Redmi Note 7 Review

Redmi Note 7 Review
 
Xiaomi's Redmi Note Series has helped shape the Budget Smartphone segment in India. We have some prestigious phones such as the Redmi Note 3 (Review), Radmi Note 5 Pro (Review),
 
Redmi Note 7 Review
Redmi Note 7 Review

 
And now the Radmi Note 7 Pro (review), all of whom have demonstrated in the budget segment by increasing their performance. SoC under Rs. 15,000

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Redmi Note 7 features Gorilla Glass 5 for the back and front
  • Performance is good but cameras struggle a bit in low-light
  • Redmi Note 7 price in India starts at Rs. 9,999

Today, we will review Redmi Note 7 which was launched in India with Redmi Note 7 Pro, but still Rs. 9,999

Of course you do not get all the bells and whistles of its older brother, such as the 48-megapixel rear camera, but considering the price point of this model and the target audience, it seems that Xiaomi remains the only one to maintain it. Contest is kept.
 
Redmi Note 7 Review
Redmi Note 7 Review

 
We have got a 4GB version of Redmi Note 7 for the review, which is worth Rs. 11,999 Let's see if it manages to offer more value in the form of his brother.

Redmi Note 7 design

While Redmi Note 6 Pro, (Review) did not seem very different from its predecessor, with the new Redmi Note 7 series, Xiaomi thinks that the extra mile went and actually knocked it out of the park in terms of design is.

Available in three striking colors, Redmi Note 7 has a glass back, which we have not seen at this price point since the Nokia 5.1 Plus Review 10,060 (review).
 
Redmi Note 7 Review
Redmi Note 7 Review

 
Xiaomi has used a Gorilla Glass 5 for a front and back of the phone, which is quite effective at this price point, step one step further. The sides are still plastic, but overall, this device looks very premium to hold. The body also has a P2i nano coating which has been asked to make this phone splash-proof.

The Redmi Note 7 is a bit long, but the sides are thick enough to offer a comfortable grip, even with the bright finish on the Ruby Red Edition that we have for review. 


 
Redmi Note 7 is a bit heavy on 185g, even if you do not really feel with normal use. Power and volume buttons are on the right, and there is good touch feedback.

On the left side of the Redmi Note 7, we have a single tray for two nano-SIM or a nano-SIM and a MicroSD card. The hybrid dual-sim tray is a downturn, especially considering that this segment has a dedicated slot for expandable storage at the recent launch. On our review unit, Sim Tray did not flush with the body, which is a slight beauty flaw that we have seen.
 
Redmi Note 7 Review
Redmi Note 7 Review

 
Ports are placed ergonomically, 3.5mm headphone sockets on the top and USB Type-C port at the bottom. It is good to see that Xiaomi is finally adopting Type-C connectivity for its budget proposals.

Redmi Note 7 also has an IR blaster on top, which can be used to control infrared home appliances through the Mi Remote App. In the Redmi Note 7, there is a white notification LED tuck in an unusual position in the chin under the screen, making it easy to remember.

The border around 6.3 inch display is quite clear and noticeable, especially the selfie camera, which is a selfie camera. The LCD panel has full HD resolution, with high color reproduction and decency high brightness of 450nits, which helps in daylight. You also get software tweaks to adjust the contrast and color temperature, which is good.

Glass back gives a very spectacular look to the phone, especially in this color. Visually, it reminds us a lot of Oppo F7 (review), but with better build quality. Capacitive fingerprint sensor is easy to reach with your index finger and also has a different texture, so it's hard to remember.
 
Redmi Note 7 Review
Redmi Note 7 Review

 
The dual camera module is a bit sprawled but we used this phone for a little while without the bundle case and did not pay any attention to the problem of any paint in the time that we had spent with the unit. Apart from the transparent case, the retail box also includes a standard 10W power adapter, a type-c cable, and a sim ejector tool.

Redmi Note 7 specifications and features

In Redmi Note 7, there is a Snapdragon 660 SoC, which is a chip which is becoming increasingly normal in sub-funds. Thanks to the 15,000 volume reduction in the last few months.
 
Redmi Note 7 Review
Redmi Note 7 Review

 
On paper, this Snapdragon 675 is not as powerful as the Redmi Note 7 Pro built around, but it is more than enough to handle the proper part of the work.

The fact is that you can get this very power under just Rs. 10,000 (with the base version of Radmi Note 7) is an achievement in itself. Redmi Note 7 starts with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage at that price, and the variants we are reviewing have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. 2,000 more


Radmi note 7 supports dual 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, three satellite navigation systems, FM radio, USB-OTG, and general kind sensors.

The Radio Note 7 runs on MiUI 10.2, which is based on Android 9 Pie, and our unit was the Android Safety Patch in February 2019. MIUI 10 looks slick, although the Xiaomi users for the first time may take some time to get used to all shortcuts and functions.

With that said, there is a bit of bloatware preinstalled. From the moment we established our own unit, the notification schedule was full of advertisements and publicity from stock Xiaomi app including music and video players.
 
Redmi Note 7 Review
Redmi Note 7 Review

 
However, there is a way to fix it. Most pre-installed third-party applications can be uninstalled, and for those who can not, they usually have an option in the app's settings page, so that you can disable spamming push notifications. After making these changes, we had a relatively spam-free experience using Redmi Note 7.

We have already expanded most of the shortcut and gestures of MIUI 10 in our Redmi Note 7 Pro review, so that you can check whether you want to get all the details.

