Xiaomi Redmi K30 Could Be the Next Mid-Range Champion if it Launches in India

The Redmi K30, on paper, is the next mid-range champion thanks to some stellar features like 5G support, Snapdragon 765G SoC, up to 8GB of RAM, 120Hz display and 30W fast charging

By December 10th, 2019 AT 3:14 PM
  • The Redmi K30 comes in two variants- 5G and non-5G variant
  • Both the variants differ in some aspects- processor, fast charging and cameras
  • The Redmi K30 is the first phone to pack 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor

Xiaomi Redmi K30 is now official in China. As Xiaomi confirmed before the launch event, the Redmi K30 comes in two variants- 5G and 4G with the latter expected to reach the Indian market very soon. Before heading into the complete spec-sheet, let’s just say one thing- the Redmi K30 is the next mid-range champion on paper. The key differences between the two phones are the processor and the charging speeds; The Redmi K30 5G comes with Snapdragon 765G chipset, whereas the Redmi K30 4G comes with Snapdragon 730G SoC. The 5G version of the Redmi K30 offers 30W fast charging, while the 4G variant offers 27W fast charging. The Redmi K30 India launch is right around the corner because it already received BIS certification.

Xiaomi Redmi K30: Specifications Detailed

The Redmi K30 is a great mid-range smartphone when it comes to specifications and the price tag it carries. The starting price of the 5G variant is 1999 Yuan (approx. Rs 20,500), while the 4G variant starts at 1599 Yuan (approx. Rs 16,400). Moving onto the specifications, the Redmi K30 features a 6.67-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with 20:9 aspect ratio, 91% screen-to-body ratio, and most importantly, the screen has a refresh rate of 120Hz. This came as a surprise considering the price point of the smartphone. Also, the Redmi K30 is the first-ever Xiaomi phone to sport a display over 60Hz. In addition, there’s a dual punch-hole cutout on the top right side of the screen.

Under the hood, the Redmi K30 5G has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset, paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The phone also has a microSD card slot for storage expansion. The Redmi K30 4G variant has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset, paired with the same 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

The highlight of the Redmi K30 is the 5G network. Right now, it’s the cheapest phone in the world to offer 5G connectivity support. The Redmi K30 has dual-mode 5G, meaning it’s futureproof as well. For countries like India, Xiaomi has the Redmi K30 4G variant.

The Redmi K30 rocks a quad-camera setup on the back with the primary lens being the latest 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor that takes on the 64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 sensor. Other cameras on the 5G variant include 8MP, 5MP and 2MP sensors, whereas the 4G version has 8MP, 2MP and 2MP lens. Details of the cameras are not known at the moment. On the front, there are two selfie shooters of 20MP and 2MP.

The Redmi K30 is backed by a 4500mAh battery and the 5G variant has 30W fast charging support, while the 4G variant offers 27W fast charging. During the launch event, Xiaomi said that its 30W fast charging technology refills a 4000mAh battery faster than the 40W Dual Engine fast charging technology of Vivo. Other features include NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack and dual-frequency GPS.

The Redmi K30 runs MIUI 11-based Android 10 out of the box.

Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G vs Redmi K30 4G: What are the Differences?

To bring 5G connectivity to masses, Xiaomi has equipped the Redmi K30 5G with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset. The Redmi K30 4G variant comes with Snapdragon 730G chipset which is now nearly one-year-old. To recall, the Redmi K20 which is the predecessor of the Redmi K30, was powered by the Snapdragon 730 SoC.

The second difference is in the charging speeds. The Redmi K30 5G variant supports 30W fast charging and the 4G variant maxes out at 20W charging. The Redmi K20 with Snapdragon 730 SoC arrived with 20W fast charging support. Then there’s the 5G support on the variant with Snapdragon 765G SoC. Lastly, the Redmi K30 5G has a 5MP sensor whereas the Redmi K30 4G has a 2MP sensor instead. Details of the camera sensors are unknown at the moment, aforesaid.

Xiaomi Redmi K30: Official Prices and Expected India Launch

The Redmi K30 5G comes in a total of four different variants- 6GB+64GB priced at 1999 Yuan (approx. Rs 20,500), 6GB+128GB model priced at 2299 Yuan (approx. Rs 23,500), 8GB+128GB model that costs 2599 Yuan (approx. Rs 26,500) and 8GB+256GB model which will retail at 2899 Yuan in China (approx. Rs 29,500).

The Redmi K30 4G starts at 1599 Yuan (approx. Rs 16,500) for the base variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

As for the India launch, the Redmi K30 4G will reach the sub-continent in early 2020. If Xiaomi wants to surprise the Indian consumers, then it could probably bring the phone to the country by the end of this year itself. Having said that, the Redmi K30 already received BIS certification in the country, so the launch is right around the corner.

Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.

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