, it is worth noting the automatic color correction of photos and video shooting with a high frame rate, namely 120 or 720 frames per second.It should also be noted that the version of the “seven” with 2 gigabytes of RAM does not support the panoramic mode. In other versions, it’s present.
Redmi 8 also received a dual main camera, consisting of a 12 megapixel Sony IMX486 main module with an f / 1.8 aperture and an additional 2 megapixel depth sensor. The camera shoots portraits and landscapes perfectly. Detailing and color reproduction are good. Of it’s functions, it’s worth noting the presence of night mode and phase autofocus. Theres no stabilization here, or in the Seven. Automation is extremely rarely mistaken with exposure and white balance. In low light, some pictures are blurry.
The front camera of Redmi 7 and 8 has a resolution of 8 megapixels and an aperture of f / 2.0. Both the main and front cameras of the Seven and Eight are equipped with artificial intelligence. There is a portrait mode and face recognition, HDR and Beautify 4.0.
Redmi 7 received a 14-nanometer Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core processor and Adreno 506 graphics accelerator. Performance is high, the interface works quickly, and there is no slowdown in the device. The combination of a good energy-efficient chipset with a fairly undemanding display of resources ensures a moderate battery consumption and reliable operation of the gadget even in heavy games. The frame rate is stably comfortable.
In terms of RAM, the “seven” is available in two versions – with 2 and 3 gigabytes. The 2 gigabyte version has 16 gigabytes of read-only memory. And models with 3 gigabytes of RAM according to the amount of internal memory are divided into two types – with 32 and 64 gigabytes. It should be noted right away that the price difference on the versions with 2 and 3 gigabytes of RAM isn’t really significant, so buying a model with a scanty amount of RAM, which will be absorbed by the operating system and pre-installed applications with almost no residue, isn’t very logical.
Redmi 8 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 12-nanometer 8-core chipset and an Adreno 505 GPU. The installed chipset is a step back from those performance indicators that the Seven demonstrate. For fans, occasionally going through some kind of heavy mobile game will work, but this performance won’t be enough for avid gamers. In demanding games from the gadget, its impossible to achieve stable operation and a smooth picture. If you evaluate the performance of ordinary everyday tasks, then there aren’t any complaints. It quickly switches between programs without a hitch, launches applications fast, and smoothly scrolls pages.
In terms of memory, the G8 is available in two versions – 3 gigabytes of RAM plus 32 gigabytes of permanent or 4 gigabytes of RAM plus 64 gigabytes of constant.
For both smartphones, RAM refers to the LPDDR3 standard, and read-only memory to the eMMC 5.1 standard. The manufacturer took care of the possibility of expanding the memory of smartphones. Both gadgets are equipped with a triple slot that supports the simultaneous installation of two nano-SIM cards and one microSD memory card of up to 512 gigabytes.
Both smartphones support the necessary communication standards. In addition, theres support for Wi-Fi protocol 802.11 b / g / n. Gadgets use Bluetooth version 4.2. The NFC module is neither in the “seven” nor in the “eight”.
Redmi 7 received a high-capacity non-removable 4000 mAh battery with energy-saving technology. One battery charge lasts for 2 days in moderate use. The gadget comes with a 10-watt charger. There is no support for fast charging.
Redmi 8 has a built-in 5000 mAh battery. The increased battery capacity provides an additional day of battery life on a single charge – it lasts for 3 days with moderate use. Also, according to the manufacturer, the battery lasts for 25 days in standby time. For comparison – this indicator in the “seven” is 18 days. Redmi 8 supports 18 watts Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology. But the delivery package doesn’t include an 18-watt charger – it includes 10-watt charging, just like the “seven”. Quick charge devices are sold separately.
I analyzed the reviews on the Internet, and here’s what the owners of these smartphones are saying about them. First, the negatives.
Xiaomi Redmi 7
- No support for fast charging.
- At low light, the camera is rather weak.
- There is no USB Type-C connector.
Xiaomi Redmi 8
- Plastic case.
- Performance is average, often dull.
- Missing NFC.
Xiaomi Redmi 7
- Big bright screen.
- The ability to simultaneously install a memory card and two SIM cards.
- Good autonomy, you can play all day – it takes only a quarter of the charge.
- The fingerprint scanner fires instantly.
Xiaomi Redmi 8
- 5000 mAh battery.
- Support fast charge.
- A separate slot for a memory card – no need to sacrifice a SIM card.
- The fingerprint scanner is smart.
Of course, the basic smartphones of the seventh and eighth generation of Redmi devices have radically updated this line and breathed life into it, without going beyond the budget segment. Compared to its predecessors, the Redmi 7 and 8 smartphones have increased in size, received displays with a larger diagonal and have much more productive processors. As for the differences between these models, the significant advantage of the “seven” is a more powerful chipset. Significant advantages of the G8 include a USB Type-C connector, a larger battery and support for fast charging.