After months of leaks and rumors, Xiaomihas finally launched theXiaomi RedmiNote 7 smartphone (with an announcement that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro is also on its way). The device is special for a lot of reasons. For starters, we have finally got rid of the ever-familiar metal frame the older generations of the Xiaomi devices used to come with and, truth be told, the design language was kind of getting boring over time.
The Redmi Note 7 changes things as it comes with a new all-glass design which gives it a totally refreshing look and feel.
Adding to this, we get a stunning 48MP primary sensor at the back (questionable, but more on that later). Plus, the company has finally declared Redmi as a side-brand and the new Redmi by Xiaomi branding looks amazing.
Let’s start things off with the specifications of the device.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7: Full specifications
Starting things off with the display, the Redmi Note 7 has a 6.3 inches FHD+ display which gives out a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The pixel density is 409 ppi and the display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
As of now, there are three color variants which have been introduced – Blue, Black, and Twilight Gold.
There was a fair amount of notch found on the previous generation Redmi Note 6. The wide notch has finally got replaced with a tiny waterdrop notch that houses the device’s main camera. Even after having a notch, there is a fair amount of bezel up top and the chin is also a bit wide. That said, we cannot complain much as the device has been kept at a price which can be deemed more than aggressive.
The Redmi Note 7 is slightly on the heavier side (186 grams) and measures 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm. The weight is partly because of a large 4,000 mAh battery which fuels the device. To add to the list of the amazing features the Redmi Note 7 comes with, the device supports Quick Charge 4 which is remarkable considering the price point it is being offered at. Furthermore, we get a USB Type-C charging port (as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack).
Processor and Memory
Under the hood, the Redmi Note 7 is powered with a Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 chipset which is coupled with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage which can further be expanded by up to 256GB with the help of an external SD card.
Moving on to one of the most talked-about features of the Redmi Note 7 i.e the camera, the device features a dual rear camera setup (48MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF + 5MP, f/2.4, depth sensor).
Does the Redmi Note 7 actually feature a 48MP camera or is the company faking the stats?
The world of Android was taken by surprise when Xiaomi announced the Redmi Note 7 and the fact that it sports a 48MP sensor. The problem, however, is the fact that the processor the device makes use of (the SD660) ideally supports only up to 25MP of resolution, leading many to believe that the stats have been faked by the company. Not wasting any time, we dug into the situation and found out the best explanation by C4ETech. You can check out Ash explaining as to how it all works from the video down below.
Xiaomi, therefore, must have made use of software to make full use of the 48MP resolution and it should result in better imagery (at least on paper).
The Redmi Note 7 Pro, on the other hand, will make use of the Sony IMX586 sensor which is, in fact, a true 48MP sensor. This also means that the Note 7 Pro will run on a better chipset (SD670 probably).
There is a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner which will be fairly precise considering the company’s history with fast fingerprint scanners. One can also unlock the device with the help of its facial unlock mechanism.
Moving on to the front, we get a single 13MP selfie shooter which can shoot videos up to 1080p at 30 frames per second.
As far as the OS is concerned, the Redmi Note 7 runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box with MIUI 10 on top of it.