Xiaomi releases the Redmi Note 7: a budget smartphone with few compromises

Xiaomi releases the Redmi Note 7: a budget smartphone with few compromises
These days you often hear how budget smartphones are becoming better and better, making it even harder to justify paying the high prices of flagship phones. But how good can a budget phone be? Well, as it turns out, quite good.

Few companies make cheap phones as well as Xiaomi and their latest release is no exception. Coming in as the first model since Redmi’s official separation as a standalone brand is the Redmi Note 7.

Probably the most exciting feature of the Redmi Note 7 is its dual-camera setup. It consists of an impressive 48MP sensor from Samsung coupled with a 5MP secondary camera. The resolution of the main sensor allows for the phone to make use of pixel-binding, a feature that combines four pixels into one for high-quality night shots.

The front camera is not too shabby either, with its 13MP sensor and AI capabilities it has all the bells and whistles, including bokeh and face unlock. The selfie camera is tucked in the small waterdrop notch at the top of the 6.3-inch display that has a 2340x1080 resolution.

Under the hood of the Redmi Note 7, you’ll find Qualcomm’s midrange system-on-a-chip, the Snapdragon 660. The base version comes with a 3GB/32GB RAM/Storage combo, but there are two other options if you want more of both. The battery of this device is a generous 4000mAh and it supports Quick Charge 4 thanks to the USB Type-C port that’s finally making an appearance on a Redmi phone. This puts another check on the list of things people wanted on cheaper devices.

We keep mentioning the affordability of this device, but exactly how cheap is it? Well, the base version will sell in China for the equivalent of $147, with a 4GB/64GB version priced at around $177 and the top specced 6GB/64GB Redmi Note 7 close to $206. The trio will hit the Chinese market on January 15.

Whenever international versions of the Redmi Note 7 reach retailers in the States, we can expect the prices to be a bit higher, but still plenty cheap for what you get.

Oh, we almost forgot. The Redmi Note 7 also keeps its headphone jack and it even has an infrared blaster for some remote-control shenanigans (or just plain practicality). Meanwhile, the fingerprint sensor on the back is now a given.

If that still doesn’t satisfy you, Xiaomi announced that there will be a Pro version of the Note 7 that will have the appropriate bump in specs (and price), for example, a Sony’s IMX586 camera sensor.

Now, obviously, performance-wise the Redmi Note 7 can’t compete with the Snapdragon 855 flagships that are coming soon, but besides that, there’s very little you’re missing by paying a fifth of the price of a premium phone. It’s almost unbelievable how good affordable smartphones are now.

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Redmi Note 7
  • Display 6.3" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(23h talk time)




Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Very good and still many people are blind folded to pay more than $1000 for just a phone.

11. bucknassty

Posts: 1365; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

at that price.... i'm sorry Apple might as well drop trying to penetrate into china... those prices are just ridiculous

13. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I don't understand one thing. Firstly came the Redmi Note 5, then the Note 5 Pro. Then the Note 6 Pro which was basically 99% similar to Note 5 Pro. And now the Redmi Note 7.... Where is the standard Redmi Note 6, and the Redmi 6?? Xiaomi has a very confusing lineup.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

With few compromises? what's more did you expect from a 200$ phone? - SD660? check - 48MP camera? check - Big battery? check - USB-C? check - 3.5mm jack? check - Higher screen resolution than $749 smartphone? check - Same storage size as $999 smartphone? check - Bigger RAM than $999 smartphone? check


Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

They are paid to say all these non sence.

7. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

The headlines made me raise my eyebrows

8. tiganta

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 10, 2019

- Gorilla glass 5? check - QC 4 support? check - Micro sd slot? check


Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

- Real dual sim Support ? Check

14. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

The current iPhones have enough RAM, and the screen resolution on the XR has been blown way out of proportion.

3. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

This phone looks absolutely beautiful. Killer specs with killer price. S*ck it samsuck. Your dream of posing threat to xiaomi in low to mid range is over.

4. Bobbii

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 18, 2017

Apple would rather lose market shares than lower the price. Not strange at all, like what other luxury brands do.


Posts: 191; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

don't understand what compromises are you talking about????? I would buy this phone over 6T anyday

9. kennybenny

Posts: 221; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

This is insanely cheap for a Snapdragon 660 phone.... . This is under $200 CAD for the base version. I'd buy one in a heartbeat if I hadn't upgraded to the S8. Only thing, does this have NFC?

12. bucknassty

Posts: 1365; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

at this price do you need NFC? what would be the justification of NFC??? mobile payments? aint no one that adamant to not purchase for that being the only reason

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