Xiaomi Launches New Redmi Note 7 Variant in India for Under Rs 11K
Redmi Note 7S launches in India to join other Redmi Note 7 variants.
Redmi Note 7S launches in India to join other Redmi Note 7 variants.(Photo: Xiaomi India)

Xiaomi Launches New Redmi Note 7 Variant in India for Under Rs 11K

Xiaomi has launched yet another Redmi Note 7 variant in the market that sits somewhere between the existing Note 7 models. It's called the Redmi Note 7S.

The phone carries the same display, same processor and even the same RAM as the one we’ve seen on the Redmi Note 7, so the head scratching is fairly evident. It's going to leave buyers who managed to get hold of the first Note 7 variant a few months back quite confused.

The Redmi Note 7S comes in two variants with prices starting from Rs 10,999 for the 3GB + 32GB model. The phone will be available across online and offline stores in the country from 23 and 24 May respectively.

Take a closer look at the Redmi Note 7S and you’ll find no changes in it from the Redmi Note 7. Xiaomi, in its statement, mentioned that the addition of the Note 7S was done “after planned volumes of Redmi Note 7 sold out sooner than anticipated.

As expected, the device has a fingerprint sensor, AI scene detection, AI portrait and AI face unlock features as well. It even supports quick charging and comes with a hybrid SIM slot.

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a dual camera setup on the rear.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a dual camera setup on the rear.
(Photo: Twitter/Xiaomi India)

Looking at all this, the only logical reason behind the launch of the Redmi Note 7S could be its use of a different camera sensor. Instead of relying on the Sony IMX586, the Note 7S is said to be equipped with a Samsung ISOCELL camera sensor, which explains the reduction in price as well.

This became clearer after Xiaomi mentioned that the Note 7S gets a powerful 48-megapixel rear camera. Considering both the variants carried the same sensor, not sure what’s the reason for using the word "powerful" with the Note 7S now when it wasn’t mentioned before.

All said and done, stuffing the market with multiple variants of the same phone has been tried by other brands before and it has worked to some extent. Xiaomi will be hoping history repeats itself yet again.

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