The Redmi Note 7 is finally coming to India. It’s not that the Redmi Note 7 is late (the phone was launched in January in China), just that Xiaomi has been building hype around it for a while now. And there have been multiple contradictory reports online seemingly adding to this hype. Regardless, Xiaomi’s marketing punchline for the Redmi Note 7 is “good things come to those who wait,” so it will be interesting to see how things pan out.
Xiaomi has been taking potshots at Samsung ever since the company launched its India-first Galaxy M-series. FYI, Samsung is launching the third device in the lineup, the Galaxy M30, on February 27 so we can expect more fireworks in the days to come. But basis of the war of words on social media, it’s clear that Xiaomi is readying the Redmi Note 7 to take on Samsung’s Galaxy M phones highlighting features such as a superior IPS display, more powerful core hardware, and not to mention, its crazy 48MP camera. Here are 7 things to know about the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7:
- The Redmi Note 7 is the first phone to launch under the independent Redmi sub-brand. While it isn’t exactly clear if Xiaomi will be looking to introduce Redmi as an independent sub-brand in India just yet, the changes that the Redmi Note 7 brings in over a phone like say the Redmi Note 5 are so major, it doesn’t matter how Xiaomi brings it along. The Redmi Note 7 is unlike any Redmi phone in the past. Period.
- The Redmi Note 7 boasts of a fresh design language and a waterdrop-style notch. Even though the Redmi phones – until the Redmi Note 7 happened -- offered great value for money, they had also become boring over the years. The Redmi Note 7 changes that. The Redmi Note 7, to that effect, has an all-glass body and is available in a choice of fancy colours including blue and red. Rumour has it that Xiaomi will launch the Redmi Note 7 in India in solid colours initially, and gradient colour will follow later.
- The Redmi Note 7 is the first phone in its category to sport a whopping 48MP rear camera – it uses a Samsung-sourced GM1 sensor, that can shoot natively at 12MP only to then interpolate to 48MP. There’s also a 5MP secondary camera for depth-sensing. On the front, the Redmi Note 7 comes with a 13MP camera. As is the norm with most Xiaomi phones lately, cameras on-board the Redmi Note 7 are also infused with lots and lots of AI or artificial intelligence.
- The Redmi Note 7 has a 6.3-inch 1080p+ IPS LCD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
- The Redmi Note 7 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with up to 6GB RAM and up to 64GB storage.
- The Redmi Note 7 is the first Redmi phone to support 18W fast charging. Previous Redmi devices all capped at 10W, so on basis of paper specs, the Redmi Note 7 can be considered a major leap forward. The Mi A2 (India variant) and the Poco F1 are other Xiaomi devices that support 18W fast charging straight off the bat, but they belong to different and more expensive product portfolios. The Redmi Note 7 also packs a massive 4,000mAh battery under the hood.
- The Redmi Note 7 is also water-resistant. Sort of. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has confirmed that Xiaomi has put in a lot of effort to design watertight seals for all the points considered weak for a smartphone. This means that all the ports and buttons on-board the Redmi Note 7 – SIM card tray, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm jack and the speaker – are protected by watertight seals. These watertight seals, in turn, will ensure your device is protected against accidental spillage and light rain.
The Redmi Note 7 has been launched in China at a starting price of CNY 999 (which roughly translates to Rs 10,385) for the base version with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage going all the way to CNY 1,399 (roughly Rs 14,539) for the top-end version with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. There is also a 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version of the Redmi Note 7 that will sell for CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs 12,460.) India prices should be more or less in line with the Redmi Note 7’s China pricing.
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