Redmi Note 7 Price in India is Rs.9999 for 3GB/32GB variant and Rs.11999 for 4GB/64GB variant. Experience power and performance in your palm with the Redmi Note 7. Every picture that you click comes out beautiful, thanks to its (12 MP + 2 MP) dual-rear camera and the 13 MP front camera. While 16-cm (6.3) FHD+ Dot Notch Display revolutionises your viewing experience, features such as AI Scene Detection, Face Unlock and IR Remote Control make your user experience as convenient as possible. Shop now!
Given the starting price tag of Rs. 9999, the Redmi Note 7 is one heck of a device. It gets the design right; the performance is excellent, it got a full HD+ display, excellent battery back up and relatively acceptable cameras. For the asking price, the device is offering more than what one should expect. However, the Redmi Note 7 does have some flaws like the lack of fast charging adapter in the box, and ads in the UI is just getting annoying every passing day. If these flaws don’t concern you, then the Redmi Note 7 is your go-to device. However, the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 at the same starting price (after the price cuts) is also a worthy option to consider.
Xiaomi kick-started the year with the launch of Redmi Note 7 and the Note 7 Pro. The company had a terrific 2018 with back-to-back blockbuster phones and retained the number one position despite competition from other Chinese brands like Huawei, OPPO, ASUS and others. The company is now hoping to repeat the same even in 2019. Today we have with us the Redmi Note 7 which from the specifications and price point of view looks like another solid offering from Xiaomi; we put the device to the test to know how it fares in real-life usage.
The Redmi Note 7 sports a 6.3-inch (2340 ×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass LTPS in-cell display with 1500:1 contrast ratio, 450 nits brightness, 84% NTSC Color Gamut, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by the Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform SoC clocked at 2.2GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 512 GPU. It packs 3GB LPDDR4x RAM with 32GB storage and another variant with 4GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB storage that is further expandable up to 256GB with microSD. It runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10.
In terms of camera, the Redmi Note 7 Pro features a 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony IMX486 sensor, 1.25um pixel size, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, and a secondary 2MP camera. On the front, it has a 13MP shooter. It comes with a fingerprint sensor. Connectivity features include Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 /5GHz) Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C. A 4000mAh battery is on board.
Over the years in the existence of Xiaomi in India, we have seen the brand evolve so much. Be it the aggressive pricing or the value for money hardware. However, the company was lagging behind in terms of design which were considered to be dull and simple and lacked the ‘WOW’ factor. To fulfil that, the company has made sure to show a difference, the difference we like. Like the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Note 7 too packs the same Aura design with glass back and 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. This is a refreshing move from Xiaomi, and we appreciate the company for giving the duo a modern look. The glass body design combined with gradient colours gives the phone a premium look and is surely a head turner.
The handset doesn’t feel heavy, easy to reach all corners of the display and doesn’t hurt your hands even after extended usage. However, the glass back attracts fingerprints very easily, and it is a pain to wipe the glass constantly. The Redmi Note 7 features P2i nano-coating making it splashproof, but note that it isn’t water-resistant and can get damaged if it is exposed to water too much.
Talking about the placement, up front, you find the 13-megapixel selfie camera, ambient and proximity sensor, main earpiece, and down below the 6.3-inches screen are the three touch type capacitive buttons that are placed within the display. On the right side of the mobile, you have volume and power buttons, while the left side houses a hybrid dual-SIM + microSD card slot. The 3.5mm headphone jack and IR emitters are present on top, and USB Type-C ports on the bottom along with speaker grilles on both sides. On the rear, you find the rear camera setup, Redmi logo, a fingerprint sensor. The back panel isn’t removable, so is the battery. Overall, the design, build of the Redmi Note 7 are pretty impressive.
The Redmi Note 7 sports a 6.3-inch (2340 ×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass LTPS in-cell display with 1500:1 contrast ratio, 450 nits brightness, 84% NTSC Color Gamut, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Firstly, the 450 nits of brightness ensure good outdoor visibility even under direct sunlight. We never had issues accessing the content outdoors with minimum brightness as well. Since there is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, the display is secure up to some extent. It can withhold a drop or two and sustain scratches to some extent. The notched 19:5:9 display offers a good screen to body ratio for gaming as well as media consumption.
There is a considerable chin at the bottom, but we wouldn’t it. The bezels on sides are very slim thus giving us edge-to-edge feel while using. The 2.5D curved glass means you won’t hurt your hand at the edges while using the phone. Since it is a full HD panel, the colours and text look sharp and vivid. There are various display modes in the settings which you can use to tune the colour temperature of the display according to your liking. The viewing angles are good, and we didn’t notice any off colours or distortion when tilted.
It comes with the ambient light sensor, meaning you don’t have to adjust the brightness all the time, once enabled, it will automatically adjust the brightness depending on the surroundings. The phone also comes with gesture support, which will further enhance the user experience. We were able to play 1080p videos, and the playback was smooth. Overall, the display of the Redmi Note 7 is impressive for the pricing.
The Redmi Note 7 is powered by the Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform SoC clocked at 2.2GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 512 GPU and 4GB RAM. Though it is a bit dated chip in 2019, the Snapdragon 660 is very capable chipset to pull your day-to-day tasks. It can open apps quickly and load them quite fast as well. This Snapdragon chip doesn’t throw any heating issues nor was there any lag while heavy multitasking as well. With MIUI 10 not being too heavy, the 4GB is quite enough to run 5-6 apps at a time. The UI animations are smooth, and the gestures navigation wasn’t laggy either. At this price, offering Snapdragon 660, a chip that is used on most mid-range phones itself is terrific, and the results speak volumes.
