Hi, Mi Fans
As the successor of Redmi Note 6 Pro, Xiaomi India has launched the Redmi Note 7 & Redmi Note 7 Pro here in India on February 28 Among the two devices, the one that caught the attraction of majority of smartphone aspirants is undoubtedly, the Redmi Note 7 Pro. I was really excited to see Redmi Note 7 Pro with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 675. This is the 1st time that Xiaomi has used Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 675 to power a smartphone along with a 48MP camera setup. The design is also different compared to all other Redmi devices. Redmi Note 7 Pro is the 1st Redmi Device to come with an Aura Design and 2.5D Gorilla Glass Back.
Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with an 19:5:9 display ratio, the size of the phone screen is 6.3 inches. With such a screen size, this phone is of course very suitable for watching movies or playing games, Redmi Note 7 Pro is not very expensive at all. At 14K its the most budget oriented device compared to the spec it offers.
Not only the display quality but also the specifications of Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro are also highly promising, especially for gamers. In addition to a large screen, it is also supported by a reliable pacemaker- The Snapdragon 675. In terms of design, RN7 PRO also looks more premium than previous Redmi devices, specially equipped with cool features thanks to the support of the Android Pie operating system based on MIUI 10. The RN7 PRO has got a lot to live up to. Can it manage to do that? Let's find out in this review.
DesignThe Redmi Note 7 Pro is the 1st Redmi device to come with an Aura Design. The device comes with Gorilla Glass 5 on both Front and Back which is highly scratch resistant. The glass back makes it more premium than its competitors. The curved back does make the phone easier to grip and gives a premium hand feel when we hold it in hand.
Here is a closer pic on the bottom bezel which is very narrow than the Previous generation.
On the left side of the device, the Hybrid Sim Slot is placed.
The Volume Buttons and Power Buttons are placed on the right side of the device.
On the top, we have the IR Blaster & The 3.5mm Jack
On the bottom part of the device, a USB Type-C Port is accommodated along with a Loud Speaker and a Mic. The Speaker grills and Mic grills looks identical which gives a good finish on the device. This is the 1st time Xiaomi has included a Type-C Port in a Redmi Note.
This is how the glass back looks like( The Image is bit blurry due to too much reflection)
On the back, the dual camera & fingerprint sensor is placed. The flash is placed under the glass back so there won't be any scratches on the flash.
At the bottom, we can see the writing as "Redmi by Xiaomi"
Redmi Note 7 Pro offers superior audio quality and call quality which is pretty awesome. The speaker at the bottom gives a pretty good output which is loud enough. When you hold the device in landscape mode, fingers might block the speaker still it gives pretty good output. Audio output via headphones was also awesome.
The supported multimedia formats are:
Supports H.265, H.264, H.263, MPEG4
Performance - Snapdragon 675
Speaking about the performance, Redmi Note 7 Pro is the 1st Redmi device to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset which is the heart of the device. Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset comes 11nm Finfet technology which is highly power-efficiency and coupled with a 4000mAh battery, Redmi Note 7 Pro is a game changer. With the Octa-Core kryo processor clocked up to 2Ghz along with Adreno 612 GPU which is specially made for gaming, we can encounter heavy multitasking seamlessly. Without reducing performance, the chip efficiently manages power consumption. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset have the same A76 architecture as the flagship Snapdragon 855 processor, the processor will enhance your gaming experience. The faster Redmi Note 7 Pro delivers 155% performance of the Redmi Note 6 Pro.
Graphics side of Adreno 612 GPU is powerful enough to handle and run a variety of heavy games. Playing the latest PES game which is almost 1.8GB in size or PUBG in HD gives a smooth gaming experience, even while chatting and browsing all at once. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset outperforms all other devices in this budget category. Apps open and run seamlessly.
Performance is also supported again by 4/6GB of RAM and 64/128GB of internal memory. This is the first Redmi Note with 128GB of Internal Memory.
