Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to take a look at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Review. Now, a lot of you guys have a lot of questions around the Redmi Note 7 Pro and well, hopefully, we’ll be able to answer them all in this full Review.
So, this year, the Redmi Note 7 Pro and with all the hype around the Redmi Note 7 Pro I’m pretty sure you all know about the highlights of this phone. There are the new refresh design, the 48-megapixel Sony IMX camera and the new Snapdragon 675 processor. So this is the measured update of Redmi Note 7 Pro and that’s what makes this one truly excited. So, lets started-
First off, let’s start off with the design here with the Note 7 Pro Xiaomi has finally there’s the bland metal design and now you get the glass front and the glass back that looks and feels amazing. The back here features Gorilla Glass 5 as the front and that means it’s not prone to scratches or scuffs.
On the front, there is the teardrop notch here that gives the phone I really modern look there’s still the chin here but I’m not complaining since this is a budget smartphone.
The Redmi Note phones have always had good displays and the Redmi Note 7 Pro is no exception. The LCD display here is just as good as it gets in this price range. It’s vibrant and even it’s not the brightest it gets a job done outdoors so no problems on the display.
The front also has the notification LED on the bottom chain which is a nice surprise I mean most phones with the teardrop notch tend to skip this.
Apart from that, I like the perfectly placed tactile buttons on the Note 7 Pro and the fact that it has everything including the headphone jack, IR Blaster and the USB-C port which is still a rarity in this pricing. Hopefully, this is a year when all budget phones will have the USB-C port. There’s also a fingerprint scanner here which is placed perfectly and it’s really fast.
Water & Dust Proof
The Redmi Note 7 Pro packs in everything in a premium looking design for a budget phone that’s almost perfect. And the Note 7 Pro does not have an IP rating it has a P2i water repellent coating so some splashes of water should not affect the phone so, that’s pretty nice.
Now, moving on to the next highlights of this phone, the 48-megapixel camera on the back and this is a true 48-megapixel sensor here. We’re talking about Sony IMX 586 48-MP sensor that’s featured in higher in phones like the Mi 9 and Honor View 20 so its just impressive to see a phone price so low packing in a high-end camera sensor.
In Good light, the Note 7 Pro captures photos that a bright, detailed and have great dynamic range, I don’t like the fact that some photos come out a bit oversharpened but overall I like the photos that fully captures how many times the phone surprised me with some amazing photos. The Pictures are a bit oversaturated but photos which I captured really awesome.
The Portrait mode is decent too but most of the times I found the edge detection to be finicky as will see in the photos.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro camera is pretty good in the low-light too which is where most budget smartphones tend to struggle. I like that fact the Note 7 Pro cameras focus on taking good photos in low-light rather than just ramping up the brightness like most budget phones. Sometimes Note 7 Pro’s cameras mess up but mostly the performance is above average.
The 48-megapixel option on this phone is pretty useless. Now, there two ways to shoot 48-megapixel photos in the Note 7 Pro and they’re both rather useless. There’s a 48-MP mode in the auto mode and there’s one in the Pro mode as well and I found both of them to be pretty useless.
The 12-megapixel photos and the 48-megapixel photos quality is very similar there’s no difference whatsoever. Some 48-MP photos have slightly more detail but it’s a very small difference so it’s not a big deal and we’re not going to use it because the 48-MP mode just makes the camera experience so slow and laggy.
First of all, it takes a lot of time to process and while it’s processing don’t you dare do anything else or you lose the photo. Secondly, there were times when the 48-MP shot would keep on processing for 20-30 seconds only to result in an error it’s not good and hopefully, Xiaomi fixes this with an update.
The 48-MP mode in the Pro mode isn’t as buggy but it produces photos that aren’t better in fact there in feeding.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro can shoot videos up to 4K at 30fps and will I’ve been pretty impressed with its video capabilities. It’s not as stable as I’d like since there’s no OIS but I like the quality, everything looks crisp well focused and detailed so it’s good. And if you want more stability you can always shoot in 1080p.
Lastly, the front camera or selfie, the Note 7 Pro features a 13-megapixel camera here and it is decent. I mean in good lighting the Note 7 Pro selfies are pretty good with good details. But move to low light, you get selfies that look soft and not so impressive. So, the selfies here aren’t anything extraordinary but it’ll make do.
