Redmi Note 7 launch: The impossible phone?!


Redmi Note 7 (Philippines)

PHILIPPINES – Redmi today unveiled the Redmi Note 7, the company’s big-screen mid-ranger that was teased by Xiaomi CEO Lin Bin in December 2018 – back when the two were still operating as a single entity.

Formerly known as Xiaomi’s budget sub-brand, Redmi has since separated from the former to form an independent entity, move that mirrors the split between OPPO and its budget sub-brand Realme.

Redmi Note 7 brings forth several key improvements: primarily, the screen now adopts a notably smaller notch, a 48 Megapixel camera, as well as a USB Type-C connector.

It also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner as well as a 3.5mm audio jack.

Redmi Note 7 runs Android 9 (Pie) with MIUI 10 out of the box and comes in three memory-storage variants: 3GB/32GB, 4GB/64GB, and 6GB/64GB.

At a time when flagship prices have never been higher, seeing this much value at an extremely affordable price seems almost impossible.

However, the most interesting part appears to be the price: the Redmi Note 7 will retail in China for only 999 CNY (7682 PHP) for the 3GB/64GB variant.

The 4GB/64GB variant is priced at 1199 CNY (9266 PHP), while the 6GB/64GB model will retail for 1399 CNY (10759 PHP).

This pricing scheme is unheard of in mid-rangers until late 2018, when another Xiaomi sub-brand Pocophone launched the Pocophone F1 with flagship-level performance for 17,999 PHP (~344 USD).

This was shortly followed by the Realme C1, an entry-level smartphone which was priced at only 5990 PHP (~110 USD) when it launched in the Philippines.

At a time when flagship prices have never been higher, seeing this much value at an extremely affordable price seems almost impossible.

How much will the Redmi Note 7 cost in the Philippines?

Should the price stay true its aggressive China pricing once the Redmi Note 7 launches in the Philippines, 2019 could easily prove to be an interesting year for the smartphone industry.

Redmi Note 7 technical specifications

  • Screen: 6.3″ 1080×2340, Gorilla Glass 5
  • SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, hybrid slot)
  • OS: Android 9 (Pie), MIUI 10
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • CPU: 8-core (4×2.2GHz Kryo 260 + 4×1.8GHz Kryo 260)
  • GPU: Adreno 512
  • Memory (RAM): 3/4/6 GB
  • Storage (ROM): 32/32/64 GB
  • Expansion: Yes (microSD, hybrid slot)
  • Main camera (rear): Dual 48MP f/1.8 + 5MP f/2.4 (depth sensor)
  • Selfie camera (front): 13MP
  • I/O connectors: USB Type-C 1.0, 3.5mm jack
  • Battery: 4000 mAh (Qualcomm Quick Charge 4)
  • Price (China): 999/1199/1399 CNY
  • Price (Philippines): 7682/9266/10759 PHP (China launch price direct conversion)

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