Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi 7 (3GB RAM) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (3GB RAM, 32GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Xiaomi Redmi 7 (3GB RAM)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
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Excellence Score
22.4
22.7
Value for Money Score
66.2
65.4
Price ₹ 9,390 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2019 Mar, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.26 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Colour Temperature Adjustment, Sunlight Display, Night Display, Reading mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 632Ranked #65 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #46 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 512
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 2MP 12MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 12MP: 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.2 Aperture; PDAF, Portrait Mode, Night Light Enhancement, HDR, Auto HDR, Continuous Shooting, Face Recognition 12MP: Sony IMX486 Sensor; 1.25um Pixel Size; PDAF; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor, Steady Handheld Night Photography, AI Portrait mode, AI Scene detection, Panorama, Face recognition, HDR, Low light enhancement, Video EIS, 120fps Slow Motion Recording (720p/1080p), AI Beautify
Secondary Camera 8MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 4.0, Portrait mode, HDR, Screen flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Palm shutter F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Portrait mode, AI Beautify, Face recognition, HDR, Selfie timer, AI Scene Detection
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.47 mmMedium 8.1 mmMedium
Weight 180 gmMedium 186 gmMedium
Width 75.6 mmOk for one-handed use 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Quick Charge 4.0
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration WiFi Display; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful, premium, slick colorway back panel - one of the best looking phones in this price bracket
  • Modern, sharp design up-front too, with a large screen and water-drop notch
  • Fast fingerprint reader
  • Good, 6.26-inch IPS LCD HD+ display - easily among the best in this price bracket - it has good sunlight legibility, great viewing angles, and good color tuning - watching movies and images on the screen is a pretty good experience
  • MIUI is one of the more refined Android UIs, and has plenty of customization features - you can easily do things like switch between buttons and gestures for navigation and turn off the notch depending on your preference
  • Very good performance, with a Snapdragon 632 chipset at the core - daily use is smooth and pleasant, simple games are a breeze, and even complex games like PUBG do fine on low graphics settings
  • Good dual-rear camera setup - a combination of a 12MP primary camera paired with a 2MP depth sensor - the end results are fairly impressive
  • Images shot outdoors in good light come out very well with retained details even in shadow regions
  • Portrait mode is good too - edge detection is rather good and the bokeh fall-off is fairly natural
  • Good selfie camera too, with a decent software-based portrait mode, and a decent beauty mode
  • Overall, Xiaomi has scored here again, with probably the best overall camera package at this price point
  • The phone has a single speaker but it manages to be pretty loud - there is little to no bottom end, but on the flip side, music doesn’t crackle even with the volume cranked up to the maximum
  • Excellent battery life - with a 4000mAh battery, the phone comfortably lasts a day and a half on a single charge - and with lighter usage, you can easily manage two days
  • Overall, the Redmi 7 is a very good deal for anyone looking for an entry-level smartphone that can handle all the basics and more - it delivers good performance and a well-optimized usage experience, and it looks smashing while at it
  • Looks stunning, with an all-glass design - Xiaomi has gone the extra mile here and really knocked it out of the park in terms of an exquisite design
  • Excellent, flagship-worthy, premium build quality
  • Great hand feel
  • The front and the back are fitted with Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 with an additional 0.8mm-thick layer for extra durability
  • The LED notification light sits comfortably on the chin - it can only be seen when it lights up, it's really subtle
  • Splash resistant body
  • The capacitive fingerprint sensor is easy to reach with your index finger and it also has a different texture, so it's hard to miss - plus it's quick
  • Apart from the quick fingerprint sensor, the phone also has decently quick AI face recognition (under good light)
  • Big, sharp 6.3inch LCD screen with a small, unobtrusive notch
  • Good overall display quality, with especially good brightness levels
  • You also get software tweaks to adjust the contrast and colour temperature, which is nice
  • Xiaomi's custom skin overlay, MIUI, has come a long way and the latest version takes a more simplistic and clean approach
  • There is also an option to chose between the standard navigation buttons and navigation gestures
  • The excellent Snapdragon 660 SoC makes sure that the device runs smooth without thermal throttling or performance drops even with complex games
  • Unlike the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Redmi Note 7 also doesn't have any heating issues
