Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 review

GSMArena team, 01 February 2019.

Introduction

Redmi Note 7 lineup is the first one branded only as "Redmi," and the sub-brand company wants to come in strong. It advertises flagship-worthy build quality, great 48MP main camera on the back and powerful enough SoC no matter which Redmi 7 device you choose - the vanilla Redmi 7, the bigger Note 7 or the Pro. The one we have with us is the Redmi Note 7 - perhaps the most sought after model due to its low price and big screen.

The Redmi Note 7 is an embodiment of Xiaomi's philosophy when it comes to smartphones, and the Redmi phones have become the benchmark for mid-range devices. And one would argue that the mid-range segment has seen the biggest improvement over the years with the ever declining prices of components and tech. It will be interesting to see whether the Redmi Note 7 was able to benefit from that and whether it will match the success of its predecessors.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 review

Xiaomi Redmi Note7 specs

  • Body:159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm, 186 grams, Gorilla Glass 5 back, polycarbonate side frame.
  • Screen:6.3" IPS LCD, 1080 x 2340px resolution (19.5:9); ~409 ppi.
  • Chipset:Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm) chipset: octa-core CPU (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260); Adreno 512.
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB built-in storage, microSD slot support (takes the second SIM slot).
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie; MIUI 10.
  • Rear camera: 48MP f/1.8, 1/2", 0.8Ám, PDAF support, 5MP depth sensor, LED flash; 1080p@30/60/120fps video recording, EIS.
  • Front camera: 13MP, 1080p@30fps video recording.
  • Battery: 4,000mAh, Quick Charge 4.0 support 18W (9V/2A).
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; LTE Cat.12 download/ Cat.13 upload, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band MIMO, 2x2 antennas, GPS; Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C 2.0.
  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader, FM radio support.

We would also like to investigate the differences and similarities between the Redmi Note 7 and the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite. They both have the same chipset, screen size and are closely priced. However, the Redmi Note 7 has a bigger battery and perhaps, a better camera. But we can't judge only by the specs sheet, right? Let's dig in.

Unboxing the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

The unit comes in a standard white box with Redmi's branding on top - it doesn't say Xiaomi anywhere, but it does advertise the extended 18-month warranty in China. Redmi is confident in its product's quality and extends the warranty of the handset with six additional months.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 review

Anyway, the box also contains the usual user manuals, the USB-A to USB-C cable for file transfer and charging, a charging brick and a semi-transparent silicone case. But keep in mind that the smartphone supports Quick Charge 4.0 speeds while the included adapter maxes out at 5V/2A so you will have to look for a QC 3 or QC 4-capable brick to enjoy faster charging.

Special thanks to HonorBuy for providing the review unit.