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(Pocket-lint) - Xiaomi has announced that it will be running Redmi as an "independent brand", with the aim of Redmi to focus on cost-effective devices, while Xiaomi handles the mid-range and high-end devices and pushes into new markets.

That's how we'll see these different brands operating as we move into 2019. 

The latest addition to the Redmi family is the Redmi Note 7. So far there's been no announcement that it will be coming to the UK, but considering that the Note 6 Pro is available, it seems likely.

Announced in Beijing on 10 January 2019, the Redmi Note 7 takes on a form that's pretty similar to other Mi devices, but features a waterdrop style notch at the top of the display on the front.

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Flip the phone over and you're not only treated to vibrant colours, but a dual camera system comprised of a 48-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel "AI" camera. The logic behind the jump in pixels is that you can get more detail with larger images, or use pixel combining to give you the equivalent of a 1.6µm pixel at 12-megapixels. 

Smart zooming is also being suggests, with a 4x digital zoom giving you the same size image as a regular 12-megapixel camera, although, in that case, derived from much smaller pixels.

Elsewhere this phone sits on Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 hardware with a range of RAM and storage configurations from 3/32GB up to 6/64GB, with microSD expansion. There's a 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4 and USB Type-C.

The screen measures 6.3-inches on the diagonal with a full HD+ resolution and covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

As we said, there's no current word on whether we'll see this phone coming to the UK, but it is expected across China and India.

Writing by Maggie Tillman and Chris Hall. Originally published on 2 January 2019.