Redmi Note 7 Review - Great in Every Aspect

Sanjeev Dulal 10 May, 2019

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is one of the best mid-range devices with great overall performance compared to the pricing. The phone packs flagship grade built quality, great 48MP camera at the back and the price of Redmi Note 7 in Nepal is really acceptable as compared to other devices in this range. The price of Xioami Phones in Nepal may be also the thing you might want to check.

Redmi Note 7 packs everything that makes it a great mid-range device. It tries to stand out in the first position in this segment with great overall specs. The device also packs some of the flagship-worthy features with the great overall build quality. There is a great 48MP main camera at the back and powerful enough SoC in all the variant of Redmi 7, Note 7 and Note 7 Pro.

The Redmi Note 7 is a great mid-range device with the biggest improvement over the years when compared to its predecessors. The ever declining prices of components and tech have made Redmi Note 7 possible in this price point.

The Redmi Note 7 shares the similar tech specs with 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.

Pros

  • Value for money
  • Materials and construction
  • Display
  • Battery
  • Audio Jack, IR LED, USB Type-C

Cons

  • Slow charging system

Design And Build

Redmi Note 7's design and builds quality is really outstanding. Xiaomi's claims that Note 7 has gone through the same quality control as Xiaomi's flagship phones. The phone is sandwiched by a Gorilla Glass 5 for extra durability and sturdiness.

Redmi Note 7 Design
First things, first. Redmi Note 7 has a 6.3-inch LCD IPS panel at the front with a tiny waterdrop notch at the top. There is a thin side bezel but has a thick-looking chin and upper bezel, which was to be expected given the price point of the handset. The notch is quite small and isn't as obtrusive. At the back, there is a flat glass that seamlessly transitions into the side frame. The front glass, on the other hand, sticks out and you can feel the edge of it. Anyway, the back houses the fingerprint reader in the middle and the dual camera set up along with the LED flash in the upper-left corner.

The sides of the phone are made of glossy plastic and thus feel less slippery than metal and glass while mimicking the feel of metal quite well. The top houses the 3.5mm audio jack, the secondary noise-canceling microphone, and the IR blaster.

Performance & Software

The phone powered by a well-known Snapdragon 660 SoC, which performs really well. There is no lag or hiccups during normal operation. MIUI 10 runs smoothly on top of Android 9.0.

Redmi Note 7 Software

The chipset itself incorporates an octa-core CPU with 4x Kryo 260 cores ticking at 2.2 GHz and 4x of the same cores but clocked at 1.8 GHz. This ensures sensibly better performance than the Snapdragon 636, for example, but at the cost of efficiency. The processor is built on the 14nm. Here's how it performed in our benchmark selection and how it stacks against the competition.

Xiaomi's custom skin overlay, MIUI, has come a long way and the MIUI 10 takes a more simplistic and clean approach. We've already reviewed the Mi Note 7 Pro, which also runs on Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 on top which shares similar software and build.

Camera

Redmi Note 7 Camera

The Redmi Note 7 comes with a huge 48MP sensor on the back. It has the capability to take some sweet daylight and nighttime shots. The sensor is quite big at 1/2", though the individual pixel size is not that large at 0.8µm pixels. Xiaomi has brought up Quad Bayer arrangement in Note 7 in which the four pixels are grouped in a square under a filter of the same color. The secondary 5MP camera is a depth sensor which takes better portrait by blurring the background.

For the selfie camera, there is a 13MP camera which supports various functions like HDR, AI beauty, portraits, and mirror function. However, autofocus isn't on the list of features.

The daylight photos by the camera are quite good. The consistency of the camera can be expected when there is enough light in the scene. The photos turned out to be punchy, good contrast, and very less noise.

The camera app's AI system did a good job in detecting objects such as buildings, plants, flowers, etc but that didn't always result in good images. For instance, with macros, the camera's AI can boost colors to unnatural levels, making the subject look artificial. You can switch it off before taking a shot but there's no way to turn the effect off later in the Gallery.

Redmi Note 7 Camera

Video quality isn't very impressive. When shooting outdoors in daylight, bright areas were often overexposed. Electronic stabilization 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 shimmer 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.

Battery

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.

Redmi Note 7 Battery

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.

Redmi Note 7 Specifications

  • 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", 0.8µm, 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

Price And Availability in Nepal

With a starting price of Rs. 21,999, the base variant of the Redmi Note 7, there are altogether 3 variants of Redmi Note 7 available in Nepal. The phone is available in all parts of the country easily at Xiaomi Stores as well as all retail stores in Nepal. The price of the base variant i.e. 3/32GB costs Rs. 21,999, 4/64GB variant costs Rs. 24,999 and 4/128GB variant costs Rs. 26,999.

Verdict

Looking at the price and overall performance and specs, we recommend buying the device with ease. You get a good looking phone with the excellent build quality, a good display, a decent set of cameras, solid app performance, and day-long battery life. 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 buying Samsung Galaxy A30 and some other devices that are priced under 30000 in Nepal. 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. 24,999. However, if you're looking for camera performance then we think you'd be happier with the Realme 2 Pro or even Xiaomi's Mi A2.

To be honest, Redmi Note 7 is one of the best smartphones in Nepal that is priced under 30000.

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