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Unboxing and Hands-On Review of Redmi Note 7 Pro Smartphone

Unboxing and Hands-On Review of Redmi Note 7 Pro Smartphone

I.Redmi Note 7: Verdict

The Redmi Note 7 Pro is an upgraded version of Redmi Note 7, the first product of the Redmi brand since it has established itself as an independent brand. 

The latest smartphone has been improved a lot in terms of processors, main camera, RAM, and water-resistance, thus naturally it has received extra attention from consumers. 

I am very much impressed with this product because its chipset has been upgraded to Snapdragon 675 and its main camera is Sony IMX586 rather than Samsung GM1. Moreover, it supports 18W fast charging, and it is P2i splash-proof. 

In a nutshell, there are good reasons why Redmi Note 7 Pro has been well-received. It offers various features at such a reasonable price.


II.Unboxing & Hardware

Unlike the monotonous packaging which Xiaomi or Redmi smartphone used, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is wrapped in gradient color. This thing looks pretty awesome. 

The logos of “Redmi” and “Note 7 Pro” are on the front side, clearly indicating that this product is an upgraded version of the Note 7 and featuring high cost-performance ratio.

Additionally, the “18-month ultra-long warranty” at the bottom consolidates consumers’ confidence in this new product. On the back of the box is a list of the most outstanding features, including Sony 48MP Sony IMX586 HD main camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, 4000mAh large battery with double Corning Gorilla Glass 5.


Open the box and remove the paper cover, you can see Redmi Note 7 Pro wrapped in a protective film, a Quick Start Guide and an After-Sales Warranty Card, a ring-shaped ejector pin, a USB Type-C cable, and a power adapter. 



Redmi Note 7 Pro is the first product to use a QC4.0 power adapter, with a maximum output power of 18W. As I know, it is also the first Redmi smartphone which comes with a USB Type-C interface.


Next, let me introduce Redmi Note 7 Pro. Look at the top of its front side. An ultra-slim bezel is still visible. But the most prominent part of the front is the phone receiver and selfie camera. 

The phone receiver is pretty narrow between the glass and the frame. The selfie camera is a 13MP image sensor with the f/2.0 aperture. The IR distance sensor is said to be hidden at the right of the selfie camera.



On the bottom, we could see the bezel is rather wide, compared with the ultra-slim bezels between the screen and the other three sides.
BTW, the white LED breathing light will light up at the bottom of the phone when it is charging. 


The side is made of blue plastic. A black plastic strip goes around the 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and the outermost layer of its teardrop notch. It’s worth mentioning that they are slim, which contributes to the unique structure and touch of the front panel. 


And it’s not the first time for Xiaomi to use a glass back. The blue plastic panel matches perfectly with the glass cover for a fantastic feel.
The phone has a variety of interfaces and buttons on the side. 

Firstly, let’s take a look at the bottom. There are a microphone, a USB Type-C port, and a speaker hole. Along with with the right lie the power, and the volume rocker. 

Here comes the point, a short press on the power button could call out Xiao Ai assistant. 

On the top, there is a dedicated noise-canceling mic, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an IR blaster which turns your Redmi Note 7 Pro into a universal remote control. 

Look at the left side! Only a dual SIM card holder is available. And this is the typical layout of Xiaomi smartphones or rather Redmi smartphones. 

Here we can either put two SIM cards or a SIM card plus a Micro SD card. Normally, I wish to put two SIM cards plus a Micro SD card here, to upgrade the storage and facilitate data transfer. 


As for the back, the biggest attraction is the dual camera, next to which are dual LED flashlights. And the dual-camera setup includes a Sony IMX586 48MP main camera and a 5MP depth sensor. The former is paired with f/2.0 aperture, and the latter with f/1.8 aperture. We’ll go into more details later. 

There is also a circular fingerprint scanner at the upper center on the back. Normally, as we pick the phone from a pocket, our index finger would touch the scanner, and we can unlock as soon as the fingerprint recognition completes. 


According to the measurement, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is about 75.2mm wide, around 158mm long and nearly 82mm thick. It weighs 187 grams. I wish the phone to be 1mm wider, so that it could accommodate a bigger battery or promote its cooling performance, and that the convex dual cameras and the back cover could be at the same height. 




