Planning to get a new phone in India? Maybe you should wait. Redmi is an independent sub-brand now. A few days ago, Redmi Note 7 launched in China starting at just $150. The best parts of the phone includes a 48MP Dual Camera, USB Type-C port and 3.5mm port.
Redmi Note 7 Launch Date in India
Redmi Note 7 is expected to launch in India by early February. Being the affordable Redmi segment’s first phone as an independent sub-brand, it’s normal that India will receive it pretty quick. After all, Xiaomi has a huge value here in India, especially for the low to mid budget phones.
The launch date might change a bit. We will update on that later. Anyways, keep your wallet closed, for now and read on.
Why you should wait for Redmi Note 7 in India?
Redmi Note 7 is not the first phone with Snapdragon 660 SoC. In that segment, there are pretty great contenders including the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, starting at Rs. 12,999. The Max Pro M2 has already gained traction for it’s great performance.
Redmi Note 7’s performance is yet to be analysed in the real world. But, we have had a peek into it, thanks to a Geekbench listing two days ago before the official launch of Redmi Note 7. That though is not conclusive.
Setting the performance apart, let’s see why Redmi Note 7 is the phone to wait for, in India.
1. 48 MP Camera
Update: Redmi Note 7 in India has a 12MP Camera, not 48MP. But, Note 7 Pro has 48MP Camera. Read more about it here.
The 48 MP Camera is definitely the highlight of the phone. As opposed to Max Pro M2’s 12MP Camera, you get Dual 48MP+5MP Camera.
The 13MP AI Front Camera also has some neat features.
48MP Camera on a phone is not something new. Huawei has already done that with Honor View 20. But, with a high end Kirin 980 SoC, the price is pretty high.
Redmi Note 7, on the other hand starts at just $150. In India, that would convert roughly to just Rs. 10,000.
Given the earlier phones, Xiaomi doesn’t discriminate a lot when it comes to Indian pricing. Based on that, we expect Xiaomi to price the phones similarly in India.
3. 18 months Warranty
Update: Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro have 1 Year Warranty in India. Read more.
Most manufacturers, even Xiaomi stick to their 12 months warranty policy. Exception is Pixel 2 worldwide and the warranty in EU countries.
With Redmi Note 7, Xiaomi offers 18 months warranty in China. We can’t confirm, but, we can expect the same in India too. Only time will tell though.
4. USB Type C Port
At this price range, it’s great that Xiaomi has added a Type C USB port on Redmi Note 7. Let me remind you that the Max Pro M2 misses out on it.
Apart from that, the phone also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4. But, Note 7 has a 4000mAh Battery while Max Pro M2 has a superior 5000mAh battery.
Redmi Note 7 also has the 3.5mm headphone jack that most flagships today don’t have.
5. Expandable storage
With Redmi Note 7, the maximum internal storage you get is 64GB. Fortunately though, the phone supports microSD for expanding storage.
6. Double 2.5D glass
Considering the design aspect, Redmi Note 7 has done a great job too. The back glass has a magic gradient, especially the Twilight Gold variant.
If you are into the looks of your phone, this is something you will absolutely love.
Those are some points why I think you should wait for Redmi Note 7 to launch in India. I also noticed that Xiaomi has been discounting the current phones including the Redmi Note 6 series. This might be in anticipation of the Redmi Note 7. Let me also remind you that Redmi Note 7 Pro is expected to launch in February, 2019. Also, this article will be updated as we have more details. So, stay tuned.