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Redmi is turning a new leaf with the launch of two Smartphone models- the Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro. This Chinese brand has ruled the affordable Smartphone segment on the Indian market for four-years. After Redmi Note 3 there were no significant improvements from the brand in regard to new features; just iterative upgrades in terms of display and design. However, what kept their dominance in the segment is their unchallenged value-for-money proposition.
Xiaomi brought the party to India when it launched the Note 7 Pro during an event when it was supposed to be launched in China first. First impressions of the Note 7 Pro indicate that this Smartphone is nothing like previous Redmi Note devices. With a completely changed design and some of the biggest upgrades in affordable mobile segment, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a treat for everyone.
There are a number of firsts in this Redmi by Xiaomi Smartphone like the Qualcomm’s latest 600-series chipset, Type-C charging port, waterdrop style notch, and a 48MP rear camera. It’s evident that Xiaomi is trying to take on the competition by introducing drastic upgrades in its devices. For instance, the 48MP camera on the Note 7 Pro uses the same Sony IMX586 sensor that the Honor View20 has but this phone is still priced at less than half of the View20 MRP.
This is what Xiaomi does the best, bring the best upgrades for its customers without inflating the prices. Let’s see what Redmi Note 7 Pro has under the hood.
Redmi Note 7 Pro Design
Design is one aspect of the Redmi devices that we never felt has enough value to be discussed in detail. However, with the Note 7 Pro, Redmi has finally given us enough resource to describe it in detail. First of all, for this Smartphone, Xiaomi has ditched the monotone single-colour design and turned the standard aluminum frame into a canvas. You will find the design language of the Note 7 Pro similar to that of Huawei and Honor smartphones.
To begin with, the aluminum frame is sandwiched between glass panels and comes with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both sides. Redmi’s parent brand Xiaomi claims that the new design is not only refreshing but is also of a superior quality that is built for longevity. To elaborate the strength of the Note 7 Pro’s new body, the manufacturer claims that you can even break a walnut with it without a dent. While we don’t think anyone will be brave enough to test this claim with their brand new Redmi Note 7 Pro but we can be sure of the solid built of this phone. Redmi has made this Smartphone splash proof by covering all the openings in the frame with an additional rubber layer. However, it does not mean that the Note 7 Pro is waterproof so avoid keeping it submerged in water or using it in the shower. The splash protection is only against accidental spills.
Now the size of the Redmi Note 7 Pro is kept the same as that of Note 6 Pro and Note 5 Pro. But for change, the screen size is made bigger by shrinking the notch. Not that big of a difference but Note 7 Pro does offer a slightly bigger display. The dimensions are the same as its predecessors so it might have an inherent disadvantage of being too big, but if you are a Redmi Note loyalist, you must have grown used to its size.
Both sides are covered with the 2.5D curved glass and to give it an edgy and sleek look the rim is also rounded. For someone with big hands, handling Note 7 Pro will be easier but if your hand size is average then you might have difficulty reaching the lock and volume button located on the right side of the frame. In this Smartphone, you will not find iPhone X camera design resemblance like other Redmi Notes which is a plus. The Note 7 Pro still have camera module stacked vertically but there are no fine edges like the iPhone X.
Other than these major design developments, Xiaomi has introduced a few noticeable changes here and there like the new ‘Redmi by Xiaomi’ branding at the back, gradient shade, LED flash is now under the glass and body-colored frame. There are two gradient colour variants available for the Redmi Note 7 Pro-Neptune blue and Nebula red.
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Redmi Note 7 Pro Display
Redmi has ditched the traditional IPS panel for the 6.3-inch FHD+ LTPS in-cell display in the Note 7 Pro. The reason is the low power consumption and less heat generation by the in-cell display which is something Redmi phones can really use. The heating problem is common with most OEMs but Xiaomi phones heat a bit more than other devices. While it is too early to say how much difference will the in-cell display make but what is ensured is that there is no compromise in the quality of the visuals.
With a crisp 19.5:9 aspect ratio and the new dot notch, the Note 7 Pro display gives crisp visuals. This is the first Redmi Smartphone to have a u-shaped notch on the front. The presence of bezels at the top and bottom and on the sides is noticeably conflicting which Xiaomi should have made thinner. As far as colour reproduction is concerned, it is not premium but justifies the price tag it comes at. But the MIUI software comes with ample screen tuning features that can considerably improve things for users.