Let's get into the main highlight of Redmi Note 7 Pro. The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary camera with 1.6um 4-in-1 Super Pixel + 5MP secondary camera for depth sensing with 13MP AI front camera. The rear dual camera is placed vertically just like Redmi Note 6 Pro. The rear camera is equipped with a LED Flash while the front camera lacks a flash or screen flash. The rear camera is using a Dual Tone LED Flash feature so that it can produce images with good lighting even at low-light conditions. Not to forget also the Phase Detection Auto Focus(PDAF) that can make the photo more sharp and clear & the auto HDR helps a lot to produces good quality images. Various features such as geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, and HDR also complete the camera spec to produce maximum quality.
Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with AI Portrait 2.0 which includes a few new features like Adjustable Bokeh, Light Trails and Studio Lighting portrait mode available for both front and back cameras which can be adjusted as per our likes. We can decide the intensity of the Blur. Front cam portrait is made using AI as in Pixel 2. The portrait function does an incredible job producing enough bokeh/blur effect in pictures. The precision of bokeh is amazing.
Moving on to video recording, Redmi Note 7 has EIS and videos are stable. 4K video recording is available in Stock MIUI Camera. Front cam can be used to record video with Full HD 1080p 30fps quality, so it is perfect for people who like to make Vlog.
The camera UI is slightly different from the usual MIUI camera. A new option named Pro mode is available where you can enable 48MP Camera with Pro Mode. Options like the square image, short video (10 seconds) are available. The Beautify 4.0 gives a realistic look to the shots than an animated like look. Altogether, the camera has definitely improved a lot compared to previous Redmi Notes.
These are some of the samples from the Note 7 Pro. Most of the shots are great with good colors and details.
A few samples from Front Cam
Battery LifeRedmi Note series is always famous for the huge massive battery. The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a huge non-removable 4000 mAh battery. I browsed a lot & played games and the average Screen On-Time 8 hours under heavy use and while normal use we will get around 12-14 hours of SOT. Usually a FHD+ display will use more battery thanks to the new LTPS display and the SD 675 chipset it does a brilliant job. Another cool thing is that the device supports Quick charge 4.0. For that, you will have to buy a Qualcomm certified quick charger separately.
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In the Battery Benchmark, the device scored a number of 5700. Power efficient SD 675 along with 4000mAh battery done a great job here.
SoftwareIn the Antutu benchmark test, Redmi Note 7 Pro got a massive overall score of 174807 which is really impressive compared to other phones in the similar range. The 3D graphics test ran extremely smooth without any sort of lag. The SD 675 chipset has created a benchmark for the device which cannot be easily defeated by its competitors.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro runs on MIUI 10 based on Android Pie version 9.0. The MIUI 10 optimizations along with the SD 675 processor generates an overall good performance. This MIUI 10 is designed to give a wonderful full-screen experience. MIUI 10 comes with 14+ optimizations which will give the user a better usage experience.
MIUI 10 includes a lot of other features like app vault, app lock, themes, second space, dual apps etc make it more user-friendly. The device is also equipped with a number of native applications such as Mi Drop, Mi Remote, Mi Music, Mi Videos etc. The Mi Remote app helps you to use the Redmi Note 7 Pro as a IR remote to control many of your electronic appliances. Redmi Note 7 Pro also features AI Face unlock which will allow us to unlock the device by holding the device against our face. Face unlock can be used in App Lock too.
Network & Connectivity
Connectivity consists of GPS, Bluetooth v5.0, GLONASS, BeiDou, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth HID, Wi-Fi Display, Wi-Fi Direct. 2.4G WIFI and 5G WIFI. The hybrid sim slot can contain a nanoSIM + nanoSIM/microSD. This is a 4G phone and has Dual VoLTE (Voice-Over LTE) which helps in making HD calls.
Supported bands are:
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Redmi Note 7 Pro got a score of 1248 in single-core, 3319 in multi-core and 6035 in renderscript which definitely beats its competitors by a considerable margin. The presence of SD 675 chipset and its powerful functioning is identifiable from these benchmarks.
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With specs from the top and a design that manages to put most sub-Rs. 25,000 smartphones on the run for their money, we think from the first impression, the Redmi Note 7 Pro will surely be a game-changer. The Note 7 Pro has created significant hype in the last few weeks and has already made a lot of promises. With Snapdragon 675, a 48MP rear camera and an elegant design, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro is one of the best contenders in its price segment and clearly outshines other phones in the similar price range.
So what do you think of the device?
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