Redmi Note 7S Review 2019, Redmi has long been one of the most popular smartphone series in the country. To stay ahead of the competition, Xiaomi is constantly bringing new smartphones to the Redmi series.
Redmi Note ₹, 10,390 (Review) and Redmi Note 7 Pro ₹ 14,960 (Review), which were launched a few months ago, were able to remove sub-10,000 and sub-rupees. 15,000 markets respectively. Both of these smartphones offer great value for money and quite cement their spots in the market.
Now, Chinese smartphone maker has launched another smartphone in the series, dubbed the Redmi Note 7S ₹ 10,470. Looking at the specifications, this model is a bridge between Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro.
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The new Redmi Note 7ST has the same processor and RAM options as the Redmi Note 7 but has a 48-megapixel camera similar to the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Does it offer the best of both worlds, or should you consider some other smartphone? We’re here to review it.
Redmi Note 7S design
The Redmi Note 7S looks exactly the same as the Redmi Note 7 Pro with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Like the siblings, the Redmi Note 7S has a glass sandwich design with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back.
It helps give the phone a premium look and feel which is not very common at this price point. The glossy back looks premium, it is a fingerprint magnet and lifts the grease very easily.
The Shaomi box provides a case that fits well and helps keep the fingerprint from the device.
From the front, the Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7S and Redmi Note 7 Pro make it hard to distinguish between the three phones.
All three models sport larger displays with smaller dances, and Shaomi’s name is “Dot Nach” for this. The frame is still made of plastic and the button placement is the same. The power button we were able to reach easily, the volume buttons were a bit higher in comparison. All buttons have good clear response.
Thanks to the rounded frame of the Redmi Note 7S, the hands are comfortable. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack on top with an IR emitter and secondary microphone.
IR emitter is a nifty feature and lets you control applications using the Mi Remote application that was previously installed. Below, this phone has a USB Type-C port with two side grilles with a loudspeaker just to the right.
On the left, the Redmi Note 7S has a hybrid dual-SIMtray, so you’ll be able to use two nano-SIMs or a SIM with a microSD card. A hybrid dual-SIM slot is a bit disappointing, considering that the dedicated microSD card slot on any competing device is standard.
On the back, the Redmi Note 7S has a dual camera setup similar to the Redmi Note 7 Pro. When placed on a flat surface, the camera module extends enough to rock the device.
The dual-LED flash camera is located at the bottom of the module. We found the fingerprint scanner in a good location and could easily access it. The fingerprint scanner has a matte finish compared to the glossy rear panel.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S sends Onyx Black, Sapphire Blue and Ruby Red in three colors. The Onyx Black variant was available for our review and we found that it is in a slightly shorter form than the other glossy options. Xiaomi bundled the 10W charger in the box with the Redmi Note 7S.
Redmi Note 7S specification
The borders around the 6.3-inch display are noticeable, especially around the bottom and camera hulls.
The display itself sports a full-HD + (1080×2340 pixel) resolution, and the maximum brightness is 450nits, which is good enough when using this phone externally.
The display has good viewing angles and color reproduction. There are several display modes to choose from, and you can adjust the color temperature to your liking.
The Redmi Note 7S is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SC, which it shares with the Redmi Note 7 We are not as powerful as the Snapdragon 660 Snapdragon 675 SC, which supports Redmi Note 7 Pro.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S offers two variants, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage priced at Rs. 10,999, and the higher end one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variants are priced at Rs 12.999.
Redmi Note 7S variant will be available for at least one Rs. Their equivalent is a 1000 premium over the Redmi Note 7 variant. There were high-end variants for our review.
Connectivity options on the Redmi Note 7S include dual-band Wi-Fi 8022.11ac, Bluetooth, four satellite navigation systems and dual 4G VoLTE.
Our Redmi Note 7S was running MIUI 10.3 on top of the Android 9 pie and the latest was the May protection patch. MIUI is heavily customized but you will feel at home if you can upgrade from another Shaomi smartphone.
There’s a lot of customization here, and it may take some time to find your way around the settings app.
We found the search function to be very helpful in finding the setting we wanted to tweet.
Theme support is available in MIUI and it allows you to customize the look of the software. The Redmi Note 7S has plenty of bloatware.
We’ve seen the default on smartphones like Amazon Shopping, Facebook, Netflix, DailyHunt, Twitter, Opera News and Opera Mini among others. Shaomi also has its own bundle of apps, and we’ve got apps (an app store), music, MI video, MI drop, MI community and MI pay. We found the Music and Mi Video app to be a bit spammy as they were sending us notifications throughout the day.
