Redmi Note 7 Review

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note-series has given a different look to the budget smartphone segment in India. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3, Redmi Note 5 Pro (review) and now Redmi Note 7 Pro (review) in the price segment under Rs 15,000 have been some of the iconic smartphones that come with powerful processors. Today we will review the Redmi Note 7. Recall that Redmi Note 7 was also launched in the Indian market some time ago with Redmi Note 7 Pro. The starting price of Redmi Note 7 in India is Rs 9,999.

You will not get 48 megapixel rear camera like Redmi Note 7 Pro in Redmi Note 7, but still in this price segment this phone will compete with other phones. We have a 4 GB RAM variant of Redmi Note 7 available for review, which costs Rs 11,999 in India.

Redmi Note 7 design

Redmi Note 6 Pro (Review) was not much different from the Redmi Note 5 Pro in appearance. But Xiaomi has changed the design of its new Redmi Note 7-series this time. The Redmi Note 7 comes in three striking color variants. The back of the Redmi Note 7 has a glass back panel, which is not seen in this price range.

Xiaomi has used Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back of the phone, which is quite impressive in this price range. Its sides are made of plastic but after holding the device in hand it gives a premium look. The body of the Redmi Note 7 has a P2I Nano coating, which means this phone of the Xiaomi brand is splash-proof.

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Redmi Note 7 is a very big phone but still the grip is good when holding the phone in your hand. We have a Ruby Red variant of Redmi Note 7 available for review. It has a glossy finish on the back panel. The Redmi Note 7 is a slightly heavier phone as it weighs 185 grams. But when you use the phone, you will not find it heavy at all. The power and volume buttons have been placed on the right side of the phone.

There is a single tray on the left side of Redmi Note 7, in which you can insert two nano-SIMs or a nano-SIM and a microSD card. Hybrid dual-sim trays may disappoint you a lot, even when many phones recently launched in the same segment come with a dedicated microSD card slot. Our review unit did not seem to fit perfectly in the sim-tray body, we think this is the only lack in texture.

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The 3.5mm headphone jack is in the upper part of the phone, while the USB Type-C port has got a place in the lower part of the phone. It is good to see that Xiaomi has also finally started providing USB Type-C connectivity in the phones coming in its budget segment.

The Redmi Note 7 has an IR blaster at the top. With its help, you can control infrared home appliances through the Mi Remote app. Redmi Note 7 has a white notification LED below the screen. The border around the 6.3-inch display is easily noticeable, especially the dewdrop notch for the selfie camera.

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The LCD panel comes with full-HD + resolution. The 6.3-inch screen comes with a 450 nit brightness level to support the user in day light and color reproduction is also good. Apart from this, you will also be able to control the contrast and color temperature, which is a good thing. Especially the glass back panel with this color variant gives a striking look. The index finger easily reaches the capacitive fingerprint sensor. For the information of people, let us know that the dual camera module has emerged slightly. The retail box has a transparent case, standard 10 watt power adapter, type-C cable and sim-eject tool.

Redmi Note 7 specification and features

Snapdragon 660 processor has been given in Redmi Note 7. This chipset is now common in the Rs 15,000 segment. It is not as powerful as the Snapdragon 675 processor given in Redmi Note 7 Pro. It is worth noting that you are getting Snapdragon 660 processor in the base variant of Redmi Note 7 for less than Rs 10,000, which is a big thing.

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Redmi Note 7’s 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage variants are priced at Rs 9,999. We have 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants for review and the price of this model is Rs 2,000 more, i.e. this variant is available for Rs 11,999. The Redmi Note 7 smartphone is equipped with dual 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth version 5, three satellite navigation systems, FM radio, USB-OTG and several sensors.

Redmi Note 7 phone runs on MIUI 10.2 based on Android 9 Pie. The handset we have for review is running on the February 2019 Android Security Patch. The phone has many bloatware pre-installed. As soon as we set up the handset, advertisements and promotions from stock Xiaomi apps such as music and video players started appearing in the notification shade. However, there is also a way to fix it.

