Gadgets for humans

Xiaomi reignites the megapixel wars with its 48MP Redmi Note 7 (Update: now in India)

The megapixel empire strikes back

Price $ 249 ProductRedmi Note 7 by Xiaomi

It feels like we’re back in 2012 with phone makers battling each other over megapixel counts. Weeks after Honor announced its ambitious View20 with a 48-megapixel dual camera, Xiaomi today announced the Redmi Note 7 with a similarly specced shooter.

This is the first phone under the company’s new Redmi sub-brand that was announced last week. The rest of the Note 7’s specifications of the phone give us an idea of what we can expect from mid-range phones in 2019:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • Screen: 6.3-inch 2340×1080 pixel LCD display
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Rear camera: 48-megapixel + 5-megapixel depth-sensing camera
  • Front camera: 13-megapixel
  • Internal storage: 64GB
  • Software: Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh

The company claims that you can take a 48-megapixel photo with 0.8-micron pixel size in well-lit conditions, or opt for a 12-megapixel photo with a larger 1.6-micron pixel size in low light situations. We will be only able to tell if these numbers matter in real life once we get our hands on a review unit, so stay tuned for that.

Redmi Note 7

The Redmi Note 7 is priced at 999 Yuan ($150) for the 3GB+32GB version,1,199 Yuan ($175) for the 4GB+64GB version and, 1,399 Yuan ($200) The device is only available in China at the moment. If you’re based elsewhere, you can order it over at Gearbest, where the 4GB/64GB variant costs $279.

Any bets on which brand will be the next to launch a 48-megapixel phone?

Update (February 28, 2019): Redmi has launched this device in India today, and it’s dubbed the Note 7 Pro. It’s priced at Rs. 13,999 ($196) for the 4GB/64GB model, and at Rs. 16,999 ($238) for the 6GB/128GB variant; it’ll go on sale on March 13 on, Flipkart, and Xiaomi’s offline stores. 

There’s also a lower-end variant called the Note 7, which swaps the 48-megapixel camera for a 12-megapixel+2-megapixel system, and the Pro’s new Snapdragon 675 chip for last year’s mid-range Snapdragon 660. It’ll be available at Rs. 9,999 ($140) for the 3GB/32GB model, and at Rs. 11,999 ($168) for the 4GB/64GB variant on March 6.

This post includes affiliate links to products that you can buy online. If you purchase them through our links, we get a small cut of the revenue.

For more gear, gadget, and hardware news and reviews, follow Plugged on Twitter and Flipboard.

Published January 10, 2019 — 07:54 UTC

Price $ 249 ProductRedmi Note 7 by Xiaomi

Corona coverage

Read our daily coverage on how the tech industry is responding to the coronavirus and subscribe to our weekly newsletter Coronavirus in Context.

For tips and tricks on working remotely, check out our Growth Quarters articles here or follow us on Twitter.