III.Hands-On Experience

1.Testing the Phone with App

Use Apps, and you can get more detailed information about the configuration of Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone. Through the MIUI 10 operating system, go to the “Settings,” choose “My Device,” then “All Parameters,” and select “Kernel Version.” 


Click it non-stop several times to access “Hardware Detection.” Then, click “1. Version Information.” This is a partial screenshot of the interface. You can find a great deal of information here: the primary camera of the dual rear camera is Sony IMX586; the depth sensor is Samsung S5K5E8; the selfie camera is OV13855; the LCD screen is Shenchao panel.

On close inspect, we can find “longcheertel” in both file information and file path. This indicate that this is an ODM (original design manufacturer) smartphone, manufactured by Longcheer.


Use AndroBench to test the read speed of ROM, and it shows that the storage memory is eMMC. By using “Device info HW,” we can know not only the RAM is LPDDR 4X. You may download this APP for further exploration of the configuration if you are interested in it. 



2.Processor Performance

Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor powers Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone. This processor is a mid-range SoC (System on Chip) launched by Qualcomm last October with 11nm technology. 

The architecture of the CPU is 2+6, with 2 x Kryo 460 @2.0GHz based on the A76 as the main core. In terms of the GPU, this processor has integrated Adreno 612. 

What’s more, the DSP and ISP of the Snapdragon 675 processor have also been updated to provide support for AI Engine and the third generation multi-core Qualcomm AI engine. Thus, you can enjoy 50% uplift of overall improvement. 


The Kryo 460 cores of Snapdragon 675 are similar with those of Snapdragon 855, in that they are both based on Cortex A76. The official reckons that Snapdragon 675 processors are comparable to Snapdragon 845 processor in single-core performance. 

The following figure is a more intuitive comparison between the performance of the Snapdragon 675 processor and those of other processors.

In terms of large cores, Snapdragon 675 CPU performs as good as Snapdragon 845 processor; its multi-core performance isn’t inferior to that of Snapdragon 835. 

But as for the GPU performance, it is less satisfying, namely, equivalent to that of the Snapdragon 660 processor. Moreover, Snapdragon 675 is even worse than Snapdragon 710 when it comes to energy consumption.

I do not play games, and daily operation could not reflect the processing performance. In my opinion, Snapdragon 675 excels in AI algorithms, photography, the operation of office work, and daily Apps. But for enthusiasts who are keen to play games, the Snapdragon 675 processor may be disappointing.


3.Screen

The teardrop notch screen that Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone applies is not the Tianma screen previously used by Redmi Note 7, but the so-called Shenchao screen. This type of screen is said to be manufactured by Foxconn Enterprises, which produced some screens of Xiaomi MIX2S smartphones. 

The screen is 6.3-inch with 2340x1080 resolution, 409ppi, highest brightness of 460 nits, and an 84% NTSC display color gamut. In fact, at such a low price, there’s no need to expect any better display than this one. It’s the best you can get. 

In the past year, even such budget/mid-range mobile phones like Redmi Note Series have witnessed the transformation from the non-full screen to full screen with a teardrop notch, though I don’t agree that the visual experience has been improved. 


My first impression of the Shenchao screen is that the screen is too yellow. However, the good thing is that we can set the color temperature within a specific range through the operating system. Besides, thanks to the LCD, no flickering occurs in low light conditions.



4. Charging & Standby

My minimum requirement is that the phone can last from morning till night. It’s not easy to achieve such long battery life, because I am a heavy user and I like to keep Bluetooth on all day long to connect with my Garmin watch. 

To my surprise, Redmi Note 7 Pro perfectly meets my requirements, though the battery life is not as long as that of the Redmi Note 5.
The QC4.0 power adapter is admirable as a standard accessory of Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone. 

Its charging speed indeed deserves my compliments. I find that Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone takes less time to get 100% charged than Redmi Note 5 does.

5.Photography 

Sony IMX586 image sensor is one of the hottest mobile phone image sensors available, and many mobile phone brands have adopted this sensor in their main flagship models, which naturally proves its excellent performance. 

