In an event held in Delhi, Xiaomi has launched its latest smartphone in the global launch of the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Ever since the separation of the brand with Mi, this is the first major launch by the company and is also probably the most awaited one in the first half of 2019 by the Chinese brand. The Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro have been the victims of many leaks and speculations previously, and now the phones has been officially revealed. We think that there is not a single person who has come across the tease by Xiaomi which hints towards the 48MP camera present on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. In the event, Xiaomi CEO, Manu Kumar Jain kick-started the presentation by sharing some achievements of Xiaomi and went on to reveal the smartphone. The executive also made five major announcements.
Design and Display
The Redmi Note 7 Pro has been touted to feature something called the “Aura design”. Some of the highlights of the phone include extremely thin bezels, dewdrop display and the gradient rear panel. The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a dot notch. Xiaomi has also used the LTPS display panel for the phone, which is also the most expensive panel available for screens as claimed by the company. On the rear side, the phone sports gradient finish which is available in colours like Neptune Blue, Nebula Red and a more standard offering in Space Black. For protection, the Redmi Note 7 Pro sports Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both front and back.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro also comes with a USB Type-C port, unlike its predecessor devices. There is also the headphone jack on the lower edge of the phone and like other Xiaomi devices, the Note 7 Pro also comes with the IR blaster.
Performance and Hardware
The Redmi Note 7 Pro sports the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC which claims to have faster web browsing, faster music launch, 30% better game launch and 25% better social media launch. The chipset also scores a 180,808 on Antutu benchmark score. The SoC has also been touted to sport the latest Kryo 460 architecture. Xiaomi also revealed that the chipset uses the 11nm FinFET process to achieve lesser power consumption and better thermal efficiency.
The chipset packs two gold Cortex A-76 cores clocked at 2.0GHz along with 6 Silver A-55 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. These cores are paired with Adreno 612 GPU for impressive graphics and gaming performance. The chipset also comes with Qualcomm Spectra 250L Image Signal processor which enables the phone to come with the 48MP camera sensor.
On the memory front, the phone will pair the SoC will up to 6GB of LPDDR4X of RAM. As for storage, the Redmi Note 7 Pro will also come in a 128GB variant which is the first time for the Redmi Note series.
Software and Battery
Xiaomi has also claimed to introduce many software optimisations and the phone comes with MIUI 10 based on the latest Android 9 Pie. As for the battery, the phone packs a 4,000mAh cell which will give the phone a standby time of 14 days, music playback of 38 hours, call time of 45.5 hours, a 10.5 hours video playback and 8.5 hours of gaming.
Camera and Imaging
The camera on the Note 7 Pro is the combination of the 48MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor. As hinted by the TENAA listing, the primary sensor of 48MP on the Redmi Not 7 Pro is the Sony IMX586. Xiaomi boasts that the sensor size on the phone is ½-inch, which is more than what other phones, even what the iPhone Xs Max offers. As for the aperture, the sensor boasts of an f/1.79 aperture. For videos, the Redmi Note 7 Pro allows 4K shooting at 30fps with Electronic Image stabilization enabled (EIS).
Given the bigger sensor on the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the phone also claims to excel at low light photography. The sensor also merges four pixels to form a super pixel which is 1.6micron large, to render even better low light images. Xiaomi has also introduced a steady handheld night photography mode which increases the details on the pictures. The phone also supports AI scene detection which changes the saturation, tweaks the contrast to render better images. For portraits, the phone comes with AI portraits 2.0 which offers modes like adjustable bokehs, studio lighting and light trails. On the front, the phone features a 13MP sensor with many AI software additions.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7: Specifications and Features
Alongside the Redmi Note 7 Pro, Xiaomi also brought the Redmi Note 7 to the Indian market, but as the name itself suggests, the spec-sheet differs. The Redmi Note 7 comes powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset clocked at 2.2GHz. As for the cameras, the Note 7 rocks a 12MP primary shooter on the back which works in tandem with a 2MP depth sensor. Frontal, the Note 7 packs a 13MP selfie camera with AI Portrait mode and Face Unlock features.
The design and display of the Redmi Note 7 are similar to the Note 7 Pro and it even has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the back. It also comes with a 4000mAh battery and boots MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie. It also has a Type-C port with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 support.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi Note 7: Pricing and Availability
At the launch event, Xiaomi also announced the pricing of Redmi Note 7 Pro for the Indian market. As noted, the Note 7 Pro comes in two variants with up to 6GB of RAM, while the Redmi Note 7 comes with up to 4GB of RAM. The Redmi Note 7 Pro’s 4GB+64GB variant is priced at Rs 13,999 and the 6GB+128GB variant costs Rs 16,999. The Redmi Note 7’s 3GB+32GB costs Rs 9,999 and the 4GB+64GB is priced at Rs 11,999. As for the availability, the Redmi Note 7 will be available on Flipkart, Mi.com and Mi Home stores on March 6 and the Note 7 Pro can be purchased from March 13.