Redmi Note 7 Pro Likely to Launch in February 2019, Arrive with 48MP Sony IMX586 Image Sensor: Report


The Redmi Note 7 has been launched and it comes as a great start to the floating of Redmi as a separate brand under the Xiaomi umbrella. The device will also soon get its Pro variant with better specs, according to Redmi, but we will have to wait till the second week of February for that. The Redmi Note 7 Pro has only been mentioned in passing at a recent Xiaomi event in China, while the Redmi Note 7 was unveiled in full. The Pro variant will come with the same massive 48MP rear camera, but an even better sensor, so it will be worth the wait for those looking to buy a Redmi style camera beast.

Redmi Note 7 Pro Could Feature Flagship Sony Sensor

GizmoChina and some other websites have reported that the Redmi Note 7 Pro is likely to be unveiled after the Chinese Spring Festival, which is the Chinese New Year according to their traditional calendar. That falls around February 5 this year, so we can expect the phone to be announced in full by the second week of February at the most. These dates, however, were not given out by Xiaomi or Redmi, and are hence still just speculation.

The Chinese company has only said that there will be a Pro variant of the Redmi Note 7 soon, and that it will come with a Sony IMX586 sensor, which is Sony’s new flagship sensor and is seen in the new Honor View20. The sensor will make the 48MP camera on the Redmi Note 7 Pro truly flagship-grade, which cannot be said about the 48MP dual camera on the Redmi Note 7, because it comes with a modest Samsung sensor.

Separately, Redmi is also working on a flagship device that will be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, which is Qualcomm’s new flagship SoC for 2019 and is likely to be seen in many flagship phones this year. The Redmi Note 7 is priced only CNY 999, which is about INR 10,500, so the Pro variant of this device will likely share most of its hardware parts and features. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, hence, could come powered by the same Snapdragon 660 chipset that drives the Redmi Note 7, but perhaps equipped with a larger battery than the Redmi Note 7’s 4000mAh unit.

There are no other leaks around the Redmi Note 7 Pro yet, so it is rather difficult to guess what the device will offer. However, if Redmi ends up spending a lot of the phone’s camera and battery, it will possibly have to cut costs in other departments, such as Type-C USB and fast charging. The Redmi Note 7 offers a 6.3-inch FHD+ LTPS LCD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and with up to 6GB of RAM. This aspect is likely to remain the same in the Redmi Note 7 Pro too. However, the Pro variant might just get a decent upgrade to the 13MP front shooter on the Redmi Note 7.