The Redmi A series is intended for the entry-level Android smartphone market, and the lineup truly offers the best bang for the buck. They can easily outperform the Android Go-powered phones from the same budget segment, thanks to the better hardware configuration. In terms of software updates, Xiaomi usually delivers one major Android version update to these phones, albeit the MIUI layer is refreshed more than once before EOL. Staying true to its reputation, the company has now rolled out the Android 10 update for the Redmi 7A.
The Snapdragon 439-powered Redmi 7A was launched back in 2019 with an exceptionally low ₹5,799 ($85) price tag for the base (2GB RAM/16GB storage) version. The factory-installed operating system was MIUI 10 on top of Android 9 Pie. Although Xiaomi managed to deliver the MIUI 11 update in a fairly quick manner, they didn’t upgrade the underlying Android layer at that time.
The wait is finally over, as the long-anticipated Android 10 update has now landed on the Redmi 7A. At the time of reporting, the OTA is available on the European variant of the phone, but it is technically possible to cross-flash it on other regional models. The version number of the new build, which is still based on MIUI 11, is V220.127.116.11.QCMEUXM, and it bumps the Android security patch level (SPL) to May 2020. Other regions should get their updates soon.
Download MIUI V18.104.22.168.QCMEUXM for the Redmi 7a (code-name: “pine”)
It is worth mentioning that the aforementioned build is considered as “stable beta” at the time of publishing. As a result, users need an “authorized Mi Account” to sideload the above package. The restriction can be bypassed by flashing the recovery ROM using a custom recovery like TWRP. Once Xiaomi greenlights the build to be stable enough, they will flip a server-side switch to remove the Mi Account verification routine. The same download file will then be installable on the phone without needing an authorized Mi Account. But as of right now, you can either flash it through TWRP, or arrange for an authorized Mi Account.
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