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25 mayo, 2021

Xiaomi surprised us not too long ago when it decided to split one of its best-known phone lines, the Redmi, to turn it into a brand with its own entity. The new Redmi did not take long to receive their first copy, a Redmi Note 7 that for the first time it did not carry the Xiaomi brand in front of the name but in the form of the surname “by Xiaomi” to indicate kinship, but not direct dependence.

This Redmi Note 7 debuted as expected with its leaks. A mid-range phone with similar power to the Mi A2 but with distinctive features, such as its 48-megapixel rear camera. The Redmi Note 7 It has now passed through our analysis table in its Chinese version with 6GB and 64GB that is not sold in Spain, at least for now. Join us to see how this detailed analysis has gone.

Video analysis of the Spanish Redmi Note 7

Redmi Note 7, technical specifications

Redmi Note 7

Screen

6.3 inch 19.5: 9
FullHD + resolution 2,340 x 1,080
LTPS Incell

Processor

Snapdragon 660 at 2GHz

Versions

3GB / 32GB
4GB / 64GB
4GB / 128GB
6GB / 64GB
Micro SD

Drums

4,000 mAh
Fast charge 18W

Rear camera

48 megapixels f / 1.8
5 megapixels f / 2.4
Dual LED Flash

Frontal camera

13 megapixels f / 2.2

software

Android 9 Pie
MIUI

Others

Rear fingerprint reader
Face unlock
Headphone jack

Price

275.90 euros on Gearbest

Design: more careful than usual for its category

Redmi Note 7 review

There is a piece of information that we will probably repeat several times during this analysis, as it will help us to always keep in mind which price category we are in. We will talk about a Redmi Note 7 that, in Its most basic version, the one with 3GB and 32GB of internal memory, will be sold at a price of 149 euros. A price hardly achievable by the competition and that only differs from its older brothers in this, in RAM and storage. In the rest we will talk about identical twins.

Glass body and plastic frame for Redmi Note 7

So when we talk about an exquisite design, we do it knowing that we operate in the lower price ranges of the market. And yet the Redmi Note 7 sports a plastic frame and glass body whose back is signed by Corning with its Gorilla Glass 5. The coverage, for example, used by the Xiaomi Mi 8, the top of the range of the manufacturer in the past year. In addition, we enjoy a very striking color, especially the Twilight Gold model, as its manufacturer calls it, which is the one we have analyzed here.

Redmi Note 7 review

This is not a precisely light phone, although 186 grams for its 6.3-inch 19.5: 9 screen is a fairly tight weight. 8.1 millimeters stand out in their measurements, the thickness of a very comfortable model in hand and with an excellent grip, and that sometimes allows us to even manipulate it with one hand despite its dimensions. The glass also partly helps the model not to overheat, although in more demanding moments some temperature is appreciated, but it never bothers.

Redmi Note 7

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

Huawei Mate 20 Lite

Huawei P Smart +

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)

OPPO RX17 Neo

INCHES

6.3 “

6.26 “

6.3 “

6.3 “

6.3 “

6.41 “

SCREEN / FRONT RATIO

81.4%

80.5%

81.7%

74.4%

80.5%

84.4%

DIMENSIONS

159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm

154.4 X 75.8 x 7.5mm

158.3 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm

157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm

162.5 x 77 x 7.8 mm

158.3 x 75.5 x 7.4 mm

WEIGHT

186 grams

169 grams

172 grams

169 grams

183 grams

156 grams

Regarding distribution, we talk about a pretty basic structure. Volume and power button on the right frame, USB C charging port on the bottom, headphone jack on the top and the rear for the camera, located in the upper left corner, and the fingerprint reader centered on the side upper middle of the phone. On the front, practically all screen. We move around 81/82% of the front taken advantage of by the panel, which has a small ‘notch’ in the form of a drop of water.

Redmi Note 7 review

It should also be noted that both the body and the screen of this Redmi Note 7 resist fingerprints quite well, something that is not usually seen in glass bodies in this price range. Good for the oleophobic treatment and for almost all finishes. Perhaps the exception is the camera, which protrudes from the body and, being located on one side, does not offer much stability when we have it resting on a surface.

