Redmi Note 7 Durability Test – It almost survived…

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,
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100 Comments

  1. These kinda channels should be banned from youtube. Better option donate phone to poor children .. OMFG its to painful to watch … BTW buy armored case from aliexpress and you can throw your phote from 50FT and no damage. Even can survive 24h water test underwater …

  2. HASTA AQUÍ ESTE VIDEO LLEVA 6.155.787 VISUALIZACIONES… SERA QUE PRODUJO EL DINERO PARA PAGAR LA DESTRUCCIÓN DE ESTE ESTUPENDO TELÉFONO…??? QUE DOLOR…!!! YO TENGO UN REDMI NOTE 7 Y ES FABULOSO…!!!

  3. Nobody would bend their phone this much, I get it people. A friend has redmi note 7. He's had it for 5 months or more but due to just pocket wear the phone is not straight, I repeat it's not straight.

  4. This is like a try not to react challenge for me every time. The next trend should be try not to react to JerryRigEverything destroying phones……

  5. Hello good night, say hello from Colombia.
    I would like to have a cell phone like that, the one I had was stolen and billed. I'm missing 100 dollars to buy it: ((help me

  6. ทำอะไรกัน เห็นเเล้วสะเทือนใจ ไม่รู้คุณของสิ่งของ เรากว่าจะได้สักเครื่องทำงานกันเเค่ตาย555

  7. Anda q comprar un móvil para destruirlo hay q tener huevos vamos a mi la gente q tira el dinero así no me gusta nada 😒😒😒

  8. I am watching this in the redmi note 7 and I bought it cause the guy at the store was like
    Store worker:hey look (slams phone on table then shows us)

  9. What expect from chinese product…???
    Durability then forgot they only give you quantity in low price not quantity lyk Iphone or samsung.
    But brand charge more they charge less compare to other brand.

  10. in terms of specs its the king of its class but once you crack a phone enough to make a hole theres no stopping the moisture or other shit from breaking it from within.

  11. OMG this is totally perfect for flat wires, just put the sensor of the button outside the frame and route the flat wire around it so there arent any big gaps for it to snap.

  12. woah….phone

    woah…nobody think of buying a cellphone just for trash……what you did men real freakin me… all gadget can destroy easily if you want it ….and not everyone can afford a higher price or can buy a thing like you do…durability of any gadget is depending of its user…..

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