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[Reviews] [Mi Product Review #223] [Device Team] Redmi Note 7: On A League of Its Own!

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Redmi Note 7: Redmi on a League of its Own!
by mitch002

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After a very successful launch on January 10th 2019, Redmi has finally separated itself from Xiaomi, therefore becoming an independent brand of its own. Now that it has been said and done, Xiaomi's stock fell from 13HKD to 10HKD per share as market analyst probably fears the success or failure of this major move since Redmi has been with the flagship brand since the beginning with the popular Redmi 1s being the legendary unit under its resume.

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Being independent definitely has its advantages and disadvantages, now Redmi has to start a new structure on its own that should distinct itself from motherbrand Xiaomi. The Redmi will strive to become the best cost friendly yet high performance phone in the market, while the Xiaomi Brand will target the more premium users. Will Redmi be successful on its own? We shall see in the near future but as far as this unit is concerned, it got sold out in 8 minutes during the first Redmi Note 7 flash sale on January 15th. Amazing!

Redmi Note 7 Specs Sheet

  • 6.3-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display @ 2340 x 1080 pixels, 409ppi, 81.4% Screen to Body Ratio, 19.5:9 Ratio
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 Octa-core CPU Qualcomm SDM660 (14nm) [4 x 2.2Ghz Kryo260 & 4 x 1.8Ghz Kryo260]
  • Adreno 512 GPU 650MHz
  • 3GB / 4GB / 6GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB Internal storage
  • Expandable via microSD, up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 48MP 1.6μm Rear Camera, f/1.8 Aperture, PDAF, face recognition, HDR, AI Portrait Mode, Night Scene, Samsung S5kgm1
  • 5MP 1.12μm secondary lens, depth sensor, f/2.4 Aperture, Samsung S5k5e8
  • 13MP front-facing camera, 1.12μm, AI Smart Beauty, 1080p, AI Portrait Mode, Omnivision Sensor
  • Hybrid Dual-SIM (Nano + Nano/Micro SD)
  • 4G LTE, 4G+, VoLTE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Display
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou Positioning
  • Fingerprint scanner, Face Unlocking Feature
  • USB-C Port
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • Android 9 on MIUI 10
  • 159.21mm x 75.21mm x 8.1mm
  • 186grams
  • Available in Black, Sapphire Gold, Neptune Blue

Design

The Redmi Note 7 has a design of its own, not copied from its predecessor unlike Redmi Note 6 being a knockoff from the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The Redmi Note 6 made a very quiet global debut while the new Redmi Note 7 sure created a lot of noise and hype in the mobile world. This phone has taken a notch up since it has a striking resemblance with the Mi 8 Lite, now the pricing has been released, and I guess Mi 8 Lite sales will be on the decline for sure. Redmi has since boasted its deployment of the Corning Gorilla 5 glass both front and back (if you ask me, Im not quite sure I can say the back is a glass since its nowhere near the glass back of the legendary Mi 5) plus its not as slippery as a glass back should be. The sides are definitely plastic and the teardrop notch is definitely the "In" thing this 2019 as the Apple-ish notch trend has start to fade away. The game changer is definitely the gradient back but the weakness for me is the screen to body ratio at 81.4% which is Redmi could have done better, but price starts at 999 RMB, who am I to complain?

Check out my torture test here as well:


[Mi Product Review #226] [Device Team] Redmi Note 7 Actual Torture Test Inside!
http://en.miui.com/thread-5418230-1-1.html
(Source: Xiaomi MIUI Official Forum)



Unboxing Now!
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Can you Spot the Difference?

New Packaging!
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As you can see the 2nd box doesnt have the Mi Logo sticked/printed to the upper right corner of the box, the MI LOGO is not supposed to be there since its a Redmi Independent product already. Factory workers could have debated among themselves and probably didnt come to a conclusion, therefore some of them place it, some of them dont. There are some production problem and on the first week of sales an employee met an accident in the assembly line causing delays in shipment of the first sale.

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Photo Session with 4 Note 7 Sealed Box! OMG!

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Redmi Note 7 Inked at the side of the Box

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Complete Specs at the Back

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Redmi Note 7, Manuals (the Mi Logo in the manual is just aint right), USB C, QC 2 Charger, Protection Case

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This is the correct box, minus the Mi Logo on the upper right corner

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Bootup logo: Redmi by Xiaomi

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Gotta love the Neptune Blue

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Finally, a logo of its own at the back

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USB Type C Finally! Loud Speaker and Mic In

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Volume Rocker and Power Button

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IR Blaster, 3.5mm audio jack (thank you Redmi) and noise cancellation mic

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Teardrop notch

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Sim Card slot

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Handsome Model

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Lets test the King Kong Glass!!! I mean Corning Gorilla Glass 5

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Gotta Catch Em All!

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Twilight Gold, Black, Neptune Blue



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All Present!

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