Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Review
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro is already trending and I saw long queues in front of Mi Home stores on the first sale. Redmi Note 7 Pro packs good specifications for its asking price. I have been using this phone for the past few days and here is my in-depth Redmi Note 7 Pro review.
Xoaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro features the same design as in Redmi Note 7 but there is one noticeable difference. It is the camera bump and text below the camera setup. Xiaomi has used a premium glass-sandwich design that makes the phone really attractive. There is also Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides for protecting it from scratches. It has plastic rim runs around the edges and glass panel blends seamlessly with the rim. I have the Space Black variant, but there are also two other attractive color options.
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The front side has a 6.3-inch display with a Dot Notch. The notification LED is located below the display. Volume rockers are on the right side along with power button. These buttons provide satisfactory tactile feedback. The left side has a hybrid dual-SIM tray. The top side has 3.5mm headphone jack and IR emitter while the base side has speaker and USB Type-C.
The back panel has vertical dual camera setup at top left side with a LED flash just below it. The fingerprint sensor is also located on the top center area of the back panel. Back of the phone also attracts smudges and dust particles a lot and it is quite visible on this back panel. The phone is also a bit slippery, so use a good case for protection.
The phone has P2i nano coating and water-tight seals for making it splash proof. So, the phone can handle liquid splashes but that doesn’t make it water or dust resistant.
Overall, the build quality of the phone is good. But glass build can easily get scratches, so add a good case to avoid it.
The phones 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) LTPS In-Cell display offering 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The display is good and offers nice viewing angles and good color production. The display performs well even in outdoors if you use it on max rightness. You also have the option to adjust the color temperature and contrast if you like. There is also a reading mode and option to enable it automatically in the evening.
The phone also comes with Widevine L1 certification, so it should support HD streaming from streaming apps like Netflix and Prime Video.
The phone runs on MIUI 10 based on Android Pie. As I explained in Redmi Note 7’s review, the MIUI comes with heavy customization and offers some nice features including Digital Well-being, dual apps, second space, app lock, and Adaptive Battery. MIUI also has a theme center that allows you to have a look and feel the way you want. MIUI 10 shows ads that can be irritating.
The phone packs 2 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 675 processor. The phone comes on two variants 4GB RAM+64GB storage and 6GB RAM+128GB storage. I used the 4GB RAM model for the review. The phone remains quick and responsive most of the times. It even handles multiple apps in the background without any lag.
The phone handles gaming well. I tested several games including PUBG mobile and Asphalt 8. Games where fine but I felt heating after a gaming session of over half an hour.
If I talk about Benchmark scores, the phone crossed 180,000 on Antutu and Geekbench single and multi-core scores were 2393 and 6462 respectively.
The phone comes in 64GB or 128GB storage option. So, you have enough storage to use. It has expandable storage, but hybrid slots will restrict many from using that.
The fingerprint sensor of the phone is fast and accurate. The same thing is with Face Unlock. It is fast and quickly unlocks the phone. The phone has IR emitter, so it can also be used as a universal remote control for your home appliances.
The camera is the most hyped part because of the high megapixel count. The phone has 48MP+5MP camera combination where the primary 48MP camera uses Sony IMX586. By default, phone shoots in 12Mp mode and you will have to manually switch to 48MP camera. It uses pixel binning to produce 12 MP images from the 48MP sensor. The benefits of this are quite visible in low-light conditions.
The rear camera captures good photos. Colors in photos are vibrant and feel like more on the saturated side. You cannot tell much difference between photos captures using 48 MP mode and 12 MP mode. But you will be able to see more details if you zoom the 48 MP photo.
The camera also works well in low light and captures good photos. Switching to 48MP in low light actually produces worse results than 12MP.
The secondary camera is used for portrait photos. You can adjust the blur level, apply studio light effects and light trail effects to make portrait even better. Photos captured using portrait mode normally look good, but edge detection needs work.
The phone has a 13 megapixels front camera that does a good job and captures good photos. Low light selfies are also good. There is also a beauty mode if you want. You can also capture portrait shots with background blur using the front camera.
The phone can record 4K 30fps videos and colors were more boosted compared to the 1080p video. The 4K mode has no EIS, but 1080p videos are comparatively stabilized due to the presence of EIS. The sound recording in videos is really good. The front camera can also record 1080p videos. Overall, the video recording capability is impressive.
Redmi Note 7 Pro defiantly impresses with camera performance considering it to be a mid-range phone.
The phone offers good clarity in sound during calls. The bottom firing speaker also works well, but the output on headphones could have been better. The phone supports dual 4G VoLTE. I didn’t face any problem with 4G performance and network stability. Unlike Redmi Note 6 Pro, the Note 7 Pro doesn’t support WiFi passthrough feature.
The phone packs 4000 mAh battery that performs well. You can easily get a full day usage even if your usage is high. You can easily get the screen of time of more than 6 hours.
The phone supports Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging but comes with 10W charger in the retail box. You will have to buy the Quick Charge 4.0 supported adapter separately. The phone takes 2 hours and 15 minutes in full charging.
Redmi Note 7 Pro is the best option under Rs 20,000 in India right now. The phone offers good performance, looks beautiful, the camera is nice and offers good battery backup. It has everything that you expect from a phone of this price segment. If you are considering this phone to buy, go for it.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
"Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro is an impressive phone that not just looks good but performs as per expectations. "
- Good design
- Nice camera
- Good performance
- Good Battery
- USB Type-C
- Good battery backup
- Hybrid Slot
- MIUI 10’s ads
- Design 80%
- Display 75%
- Performacne 80%
- Gaming 80%
- Camera 75%
- Battery 80%
- Value for money 80%