Amazingly, Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone, as a mid-range mobile phone, is equipped with this image sensor. You’d be impressed with Redmi’s devotion to users. 

Let’s start with the parameters of dual rear cameras. The main camera is the Sony IMX586 48MP image sensor, 1/2 inch, with 0.8μm pixels arranged within the Quad Bayer color filter array. It can merge four pixels into one, and enable the output of 12MP photos with 1.6μm per pixel. 

Sony IMX586 image sensor supports not only phase focus or contrast focus but also electronic image stabilization. Apart from the above, with an aperture of f/1.8, the focal length is equivalent to 25mm. 

The secondary camera, or the depth sensor, is a 5MP Samsung S5K5E8 image sensor, paired with a lens with f/2.0 aperture. The camera is not directly involved in imaging but enables depth sensing. 

Moreover, Sony IMX586 image sensor is superior to the Samsung GM1 image sensor because the former can realize the direct output of 48MP photos, while the latter can only do that by using AI interpolation. 

These photos are taken by dual rear cameras. With good lighting, feature a pretty good image quality. Even if you zoom in and magnify it several times, you won’t find it fuzzy. 

The performance of Redmi Note 7 Pro is almost comparable to that of consumer digital cameras. Compared with Redmi Note 7 Pro, the previous Redmi 4 is a good-at-nothing. 

However, sometimes, the white balance is inaccurate. Looking at this photo, we can find that the color isn’t good at a glance. 


Next, let’s have a look at a landscape picture. You can zoom in, and the details are still very sharp and clear. If you get closer to the right side of the sky, the problem of the misplacement is quite apparent. 

Of course, not all panoramas have the same problems. For instance, in this one, barely any misplacement can be found out. 

All the above pictures are taken by myself when I was hiking. I used the dual rear cameras in good lighting conditions. If you want to see more photos, move on. All the photos in the article are taken by Redmi Note 7 Pro.

In the condition of great artificial lighting, the dual rear cameras will perform surprisingly in both white balance and exposure, making the imaging perfect. 

As for the strong contrast of light and dark, if you turn on HDR, the effect is quite satisfying, and the dark part is clear, too.

After the brightness of the photo is increased, details of the dark part will become clear, which is great. Although the edges of the leaves are tinted purple, the problem is minor.

I get close to the flowers and snap a clear photo of the entire inner structure. If only the smartphone had a dedicated macro mode for capturing details. 

There are just too many astonishing scenes to record at one time. Look at the edge of the mountain in the distance, it seems to be over-sharpened.

Here comes the popular portrait mode. The bokeh effect appears to be a little bit unnatural. For sure, you’d better not choose this mode if you want to take a photo of beautiful scenery and historic sites.


IV. Summary: Advanced Version of Redmi Note 7 

Since the Redmi’s independence from Xiaomi, Redmi Note 7 smartphone is known as the “Little King Kong” by virtue of its excellent quality, according to the staffs of Xiaomi. 

Therefore, Redmi Note 7 Pro, as an upgraded version of the Redmi Note 7 smartphone, could be described as King Kong 2.0, “Evolved Little King Kong” because of its extraordinary quality plus overall improvement in the configuration. The smartphone is not only more competitive but cost-effective. 

As Redmi “always pursues cost-efficiency”, the Redmi Note 7 Pro may spare no effort to gain more popularity. Actually, with products combining high quality and a reasonable configuration, I believe it would not be too hard to get unanimous market recognition.

At last, I’d like to make a summary of the pros and cons of Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone:

Pros:
√ The most awesome back cover for a Redmi smartphone, and fantastic tactile feel;
√ Snapdragon 675 processor for smoother operation;
√ Sony IMX586 image sensor to realize stunning shots;
√ 4000mAh large battery to prevent battery anxiety;
√ Its features deserve every penny of the perfect price, $232.63. 

Cons: 

√ No NFC for instant payment;
√ Ordinary screen for less satisfying viewing experience;
√ Camera performance still needs to be optimized.

In a nutshell, Redmi Note 7 Pro, or the upgraded version of Redmi Note 7, embodies the successive promotion of Redmi. I am looking forward to the new Redmi phone powered by Snapdragon 855!











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