Realme C2 vs Redmi 7A – Which one is the real deal?

Xiaomi has launched the Redmi 7A in India. The company is touting Redmi 7A as the best smartphone in the budget segment. But does it really have all it takes to beat the Realme C2? We find it out for you.

Without wasting much time on what the two companies are saying we will straight jump into individual components and features and try to find out which is the best phone for you in this budget segment. So, let’s begin:

BUILD & DESIGN

Realme C2 diamond cut design looks cool

Both the smartphones are made of poly-carbonate but design wise the Realme C2 looks much better with its diamond-cut design.

Along with diamond-cut design the choice of dewdrop notch makes the overall look of Realme C2 much attractive. The Redmi 7A in comparison is just plain boring.

Both smartphone has a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port for charging and face unlocking (no fingerprint sensor on both smartphone).

Winner: Hands down this round goes to Realme C2 for its much attractive diamond-cut design and dewdrop notch implementation.

DISPLAY

Realme C2 has a beautiful 6.1 inch full screen HD+ display with a dewdrop notch

Realme C2 has a 6.1 inch HD+ full screen display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a dewdrop notch. The display of C2 is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

Redmi 7A on the other hand has a 5.45 inch HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Well, I really want to ask one question to Xiaomi officials, which year is this Xiaomi? Providing an 18:9 ratio display with wide bezels on top and bottom is a complete turn off for us. On top of it there is no mention of the kind of glass protection Xiaomi has used for the Redmi 7A.

Winner: Realme C2 for its modern looking display, bigger screen estate and gorilla glass 3 protection.

SOC

The Realme C2 is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 which runs at the maximum frequency of 2GHz. This 64-bit octa-core processor is made with 12nm FinFET process and is based on the ARM Cortex A53 acrhitecture. Here the GPU task is handled by IMG PowerVR GE8320.

The newly launched Redmi 7A on the other hand is powered by the comparatively new Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (made with 12nm FinFET process), with a clock speed of 2GHz. It’s a 64-bit octa-core processor based on the same ARM Cortex A53 architecture which P22 is built on. GPU task is handled by Adreno 505 here.

The performance and battery efficiency of both the processor and the GPU are very similar.

Winner: It’s a TIE. Both smartphone is almost at par when it comes to the processor and GPU power. Let’s see how they fare on the RAM and storage front in the next segment.

RAM & STORAGE

Realme C2 has three variants in the market: 2GB/16GB, 2GB/32GB and the 3GB/32GB variant. The C2 offers a dedicated slot for microSD which support upto 256GB.

Redmi 7A has been offered in two variants: 2GB/16GB and 2GB/32GB RAM/Storage respectively. It also has a dedicated microSD card slot which supports upto 256GB. Xiaomi again missed a trick here by not offering a 3GB RAM variant in my opinion. Casual gamers and people who multi-task will not like it.

Winner: This round again goes to Realme C2 just because Xiaomi chose to not offer a 3GB RAM variant.

CAMERA

The Redmi 7A rear camera is powered by a very capable 12MP Sony IMX486 Sensor found earlier in Mi A2

The Realme C2 offers a dual-camera at a starting price of ₹5,999. It offers a 13MP main camera with an aperture of f/2.2 along with a 2MP bokeh sensor with an aperture of f/2.4. In the front C2 offers a 5MP selfie camera.

Redmi 7A rear camera is powered by a 12MP Sony IMX486 Sensor with a large f/1.75 aperture. Although old, this is a very capable sensor and users can expect some good shots from it. Like Realme C2, the Redmi 7A has a 5MP selfie camera.

Both rear camera supports PDAF and video recording at max [email protected] There is an additional Chrome Boost feature in the Realme C2 camera which will help in taking more saturated images. User who likes saturated images will like this feature.

Winner: I have to give it to Redmi 7A here. Although Realme C2 has a good dual-camera implementation the Redmi 7A combats it with a very capable Sony IMX486 Sensor. We already know this Sony sensor’s prowess from Mi A2’s imaging capability.

BATTERY

The Realme C2 and Redmi 7A both comes with a 4000 mAh battery and supports 10W charging. So, no difference at all when it comes to battery section, right? Wait, there is a catch. Although Redmi 7A supports 10W charging, Xiaomi have decided to bundle a 5W charger with the retail box.

Winner: Again this round goes to Realme C2 and again it was because Xiaomi didn’t offer something which an already existing competitor’s model is offering in the market. Quite strange indeed.

SOFTWARE

Realme C2 is running ColorOS 6.0 on top of Android Pie. Whereas Redmi 7A will be running MIUI 10 on top of Android Pie. Both the OS gets updated frequently (not the underlying android OS though), so, users will not face much issues there. Both ColorOS and MIUI is quite heavy but at the same time is extremely frugal when it comes to battery life. So along with the 4000 mAh battery you can expect some good standby and screen on time from both the smartphones. The similarities end here though.

Two things which will keep the Realme C2 ahead is: Ad-free nature of ColorOS and the extra RAM it offers in one of the variant will keep it running smoothly when required.

Winner: Realme C2

EXTRAS

Xiaomi has implemented a wireless FM in Redmi 7A

Both smartphones has almost equal set of features. Both have FM Radio too but the Redmi 7A comes with a built-in antenna using which you will be able to listen to FM Radio wirelessly. Smart move by Xiaomi.

Winner: Redmi 7A

PRICE

The three Realme C2 variants 2GB/16GB, 2GB/32GB and 3GB/32GB are offered at a price of ₹5,999, ₹6,999 and ₹7,999 respectively with 1 year warranty.

The Redmi 7A will be available at a special introductory price of ₹5,799 for the 2GB/16GB variant and ₹5,999 for the 2GB/32GB variant with 2 years warranty.

Winner: More than the price, it’s the 2 years of warranty which tilted the scale slightly towards Redmi 7A here.

CONCLUSION

So, which one do I suggest?

If it comes to overall design, a 3GB variant on a budget segment, Ad-free software experience, a better retail package (inclusion of 10W charger), decent camera and a good price go for Realme C2. You will not regret it.

But if camera is your topmost priority and you would like listening to FM wirelessly then go for Redmi 7A. These are the only two reasons (rest of the things you need to compromise) which I can see for anyone to buy the Redmi 7A.

Xiaomi with Redmi 7A has cut many corners in my opinion. Particularly design of the handset, keeping those big top and bottom bezels. They have also skipped the 3GB RAM variant. The pros of Realme C2 as a smartphone cannot be masked by a 2 years warranty offered by Redmi 7A. Although it is a clever offer by Xiaomi, it just cannot be compared with a design, hardware or a software feature of its competitor.

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