We got the chance to spent some time with the device and this is what we think of it.
Xiaomi has finally introduced a new smartphone for the Indian market - Redmi Note 7 Pro. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 13,999 for the 4GB+64GB of internal storage, while the Rs 16,999 for the 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
Xiaomi has introduced its first smartphone that comes loaded with a 48-megapixel rear camera along with new gradient finish and waterdrop notch. The smartphone has power-packed hardware, and the design looks premium. We got the chance to spent some time with the device and this is what we think of it.
Design and Display
The design was one area where Xiaomi was found wanting as compared to its competition in the budget segment. However, with Redmi Note 7 Pro, the company is back in the design game with a new glossy finish at the back panel, which is now at par with the rest of the competition. The phone is available in Space Black, Nebula Red and Neptune Blue colour options. There is a gradient finish at the back panel, which Xiaomi calls Aura Design. It is a good thing that the company has finally opted for bold colour options for its Redmi series.
Remi Note 7 Pro has an immersive screen up front, and there is a waterdrop notch at the top that houses selfie camera. The right features volume controls and power on/off button, while the left houses dual-SIM slot. The base of the device features a USB Type-C port flanked between two speaker grille.
So at last, Xiaomi has opted for Type-C port for its Redmi Note series, and hopefully, it will retain the same in the future lineup as well.
The top panel of the note 7 Pro comes with a 3.5mm audio jack and an infrared sensor. The back panel features a dual-camera setup along with a fingerprint sensor along with Redmi logo at the base. In a nutshell, it is one of the better-designed smartphones from Xiaomi.
If we talk about the handling of the smartphone, the device is comfortable to hold, thanks to the curved edges, though it attracts smudges, which is a common problem with such finishes.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The company has used LTPS in-cell display for its latest smartphone, which is claimed to deliver better output as compared to standard LCD screens and are more battery efficient. The device has a 450nits brightness meaning that you will not face trouble reading from the display when viewing under sunlight. We feel the screen is quite vibrant and even viewing angles look good.
Hardware and Software
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor along with Adreno 612 GPU. The phone is available in two memory options: 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage. The memory can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD card slot.
This is the first smartphone to come loaded with this new processor from Qualcomm. The chipset performance is currently known at the moment. However, judging by the specs, it will give a stiff competition to the likes of Samsung Galaxy M30, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Realme U1 and more.
On the software front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro runs on Android 9.0 Pie with company’s latest MIUI 10 running on top of it. In our brief testing, we found out that the new user interface offers smooth animations and transitions coupled with quick app loading. On the downside, the phone comes pre-loaded with a noticeable amount of bloatware. We will talk more about this in our upcoming review.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro is the first device from Xiaomi to feature a 48-megapixel rear camera. The company has used a Sony IMX586 sensor along with a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. For the front, there is a 13-megapixel selfie camera. That said, the camera does offer some good detailing in our briefing testing.
We took a couple of shots with the smartphone in broad daylight and found out that the performance was good and the phone was able to focus on the subject for macro shots or close up shots with ease. The selfie camera also looks decent, though we are yet to test its performance in different lighting conditions.
Battery and Connectivity
The smartphone has a 4000mAh battery, and it comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging support. The company claims with new power-efficient processor and display; users will get 20 per cent more battery life as compared to its predecessor. The claim is yet to be tested out. Connectivity options include Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 /5GHz) Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C and hybrid dual-SIM support.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a refreshed design and its priced aggressively to give other brands sleepless nights. The display looks immersive, but the processing power, camera and battery need to tested to understand their true capabilities. So, stay tuned with us for a detailed review of the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
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