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Xiaomi releases the Redmi Note 7: a budget smartphone with few compromises

10 January 2019

Actually, the Sony IMX586 was supposed to be the sensor in the Redmi Note 7 but supply issues caused Xiaomi to switch to Samsung's GM1 sensor.

RAM: The smartphone comes in three RAM variants - 3GB RAM, 4GB RAM and 6GB.

Storage: The Note 7 comes in two storage models - 32GB and 64GB. Whichever memory combination you pick, there is still support for microSD memory cards (although you will need to let go of the second SIM slot). Moving onto the cameras, the Redmi Note 7 has a 48MP primary sensor on the rear side which works in tandem with a 5MP secondary depth sensor. The battery is 4000 mAh.

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Software: Sadly, the Redmi Note 7 runs MIUI 9 based on Android Oreo. It seems like Xiaomi is holding this one back until the Chinese New Year, but we can likely expect a horsepower upgrade as well. This is the first Redmi smartphone to come with a glass back. The waterdrop notch is circular unlike it is in phones from Vivo, Oppo, OnePlus, and others. This marks a change from Redmi's all metal design, which has become rather outdated.

The main camera is clearly the biggest selling point of the new phone.

Apparently, there will be a more powerful Redmi Note 7 Pro version, but it is still not clear what specifications will change. Right below the cameras there's the LED flash, and next to which there is a circular fingerprint sensor.

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For the first time in smartphone history, a budget phone will feature a 48-megapixel camera. More storage means more money - CNY1,199 for the 4/64 GB phone and CNY1,399 for the 6/64 GB variant. The Redmi Note 7 is the only phone under Rs 10,000 with Snapdragon 660. External connectivity options include USB Type-C and a 3.5mm jack. Sadly, Xiaomi did not launch the Note 7 with 128GB of internal storage. Rs 10,380, 4GB RAM for 1199 Yuan which is approx.

Speaking of horsepower, the Redmi Note 7 is powered with the aforementioned Snapdragon 660, which is the same chipset found in one of our 2018's favourite devices, the Nokia 7 Plus. Xiaomi also appointed William Lu, who earlier served as President & CEO of cash-strapped Gionee, as the vice president of Xiaomi Group and the general manager of Redmi in China.

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Xiaomi releases the Redmi Note 7: a budget smartphone with few compromises