The phone that people clamoring for is finally here! The hype was so high when Xiaomi announced the Redmi Note 7, now under the Redmi sub brand, in India a few months ago. Xiaomi is No. 1 in terms of sales and market share in India. The price and its highlight feature, that 48MP shooter caught the attention of Filipino smartphone buyers. And now its finally here, people are really excited to know, is it really worth getting? Let’s find out!
Redmi Note 7 specs:
- Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
- Adreno 512 graphics
- 4GB RAM/128GB internal storage (Php 11,490)
- 4GB RAM/64GB internal storage (Php 9,990)
- 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage (Php 7,990)
- Expandable memory via microSD up to 256GB
- 6.3-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (2340 x 1080 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back)
- Dual cameras
48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF
5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
- 13 megapixel front facing camera (f/2.2 aperture)
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac , Bluetooth 5.0
- Infrared, Fingerprint Scanner, Face Unlock, USB Type C
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- 4,000 mAh battery with fast charging
- Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 11
What’s inside the box?
- Redmi Note 7 unit
- Soft jelly case
- Fast charging wall adapter
- USB Type C cable
- SIM card ejector tool (not shown in photo)
For the longest time Xiaomi’s design language on its entry level and midrange phones have been very straightforward. simple but well built and the Redmi Note 7 is no different. The phone is surprisingly light at 186 grams despite housing a large 4,000 mah battery. Its pretty thin too plus its covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and back so you don’t need to worry about scratches. Since it is shiny, expect fingerprints and smudges here so better put on the case provided in the box.
On the top we have the audio jack (yey to that) and the infrared port. Down at the bottom we have the speaker, the microphone, and the USB Type C port. On the left is the SUM card/microSD card slot, The second SIM slot is a hybrid one which also houses a microSD card. Lastly on the right we have the volume rocker and power button. The fingerprint scanner is at the back. We have here is the 4GB/64GB model which we believe most people will buy. This one costs Php 9,990.
As for the display, its fairly decent. We just have to test its brightness outdoors. Though we find the auto brightness a bit off. Sometimes it gets too dim even when outdoors.
Just like any Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi has a heavily custom skin on top of Android 9.0 Pie called MIUI. The custom UI is reminiscent of iOS but Xiaomi has its own design tweaks such as sqare-ish icons and an easy to use settings menu. Overall, its a clean and straightforward UI. It does come with Xiaomi’s own bloatware though.
Under the hood, we have the Snapdragon 660 running the phone and its proven to be powerful and efficient. The chipset can also run graphic intense games but compared with flagship chipsets Snapdragon 845 ot 855, it is not as powerful. We suggest to keep the graphics settings to medium for the best gaming experience.
First camera samples
Of course you want to know how the camera shots fare, right? Let’s discuss the camera features first. The camera system has AI scene detection just like any phone running this chipset. It automatically detects the subject you are taking a photo and automatically adjusts depending on the condition of your surroundings. It can detect food, people, buildings, pets, etc. By default, the camera is set to 12 megapixels and not 48MP. You can set it to 48MP for better details.
As for the photos, all were taken in auto settings with AI turned on. We will reserve judgement for our full review. But you can judge yourself and take a look at the sample photos.
We think the Redmi Note 7 is worth the hype and your money. For Php 7,990 for the base 3GB/32GB model, you get decent cameras, nice sturdy build quality, easy to use MIUI and a large battery which we will test for our full review. If you can’t wait for our full review, we are giving our two thumbs up of recommendation! 🙂
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