Redmi Note 7S: Best Budget Smartphone with Quality Innovation

Xiaomi keeps on releasing value for money smartphones to fulfill the expectations set by its previous generation devices, offering solid performance and better features but keeping the price steady. To bridge the gap between the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro, Xiaomi launched its incredible smartphone Redmi Note 7S in India on May 23, 2019. It costs Rs.8,932 and the price is really surprising for the specifications and performance it offers.

This budget Xiaomi smartphone is already doing well in the Indian market. The best part about Redmi Note 7S is its look, which includes a beautiful waterdrop notch, the delectable hardware, and excellent build quality. You wouldn’t have thought to see a 48-megapixel camera on a phone that costs less than Rs.10,000. But here it is. With elegant design, adorable display, excellent camera, exceptional speed processor, enduring performance, relentless quality innovation and P2i splash-resistant technology Xiaomi has packed in enough on this phone thus by making it one of the best phones under Rs.10000.

Redmi Note 7S has specifications similar to Redmi Note 7 except for a few. Let’s have a look in detail about the features and specs to know where the differences occur.

Redmi Note 7S Specifications and Features

Dimensions and Design

Height159.21mm
Width75.21mm
Thickness8.1mm
Weight186g

Redmi Note 7S comes with the stunning Aura design with glass body. The glossy and premium look of this smartphone is not very common at its price point. With its rounded plastic frame, Redmi Note 7S is comfortable to hold. Physically, it measures 159.21mm in height, 75.21mm in width, 8.1mm in thickness and weighs about 186 grams.

Xiaomi has shipped the Redmi Note 7S in four colours, Onyx Black, Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red and Moonlight (Astro) White. It has in-built speakers, USB Type-C port and microphone port at the bottom, volume and power buttons on the right, 3.5mm headphone jack, IR blaster and Front mounted receiver on the top and hybrid dual SIM card slot on the left. At the back, the Redmi Note 7S has a dual camera setup similar to that of the Redmi Note 7 Pro and matte finish fingerprint scanner. The LED flash is positioned below the camera.

Display

Size6.3 inches (16cm)
Resolution2340×1080 pixels with 409ppi
Aspect Ratio19.5:9
TypeFHD+Dot Notch Display
BrightnessMax: 450 nits Min: 390 nits
Cover GlassDual Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display FeaturesSunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Standard mode, Color temperature adjustment

Redmi Note 7S offers a big 6.3 inches FDH+ Dot Notch Display with 2340×1080 pixel resolution at 409ppi. Innovation and finesse come together in the beautiful Dot Notch Display. The Redmi Note 7S exhibits a clean design and the minimal bezels while the dot drop notch adds up to the overall looks. With an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, the display maximizes the immersive viewing experience. The display allows maximum brightness of about 450 nits and minimum brightness of 390 nits which is good enough when using the phones outdoors under bright sunlight. It is further protected by dual Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The display supports Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Standard mode and Color temperature adjustments. The display works really well for its price.

Performance

Operating System (OS)Android 9 Pie, MIUI 10
Processor (CPU)Octa-core, 8x Kryo 260 – 14nm FinFET processor
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 660 
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)Adreno 512
SecurityAI Face Unlock and Fingerprint sensor

Redmi Note 7S is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-core, 8x Kryo 260 14nm FinFET processor. The processor does a superlative job with Adreno 512 GPU for gaming. It also provides lag free performance. The phone has dedicated AI engine to handle AI workloads. It runs on Android 9 Pie operating system and uses Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 interface which is loved by most people. The phone allows a lot of customization which is an added advantage.

Scrolling through the menus and multitasking between multiple apps is smooth and the Redmi Note 7S shows no signs of slowing down. It has AI face recognition that allows you to unlock the phone in fraction of seconds. The rear mounted fingerprint sensor adds along with the face unlock for better security. The overall performance of this smartphone is extraordinary and worth the price.

