I am a digital content creator who helps build social media content for brands. This means that I am constantly shooting videos, taking pictures and taking countless screenshots to ideate brand campaigns. A brilliant camera and extensive storage are what I look for when I decide to buy a smartphone. I have been using Redmi Note 5 Pro for over a year now but due to the limited storage capacity in my 64GB Redmi Note 5 Pro (I am a Xiaomi fan, you see) and my unwillingness to replace one of the two SIM cards4 slots with a memory card, I decided to give it up for exchange with the latest Redmi Note 7 Pro. As I said, I am a Xiaomi phone because they have cracked the formula of the mid-level smartphone well. I have been using this phone for about a month now. Read further to get an idea about the performance and the overall experience of this latest almost-flagship offering from Xiaomi.
One of the best cameras in this price range High-performance processor Strong build with an impressive form factor
Redmi Note 7 Pro is a budget smartphone that can compete with most of the flagship phones available in the smartphone market at the moment. Xiaomi has been upping their game with their Note series and with Redmi Note 7 Pro it only gets better. This powerhouse has been built with Gorilla Glass series 5 on the front and the back as well. The phone feels quite premium to hold on and you would not feel like you have just bought a budget smartphone. The display is Full HD and Xiaomi has managed to include the current trend of dot notch design to make it look like a high-range smartphone. The earpiece grill has been reduced in size and moved up to the extreme top to make space for the 16cm FHD+ display. The sim tray on the left is a hybrid one where you can use two 4G nano-SIM cards together or replace the second SIM with an expandable memory card. I was hoping for a dedicated memory card slot which would have made this smartphone a powerhouse of storage. Since I have the 128GB variant, I should not be facing many problems. Xiaomi continues to have the IR blaster on the top beside the 3.5mm headphone jack (which is a blessing of its own) and the secondary microphone which helps me operate my TV, my set-top box, my air conditioner and even by wireless speakers through the Mi Remote app.
Rear camera sample
Rear camera sample
Redmi Note 7 Pro has been marketed as the best affordable 48MP camera in the market right now which compelled me to buy this product. It also has a secondary 5MP rear lens with Sony IMX586 sensor. When it comes to photography, Redmi Note 7 Pro does not disappoint at all. The daylight pictures are sharp and captures the details with minimal noise and brilliant colour reproduction. When it comes to low light photography, the camera manages to capture balanced shots in the darkest of environments. The 13MP selfie camera does a great job too. There is a bit of noise there when you try to zoom in and I feel Xiaomi could have done a better job here. However, it does not fall short when I compared it to the selfie photographs taken with some of the mid-level smartphones at this range which still makes Redmi Note 7 Pro the best option you could have at this price.
The 6GB ram combined with the latest Snapdragon 675 Octa-core processor and Adreno 612 GPU creates a seamless experience when it comes to the multifunctionality of this phone. When it comes to gaming, this smartphone does not disappoint. Role-playing games like PubG run smooth and has minimal or no lagging experience. Racing games like Need For Speed and Asphalt are brilliant to play in this phone with a good refresh rate which keeps the lag invisible. However, the phone tends to heat up a little when you are playing your games while charging the phone. As the Quick Charge 4.0 technology from Qualcomm takes about 20-25 minutes to charge the battery from 0 to 50%, this problem of the phone heating up should not come in your way that often. The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with Xiaomiâ€™s inbred OS MIUI10 backed by Android Pie which helps create a smooth experience. Xiaomiâ€™s MIUI is one of the best-customised UI that I have seen in an Android phone with almost no bloat apps and features like inbuilt virus scanner, ram booster and junk files remover which helps in maintaining the high performance of the phone. There is no dedicated app drawer but apps like Poco Launcher or Arrow Launcher can be downloaded from the Play Store to help solve this issue. This version of the MIUI comes with a few ad placements though. The inbuilt glance screen which is supposed to be a lock screen content platform might indulge you with news and events from across the globe but I could not ignore the occasional ad placements in the lock screen when the glance screen feature is switched on. You can always go ahead and switch this feature off if you like the usual notifications-only lock screen as I do.
The 4000 mAh battery keeps the phone running for a complete day (although they claim that it can run for 2 days) with multiple apps running in the background and the cellular data switched on throughout the day.
Areas for improvement
The biggest area of development that Xiaomi could work on is a better battery pack in this powerhouse. Donâ€™t get me wrong; the battery here is not bad but the promise of 2 days standby does not stand close to reality. Another improvement area is the display screen. Brands like Samsung are providing an impressive AMOLED screen at this price range which seems like a real asset to have when it comes to the viewing of video content and high definition game graphics. Xiaomi gets away with just a full HD screen which does the job just about right but not satisfactory enough when it comes to sharper colour contrast.
To summarise, Redmi Note 7 Pro is a camera smartphone that also happens to have one of the aspirational specifications for the price you are paying for it. The 48MP+5MP AI camera captures gorgeous pictures with a good amount of details. The night mode did not disappoint me either. To top that, the 4000mAh battery ensures that your phone keeps running for a little more than a day and you can probably squeeze out more time from it if you keep it on the battery saver mode. Besides, you always have Qualcommâ€™s Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging technology to charge it in a jiffy and keep your online life running. Overall, I rate Redmi Note 7 Pro a solid 8 out of 10.