Xiaomi has released so many budget phones with premium specs that I’ve lost count at this point. But the latest is still kind of remarkable for being the first low-cost phone to feature a 48MP camera. I can’t tell you if it’s a very good camera or not, but it certainly packs a lot of pixels into a shot.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 also has a big screen, a big battery, and a tiny notch.
It’ll be available in China starting next week for about $150 and up.
The Redmi Note 7 sports a 6.3 inch FHD+ display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, a 4,000 mAh battery and a USB Type-C port. It supports fast Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 for fast charging, but you’ll need to pay a few bucks extra to get a fast charger.
Xiaomi offers three RAM/storage configurations:
- 3GB/32GB for $150
- 4GB/64GB for $176
- 6GB/64GB for $206
There’s a 13MP camera on the front of the phone, but the rear cameras are the most interesting things about this phone. There’s a 48MP primary camera and a 5MP secondary camera for snapping bokeh-style portraits and other tricks.
While you can use the 48MP camera to take high-resolution images, it can also be used to combine data from multiple pixels and create high-quality 12MP images with HDR and better low-light imagery.
Like most Xiaomi phones, the Redmi Note 7 is unlikely to support most North American wireless carriers. But for $150, it might be worth importing one just to use it as a camera.