Storage

Storage SpecsStorage Variant OneStorage Variant Two
RAM3GB4GB
Internal Storage32GB64GB
Expandable MemorymicroSD up to 256GBmicroSD up to 256GB
RAM TypeDual channel LPDDR4xDual channel LPDDR4x
ROM TechnologyeMMC 5.1eMMC 5.1

The phone has been launched with two variants – one with 3GB Dual channel LPDDR4x RAM and 32GB internal storage and the other with 4GB Dual channel LPDDR4x RAM and 64GB internal storage. With the help of a microSD card you can further expand the internal storage capacity upto 256GB. With eMMC 5.1 ROM technology, the data transfer and download speeds are high and impressive. Redmi Note 7S makes it ready to store a lot of photos, videos, and files. With good storage capacity and high performance, Redmi Note 7S offers smooth day-to-day usage.

Battery

Battery Capacity4000mAh Non removable
Fast ChargingQualcomm Quick Charge 4 Technology
Charger TypeType-C
Wireless ChargingNo

Redmi Note 7S is packed with a massive 4000mAH non removable battery that supports fast charging with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 Technology. This battery with enduring performance allows long hours of uninterrupted gaming, browsing and much more. With continuous usage, the battery prolongs a day or more. The charging is fairly quick. It just requires two hours to charge the phone completely. The supported charger is of C type. The battery is really superb and durable. Unfortunately this smartphone has no wireless charging support.

Camera

Camera SpecsRear CameraFront Camera
MegapixelsMain Camera: 48MP
Depth Camera: 5MP
13MP
SensorSamsung GM1OV13855
Pixel SizeMain Camera: 1.6μm
Depth Camera: 1.12μm
1.12μm
EISYesYes
ApertureMain Camera: f/1.8
Depth Camera: f/2.2 
f/2.0
FlashLED flashAuto flash
Video120fps slow motion recording (720p/1080p)
HD 720p at 30fps
FHD 1080p at 30fps
FHD 1080p at 60fps
120fps slow motion recording (720p/1080p)
HD 720p at 30fps
FHD 1080p at 30fps
FHD 1080p at 60fps
FeaturesSteady handheld night photography
AI Portrait mode
Panorama mode
Face recognition
HDR imaging
Low light enhancement
Bokeh effect adjustment
Face recognition
AI Scene detection (33 scenes)
AI Portrait mode
AI Beautify
Face recognition
HDR imaging
Selfie timer
AI Face unlock
AI Scene detection (12 scenes)

Rear Camera

Redmi Note 7S has excellent 48MP + 5MP AI dual rear camera with single LED flash. The 48MP main camera with Samsung GM1 sensor is really good at shooting photos with high clarity and proper color reproduction. It has pixel size of 1.6μm and an aperture of f/1.8. The daylight shots are well with good dynamic range. HDR shots are better when shooting against the light, and macro shots are also comparatively better. In this smartphone there is an option to adjust the blur after it is shot, and there is also light trails and studio lighting options.

Portrait shots and edge detection really works well with this budget smartphone. In daylight, the Redmi Note 7S is quick to meter a scene and set the exposure. Objects at a distance are made easily recognizable. Low-light performance is too good and the night mode photos look brighter. The rear camera does good job with videos too. It supports Electronic Image Stabilization for high quality videos.

The smartphone supports 120fps slow motion recording (720p/1080p), HD 720p video recording at 30fps, FHD 1080p video recording at 30fps, FHD 1080p video recording at 60fps. The camera allows numerous features like Steady handheld night photography, AI Portrait mode, Panorama mode, Face recognition, HDR imaging, Low light enhancement, Bokeh effect adjustment, Face recognition and AI Scene detection (upto 33 scenes). The rear camera performance is hopefully good for this smartphone in its budget price range.

Front Camera

Redmi Note 7S has a 13MP selfie camera equipped with OV13855 sensor. It has f/2.0 aperture and 1.12μm pixel size. The camera app is similar to the other Xiaomi phones and has AI scene recognition along with HDR and colour filters. There are different camera modes and features including AI Portrait, Panorama, Night, Pro, AI Beautification, Face recognition, Selfie timer, AI Face unlock and AI Scene detection (12 scenes). The front camera supports EIS. Selfies captured have good detail and you can also alter white balance and shutter speed. It also supports 120fps slow motion recording (720p/1080p), HD 720p video recording at 30fps, FHD 1080p video recording at 30fps, FHD 1080p video recording at 60fps.

