Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Review : 48MP Photography At A Steal!

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Performance, Verdict, Price + Availability

Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Redmi Note 7’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Realme 3 Honor Play OPPO R17 Pro Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Performance Score 7309 7361 6475 6415
Web Browsing 7779 7695 6572 5684
Video Editing 5292 5499 5387 5099
Writing 7479 6649 5617 6433
Photo Editing 13871 13326 10740 11091
Data Manipulation 4921 5764 5331 5255
Review Links Realme 3
Honor Play
OPPO R17 Pro
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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7’s Snapdragon 660 held up pretty well, considering it is a two-year old platform. In fact, it was just a little slower than the newer Snapdragon 710 that powers the OPPO R17 Pro.


Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We then tested the Redmi Note 7’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Honor Play Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Realme 3 OPPO R17 Pro
Gaming Score 31622 26746 20205 15354
Graphics 37351 29525 19444 15788
Physics 20576 20118 23414 14005
Graphics Test 1 208.9 fps 164.1 fps 119.9 fps 136.5 fps
Graphics Test 2 132.8 fps 105.4 fps 65.3 fps 45.8 fps
Physics Test 65.3 fps 63.9 fps 74.3 fps 44.5 fps
Review Links Honor Play
  Realme 3
OPPO R17 Pro
Price Check MY | US | UK MY MY MY | US

Despite its age, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 is still good for gaming. It actually beat the MediaTek Helio P60 that powers the Realme 3 by 32%, and was just 15% slower than the Honor Play‘s Kirin 970.

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Our Verdict

Xiaomi has always had the reputation for creating smartphones with exceptional value, and excellent design. Yet they seemed to have stumbled with the design of the Redmi Note 7, and its bumper case.

The large camera bump is so 2015, and the subdued colour gradient looks flat. The cheaper Realme 3 actually looked more premium! Even worse, the bundled bumper case fails to protect the camera bump or even the display.

But Xiaomi did not disappoint when it came to delivering value, and the Redmi Note 7 delivers it aplenty!

Not only does it come with a large 6.3-inch IPS display with Full HD+ resolution, both the front and back are protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) also boasts an ultra-high resolution 48 MP main camera, paired with a 5 MP depth sensor. Can you name another smartphone in the same price range with such a high-resolution camera?

Sure, it does not support 4K video recording, but at least it supports electronic image stabilisation which allows you to record smooth, jerk-free videos.

It also comes with a large 4,000 mAh battery that lasts over 12 hours in our tests. This is despite using a 14 nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 mobile SoC, which is known to be a little power-hungry.

If you are looking for a mid-range smartphone with a 48 MP main camera at less than RM 1,000 / $240 / £190 / €215, there is really only one choice – the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7!


Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Price + Availability

Xiaomi is offering three Redmi Note 7 models :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 679 / ~US$ 167 / ~£126
  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 799 / ~US$ 196 / ~£148
  • 4 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 949 / ~US$ 233 / ~£176Xiaomi

Here are some direct purchase links :

Sales kicked off on 27 March 2019, with three colour options – Space Black, Neptune Blue and Nebula Red.

For the first time ever, Xiaomi will cover the Note 7 with an exclusive 18-month warranty!


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