The Best MI Mobiles Under 7000 in India

by Oct 30, 2019

In 2012, a Chinese company named Xiaomi launched its first smartphone in India the Mi 1S. Since then the company has gained a huge consumer base and fan following in the Indian smartphone market. It also dethroned Samsung to become the best selling smartphone brand in India. The key to such a grand success of the company was affordability while also providing great features.

The Indian market is filled with a tonne of Xiaomi phones in all price segments. So if you are planning to buy a new smartphone under Rs.7000 here are 10 Mi smartphones which you can consider having a look and if you are a Xiaomi fan then this is a Disneyland for you. Enjoy!

The 6 Best MI Mobiles Under 7000

1.

Redmi 7A

Redmi 7A
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.45" (720 x 1440)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB | 3GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Overview

The Redmi 7A is the newest addition to the smartphone lineup from the company launched in June this year. It has a modern design and comes with a list of new enhancements on both the software and hardware aspect.

The phone has a unibody design with rounded corners which makes it easier to hold although it is a little thicker. The back of the phone has a matte finish and made of polycarbonate giving it sturdiness as well. It is available in three colors namely Matte Black, Matte Blue, and Matte Gold.

The 5.45-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) IPS panel with an aspect ratio of 18:9 looks rather elegant and has decent brightness for both indoor and outdoor usage. In order to reduce eye fatigue and make reading more comfortable the phone possesses a TUV Rheinland certification.

The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset clocking at 2 GHz along with 2 GB of RAM. It comes in 16 GB or 32 GB storage variants to choose from ( which isn’t quite acceptable) but thankfully has a dedicated SD card slot. In terms of performance, the 7A does quite fairly and daily life applications run smoothly though while multitasking or running too many applications in the background can cause the phone to lag and there are delays while launching or switching between apps.

The camera has been improved and snaps better images than its predecessor. It packs a 12 megapixels Sony IMX486 sensor with 1.25-micron pixels on the back, which enhances the imaging quality drastically. The rear shooter captures crisp photos with admirable sharpness and decent color reproduction in daylight.

A 5-megapixel selfie camera is also present which does a great job in face recognition and clicks good selfies too.
For connectivity, the Redmi 7A has 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, a micro-USB, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It runs on MIUI 10 which is based on Android 9 (Pie). Xiaomi is also giving 2 years of warranty with this device.

Additional Features

The device has a nano-coating material for protection against accidental liquid spills or splashes, however, there is no IP rating given. The MIUI 10 has fabulous features like Second Space for creating dual accounts, Dark mode, and a Reading mode. For multitasking, a split-screen feature is also available.

Verdict

The 7A has great performance and there aren’t any noticeable lags or stutters of any kind. However, inadequate RAM does bottleneck the phone and multitasking can be a tough task.

The Redmi 7A is able to run games though heavy games heat the phone. The camera is a substantial improvement and takes likable images under normal conditions while the battery backup is also decent and the phone can last a day on mild usage.

What We Loved

  • Solid build quality
  • Decent battery life

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very average cameras
  • Low RAM
  • Ads can pose problems
  • Insufficient storage
2.

Redmi 6A

Redmi 6A
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.45" (720 x 1440)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB | 3GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3000 mAh

Overview

Xiaomi released the Redmi 6A as a super cheap entry-level smartphone last year to replace the 5A. The company wants to reinforce its position in the Indian market as many emerging brands have released smartphones which are giving a hard time.

The phone is made of plastic and is available in black, blue, gold, and rose gold color options. The front is simplistic and thick bezels surround the display. The overall build is reliable and the phone looks solid. The display flaunts an aspect ratio of 18:9 while measuring 5.45 inches and having 720x1440 pixels resolution.

Underneath the display, a quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 with a clock speed of 2.0 GHz powers the phone. It arrives in two versions - 2 GB RAM with 16 GB storage, and 3 GB RAM with storage.

Considering the processor is very basic, so one shouldn't assume it to perform greatly. Although, it delivers fair performance for everyday purposes like messaging, listening to music, or surfing the web. One very bothersome thing about the device is that it comes with a tonne of bloatware which uses a lot of memory.

On the camera front, it comes with a 13-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF on the rear and a 5-megapixel front camera. The camera is a weak point of this device and doesn't perform well enough. Yet, it succeeds in taking satisfactory photos with an average amount of sharpness and details. It can also record videos up to 1080p but there are focus issues.

