A lot of mid-range phones are being released lately and today, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 will be taking its spot on my list of reviewed phones.
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So, if you’re looking to get a new phone or you’re just an enthusiast that enjoys reading stuff about phones just cause it excites you, stick around so you get to know what the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 offers.
Although a pro version has already been announced (which I’ll be talking about soon), let’s take a look at this one.
- Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10
- 6.3 inch 1080 x 2340 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260) CPU
- Adreno 512
- 3GB RAM / 4GB RAM / 6GB RAM
- 32GB / 64GB Internal Storage
- 13MP Front Camera and 48MP + 5MP Rear Camera
- 4000mAh non-removable battery
- Dual Sim (SIM 2 slot can also be used by a microSD card)
Design and Display
Starting with the design, with this phone, having a glass build is pretty cool, it gives the phone an attractive look. Although getting your fingerprints all over it may be a problem, I haven’t seen any negative reviews about that happening.
I’m not saying it’s not a possibility to need to clean up fingerprints on the phone every now and then, I’m just saying it has not been reported to be a problem yet (maybe if Xiaomi could hook me up with one…please?)
Overall, the design is quite nice. In terms of colors, you could get a Black, Blue or Twilight Gold one.
Colors aren’t really a problem for me, if it comes in black, cool. You, on the other hand could be a bright color lover, either way, there is a choice.
At the top, on the front is a water drop notch, the selfie camera also resides there. There’s not a lot going on here on the front, and we’ll get to talk about the cameras in a minute.
Turning to the back, the vertically placed dual cameras are placed and right under is the Dual-LED flash.
There’s also a fingerprint sensor in the middle for all the security features that the phone supports with it.
Placement of elements are simple and neat, for a mid-range phone, I’m pretty much sold.
The display of the phone is really impressive as well, it comes with a 6.3 inch screen and has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.
It is also an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and it is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Corning Gorilla Glass has been dominating when it comes to protecting, I wish they’d just gone all the way and skipped 5 and use 6 instead. But I still have to give credit cause this is a mid-range phone and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is still good and effective.
With Corning Gorilla Glass 5, your phone will be protected against drops reaching 1.6 meters and your phone will be protected from scratches from rough surfaces as well.
You still get to experience clear video watching and touch sensitivity.
To round it up, your phone’s screen will be safe from accidental “selfie” drops.
The display aspect of the phone is really good. Everything appears sharp and accurate in high or low light conditions. I wonder how the pro version will beat this… we’ll get to find out soon.
Another impressive aspect of the phone is the cameras. I know I say “impressive” a lot but it really is.
The selfie camera is a 13 Megapixel AI camera which supports 1080p video recording at 30 frames and is also used for facial recognition.
From what I’ve found out (I’m not yet an expert), the pictures taken with the selfie camera are detailed and bright enough in low light conditions.
The rear cameras are 48 Megapixels + 5 Megapixels. Really really nice specs here. The 48 megapixel lens (which is a Samsung sensor) is the primary lens that gives clarity to the photos taken while the 5 megapixel lens is meant for depth sensing.
The Dual-LED flash is also there for some high quality pictures and videos taken in dark conditions.
You still get to have some really impressive night shots without the Dual-LED flash because the cameras have been built for that.
If you are a person that loves capturing moments, there’s no doubt you’ll love this phone.
It’s crazy the way cameras are getting, won’t be surprised if we start having pictures that are like 50 megabytes each, holy cow.
Processor and Memory
This is one of the aspects that makes or breaks a phone for me (one of the others is battery life).
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 comes with an Octa-core processor (which is a 2.2GHz Kryo 260 quad-core processor and a 1.8GHz Kryo 260 quad-core processor).
With clock speeds like that, you will experience a lot of speed on the phone. It just keeps getting better and better.
The phone has a Qualcomm SDM 660 Snapdragon 660 chipset. Although it is a good chipset, I wouldn’t say it will give you a great experience on heavy games, but because of how much the phone costs, I think the chipset is fair. You still get a good experience.
To support graphics, an Adreno 512 GPU is thrown in there.
The hardware aspect really is a good combination on the phone. Especially knowing it is a mid-range phone.
The Operating System is MIUI 10 which runs on Android 9.0 (Pie). Another good feature on the phone. You get to have some of the latest things Android offers.
Also put in mind that apps are losing support for some old Android Operating Systems. Android 9.0 should take a long time before apps stop supporting though.
I bet the phone will be getting an update as soon as Google sends out one anyway.
RAM and Internal Storage
The RAM on your phone helps it in many ways. The major way is that you can open a lot of apps at the same time without worrying about your phone slowing down or one of the apps getting terminated by the phone just to keep itself going smoothly.
With that being said, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 comes in 3 variants in the aspect of RAM (and 2 variants in the aspect of internal storage).
You can either have 6GB, 4GB or 3GB of RAM. The bigger the RAM the better.
I wouldn’t really recommend the 3GB of RAM cause it may not be able to perform well as time goes by, but if that’s what you can afford, it’s okay.
Having 6GB of RAM is recommended for a smooth experience. I feel like they should have just made a 6GB and 4GB version.
Internal storage options are 32GB (for 3GB of RAM) and 64GB (for 4GB and 6GB of RAM).
Both are good enough to handle media files (but you may want to slow down on the picture and video taking if you’ll be going for the 32GB of internal storage).
Although you can expand with an SD card of up to 256GB, you’d have to give up your SIM 2 slot for it. Hard choice for a person like me, don’t know about you guys, let me know in the comments.
For now, I’m still impressed, but on the long run, I know I’d wish it had a dedicated SD card slot.
Another phone that has this feature is the Lenovo Z5s.
Battery and Connectivity
Adding up to the good features on the phone so far, the battery is no let down. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 comes with a non-removable Li-Po 4,000mAh battery.
Not only that it’s a good battery for heavy users, it also supports fast charging.
If you manage to get it down in a day, charging to use again will not be an issue.
Most times when I think about getting a phone, the battery I feel like I can be comfortable with should be at least 3,500mAh. If you’ve been reading my posts, you know I’ve said it before, I am a heavy user.
If you’re a heavy user as well, first of all, nice *nods*, and second, yeah you won’t have to worry so much about battery life on this phone.
Light users shouldn’t have to worry about charging for days.
In terms of connectivity, the first thing I want to point out is that the phone comes with a USB 2.0 Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. I’ll put images below to give you an idea.
Other features include 4G LTE, 3G, 2G, bluetooth 5.0, infrared, FM radio, WiFi etc. Still impressive.
For the 3GB of RAM, you should be able to get it for $150, the 4GB of RAM, $180 and finally, for the 6GB of RAM, it costs $205.
Please note that costs may vary form time to time.
I’ve been so impressed by the looks and features of this phone. If I could, I’d recommend it to anyone who’s looking to have a great experience on a mid-range phone.
I don’t have any links yet for those who’d want to order, but when I do, I’ll make sure I update you guys.
Well guys, that’s it, what do you think about the phone? Leave questions or suggestions in the comments.
Thanks for sticking around.