In January, the Redmi Note 7 launched in China at a super aggressive price and with features like Snapdragon 660, Glass back, USB Type-C port etc. Today, the company launched the phone in the Indian market along with a surprise, the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Just like the Note 5 Pro, the global first launch of the Note 7 Pro happened in India, and it is also a very aggressively priced phone with even better specifications like a much powerful processor, 48MP IMX 586 etc.
We already know how the Redmi Note 7 looks like but just to recap, the phone has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the back, a plastic frame and the same Gorilla Glass 5 on the front. There is a U-shaped notch on the front with a noticeable bottom chin. It is also one of the few phones in this price segment with a USB Type-C port.
There are dual rear cameras and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. One thing that differentiates it from the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the fact that it doesn’t come in any Gradient color option.
Note 7 has a Full-HD+ 6.3-inch in-cell LCD COG with a resolution of 2340×1080 and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The phone has 450nit maximum brightness & comes with Gorilla Glass 5 protection for the screen. The processor under the hood is the octa-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. It is worth mentioning that this is not an underclocked chip like the phones in this price segment like Realme 2 Pro and Zenfone Max Pro M2 that offer an underclocked Snapdragon 660 processor.
There are two storage options – 3GB + 32GB & 4GB + 64GB. The storage is expandable up to 256GB. The Redmi Note series phones are known for big batteries, and the Note 7 doesn’t disappoint. There is a 4,000mAh battery that supports 18W Fast Charging via USB Type-C port. The charger that comes in the box is a normal 5V/2A charger, so you have to buy the fast charger separately.
Coming to the cameras, the Redmi Note 7 has dual rear cameras, but unlike the Chinese Redmi Note 7 that has a 48MP Samsung GM1 sensor, the Note 7 in India has a 12MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture & a secondary 2MP camera. There is a single 13MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture. There are features like AI Portrait mode, AI Scene detection, Face Recognition, Video EIS, HDR etc.
The rear camera is capable of shooting 60fps Full-HD videos, but there is no support for 4K recording which is weird since even the Snapdragon 636 supports that.
The Redmi Note 7 comes in three colors in India – Onyx Black, Sapphire Blue, and Ruby Red. Here is the pricing for the Indian market –
3GB + 32GB – Rs 9,999 ($141)
4GB + 64GB – Rs 11,999 ($170)
REDMI NOTE 7 PRO
The Redmi Note 7 Pro is the best phone you can get at Rs 15,000 in India, thanks to the crazy specifications it offers at this starting price. The design remains the same as Redmi Note 7 with the change in color options. There are two Gradient color options that look gorgeous. The ports, buttons, the display etc. remain the same as Note 7.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro has the same 6.3-inch Full-HD+ (2340×1080) display with a U-shaped notch. The display has Gorilla Glass 5 protection as well. The biggest upgrade from the Redmi Note 6 Pro is the processor. The Note 7 Pro now has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor. It is an 11nm octa-core chip clocked at 2.0GHz. It has Kryo 460 CPU and the Adreno 612 GPU which means the CPU performance is better than even the Snapdragon 710.
There is 4/6GB RAM and 64/128GB ROM. So, for the first time, we are getting a 128GB storage option for the Redmi Note series phone in India.
The second biggest upgrade comes in the form of cameras. There are still dual cameras like the Note 7, but this time, the Note 7 Pro has a primary 48MP camera with Sony IMX 586 sensor, f/1.79 aperture & 1.6μm large pixel (4-in-1 Super Pixel). So, it is a true 48MP sensor, unlike the Samsung GM1 sensor which shoots at 12MP and interpolates to 48MP. The secondary rear camera is a 5MP depth sensor.
There is a single 13MP front-facing camera. The rear camera features include Steady handheld night photography, AI Portrait mode, Auto HDR, EIS, AI Dynamic bokeh, AI Studio lighting etc. The front camera features include AI Portrait mode, AI Beautify, Face recognition, Selfie timer, HDR etc.
The rear camera is capable of shooting 4K videos at 30fps and 1080p videos at 60fps. It can also take 120fps slow-motion videos at Full-HD resolution.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro has the same 4,000mAh battery underneath that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 via USB Type-C port. The charger in the box, however, is the normal 5V/2A charger. Android 9 Pie based MIUI 10 runs out of the box.
The Note 7 Pro comes in three beautiful color options – Black, Nebula Red and Neptune Blue (The Nebula Red and Neptune Blue are the only gradient colors). Here is the pricing for the Indian market –
4GB RAM + 64GB ROM – Rs 13,999 ($198)
6GB RAM + 128GB ROM – Rs 16,999 ($240)
The Redmi Note 7 will be available in India on March 6th from Flipkart and Mi.com whereas the Note 7 Pro on March 13th.