The Redmi Note 7 goes through JerryRigEverything's bend test, fails narrowly
Redmi celebrated its new status as a Xiaomi sub-brand with the release of the Note 7 smartphone. It is a Snapdragon 660 SoC-powered device with a Samsung GM-1 48MP rear camera module and a teardrop notch. This budget option was recently showcased in a YouTube video. Unfortunately for the unit in question, it was one made by the famed destruction-testing vlogger Zach Nelson from JerryRigEverything.
The Note 7 - in its purple-to-pink gradient finish - held up well in the 'screen-focused' phase of testing, thanks to its protective Gorilla Glass 5. Its rear fingerprint sensor also survived without scratching. However, Nelson also found that the rubber ring intended to protect the dual-SIM tray from water egress became dislodged and fell off as he removed it.
The side-rails of the phone, which are made from plastic in contrast to the higher-end glass of the rear and front panels, also let the Redmi Note 7 down during this testing. They could not withstand an attack from a razor blade without exhibiting deep gouges. However, and most disappointingly, they did not prevent the phone from virtually snapping in half when it came to the final stage of the JerryRigEverything process: the 'bend test'.
The Note 7's display and back were also fractured by the end of the video. This was found to be due to weak points along the rails on both sides of the phone, and to cheaping out on their construction.
However, at a price of US$150, much more could not have been expected from this phone. After all, it has some quality features that may make up for the plastic frame. It seems that people who buy the Redmi Note 7 should be happy with their purchase, just so long as they take care when using the SIM card tray, and avoid doing anything like sit on their decent-value new phone.