Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Review

Chinese OEM Xiaomi has announced and released a new phone, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 under it’s Redmi sub-brand (The company has another sub-brand too, called Pocophone)

The new phone is the first phone under the Redmi sub-brand to carry the Redmi by Xiaomi banner. And it’s sure to be a hit with smartphone lovers due to its steep price to performance ratio which is very high compared to it’s competition.

Phones under the Redmi sub-brand seem to be targeted towards giving consumers flagship worthy devices at budget device prices and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is a shining example of that.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Key Specs and Features.

  • Dimensions: 159.2 x75.2 x 8.1mm (6.27 x 2.96 x0.32)
  • Display: 6.3 inches, IPS LCD Touchscreen, 16M Colors, 1080×2340 pixels (-81.4% screen to body ratio)
  • Storage/RAM: 64GB with 4/6GB RAM or 32GB ROM with 3GB RAM
  • Front Camera: 13MP lens
  • Back Camera: Dual 48MP + 5MP lens
  • Chipset/CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660/ Octa-core 4×2.2GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8GHz Kryo 260)
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10
  • Battery: Non-removable 4000mAh Li-Po battery, Quick Charge 4
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted)
  • Colors: Blue, Black, Twilight Gold.

Design and Display

The notch trend on smartphones makes an appearance here as the device sports a notch display.

Its notch is different from the one made popular by the iPhone X as it’s not a rectangular notch but a water drop notch (also known as water drop), which offers more screen estate and aesthetically looks better.  It comes equipped with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for extra protection and durability.

Its body is made of glasslike material and a back panel made with gradient colour design that houses the dual cameras and a dual tone LED flash.

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Hardware and Software

The Redmi Note 7 comes with an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset that’s paired with an Adreno 509 GPU. However you get to choose the amount of RAM and storage space you want due to the different versions of the Redmi Note 7 with a 6GB RAM/64GB, 4GB RAM/64GB and a 3GB RAM/32GB all released *inserts wink*.

On the software side it comes with android 9.0 Pie and Xiaomi’s MIUI with support for up to 256GB storage expansion.

Battery and Camera

Needless to say battery life plays a big role in Smartphone purchasing and I can say the Redmi Note 7 doesn’t disappoint. Maintaining the same battery capacity as its predecessors, it ships with a 4000mAh battery that offers for decent usage. You also get Fast Charge which reduces charge time.

The camera which is the actual selling point of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is front lined by a whooping dual camera setup which is 48MP main camera with a f/1.8 aperture and 0.8 pixel size, and a 5MP lens for depth sensing.

The front camera is a 13MP lens with no LED flash. The camera of the Redmi Note 7 comes equipped with AI enhancements for better photography.

Pricing and Availability

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 will go for sale from $150 which is about 55,000 Naira for the 3GB/32GB variant, while the 4GB/64GB and 6GB/64GB models will be sold at $176 and $205 respectively which is about 64,000 and 75,000 Naira.

Quite “cheap” I’d say considering the specs and all.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments section.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Full Specs

General Features
Platform: Android 9.0 Pie
Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
GPU: Adreno 512
Memory: 3GB/4GB/6GB RAM

Colours: Blue, Black, Twilight Gold

Dimensions: 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 186g
SIM Type: Nano SIM
SIM Count: Dual SIM

Display
Display: 6.3-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 2340 x 1080 pixels
Screen Protection: – Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Camera
Rear Camera: Dual 48MP + 5MP rear camera 1080p Video@30/60fps Autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama
Front Camera: 13MP camera, 1080p Video@30fps

Storage
Built-in Storage: 32GB/64GB
Memory Card Support: Yes, up to 256GB

Network Support
2G GSM: Yes
2G CDMA 1X: –
3G WCDMA: Yes
3G CDMA EVDO: –
4G LTE: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)

Internet & Connectivity
GPRS: Yes
EDGE: Yes
3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
HSPA+: 42.2/5.76 Mbps
CDMA EVDO: –
4G LTE: LTE-A (3CA) Cat 9 450/50Mbps
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, wi-fi direct, dual-band
Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes, v5.0 with A2DP, LE
USB Port: USB Type-C 2.0

Messaging
SMS/MMS: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push Emails: Yes
Email Protocol: –

Entertainment
Music Player: MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
Video Player: MP4/H.264 player
FM Radio: Yes
Loudspeaker: Yes
3.5mm Jack: Yes

Navigation
Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS,
Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control
Digital Compass: Yes
Accelerometer: Yes
Proximity Sensor: Yes
Light Sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (rear)
Face Unlock: Yes

Other Features
Video Streaming: Yes
Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
Image Editor: Yes
Video Editor: Yes
Document Viewer: Yes
Document Editor: Yes

Battery
Battery: 4,000 mAh non removable Li-Po battery
Fast Charging: Yes

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