So, overall, the Note 7 Pro has some really capable cameras I know the Portrait mode isn’t the best and 48-megapixel modes in these phones aren’t as exciting as the scene but apart from that the Note 7 Pro takes some great photos and great videos which for me makes it the best camera phone in its price segment.
Another highlight of the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the performance. The Note 7 Pro packs in the new Snapdragon 675 processor which is a processor used by the likes of the Vivo V15 Pro another high-end phone. I’m generally sceptical about a budget phones performance in day-to-day usage but this is a phone I’d happily use as a daily driver.
Now, day-to-day tasks are a breeze no issues whatsoever there is the occasional stutter when you have a lot of apps open in the background but I would say it’s a huge problem because I only faced this when I had PUBG or Asphalt 9 in the background.
Apart from that, the phone handles heavy-duty games with a lot of ease. PUBG mobile runs on high graphics settings default which is not something you see in the budget smartphone and while it’s definitely playable on high there were few minors stutters which don’t really ruin the experience.
But if you want flawless performance on PUBG mobile you should switch to medium graphics settings. I also played Asphalt 9 on the phone and the Note 7 Pro runs that like a champ, no issues here. So like I said, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is great it’s just really good but there’s one small problem I have with the Redmi Note 7 Pro and that’s MIUI.
The MIUI is not something I hate, I like the fact that its feature pack I mean I’ve always maintained and MIUI navigation gestures are one of the best implementations of gestures and I like the fast face unlock and a lot of other features. So, there’s a lot to like in MIUI but some of it’s quirks to annoying.
Now, I have just one particular issue with MIUI and that’s ads. Look, I’m okay with all the usual ads in the MIUI Apps but Ads in the lock screen it’s ridiculous. MIUI 10 on the Redmi Note 7 Pro has the wallpaper carousal feature which I know is an old feature but on the Redmi Note 7 Pro, it’s being used to bring different promoted stories which are basically ads. I know I can turn it off but it’s just not cool.
Apart from that, The Redmi Note 7 Pro has the usual 4000 mAh battery. Now, I’m saying it’s usually because of the Redmi Note standard but 4000 mAh is still pretty good if you think about it and well it shows. In my usual usage, the phone lasted me over a day. I would start the day by 100% and by the end of the day the phone would be around 30% – 35% in medium to heavy usage.
When it comes to charging the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 10-watt charger which I think is a letdown. I mean Xiaomi finally moved to USB-C and quick charge for Redmi Note series and they’re still giving us the 10-watt charger.
Anyway, the 10-watt charger takes 2 hours and 20 minutes to charge the Note 7 Pro from 10 – 100% and that’s okay.
Apart from that, there are a lot of common questions that you guys have around the Redmi Note 7 Pro. So let me just answer them-
First off there’s a lot of confusion around Widevine CDM license in the Note 7 Pro. Now as we showed you in a first impressions review the Note 7 pro does have the Widevine CDM license which technically means it should be able to play HD videos on Apps like Netflix and Prime video but weirdly it does not, the HD playback is not supported in these apps on the Note 7 Pro but this is something Xiaomi can fix an update so I’m hoping they do.
Next, a lot of you guys asked us if the phone has a Camera 2 API.
Well we checked and yes it does have Camera 2 API and that means Google Camera should work fine on this phone.
It’s time to conclude things now…
So should you buy the Redmi Note 7 Pro with starts at rupees 14000?
Well, yes. This is a budget phone that’s definitely the new budget smartphone king in the Indian smartphone market. Look, to be honest, new MIUI is not something I’m a huge fan of and Xiaomi somehow making thing worse. But apart from that, Redmi Note 7 Pro offers so much for its price. It has a premium design that features everything, a performance that matches some of the higher-end phones. Cameras that are just best in this price segment and some solid battery life with fast charging support.
There’s a lot of competition in the form of the ZenFone Max Pro, Realme 2, Realme 2 Pro and the Galaxy M30 but the Redmi Note 7 Pro beat them all on almost all fronts. Note 7 brings Xiaomi back to the lead, it will be the budget smartphone to beat in 2019.