Xiaomi independent sub-brand, Redmi has launched Redmi Note 7 Pro version in February at MWC19 with upgraded SD675 hardware, 4GB RAM as a base model and 48MP camera in the package. We are pleased to see 4k video recording capability of the Pro model which is unavailable in standard Redmi Note 7.
Body and Design
Design wise, Redmi Note 7 Pro is beautiful and eye-catching, equipped with a plastic body but polished, symmetrical and coated with Corning Gorilla Glass Version 5, a minimal V selfie notch instead of an ugly bar type, full view display, 19.5:9 viewing aspect, and above 80% screen-to-body ratio. Measuring 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm dimensions and weighing in at 186 grams.
Due to Glass cover, the handset is slight slippery while the Plastic Body can smash quickly after a fall down. But these are minor cracks and you can solve them with a case in accessories.
Although not receive IP6X rating, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is tightly sealed and it can handle a few water drops or splashes. There is Dual Rear Camera setup along with a Fingerprint Sensor, a power and two volume keys on the right and dual SIM tray on the left side, a 3.5 mm jack, speaker grilles and micro USB port at the bottom luckily Type C reversible connector 2.0. New Independent Redmi forgets to avail NFC so you could face payment transaction issues when migrating or visiting other countries.
Fingerprint Scanner is easier to access on the back, also quite fast and reliable.
Display and Software
Redmi Note 7 Pro boasts a 6.3inches IPS LCD Display offering you large content for reading, 1080x2340 pixels resolution, and 409 PPI Density to give you crisp, sharp and apparent screen. You can brighten up screen up to 480 nits for a sunny environment. Display in every term is fine here except the unsaturated colors around the notch.
Xiaomi tried its best to introduce a perfect budget-friendly smartphone, thus the Redmi Note 7 Pro offers you to run Android 9.0 (Pie) with the customized MIUI 10. Both are the latest OS and they have stock Android files, Quick Toggles, new themes, further AI modes, and more bug fixes. The downside is only missing the shortcut to the settings menu.
Performance and Memory
This is the department where the Redmi Note 7 Pro gets apparent success surpassing its sibling. There is 4GB RAM for starting to play heavy games and multiple apps. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset is installed inside along with 14nm Octa-core processor with up to 2.2GHz clock rate and Adreno 612 GPU. The graphics and overall performance are better than as of Redmi Note 7. Let’s take the help of Geekbench and AnTuTu scores for a helpful conclusion, Note 7 Vs Pro.
Redmi Note 7 achieved 1462 scores for single-core and 4556 scores for multi-core efficiency. And the AnTuTu awarded 144,599 scores to Note 7 for overall CPU performance. Now, let’s see what the pro version did. The Redmi Note 7 Pro gains 2267 and 6103 scores respectively for single and multi-core performances. The Pro version gets 180808AnTuTu scores. These benchmarking results showed the Note 7 pro version is much better.
Pro version has 64GB Internal Storage for records and allows memory expansion with a microSD card up to 512GB. A user can also get another variant with 128GB Storage paired with 6GB RAM.
48MP Camera Photography
Are you a photography lover? Get ready to enjoy a superb shooting experience. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is the world’s first budget smartphone alongside standard version to get ultra high 48MP Camera of f/1.8 aperture. Further, it has a secondary 5MP (f/2.4) sensor too. Appreciable Image Quality, great Depth Sensing Details, perfect HDR shots, fine portrait mode, and Impressive low-light photographs are. AI modes and filters work fine and you can make the best shots.
A good improvement in camera is 4k recording capability of the pro model and it allows us to capture one of the best shots with high-quality perspective. However, the standard Redmi Note 7 was not capable of creating 2160p videos at 30fps.
13MP Selfie Camera Test
Redmi Note 7 Pro is not a selfie-centric phone, but it has 13MP Front Camera of f/2.0 aperture and HDR support for Full HD+ Selfies and Video Calls. You can create amazing beauty shots, AI images and Bokeh mode blurred pictures. Also get manual settings for the camera, self-timer, exposure control, digital zooming, lighting effects, and others.
The Selfie Camera works fine but it is less responsive and takes a few seconds to focus on the object. The results are quite good but the rear camera photography is unmatchable for this segment.
Battery and Connectivity
Redmi Note 7 Pro houses a non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery that gives the life of two days working. It delivers you up to 32 hours 3G Talk Time, 14 hours of web-browsing and 13 hours of video playback. The Xiaomi mobile supports 18W Quick Charge 4.0 for fast charging and refills 0% to 100% life within 80 minutes. You have to buy Fast Charger separately because you will not find this in the box.
Price, Availability, and Shipment
Redmi Note 7 Pro Price for starting 4GB RAM variant is only $200 while 6GB RAM option will cost you $250. The handset is currently available in Amazon India and China regions; however, others can get Redmi smartphone by overseas shipment, which will start by the end of March 2019. Xiaomi promised to make it available soon in other countries.
SD675 Performance Edge over standard
48MP Camera Photography, 4K shots
4GB RAM as a base for gaming
4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4
Not a hyped price, just $200
Lack of Depth sense accuracy in Selfies
Redmi Note 7 Pro is a better deal than the standard version and you will not feel pain for spending $50 more if decided to buy. You can consider for an alternative too, the Realme 3 is appreciable for this comparison.