If you are one of those asking, “Is Redmi Note 7 a good phone?” Mister Mobility clears the air and answers this question in his Redmi Note 7 review.


Redmi Note 7 review: a remarkable phone for the price

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If you are one of those asking, “Is Redmi Note 7 a good phone?”, veteran mobile phone reviewer, Mister Mobility, clears the air and answers this question in his Redmi Note 7 review.


Redmi Note 7 Review: Quick Specs

  • Display: 6.3″ HD+, IPS display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
  • Selfie camera: 13 MP
  • Rear camera: 48 MP + 5 MP dual camera with LED flash
  • Software: Android 9 Pie + MIUI 10
  • Processor: Qualcom Snapdragon 660 octa-core, with Adreno 512 GPU
  • RAM: 3 GB of RAM
  • Memory: 32 GB storage.
  • Battery: 4000 mAh with fast charging

Redmi Note 7 Review: Quick Pros And Cons

Before we dive into the review proper, starting with the major pros and cons of this device.

  • With Gorilla Glass 5 protection front and back, the Redmi Note 7 is tough to break.
  • Great battery life.
  • Fast battery charging.
  • Very good dual camera.
  • Does not support Glo 4G band
  • the body is a fingerprint magnet.

Redmi note 7 review


Redmi Note 7 Review: In the box

  1. the phone itself
  2. transparent silicone case
  3. user guide
  4. warranty notice
  5. USB Type-C cable
  6. 5V/2A power adapter

There is no 3.5mm audio cable in the box, though the Redmi Note 7 has a port for it.

Redmi Note 7 unboxing in the box


Redmi Note 7 Review: Hardware And Design

This is a very beautifully designed smartphone. It feels light in the hand too. However you look at the Redmi Note 7, you will like it.

Because it has glass on both front and back, you will naturally worry about it falling and getting damaged. But the glass is Gorilla Glass 5, and it is hard to break. In the first few days of being with us, the Redmi Note 7 fell to the hard tiled floor twice and got no scratches or cracks.

We have already shared a video I recorded of the Note 7 taking a beating at the launch event. Just in case you missed it, here it is again:


We also later put it through a drop test, in which we dropped it a number of times. We wanted to see what would happen in the most common scenario that users experience – their smartphone falling to the floor. How did it perform? Here is our drop test video:


As you can see, the Redmi Note 7 still came up intact and without a scratch or break even after dropping it twice.

We added a concrete floor drop test too. Did it break this time? Have a look:


As such, after a while, our fear of it being delicate disappeared, and I must say that it feels good to carry a phone around without the fear that the screen will crack or shatter should it drop. This Redmi phone is built to survive the daily beatings that damage many other smartphones.

Redmi Note 7 Review: Software

Redmi Note 7 runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie, and it is a light and breezy experience. User navigation is iPhone-style though, which is something Xiaomi has been known for. There is no app drawer. Swipe horizontally to access all your apps. That’s it.

There is an aspect of the software that I do not like. Even though I was not signed in to a Mi Account (Xiaomi’s software ecosystem), Mi Message keeps nagging me to turn it on, like this:

mi message nag on Redmi note 7
Redmi Note 7 review: Mi Message nags you on and on.

No; I do not want to turn Mi Message on. Everytime I respond by tapping “Ignore”, it is only a little while later before the nag message shows up again. Irritating. Perhaps there is a way to block this nagging off permanently.

Redmi Note 7 Review: Network And Telephony

Telephone calls are solid on this mid-ranger. There is also 3G and 4G Internet connectivity available.


However, Glo 4G users will be disappointed, as there is no support for that network’s LTE band 28. If you want to use a Glo SIM card with the Redmi Note 7, the most you will be able to use is a 3G connection.

But if you put in two compatible 4G SIM cards, you can set both to have active 4G connections at the same time.

Redmi Note 7 Review: Display And Multimedia

We love the FHD+ display of the Note 7. It is clear and bright and works well for reading, viewing photos, as well as watching video content.

However, as is the norm with mid-rangers, audio playback on the loudspeakers has a shortage of bass. It isn’t disappointing: the best louspeakers on smartphones are found among premium devices. The Redmi Note 7 is a mid-ranger.

But plug in a decent pair of earphones or a decent Bluetooth loudspeaker, and the Note 7 delivers very good audio. Which is what most people will do anyway.

Redmi Note 7 Review: Photography

Redmi Note 7 48 MP camera


Xiaomi is very excited about the 48 MP dual camera at the back of the Redmi Note 7. So, we took this 48 MP camera phone for a walk in the park and returned with some pictures for you to examine.

