Fresh from the launch of the Redmi K20 Pro and Redmi K20, Xiaomi has (already) started teasing its next Redmi phone. After bringing a 48MP camera to the masses, Xiaomi is now looking to take things up a notch, with a phone with a whopping 64MP main camera. Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain has shared a picture taken with the mystery phone on Twitter, simultaneously confirming that it is coming soon to India.
The Twitter post doesn’t mention the name of the 64MP sensor, but there’s a high possibility that Xiaomi is using Samsung’s 64MP GW1 sensor. Samsung’s 64MP GW1 sensor works on the same principle as its 48MP GM1 and 32MP GD1 sensors – effectively producing sharper, more detailed 16MP photos in low light, and using software interpolation to produce high resolution 64MP photos as and when required.
Samsung had previously confirmed that smartphones equipped with its 64MP GW1 sensor will start shipping sometime in the second half of this year – which means an August launch of the 64MP Redmi phone can’t be ruled out.
Arch rival Realme is also working on a 64MP camera phone. Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth has (already) dropped more details about their phone - the phone will come with four rear cameras, the main camera will use a 64MP GW1 sensor, and India will be the first market to get it. Xiaomi is only just beginning with its teaser spree, and hopefully we will know more about its 64MP-toting Redmi phone in the days to come.
Considering how both Realme and Xiaomi are known for their aggressive pricing, it won’t be surprising if both the brands make the 64MP smartphone camera a mainstream affair as well with their respective launches.
In other news, Xiaomi has started selling the Redmi K20 Pro and Redmi K20 phones in India. Although both these phones have been receiving rave reviews, social media is also abuzz with harsh criticism – how the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro are the most expensive Redmi phones to date.
Manu Jain has penned an open letter in response explaining that because phones like the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro pack the latest and greatest of tech (including next-generation processors) and also because Xiaomi had to revamp its entire make in India machinery to make up to 65 per cent of the parts of these phones locally, the price bump was inevitable.