Redmi Note 7S Hands-on Review

Redmi Note 7S – Introduction

Over the years, Xiaomi has continued to bring premium phone features to its mid-range and low-budget phones. Until recently, it focused primarily on matching the capabilities of the chipset and RAM. Now this is also improving in the camera and design departments. Take Redmi Note 7 Pro, for example, a phone with a gradient design of 13,999 Rs, a Snapdragon 675 chipset and a 48-megapixel camera.

Redmi Note 7 Pro is not a single-use phone. The company recently launched Redmi Note 7S in India. At 10,999 rupees, Xiaomi’s latest smartphone also comes with a 48-megapixel rear camera (with a different sensor) and a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor.

Redmi Note 7S – Design & Display

Redmi Note 7S Hands-on Review

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S retains the same 6.3-inch Full HD + screen with a dotted dot on the front. The cut is quite small and not very entertaining, as the Redmi Note 7 Pro shows. The display quality makes decent readability outdoors and indoors. Auto-brightness works very fast. From navigation to streaming videos, the Redmi Note 7S screen handles everything with ease.

At the top, you get a point-shaped notch (water drop style) that houses the front camera and the sensors. The earphone slot is present just above the notch, while the notification light is at the bottom. The screen is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and you have tiny glasses on the sides.

Redmi Note 7S – Camera

Redmi Note 7S Hands-on Review

The highlight of the smartphone is of course the double 48 megapixel AI camera at the back. The camera has an aperture of f / 1.8 and Xiaomi uses the Samsung GM1 sensor, a bit different from the Sony IMX586 sensor used on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Even the Honor View20 comes with the same Sony sensor and, while capturing photos with a full 48 megapixel resolution, the Xiaomi phone captures 12 megapixel photos by default.

Redmi Note 7S – Hardware

Redmi Note 7S Hands-on Review

The frame is made of polycarbonate, solid and durable. On the left you will find the dual SIM card slot connector, the power button and the volume rocker on the right. The 3.5mm headphone jack is at the top, next to the IR blaster, while the USB Type-C port for charging and transferring data is at the bottom. Type C port is a welcome addition, and few smartphone manufacturers do it.

On the bottom edge you will find a USB-C port for charging and transferring data. The phone contains a large 4000 mAh battery, as is the case with most Xiaomi devices, and can be quickly completed with a Quick Charge 4.0 wall charger.

Redmi Note 7S – Specification

  • 6.3-inch (16 cm) Full HD+ (2340 × 1080p) Dot notch display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back)
  • 13MP front camera with AI Portrait mode
  • 48MP + 5MP dual rear camera with PDAF, EIS and AI Portrait Mode
  • 4000mAh battery with USB Type-C and Quick Charge 4 support
  • 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB variants
  • Octa-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • Hybrid dual SIM/microSD slot
  • Fingerprint sensor and AI Face unlock
  • P2i splash-resistant coating, IR blaster

Redmi Note 7S – Conclusion

At Rs 10,999, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S is a complete package. From performance to camera, there is virtually nothing to do with nitpick. 3GB of RAM, however, may be too little for some power users. You can consider the higher variant that costs Rs 2,000 additional. If you have 1,000 additional Rs, opt for the Redmi Note 7 Pro.

9 Total Score
Redmi Note 7S Hands-on Review

Design
9
Display
8.5
Battery
9
Camera
9
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