The Note series has been a great hit for Xiaomi, since it started gaining popularity with the Redmi Note 3. Recently the Note series has been categorized into a Pro and a normal Note version as seen on the Redmi Note 5. The Pro here stands for a slightly premium mid-range device. All was going Xiaomi’s way until Realme, Asus and then Lenovo joined the game. The competition began to rise until Xiaomi completely lost the game by announcing the Redmi Note 6 Pro with the same specifications as its previous version. However, after the recent launch of the Redmi Note 7, it seems that Xiaomi has completely brought the competition of the mid-range smartphone segment to an end. So without further adieu, let’s jump into the specifications.
The Redmi Note 7 could be the cheapest as well as best smartphone featuring Snapdragon 660
The Redmi Note 7 houses the Snapdragon 660SoC which has 8 Qualcomm Kryo 260 cores with a maximum clock speed of 2.2Ghz. It is combined with a powerful Adreno 512 GPU. The 660 is a promising CPU in all aspects be it graphic intensive tasks like gaming or handling multiple applications at the same time. So, regarding performance, the Redmi Note 7 should perform quite well. Also the processor used is not under-clocked so the performance would be somewhat better than its competitors with under-clocked processors.
Complete Glass design with Vibrant Colours
The Redmi Note 7 features a 6.3 inch full HD+ LTPS display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio which is achieved by a beautifully engineered water-drop notch. The display has a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection with a pixel density of 409ppi. Another interesting feature is that the display is super bright (450 nits), so it will be easily visible under sunlight.
Xiaomi has created history by providing USB Type C at such an aggressive price point. Also the 3.5mm headphone jack is still intact. The Redmi Note 7 feels premium due to its full glass body in different vibrant colours. The device comes with MIUI 9 based on top of Android Oreo which feels a bit disappointing as Android Pie as well as MIUI 10 are both available and could have been a more devastating combo.
A 48MP sensor on the Redmi Note 7
Xiaomi has also kind of made the Redmi Note 7, a camera centric device as it sports a 48MP f/1.8, 0.8micron aperture size Sony IMX586 sensor with a 5MP f/2.4 depth sensor on the rear. This combo is expected to take stunning pictures under low-light conditions. It also has dual LED flash and support for PDAF. The front selfie shooter is a 13MP sensor which is housed in the notch.
On the stabilization side, the device supports EIS but 4K recording is not available. Maybe Xiaomi has saved it for a future update.
Being a typical Note device, the Redmi Note 7 sports a 4000mAh battery which can be charged quickly via the Type-C port which supports up-to Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0. No dedicated support for micro-SD card as a hybrid sim slot is present. Latest Bluetooth 5.0 is supported. The Redmi Note 7 comes in three variants which are 3GB/32GB, 4GB/64GB and the 6GB/64GB version.
Pricing and availability of the Redmi Note 7
Xiaomi, recently launched the device in China which will go on sale from 15 January. Xiaomi has priced the Redmi Note 7 super aggressively such that the 3GB/32GB variant costs just 999 Yuan (₹10,500). The 4GB/64GB is priced at 1,199 Yuan (₹12,500) while the 6GB/64GB at 1,399 Yuan (₹14,500). The smartphone is expected to launch in India in February.
If Xiaomi is able to keep the pricing around the 12K mark for the base variant, 14K for the 4GB and 16K for the 6GB then it would end the completion between Snapdragon 660 smartphones like the Realme 2 Pro and the Zenfone Max Pro M2. Let’s hope for the best.
Comment down below about the feature you liked the most in the Redmi Note 7 and around which price you want Xiaomi to launch the device in India.