With better anti-fingerprint treatment, the Redmi Note 7 would have been almost round in its design section

Great overall job from Redmi on designing their new Note 7, which he spends all his time pretending to be more than he is, and succeeding in many moments. Even being aware of having a 150 euro mobile in your hands, the feeling that it matches with much more expensive models is constant, and of course the color makes it a mobile that is a pleasure to teach. A pity that, because it is made of glass, it is almost condemned to spend its life wrapped in some casing that protects its integrity. But if you are brave and want to risk some breakage, this Note 7 from Redmi is well worth it.

Display: LCD can perform very well on inexpensive lines

Redmi Note 7 review

And this is the case of this Redmi Note 7, whose screen is a 6.3-inch LTPS Incell that does what everyone does at this time, stretch the frame to the maximum by cutting the panel in half. The ‘notch’ that we have in our hands is one in the form of a drop of water, so the loss is minimal, although we will discover later that MIUI does not manage the free space on both sides of the cutout in the most optimal way.

The resolution of this panel is FullHD +, which means that with its 19.5: 9 ratio we have 2,340 x 1,080 pixels. Definitely, approximately 409 pixels per inch density, more than enough to be able to read and see all kinds of content without appreciating pixels on the screen, and with remarkable warmth and sharpness for this type of panel. In addition, the screen comes covered by Gorilla Glass 5, which is always appreciated in terms of durability.

The pity of this Redmi Note 7 is that MIUI does not manage the space on both sides of the notch too well

As for the color resolution, little to object to this screen mounted by the Redmi Note 7, which incidentally allows us to vary the saturation and contrast through the MIUI’s own software. Vivid tones but without the extra depth of AMOLED, and feeling quite nice all the time, especially on well-calibrated targets with the system’s default setting.

Redmi Note 7 review

And speaking of brightness, the behavior of the panel is quite good despite being a cheap phone. A fairly fast auto-shine It offers us the right amount of light at all times, and perhaps we can only fault it that the minimum level of brightness is perhaps too minimal, especially when we are faced with applications with dark interfaces and that lose contrast with the fall of the light.

6.3 inches for a large screen with more than adequate resolution and brightness

The viewing angles are quite good, allowing us to use the mobile without problems at almost all angles, even having it on the table somewhat removed from us. Perhaps it should be noted that the oleophobic layer responds to that of a mobile of this category, and could be improved. Although the footprints are not uncomfortable in most situations, the sun does appreciate something more than necessary, although a simple brush against the clothing will be enough to have it impeccable again.

Finally, note that MIUI incorporates a few improvements that raise the level of the screen, such as our always claimed double tap to turn on the panel, which we can activate whenever we want. Or like the possibility that the panel turns on when we put the mobile in a vertical position, when rescuing it from a table or taking it out of the pocket. So we can save ourselves touching the screen, the power button or the fingerprint reader to wake it up, ideal if we activate facial recognition.

Performance: the little brother also gives a lot of war

Redmi Note 7 review

Although our country has only stepped on the Redmi Note 7, at least for now, the new generation of Redmis are actually two, this one and the Pro model with the Snapdragon 675. The phone we have in our hands carries a Snapdragon 660, more than powerful to perform in almost everything we demand, and which is also accompanied by 6GB of RAM in this Chinese version that has not yet been sold here, but that could come in the near future.

To these 6GB of RAM we add 64GB of internal storage, enough for practically everything, and if we need an extra we can always go to the microSD memory. But here we have come to talk about performance and we are going to talk about that, although the Snapdragon 660 is already anything but a stranger in the mobile market. It is, in fact, the brain of the Xiaomi Mi A2 or the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite, catalog companions of this Redmi Note 7 until very recently.

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When we talk about the Snapdragon 660 we do so knowing that although it is no longer a new chip, it still maintains a high enough level to do almost everything we ask of it. And in the Redmi Note 7 it is noticeable that we can run heavy games without barely blinking beyond taking a little longer to load them than normal. The same happens with the applications, that being light or demanding, they all run at a good speed and with enough fluidity. Surely a good fault is the associated 6GB of RAM, but everything is included in the package.

So that you can see how this Redmi Note 7 behaves in objective numbers, we leave you the classic benchmarks with the most popular synthetic tests, as well as a list compared to other similar models on the market.

Redmi Note 7 review

Redmi Note 7

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

Xiaomi Mi A2

Huawei Mate 20 Lite

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)

Processor

Snapdragon 660

Snapdragon 660

Snapdragon 660