In just a few days Xiaomi’s sub-brand will unveil its new flagship line-up Redmi K30. The new series will include two variants: Redmi K30 and K30 5G (someone also refers to the latter as the Redmi K30 Pro), and it is a very important line-up because it will include the first Redmi phones with 5G support. Here we collected all the info we got about their specifications and launch in order to give you a complete glimpse of what these smartphones will be ahead of the official announcement. The information is not only based on official declarations but also on leaks and rumors, but all of it comes from reliable sources.
Xiaomi Redmi K30 and K30 5G rumor roundup
Various official images revealed the design of the Redmi K30 in all its splendor. The front side will house a punch-hole display with a dual front camera inside so that the bezels will be very narrow even though there will not be a notch. Another official teaser shows us the rear side of the phone with a circular module including four rear cameras arranged vertically. Under the camera module, we can clearly see a dual-LED flash and the word 5G, while the Redmi logo is placed on the inferior part, vertically. On the phone, you will also find NFC, an IR blaster, and a 3.5 mm audio jack (yay).
According to reports, Redmi K30 will sport a 6.6-inch display: it will be an IPS LCD panel with a high 120 Hz refresh rate (the same as the latest iPhones) and two in-display cameras thanks to a dual punch-hole design. Note that the 120 Hz refresh rate may be an exclusive for the Redmi K30 Pro, while the Redmi K30 might come with a standard 60 Hz display. While the rear cameras are placed vertically, the two front cameras are placed horizontally. The resolution of the display should be Full HD+ with 1080 x 2400 pixels and a 29:9 aspect ratio, while the fingerprint reader will be side-mounted since the display will be LCD. There will also be the Gorilla Glass 5 protection, not the latest Corning’s standard but still sturdy.
Hardware & Software
As mentioned above, at least one device from the Redmi K30 will carry the support to 5G connectivity, but unlike all the other 5G phones launched until now, the 5G variant will not be powered by a Qualcomm SoC. It will pack the first MediaTek’s 5G chipset with flagship-class specifications. We are talking about the Dimensity 1000 which includes a 5G modem. The phone will support dual 5G, which means it is compatible with both SA and NSA modes (unlike the Snapdragon X50 modem usually paired with the Snapdragon 855+ that is a single mode 5G modem). So it does not have to rely necessarily on 4G and it can rely on LTE infrastructure if 5G is not completely ready in a certain zone. MediaTek Dimensity 1000 was already tested on AnTuTu benchmarks where it scored an even better result than Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ and Apple A13 Bionic. You can learn more about the Dimensity 1000 5G-enabled chipset by MediaTek and its amazing benchmark scores by clicking here. According to rumors, the Redmi K30 will also come in a version with 4G connectivity only packing a less powerful Snapdragon 730G chipset: an advanced version of the SoC found on the predecessor Redmi K20. But according to leaked benchmarks, there will still be a Snapdragon 730 SoC since the GPU appearing in the benchmarks is the Adreno 618. The base variant of the Redmi K30 will offer 64 GB of internal storage, but there will obviously be higher-end memory configurations. Users will find Android 10 out of the box, customized by MIUI 11.
Besides offering great performance at a probably interesting price, Redmi K30 will also come with a pretty nice camera department. On the rear side, there will be a quad camera including a main Sony IMX686 sensor with a 60 MP resolution, a 13 MP ultrawide sensor, an 8 MP telephoto lens with optical zoom and a 2 MP sensor. In the display, you will find a dual camera including a 32 MP main sensor for selfies and an additional ToF sensor for 3D facial recognition. But not everyone has the same opinion: according to some rumors, there will be a secondary ultrawide sensor in a similar configuration to the Honor V30 Pro, which makes definitely more sense.
Redmi K30 is expected to house a battery with a capacity ranging from 4500 mAh to 5000 mAh. It will be a very long-lasting battery, similar to the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro which recently debuted in the global market under the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 moniker. The battery will support a 27W fast charging technology, not the fastest one but still satisfying. Note that Redmi K20 supports 18W fast charging which is even slower.
Redmi K30 and K30 5G – Launch, price and availability
Redmi K30 alongside its 5G variant will be officially announced on December 10: the company already confirmed the launch date through an official teaser. The handsets should debut in the Chinese market only since the K series is only meant for Chinese customers. The handset may hit the global market under a different moniker just like happent with the K20 series which debuted globally with the Xiaomi Mi 9T and 9T Pro (the international version of Redmi K20 and K20 Pro). The starting price of the Redmi K30 is rumored to be ¥1999 which roughly translates into $285. Note that a lot of info contained in this article comes from rumors, including the price, that is why it is a rumor roundup. So, take everything with a pinch of salt and wait for the official launch in order to know everything for sure about this device.