Xiaomi launches the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro in India, starting at ₹9,999 and ₹13,999

Xiaomi launches the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro in India, starting at ₹9,999 and ₹13,999

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note lineup is one of the most successful budget and early-mid range smartphone lineup that has gone on sale in India in recent years. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was widely praised for its insane performance-to-price ratio, and its successors like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and onwards received praise for providing a really good value product that offered the performance as well as the efficiency that sufficed the needs of the average consumer. Today, at an event in New Delhi, Xiaomi has launched the newest members of the Redmi Note lineup. Meet the Redmi Note 7 (India) and the Redmi Note 7 Pro.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 in Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Onyx Black

Redmi Note 7 (India) and Redmi Note 7 Pro Specifications

Specifications Redmi Note 7 (India) Redmi Note 7 Pro
Dimensions 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1mm 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1mm
Display 6.3″ FHD+ (2340 x 1080) LTPS LCD; 19.5:9
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
6.3″ FHD+ (2340 x 1080) LTPS LCD; 19.5:9
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 660:
8x Kryo 260 @2.2GHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 675:
8x Kryo 460 @2.0GHz
RAM and Storage 3GB + 32GB;
4GB + 64GB;
MicroSD expandability through Hybrid SIM2 slot
4GB + 64GB;
6GB + 128GB;
MicroSD expandability through Hybrid SIM2 slot
USB Type-C Type-C
Battery 4,000 mAh with 18W (9V/2A) fast charging, Qualcomm Quick Charge 4
(10W charger included)
4,000 mAh with 18W (9V/2A) fast charging, Qualcomm Quick Charge 4
(10W charger included)
3.5mm Headphone Jack Yes Yes
IR Blaster Yes Yes
Rear Camera 12MP, f/2.2 +
2MP, depth sensor
48MP, f/1.8, Sony IMX586 +
5MP depth sensor
Front Camera 13MP 13MP
Android Version MIUI 10 on top of Android 9 Pie MIUI 10 on top of Android 9 Pie
Pricing 3GB + 32GB: ₹9,999
4GB + 64GB: ₹11,999
4GB + 64GB: ₹13,999
6GB + 128GB: ₹16,999
Availability 6th March 2019 onwards 13th March 2019 onwards

Xiaomi managed to bamboozle a lot of people who incorrectly interpreted leaks. Our own article interpreted past leaks as being indicative of Xiaomi’s attempt at rebranding the device and passing off the Redmi Note 7 (China) with the 48MP Samsung sensor as being the Redmi Note 7 Pro (India), since the Redmi Note 7 Pro (China) with the 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor had not yet launched in China. Xiaomi surprised us and a lot of others by using this event to globally launch the Redmi Note 7 Pro with the 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor. There is still a difference between the Redmi Note 7 (China) and Note 7 (India), mainly with its rear camera sensor.

The new Redmi Note 7 (India) and Redmi Note 7 Pro sport a glass sandwich design with a plastic mid-frame, with the Note 7 Pro also coming in with a gradient color look which adds up towards the premium feel of the device. Xiaomi made a lot of claims regarding the durability of the phone, but the phone did not pass JerryRigEverything’s durability test, so that’s that. In our brief hands-on with the device, we found the devices to be as solidly built as previous Xiaomi devices, with no apparent fault areas immediately noticeable. The phone should be able to hold its own through everyday use, but breaking walnuts with phones is not something we recommend.

Despite all the #48MP hype, Xiaomi is only equipping one device with a 48MP sensor. The Redmi Note 7 (India) comes with a 12MP primary sensor at the back, instead. Xiaomi is really banking on the Sony IMX586 to pull up the camera prowess on the Redmi Note series. The sample shots that Xiaomi shared showed good details, but were routinely overexposed. While we do agree that the camera is good, especially for this price point, the 48MP camera may not be as great as Xiaomi is making it out to be.

In addition to this, the processor on the devices are also different; and since both are decently capable SoCs, most of Xiaomi’s target audience is unlikely to spot any difference in performance. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 on the Redmi Note 7 Pro looks very promising to us, reminiscent of the Snapdragon 650 on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, and we certainly look forward to testing this processor more thoroughly.

Availability

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (India) is priced at ₹9,999 for the 3GB + 32GB variant, and ₹11,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant. The phone is available in Onyx Black, Sapphire Blue and Ruby Red colors. The device will be available from 6th March 2019, 12PM IST through mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Home stores.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro is priced at ₹13,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant, and ₹16,999 for the 6GB + 128GB variant. The phone is available in Space Black, Nebula Red and Neptune Blue colors. The device will be available from 13th march 2019, 12PM IST through mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Home store.


We are very happy with the pricing on the newly launched Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro. It will be very difficult for the competition to respond to this pricing, and since the devices look very promising, Xiaomi can look forward to another successful year in India.

What are your thoughts on Xiaomi’s latest release in India? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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