Back in the last year, Xiaomi introduced the Redmi Note 7 with a Snapdragon 660 SoC and MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie. A few months later, the company introduced a Redmi Note 7 Pro for the Indian and Chinese markets. This particular version was far better than the original thanks to the use of the more advanced Snapdragon 675. Unfortunately, it never got a global release, perhaps to not hurt the Redmi Note 7 global sales. Not even the Redmi Note 8 was considered an advancement for owners of the Note 7 Pro. Now, one year and a few months after its announcement, the handset is getting MIUI 11 update based on Google’s latest Android 10.
Interestingly enough, the handset got the MIUI 11 update about six months ago. However, it was based on Android 9 Pie. It’s common for Xiaomi to update the MIUI versions without updating the Android version underneath. For that reason, it’s nice to see the company putting some effort in bringing Android 10 for this handset. Interestingly enough, the Redmi Note 8 still runs Android 9 Pie and even the company’s most recent Android One device, the Mi A3 is yet to receive a stable Android 10 update after many failed attempts. A few days ago, the company also provided the Android 10 update for the Redmi 7A. Apparently, the company doesn’t put newer devices on the priority list. As far as we’ve seen, the Android 10 rollout is going random.
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The Redmi Note 7 Pro is getting Android 10 update before the Note 8
Apart from the new Android version, the changelog doesn’t give many details apart from “increased system security. Moreover, the update will also bump up the one-year-old device to May 2020 security patch. The updated weighs in around 2.1GB and is reaching the Chinese units right now. The handset lacks a Global variant, and for that reason, the only remaining market to get this update in India. We believe that the rollout will start in the country in the next few weeks.
Despite its age, the Redmi Note 7 Pro still is a solid device thanks to the use of the Snapdragon 675 SoC which is far superior to the Snapdragon 660 and 665 SoCs. Moreover, the device came with a proper 48MP camera from Samsung. The vanilla Note 7 does pixel-binning tricks to generate 48MP images since the SD660 can’t support a native 48MP camera. Apart from these small differences, the Note 7 Pro is pretty similar to Note 7, featuring the very same display and battery capacity of 4,000mAh. The only problem is the lack of Global LTE bands.