The China-based company which has taken the smartphone industry of India by storm and making huge strides with its economically priced phone with premium features and intricate and stylish designs. It launched the latest flagship Redmi Note 7S on 20th May 2019 in India. It replaces the Redmi Note 7 and has a 48-megapixel camera becoming the only phone in mid range budget to feature a 48 MP camera.
The company usually launches around two phones in the Redmi Note Series with this year being an exception as it had already launched the Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro in March, Note 7S being a peculiar addition to the series.
All phones of the Redmi Note series have been one of the bestselling smartphones in India among the midranges phone category. Priced at Rs 10,999, which is about Rs 1,000 more than Redmi Note 7, is it worth paying the extra bucks?
Redmi Note 7S Price:
Redmi Note 7S Key Specifications:
- Battery: 4000 mAh
- CPU: Snapdragon 660 processor
- OS: Android Pie
- Display: 6.30 inches
- Camera: 48MP + 5 MP Dual Primary Cameras with 13 MP Front Camera
- Weight: 186 g
- RAM: 4 GB
- Internal Storage: 64 GB
- Sensors: Gyroscope
- Colors: Onyx Black, Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red
The Redmi Note 7S has features similar to that of Redmi Note 7, with a Snapdragon 660 processor, 4000 mAh battery, 6.3 inches display and so on. It happens to be the first phone under Rs 11,000 to come with a highly powerful 48 MP camera. It also has a fingerprint sensor, Type C USB, AI Face unlocks feature with IR blaster.
It comes in two variants of 3+32 GB and 4+64 GB.
The camera supports different modes of photography and has AI scene detections and face recognition.
Redmi Note 7S Design and Display:
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S has gradient finish with a premium looking glass body which follows the philosophy of “aura design” with a Gorilla Glass 5. The design is quite impressive and stylish and very similar to the Redmi Note 7, clean with minimal Bezels.
When you hold the phone you will feel that it is a little bit bulky but considering the fact that the build quality is really fantastic and very sturdy with an impeccable fit it is barely a big deal! For a phone price in the range of 10,999, there is not much to complain about the designs it maintains a high style quotient and its sophisticated look.
Now when it comes to the display we are compelled to say that it could have been much better as the display of the Redmi Note 7 is sort of average with an LCD display. However, since it is a budget phone it would not be very fair to except an AMOLED display at this price.
When it comes to brightness, the display of the Note 7S in ample amount of light in an indoor situation is bright enough but in case of outdoor lighting, in the presence of the blazing sun, you cannot expect to watch a video or two or do much on the phone as it is not bright enough in such situation.
The Redmi Note 7 has a display of 6.3 inches full HD plus LCD display and 1080 X 2340 pixels resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
Redmi Note 7S Performance and software:
The setup of hardware of both Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S is very similar however the optimization of the software is significantly improved in the Note 7S. The overall performance of the phone is quite satisfactory.
However, there is an excess of advertisements which can sometimes make it irritating and difficult for the user to use the phone. To make the experience smooth and pleasant for the user, Xiaomi should consider removing all the ads from the MIUI 10 software or it should be included in such a way or quantity that it should not degrade the experience of the user in any way.
Different types of applications like photos, social media, emails, run pretty smoothly and it is quite efficient in doing many different tasks like for making phone calls, video calls, messaging and so on. The performance is pretty good when it comes to playing small games like Temple Run but it is not competent enough for playing bigger and more demanding games like PUBG as the phone might start lagging while playing such games.
Another instance of lagging can be noticed when switching from camera app to any other app Overall it can be said that the Redmi Note 7S is not much smoother than the Redmi Note 7. So it is something that Xiaomi needs to work on in its upcoming phones of lower ranges to provide the users of indefectible experience.
Redmi Note 7S comes with Snapdragon 660 AMIE chipset with 4 GB Ram and 64GB internal storage memory and it is expandable up to 256 GB via microSD.
Redmi Note 7S Camera:
Now let’s come to the camera which appears to be the only feature which makes the Redmi Note 7S different from the Redmi Note 7, most definitely in a good way. So the Note 7S comes with a magnificent 48-megapixel camera and 5-megapixel depth sensor for capturing the data. Also, it is probably the only phone within this range with this high megapixel camera.
The other difference between the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi note 7S is that the phone uses this Samsung GM 1 sensor which only makes a phone a good camera phone but it is not as great as the Redmi 7 Pro with definitely better than the Redmi 7 the Redmi Note 7 pro has a Sony IMX 586 sensor.
The photos clicked in the daylight in the presence of adequate lightning have appropriate coloring and have very good contrast and look pretty appealing and alluring. The intricate details are captured pretty well in the photos however in presence of blazing outdoor sunlight, the color in the photos become somewhat oversaturated and the colors start looking unnatural and losses its softness.
The camera performs well with the Portrait mode which gives the photos good colours and sharp and crisp edges. However, the widely publicized camera phone fails in comparison with the Redmi Note 7 Pro when it comes to the Night Mode as it cannot capture the details properly in the Night Mood. The photos become quite a bit pixilated in low light conditions.
The front camera of the Redmi Note 7S is similar to the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro all of which have a 13-megapixel camera and is equipped with face recognition, HDR imaging and AI Scene detection. The selfie camera, however, is unable to match the clarity of the photos taken with the primary camera and is unable to capture the details appropriately even though the colour is fine enough.
Redmi Note 7S Battery:
The Redmi Note 7S has a 4000 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge Technology which is super powerful and lasts for more than a day of continuous and heavy usage once it is fully charged. It also comes with USB type C charging and data transfer which are definitely some additional pluses!
The battery is actually incredible because even after heavy usage of social media apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and playing many small games and viewing some videos on Youtube, it lasted pretty long and the battery seems to last even more the Redmi Note 7. S far this is another point in which the Redmi Note 7S scores a bit higher than the Redmi Note 7.
Verdict: Should you buy Redmi Note 7S?
The battery and camera are the main pros of this phone. Other than that, it is extremely similar to its predecessor in the series, Redmi Note 7 based on efficacy and performance. It is obviously not a phone for gamers! Even when considering the camera alone, Redmi Note 7 Pro is better! If you want a phone with better features than the Redmi note 7 and don’t mind spending a bit more then go for Redmi Note 7 Pro as it is better and more efficient in many ways not just for the camera.
But if you really want a hefty camera under a budget of Rs 11,000, which has to be better than the one in Redmi Note 7 and don’t necessarily have other requirements, then you can definitely go for it as it is undoubtedly the best camera phone in this price range.
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- Glass and metal design
- Battery Life
- 48 MP Primary Camera
- Sturdy built
- Bad Front Camera
- Software not optimized well