Since the day Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro, it took the smartphone market by storm. Yet even for lower midrange handsets, these smartphones packed plentiful of amazing features. Among the two, the Redmi Note 7 Pro was the more desired one. The smartphone packs Snapdragon 675 chipset, which is only found in the premium midrange territory. Also, the 48 MP camera was another impressive feature to create a buzz. Apart from camera and processor, the handset also embraces some premium-tier specs. Most of us were eagerly waiting for its launch in Nepal. But all those hopes shattered when we found out the device is not making its way to Nepal.
Yes, you read that right. It won’t be coming to the country. The argument could be Nepal may be a small market for smartphone sales. But not just in Nepal, that smartphone will not land in any other countries apart from India and China. We don’t know specifics about the Xiaomi’s product strategy but this verdict has already been passed by the Xiaomi officials. John Chen, Xiaomi’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia, in his recent Facebook post announced that the phone will not make a debut on the global scale.
This is truly saddening. Since there were rumors about the device to launch very soon, we were really excited about it. And this is a loss for Xiaomi as well. The phone was remarked as the midrange killer by many reviewers. And many of them had also recommended the handset to their followers. So, now, other smartphone brands will take its place and will make sales. For a quick example, the Samsung Galaxy A50 probably can remain unrivaled at its price for a long time.
And we are not sure, but there are rumors that Xiaomi is working on a global variant of the MI 9 SE. The MI 9 SE comes with Snapdragon 712 SoC, which is said to be slightly better than the Snapdragon 675. Apart from that, the phone gets a 5.97-inch Super AMOLED display. So, it should be more vibrant than on the Note 7 Pro. The MI 9 SE also comes with a triple rear camera, which is an upgrade over the 7 Pro as well. The base variant of the MI 9 SE comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB of onboard memory.
Xiaomi MI 9 SE looks and is similar to the Note 7 Pro in most of the areas, even better in some aspects. However, the battery on the MI 9 SE is only a 3070 mAh battery, which is a pure downgrade. Although the MI 9 SE offers superior specs over the Note 7 Pro. The Note 7 Pro, however, offers better value for money. For the 6 GB/128 GB variant, MI 9 SE costs 2,299 Yuan ($340) whereas the Note 7 Pro demands 1,599 Yuan ($240). So that replacement won’t be convincing.
What do you make of this news? Were you as excited for this device, too? Or do you think it was just over-hyped? Do let us know.