The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 has been put to harsh durability tests in a new video by popular YouTuber JerryRigEverything, and the mid-range budget device performed quite well up until the very last moment when its structural weak points have been revealed.
The tests determined some of the building materials used by the Chinese OEM to manufacture the device and confirmed that the 6.3-inch IPS LCD display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The shiny frame surrounding the device is made out of plastic despite its metallic look, and so is the dual-SIM card tray which can accommodate a microSD card in the second slot.
Disappointingly, the rubber meant to seal the SIM card tray and protect it from outside elements came off by its own without being subjected to harsh treatment, so prospective buyers should be aware that this particular component might have a manufacturing defect.
On the bright side, the material covering the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner didn't suffer any damage when scratched with the tip of a cutter, which is a very positive outcome given the importance of the module for unlocking the phone. Likewise, the glass covering the dual camera module also proved to be quite resilient to scratches, and technically it shouldn't suffer any damage in day-to-day usage scenarios.
The IPS LCD display performed very well in the heat test, but the panel was irrecoverable after being subjected to the final bend test. More importantly, the final test revealed that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7's weakest point is the lack of a stronger internal structure. It's perfectly fine to have a budget device built out of plastic, but the SIM tray and physical button cutouts on the plastic frame compromise the structural integrity, and it doesn't look like Xiaomi took many precautions to prevent the phone from being easily bent.
Having said that, the build quality of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is appropriate for its market segment, especially for a device costing roughly $150, but prospective buyers are advised to never carry the device in their back pocket. The phone doesn't seem to have any flexing ability and once it's bent, it will forever remain that way. Likewise, the glass panel covering the rear of the phone shattered spectacularly in the bending process.
All in all, while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 ultimately failed JerryRigEverything's final durability test, it performed quite admirably along the way, especially given its price point. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 was introduced last month and according to an earlier GSMArena report, the OEM managed to sell over 1 million units in 30 days of market availability. Its success is largely attributed to a mix of decent features and affordability.
The mid-range smartphone is equipped with a 48MP camera supplied by Samsung, coupled with a secondary 5MP depth sensor and a 13MP front-facing unit. It's powered by the Snapdragon 660 chipset from Qualcomm and 3GB, 4GB, or 6GB of RAM along with 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage. It runs the OEM's proprietary MIUI 10 software based on Android 9 Pie and relies on a 4,000mAh battery which can be seen in the video below.