Redmi Note 7 Pro review: Spectacular images with 48MP camera, battery life hard to resist
The glass looks more premium, and is very tolerant of radio signals.
Price: Rs 13,999 (4/64GB), Rs 16,999 (6/128GB)
Specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa core (2.0Ghz), 4/6gb ram, 64/128GB emmc 5.1 storage (expandable, up to 256GB cards with hybrid slot), dual rear camera (48mp f1.79 + 5mp depth), 13mp f2.0 front camera, 6.3-inch dot notch display (2340 x 1080 pixels, 19.5:9 aspect), bt5.0, WiFi ac dual band, USB type c with Quickcharge 4.0, IR blaster, 3.5mm audio out, 4,000mAh battery, 186 grams
Pros: All-New Glass Design With Gorilla Glass 5 Front + Back, powerful processor, excellent 48MP Camera, large 1080p screen with tiny 'Dot Notch', 4k @ 30fps video With eis, fast face unlock & fingerprint, hydrophobic P2i coating resists light splashes
Cons: Plastic frame, no dedicated micro SD slot (it has a hybrid slot), supports QC4.0 charging but a standard charger is supplied
A million units sold before today's sale. #RedmiNote7 & #RedmiNote7Pro have made their mark in just a month. We… https://t.co/mbxuz8YU9E— Redmi India (@RedmiIndia) 1554896372000
The Redmi Note 7 Pro (RN7Pro for short) comes from a long line of mid-range smartphones that are used to market dominance. It's no surprise then, that the RN7Pro takes the same magic formula and tweaks it to include all the latest features. They've made the switch from metal to glass for a couple of important reasons: it looks more premium & glass is very tolerant of radio signals. This is not plastic that looks like glass by the way - it's real Gorilla Glass 5, both front and back. And therein lies the first big difference between the RN7Pro and the immediate competition. There are three colours available but the Neptune Blue and Nebula Red look particularly alluring with their multi-layer gradient glass coating.
The screen's bigger too - with a tiny notch that houses the 13MP front camera. Xiaomi calls it the Dot Notch display and while it doesn't have the black levels of an OLED, it does offer FHD+ resolution, vibrant colour, high contrast and excellent viewing angles. This display would not be out of place on a Rs 20k phone. There are slim bezels on three sides and you can always make adjustments such as removing the on-screen button (using gestures), adjusting display colour temperature or hiding the notch completely.
The next highlight is the octa core Snapdragon 675 processor which makes it the performance king in this price class again. This may be a mid-range chip but it performs like an 800 series flagship processor (actual performance is very close to that of a Snapdragon 835). It's a great example of premium features making their way to mid-tier price points.
Mi fans, here's some exciting news for the day. The #RedmiNote7 & #RedmiNote7Pro goes on sale again at 12 noon.… https://t.co/tnbm3NNECv— Redmi India (@RedmiIndia) 1554874609000
A common misconception is that Xiaomi creates an artificial shortage of their newer and popular devices as a marketing tactic. It's easy to see why this misconception exists because the phone goes out of stock in less than a few seconds. But the reality is, they're selling these phones in the lakhs and people just can't get enough. At the time of writing, we also received word that Xiaomi has just set up their 7th manufacturing facility in India and their combined capacity is to produce 3 phones per second. The company just can't make them fast enough to satisfy the demand.
The tech community has spoken and how! Everyone loves the #48MP beast and they have only good things to talk about… https://t.co/J2Wia6fQF9— Redmi India (@RedmiIndia) 1553605066000
Wrapping up, the RN7Pro has impressed us a great deal by offering much higher quality and performance than we're used to at this price. If we were to nitpick, we could complain about the 5 or 6 pre-loaded apps (though they can be uninstalled), the fact that miui displays ads (you do get control to turn off ads - but it's enabled by default), that the frame is not metal but plastic, that the bezel size is unequal on the top/sides and that a QC 4.0 charger is not bundled in the box. But the overall combination of design, performance, camera and battery life is hard to resist. There's not much direct competition and the next best option with the Snapdragon 675 is Vivo V15 Pro (Rs 28,990). For the extra money, you get a full view amoled display, 32MP pop-up front camera, in-display fingerprint scanner & triple camera.
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