Almost every single day, we have something new in the Consumer Electronics Industry. And today isn’t a different day. In today’s article for Tech Today, we’ll be covering about the Redmi K30 Series, Honor V30 Series, Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and more. So, let’s just get started.
Redmi K30 Series launch confirmed on December 10
Redmi unveiled the Redmi K20 Series earlier this year. Overall, the K20 Series devices sold well. But the competition has improved on their devices since then. So, Redmi doesn’t want to be left behind in this game. Hence, it’ll soon be launching the Redmi K30 Series. The launch date for the Redmi K30 Series has been already confirmed – December 10, 2019.
This announcement was made by Redmi’s VP and General Manager Lu Weibing on Weibo. From the teaser image posted on Weibo, it can also be confirmed that the K30 will support dual-mode 5G – and this will be the first for any Redmi device. Other than that, the front design of the K30 Series can be seen in the teaser image. This design reveals that the K30 will have dual camera setup on the front. These cameras are inside a hole punch cut-out on the top right corner of the display.
When we take a closer look at the image, it can be seen that the device sports a wider earpiece. This means that the earpiece might double as a second speaker for stereo sound. As we saw with the Redmi K20, this might be powered by a 7-Series processor from Qualcomm. Some leaks also hint towards the Redmi K30 sporting a 120Hz display – which would be great. And the 3C certification of the device has already confirmed that the Redmi K30 will arrive with 30W fast charging support.
As of now, these are the only details available for the Redmi K30. As and when more details surface online, I’ll make sure to cover them.
Honor V30 and V30 Pro launched in China
A sub-brand of Huawei – Honor revealed their two new smartphones at a launch event in Beijing, China. The two smartphones we are talking about are the Honor V30 and Honor V30 Pro.
Both these smartphones are powered by the flagship Kirin 990 chipset. But there’s a slight difference between the two. The Honor V30 is powered by the basic 7nm Kirin 990 which is coupled with Balong 5000 modem for 5G capabilities. On the other hand, the V30 Pro is powered by 7nm+ Kirin 990 chipset which comes with an integrated 5G modem. Both the devices will be coupled with 6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB/256GB of Internal Storage.
On the front, both of them sports a 6.57-inch FHD+ display – not an AMOLED. The fingerprint sensor resides on the side of the device just like the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro. It has a pill-shaped hole punch on the front to equip the dual selfie cameras. One of them is a 32MP selfie camera with Super Night Mode and other one is a 8MP ultra-wide angle shooter with 105-degree FoV.
Turning the phone around, we can see a rectangular piece in the corner which holds the triple camera system. This design reminds me of the budget Samsung devices and the latest renders of the S11 Series. Both the devices share the same 40MP Sony IMX600 sensor with Dual OIS and laser AF with the only difference of the aperture. The Honor V30 gets a slower f/1.8 lens while the Honor V30 Pro gets a faster f/1.6 lens. The secondary lens on both devices remains exactly the same – 8MP f/2.4 telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and OIS. The final lens on the back of these devices is an ultrawide. Here, the Honor V30 gets an 8MP f/2.4 ultrawide camera with a conventional sensor while the Honor V30 Pro gets a 12MP sensor which is tailored for better video recording with its 16:9 aspect ratio and a f/2.2 lens.
Both the devices run on Magic UI 3.0.1 based on Android 10. Also, Honor has introduced the GPU Turbo and Kirin Gaming+ 2.0 for the best gaming experience. All the hardware is going to be powered by a 4,100 mAh battery with support for 40W Honor SuperCharge. Honor V30 Pro also gets a special treatment by having the support for 27W Super Wireless Charge.
As of now, this has been launched only in China with four colour options – Orange, Pearl White, Blue and Black. The first pre-order for these devices is scheduled on December 5 and the first flash sale will take place a week later.
Honor V30 starts at CNY3,299 for the 6GB/128GB variant while the 8GB/128GB variant is priced at CNY3,699. The V30 Pro costs slightly higher at CNY3,899 for the 8GB/128GB variant and CNY4,199 for the 8GB/256GB variant.
Vivo X30 Series will have 60x superzoom capabilities
Vivo has been making pretty solid moves lately. And it looks like it won’t stop. According to some recent leaks and rumours, vivo will be releasing its X30 series next month. Several things are already known about the device. And adding to those known things, vivo has released a teaser video showing off the 60x superzoom capabilities of vivo X30 series.
Both the devices in the X30 series will have Samsung’s Exynos 980 chipset at its heart with integrated dual mode 5G modem. Also, it’ll have a quad-camera setup on the back – one of which will be a 13MP periscope unit.
This periscope unit will be responsible for achieving that superzoom capabilities and most recent vivo ad on Weibo shows exactly that. In the ad, it showcases the 60x superzoom capabilities of the device and it looked good. But well, it’s probably all achieved through the hybrid zoom mechanism and not only optical zoom. Practically, the optical zoom capabilities of the device would be limited to 5-6x zoom. Anyways, what was shown in the ad looked good but it’s an ad. So, it would be interesting to find what the X30 is capable of in real-life if and when I get my hands on the device.
There will be two variants available in the X30 Series. The X30 will have a 6.5-inch display with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB Internal Storage. The camera array on the back will include 64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP sensors. All this will be powered by a 4,500 mAh battery. The bigger brother, X30 Pro should come with a 6.89-inch display with up to 12GB RAM. Here, the camera array will include 60MP + 12MP + 13MP + 13MP sensors. Both devices might also have 90Hz AMOLED displays.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Note 10 Pro heading towards Philippines
Xiaomi recently released the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro in China. Soon after that, we saw them launching in Europe as well. And yesterday, we saw that the Mi Note 10 is coming to India. Now, we have another development which confirms that the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro are headed towards Philippines.
No launch date has been revealed by Xiaomi yet. But it has started teasing the launch of these devices in several Southeast Asian countries – one of them being Philippines. Both Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro are similar except the Pro variant having an 8P lens for the Primary shooter i.e. 108MP camera and having more RAM and Storage options.
Snapdragon 730G is at the heart of these devices. And well, the main focus (no pun intended) of these devices is the camera array on the back which includes a 108MP Primary shooter, 20MP ultrawide, 2MP depth, 12MP telephoto camera for portraits and a 5MP 5x telephoto camera.
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