Xiaomi’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 675-based Redmi Note 7 Pro is ready to play Fortnite. Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain took to Twitter to announce that the company is bringing Fortnite support to the Redmi Note 7 Pro through a new MIUI 10.2.10.0 update. The Redmi Note 7 Pro previously did not support Fortnite natively, but this had nothing to do with hardware constraint.
The whole chit-chatter around Fortnite support or its lack thereof began in early April when Realme CEO Madhav Sheth bragged about how their Realme 3 Pro phone was the first phone in its class to natively support Fortnite – and how its main competitor, the Redmi Note 7 Pro, did not support it. Xiaomi’s Manu Jain had then come up and confirmed that the Redmi Note 7 Pro phone may support the game as well in the days to come. The Redmi Note 7 Pro now supports Fortnite in India.
Epic Games’ popular Battle Royale game Fortnite is slightly different from other Android (or iOS) games. It’s a lot more popular on iOS and even on PC and consoles – it has only just arrived on Android. It arrived on Android as invite-only and only recently Epic Games rolled it out for a wider audience – also, you can’t download it from the Play Store. But unlike most Android games, Fortnite needs a per device certificate from Epic Games for support so it seems – which is why not every Android phone supports it.
“One thing to understand here is that since Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 is relatively a newer chipset and hasn’t been launched in the US (the main market for Fortnite), the makers of Fortnite (Epic Games) haven’t had an opportunity to test and thus, certify the Snapdragon 675. Some older chipsets, including the Snapdragon 710, have made it to Epic Games and thus been certified,” Xiaomi had said in a blog post recently explaining why the Redmi Note 7 Pro couldn’t play Fortnite.
But because “there is a group of Mi Fans that cares about Fortnite we are working with Qualcomm and Epic Games to get Redmi Note 7 Pro powered by Snapdragon 675 tested and certified for Fortnite,” it had added.
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro is a budget flagship that brings high-end features at rock-bottom prices but competition (primarily Realme) had seemingly found a chink in its armour – it’s safe to say that with Fortnite support, Xiaomi has added yet another feather in the Redmi Note 7 Pro’s cap.