Redmi Note 7 Officially Announced, Starting at 999 Yuan
On the afternoon of January 10, the Redmi Note 7 was officially released. Lei Jun, founder and CEO of Xiaomi Technology, said that the Redmi Note 7 is the new generation of the cost-effective king. The 3GB+32GB version is priced at 999 yuan ($147), the 4GB+64GB version is priced at 1199 yuan ($177), and the 6GB+64GB version is priced at 1399 yuan ($206). The machine will officially go on sale at 10:00 on January 15.
At the beginning of the conference, Lei Jun announced good news. As of 2018, Q3, there have been globally sold 278 million Redmi smartphones. Also, he officially announced the strategic upgrade of the Redmi series – now it’s an independent brand. Of course, today’s protagonist is the first phone of the Redmi brand.
The Redmi Note 7 uses a 6.3-inch drop screen with a 1.95mm narrow frame with dispensing technology, a screen ratio of 19.5:9, a resolution of 2340×1080, a 450 nits brightness, an 84% NTSC color gamut, a step-less color temperature adjustment, a sunscreen (Highlight mode), a luminous screen, eye protection mode, etc. This is also the first drop screen phone in the Redmi series. The crystal clear 2.5D double-sided glass and illusion gradient make the Note 7 show a dynamic light and shadow change effect, and the machine offers three color options of Twilight Gold, Dream Blue, and Bright Black. The front panel is covered with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5, while the back of the fuselage carries Redmi brand new logo.
At the press conference, Lei Jun said that the Redmi Note7 has no big black edges and no big chin, and the next generation of Redmi products will be close to the iPhone X. It is not worthwhile to use the same chin as the iPhone X.
When Lei Jun talked about the fingerprint recognition module, he said that the thousand yuan machines usually use the rear fingerprint identification. But if you don’t like it to be placed on the back, you can try out the new hole protection shell. In fact, the Redmi Note 7 ‘exclusive’ hole protection shell, with a thickness of 0.8mm, a unique mesh design, a preferably PC material, and an anti-sweat slip, is priced at 29 yuan ($4).
In terms of core configuration, the Redmi Note 7 is equipped with a full-blooded version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, of which the CPU clock speed is up to 2.2GHz. As Lei Jun stressed, this is not the same version as their rivals use. Its clock speed is much higher. Particularly, it reaches 144,599 points at AnTuTu that is 10,000 more than that of the regular SND660. Lei Jun also pointed out that the performance of the ‘full-blooded version’ Snapdragon 660 is slightly higher than the Kirin 710, which scores 137,338.
The Redmi Note 7 is also packed with a new graphite negative anode 4000mAh large battery, which supports QC4 charging. At the same time, this battery is capable of providing half and a day of endurance. According to the official introduction, by adding 10 yuan ($1.47), you can also acquire an 18W Xiaomi USB charger’s fast charging version, which will fully charge the phone in 1 hour and 43 minutes only. If not, there is a 10W charging head, included in the box.
One of the most outstanding features of the Redmi Note 7 is the camera. Its rear main camera uses the Samsung GM1 photosensitive element. The photosensitive element size is 1/2 inches, the resolution is 48MP, the single pixel is 0.8μm, and due to the high-sensitivity four-in-one technology, a single pixel can be generated a 12μm resolution photo of 1.8μm. Photos taken with this camera can be turned into big posters easily. Due to the same algorithm of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 super night scene feature, it doesn’t require a tripod. Users can shoot a very clear night scene holding it in hands.
In addition, Xiaomi also made a sound quality special improvement plan for the Redmi Note 7. It has selected the PA components of the same supplier as Apple, used DSM dynamic gain control, custom AAC micro-speaker, and increased the volume of the external speaker by 2.5 times. The handset also uses an independent box 0.64cc large sound cavity design, resulting in stable sealing performance. The 48MP sensor is paired with a 5MP lens.
For the front camera, the Redmi Note 7 is equipped with a 13MP lens that supports AI smart beauty, single-camera, and scene recognition. Of course, face unlocking is also a must.
It is worth noting that the Redmi Note 7 comes with a Type-C interface, and also retains a 3.5mm headphone jack. Thus, this is the first Redmi smartphone with a USB-C port. In addition, the Redmi Note 7 is also equipped with an infrared transmitter to support direct control of air conditioners and TV equipment. Xiaomi said that this feature has now supported more than 4,000 brands.
Lei Jun also introduced the quality of Redmi Note 7, saying it includes a number of quality awards. The fuselage adopts a four-corner protection design to enhance local strength; the button/interface waterproof design is splash-proof; the ‘micro-crack’ edge polishing process increased toughness and compressive strength, and the phone provides an 18-month warranty.