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Redmi Note 7 Durability Test – It almost survived…


The Redmi Note 7 is made by Xiaomi, one of
the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world. Xiaomi’s Redmi line of phones is the cheaper,
more budget lineup. And it has not always survived my durability
tests. The Redmi Note 3 failed catastrophically,
but the Note 5, with it’s metal back, survived just fine. Today we’re here with the Redmi Note 7 to
see how well Xiaomi’s newest phone holds up under a bit of pressure. Let’s get started. [Intro] The Redmi Note 7 has the teardrop camera notch
up at the top, and a dual iPhone-style camera setup on the pink psychedelic back. This thing looks pretty awesome. Kind of like spotlights shining up into the
sky after a nuclear apocalypse. Starting with the scratch test. I have a set of Mohs mineral picks that tell
me what the screen is made from. Lately, even with budget phones, they’ve been
using glass and Xiaomi is bragging about Gorilla Glass 5 on this model, which is good. With no scratches showing up before a level
6, and deeper grooves at a level 7, this inexpensive smartphone is holding it’s own so far. The teardrop notch holds a 13 megapixel selfie
camera right below the large plastic speaker grill. The grill is sitting pretty tight between
the glass and the frame, but with a little persuasion, it can come out of it’s hole. Not a deal breaker of course, but just something
worth knowing. All things fall apart with time, and some
just quicker than others, which is why we’re here checking smartphone build quality in
the first place. Something interesting with the Redmi Note
7 is that the dual SIM card tray is made from plastic. Normally, we would expect metal here. Also surprising is the water resistant ring
around the SIM card opening. It snapped when I pulled out the tray. Yeah the tray holds the SD and SIM card, but
I’m not overly impressed with the materials so far. It looks like plastic is the theme of the
Redmi Note 7 this time around, with the entire side panel made from painted plastic. Plastic is not a bad thing of course, it’s
softer than metal, but also much cheaper to manufacture. And low cost is definitely what Xiaomi is
after in this line of phones. The bottom of the phone is also plastic, right
next to the USB-C port. And everything over here along the right side
including the power and volume rocker is all made from plastic. Budget phones are a great thing, especially
ones with features. And the Redmi Note 7 comes with a headphone
jack and IR blaster. It’s funny how the inexpensive phones these
days are including more features than the major flagships. The back panel is made from glass, protecting
the Redmi logos. I’ll make my way up to the fingerprint scanner,
and surprisingly, the fingerprint scanner is invincible. Zero scratches on the surface – thumbs up
for that. Cameras are important on any smartphone. The flash is protected under the rear glass,
and the dual cameras include a 48 megapixel main camera with a 5 megapixel depth sensor,
both protected with glass and unaffected by my razor. While this phone is an inexpensive budget
phone, usually costing around $200 or so, it’s using a large 6.3 inch IPS display that’s
both larger and more pixel dense than Apple’s budget iPhone XR. The XR is using the same LCD technology but
costs 4 times as much, and the iPhone has 83 less pixels per inch, that’s embarrassing. The Redmi Note 7 lasted 9 seconds with the
burn test, but then it completely recovered with all it’s pixels turning back on after
heat was removed. The ultimate test of structural durability
is the bend test. With the plastic frame of the Redmi Note 7,
I have my doubts about it’s strength. The first bend shows some massive flex on
both the frame and the screen, but no shattering, cracking, or breaking. I do always bend the phones from both sides
though, and with the reverse flex we get 2 cracks in the plastic frame, one next to the
power button and one along the SIM card tray. The phone is still alive – not too shabby. The Note 7 can definitely handle some abuse
and still keep kicking. One last bend for the road. And without the structural support on both
cracked side rails, the screen is unable to survive. The LCD cracks underneath the glass surface,
rendering the display useless, and the touch sensitivity completely. It’s not a good day for the Redmi Note 7. This is not the first Xiaomi phone to fail
my durability test. This Note 7 will join the Note 3 and the Mi
5 on my Shelf of Shame. It did put up a good fight though. And with the extremely fair price point it
has, I won’t be dragging it through the mud. But we still should figure out why it broke…and
for those secrets, we have to go inside. The back panel is built like most glass backed
phones. A little bit of adhesive holding onto the
outside of the plastic frame. Honestly, with how cool this cracked glass
looks though, I don’t think I would even mind much having a cracked phone. Inside we can see the large 4000 milliamp
hour battery. And if we look closely we can see where the
breaking points are along each side of the frame. Here at this SIM card tray, and over here
at the power button. Holes and buttons in the frame are definite
weak points as we learned with the iPad Pro. Looking closer at the frame we can see that
it’s not entirely made from plastic. The plastic is molded into a cheap porous
metal with little dovetail joints. But the weak spot in the power button in the
frame has no metal supports behind it. And the metal over here in the SIM card tray
has just chipped it’s brutal self clean out of the frame. Xiaomi was able to keep the Redmi Note 7 price
low by using more plastic instead of metal, which looks cool, but unfortunately allowed
itself to flex into oblivion. It definitely looked beautiful while doing
so though. Obviously, I just put this phone through a
lot of abuse cuz that’s what I do. Most phones end up surviving. In normal every day situations, with a good
case on your phone, you won’t have anything to worry about. But cellphones are the most abused pieces
of technology on the planet, and it’s good to know what to watch out for, and what your
phone is made of before you buy it so you can be careful and protect it where it’s needed. Huge thumbs up to Xiaomi for the solid specs
and fair pricing though. Just next time we might need a bit more metal
and structure inside. Hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already,
and come hang out with me on Twitter. Thanks a ton for watching. I’ll see you around.

