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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro review

Redmi Note reincarnated

Performance, storage and connectivity

  • Snapdragon 675 chipset
  • 4GB/6GB RAM variants
  • 64GB storage with SD card support

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core chipset that was seen of the Vivo V15 Pro at double the price. The chipset is based on 11nm, it has two high-performance Kryo 460 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and Adreno 612 GPU for graphics. The phone is available in two RAM variants - 4GB and 6GB.

On my 4GB variant, multitasking and routine tasks are handled without any issue. I could easily run power-hungry apps and games. On rare occasions like launching the camera app or switching between apps, you might notice tiny lags or hiccups but that's more because of the UI optimization. 

Otherwise, the performance is impressive and the phone easily sails through tasks like clicking pictures, browsing social media, WhatsApp and hours of phone calls.

Basic 3D games are handled easily, and games like PUBG Mobile can be played in high settings too. We would recommend you to use medium settings as you might experience occasional frame rate drops and lags that might spoil your experience. The heating on our unit of the Redmi Note 7 Pro was relatively higher than the previous Redmi Note phones. 

It offers a decent 64GB storage with microSD card support of up to 256GB, but shares space in a hybrid SIM slot, while most competitors offer a dedicated slot up to 512GB. 

Connectivity is also great, with 4G and Bluetooth 5.0 on board. The Type-C USB port is also a big and much-asked upgrade. 

Battery

  • 4000mAh battery
  • Power saving modes
  • Quick Charge 4.0

Xiaomi has retained a 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support, but you'll get a 10W charger in the retail box. The stock charger takes around 90 minutes to charge the phone from 0-100.

You can easily expect 6-7 hours of screen on time on the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which is comparable to its predecessors. The battery easily lasts more than a day for an aggressive user like me. Those who aren't as addicted to their phone as me can easily get a day and half of backup.

Verdict

The Redmi Note 7 Pro is the best smartphone money can buy in its segment. Its hardware and camera are unarguably the best you can get for Rs 13,999 right now. The design isn't unique but its build quality and finish justifies every penny you shed for it. It becomes more likable when you look at small additions like the Fast Charge 4.0, USB Type-C, IR Blaster and other useful software features. 

While the software has some furnishing issues that we can deal with, the ads in UI is the biggest problem here. Many won't count this as an issue and some may find the way to disable it, but it's the integrity that's at question.

Who is it for?

The Redmi Note 7 Pro is a phone that can suffice all types of users. It's a perfect phone for photography, gaming and even for uniterrupted basic operations on a budget. If you're concerned about the ads in MIUI or the unfurnished software, the Galaxy M20 is a good alternate which has a neater UI and a better battery life. Be sure that you'll have to compromise with the camera and performance a bit.