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Xiaomi launches Redmi Note 7 in India but the Redmi Note 7 Pro steals its thunder

The Redmi Note 7 is Xiaomi’s first smartphone under its new Redmi sub-brand.

Published onFebruary 28, 2019

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

In a press conference in New Delhi, Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 in India – just a couple of months after it launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro in the market. The company also launched the Redmi Note 7 Pro at the event.

Xiaomi has been the number one smartphone brand in India, the company’s biggest market outside of China, since over a year now and much of its success and positive mindshare has been piggybacking on its bestselling Note series.

The Redmi Note 7 is Xiaomi’s first smartphone under its new Redmi sub-brand.

Not the 48MP camera

While the Redmi Note 7 Pro sports the much-hyped 48MP rear camera, the Redmi Note 7 comes with a 12MP camera combined with a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there’s a 13MP camera for your selfies. Of course, there are the AI smarts like the scene detection, AI Portrait 2.0, et al.

A new design, finally

Xiaomi has finally decided to refresh its design language with the Redmi Note 7 going with the now common glass sandwich design. It does sport some eye-catching gradient colors making the smartphone stand out in a crowd. There’s 2.5D curved glass, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both front and back.

The display on the front is 6.3-inch Full HD+ LCD.

Mid-range specifications

The Redmi Note 7 is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset, which is pretty powerful for a budget device. The Redmi Note 7 packs comes in two memory variants – 4GB + 64GB and 3GB + 32 GB.

Other specs include a 4,000mAh battery, USB Type-C connectivity (finally!), an IR blaster, and a headphone jack.

Redmi Note 7
6.3-inch IPS LCD
1080 x 2340 resolution
19.5:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)
Octa-core CPU (4 x 2.2 GHz Kryo 260 + 4 x 1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
Adreno 512
Expandable with microSD card
13MP front camera

Rear camera:
12MP IMX 486 sensor + 2MP depth sensor
1.25μm pixel size
LED flash
Quick Charge 4.0 support
18W (9V/2A)
Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10
Dimensions and weight
159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm
186 grams

Android Pie out of the box

The Redmi Note 7 ships with MIUI 10, the latest iteration of the company’s proprietary UI layer, based on Android 9 Pie.

Pricing and Availability

Xiaomi has a history for packing solid specs into an affordable package and the Redmi Note 7 is no exception. It comes in three color variants – Onyx Black, Ruby Red, and Sapphire Blue. While the 3GB + 32GB variant is priced at 9,999 rupees (~$140), the 4 GB + 64 GB variant comes for 11,999 rupees (~$169).

The first sale of the device will happen at 12 noon on March 6 on Flipkart,, as well Mi Home retail stores.

What are your thoughts on the new Redmi Note 7, and would you like to pick one up? Or are you inclined towards the Redmi Note 7 Pro? Let us know in the comments!

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