Alleged Xiaomi Redmi 7 Pro with Waterdrop Notch Display Appears in Real-life Images and Video


After listings of the upcoming Redmi 7 Pro were spotted on TENAA and 3C, a lot of its specifications became clear. Now, the handset can be seen in images and a video, although, the back panel is not shown. What is interesting to note, however, is that the phone features a waterdrop notch for its display, which makes it the first Xiaomi handset to adapt this trend.

Tech microblogger Bang Gogo shared two images of the handset with its box, while Russian YouTuber Andro News posted a video showing the device from the front. The images shared by Bang Gogo are also from Andro News. The YouTube video goes into the details of the handset, but largely, the information shared by Andro News just confirms what has already been leaked from the TENAA listing.

Redmi 7 Pro May Sport 5.84-inch Display With Waterdrop Notch

Since Andro News was able to show the Redmi 7 Pro in real-life and not some CAD renders, what we see in the video is perhaps, the final design of the handset. Just for reminders, Xiaomi has not announced the Redmi 7 series yet, but all these leaks hint at a launch that could take place as early as January 2019. The YouTuber confirms that the Redmi 7 Pro will come with a 5.84-inch display, and we know from the phone’s TENAA listing that it will get Full HD+ screen resolution. What is new information is the notch, which looks a bit too wide and round for a waterdrop notch and yet too small and unconventional for a regular notch. It would be interesting to see what name Xiaomi would give to its first such display.

The phone will be slim, measuring only 7.8mm in thickness, but the battery will be only 2900mAh. This is a major drop from the 4000mAh battery we saw on the Redmi 6 Pro, a budget bestseller from Xiaomi that was launched as recently as September this year.
However, Xiaomi has thankfully given the Redmi 7 Pro a newer chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, whereas the Redmi 6 Pro was powered by the Snapdragon 625.

According to the Russian YouTuber, you will get a choice of 3GB or 4GB of RAM, but the TENAA listing shows up to 6GB of RAM. Also, the YouTuber mentions three storage options: 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, but does not say anything about a memory card slot, whereas the TENAA listing shows the same three internal storage options and also mentions a microSD card slot for an additional 256GB of storage. It is not yet clear whether the memory card slot will be a dedicated one or simply integrated into the second SIM card slot.

What you will miss out on is NFC and Type-C USB, but that is really not surprising, given the budget of the device. The video by Andro News did not show the back of the device and instead shared the same images we saw on TENAA, where the back panel seems to have a glass finish and a dual rear camera setup.

The specs of the dual rear camera are not mentioned by the YouTuber but the TENAA listing suggests there will be a an 8MP front shooter and a 12MP primary rear camera. The Redmi 6 Pro has a 12MP+5MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie camera, so it is likely that the Redmi 7 Pro will also get a 12MP+5MP rear camera with AI enhancements.

The device will boot MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 but will soon get an upgrade based on Android 9 Pie. The device is expected to at least be unveiled by January, if not go on sale by then. According to Andro News, the price of the device will be around USD 150, which is roughly INR 10,500. This sounds just about fine, because the Redmi 6 Pro costs INR 10,999 in its base variant, and it may be given a price cut when its successor comes out.