Xiaomi’s budget king has returned with a new design and packing lion-sized power for the price of a chihuahua.

The Note 7 Pro is seriously punching out in every direction this time and clawing into the budget market with its predatory pricing. An all-new processor, a skimpier notch, more megapixels than your average joe and a glass-back body.

Xiaomi’s formula for a budget smartphone is interesting and intriguing, but is all that tech squeezed into the budget segment worth your dosh?

Sassy glassy

The most noticeable change on the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the glass back. The Aura design is a stylish gradient back that comes in three colours: Nebula Red, Neptune Blue and Space Black. It’s the same thing that Honor did in their budget segment last year but the Note 7 Pro is reinforced with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back.

Tilt it back and forth and you’ll be greeted with different shades of the primary colour, for instance, Nebula Red shifts from a pinkish hue to a magenta. The Space Black is more sombre with no gradient for boring people.

Like all slippery glass back smartphones, this one escapes our palms faster than a bar of soap. Although it feels really comfortable to hold. Especially because the rounded edges merge effortlessly with the glass back. Even the fingerprint sensor sits where it belongs and within reach.

Every teardrop and every waterfall

The Dot Notch display is a perfect example of notch trends shifting their diets. In contrast, the iPhone’s notch looks like a scalpel scar next to an injection poke of this single camera notch.

It’s not a punch hole like the Honor View 20 but the intrusion of the notch is similar to it. You won’t feel its presence with extended use and we’ve seen the same happen with OnePlus 6T’s teardrop notch as well.

That said, the dot notch lets the Redmi Note 7 Pro stretch its FHD+ display across a 6.3in screen. At 2340 x 1080, the pixel count is common for the size but this is not your regular LCD screen. According to Xiaomi, the Redmi Note 7 Pro uses an LTPS panel which basically has better refresh rate and stays cooler than most displays. It doesn’t disappoint one bit for gaming. The colours and saturation is what you’d expect from a phone at this price point. Although we’re still not happy as to why Xiaomi has still not addressed the Widevine certification issue with most of their products, this being no exception. You still cannot view Netflix content in FullHD.

Oh snap! 48 the camera

Forty eight. That’s how many megapixels Xiaomi’s crammed into its rear camera sensor. It uses the same sensor as the Honor View 20 and packs a 5MP telephoto lens too. Photos come out really good. The highlights are slightly overblown but that’s just us looking for problems in what is the best camera for a sub-₹20K smartphone. However, keep in mind that with 48MP, the photos come out heavy in size. So Xiaomi has said that the phone’s camera is set to 12MP by default because a shot from a 48MP camera could eat up your storage faster than Hungry Hippos.

The rear camera has most of the bells and whistles that you’d expect from a dual camera. Portrait mode? Yes, sir. With AI wizardry on it? You bet! Fancy bokeh effects? Obviously. Colour and saturation are controlled too.  

The Night Mode churns out better low light shots. Most notably in the exposure department where it handles overblown lights perfectly and evenly capture the details in the dark areas of the photo. The front 13MP camera housed inside the Dot Notch is decent too. For video nuts, Electronic Image Stabilization has made its way here too along with 4K @30fps video recording.

Verdict

Many of Redmi Note 7 Pro’s features are slightly old in the software department. However, with the inclusion of new hardware and a shinier glass body, the Note 7 Pro is quite frankly a helluva great phone for a bloody cheap price.

The new Snapdragon processor not only feels speedy but also opens up new possibilities like Quick Charge 4 and 4K video recording. The 48MP camera is very exciting for shutterbugs who like to tinker in manual mode and the glass body feels comfortable.

All in all, if your wallet is floating on the ₹15,000 bracket, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is an easy pick.

Stuff says... 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro review

Xiaomi has done it again, this is the best budget smartphone
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₹13999
Good Stuff 
Best camera in the budget segment
Speedy processor
Great glass body
QuickCharge 4 capability
Bad Stuff 
No QuickCharger in the box
Netflix doesn’t play on FullHD

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