Furthermore, Redmi claims that the Note 7 Pro display works well even in bright sunlight and filters blue light automatically at night to reduce the strain on eyes. Both these claims are still to be tested as the Note 7 Pro still haven’t reached users.
Redmi Note 7 Pro-Performance and software
One of the biggest upgrades that Redmi has made in the Note 7 Pro is the processor. It comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core chipset alongside the Adreno 612 GPU. It’s safe to say that with Note 7 Pro, Xiaomi has tried to target the booming gaming Smartphone demand and come up with a high-performance budget gaming Smartphone.
Whether the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor with an 11nm FinFET design delivers on the claims and actually performs in real life still remains to be seen. To support the claims, Xiaomi shared the Antutu score of the Note 7 Pro which was more than 180,000. The manufacturer also claims that the new Note 7 Pro is much better in performance than the likes of Oppo R17 pro and Honor 10 Lite.
Will the two high power Kryo 460 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and the Adreno GPU will be enough to satisfy the hunger of today’s gamers still remain to be seen. Moving on to other hardware features, the Note 7 Pro comes with LPDDR4X RAM in 4GB/6GB options. Depending on the RAM option you choose you will get either 64GB or 128GB internal storage. Once again, the Note 7 Pro is the first Redmi Smartphone to offer a 128GB variant model. On the software front, the Note 7 Pro runs the latest Android 9.0 Pie and is camouflaged with MIUI 10 on top. For security, Redmi has stuck to the traditional fingerprint scanner and face unlock features.
Redmi Note 7 Pro-Camera
Camera is where Redmi has put the real money in the Note 7 Pro. For the first time, Xiaomi is introducing a 48MP primary camera in a budget Smartphone while the secondary sensor is still limited to 5MP. The rear camera comes with the Sony IMX586 sensor and features like AI-powered Night Mode to capture the best images even during the night. Touting the supremacy of the Redmi Note 7 Pro camera, Xiaomi claims that the ½-inch image sensor used in this Smartphone is bigger than most flagship phones such as OnePlus 6T and even the iPhone XS Max.
Interestingly, the Redmi Note 7 Pro captures 12MP images by default and to use the 48MP resolution you have to turn it on manually. By default Pro’s rear camera relies on pixel binning and captures 12MP resolution using 4-into-1 pixel combining algorithm. The 48MP resolution works in the Pro Mode that can be turned on.
Although Xiaomi claims that the Note 7 Pro’s camera is in comparison with the iPhone XS Max and the OnePlus 6T, the features like OIS video stabilization is still missing. But for the price tag, the Note 7 Pro comes at the EIS video stabilization is acceptable. One can shoot 4K videos at 30fps with the rear camera without a hitch. The images taken have ample data to produce a print photo size of 211cm x 282cm without loss of details.
On the front, the Note 7 Pro has a 13MP camera with AI Portrait mode. There are also a handful of other camera features to play with, but it still remains to be seen if the Redmi Note 7 Pro delivers on the expectation it has created for itself.
If the Note 7 Pro camera is as good as it is marketed, then this Smartphone can easily be the game changer in this segment.
Redmi Note 7 Pro-Battery
Xiaomi has provided the Redmi Note 7 Pro with a 4,000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 4.0. Given the in-cell display and camera features a 4,000mAh battery is expected to offer full-day backup on a single charge.
In the box, however, users will get a 10W standard charger and QC 4.0 charger is expected to be sold separately. Also, this is the first Redmi Smartphone to feature a USB Type C port. Non-availability of the Quick charger with the phone is a drawback as users will not be able to fast charge the Note 7 Pro without spending extra mullah on a quick charger.
Redmi Note 7 Pro-Price and release date
You can buy the Redmi Note 7 Pro at a starting price of Rs 13,999 for 4GB/64GB variant online through Flipkart, Mi.com and Mi Partner Stores. There is a 6GB/128GB model also available priced at Rs 16,999. This Xiaomi Smartphone will go on sale on March 13, 2019.
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Xiaomi has a lot riding on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. After making big promises of a flagship Smartphone that comes with a premium design, top-notch camera and flagship-hardware, all at a price tag of just Rs 13,999, has got hopes of Indian Smartphone buyers really high.
The design was a flaw in Redmi Smartphones when compared with Nokia, Realme or Honor devices but the Note 7 Pro has entirely redefined how the Redmi Note family used to look. With the latest flagship upgrades and a complete makeover, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a contender worth waiting for.