Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro is all everyone is talking about and for good reason. Specs like Snapdragon 675 and Sony IMX586 sensor will be extremely tough for other OEMs to match for under Rs. 15,000.
Xiaomi’s new note has a trendy design, glass body, a USB Type-C port, and a remarkable camera. In our Redmi Note 7 Pro review, we concluded that the experience was commendable, even if not expectedly perfect. However, If you have different specific requirements and do not want to go with a Xiaomi or Redmi phone for any particular reason, here are a few other options that you may consider.
1. Samsung Galaxy A50
The Samsung Galaxy A50 (review) is the closest Redmi Note 7 Pro challenger at the time of writing. The A-series phone is so much more comfortable to hold and to operate and has a gorgeous AMOLED screen. Other benefits over Note 7 Pro include a fast charger bundled in the box, HD streaming support on apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime, better selfie camera and an additional wide-angle rear camera.
The Galaxy A50 is powered by Exynos 9610 chipset, which isn’t as powerful as the Snapdragon 675 on Note 7 Pro, but is at par with Snapdragon 660 – which should be good enough for most of us. The phone also features on-screen fingerprint which Samsung’s first in the budget range. It comes in 4GB RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage options.
Detailed comparison: Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy A50 Comparison
Display: 6.4-inches, 1080 x 2340| Processor: 2.3GHz Octa-core Exynos 9610 SoC | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Software: Android 9.0 (Pie) | Rear Camera: 25MP (F1.7) + 5MP (F2.2) + 8MP (Ultra-Wide) | Selfie: 25MP | Thickness: 7.7mm| Battery: 4000mAh
2. Zenfone Max Pro M2
If you’d rather prefer stock Android software, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is a Redmi Note 7 Pro alternative for consumers interested in high-end gaming. And after the recent price cut, you could get the 6GB RAM variant for the same price as Redmi Note 7 Pro.
The Zenfone Max Pro M2 can’t match-up when it comes to the camera, but it still has a lot to look forward to. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 660, runs minimal stock Android software, enjoys Gorilla Glass 6 protection, and houses a beefier 5000mAh battery. The curvy glass-finish back also makes it look very elegant.
Display: 6.26-inches, 1080 x 2280| Processor: 2.2GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC | RAM: Up to 6GB | Storage: up to 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 (Oreo) | Rear Camera: 12MP+5MP | Selfie: 13MP | Thickness: 8.5mm| Battery: 5000mAh
3. Oppo K1
The primary reasons for why you’d consider Oppo K1 over Redmi Note 7 Pro are its AMOLED display and decent in-display fingerprint sensor. It also benefits from a pretty good selfie camera and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
The phone has a gradient back, a dedicated card slot and a modest 3500mAh battery. The Color OS software, however, is a drawback.
Display: 6.4-inches, 1080 x 2340| Processor: 1.9GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC | RAM: Up to 4GB | Storage: up to 64GB | Software: Android 8.1 (Oreo) | Rear Camera: 12MP+5MP | Selfie: 13MP | Thickness: 8.5mm| Battery: 3500mAh
4. Nokia 6.1 Plus
Nokia 6.1 Plus (Review) doesn’t compare very well when it comes to specs, but the experience is pretty good. The primary highlight is its affiliation with Google’s Android One program. The Nokia 6.1 Plus offers true stock Android experience and comes packaged in a neat and delightfully compact glass body.
This is also one of the rare few affordable phones that supports HD streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. So, if you are not much into gaming, you could give this some thought.
The higher priced Nokia 7.1 is also an option. It offers a metallic side frame, HDR 10 compatible display, and slightly better camera with Zeiss optics.
Nokia 6.1 Plus Specs
Display: 5.8-inches, Full HD+| Processor: 1.8GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 636 SoC | RAM: Up to 4GB | Storage: up to 64GB | Software: Android 9.0 (Pie) | Rear Camera: 16MP+5MP | Selfie: 16MP| Battery: 3060mAh
Nokia 7.1 Specs
Display: 5.84-inches, Full HD+| Processor: 1.8GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 636 SoC | RAM: Up to 4GB | Storage: up to 64GB | Software: Android 9.0 (Pie) | Rear Camera: 12MP+5MP | Selfie: 8MP | Battery: 3060mAh
5. Poco F1
The next Pocophone shouldn’t be right around the corner, but meanwhile, the Poco F1 (Review) remains a viable alternative to Note 7 Pro for users who’d want a top-notch chipset for high-end gaming.
Initially, the Poco F1 was plagued with several issues, but many of these have been fixed with consequent updates. In the recent OTA update, Xiaomi also added DRM L1 certificate for HD streaming support on streaming apps.
Display: 6.18-inches, 1080 x 2280| Processor: 2.5GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC | RAM: Up to 8GB | Storage: up to 128GB | Software: Android 8.1 (Oreo) | Rear Camera: 12MP+5MP | Selfie: 20MP | Thickness: 9 mm| Battery: 4000mAh
6. Realme 3 Pro (Upcoming)
The recently launched Realme 3 is earmarked to take on the low-end Redmi Note 7, and the upcoming Realme 3 Pro, which should launch next month, will challenge the Note 7 Pro.
The Realme 3 Pro is expected to be the first phone to be powered by Helio P90 octa-core chipset. It’s also rumored to include a 48MP rear camera sensor.
Display: 6.3-inches, 1080 x 2340| Processor: 2.2GHz Octa-core Helio P90 SoC | RAM: Up to 6GB | Storage: up to 64GB | Software: Android 9.0 (Pie) | Rear Camera: 48MP+5MP | Selfie: 16MP | Battery: 4000mAh
6 Best Redmi Note 7 Pro Alternatives You Can Buy In 2019
These are some of the best Redmi Note 7 Pro alternatives that are currently available in India. The new Note has been utterly disruptive and we expect other OEMs will take some time catching up. We will add more options to the list as they surface.