Redmi won’t launch flagships with LCD displays this year, confirms Xiaomi executive

Highlights
  • Redmi has confirmed it will not launch an LCD flagship phone with Snapdragon 870 this year
  • A Redmi executive suggests fans wanting a flagship phone with an LCD display to buy the Redmi K30s Ultra instead
  • OLED screens are a standard among flagships, and this trend has been slowly finding its way to the mid-range segment

Redmi’s general manager and Xiaomi VP Liu Weibing had recently posted a poll on Weibo asking fans to choose between LCD and LED displays. The results of this poll were as expected inclined towards the LED touting phones. Responding to a Weibo user’s question regarding whether Redmi is considering launching a Snapdragon 870 powered flagship with an LCD display, as rumoured recently, Redmi’s product director Wang Teng Thoman has said the company doesn’t have any plans to launch an LCD-touting flagship phone this year. The executive has suggested the Redmi K30s to fans wanting a flagship phone with an LCD display. The phone is still on sale even after the company has launched the Redmi K40-series.

Considering how premium the flagships are becoming, OLED screens are becoming a new standard, and this trend has been slowly finding its way to the mid-range segment. Xiaomi this year had launched the Mi 11 series and budget Redmi Note 10 series with AMOLED display. The confirmation suggests that Xiaomi will only launch flagships with AMOLED panels going forward and we may not see phones with LCD displays like last year. This should also shoot up the price of flagships.

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Separately, Redmi Note 10S is set to launch in India on May 13th at 12pm IST. The handset originally launched back in March and comes with an AMOLED display, Helio G95 SoC, and 33W fast charging. In addition to the phone, Redmi has also teased to launch of ‘Redmi Watch’ in the country. The Redmi Watch specifications include a 1.4-inch IPS LCD square display with 320 x 320 pixels resolution and water-resistance up to 50 meters. Connectivity features include Bluetooth V5.0 and NFC. It has an optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope sensor, geomagnetic sensor, and ambient light sensor. It can track running, cycling, indoor swimming, among others. The 230mAh battery is said to last up to 7 days on a single charge.