Moving to the gaming department, we played a wide range of games including PUBG, Asphalt 9, Nova 3, Leo’s Fortune and more. Like with most Snapdragon phones, the gaming experience was excellent and is on par with a mid-range phone. The Adreno 512 is capable of maintaining consistent frame rates and doesn’t heat much either. The 19:5:9 aspect ratio display with very narrow bezels only enhances the experience. It comes with a fingerprint sensor and is quite fast in unlocking the phone. Users can register up to five fingers. There is Face unlock too. Overall, the performance of the Redmi Note 7 is pretty impressive for the pricing.
The Redmi Note 7 features a 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony IMX486 sensor, 1.25um pixel size, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, and a secondary 2MP camera. On the front, it has a 13MP shooter. The interface much like other Redmi phone has various modes including HDR, panorama, portrait, and a Pro mode with additional controls. Other features like AI Portrait mode, AI Studio Lighting, and AI Beautification are accounted for. Moving along, the pictures clicked in the day and during good lighting conditions have optimum details in them. Like the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the regular Note 7 also slightly oversaturates the pictures which some might like. There are no focusing issues, but the phone takes a good ½ second time to process the image after taping the shutter button. The dynamic range is good, but the highlights are noticed to blow out more often than not. The portrait shots have decent edge detection, but it isn’t perfect entirely. The portrait shots, especially in low-light, are dull and have too much noise.
Moving to the low-light, this is where the Redmi Note 7 acts like any other regular budget segment phone. There’s too much noise in the image, as said above. The resulting image isn’t too perfect and doesn’t make it share-worthy. Despite the existence of a night mode, there’s very little it can do. It oversharpens the image, but the output is still noisy and grainy. On the front, there is a 13MP shooter, while it does a good job with the selfies given the optimal lighting conditions. It fails to keep up in low and artificial lighting conditions. The Redmi Note 7 can record 1080p videos, and the output is quite alright, but we did notice focus hunting issues while recording. Overall, the cameras of the Redmi Note 7 aren’t the best, but they aren’t very bad either.
The Redmi Note 7 does come with a 3.5mm audio jack, but the lack of headphones in the box is a drawback. The audio quality via the loudspeaker which is placed on the bottom is super loud and crisp. However, if you hold the phone in the landscape mode, your hands might block it. There were no distortion or squeaking sounds even when playing music with maximum volume. MIUI 10 offers the option to tweak the audio quality depending on your taste. The default music player was able to play a wide range of music formats without any problem.
In terms of video department, the Redmi Note 7 was able to play 1080p videos, and the playback was smooth without any issues. It can play a wide range of video formats. We didn’t notice any heating or freezing issues at any point in time. Since the 19:5:9 aspect ratio brings more screen real estate, watching videos and movies was an excellent experience. Overall, the audio and video department does a good job.
The Redmi Note 7 packs a 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4 but there’s no quick charge adapter in the box. You will have to buy it separately. With moderate to heavy usage, that includes gaming, watching videos, editing photos, social media usage, calls, the phone was able to last until the evening without any issues. There’s no ideal battery drain on regular cases, and it is a good thing. The device managed to score a screen-on-time during heavy usage was around close to five and a half hours which is quite acceptable, but not exceptional.
On the flip side, with moderate usage, you can push the device into day two and still have around 30% juice left for use. For a typical user, the Redmi Note 7 battery back should be pretty good. However, the lack of fast charging adapter within the box is a drawback. With the bundled adapter the Note 7 took close to 3 hours to charge fully from 1 to 100% which is a stretch for us.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 much-like its twin; the Redmi Note 7 Pro runs on Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 on top. Quite surprisingly, this is one of the very few Xiaomi phones to run on Android Pie out of the box. Moving along, all the app and widgets are present on the home screen with no app drawer, and it is about time Xiaomi adds an option to enable it. There is a theme store where tons of themes are available to download most of which are free. MIUI 10 brings a host of new features including gestures, improved transitions, animations, new notification toggle and a volume slider.
It comes with App Vault and App lock feature that is very useful. There are dual apps feature that lets you run an app like WhatsApp in two different instances at the same time. Apart from Google apps, there are tons of Mi apps like Mi Drop, FM Radio, Screen recorder, Scanner, Compass, Explorer, Community, Mi Remote, Mi Store, and few others which can’t be removed unless rooted. Xiaomi’s MIUI’s ad riddled UI is the biggest drawback. We understand the company makes very fewer profits from its smartphone business, but throwing ads in the UI makes the user experience unpleasant. We hope the company realises this and shows a difference.
The Redmi Note 7 comes in two variants; 3GB LPDDR4x RAM with 32GB storage and another model with 4GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB storage that is further expandable up to 256GB with microSD. MIUI 10 over the years has improved a lot both in terms of smoothness and features. Thanks to the very capable chipset and enough RAM, the device was able to pull through multitasking very easily. We never noticed apps running out of memory and switching between apps resulted in no lag whatsoever. There is a default cleaner app which frees up space by clearing cache and useless files. The interface was smooth, and the device was able to handle multitasking quite good. We had over 5-6 apps in the background, and the phone didn’t lag or stutter. Overall, the software and the U.I experience of the Redmi Note 7 is quite good, but the add-riddled UI is our biggest concern.
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