When the No 1 Smartphone brand in India launches a mobile, naturally it grabs the attention of the nation. Xiaomi has been very successful with their Redmi series of mobiles in India. They have been absolutely ruling the market for a while. Every year, when they launch a Note or Note Pro series, it becomes a benchmark and gets the other brands on all fours scrambling to beat or match Redmi. Last year, Redmi Note 5 Pro and Note 6 Pro were the mobiles to beat. While many tried, many more failed. With the title “Reigning champions”, Xiaomi enters the market once again this year, with 2 new mobiles: Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro.
So here I am, holding both the mobiles in my hands trying to ascertain if these are the two mobiles that will rule all of 2019. I will reserve that judgment in my detailed review of these mobiles. But let me give you my thoughts on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Let me list out 7 top highlights of the mobile which will change the midrange mobiles landscape forever!
Remember the Redmi Note 4 design? If you try to forget it, no brand will let you. Every other mobile that was launched until late 2018 had the same metal body design. Though the design was not a head turner, it was trendsetter and it became a safe / tried and tested route for other brands. Now with the Redmi Note 7 Pro, Xiaomi has taken the glass body design identity. I know it is nothing new, we have seen Honor Pioneer it and other brands release glass body mobiles in the past. But when it comes to a brand like Xiaomi, I am sure this design will become a mainstream design. With a premium finish, the Redmi Note 7 Pro has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both sides. Its not slippery and finger print smudges are not visible on my Black color variant. Nebula Red and Neptune Blue color variants looks stunning.
The 6.3-inch display on the front has a small teardrop notch. It is an LTPS IPS LCD Panel supporting full HD+ resolution at 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Though the bezels are small, the mobile has notification LED, proximity and light sensors wedged between the display and the rim. These are some of the design aspects that will be adopted in the upcoming mobiles in 2019, especially in the mid-range segment.
2. USB C Port
The USB C Port was launched ages ago, but it has seen a very slow adoption rate. We are starting to see earphones and accesories with USB C port, but with the introduction of USB C port in Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro, this technology will be widely democratized. It will not be easy for any brand to get away with a micro-USB port mobile from now it. The entire industry is now forced to adopt USB C Port.
3. Quick Charge 4.0
If you are into the business of selling / manufacturing chargers, it is high time for you to start making Qualcomm QC 4.0 supported chargers. Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro, support QC 4.0 18W, but they dont have a charger in the box that is QC4.0 enabled. It is not easy to find a QC 4.0 charger. Xiaomi is working with its vendors to bring one to India. While most mobiles in the 20k or 30k segment, still don’t support fast chargers, it is good to see a 10k or 15k mobile embrace the technology gracefully. Again manufacturers will now be forced to launch mobiles with some kind of fast charging solutions.
4. P2i Water repellent Nano Coating
Moto X4 was the last mid-range mobile that had IP rated water resistance. Maybe it was not worth the effort to make a mobile completely waterproof and we don’t see even top-end mobiles these days with water-proofing. Moto G series was the first to introduce nano coating on the internals to give mid-range mobiles some level of resistance to water damage. Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro, both have a P2i water repellent nano-coating. With this coating, water drops, spills, sprinkles, and splashes, slides off the mobile on the outside and the internals are also sealed to a certain extent. This is a welcome addition and I hope every other mobile that follows the Redmi Note 7 Pro, has some kind of
5. 11nm Snapdragon 675 Processor
This is relatively a new processor and this 6 series processor from Qualcomm, matches
6. 48 MP Sony IMX 586 sensor
After a brief hiatus, the megapixel race is back on! The magnanimous Sony IMX586 sensor, so far seen in flagship mobiles is now on a mid-range mobile. This is a great sensor that is about to redefine mobile photography. With Quad
7. Killer Price
Redmi Note 7 Pro 4 GB RAM and 64 GB memory variant is priced at Rs 13999 and the 6 GB RAM variant with 128 GB is priced at Rs 16999. As usual, this is Redmi Note series range expected pricing and the competition will now be forced to stay in the price bracket.
While all of these are redefining the landscape for good, Xiaomi has left a few gaps for the competition to fill in. The mobiles don’t have dedicated SD card support. While we all know the importance of having a dedicated SD card slot, this target group of these mobile will need it more than anyone. MIUI is a great skin with loads of features, but Xiaomi decided to insert ads in the UI from MIUI 10 and this is not well received among the masses.
But overall, Redmi Note 7 pro is the device to beat this 2019. The competition was not prepared and I am sure they have all gone scrambling back to their drawing boards and war rooms to device a new strategy to counter Redmi Note 7 Pro. It is definitely an interesting year ahead and let us see how the competition responds.