Hello Guys! Today I’m going to take a look at the Redmi Note 7 first impressions. We are living at a time that a budget option smartphones can cost much as $750, what if I told you there’s a phone that has a 6.3-inch edge to edge full HD display, Snapdragon 660 processor, 48-megapixel main camera, Gorilla 5 glass panel, Splash resistance, even with a 3.5mm headphone jack — starting price at only at 150 dollars.
So, I just got this device for about 200 dollars, and In China, it is about 14,00 AMB so prices may differ for different countries. And at 200 dollars you get a lot of features with the Redmi Note 7, so let’s started-
Design & Build: –
Looking at the back, we have a Purplish hue at the top and blue hue at the bottom, no matter which angle you look at it from it will still be the same. It uses glass back on the sides, we have metallic sides finish, and it is smooth. It is a bit slippery, but it still feels good in the hand.
Let’s take a look at the bottom of the device, the Redmi Note 7 comes with USB type-c, and it supports quick charge 4.0. So, you should get some pretty fast charging time but what you need to know is the charger in the box is a slower charger. If you want to enjoy the quick charge 4.0, you will have to get a separate charge on your own.
Moving on to the top, you will see that Redmi still keeps the 3.5mm headphone jack here besides that it also comes in IR blaster, so any of you who are using your phones to use it as a remote control to control TVs or other devices.
Volume rockers and the key button is on the right side of the phone and the left side. There’s nothing but the SIM card tray and the better indication, and the notification light is on the chin.
The build quality seems solid too, so much so that Xiaomi guarantees an extended 18-month warranty for users in China. I’m not sure the same will apply to other regions, but it does show Xiaomi’s confidence in this product.
Another nice touch is that the phone has water and dust proof functionality provide, probably survive some splashes. Though, it doesn’t have IP rating or any certification so don’t dip it in water or something. Also, water damage is not covered by warranty.
The buttons on this phone feel sturdy too, overall the build quality is pretty impressive.
Moving on to the front, we are greeted with a 6.3-inch LCD Display. Now, this display comes with a teardrop notch at the front top, it doesn’t come with the punch hole or a notch, but that’s a tiny teardrop for the camera.
The display is a 2340x1080p resolution unit, so it comes with 409 PPI that means it’s really clear and it is sharp.
Moving the screen from side to side, although the screen is a bit reflective, the colours to maintain is fibrinous, so it is adorable to look at this display.
Moving on to another change and that’s on the camera — the Redmi Note 7 packs in a massive 48-megapixel f/1.8 sensor along with the secondary 5-megapixel depth sensor. Now, the 48-megapixel here is the Samsung ISOCELL GM1 sensor, and so far the photos that it takes are pretty impressive being the usual photos or the portrait mode photos.
Most of the photos quality has excellent detail, and I like it. When you compared the Redmi Note 7 photos with the Redmi Note 6, you will notice that the colours of the Note 7 photos and the details are a lot better.
Now, if you are wondering the Note 7 in the Auto Mode takes 12-megapixel photos, but you can shoot 48-megapixel images with the Pro Mode.
On the Video, Redmi Note 7 does not have support for 4K video recording, but there’s 1080p at 60fps support and 1080p at 120fps support, so that’s pretty nice. The Note 7 video looks stable thanks to EIS and has pretty good video quality.
There’s a bit of a downgrade, no dual cameras here of course and the Note 7 comes with a 13-megapixel f/2.0 camera which does seem like a downgrade from the Note 6 Pro’s 20-megapixel camera. Having said that the selfies from the Note 7 look nice and slightly better when compared to the Note 6 Pro so as they say megapixels don’t matter.
Overall the cameras on the Redmi Note 7 especially the 48-megapixel camera on the back seems super impressive.
The Redmi Note 7 is currently powered by a Snapdragon 660 with RAM option goes from 3GB all the way up to 6 gigabytes. It also comes with 64 gigabytes of internal storage, and you can expand it via a memory card. This phone supports up to 256 gigabytes expandable storage.
The benchmarks scores are better than the like of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 and the Realme 2 Pro, both of which have underclocked Snapdragon 660 processor. So the benchmark scores of the Redmi Note 7 are high but when it comes to the real world performance usual day to day usage and gaming have been pretty good.
Apart from all these significant changes the Redmi Note 7 is pretty much the same as the Redmi Note 6 Pro, and that’s not a bad thing.
Another advantageous and here dying feature on such a cheap device plus it can be used as one additional SIM card slot which comes in handy for users in certain areas.
When it comes to software that Redmi Note 7 has MIUI 10 onboard with Android Pi and it’s the usual MIUI with all the features you need.
There’s a face unlock which is fast and so far works well. There is the MIUI navigation gesture which I like better than Android Pi’s native gestures, so that’s pretty good as well.
The Redmi Note 7 has Bluetooth v5.0, this may not sound like a big deal, but not only it provides faster speeds, greater range, lower power consumption and less latency compared to Bluetooth v4.2. Also, it is not a common even on some newly arrived pricier phones, for example, the $400 Huawei Nova 4 and the flagship model Mate 20Xis still stuck at Bluetooth v4.2.
The battery is the same reasonably large 4000 milliamp-hours battery which has been pretty impressive on the Note 4, Note 5 Pro and the Note 6 Pro so I’m positive. And now it supports for 18-Watt fast charging that is great, but in China, the phone comes with the usual 10-watt charge in the box. But there is an option to get the 18-watt fast charger bundled with the box by paying an extra of 10 yuan which is roughly 100 rupees, and I think that’s fair.
Well, that was a good look at the new Redmi Note 7, and honestly, this phone has impressed me so far, and I think that this should have been the Redmi Note 6 or the Redmi Note 6 Pro. It just looks like Xiaomi upped their game after seeing the disappointing response to the Redmi Note 6 Pro. I mean yes, I’m yet to test the Redmi Note 7 extensively, but the phone is well on course to become the next budget smartphone king.
It has excellent glass design, teardrop notch display, a 48-megapixel camera, the Snapdragon 660 processor, what else do you need for 1000 yuan which is around 10,000 rupees. And mind you this is the Redmi Note 7, the Note 7 pro set to come in with an even faster Snapdragon 675 processor, and better Sony IMX 586 48-megapixel sensor. So, It’s pretty clear that the Redmi Note series is back with a bang.