Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro indicate Redmi’s rebirth after four-year-long supremacy in the affordable smartphone segment. After the Redmi Note 3, the company kept on with iterative upgrades in regards to design and display, but its unchallenged overall value for budget proposition made Xiaomi the segment pioneer throughout the years.
For the design, both devices are quite identical, with similar dimensions and display scale. Inside, there are several major differences, mainly in the chipset, RAM, and cameras. Note 7 Pro comes along with a Snapdragon 675 based on the 11-nanometer process, while the Redmi Note 7 has a 14-nanometer Snapdragon 660 chipset. The former is fairly faster and more efficient.
Redmi Note 7 Pro starts at Rs 13,999 (around $203) for 4GB +64 GB model and the 6GB +128 GB model is priced at Rs 16,999 (around $246). It went on sale starting March 13 at 12 noon at Mi Home stores, mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Partner stores.
Here are Redmi Note 7 Pro reviews from our team
1. Design and Display
Xiaomi’s Redmi series has consistently been more about substance than style and that felt like a logical approach for quite some time. Budget smartphones don’t always look dull and Xiaomi’s finally noticed that and gone back to the drawing board with Note 7 Pro.
The device utilizes a waterdrop-style notch in the middle-top of the screen that isn’t really eye-catching to look at. Xiaomi refers to it as a ‘dot notch’ and it protrudes from the top of the panel in an almost rough appearance. That said, it does finish the job by facilitating an 81.4% screen-to-body ratio. Bezels at the top and each side are thin enough, but there is a significant chin at the bottom. This lower chin is where you’ll also spot the notification LED.
If the weight of the smartphone is among your concerns then be warned that Note 7 Pro has a weight of 186 grams, which is the highest in its range. To set points into perspective, Samsung’s Galaxy M30 with a 5000 mAh battery weighs less at 175 grams.
Redmi 7 Pro has Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both sides, with a body colored metal rim covering around the edges. The company states that the device is so solid, you can even crack a walnut using the device.
The screen on Redmi Note 7 Pro is a 6.3-inch Full HD+ panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The display is bright and taking a look at details under intense light is surely not an issue. Xiaomi’s also taken all the Widewine complaints into concern this moment and you can watch Netflix and Amazon Prime Video at FHD resolution on the Note 7 Pro.
Unfortunately, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro doesn’t come with any IP certification for water and dust-resistance. But for supporting your outdoor activity, it does offer a P2i nano-coating, making it splash proof. Before the launch, Xiaomi performed a brief tear-down of the device to show hardware optimizations like rubberized layering around vital components to make the device splash proof.
In addition to the fresh new design, a renewed attention on photography is the major improvement with Redmi Note 7 Pro. The smartphone sports a 48-megapixel Sony IMX568 sensor in the primary camera and is paired with a secondary 5MP camera for depth sensing.
Despite being a 48 MP sensor, however, the only way you can maximize 48 million pixels is by hopping into the Pro mode in the Camera UI. By default, Redmi Note 7 Pro operates 12 MP photos, which is achieved by binning four pixels into one to produce one large superpixel.
The primary camera on this device is without a doubt the most powerful sensor within this budget. It captures a great amount of data to process a photo with 8000 x 4000 resolution, which is enough to print on a 211cm x 282cm canvas without any reducing details.
The rear camera has the ability to record 4K at 30fps video where EIS gives stability to the videos. If you want to record at 60fps, you will be bound to switch to 1080p. The 4K videos, however, have improved colors, sharpness and higher dynamic range.
Remaining authentic to its roots, Redmi Note 7 Pro also houses a big 4,000 mAh battery and integrated with MiUI’s functionality, it provides impressive battery life. You can simply expect 6-7 hours of screen on time on the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which is equivalent to its predecessors.
The new Note gives you to support for Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 4.0 standard which makes sure that you can link the device up to a more powerful adaptor to get it to charge faster.
4. Hardware and Software
Redmi Note 7 Pro is powered by the new Snapdragon 675 chipset, clocked at its optimum frequency. The 11nm chipset has two high-performance Kryo 460 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and Adreno 612 GPU for graphics.
Based on those components, this is the most powerful processor you can obtain at this price segment, and with the appropriate assumptions, you will not be dissatisfied with the performance. Redmi Note 7 Pro is available in two RAM models – 4GB and 6GB.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro operates on MIUI 10. The current custom ROM from Xiaomi provides full-screen optimization and enhanced notification panel. The newest software is stated to be lighter and faster than the previous versions. Xiaomi claims the MIUI has been optimized for third-party applications too.
Redmi Note 7 Pro is the best smartphone you can buy in its segment. The design isn’t ‘one-of-a-kind’ but its build quality and finish rationalize every penny you spend for it. It turns into more pleasant when you check out small additions like the Fast Charge 4.0, USB Type-C, IR Blaster and other effective software features.
It’s an awesome smartphone for photography, gaming and even for nonstop common operations on a budget. If you’re bothered about the ads in MIUI or the unfurnished software, Galaxy M20 is a good substitute which features a neater UI and a better battery life. Make sure that you’ll have to compromise with the camera and performance a bit.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Specifications
|Dimension||159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh, Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4)|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass|
|Type||PS LCD capacitive touchscreen|
|Resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels (409 ppi)|
|Rear||48 MP f/1.8, 5 MP f/2.4|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie), MIUI 10|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675|
|CPU||Octa-core (2 x 2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6 x 1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver)|
|Internal||128 GB, 6 GB RAM and 64 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|Card Slot||microSD, up to 256 GB|