Glenn Chapman

100 Comments

  1. Que cara desgraçado quebrando um celular mt pika e falando calmo,com se dinheiro tivesse facil

  2. I AM WATICHING YOURS VIDEOS SENSACIONAL TESTES APARELHOS I LIKE SEE INCRÍVEL

  3. yo intento tener ese teléfono y tengo que ver esto para ver como lo destruyes.estas loco

  4. Test please realme 5 durability test please please please please please please

  5. يا جماعه فى حد هنا عربى 🤔 والله العظيم حرام🤧😱😭😢😰

  6. ناصح نزلت فيديو تخرب الفون و تجرب و جبت فلوس من وراه تجيب غيرو 100 مره 😂😂😂

  7. Trust me my phone died and didn't work because of a light fall that didn't even do that much damage.

  8. A mi no me jodas que gilipollas le hace una prueba de doblarlo por la mitad haber si sigue funcionando, que mierda de prueba e durabilidad es esa? ni siquiera lo mojo para ver cuanto resiste. Este es un tío que solo se basa en su marca favorita (ios) solo quiere dejar a los Android en la mierda Vaya porquería de canal chaval!!!

  9. Es mas no tienes huevos de hacerle esas pruebas a tu teléfono de cotidiano, no tienes huevos

  10. Pota Binigay nalang yan sakin Kesa Sirain mo. Nagsasayang kalang. Fuck you, Dont waste it, Just Give It To me. I have no phone.

  11. Maybe not all people will treat their Redmi Note 7 that harshly and maybe most of them will buy a cover. I am one of the careful users. But, the biggest problem for me that I have realized after buying it is the issue of privacy. I was upset when I read about the company copying the information and storing it in a Chinese server in 2014.

    Could you please share more info on the issue of privacy?

  12. I have my buddy RedmiNote7 with me right now. And I will not do that to my budyy.

  13. Ngapain dirusakk tololll mending buat gw kalo lu gak mau, lu kira murah hp kek gitu, goblok buang2 duid jijik HARAM

  14. Mano esse cara ta de sacanagem mano que dó que eu tenho por esse celular eu queria tanto um desse mais que putaria que o cara fez da like galera e da não gostei no video do babaca

  15. No puede ser es enserio destrozan celulares
    Yo ni cel tengo
    Que gente mas odiosa

  16. The big question to ask one self is will you ever treat your phone with this type of disrespect.. and for the majority of us the answer is no..so the phone will be cover up front to back with a durable cover and screen protector..I might get this phone off of Amazon..

  17. Лучше бы реальные условия затестил. Смысла в ролике мало.

  18. Бедный телефон((((

  19. EU SÓ QUERIA SABER QUEM É O FDP QUE VAI FAZER ISSO NO PRÓPRIO CELULAR MAN????????? PRÁ QUÊ????????

  20. Holly crap I wanna beat the shit out of you for destroying this beautiful phone

  21. Que tipo de problema essas pessoas tem?
    Pra que fazer isso?
    Óbvio né? Tratando o celular tão mal… óbvio q vai quebrar,dx de ser demente!
    Vontade de dar um soco nesse velho idiota

  22. No manches:( yo muriendo por uno y nomas no puedo comprarmelo y tu destruyéndolo, regalameloo:c

  23. Вот скотина
    То чуство когда у тебя xiaomi redmi not 7
    И ты просто в шоке

  24. @Jerry sir, can u please gift me a MI Note 7 phone. I don't have enough money to buy it. 🙂
    Address : Baitul Aman housing, Adabor Road: 01, H#264, Dhaka 1207,Bangladesh.
    +8801521105679

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