In our Redmi Note 7 Pro review we covered most of the shortcuts and features of MIUI 10 in detail, so you can check out the details.
Redmi Note 7S’s functionality, battery life and camera
The Redmi Note 7S is a capable smartphone and manages day-to-day work with ease. Scrolling through menus and multitasking across multiple applications was smooth and the Redmi Note 7S showed no signs of slowing down.
We are pleased with how fast the fingerprint scanner was. Face recognition is also available. It worked well in bright environments but took a long time to unlock the phone in the dark.
Redmi Note 7S also supports Widevine L1 DRM, so you can enjoy Netflix and Amazon Prime video in HD resolution. The speaker is loud and we enjoy watching the content on this smartphone. We hope the speaker’s position was a bit better, as it is very easy to distract it while holding the device in the landscape.
The Redmi Note 7S has gone through our set of benchmarking applications, and the results were just as Redmi Note 7 as we expected. In Antu 7, the Redmi Note 7S managed to score 141,589 points. At Geekbench 3, it scored 1,629 and 5,827 respectively in single-core and multi-core tests. In comparison, Redmi Note 7 scored 1,628 and 5,532 runs in the same experiment.
In the GFXBench T-Rex, Manhattan 3.0 and Car Chase scenes, the Redmi Note 7S returned 46fps, 13fps and 8.2fps, respectively. We play PUBG mobiles and can easily run the phone in a moderate setting. After playing the game for about 20 minutes, we noticed that the top of the fingerprint scanner was warm to the touch but it didn’t make the phone too uncomfortable to hold.
The Redmi Note 7ST has 4000 mAh battery similar to the Redmi Note 7 and can provide a similar battery life.
In our HD video loop test, the Redmi Note 7S lasted 13 hours 17 minutes, which is a good score. Without our use of active WhatsApp accounts, Instagram and a Play PUBG mobile, the smartphone was able to operate for a day and a half.
Charging is fairly quick. The supplied charger takes the phone to 35 percent in half an hour and 65 percent in an hour. It was able to fully charge the phone within two hours. The Redmi Note 7S supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 standard, but you will need to buy a compatible charger separately.
One of the main differences compared to the Redmi Note 7 is that you get a different camera setup.
The Redmi Note 7 has a 48-megapixel Samsung GM1 primary sensor with SF / 1.8 aperture and a 1.6 micron pixel size. The second camera is a 5-megapixel depth sensor that should be effective during portrait shooting. On the front, the Redmi Note 7 has a 13-megapixel sensor with SF / 2.0 aperture.
The camera app is similar to what we’ve seen on other Shaomi phones, and has recognition for the AI scene with HDR and color filters. There are several camera modes, including portrait, panorama, night and pro.
When shooting with the Redmi Note 7S, the camera AI starts to take action and it can detect plants, buildings and pets in the camera it showed us. In daylight, the Redmi Note 7S quickly sets the exposure by metering a scene. It automatically enables HDR when shooting against light.
The photos had a good reproduction of color and the objects were detectable at a distance.
The macro was decent but the phone couldn’t capture the color properly when photographing the flowers, and AI probably artificially enhanced it. We also found that the edges of our subject were not as sharp as the photos shot with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Portrait mode puts the secondary camera in use and we’ve got good bokeh effect, but there’s no way to adjust the level of opacity. Edge detection was good, but the Redmi Note 7S missed some shots.
The low-light performance was also quite good, but fine grains were visible at the output. Details of objects at a distance are lacking. There is a night mode here that makes the photos brighter, but this results in more granularity.
The selfies had very good details and we found the phone’s AI beautification as useful as it was not very aggressive. Most of our selfie backgrounds were over-exposed despite HDR enabled.
Video recording for the primary camera exits at a maximum of 1080p, but you have the option of recording 30fps or 60fps. The electronic image stabilizer is available and the output handles stable. It is not effective in low light, and we have noticed a ripple effect.
While the Shaomi Redmi Note 7S and Note 7 are almost the same when it comes to their hardware, the main difference is their rear camera module. If you don’t really care about the camera performance, the Redmi Note 7 offers the same experience at a lower price. In that case, Xiaomi would like to do so soon as it plans to roll out the Redmi Note 7 for Redmi Note 7S.
You may also want to consider the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (Review), which is capable and available at a lower price than the Redmi Note 7S. Also gives Android experience.
If you don’t mind spending more money, the Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review) is a very good choice and well worth the price. It has 1000 premiums under the Redmi Note 7S.