“The Redmi K30 series is slated to launch early 2020, and it’ll be the first by Redmi to offer 5G cellular connectivity”
The Redmi K30 series is the upcoming flagship from Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi’s stables. The brand’s general manager Lu Weibing has already confirmed the name, so it’s only a matter of time before the handset will replace the Redmi K20 series models that were launched in India a few months ago. The lineup is likely to include two offerings, the regular Redmi K30 smartphone and the Redmi K30 Pro, which is expected to have a flagship-grade chipset. The series will also be the first in the lineup to come with the next-gen cellular connectivity. Here’s everything we know and we can expect from the upcoming Redmi K30 series smartphones:
Redmi K30 series design
The next-gen Redmi K30 series is likely to retain the pop-up selfie camera design. The OEM may tweak it a little – adding new hues, gradient finish, and making the phone less slippery – but we expect the phones to have an all-screen fascia with selfie camera placed up top in a pop-up mechanism. To recall, the Redmi K20 series ships with a 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display that bears Full HD+ resolution, in-display fingerprint scanner, and a chin. The back panel of the handsets sports a glass layer with a 48MP triple camera module vertically-aligned at the centre of the frame. Other than these, the K20 and K20 Pro have bottom-firing speakers alongside USB Type-C charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack up top, and volume rocker and power button on the right spine.
Redmi K30 series processor
While we’re not sure of the Redmi K30 (Snapdragon 730G, maybe?), but the Redmi K30 Pro will reportedly ship with Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. It’s the most powerful SoC from Qualcomm (at the moment, Snapdragon 865 is expected to launch next month) that is said to offer higher clock speed and 15 percent better graphics performance than the regular Snapdragon 855 SoC. Notably, the company has already introduced the processor on the Redmi K20 Pro Exclusive Edition, and the handset was among the most powerful devices in Septemeber 2019, according to AnTuTu.
Redmi K30 series 5G connectivity
The Redmi K30 series will be the first in the lineup to come with 5G connectivity. Interestingly, the company has confirmed that it’ll be introducing the next-gen cellular connectivity with the regular Redmi K30. The handset is said to rock the Snapdragon 700 series chipset – making it the first brand to use 5G with a mid-range mobile platform.
Redmi K30 series cameras
Now that the triple camera setup has become a common sight in the industry (even iPhones have it), OEMs may push the envelope with more quad-camera phones next year. The Redmi K30 and Redmi K20 Pro could be one of them. Moreover, the handsets may employ 64-megapixel Samsung Bright GW1 sensor, which is a successor to the 48-megapixel sensor that the Redmi K20 series sports. The sensor has a large aperture lens of f/1.7 and remosaic algorithm for 34 percent more optical information and better results in the low light environment. Other features of the 64MP sensor include real-time HDR of up to 100-decibels for noise reduction as well as colour accuracy, high-performance phase detection auto-focus technology, and full-HD recording at 480 fps for smooth cinematic slow-motion videos.
Redmi K30 series battery
The Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro both houses a 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging tech that is rated to add 100 percent juice in about 80 minutes. The Redmi K30 series could perhaps come with a slightly beefier battery (4,500mAh cell, maybe?) and 30W fast-charging tech.
Redmi K30 series launch
The Redmi K30 series launch has been scheduled for early 2020. Redmi is yet to confirm the launch date of the lineup, but we’re expecting it to happen in quarter one. So buckle up!
Redmi K30 series price
The Redmi K30 series will cost more than its predecessor. Since 5G SoC is still very expensive, the handsets may be priced more than the starting price of Redmi K20 and K20 Pro in China. However, their 4G counterparts, which will be heading to markets such as India, should cost only a little more than than the K20 series.