Redmi Note 7s review: A 48MP camera phone for the masses

The phone's hardware specifications are also great with Snapdragon 660, 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage and a 4,000mAh battery.

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You get a gorgeous glass front and back that too Gorilla Glass 5 and it does not look or feel like a mid-range device at all thanks to this.
Price: Rs 10,999 (3/32GB), 12,999 (4/64GB)
Rating: ****

Specs: 6.3-inch IPS display, 2340 x 1080 pixels, octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor, 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, hybrid dual SIM slot, expandable storage, dual rear camera (48MP f.18 + 5MP f2.2), 13MP f2.0 front camera, dual band WiFi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, IR port, rear fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C, 4,000mAh battery, Android 9.0, 4,000mAh battery, 186 grams


Pros: Value for money, Gorilla Glass 5 front and rear, smooth day to day performance, good for medium level gaming, cheapest 48MP camera smartphone, fast fingerprint scanner, superb battery life

Cons: Not the same 48MP sensor as the Note 7 Pro, in-ear speaker volume could be louder, fast charger not included in the box, lacks dedicated microSD slot, preloaded bloatware apps

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Redmi Note 7s was one of the surprise announcements from Xiaomi. The company announced the phone within a month of the Redmi Note 7 which in itself was great value for money device but got overshadowed by the Redmi Note 7 Pro. This was mainly due to the fact that the Note 7 Pro boasted of a 48MP rear camera setup which delivered spectacular results in our opinion. Everyone wanted the 48MP camera but Xiaomi was unable to meet the demand and till date, the Note 7 Pro is not available in open sale.
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This is where the Redmi Note 7s comes in – it is the exact same device as the Redmi Note 7 but with a 48MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup. On paper, this setup sounds the same as the Note 7 Pro – you get f1.8 aperture, dual LED flash, 0.8um pixel size sensor and phase detect autofocus. However, the sensor used on the Note 7s is different. The Note 7s uses the Samsung GM1 sensor while the Note 7 Pro uses the Sony IMX 586 sensor. Both of them are 48MP sensors but in performance, the Sony delivers crisper photos with a much wider dynamic range as well as superior low light photography.

If you take the Note 7s camera on its own, it proves to be a capable shooter. You can shoot at 48MP resolution or as 12MP (uses 4-in-1 oversampling technique) – we mainly shot at 12MP resolution as it captured better details. We got images with good amount of details albeit at times it tends to oversaturate the colours. In low light images the Note 7s manages to capture details but along with visible noise. Portrait mode is also brilliant with above average edge detection and visible amount of bokeh. Video recording is where we felt a bit letdown – you are limited to 1080p HD video recording only, no 4k option available.
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Hardware specifications are also great – Snapdragon 660, 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage and a 4,000mAh battery.

Surprisingly, the front camera of the Redmi Note 7s proved to be a better selfie shooter than the Note 7 Pro. With AI and HDR enabled, the Note 7s gave natural skin tones with crisp details on the selfies. In portrait mode, it suffers from soft details but the edge detection and bokeh effect is top-notch.

As mentioned above, the Note 7s is same as the Redmi Note 7 in all other aspects. You get a gorgeous glass front and back that too Gorilla Glass 5 and it does not look or feel like a mid-range device at all thanks to this. The screen is a bright and vibrant 6.3-inch full HD with a Dot notch and is easy to view even under direct sunlight. Hardware specifications are also great – Snapdragon 660, 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage and a 4,000mAh battery. We did not face any issue in day to day usage of the phone and everything ran smoothly. It also proved to be good for gaming – PUBG ran at medium graphics without any visible stutters or lag. Battery life is also fantastic – we regularly got a full day of backup with average to heavy usage. There is support for QC 4.0 fast charge as well but there is no fast charger bundled in the box.
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Some of the other things we didn’t like on the phone include the preloaded bloatware apps, ads in the interface (they can be turned off but it’s still a pain point), low volume output from the in-ear speaker and the fact that it has a Hybrid dual SIM slot and not a dedicated microSD slot. The good things outweigh the bad things by a mile – besides the performance and the camera, you get dual band WiFi ac, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, fast fingerprint scanner and face unlock as well as IR remote control.

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In our opinion, the Note 7s is a phone that is easy to recommend for most users at its asking price. Considering that its available easily in online and offline market is an added plus point. However, if you can extend your budget, then for RS 1,000 more you can consider the Redmi Note 7 Pro or the Realme 3 Pro – both offer a better processor.

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