Putting a full stop on the rumour mill, Xiaomi has finally launched the Redmi Note 7 as the first smartphone under its new Redmi sub-brand in China. With the new launch, Xiaomi aims to take its crown back from other aggressive players like Asus, Realme and Honor.
Xiaomi has also announced the Redmi Note 7 Pro. This one has the Sony IMX586 sensor for the 48MP camera, instead of the Samsung sensor and will arrive after Chinese New Year.
The Redmi Note 7 has been priced way more aggressively than expected for the features it offers. The handset packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, and a 48MP camera sensor at the back. Other notable highlights of the phone include a USB type-C port alongside a massive 4,000mAh battery.
As for the design, the Redmi Note 7 gets a glass back panel with gradient finish. The back also houses a fingerprint scanner and a vertically stacked pair of dual cameras. Up front, we have a water drop notch accompanied by a small chin at the bottom.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Features
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 sports a large 6.3-inch LTPS display with a full-HD+ resolution of 1080×2340 pixels in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, thanks to the small dew-drop notch on top. The panel further touts a 450 nits brightness, 84 per cent NTSC colour gamut and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with 2.5D curved glass protection on top. Xiaomi claims it to bear a screen-to-body ratio of 84%.
Under the hood, the device gets powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz, coupled with Adreno 512 GPU. The handset comes in 3/32GB, 4/64GB, 6/64GB RAM and storage variants with the option to expand further up to 256GB using a microSD card.
As astounding it may sound, the Redmi Note 7 is the same phone that was teased by CEO Lei Jun to have a 48MP shooter. Following the same, the Note 7 gets a dual camera setup at the back. The setup comprises a 48-megapixel Samsung GM1 sensor. It is used for outputting 12 MP images with large 1.6 μm pixels and real-time HDR due to the Quad-Bayer filter. There’s also a 5-megapixel depth sensor for portraits. At the front, we have a 13-megapixel selfie shooter with AI face unlock, AI smart beauty, and other nifty AI features.
The Redmi Note 7 runs MIUI 9 based on Android Oreo. Above all, it is backed by a massive 4000mAh with a type-C USB charging port and a standard 5V/2A charger in the box. Nonetheless, the device also supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0 with supported charging bricks.
Sensors on board consist of a gyroscope, accelerometer, distance sensor, electronic compass, ambient light, and an infrared sensor. Lastly, the connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5, 4G VoLTE, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Specifications
- 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340) LTPS display with 19:5:9 aspect ratio, 450 nits brightness, 84% NTSC colour gamut coverage
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with 2.5D curved glass
- 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
- Adreno 512 GPU
- 3/4/6GB RAM
- 32/64GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD
- 48MP Samsung GM1 primary rear camera with 1.6um pixels, 5MP secondary depth sensor
- 13MP AI front camera
- MIUI 9 (Android Oreo)
- 4,000mAh battery
- Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0
- Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5, 4G VoLTE, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, a USB Type-C port, IR blaster and a 3.5mm audio jack
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Price and Availability
The Redmi Note 7 price in China starts at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,300) for the base model with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option is priced at CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs. 12,400) whereas the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage model costs CNY 1,399 (roughly Rs. 14,500).
The smartphone will be available in Twilight Gold, Fantasy Blue, and Bright Black colour options, with sales starting from January 14. Although the brand hasn’t confirmed anything yet, we can expect it to launch in India soon. Stay tuned for more updates.