If Honor is to Huawei, then Redmi is to Xiaomi. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is among the affordable sub-brand matches the best possible features to a competitive price. The smartphone cuts a few corners to get you a less costly alternative than the top-end flagships. How can it treat the Redmi Note 7?
Design and Display
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7‘s design is perfect, as designs go. The smartphone, however, looks a little chunky and bulky in the pocket. The bottom bezel is slightly thicker than you would like, too. Still, it’s by no means an ugly handset in all ways. There are design curves, and the teardrop notch isn’t too distracting.
The 6.3-inch panel allows you plenty of space to work with. Unlike other budget phones, the resolution is set at 1080 pixels across. The screen is perfect in everyday usage. You won’t really mind it too much.
The rear dual-lens camera somewhat swells out. But it’s not so much that it’s distracting. The back of the phone features a sleek and compact look broken up only by a fingerprint scanner and a tiny Redmi logo next to the shutter.
Included in the back is a 3.5 mm headphone socket, and you can start using your regular wired headphones. Right at the bottom of the handset you have a USB-C port and two speaker grills (but technically just one speaker). Along the side are volume and power buttons – they look a little budget and simple, but still good.
Specs and power
At this price point, the Snapdragon 660 processor is a reasonably respectable option under the hood. In fact, the processor is more than enough. It will give you more than enough strength for all but the most challenging smartphone tasks.
Occasionally there’s a millisecond or two of a gap where you might expect a better ride if you’ve downgraded from a premium phone. But there is nothing to worry about for this phone. As for every other part of Redmi Note 7, you’ve got to combine efficiency for price. Given how much (or how little) you’re paying, the processor, RAM, and storage combination is actually really good.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 comes with a dual-lens rear camera. One of those camera lenses provide a whopping 48MP resolution. It’s accompanied by a 5MP snapper, so the camera will be able to get some pretty good shots on film.
All in all, pictures turned out bright and colorful, but there was a lack of focus and sharpness in the details in one or two shots we took. This was only visible when zooming in, though.
Software and features
Unless there’s an ecosystem where Xiaomi phones break down, it’s on top of Android in the apps. The Redmi Note 7 is no different in that way. Xiaomi’s MIUI isn’t horrible, however. Xiaomi’s own app store just a little bit more crowded and busier than we really would like.
You get a ton of Xiaomi Mi apps that you can’t uninstall. There are plenty of prompts to set up a Mi account that you don’t really need.
Every app Xiaomi adds on is like a cheap imitation of what Google does – like the “App Vault” that appears when you swipe right from the home screen.
Good battery life is one of the benefits of lower-powered components and a lower-resolution screen. The Redmi Note 7 performs well in this department too. You might find yourself left at the end of the day with a third of the pack.
If you’re really working the battery hard with games and video streaming, you’re going to need a recharge by the end of the day. But you won’t have to think about getting it to bedtime on most days. The handset does not revolutionize your life at the same time with two days between charges.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 manages to surpass standards by some distance from the camera to the interface to the output.
Through the years, Xiaomi phones’ price, finish and power have gradually increased. It trickled down to Redmi’s budget line too.