Redmi Note 7 sample camera photo

And below, we cropped into the above picture to show what levels of details the Redmi Note 7’s 48 MP camera can capture. Look at the distance involved. What do you think?

Redmi Note 7 sample camera photo cropped

shot on Redmi Note 7

shot on Redmi Note 7


shot on Redmi Note 7

Lagos State govt Complex Alausa shot with Redmi Note 7 mobilityarena

And here is a portrait shot…

Redmi Note 7 sample camera photo

shot on Redmi Note 7

A daylight selfie in portrait mode…


selfie portrait with Redmi Note 7 mister mobility

And some night photos…

Outdoor Night photo with lights on taken with Redmi Note 7
A few minutes after I took the above photo, “Up NEPA!!!!” People living in Nigeria will understand.

Outdoor Night photo shot on Redmi Note 7

And a nightfie from the front-facing camera…

Shot on Redmi Note 7


What do you think of the Redmi Note 7’s cameras?

Redmi Note 7 Review: Multitasking And Performance

With 3 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 660 processor, the Redmi Note 7 is a breeze in usage. It isn’t the snappiest of smartphones around, but it is as snappy as you would expect a device in its class to be.

Redmi Note 7 Review: Battery life

Topping up the Redmi Note 7’s battery is fast, thanks to QuickCharge 4.0. Note that the included charger is a 10W (QuickCharge 1) unit. If you want to experience the full fast charging capabilities of the Redmi Note 4, you need to buy a QuickCharge 4 charger for use with it.

So, how long does it take to charge? Using the included charger, it takes a little over 2 hours to fill up the 4000 mAh battery. It goes from 0 to 30% in 30 minutes though, which is the fastest phase of the charging session. We tried two other Quick Charge 3 (18W) fast chargers and it didn’t charge any faster than that.

And once topped up though, this is one of those smartphones you do not have to worry about running out of power in a few hours. Heavy users can squeeze out a work day from it. Light users will easilly get two days out of it.

Final Words: Is Redmi Note 7 a good phone?

Redmi Note 7 usb-c port

The Redmi Note 7 is a well-rounded smartphone that stands out in a number of ways, including durability, battery life, and camera. Of this phone, we say that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

And to top it off, it icomes at a very good price. At ₦58,000 (for the 3 GB / 32 GB variant), you will be hard pressed to find better value for your money. This is a remarkable smartphone for anyone hunting for a mid-range phone.

And with that, we have come to the end of our Redmi Note 7 review.

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  2. Tho, at 58k the infinix with 6gb ram is just slightly more expensive… Tho with ?lower mtk processor… Hmmmnn

  3. Mr Mo,is it HD+ or FHD+ as contained in some publications? Please confirm.

  4. Great write-up!The Mi message pop up seems annoying, I have gotten so used to using Apple devices…I am on the lookout for change and this could be the start of something good!

  5. Got the 4+64GB version about a month ago (only reading your review now) and it’s arguably the best midrange phone out there. Would like to point out a few things on the phone.

    Indeed, the speaker is bland but when you discover audio settings and do what’s necessary, it actually has a good output complete with bass.

    Also the screen is truly a tough one to crack. Remember dropping from about a feet high (the very day I bought the phone) and there wasn’t a scratch on it. Still a great idea to get a glass protector / phone case but if you’re not a fan of those, you have no problem as the screen really is tough.

    I had the impression Glo 4G doesn’t work on the phone, only to discover it actually does in some locations in Lagos. I wonder why, but it just does. Otherwise, Airtel 4G is a dream come true on this phone.

    Battery life is great. Goes 18-20 hours on one charge with constant use (chatting, taking photos, IG, Snapchat, calls, emails, playing games and all that). Charges up quickly too with the brick it comes with, can only imagine how much faster it’d charge with a quickcharge brick.

    And the camera is excellent. Night mode especially (long as you have steady hands). Double tapping on the screen takes a photo (which saves your fingers stress of tapping the camera icon or volume rocker to take a shot). Be sure to see the camera icon on the screen before the second tap.

    Great phone overall, premium quality at midrange price which I dare say makes it contender for phone of the year.

  6. Redmi Note 7 obviously is an amazing smartphone. I honestly love every single thing about this beauty. The fact that it doesn’t have Glo 4G network won’t be a problem. I can still make a do with the 3G network.
    Looking forward to seeing more of smartphones like this from other popular brands. Enough of expensive phones that end up giving people high blood pressure.

  7. The 4GB/64GB variant supports Glo band 28. Make sure your Glo sim is 4G enabled (very important), insert it into your device and do this: Go to settings, SIM card and mobile networks, under SIM card settings select your Glo line, under mobile networks switch off automatic network discovery. Search manually for available networks. If Glo 4G is available at your location, select it and restart your device.

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