  • Decent set of dual rear cameras, especially in daylight - colours and details are good, and the camera app's AI system does a good job in detecting objects such as buildings, plants, flowers, etc, and boosting the image accordingly
  • The depth sensor helps in capturing good portrait shots - edge detection is good for objects and people
  • The front-facing 13-megapixel camera too captures good selfies under good lighting - the AI beatification isn't too aggressive thankfully
  • You can also shoot selfies with a bokeh effect too, and the edge detection is not bad
  • Despite having just a single bottom-firing loudspeaker, the handset impresses with a loud sound - and it sounds clean at high volumes as well
  • Gets the modern USB Type-C port - a rarity in this price bracket
  • Like other Redmi phones, the Note 7 also packs a handy IR blaster, which can be used for remote controlling home appliances via the Mi Remote app
  • Very good battery life - the 4000 mAh battery paired with the fairly efficient Snapdragon 660 SoC means you will comfortably get over a day of use - it's not as amazing as the Note 7 Pro though, which does significantly better, thanks likely to an even more efficient processor
  • The Redmi Note 7 is another great device from the Xiaomi camp, and gives a great bang for the buck, especially in terms of performance
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • It's an all plastic affair though, so the build quality is definitely not as premium as the Redmi Note series (which have glass backs)
  • The glossy back, like all glossy backs, attracts a lot of fingerprints, and will scratch relatively easily too (so using a case is a good idea)
  • It continues to be ad-strewn though - and by default you will get ads on the lock screen, ads whenever you install an app on your phone, and ads in the notification shade - all of this can be turned off, but that requires a few steps and know-how - something a lot of people using the phone won't have
  • Low light shots are more of a mixed bag (the phone tends to reduce the shutter speed, which makes it harder to get a sharp image), and video recording lacks stabilisation - but that's to be expected in this price bracket
  • That said, if you can raise your budget by about a 1000 bucks, the Redmi Note 7 with an all-glass design, a Snapdragon 660 processor, and a Full HD display is an even better value proposition
  • At 186g, it's a bit on the bulky side
  • There continue to be pesky ads in the MUIU interface these days, and these do somewhat diminish the experience of using an otherwise excellent smartphone (there are ways to disable these through settings, but not a lot of people who buy the phone are going to be technically aware enough to know how to do that)
  • Low light performance of both the rear cameras and the front camera is average
  • Video quality isn't too impressive either - when shooting outdoors in daylight, bright areas are often overexposed
  • Overall, the camera performance is decent, but this is not the best camera package in this price range - if you are looking for that, look at the Realme 2 Pro, or Xiaomi A2 instead
  • While the smartphone supports Quick Charge 4.0, the included adapter maxes out at 5V/2A, and though it has a decent charging speed (about 57% in 1 hour), you will have to look for a QC 3 or QC 4-capable brick to enjoy true 'fast charging'
  • If you are looking for the best camera in this price bracket though, then you'd be happier with the Realme 2 Pro or even Xiaomi's Mi A2
Expert Reviews
  1. If you’re looking for a smartphone that offers a great value for your money, then the Redmi 7 is the one to go for
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Has an advantage in terms of features and specifications overall at its price... however the software experience, particularly all the advertising, is likely to put a lot of people off
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A reliable, value for money offering
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A cracking deal
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. For its price, Redmi 7 is certainly an excellent package
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Value-for-money smartphone
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Packs a punch...Budget phone done right
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Has all boxes ticked...among all the options you can choose from in the price bracket, the Redmi 7 just seems to be a slicker package overall
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A dependable smartphone that ticks most of the right boxes
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Has the feel of a phone that costs way above its price
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Xiaomi has once again created a great smartphone at an affordable price
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  12. Value for money
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. There are plenty of good smartphones in India right now under Rs. 15,000 - and the Redmi Note 7 is certainly one of them
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Most powerful smartphone in this price bracket...definitely a great buy
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Well packaged phone...great value for money at this price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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