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7 differences between Redmi Note 7 Pro and iPhone XS Max

ByCheryl Evans 2019-03-27 6608

At the launch event of Redmi Note 7 Pro in India, Xiaomi took a dig at iPhone XS. It is surprising that Redmi Note 7 Pro does well in most aspects than iPhone XS Max, Apple's flagship, even better than smartphones nearly twice as expensive, pushing the cost-performance to a new high.

Redmi Note 7 Pro VS iPhone XS Max

Are you curious about the differences between the smartphone under $200 and that over $1,000? Let's find out, and you are sure to be shocked.


Product name iPhone XS Max Redmi Note 7 Pro
Processor A12 Snapdragon 675 (Octa Core)
Screen Design Rectangular notch Waterdrop notch
Screen Resolution 2688x1242 2340x1080
Battery Capacity 3174mAh 4000mAh
Rear Camera 12MP 48MP
Front Camera 7MP 13MP
Charging Power 5W 18W
Net Weight 208g 186g
Warranty 12 months 18 months ultra-long


Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro 4G Phablet

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro 4G Phablet 6.3 inch
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Compared with iPhone XS Max, the latest smartphone is approximately 80% cheaper, however, the design, size, RAM, battery life, and warranty are more satisfying. These two are in stark contrast: iPhone XS Max seems more ordinary than surprising, whereas, Redmi Note 7 Pro is a super big surprise, truly value for money.

Finish reading this article, and you'll be totally convinced that Redmi Note 7 Pro is a much more sensible choice.

Screen design & size

Redmi Note 7 Pro and iPhone XS Max screen design  

If you hate a wide rectangular notch on your selfie, don't choose iPhone XS Max. On the top of Redmi Note 7 Pro, there is a waterdrop notch, making you resemble the superhero, Vision to a certain extent.

iPhone XS Max is super-size, 6.5-inch, 208g, too big, too heavy for most people. According to some users, it is the most difficult to use due to the big size. The screen-to-body ratio of iPhone XS Max is only 85%, the edges are much wider, 2.04mm. As for Redmi Note 7 Pro, it is 6.3-inch, the edge is narrow, only 1.95mm. To make such a narrow edge, $8 million has been invested, indicating that Redmi strives to achieve the full screen.

The screen of iPhone XS Max  

In addition, Redmi Note 7 Pro boasts the most popular gradient colors at present. Both offerings are aesthetic, Neptune Blue and Nebula Red.


Which one is a safer choice?

Redmi Note 7 Pro uses Corning Gorilla 5th generation glass, realizing the unprecedented protection. It can survive 1.6m drops onto rough surfaces up to 80% of the time. The glass is serves as the ultimate protection, while maintaining the optical clarity and touch sensitivity. Lei Jun, Xiaomi's CEO claims that Mi fans can try not using the screen protector.

Redmi Note 7 Pro Corning Gorilla 5th generation glass 

How about the hardest screen of iPhone? HDR 10, really? In the review of "JerryRigEverything", the screen of iPhone XS Max fails to withstand being scratched by an HDR 6 object. What's more, it is not as hard as the sapphire glass of a piece of Tissot watch.

the screen of iPhone XS Max  


Redmi Note 7 Pro is just one-fifth the price of iPhone XS Max, but it uses the Sony IMX586, the highest-resolution phone sensor to date, to capture 300% more details. A single pixel is as tiny as 0.8 micron. Four adjacent ones can be combined for a pixel size equivalent to 1.6 microns, bigger than that of iPhone XS Max. This means improvement in image processing and better picture quality than traditional 12MP image sensors in low-light conditions. As it is known that the bigger the image sensor, the better the image effect will be. The 1/2.0-inch size of Sony IMX586 is only second to IMX600 used in Huawei P20 Pro, indicating the amazing competitiveness of Redmi Note 7 Pro.

Redmi Note 7 Pro camera 

Note 7 Pro also supports AI mode, super night mode, HDR, and the resolution of its selfie camera is higher than XS Max. Those who like photography won't be disappointed to own such an outstanding camera phone.

Note 7 Pro AI mode 

Network connectivity

iPhone XS Max doesn't support dual 4G SIM cards. When it doesn't have signals at all in the subway station, other smartphones function normally. Some complains that it is impossible to use it in a cinema. Furthermore, the signals of the secondary card are weak, and the WiFi connection speed is rather slow.

iPhone XS Max  Network connectivity 

Needless to say Redmi Note 7 Pro supports dual 4G, 4G+3G/2G in the following frequency bands, as well as 2.4G/5G dual-band WiFi. More importantly, you won't have the annoying problems with poor signals and WiFi connection speed.


GSM B2/3/5/8
WCDMA B1/2/5/8
TDD-LTE B34/38/39/40/41 (100MHz)
FDD-LTE B1/3/5/7/8

Gaming performance

Even A12 is more powerful, but the RAM of XS Max is only 4GB. Also because of bad connectivity, if you use iPhone XS Max, you are more likely to suffer from freeze and interruption. Snapdragon 675 powers Redmi Note 7 Pro, enabling you to play PUBG smoothly and eating chicken without difficulty.

Plus, Note 7 Pro offers 2GB more RAM, so you can run more Apps at the same time even when you're playing games. Benefit from the 6GB RAM, the top configuration for phones under $200.

Note 7 Pro Gaming performance 

Battery capacity & charging rate

3174mAh battery for a 6.5-inch screen is far from satisfying. Nonetheless, charging at 5W seems a torture. To fully charge XS Max, you have to wait for more than 3 hours. However, it is not the case for Redmi Note 7 Pro. The smartphone comes with 4000mAh high-capacity battery, providing you with enough power for 22.5 hours long phone call, 15.5 hours video playback, or 7 hours gaming. Additionally, charging is fast with the included 18W Quick Charge 4.0 adapter, saving you over 50% time.


Everyone knows it costs a lot to repair iPhone. In comparison, Redmi provides 18 months warranty for Note 7 Pro, which the longest warranty in the industry. Why not choose Redmi Note 7 Pro and enjoy the peace of mind for another 6 months?

Redmi provides 18 months warranty 

The verdict

To iPhone XS Max, you will have to spend 400% more and tolerate a lot of defects. As phones are upgrading faster and faster, you can either wait for the next-generation of iPhone or select a powerful but budget one. Evidently, against premium pricing, Redmi Note 7 Pro is the best choice under $200 with competitiveness second to none.

Redmi Note 7 Pro 



 You may also want to read:
 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7: Price in India, specs, features comparison, and buying advice
 iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS and iPhone XR: how to choose the best new iPhone
 Single camera on iPhone XR vs. dual cameras on iPhone XS: which is better?


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