Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, otherwise known as Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Global, remains to be one of the best budget phones of 2018. It was launched early last year and towards the end of the year, it was succeeded by the Redmi Note 6 Pro, a phone that has now been succeeded by the Redmi Note 7 (a Pro variant is on the way).
Like its immediate predecessors, the Redmi Note 7 banks its success on the premium design it ships in, powerful midrange specs under the hood, a huge battery that has finally received a USB-C charging port, a mouthwatering camera, and most of all, the price.
For the uninitiated, the Redmi Note 7 is the first under the new Redmi sub-brand. Undoubtedly, the major highlight of the phone is the 48MP camera paring on the back, but being a Xiaomi device, there is plenty to be excited about this device.
Let’s check out the specs.
Redmi Note 7 specs
- 6.3-inch 19.5:9 LCD FHD+ (2340 x 1080) display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
- 3GB or 4GB or 6GB RAM
- 32GB or 64GB expandable storage, up to 256GB
- Dual 48MP + 5MP main camera
- 13MP front camera
- 4000mAh battery
- Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10
- Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, Quick Charge 4, 3.5mm audio jack, Fingerprint (rear-mounted), IR Blaster, AI face unlock, etc.
The Redmi Note 7 comes less than two months after the launch of the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India, although the phone initially went live in September. Unlike the Note 6 Pro vs. Note 5 Pro, the Redmi Note 7 isn’t your typical incremental upgrade over its predecessor.
For starters, you are getting a revamped design language on the front akin to another budget phone that will be making waves this year – the Huawei Honor 8X. The waterdrop-style notch seems to be the in-thing and it can’t be denied that it looks much better than any other notch.
You’ll also notice the new Redmi Note 7 gets a new paint job that mimics the gradient designs we’ve seen on a good number of Huawei phones. The build material is no longer metal and while Xiaomi says the 6.3-inch LCD panel has Gorilla Glass 5 protection, we cannot guarantee that the glass back has this same protection against accidental drops and scratches.
Under the hood, you get a much powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor mated with up to 6GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage. Typically, Redmi phones have always been big on matters battery life and the Redmi Note 7 is no different, shipping with a massive 4000mAh unit that can be fast charged using Qualcomm Quick Charge 4, although the bundled charger only supports 5V/2A charging. This means that to take advantage of the fast charging tech, you need to buy supported accessories as well.
The fact that the Note 7 ships with a much smaller notch than its immediate predecessor also means that you don’t get a dual-lens selfie shooter. Also, although not necessarily for the worst, the front camera’s main lens has changed from 20MP used on the Note 5 Pro and Note 6 Pro to a 13MP lens, same as the Redmi Note 5 Global.
And then, of course, the main camera. This is the phone’s selling point all thanks to a massive 48MP Samsung ISOCELL lens on the back paired with a 5MP depth sensing lens. The Note 7 camera setup includes support for Super Night Mode that debuted with the Mi MIX 3. Since a 48MP lens will produce photos with very large file sizes, Xiaomi says the phone uses a Quad Bayer filter and other super-resolution techniques to output 12MP resolution photos in low-light conditions.
On the front, you get a 13MP shooter with no company, meaning the depth sensing capabilities of the Note 6 Pro may be available only in software form. Speaking of which, the Redmi Note 7 runs Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 out of the box, which is pretty cool if you ask us.
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Redmi Note 7 pricing and availability
Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 7 in China on January 10, 2019, with availability in the Asian country slated for January 15th. We don’t have a global release date, but based on history, the phone should start selling globally in late January or early February 2019.
In China, the base model of 3/32GB goes for CNY 999, approximately $150 or INR 10,500. The 4/64GB and 6/64GB variants cost CNY 1,199 and CNY 1,399, figures that translate to about $180 (INR 12,500) and $205 (INR 14,700), respectively.
Undoubtedly, the Redmi Note 7 is shaping up to be the budget phone to beat this 2019.