Redmi Note 7 Pro Review: The Budget Beast You Can’t Get

The last value for money smartphone from Redmi was Note 5 Pro and every smartphone launched after that wasn’t as good as it should. But after getting separated from Xiaomi, Redmi seems back in the game for a short time. Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro is budget beast that everyone wants but can’t get because of a limited number of units in a flash sales and of course black-marketing is huge.

Design: Best Looking Phone in This Price Range

The Redmi Note 7 Pro looks absolutely stunning from front or back. Before Getting this I preferred Dew Drop notch from the Realme 2 Pro but after using this for a while I honestly don’t mind it. The rear glass looks stunning but it’s glass so you will end up getting scratches if you don’t use back cover. Both the front and rear glass is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 which will somewhat help from not breaking it. I’m using this device naked – without a screen protector or back cover since I got it and already got some minor scratches at back.

Display: Not the Best Still Looks Gorgeous

The Redmi Note 7 Pro has 6.3 FHD+ LTPS in-cell display instead of an IPS panel – Which not only consumes less power but also get better refresh rate and consumes less heat.

The Dot Notch Display has great contrast and punchy colors. The display will be fine most of the time unless you hold it directly towards sunlight. Maybe that’s an unpopular opinion but I felt like the display even is better than Poco F1. It doesn’t have problems like light leaking from a bottom or around the notch. The display is not the best in class as the Galaxy M30’s AMOLED panel is better than any other smartphone display in this price range.

Camera: You Didn’t See That Coming

The device has 48MP Sony IMX 586 sensor with f/1.79 aperture paired with a 5MP depth sensor. Sony IMX 586 sensor is a very powerful sensor and its true 48MP sensor unlike Samsung GM 1. At first, the device was struggling to take pictures in 48MP mode but the latest update solved that issue.

Check out Camera Samples (on Google Drive)

The images came out from this phone are stunning. Look at yourself at some of the images captured by Note 7 Pro and tell us what do you think.

The dynamic range is pretty good and colors are a little bit warm as you would expect from the MIUI’s camera. We also tried capturing photos with Google camera but it did not impress us as the perfect optimized Google camera is yet not available for this device. The photos it captures are up to Poco F1 standard and in some cases its even better than that.

The pictures came out in low light are really good, especially when we use dedicated night mode.  MIUI is using aggressive noise reduction but its still usable and better picture than any other smartphone in the same segment.

The camera can capture 4K videos at 30fps which captures better details, sharpness and better colors. However, If you want to shoot at 60fps you need to move to a 1080p mode which also enables EIS and makes the footage more stable.

Honestly, I don’t capture a lot of selfies so I will not say much about the front camera. But as far as I tested its good.

Software: Plus Minus

MIUI 10 is very stable and packs a lot of features that we all like but some things that everyone don’t like is an ad. Most of the internal apps contain ads which can be disabled from by going it into each app settings. Well, We are working on a separate article on how to disable every ad from Xiaomi device so make sure to stay tuned with us.

I really like MIUI navigation gesture in Poco but in this device, gestures are bit broken. I don’t know if that’s only me but whenever I try to swipe up it opens google search box which is sometimes irritating. For that I found a clever solution, you can swipe up from the side and not from the center.

Performance: No Complaints So Far

Redmi Note 7 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 675 chipset and my variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It can run routine apps without any issues and most of the light apps stay in memory for a long time. It can also perform heavy apps or games without any lag.

The heavy games like PUBG set the graphics to high by default and yes it can play in that settings but I suggest you play in Medium or smooth graphics to avoid rare frame drops which might spoil your gaming experience especially when you care about the ranking.

Battery and Audio

Redmi Note 7 Pro packs 4000mAh battery and it can easily last for a day with medium to heavy usage. In my testing with almost 4 hours of PUBG game and mostly on Wi-Fi network gave about 7 hours 28 minutes screen on time, which is not bad considering more gaming time.

It supports Quick Charge 4.0 but in the box, it comes with 10W standard charger which takes around 2 hours 20 minutes to fully charge the device from 0% to 100%. However, you purchase use Quick Charge 3.0 from which takes around 1 hour and 50 minutes to fully charge the device. As of now, Certified Quick Charge 4.0 is not available in India so we can’t test that just yet.

Redmi Note 7 Pro has a bottom-mounted mono speaker which is not as loud as the one available in Poco. The speaker produces crisp sound and doesn’t distort at the maximum volume.

What Else?

The always-on a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is very accurate, It works 99% of the time and if that’s not convenient to you then it has face unlock feature which is not as secure as the fingerprint sensor.

IR scanner is there at the top if you planned to use it and most importantly it has a headphone jack.

What I liked and what I didn’t (Summary):

  • Great Display – Better Viewing Angles, Good Contrast
  • Good Performer – Snapdragon 675 Works like a charm (no lags, frame drops happened so far)
  • Great Battery Life – Can easily survive a day, Using Quick Charge 3.0 which takes almost 2 hours to fully charge the device
  • MIUI 10 – Not really optimized, Slow animations, and Ads
  • Really Good Camera – In some cases its better than Poco F1