Redmi, now a sub-brand of Xiaomi has released their very first smartphone of 2019; Xiaomi Redmi Note 7. The device comes with an impressive 48MP camera, a Snapdragon 660 Chipset, 4,000mAh of battery and runs Android 9.0 Pie out of the box, with MIUI 10 on top of course. Best part? It costs just $150. Let’s get into the details.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Key Specs
・6.3-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2340 pixels
・Android 9.0 Pie with 3GB/4GB/6GB Of RAM
・Octa-core 2.2GHz, Snapdragon 660
・32GB/64GB built-in storage
・48MP + 5MP rear camera and 13MP selfie camera
・4,000mAh non-removable battery
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Design And Display
The design of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is pretty simple. It features a massive 6.3-inch Full HD+ IPS display which is covered by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for screen protection with a water drop cut out/notch to house the front-facing camera.
There is also a significant amount of chin at the bottom. At the back of the device are the usuals; a fingerprint sensor placed at the centre and a dual rear camera located at the top left side with an LED flash underneath. The volume buttons, as well as the power button, is located at the right side on while SIM and MicroSD card are at the left side. Overall, the device weighs just 186grams, measures 8.1mm in thickness and comes in colours Black, Blue and Twilight Gold.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Camera Review
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 has a total of three cameras; two at the back and one up front. The selfie camera is a 13MP camera with HDR and ready to record 1080p videos at 30fps. At the rear is a 48MP main shooter with f/1.8 aperture and PDAF paired with a 5MP depth sensor camera with f/2.4 aperture. The main 48MP uses a new tech called Quad-Bayer filter, which was first seen on Huawei’s P20 Pro which lets it output a lower megapixel (in this case, 12MP) images with large pixel and real-time HDR. Features of the rear camera include and dual-LED flash for low light photography, HDR, Panorama and can record 1080p videos at 30, 60 and 120fps.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Hardware and Software
Xiaomi went with the Snapdragon 660 Chipset here on the Redmi Note 7 which has an octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz paired with an Adreno 512 GPU for graphics and gaming. There are 3 RAM options to choose from which includes 3GB, 4GB and 6GB. The 3GB RAM variant comes with 32GB of Internal storage while the 4GB and 6GB RAM Variants come with a bigger 64GB of Internal storage. Storage can be expanded further, up to 256GB but at the expense of losing a SIM slot as this device using an Hybrid Slot. This device runs the latest version of MIUI out of the box which is MIUI 10 based on Android 9.0 Pie.
Battery & Network Connectivity
Powering this device is a 4,000mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 4.0 but only a standard 5V/2A charger is bundled in the box. However, if you get a 9V/2A charger, you can charge the device from 0 to 100% in just 1 hours 43 minutes according to Xiaomi CEO, Lei Jun. The device also features a USB Type-C port for file transfer and charging which also supports USB On The Go. Other features include WiFi, WiFi direct, WiFi hotspot, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio and a 3.5mm jack which seems to fast fading out.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Price and Availability
Xiaomi Redm Note 7 costs just $150 for the based variant of 3GB/32GB while the 4GB/64GB and 6GB/64GB costs $175 and $205 respectively. Pre-orders have already started and shipping is set to commence as soon as January 15.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Full Specifications
Dimension: 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm
SIM: (Dual Nano-SIM, Dual stand-by)
Type: IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen
Screen Resolution: 19:9, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 409ppi
Software and performance
Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie, MIUI 10
Chipset: Snapdragon 660, Octa-core 2.2GHz
RAM: 3GB/4GB/6GB RAM
Internal Storage: 32GB/64GB
Card Slot: Yes, Up to 256GB
Primary: 48MP + 5MP with f/1.8 + f/2.4 – dua-LED flash, PDAF, Panorama, HDR
Secondary: 13MP with HDR
Network and Connectivity
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Network 2G: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G: 2100 MHz
USB: Yes, Type-C
Audio Jack: Yes
Fingerprint Sensor: Yes, (Rear-mounted)
GPS: Yes with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Sensor: Gravity, Proximity and Light Sensor
Capacity: 4,000mAh, non-removable
Fast Charging: Yes, Quick Charge 4.0
OTG Support: Yes
Price and Availability
Recommended Retail Price: $150 – $210