Redmi Note 7 vs Note 7S vs Note 7 Pro showing cameras

The way Xiaomi has dominated the ultra-competitive affordable smartphone market in India has been nothing short of incredible. Deserving the credit for this success is Xiaomi’s hugely popular Redmi Note series that gets better and better with every generation. Unsurprisingly, the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro continue along the same lines.

However, Xiaomi seems to be hedging its bets this time around with the launch of the latest addition to the series – the Redmi Note 7S. How do the three siblings compare and which one is the best option for you? Let’s find out in this quick look at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 7S vs Redmi Note 7 Pro specs comparison.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 7S vs Redmi Note 7 Pro specs

 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7Xiaomi Redmi Note 7SXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
Display6.3-inch IPS LCD
2340 x 1080 resolution
19.5:9 aspect ratio
~409 ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
6.3-inch IPS LCD
2340 x 1080 resolution
19.5:9 aspect ratio
~409 ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
6.3-inch IPS LCD
2340 x 1080 resolution
19.5:9 aspect ratio
~409 ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Processorocta-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Adreno 512 GPU
octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Adreno 512 GPU
octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
Adreno 612 GPU
RAM3/4GB3/4GB4/6GB
Storage32/64GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
32/64GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
64/128GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
Cameras13MP front camera

Rear camera:
12MP f/2.2 aperture
2MP depth sensor
13MP front camera

Rear camera:
48MP f/1.8 aperture
5MP depth sensor
13MP front camera

Rear camera:
48MP f/1.8 aperture
5MP depth sensor
Battery4,000mAh
Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0 support
USB-C
4,000mAh
Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0 support
USB-C
4,000mAh
Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0 support
USB-C
SoftwareAndroid 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10
Dimensions159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1mm
186g
159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1mm
186g
159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1mm
186g
Price9,999 rupees (3GB/32GB)
11,999 rupees (4GB/64GB)
10,999 rupees (3GB/32GB)
12,999 rupees (4GB/64GB)
13,999 rupees (4GB/64GB)
16,999 rupees (6GB/128GB)

What’s in a name?

Redmi Note 7S with dot notch

The Redmi Note 7S is the same as the global Redmi Note 7

Xiaomi may be the king of the affordable smartphone market, but it is also the emperor of confusing naming. The Indian version of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro aren’t available anywhere else. The global version of the Redmi Note 7 is essentially what is now launching in India as the Redmi Note 7S. Falling smack in the middle of the two, the Redmi Note 7S is Xiaomi’s attempt to bridge the gap between the affordability of the entry-level Redmi Note 7 and the premium photography skills of the Redmi Note 7 Pro.


The Redmi Note 7S is the perfect middle ground

Redmi Note 7S showing front display (2)

It’s almost impossible to distinguish between the three. This is the Redmi Note 7S.

To start with, all three smartphones come with the same 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a waterdrop notch and they are all powered by a 4,000mAh battery. The Redmi Note 7S also keeps the USB-C port that Xiaomi first introduced with its siblings, along with QC 4.0 fast charging capabilities. All three come with the same dimensions as well. Basically, it’ll be practically impossible to distinguish between the three Redmi Note 7 series devices at a glance.

Redmi Note 7 vs Note 7S vs Note 7 Pro about screen

In terms of specifications and features, the Redmi Note 7S has a lot more in common with the Redmi Note 7. You get the same processing package, the same amount of RAM, and an equal amount of built-in storage. The performance with both these devices will largely be identical.

However, the Redmi Note 7S earns its place as a step above its entry-level sibling because of the premium camera experience on offer. You get an all glass build with both, along with the vaunted 48MP rear camera that’s all the rage right now. The primary shooter is paired with a 5-megapixel depth sensor, similar to the one on the Redmi Note 7 Pro.


Pricing

Redmi Note 7S showing back and box packaging

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
    • 3GB RAM/32GB storage – 9,999 rupees (~$144)
    • 4GB RAM/64GB storage – 11,999 rupees (~$173)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S
    • 3GB RAM/32GB storage – 10,999 rupees (~$158)
    • 4GB RAM/64GB storage – 12,999 rupees (~$187)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
    • 4GB RAM/64GB storage – 13,999 rupees (~$201)
    • 6GB RAM/128GB storage – 16,999 rupees (~$245)

Which is the right Redmi Note 7 for you?

The Redmi Note 7 Pro

The Redmi Note 7 Pro

The Redmi Note 7 Pro remains the king of the hill. If you are looking for excellent performance, flagship-level RAM and built-in storage, and a camera experience that belies its price point, the Note 7 Pro is the best way to go.

What the Redmi Note 7S does is make the Redmi Note 7 redundant. For just 1,000 rupees (~$15) more, you get a far superior camera experience while everything else remains the same. It remains to be seen if Xiaomi will drop the price of the Redmi Note 7 to space out the range and make it even more competitive. ¬†At the end of the day, if you’re looking for an option that is more affordable than the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Redmi Note 7S is now your best bet.

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