At its much-awaited event in China, Xiaomi, today announced the successor to Redmi Note 5-dubbed as Redmi Note 7. This essentially means that Xiaomi has skipped the Redmi Note 6 altogether and launched the Redmi Note 7. The Redmi Note 7 packs a punch when it comes to specifications. It's the second smartphone after Honor View 20 to have the latest 48MP sensor from Samsung or Sony. It also comes powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, 4000mAh battery, dual rear cameras, glass design and boots Android 9 Pie out of the box. At the same event, Xiaomi announced that it's spinning Redmi into a separate brand and appointed former Gionee employee- William Lu as the vice president of new sub-brand.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7: Specifications and Features
Diving into the specifications, the Redmi Note 7 flaunts a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display on the front with a 2.5D curved glass on top. This is the first Redmi smartphone to come with a glass back. The Redmi Note 7 also has the trendy gradient design and not the old metal design. Xiaomi launched the smartphone in three colour options- Blue, Gold and Twilight Black. Under the hood, the Redmi Note 7 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, paired with 3GB, 4GB and 6GB of RAM and 32GB, 64GB of internal storage. The phone also has a microSD card slot for storage expansion up to 256GB.
The Redmi Note 7 comes in various configurations- 3GB+32GB, 4GB+64GB and 6GB+64GB. Sadly, Xiaomi did not launch the Note 7 with 128GB of internal storage. Moving onto the cameras, the Redmi Note 7 has a 48MP primary sensor on the rear side which works in tandem with a 5MP secondary depth sensor. The phone also has a 13MP front-facing camera. The MIUI camera app comes with various Artificial Intelligence-based features such as AI Portrait mode, AI scene detection, beauty mode and so on. The Redmi Note 7 has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Xiaomi did not trim the battery capacity on the Redmi Note 7 and it's still a 4000mAh unit. Finally, Xiaomi has moved to USB Type-C port, instead of going with the same Micro USB port. As for the connectivity options, we get Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS and a USB Type-C port. Interestingly, Xiaomi stated the Note 7 supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging technology. The Redmi Note 7 also has an IR Blaster on top.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7: Pricing and Storage Variants
Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 7 in three variants- 3GB+32GB, 4GB+64GB and 6GB+64GB. The base variant is priced at 999 Yuan (approx. Rs 10,200), the 4GB+64GB variant costs 1199 Yuan (approx. Rs 12,200), while the 6GB+64GB option retails for 1399 Yuan (approx. Rs 14, 250). As of now, Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 in China only, but it's expected to reach other countries including India by the end of this month or mid-February. Notably, this is the first smartphone to have Snapdragon 660 SoC under 1000 Yuan in China. In India, the prices for Redmi Note 7 could start at Rs 14,999.