The phone runs MIUI 9 on top of Android 8.0 (Oreo) and can be updated to Android 9. A 3000mAh battery provides around 18-20 hours of battery life which can be considered good enough. It is 4G enabled and has VoLTE support along with WiFi and Bluetooth.

Additional Features

The phone has a bunch of pre-installed apps like Netflix, Amazon, PhonePe, Opera, and few other third-party apps too. The default face emoji keyboard provides a pack of emojis, GIFs, stickers, themes, and more. One can customize the UI of the phone as per their choice as well.

Verdict

The Redmi 6A is a good option for those who are on a lookout for a basic entry-level smartphone with some up to date configuration. The phone can execute necessary daily tasks but other than that it doesn't offer anything much. So if you are on a tight budget then only consider buying this phone.

What We Loved

  • Large display
  • Very cheap
  • Decent battery

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor camera
  • Average display
  • Outdated processor
3.

Redmi 7

Redmi 7
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.26" (720 x 1520)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 12 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB | 3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Overview

When it comes to the budget segment and the mid-range segment, Xiaomi has flooded the market with lots of great smartphones for a variety of audiences. The Redmi 7 was launched in March 2019 and is available Lunar Red, Eclipse Black, and Comet Blue color variants.

The phone boasts a 6.26 inches IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1520x720 pixels and a pixel density of 269 PPI. It also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and the back is made up of plastic. The company claims the device to be splash resistant which is a great offering considering the price. It has a dedicated microSD slot expandable up to 1 TB.

Redmi 7 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core processor based on 14 nm architecture and Adreno 506 GPU. The overall performance is good although it feels a little buggy. It is being offered in two variants - one with 2GB of RAM and the other with 3 GB of RAM with 32 GB of internal storage on both the variants.

It owns a dual rear camera, with a 12-megapixel primary camera having an f/2.2 aperture and 2-megapixel secondary depth-sensing camera guided by a LED flash. The selfie camera is an 8-megapixel with an f/ 2.0 aperture and clicks decent selfies. The images from the rear camera are also good and seem to be very color-rich while the camera struggles in low light conditions.

A rear-mounted fingerprint scanner along with face unlock is provided for keeping files and important data protected. The phone runs on MIUI 9 Xiaomi's custom skin and is based on Android 9.0 Pie. Redmi 7 has a 4000 mAh battery and comes with a standard 10 W charger.

Additional Features

The phone comes with some nice specialties worth discussing like there is an app checker that scans every application when it is installed from the Google Play store for viruses and other issues. It also has a music application that lets users stream music directly from Hungama without setting up an account. The Second space feature helps users create two different profiles for the same application thus enabling the user to have multiple accounts.

Verdict

If you are looking for a big-screen smartphone with a decent performance the Redmi 7 is your answer. The phone has a bright display with a good processor without a heavy price tag. However, low RAM, very average cameras, and a tonne of ads are some downsides too.

What We Loved

  • Decent performance
  • Good battery life

What We Didn’t Like

  • Average Cameras
  • Low RAM
  • MIUI is packed with ads
4.

Redmi 6

Redmi 6
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.45" (720 x 1440)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 12 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3000 mAh

Overview

The Redmi 6 succeeds the Redmi 5 which was proved to be a great success for the company. Redmi 6 comes with some incremental design and spec upgrades.

To keep the costs at bay, the phone is carved out of plastic but the company has not compromised with the build quality. The device is comfortable to hold and is also lightweight.

It packs a 5.45 inch HD + display with an 18:9 aspect ratio with nice viewing angles. While the brightness of the screen is legible even under outdoor conditions it could have been higher.

The Redmi 6 is fitted with an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC clocked at 2 GHz with 3 GB of RAM. In terms of internal storage, the phone offers 32 GB as well as 64 GB options to choose from with a micro SD expansion capacity of 256 GB. Most of the ordinary and common apps run without a hitch but heavy apps take time to load and many heavy games are only playable in low graphics settings.

The phone's dual-camera setup consists of a 12-megapixel primary sensor along with a 5-megapixel camera for depth sensing. Under ample light, the camera shows good performance but low light conditions pose a problem when capturing shots as they are filled with noise. The 5-megapixel selfie shooter takes decent images under favorable situations too.

The 3000 mAh battery manages to provide around 15 hours of backup which is agreeable and on basic usage can last a whole day. The Redmi 6 runs on MIUI 9.6 on top of Android 8.1 and the company is offering Android 9 updates to the phone as well.

