Redmi phone with Snapdragon 888 5G SoC confirmed to launch; could be Redmi K40 Pro

While Xiaomi prepares to launch the Mi 11, Redmi has announced it will also be launching a Snapdragon 888-powered phone soon and it could be the Redmi K40 Pro.

Highlights
  • Redmi confirms to launch a phone with Snapdragon 888 5G SoC
  • The chipset was announced yesterday at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit
  • The upcoming Snapdragon 888-powered Redmi phone could be the Redmi K40 Pro

Redmi has now confirmed it will launch a phone powered by the new Snapdragon 888 chipset soon. To recall, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 888 5G SoC on Tuesday as the successor to the Snapdragon 865. The new chipset will power a number of Android flagships in 2021. Since the announcement, several brands, including Xiaomi, OnePlus, OPPO, and Realme have confirmed that they will be launching phones with the Snapdragon 888 chipset soon. Now, Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing has revealed that the Xiaomi sub-brand will also be among the first to launch a Snapdragon 888-powered device. Based on past rumours, this could be the Redmi K40 Pro.

Also read: Redmi K40 Pro may come with faster than 33W charging support

Redmi Snapdragon 888

Based on rumours so far, the Redmi K40 Pro is believed to be a flagship smartphone and should be the first from the brand to be powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset. The phone is rumoured to come with a punch-hole OLED display and 120Hz refresh rate. Though the exact charging speeds aren’t leaked yet, the Redmi K40 Pro may offer faster than 33W support. It’s possible the flagship may arrive with 120W fast-charging, which is available on the Mi 10 Ultra. The phone is also expected to launch with Android 11-based MIUI custom skin and a beefy battery.

As of now, there is no word on when the Snapdragon 888-powered Redmi phone will launch, but we expect to see it in Q1 2021. It’s possible the Redmi K40 Pro may launch in markets outside of China, though it’s unclear whether it will be coming to India. To recall, the brand did not launch the Redmi K30 series in India.