iaomi Redmi Note 7 - Up Close, Key Features
Fast Fingerprint Sensor
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) has a fast fingerprint sensor located at the back, just adjacent to the rear camera bump.
In our tests, it was very fast and accurate, taking only 10 finger presses to record a fingerprint. It also supports 360-degree recognition, which makes it easy to activate.
The Redmi Note 7 does not support facial recognition, so the only alternatives to using the fingerprint sensor is to draw a pattern, or key in a PIN or password.
Hybrid SIM Tray
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) supports Dual SIM, Dual Standby capability. However, it only comes with a hybrid SIM tray.
The hybrid SIM tray allows the second nano SIM slot to double as a microSD slot. You can either use two nano SIM cards, or one nano SIM card with a microSD card.
Thanks to its Dot Drop notch, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) is not a large device. In fact, it is about the same size as the Realme 3, and approximately the size of a traditional 5.7-inch device. This is why it fits even smaller hands and pockets.
The Redmi Note 7 has a nice 6.3-inch IPS display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. That gives it an ultra-wide / ultra-tall 19:9 aspect ratio, which will result in some pillarboxing – a black bar will be present on the left and right sides of the video clip.
Setting Up The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) runs on Android 9.0 Pie, so it is really easy to setup. It should take you no more than 7 minutes to set it up as a new device.
Available Memory & Storage
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) comes with memory options of 3 GB and 4 GB of LPDDR4x memory. Our review sample came with the full 4 GB. MIUI 10.2 does not allow us to check the amount of free memory, but we used AIDA64 to confirm that it has 2.23 GB (55%) of free memory.
Xiaomi offers three storage options globally – 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. Our review sample came with 64 GB, of which just under 52 GB (81%) is available for use.
This is enough space to store about 14,000 photos or 6.5 hours of 1080p videos. If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).[adrotate group=”1″]
We tested the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.
|Work 2.0||Xiaomi Redmi Note 7||OPPO R17 Pro||Realme 3||Honor Play|
|Battery Capacity||4,000 mAh||3,700 mAh||4,230 mAh||3,750 mAh|
|Battery Life||12 hours 19 mins||11 hours 54 mins||10 hours 35 mins||9 hours 56 mins|
|Battery Utilisation||5.41 mAh / min.||5.18 mAh / min.||6.66 mAh / min.||6.29 mAh / min.|
|Review Links||OPPO R17 Pro
|Price Check||MY||MY | US||MY||MY | US | UK|
Thanks to its large 4,000 mAh battery, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) has a battery that exceeds 12 hours! This is not just screen-on time. It’s running the Work 2.0 benchmark over, and over again, for over 12.25 hours!
This is really surprising, because the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 is 2 years old, and is known for its higher power consumption. The same processor was used in the Realme 2 Pro, which lasted only 7 hours with a 3,500 mAh battery!
Battery Recharging Performance
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4, which allows for faster charging.
It comes with the MDY-09-EW fast charger with a 10 watt power output. Let’s see how fast it recharges the 4,000 mAh battery!
|Recharging Speed||OPPO R17 Pro||Honor Play||Xiaomi Redmi Note 7||Realme 3|
|Battery Capacity||3,700 mAh||3,750 mAh||4,000 mAh||4,230 mAh|
|Charger Output||50 Watts||18 Watts||10 Watts||10 Watts|
|Recharging Time||33 Minutes||92 mins||133 minutes||190 minutes|
|Recharging Speed||90 mAh / minute||32.6 mAh/ / minute||24.0 mAh / minute||17.8 mAh / minute|
|Review Links||OPPO R17 Pro
|Price Check||MY | US||MY | US | UK||MY||MY|
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) took 2 hours and 13 minutes (133 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%.
This is good performance for its 10 watt charger, recharging its battery 35% faster than the Realme 3‘s 10 watt charger.
Its battery life : recharging ratio of 5.6 : 1 is pretty good. A rule of thumb – for one hour of battery life, you will need to charge it for 11 minutes.
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