Additional Features

Xiaomi always provides loads of customizations to the user in terms of themes, icons, and much more. The Redmi 6 has face recognition for faster unlock speeds along with Second Space ( allows the user to keep important files under lockdown), Dual Apps and a bunch of cool preinstalled apps.

Verdict

Redmi 6 is well priced and offers great value for money. However, modern and heavy apps take a considerable amount of loading time and a slightly better RAM would have made it a sweeter deal.

What We Loved

  • Decent build
  • Good battery life
  • Dedicated SD card support

What We Didn’t Like

  • Ordinary camera
  • Bloatware
  • Old chipset
5.

Redmi 5A

Redmi 5A
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.0" (720 x 1280)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB | 3GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3000 mAh

Overview

The Redmi 5A was launched in late 2017 as another budget segment alternative from the company at a comparatively lower price which turned a lot of heads.

The phone has an aluminum body which sets it apart from the rest in quite some ways. The build quality is good and the aluminum gives the phone a premium feel. The phone is quite slippery though.

It packs a 5 inch ( 720 x 1280 pixels) IPS LCD panel which provides sufficient brightness and colors. Though the screen is not sharp and the viewing angles are not that good either.

The phone is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset along with 2/3 GB of RAM and an Adreno 308 GPU. The phone comes in 16 GB or 32 GB of onboard storage and accepts a microSD card up to 128 GB via a dedicated card slot. The chipset is a bit old but manages to perform well in everyday tasks but when put to test lags and stutters are unavoidable. The 2 GB RAM variant feels underpowered and multitasking is a strenuous job.

It comes fitted with a single 13-megapixel primary camera with f/2.2 aperture. The images under ample light look good and vibrant but details are missed out. In low light situations, the camera doesn't perform suitably enough. A 5-megapixel front camera takes proper selfies although edge detection is poor.

Additinal Features

The Redmi 5 A includes a 3000mAh battery which due to a low-end processor and not so large screen manages to provide a day's backup easily. The device uses MIUI 10 on top of Android 7.1 ( Nougat) and can't be upgraded further.

Verdict

The Redmi 5A is a cheap alternative and does not present any substantial or major feature which can make it worthy enough to recommend. However, if you are looking for an everyday smartphone and mild usage it can be considered.

What We Loved

  • Decent battery
  • Dedicated card slot

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low-grade cameras
  • Outdated processor
  • Heating issue
6.

Redmi Go

Redmi Go
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.0" (720 x 1280)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 8 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    1GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3000 mAh

Overview

The Redmi Go is an ultra-low-end device that runs on the stepped down Android Go operating system.
It is a very regular looking smartphone built entirely of plastic but is solid to hold. The thick bezels surround the screen and instead of on-screen buttons, there are three navigation buttons placed below the display that isn't backlit.

The phone is very compact with a screen size of just 5 inches (720x1280 pixels). The display considering the price is fair, sharp, with proper viewing angles. The color appears faded which leads to the screen looking dull.

Although being an ultra-cheap device, one of the most influential things about this phone is its processor. A Snapdragon 425 chipset powers the phone which is old but powerful enough to meet the demands. The thing which isn't good is the RAM it arrives with. A mere 1 GB of RAM is present on the phone which is not sufficient for most of the modern apps.

The optimized Android Go UI runs smoothly though, but RAM hungry apps like Instagram or snapchat pose problems. An insignificant 8 GB of inbuilt storage is provided which thankfully can be upgraded to 128 GB via an SD card.

In the optics section, a single rear 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 aperture while both can record videos up to 1080p. The images from the phone are basic and don't have many details or exposure.
The 3000 mAh battery is satisfactory for the device to last a day with basic usage. While when used heavily it can last for around 11 hours.

Additional Features

The Android Go has some lite versions of the common Google Apps especially made for the Go edition like the Youtube Go that lets you track how much data each video will use even before playing the video, and has the option of saving some videos which can be played later without using data. The Maps Go provides the user with shortcuts for different routes and works with two-wheelers too.

Verdict

Xiaomi is trying to lure more customers in and the Redmi Go is launched to do exactly that. An ultra low-end device that executes daily tasks with ease while not so heavy on the pocket. Of you are trying to make your way into the smartphone ecosystem then the Redmi Go can become your very smartphone.

What We Loved

  • Solid build quality
  • Very affordable
  • Decent battery
  • Stock Android experience

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very low RAM
  • Insufficient internal storage
  • Ordinary camera