Budget smartphones are getting better by the day when you look at the features they offer, but there are very few entry-level phones that offer what the Redmi 7A brings to the table. Last year’s Redmi 6A, did come across as a mild disappointment considering how well the Redmi 5A (review) did for Xiaomi, but with its latest entrant, the company’s definitely tried to up the game for its rivals — Realme and Samsung.

Xiaomi’s latest sub-Rs 6,000 phone boasts of an octa-core processor, a sturdy, splashproof build, a capable camera and a monstrous battery, making it a pretty obvious choice for those looking to buy their first Android smartphone. But the Redmi 7A, despite its appealing price and feature set, doesn’t really go beyond the limit of just being a good entry-level phone, and that’s definitely something worth looking at given the bevy of options available under Rs 9,000.

What’s changed with the Redmi 7A and what hasn’t?

Xiaomi’s overhauled how their budget phones look in 2019, as we’ve seen with the Redmi Note 7 Pro (review), Redmi Y3 (review) and even the Redmi 7 (review). Thankfully, the Redmi 7A’s no exception.

The moment I picked up the Redmi 7A, I felt like I was holding on to a chunky bar of chocolate. Compared to last year’s Redmi 6A, the front fascia doesn’t look too different, although the bezels have been shaved off ever so slightly. There’s also a rather loud ‘Redmi’ branding on the bottom bezel, which I’m certainly not a fan of.