News Redmi Note 7 officially introduced! 48 Megapixel Camera & 4.000 mAh Battery
And there it was. Today Redmi introduced their first smartphone as a new, independent company. This is the Redmi Note 7, the seventh offshoot of the popular Redmi Note series, which already started under Xiaomi.
Even though some details about the smartphone have already been published in advance, we now have the final certainty as to the technical specifications with which the Redmi Note 7 will be launched on the market. You can find all information in the article!
Xiaomi starts the year 2019 directly with a surprising news: Redmi becomes its own independent brand. And for this new brand the first smartphone was introduced on January 10th, which will probably be equipped with a 48 megapixel camera. This is the Redmi Note 7!
|Display||6.3 inch 19.5:9 Full HD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels) LC display (403PPI)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 660 @ 2,2 GHz|
|Graphic chip||Qualcomm Adreno 512|
|RAM||3 / 4 / 6 GB LPDDR4|
|Internal memory||32 / 64 GB|
|Camera||48 megapixels with ƒ/1.8 f-stop + 5 megapixels|
|Front camera||13 Megapixel|
|Battery||4,000 mAh with Quick Charge 4|
|Connectivity||AC WLAN, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, GPS|
|Features||Fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock, 3.5 mm jack, Infrared|
|Operating system||MIUI 10 user interface|
|Dimensions / Weight||–|
That was fast. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 came out less than a year ago and was probably the best mid-range smartphone for us under $200. Then already in autumn the successor, the Redmi Note 6 Pro came quite surprisingly, whereby it is a Notch version of the Redmi Note 5. With the new Redmi Note 7 we continue to concentrate on the strengths of the series.
The most colourful Redmi Note
In contrast to its predecessor just mentioned, the front does not even change that much. With a 6.3 inch display, the diagonal is only slightly bigger and of course Redmi relies on a FullHD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080p in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This results in a pixel density of 403 ppi. Redmi significantly minimizes the notch and now also relies on a waterdrop notch that accommodates the front camera.
The backside is typical for Xiaomi and Redmi. The dual camera sits in the upper left corner and is arranged vertically. The fingerprint sensor is centrally located in the upper third. But the back is untypical for the Redmi Note series. There is also a black version, but especially the blue and magenta version remind us very strongly of the Honor 10, Xiaomi Play or the Mi 8 Lite. Does one want to address such a younger target group?
Redmi Smartphone with 48 Megapixel Camera
The manufacturer is currently using a combination of two 12 megapixel camera sensors for its flagship products. Now Redmi is relying on a 48 megapixel primary sensor with ƒ/1.8 aperture on the back, which is supported by a 5 megapixel secondary sensor. In practice, you can then choose between 48 MP photos and 12 MP. With the 12 MP photos four pixels are combined to one (pixel Binning), which is to provide for better Low Light photos. Xiaomi President Lin Bin already announced this in December about Weibo.
The sensor is relatively large for a smartphone, which should also make low-light photography more successful, as more light can reach the sensor. But as we know, the software is also crucial. But Xiaomi and Redmi worked a lot on it last year. Of course, they didn’t let it go without attacking the competition. Finally, the Huawei Nova 4 and Honor V20 with a 48 MP camera come onto the market, but cost twice as much.
On the front there is of course a front camera. The 13 Megapixel Selfie-Cam sits in the Waterdrop Notch and should also provide good self-portraits.
Great processor & large battery as usual
It was already clear in advance that a 48 megapixel camera would be used. The choice of processor was unclear. The Redmi Note 7 is equipped with the Snapdragon 660 processor, an eight-core CPU that can clock at a maximum of 2.2 GHz. We already know this SoC from the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite, Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi Pad 4 and it does a really good job, even if the CPU is not completely new anymore.
However, it’s clear that it’s easily enough even for more challenging games like PUBG. In my opinion, Redmi has made a very good choice here, because the CPU is still up-to-date in about 2 years and once again a good performance leap to the Snapdragon 636 from the predecessor. In addition there is a choice of 3 GB RAM and 32 GB memory or 4/6 GB RAM and 64 GB memory.
It’s also nice to see that Redmi is concentrating on the strengths of the Note series. Finally, a 4.000 mAh rechargeable battery is installed, which should provide a very decent battery life of almost 2 days. After all, the built-in CPU is quite energy-efficient. In addition, the battery even supports Quick Charge 4! Of course there is no wireless charging.
Finally with USB Type-C
There is also an upgrade for the connection options. Even if it is rather secondary, but the Redmi Note 7 is equipped with a USB type C port, so finally Micro-USB has been renounced! Redmi also stays with the headphone port, which is probably on the top side. Redmi also remains faithful to the IR blaster.
It is also clear that the Redmi Note 7 is equipped with the MIUI operating system. This might be MIUI 10, a strongly adapted OS, which is based on Android.
Price & Availability
Redmi wants to dominate the budget and middle class market for good. After all, Redmi Note 7’s pricing policy is very aggressive. The smallest version with 32 GB memory is available in China from 999 Yuan, which is about $150. The 4/64 GB version is supposed to be about $170 and the 6 GB RAM version only costs about $200.
However, we have to accept that the prices are somewhat more expensive for us, as the import shops also need their share. But with that we should still be under $230. Sales in China will start on 14 January, so we should not have the CN version in our hands until early February at the earliest. There is no release date for a global version yet.
The next king of the middle class
We think you’ll like the Redmi Note 7 as much as we do. What’s great to criticize? The CPU is great, the display doesn’t do much except for the smaller Notch, the battery is as big as usual, now finally even with USB-C, there’s an AUX connection and the price is right too.
Even if Redmi manages to make completely new models like the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite almost obsolete again, the Redmi Note 7 should be the next king of the middle class. Xiaomi or Redmi knows what the Note series stands for and sticks to these strengths and improves other aspects. Of course, we are particularly curious about the 48 megapixel camera. Can Redmi really compete with Huawei and Honor?
We try to get a test device as soon as possible and keep you up to date. What do you think of the new Redmi Note 7?