Redmi Note 7 performance, cameras, and battery life

With a good set of specifications, it is no surprise that the Redmi Note 7 is a good phone to live with most of the day's work. The processor has enough power to handle normal social and productivity applications, which we all use, and it works well in games too.
 
Redmi Note 7 Review
Redmi Note 7 Review

 
Unlike Radmi Note 7 Pro, there is no heating issue in the Redmi Note 7. Of course, the phone was hot after playing heavy titles like PUBG Mobile for a while, but it was not serious enough to break us between the gaming sessions.

The Redmi Note 7 is a long phone, but MIUI has a handheld software mode that can be activated with the swipe gesture on the Home button. We looked a little bit like this, and it will not work as expected for most of the time.

In addition to the quick fingerprint sensor, there is also AI Face Recognition in the phone. It is complacently in good light and is even a sign of rising and sitting, but it is not reliable in low light, and it refused to work properly for us.

Radmi Note 7 handled the playback of media files well in our tests. The videos were sharp and the colors were porous, although the black levels could have been better.

The phone is also wide-wine L1 certified, which means that you will be able to stream TV shows and movies from services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to the highest supported resolution. 



The single speaker gets a lot of loud, and since it is placed at the bottom right, so it does not easily block when you put the phone in landscape mode.
 

In Redmi Note 7, there may be a short 48-megapixel primary camera for its Pro Sibling, but there are still some specific specifications in it. On the back you get a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

The main lens has f / 2.2 aperture, so we are not expecting any award-winning low-light shots. Camera app features features such as AI Seen Detection with standard shooting modes like Panorama, Portrait, Pro and Squire.

In daylight, the Redmi Note 7 captured quite decent images. The colors and details were good, although there was a lack of sharpness. While shooting against a bright background there were minor signs of chromatic aberration, and HDR does not always handle the contact of bright areas well.

Ai system of camera app did a great job in finding items like buildings, plants, flowers, etc., but the result was not always as good images. For example, with macros, the AI ​​of the camera can increase the color to the unnatural level, so that the subject will be artificial. You can turn it off before taking the shot but there is no way to stop the effect in the gallery later.

Depth sensor helps capture good portraits shots. Edge Detection was good for people and people. The low-light display was decent but was not great.

The colors in the landscape shots were good and the finer details were quite legible, enough light was given. Images were also noisy, which is a good thing.

The way we were wrapping up our review, we got a system update that added a new new 'shooting mode. It takes a second longer to process shots, but the end result was a bit brighter than normally using auto mode. Tradeoff grains had increased, and the colors looked a little bit off.

Looking at the EXIF ​​data embedded in our camera samples, Night mode seems to change the ISO only to make the images brighter. Shutter speed is switched on 1/15 of one second with either mode. In some specimens, even the ISO remains the same, and the app increased the brightness of the last image using the software algorithm.

The front-facing 13-megapixel camera brought good selfie under good light. Air-betaization is not very aggressive, and we ended up with some pleasant skin soft effects. You can also shoot selfies with the Bokeh effect, and it was not bad to find the edge. In low light, selfies also look good, even if it is slightly soft.
 
Redmi Note 7 Review
Redmi Note 7 Review

 
Video quality isn't very impressive. When shooting outdoors in daylight, bright areas were often overexposed. Electronic stabilisation is applied after you end a recording, so you don't get a preview of how your video will look while filming it. 

There was a noticeable slimmer in the footage when we were walking about, but this isn't terrible, considering the price of the Redmi Note 7.

There's no 4K option, which is understandable. You do get a 1080p 60fps mode, although we did notice a bit of focus hunting here. You also get other shooting modes such as time-lapse and slow-motion, which worked fairly well for us.


The Redmi Note 7 has pretty sizeable 4000mAh battery and this phone also supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4 fast charging standard, if you use the right charger. 

However you still get only a standard 10W charger in the box. With the bundled charger, we were able to charge the phone up to 57 percent in an hour.

Battery life is good, and we typically managed to average an entire day's worth of usage on a single charge with a little left over. In our HD video battery loop test, the Redmi Note 7 ran for 12 hours and 52 minutes, which is not bad at all but at the same time, a lot less than the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which has the same battery capacity and ran for over 19 hours.

Verdict

With a starting price of Rs. 9,999, the base variant of the Redmi Note 7 — which we haven't tested — seems like a no-brainer. You get a good looking phone with excellent build quality, a good display, a decent set of cameras, solid app performance, and day-long battery life.
 
Redmi Note 7 Review
Redmi Note 7 Review

 
If you're someone who uses two SIMs and a microSD card, then this is not the phone for you, as the Redmi Note 7 has a hybrid dual-SIM slot.

You might want to consider the base variant of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 ₹ 9,999 instead, which is currently selling at just under Rs. 10,000 online. 


A few other annoyances with the Redmi Note 7 include its preinstalled bloatware, average low-light camera performance, and the fact that Xiaomi still doesn't bundle a fast charger in the box.

The higher priced 4GB RAM version of the Redmi Note 7, which we tested, is a good pick at Rs. 11,999. However, if you're looking for camera performance then we think you'd be happier with the Realme 2 Pro ₹ 12,949 (Review) or even Xiaomi's Mi A2 ₹ 11,649 (Review).

There are plenty of good and powerful smartphones in India that cost less than Rs. 15,000 and the Redmi Note 7 is certainly one of them.

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