Late last year, Lin Bin, president of Xiaomi, launched a 48-megapixel camera on an upcoming phone. Today, the company has revealed it in its entirety. Despite the catchy title specification, it turned out to be an entry-level Redmi brand product called Redmi Note 7.
From the design point of view, it looks a lot like the Mi Play announced by Xiaomi a few weeks ago, with a circular notch, a back panel with colorful gradients, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and rear-facing dual cameras – One of them uses a highly prized 48 megapixel image sensor and an f / 1.8 lens, the other 5 megapixel is used for depth information.
The camera can take photos with its tiny 48-megapixel 0.8 micron well-lit or combine neighboring pixels to get the equivalent of a 12-megapixel photo taken with 1.6 micron larger pixels. At half an inch in diameter, the sensor is physically a little larger than what is usually found in smartphones, which should allow it to effectively capture light. Of course, the hardware is only half the reality of the phone cameras. We will have to see how it works in practice.
Elsewhere, the Redmi Note 7 is equipped with a 6.3 inch 19.5: 9 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 660 processor, a 13 megapixel selfie camera, a 4000 mAh battery, USB charging -C and a headphone jack.
Last week, CEO Lei Jun announced that Redmi would now be an independent brand focused on e-commerce and profitability, leaving Xiaomi focused on high-end phones and retail. The previous Redmi phones were very popular in India in particular, but so far, Xiaomi has spared no effort to highlight the brand itself; now note 7 has a new logo on the back saying "Redmi by Xiaomi".
The Redmi Note 7 costs only 999 yuan (about 150 USD / 10,000) for a model with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, reaching 1,399 yuan (about 200 USD / 14,500) at 6 GB / 64 GB. On stage, Lei made sure to compare the note 7 to the two other 48-megapixel phones announced so far, the Honor View 20 of 2,999 yuan and the Huawei Nova 4 of 3,399 yuan.
The Redmi Note 7 will first be available in China, but should then travel to India and other areas of Xiaomi.