Xiaomi launches the Redmi Note 7 in France at very low prices: our photos and first impressions


After a launch in China earlier this year, Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7 landed in France. This smartphone offers a brand new design and breaks prices in France. Here are our first impressions on the phone.

If we had to remember a smartphone launch of Xiaomi in France in 2018, it would undoubtedly be the Redmi Note 5. It was one of our favorites and a real bomb in terms of value for money. Less than a year later, Xiaomi seems to want to reiterate with the launch of the Redmi Note 7 in France. First difference in 2019: the brand Redmi begins to take its independence with an explicit logo on the back of the smartphone: "Redmi by Xiaomi", probably a first step so that Xiaomi can increase its prices.
Price and availability of the Redmi Note 7 in France
The launch in Spain had already given us a little idea about the European price of the phone. Xiaomi has now unveiled the launch price of the Redmi Note 7 in France. The smartphone will be available from 199 euros for the 32 GB version (3 GB of RAM) and 229 euros for the 64 GB version (4 GB of RAM).
Pre-orders begin March 12, 2019, today. The release is scheduled for March 18th.

Design
Compared to the Redmi Note 5 and Note 6 Pro, the design is probably the aspect that Xiaomi has reworked the most. The brand abandons the aluminum design for a chassis combining plastic slices and a glass back protected by Gorilla Glass. This change of design allows Xiaomi to adopt new colors, like the very elegant Neptune Blue that illustrates this article. Nothing original, however: we find here something that Huawei and Honor have been offering for several months.
                  
At the front, the large notch of the Redmi Note 6 Pro has been changed to a small central notch shaped like Essential Phone Drop. Among the welcome developments in design is the arrival of the USB Type-C which corrects one of the recurring criticisms made to smartphones in this price segment.
                  
Technical sheet
Here are the technical features of the Redmi Note 7.
        Model
                                    Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
                    
            OS version
                                            
                            Android 9.0
                Interface
                                            
                            MIUI
                Screen size
                                            
                            6.3 inches
                Definition
                                            
                            2340 x 1080 pixels
                Pixel density
                                            
                            409 dpi
                SoC
                                            
                            Snapdragon 660 to 2.2GHz
                Processor (CPU)
                                            
                            ARMv8
                Graphics Chip (GPU)
                                            
                            Adreno 512
                RAM memory
                                            
                            3 GB
                Internal memory (flash)
                                            
                            32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
                MicroSD
                                            
                            Yes
                Camera (backpack)
                                            
                            1:48 megapixel sensor, 2 megapixel sensor
                Camera (front)
                                            
                            13 megapixels
                Video recording
                                            
                            1080p
                Wireless
                                            
                            Yes
                Bluetooth
                                            
                            5.0 + A2DP + LE
                networks
                                            
                            LTE, HSPA, GSM
                Supported bands
                                            
                            2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7)
                SIM
                                            
                            2x nano SIM
                NFC
                                            
                            No
                Ports (Inputs / Outputs)
                                            
                            USB Type-C
                Geolocation
                                            
                            Yes
                Drums
                                            
                            4000 mAh
                Dimensions
                                            
                            159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm
                Weight
                                            
                            186 grams
                Colors
                                            
                            Red, Blue, Black
                Price
                                            
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                        Product sheet
                                            
                                The Redmi Note 7 marks the transition from the range to the Snapdragon 660 Series SoC, which is expected to provide additional performance compared to the 630 series used in previous generations, to the detriment of higher energy consumption. Fortunately, the bulky 4,000 mAh battery is still there.
If we can applaud the use of Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 5.0, we regret the absence of the NFC is a little more noticeable with the rise in popularity of contactless payment by smartphone. Almost all 4G frequencies used in France are managed, with the exception of the frequency 700 MHz (band 28) is not managed. The latter is mainly used by Free Mobile.
Getting started
While waiting for the complete test of the smartphone, which will arrive quickly on FrAndroid, here are our first impressions. If the upmarket design is certainly pleasant to the eye, the color between blue and purple is really very successful, we can not totally say the same ergonomics.

Overall, it's still a pretty nice smartphone in hand, but we must recognize that with 186 grams on the scale and its 75 mm wide, the phone is quite impressive. Above all, its design using a lot of glass and the slightly curved edges reinforces this side at once thick, dense and voluminous.
                  
Once switched on, the Redmi Note 7 illuminates us with a LCD IPS Full HD + quite classic in the whole. The device runs Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10.2, and a quick check shows compatibility with Widevine L1 for DRM. The manufacturer seems to have learned from its mistakes, the Mi 9 already proposed this compatibility.
Our photos
                        
    
    
        
        
    
                
    

        
                
    
    

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