Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 

price₹ 13,000 expected

launchComing Soon!

55.0

excellence score

91.6

value for money score

Expected launch: 28 February, 2019

2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 2 Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

Design

  • Excellent, flagship-worthy build quality
  • 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
  • Not the easiest to hold phone with respect to it's size/ergonomics - and at 186g, also a bit on the heavy side

Display

  • Big 6.3inch LCD screen with fairly thin side bezels - and a small, unobtrusive notch
  • Pretty good overall display quality, with especially good brightness levels

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • The powerful Snapdragon 660 SoC makes sure that the device runs smoothly without thermal throttling or performance drops even with complex games - everything is smooth and lag-free

Camera

  • The primary camera is the rear dual camera setup is a huge 48MP sensor - which shoots 12MP at default settings (there is a way to shoot in the sensor's full 48MP resolution if you prefer that, but you'd have to go to the camera's Pro mode for that)
  • In daylight, the performance is good, as expected - there's plenty of detail, contrast is good, colors are punchy, and noise is virtually non-existent
  • The actual benefit though of the large sensor is that users get sharper 12MP photos with less noise even at high ISO values compared to the regular 12MP sensors - what that means is that the night time shots are the real strong point of the phone, and are surprisingly good for a phone at this price point - there's no prominent noise, details are good and light sources appear to be rather well-preserved
  • Additionally, the Night mode really makes a difference by restoring the highlights and bringing out the shadows - the result is nicely balanced and subjects look more detailed
  • Portraits with the dual rear cameras are also very good - comparable to much more expensive handsets - the detail is nice while the edge detection is stellar - indoor portraits are good too
  • With the front camera, the selfies turn out to be quite nice as well - there's enough detail from the 13MP snapper and its focus sweet spot is almost a full arm's length so you don't need to get really close to the phone to get the sharpest possible result - the portrait mode also seems to do quite well despite the hardware limitations of the front camera (no secondary unit for depth sensing)
  • The video recording performance is decent, but limited to 1080p@30fps and 1080@60fps - with no default 4K support

Audio

  • Despite having just a single bottom-firing loudspeaker, the handset impresses with a loud sound - and it sounds clean at high volumes as well
  • Audio quality via headphones is very good too - and loudness remains just as impressive when headphones come into play - one of the highest in the market, let alone the price range

Battery

  • Excellent battery life, as has been the hallmark of the Redmi Note series - the 4000 mAh battery paired with the fairly efficient Snapdragon 660 SoC makes sure that it easily overtakes some upper-mid-range and high-end smartphones when it comes to endurance - you will comfortably get a 1.5-2 days of use
  • While the smartphone supports Quick Charge 4.0, the included adapter maxes out at 5V/2A, so you will have to look for a QC 3 or QC 4-capable brick to enjoy faster charging

Verdict

  • The Redmi Note 7 is yet another winner from the Xiaomi camp, again going on to redefine the expectations of a budget phone
  • It's main competition will likely come from the Realme 2 Pro - both phones sport similar hardware but the Redmi Note 7 takes the lead with more premium glass build, better battery life and more capable camera

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.3 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • IPS LCD
  • FullView Display
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Sensors
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Infrared Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 512
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Fast ChargingYes, Quick Charge 4.0
Dimensions
Weight186 gm
Thickness8.1 mm
Camera
Primary Camera48MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF
  • 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor
  • HDR
  • Panorama
  • gyro-EIS
Secondary Camera13MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Water ResistantYes
Dust ResistantYes
Noise FiltrationYes

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