2019 is the year of the 48MP smartphone. It is such a hot trend that even budget smartphone manufacturers (from Honor to OnePlus) – is seeking to cash in on the trend.
Xiaomi has certainly opted not to be left behind, releasing multiple different devices sporting an inflated megapixel count. Of these, the Redmi Note 7, it’s budget champion, is the cheapest.
Priced for as low as 147 USD (54,000) for the 3GB variant, it certainly does seem to be a steal, but with a host of manufacturers competing in this hotly sought area, does the Redmi Note 7 do enough to cement its place at the top?
Let’s take a look at some of its features.
DESIGN & DISPLAY
Like most recently launched smartphones, the Note 7 from Redmi line of Xiaomi smartphones feature a small notch which can be quite referred to as neither tear nor water droplets seen on Vivo and Oppo phones.
From the front, however, the Redmi Note 7 is every inch a modern smartphone. The device uses a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2340 pixels screen resolution, 409 PPI pixel density and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The display of the 186g light smartphone is protected by corning gorilla glass 5.
At the bottom of the device are the speaker, the USB Type-C port and the microphone. On the left side is the Sim+SD card tray while the power and volume buttons reside on the right.
Turning to the rear, the dual 48MP + 5MP camera is vertically arranged in an oval-shaped container with the LED flash just under the container.
PERFORMANCE AND HARDWARE
The Redmi Note 7 is powered by Qualcomm’s 14nm mid-range processor, an octa-core Snapdragon 660 (same on the Nokia 7 plus) featuring Adreno 512 GPU. Assisting the processing power is the RAM which is available in three different configurations (3GB, 4GB and 6GB) alongside 32GB and 64GB internal storage options.
Either option is certainly sufficient for everyday use, though those keen on gaming will want to opt for the higher capacity variant. In the day to day, swiping between different screens and using ‘normal’ apps (banking, messaging etc) the device is perfectly snappy.
CAMERA & BATTERY
Packing a Li-Po 4000 mAh battery, the Redmi Note 7 is a Xiaomi standard when it comes to power capacity. The device lasts well beyond a day of moderate use (up to 7 hours of intense gaming) and supports Quick Charge 4.0.
One of the major highlights of this device is the camera. It must be said again, the Redmi Note 7 is a collection of megapixels with a phone attached. Hidden within its rear camera housing these sit, in theory, gathering buckets of data. In the day to day, the camera does function a little differently – instead of gathering information from four pixels at a time and combining them.
It features a 48MP + 5MP dual camera at the rear with dual LED flash and the front-facing camera is 13MP.
Who’s this For ?
If you are someone who demands absolute bang for their buck, and who doesn’t have a lot of cash available to layout, the Redmi Note 7 is right for you. Power users, road warriors and budget champions will be well-served.
Why should you buy it?
If you are after a smartphone around the ₦60,000 price range, the Redmi Note 7 should certainly be on your radar – especially when the inevitable price drops arrive.