Xiaomi’s newly independent Redmi sub brand will launch the Redmi K30 in China in December 2019. The confirmation comes from Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun. The Redmi K30 will be a successor to the Redmi K20 and while we don’t know a lot about it just yet, there are two key aspects to look forward to. The Redmi K30 will boast of a punch hole display and 5G support.
The Redmi K20 series, which consists of the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro, boasts of a pop-up selfie camera setup to achieve a high screen-to-body ratio. Redmi will be letting this go in the next iteration. The Redmi K30 will come with a Samsung Galaxy S10+ like dual punch hole selfie camera setup. In fact, the setup seems to be lifted from the Samsung Galaxy S10+ as is.
Coming to the 5G support, this would be a first for a Redmi phone. It would be interesting to see if Xiaomi brings this 5G-ready Redmi K30 to India but because archrival Realme has already confirmed that it will launch a 5G phone in India soon enough, it won’t be surprising if Xiaomi does that too. More details are awaited.
Previously, Redmi GM Lu Weibing had said that the Redmi K30 launch would be delayed to next year – possibly to counter some technical hurdles and launch a product when it’s ready. Probably, Xiaomi and Redmi have crossed the hurdles which is why the Redmi K30 is now slated to launch on schedule – December 2019. A ‘pro’ variant is also expected but that may launch next year as we’re yet to get any sort of confirmation on that.
A quick refresh of the Redmi K20 Pro specs – the phone comes with a 3D glass build, a 6.39-inch 1080p+ AMOLED screen with an in-screen fingerprint reader and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor paired with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage (non-expandable), triple rear cameras (48MP+13MP+8MP), a 20MP pop-up selfie camera, Android Pie-based MIUI 10 software, and a 4,000mAh battery with 27W fast charging via USB Type-C. The Redmi K20 meanwhile swaps the Snapdragon 855 with a mid-range Snapdragon 730, the 48MP Sony IMX586 with a 48MP Sony IMX582, and drops down the fast charging to 18W.