Redmi Note 7 Smartphone review – with super night mode
After the red rice Redmi brand became independent, it released the first product, Redmi Note7 Global, and the team named it “Little King Kong”. 48 million + 5 million AI double camera, full-blood version of the Snapdragon 660 and 4000mAh long battery life, so that netizens consistently issued a “real incense” sigh. So what about this “Little King Kong” Redmi Note 7?
The sides of the device are made from a glossy plastic which isn’t quite as premium as the likes of the stainless steel rails on the iPhone XS, but still maintains a relatively durable feel. One small concern is the fact that the plastic is glossy, meaning it will pick up scratches as though they’re going out of style without the included TPU case.
In all, this is a well-built handset which follows current trends to a T, if not setting any new ones itself.
In general use, we found that while the screen has no major flaws, it also doesn’t really stand out.
Although the brightness does go high enough for most situations, a direct hit from the summer sun will see legibility vanish. And while it is possible to tune colors mostly to your liking using the screen calibration tool, out of the box a strong blue cast is obvious in the whites.
And thankfully, we weren’t disappointed. Likely in part due to the aggressive app closures made by MIUI (Xiaomi’s particular flavor of Android) we found that standby times in particular for this device are very strong, with the Redmi Note 7 dropping only a few percentage points across the course of a night.
In general usage, after a 13 hour day, with 2 hours of commuting, listening to music on Bluetooth headphones, video, emails, messaging and calls, by the end we had an average of 67-70% left in the tank. By the estimation of most, this is a good showing.
The camera app itself which Xiaomi redmi has built is fairly average, which is to say it is basically a direct clone of Apple’s iPhone offering, which seems to have unofficially become the standard which the industry has adopted.
With an emphasis on letting the ‘AI’ choose various scene modes, it is also possible to quick toggle Auto HDR more and to swipe between various options, like Portrait and Panorama. The operation of the app is quick, and taking photos is a fuss-free affair.
The Redmi Note 7 Global Version comes in two flavors, each with different storage capacities and RAM options. Buyers have the choice of either 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
Either option is certainly sufficient for everyday use, though those keen on gaming will want to opt for the higher capacity variant. In the day to day, swiping between different screens and using ‘normal’ apps (banking, messaging etc) the device is perfectly snappy.