Xiaomi has once again disrupted the market by introducing an upgraded version of the recently launched, the Redmi Note 7. Dubbed as Redmi Note 7s, the smartphone now comes equipped with a 48-megapixel sensor, which was earlier present in the Pro version. The phone is priced at Rs 10,999 for the 3GB RAM variant, while the 4GB RAM option comes with a price tag of Rs 12,999.
With this, Xiaomi has introduced the cheapest smartphone in the country that comes with a massive 48-megapixel sensor. However, the rest of the specifications are similar to the standard Redmi Note 7. So, the question here is, does it make any sense to go for the 48MP camera smartphone? And, should the Redmi Note 7 customers feel cheated? Let’s find out.
48-megapixel camera in the town!
Starting with the biggest upgrade, the Redmi Note 7s comes loaded with a 48-megapixel sensor and there is a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. For the front, there is a 13-megapixel shooter for selfies and video calling. This is surely the cheapest smartphone that comes loaded with a 48-megapixel sensor and the results are interesting as well.
Starting with the camera UI, it is the same present in the Redmi Note 7 Pro. You get different modes like Photo, Video, Short Video, Portrait, Night, Square and Panorama. This also means that you can take the 48MP shot by clicking the hamburger menu on the top right. Coming to the key performance, we noticed that the phone captured some sharp images in broad daylight conditions. The macro shots came out to be quite impressive in nature. Although we noticed that in some scenarios, the colours were a bit washed out in nature. Coming to the selfie performance, it is satisfactory in our initial testing.
There is no difference in Design!
The Redmi Note 7s is an identical twin of the Redmi Note 7 or Redmi Note 7 Pro. The phone is equipped with the new Aurora design, which is basically the company’s version of gradient finish. The phone is also loaded with water drop notch, which it calls Dot Notch Display. That said, there is not a major difference between the two siblings. This means that you get the same ports placements as well as the camera placement as seen in the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro.
Coming to the display, the smartphone is equipped with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The display looks good in our initial testing and the viewing angles are quite decent in nature. The colours look good and the text looks sharp in nature. We will discuss more on this in our upcoming review.
Hardware and Software
Talking about the hardware, the Redmi Note 7 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor along with Adreno 512 GPU. With this price range, the smartphone will face competition with its identical twin, the Redmi Note 7 along with Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, Realme 3 Pro and more.
On the software front, the phone is equipped with Android 9.0 Pie, which is based on MIUI 10. The user interface comes loaded with some interesting features like Second Space, gesture-based navigation controls and more. We will talk more about this in our upcoming review.
Battery and Connectivity
On the battery front, the phone is juiced up by a 4000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4.0. The battery should last for a day easily under normal usage and we haven’t tested it on power usage. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, GLONASS, and Type-C port.