• Friday, May 24, 2019
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

INTRODUCTION

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 was huge news when it was first announced back in January, mostly because of its price, however, that’s not the only good thing about this phone. It can boast with its 48MP camera, Snapdragon 660 chipset, 4000 mAh battery and Android 9.0 Pie OS, all that for only 150 euros!

With the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 , the company continues to dominate the middle smartphone class, however, it is now priced even lower compared to other mid-range phones. For this money you would probably expect a plastic device, but the Redmi Note 7 packs glass on both front and the back. Both sides are protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 technology, and the plastic can only be found on the edges of the phone. Build quality is good, the phone is sturdy and sits in the hand very nicely.

Xioami wanted to show how well made their phone is so in their marketing campaign they used this phone as roller-skates, and they have also placed it in a basket and threw it down stairs. We will definitely not do this at all, but still, the phone can take it. The power button and volume rockers are all placed on the right edge of the phone. The fingerprint scanner is mounted on the back, and due to it the phone looks like many 2018 flagships.

The Redmi Note 7 comes in several interesting color options, Space Black, Neptune Blue and Nebula Red, which definitely looks gorgeous. Inside the factory box we can find user manuals, protective gel case, a fast charging adapter, a USB Type-C cable as well as a SIM tray tool.

DISPLAY

Just like most other smartphones, this one also has a water-drop type notch at the top of the display. This is simply a trend you’ll have to deal with.

This is a 6.3” IPS LCD display that reproduces 1080p FullHD resolution and has the aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The screen is very rich in terms of pixels, and the content shown is always perfectly sharp. Colors on the display are good, but not the best – we’d say average, with even some blue-ish hues.

The brightness is also OK, and you won’t have issues using this phone on the direct sunlight. The results are not perfect but they’re good enough.

HARDWARE AND OS

Many Xiaomi mid-rangers use the Snapdragon 660 chipset, and it’s the case with this model as well. It proved to be a very capable mid-range chipset that can perform all tasks without issues. During testing, we didn’t notice any sort of weakness and user experience is smooth and without any stuttering or lag. This chipset is built on a 14nm process and it won’t be too harsh on the battery. The phone comes in several memory options, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, or with 4GB or 6GB of RAM paired with 64GB of internal storage. The memory is also expandable via microSD card up to additional 256GB.

The main speaker of the phone is located on the bottom next to the charging port. Even though it produces mono sound, it is plenty loud and crisp.

Directly out of the box the Redmi Note 7 comes with preinstalled Android 9.0 Pie OS over which there is the MIUI 10. This phone would be even better had it been attached to the Android One program. Sadly that it not the case and you’ll have to deal with MIUI. Of course, this is only our opinion, but we think that the UI is way too complicated and it doesn’t allow for many customization options. Let’s not even talk about the ads we regularly received from Xiaomi.

On the other hand there are some good features that we can’t find on other phones, such as individual app locks, gesture navigation etc.

CAMERA

The main feature of this phone is definitely its 48MP main camera which is paired with a 5MP DoF sensor. This camera works by employing the Quad Bayer array. It means that four adjacent pixels are connected into out in order to better capture light.

Photos are, therefore, captured in 12MP resolution, not in 48MP. Even though 48MP resolution is available in the Pro mode, we don’t recommend it because an otherwise good camera becomes quite bad. Photos become too grainy, the noise goes through the roof and many details get lost.

IMAGE QUALITY

In the auto mode, with AI mode turned off, the camera will capture good photos in which colors are realistically showed. There’s plenty of details and there’s almost no digital noise, even in shadowy parts of photos. Surprisingly, even night time photos are great, with not too much noise. We must say that we expected only average results from this phone, but we were left surprised.

The portrait mode offers pretty much the same results. Because of the Depth-of-Field sensor, the edges are nicely separated from the subject. Even through it sometimes does make a mistake, end results are great more often than not.

Selfie camera consists of a 13MP f/2.2 sensor which also produces good photos that don’t lack details. Sadly, it doesn’t have any sort of autofocus, but it has wide-angle shooting.

VIDEO

Videos are captured in maximum FullHD resolution at 30, 60 or even 120 fps, and they are electronically stabilized. Other phones with this chipset often support 4K videos, but the Redmi Note 7 doesn’t. Since the chipset is still capable of supporting such resolution, you can utilize it by downloading third party camera apps from the Play Store.

XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 7 CAMERA SAMPLES

CONNECTIVITY

The Redmi Note 7 has a hybrid Dual SIM card slot. You can use either two nano SIM or one nano SIM and one microSD card. Of course, it supports LTE connections, but it doesn’t have an NFC sensor.

Bluetooth version implemented into the phone is version 5.0, while the phone charges up through a UBS Type-C connector. Who would say, Type-C connector in a 150 euros phone.  Some manufacturers still equip their much more expensive mid-rangers with microUSB connectors.

XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 7 BATTERY

The battery found in this phone has the capacity of 4000 mAh, and it nicely rounds up the story of this phone.

One thing that we didn’t like is that Xiaomi has shipped only a 10W charging adapter with the phone. Phone supports 18W fast charging though. If you want to use its full charging potential, you’ll have to buy a fast charger separately.

When it comes to autonomy, we’re more than happy. This phone is capable of lasting two full days with around 8 hours of Screen On time.

FINAL WORDS

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is a really good device which doesn’t cost a fortune. It offered much more than we expected. The screen is decent and the chipset is plenty powerful for a mid-ranger. Cameras capture more than just good photos too. As we’ve already said, its autonomy is pretty good and it’s capable of fast charging which is another big advantage. The only flaw we noticed with it the user interface which we simply don’t like.

We must once again say that this phone costs only around 150 euros. That’s the price for the cheapest Chinese 3/32GB version. For a global 4/64GB version you’ll have to stretch out a bit more and pay around 180 euros. It’s still a bargain for such a good phone.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Full Specifications

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Advantages and disadvantages

Reasons for and against it

Incredibly cheap compared to the quality
Excellent build quality with a glass back panel
Good photos with both primary and front camera
Excellent autonomy with fast charging support
Type-C connector
Capable of 4K video shooting which is not allowed in the standard interface
Complicated, Ad-infested UI
No NFC