The Redmi Note 7 Chinese version was launched at Beijing on 15 January 2019, Now it’s available in Bangladesh. Featuring a gorgeous all-glass - and very Mi 9-esque - design, a dual-camera with 48Mp lens, a large, decent-quality screen and all-day battery life, this is a mid-range phone with a budget price. It bucks recent trends with a headphone jack and an IR blaster and impresses with dual-SIM functionality and microSD storage expansion. A few more premium features are missing, alongside NFC, but it's difficult to argue with the value it offers. Let’s know more about this Xiaomi Redmi Note 7.
Design and Display
Redmi Note 7 is not all that dissimilar in design to the flagship Mi 9, which packs a fractionally larger 6.39 inch screen into an ever so slightly smaller chassis. Both have tall 19.5:9 panels and slim bezels - naturally slimmer on the Mi 9, but the only place this is really obvious to the untrained eye is on its smaller chin.
Each also feature a Dot Drop (waterdrop-style) notch to maximise the available screen space and house the selfie camera, which is more obvious on Mi 9 with its larger 20Mp sensor (Redmi Note 7 has a 13Mp front camera). There's also a blink-and-you'll-miss-it slit at the extreme edge between the screen and frame for the earpiece.
Around the back you'll find some more obvious differences, however, with a dual- rather than triple lens camera on the Redmi Note 7, the Redmi rather than Mi logo, and a physical fingerprint sensor. All members of the flagship Mi 9 family now use an in-display fingerprint sensor. Arguably physical fingerprint sensors typically work better than these early in-display versions, and though it might be a fancy new feature to have the omission is not a game-changer.
With a glass back and front the Redmi Note 7 has a very premium design for a phone at this price point, and is only fractionally thicker than Xiaomi's flagship family at 8.1mm, though you will notice that glossy frame is plastic rather than metal. That extra space inside the case enables it to include a capacious 4,000mAh battery, too, matching the spec of the recently announced Mi 9T.
Something you won't find on Mi 9 phones (save for the Mi 9T) is the Redmi Note 7's 3.5mm headphone jack, which sits on the top edge of the phone alongside another increasingly rare feature: an IR blaster. While phone makers are rapidly making the switch over to USB-C audio, there are still plenty of users who want to use their existing earphones without an adaptor. Redmi Note 7 also has a bottom-firing mono speaker for audio.
At 6.3in the display is expansive and ideal for watching the high-resolution video and playing games. This is not the same AMOLED technology on Mi 9, but it's still good for the money, and actually nearly as bright - we recorded 398 nits using a Spyder. With a 2340x1080 Full-HD+ resolution everything is super-clear, too.
The Redmi Note 7 also lacks the Ambient Display (always-on) mode found in Xiaomi flagships, which can additionally help you maintain battery life by reducing the frequency with which you feel you need to wake the phone to check the time or notifications. That could be an issue here, since Redmi Note 7 has the most ridiculous notification LED we've ever seen - it flashes up below the screen but is the tiniest little dot you could easily miss it completely.
The Redmi Note 7’s dual rear snapper has a 48-megapixel (f/1.8) primary camera and a 5-megapixel (f/2.4) depth-sensor module. Matched with phase-detection autofocus, just only options it’s missing compared to flagship dual cameras seems to be OIS (optical image stabilization) and laser autofocus.
The primary sensor maybe 48 megapixels in resolution but pictures are rendered at 12 megapixels unless you hit the override switch in Pro mode. This lower-resolution image benefits from pixel binning, a technique that combines information from multiple pixels to create a better, albeit lower-res image.
In well light-weight, detail captured by the Redmi Note 7 is excellent. Even when you pinch into shots you’ve taken, things hold up well; contrast isn’t too heavy-handed, so you still get nuances breaking through in darkest and lightest areas.
Colors are sometimes a touch overzealous, and dynamic range isn’t mind-blowing when HDR (high dynamic range) is turned off but you can fire up Auto HDR or just leave it on for markedly better results. Jump into the settings and you can also customize saturation and contrast levels, which is a nice touch.
There are also a healthy number of shooting options – although, admittedly, there isn’t anything out of the ordinary. These included Night, Panorama, AI, Portrait and Pro mode. The Portrait mode doesn’t allow for refocusing after the shot is taken, as found on Huawei phones, and its bokeh effect is subtler, too; nevertheless, it creates a sharp, realistic-looking shot.
Not surprisingly, middling to low-light environments is a big ask for the Redmi Note 7. It doesn’t perform badly per se, capturing atmospheric night shots, especially in the dedicated Night mode. However, it struggles in low light scenarios with bright spots. Here, you can really tell you’re not firing on flagship cylinders, with phones such as the Pixel 3 XL confidently stepping ahead.
As for the 13-megapixel (f/2.2) selfie camera, daytime shots look good although dynamic range struggles with backlit scenes. The Beauty mode isn’t overbearing by default, flattering rather than just flattening subjects. It can also be dialed up and down, which is welcome.
The detail in pictures is fair, although it dwindles in low light as noise creeps in. Luckily for selfie fans, the screen can double up as a flashlight, which helps resulting images.
Video is recorded at up to Full HD resolution, and captures a superb level of detail, especially in a good light. Stabilization is also solid, despite the lack of OIS – although, naturally, with no zoom lens pinching into a subject results in image degradation.
Indoors, and in darker conditions, things start to crumble – which is exactly what we’d expect. Irrespective, the Redmi Note 7 still outperforms most smartphones in its price category from both stills and video point of view.
The Redmi Note 7 runs MIUI 10, that could be a custom version of Android 9 Pie. Since we're using a Global ROM model it comes preinstalled with Google services and an English-language keyboard and interface, so setup is as simple as on any Android phone.
Storage and Ram
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 included 32GB/64GB/128GB storage and microSD, up to 256 GB in external storage with 3 GB, 4 GB, 6 GB of RAM.
The Redmi Note 7 may be a little bit of a mixed bag. Yes, you get a perfectly usable phone and for the price, it's compelling thanks to a great build, a camera that will take a decent photo, enough power to do most things, and a long-lasting battery. Redmi Note 7 may be a terribly good mid-range phone with a budget value. Compared to the flagship line it adds microSD support and a headphone jack but loses the wireless charging, in-display fingerprint sensor and NFC for mobile payments. The triple-lens camera is here reduced to a dual-lens model but still has a huge 48Mp lens headlining.