Connectivity

SIMDual Nano SIM with  4G/3G/2G calling and data
GSMB2, B3, B5, B8
WCDMAB1, B2,B5, B8
FDD-LTEB1,B3,B5,B8
TDD-LTEB40/41(120MHz)
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Display
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
PositioningGPS / AGPS / GLONASS / Beidou
USB OTGYes
USB TypeType-C
NFCNo

Redmi Note 7S supports dual nano SIM cards with 4G/3G/2G calling and data support. The phone has a hybrid dual-SIM slot and there is no dedicated microSD card slot. You can use two nano SIM cards or one nano SIM card and one microSD card in the SIM slot. The phone supports GSM, WCDMA and LTE bands. The connectivity features also include Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Display, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, AGPS, USB OTG and USB Type-C. NFC is a missing feature in this smartphone.

Audio and Video

Headphone Jack3.5mm headphone jack
MicrophonesYes
FM RadioYes
Supported Audio FormatsPCM, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, MP3, AMR–NB and WB, FLAC, and WAV
Supported Video FormatsH.265 /HEVC, H.264, MPEG4, and VC-1 

Multimedia is brilliant with this handset. The Redmi Note 7S includes a 3.5mm headphone jack and so you can listen to music even when you charge your phone. It supports microphone and has the entertaining FM radio option. On either sides of the charging port, speakers are grilled to produce quality audio output. The call quality is pretty good too. The loudspeakers do good job. The phone supports audio in PCM, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, MP3, AMR–NB and WB, FLAC, and WAV formats and with H.265 /HEVC, H.264, MPEG4, and VC-1 formats, it extends its support for video.

Other Specifications

ColorsOnyx Black, Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red, Moonlight (Astro) White
SensorsDistance sensor
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Electronic compass
Ambient light sensor
Vibration motor
Fingerprint sensor
IR blaster
PortsUSB Type-C
Microphone
3.5mm headphone jack
In The Box AccessoriesRedmi Note 7S
Adapter
USB Type-C Cable
SIM Eject Tool
User Guide
Warranty Card
Clear Soft Case

As stated earlier, the phone is available is exciting colors like Onyx Black, Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red and Moonlight (Astro) White. Distance sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Electronic compass, Ambient light sensor, Vibration motor, Fingerprint sensor and IR blaster are the list of sensors embedded within Redmi Note 7S. It has ports for charger, microphone and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Redmi Note 7S has a tough nano coat processed with P2i’s patented pulsed plasma deposition. This will protect the phone against humidity, everyday splashes and spills. This technology will enhance the durability of the device by reducing the risk of liquid damage.

The accessories that you will get along with the Redmi Note 7S are an adapter, USB cable Type-C, SIM ejecting tool, user guide, warranty card and a clear soft case. With all the good specifications and features, the Redmi Note 7S is another great device from the Xiaomi and gives a great overall bang for the bucks. It is very similar to Redmi Note 7 except for the camera and yet you can still pick Redmi Note 7S to enjoy the smartphone experience. Overall, Redmi Note 7S is so good and there is nothing much to complain about its main specs.

Pros

  • Elegant, stylish and attractive design with premium glass build
  • Supports fingerprint and face unlock
  • Has good build quality
  • Supports Type-C connector with reversible charging
  • Allows Night mode photography
  • Good performance
  • Fast Charging
  • Water repellant

Cons

  • No wireless charging support
  • Does not support Near field Communication (NFC) connectivity
  • No dedicated microSD slot, instead has hybrid SIM slot
  • Gets heated with extended gaming
  • No in-built Dolby Atoms.

Redmi Note 7S FAQs:

What is Redmi Note 7S price in India?

The Redmi Note 7S price in India starts from Rs.8,932 for 3GB/32GB variant and Rs.10,990 for 4GB/32GB variant.

When was Redmi Note 7S launched in India?

Redmi Note 7S was launched in India on May 23, 2019.

Does Redmi Note 7S has dedicated microSD slot?

No, Redmi Note 7S does not have a dedicated microSD slot, instead it has a hybrid slot.

Does Redmi Note 7S support reversible charging?

Yes, Redmi Note 7S supports reversible charging.

What are the front camera features of Redmi Note 7S?

AI Portrait mode, AI Beautify, Face recognition, HDR imaging, Selfie timer, AI Face unlock, AI Scene detection are the front camera features of Redmi Note 7S.