Most pre-installed third-party apps can be uninstalled and cannot be uninstalled. For such apps, there is an option to disable spammy push notifications in the app settings page. After these changes, you will have a spam-free experience on Redmi Note 7 than before. We had told about the MIUI 10 shortcuts and gestures in our Redmi Note 7 Pro review.

Redmi Note 7 performance, camera and battery life

The Redmi Note 7 is equipped with better specifications, so it is not surprising that this phone handles all the tasks of the day easily. The processor is so powerful that it handles social and productivity apps easily, as well as being good for gaming. Redmi Note 7 has not been exposed to heating problem. But of course when we play PUBG Mobile for some time, it is hot. But the phone is not so hot that you have to take a break for some time in between.

Redmi Note 7 is a big phone but one-hand mode has been given in MIUI. It can be activated with the help of swipe gestures on the home button. But sometimes it does not work properly either. Fingerprint sensor works fast, apart from this phone also comes with AI face recognition support. It works at high speeds in sufficient light and also has a raise-to-wake gesture but it does not work correctly in low-light.

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In our test Redmi Note 7 playbacked media files well. The video sharp and colors also looked impressive in the Redmi Note 7, although the black levels could have been slightly better. This phone is Widevine L1 certified, which means you can stream TV shows and movies from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

The single speaker grill makes the sound louder. The speaker is at the bottom of the phone but it has got the right side, that is why the speaker is not blocked even after holding the phone in landscape mode. Like the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Redmi Note 7 does not have a primary sensor of 48 megapixels. The back of the Redmi Note 7 has a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The main lens aperture is F / 2.2, so better low-light shots are not expected to click.

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Shooting modes like Panorama, Portrait, Pro and Scavior will be available with the AI ​​Scene Detection feature in the camera app. Redmi Note 7 captures well in daylight. The colors and details were captured well but we lacked a little sharpness. There was a glimpse of chromatic aberration with bright background and HDR is not always able to handle exposure of bright area.

The camera app detects AI system building, plants, flowers etc. correctly. On macro mode, the camera boosts AI colors, due to which the subject starts looking artificial. Turn it off before you take a shot. The depth sensor helps in taking good portrait shots. Edge detection is also good for objects and people. Low-light performance is good but not the best. Details were also captured well in colors and landscape mode in adequate light. The device received a system update during the review. The new Night Shooting mode has been added to the Redmi Note 7 with the update.

The 13-megapixel front camera takes good selfies when there is enough light. AI beautification is not very aggressive. If you want, you can shoot selfie with bokef effect and edge detection is also not bad. Selfie also came good in low-light. The video quality is not very impressive. Bright area is overexposed when shooting in daylight.

When you finish recording, electronic stabilization is applied, then you will not be able to see the preview while shooting to see how your video will look. The phone does not have a 4K option, you will get 1080p, 60 frames per second mode. Apart from this, you will also get shooting modes like time lapse and slow-motion which work well.

Redmi Note 7 has a 4,000 mAh battery to make it live and this phone comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 Fast Charging but only when you use the right charger. In the retail box you will find a standard 10 watt charger. The charger that came with the phone enabled the phone to be charged up to 57 percent in an hour. The battery life of the phone is good. In our HD video battery loop test, the Redmi Note 7 provided a backup of 12 hours and 52 minutes. It is worth noting here that Redmi Note 7 Pro also has a 4,000 mAh battery, but this phone lasted for 19 hours.

Our decision

The base variant of Redmi Note 7 is priced at Rs 9,999, we have not tested this variant. The look of the phone is very good and its build quality is also good. The phone has a good display, suitable camera, strong app performance and good battery life. If you have to use two SIM and one microSD card simultaneously, then this phone is not for you because Redmi Note 7 has a hybrid dual-SIM slot.

If you want, you can also consider the base variant of Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2. Its base variant is available online for less than Rs 10,000. Redmi Note 7 also comes with pre-installed bloatware, below-average low-light camera performance and a fast charger in the retail box.

We have tested the 4 GB RAM variant of the Redmi Note 7, which costs Rs 11,999. If you want to get a phone with better camera performance then we think that Realme 2 Pro (Review) or Xiaomi Mi A2 (Review) can be a great option for you. Good and many powerful smartphones are available in India for less than Rs 15,000 and Redmi Note 7 is one of them.

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