The Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro are two of the best value smartphones anywhere in the world right now. Xiaomi’s Pro model, in particular, offers some impressive specifications for ~$200.
Unfortunately, Xiaomi has confirmed that the Pro model won’t be leaving China and India. The news first came via a company spokesperson in Thailand (h/t: r/Android).
“As much as I would like to, I regret to inform everyone that Redmi Note 7 Pro will NOT have the official international version releasing to countries other than China and India due to our product strategy,” read an excerpt of the spokesperson’s Facebook post.
Xiaomi product PR manager John Chan has since confirmed the news to Android Authority, but he didn’t elaborate on a reason for the move.
It’s an unfortunate decision, especially since our own Dhruv Bhutani called it “the best deal in smartphones right now” in his Redmi Note 7 Pro review. Dhruv also praised the phone’s camera and battery life, but did find fault with the copious amount of ads scattered throughout MIUI, and felt its performance could have been better.
If you don’t live in China or India, but just have to own a ~$200 48MP Xiaomi phone, you’ll now need to look at third-party stores or get the standard Redmi Note 7 instead. The standard variant swaps out the Pro model’s Snapdragon 675 chipset and Sony IMX586 sensor in favor of a Snapdragon 660 SoC and Samsung GM-1 camera sensor. It also starts at ~$150, making it a pretty fantastic deal in its own right.
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