Redmi K20 Series was quite a popular series. To keep up with that success, Redmi has announced the successor to the K20 Series. After a huge number of leaks, rumours and teasers, Redmi has finally launched the Redmi K30 5G in China.
The K20 Series consisted of the Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro. But this time, we have only got the Redmi K30 and the Redmi K30 5G. The Pro wasn’t announced or revealed at this event. Hopefully, we’ll see it later in 2020.
Redmi K30 5G
This was the star of the show – as it was the higher end device. At its heart, the Redmi K30 5G has a Snapdragon 765G – the latest higher mid-range chipset by Qualcomm. This chip has 5G support through the Qualcomm’s X52 modem.
On the front, there is a 6.67-inch punch-hole LCD panel. It should be plenty sharp with the resolution of 2400×1080 pixels. And following the trends of 2019, this device also boasts a refresh rate of 120Hz which has been seen on just a few devices till now. Inside that punch-hole resides the dual selfie camera array – a 20MP primary sensor paired with a 2MP depth sensor.
On the back, we see a quad camera array in the centre of the device with a circular design around that. That array consists of a 64MP Sony IMX686 as its primary sensor – which makes this the first device to have this sensor. Along with that, there is an 8MP ultra-wide sensor with 120-degree field of view, a 5MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor. I would’ve loved to see a Telephoto sensor instead of the depth sensor as depth sensors are pretty much – useless.
The Redmi K30 5G also comes equipped with the dual-frequency GPS as well as Bluetooth 5.1 along with a copper tube for liquid cooling. Unlike the Redmi K20, Redmi K30 has the fingerprint sensor built right into the power button. Everything gets the power from a massive 4,500 mAh battery which also comes with 30W fast charging support.
The Redmi K30 5G comes with Android 10 based MIUI 11 out of the box. It will be available in four colour variants – White, Blue, Red and Purple. Also, there will be four RAM/Storage options – 6GB/64GB at CNY1,999, 6GB/128GB at CNY 2,299, 8GB/128GB at CNY2,599 and the 8GB/256GB variant at CNY2,899. It’ll be available for purchase in China starting from January 2020.
Redmi K30 is just a slightly downgraded version of the Redmi K30 5G – with not so many upgrades over the Redmi K20. At its heart, this is equipped with the Snapdragon 730G chipset – which is a minor upgrade over the Snapdragon 730 found in the Redmi K20. Also, this only supports the 4G network – which should be enough for most people.
Another difference is the camera array. Even though both devices come with a quad camera setup, the Redmi K30 has a 2MP Macro instead of the 5MP Macro which is found on the Redmi K30 5G. Also, this has support for slightly slower 27W charging instead of the 30W found on the 5G variant.
Other than those differences, the Redmi K30 also looses out on the dual-frequency GPS and just comes with Bluetooth 5.0 – which is still good enough. Also, there is no white colour option available for the Redmi K30. It has just three colour options – Red, Blue and Purple.
Even though it misses out on a colour variant, it still has four RAM/Storage options. The 6GB/64GB is priced at CNY1,599, 6GB/128GB at CNY1,699, 8GB/128GB at CNY1,899 and the 8GB/256GB variant at CNY2,199. You’ll be able to buy the Redmi K30 starting from December 12.
As of now, these devices are only available in China. But it is expected that the devices should come out in other markets too – no one knows when though. I just hope it’s the 5G variant which comes out to other markets too as that’s the interesting one with a much worthy upgrade over the Redmi K20. As and when they launch it in other markets, I’ll make sure to cover them.