Buoyed by the success of the Redmi K20 series Xiaomi’s subsidiary Redmi was said to be working on its sequels, the Redmi K30 and Redmi K30 Pro. Recently, even a report popped up suggesting that Redmi will launch the regular Redmi K30 before the end of this year, while the Redmi K30 Pro will be reserved for the launch in the first quarter of 2020. However, the company yesterday ruled out the possibility of the Redmi K30 going into the wild this early.
Redmi General Manager, Lu Weibing on the microblogging website, Weibo wrote in the Chinese translation of which reads, “In 2020, Redmi is a 5G pioneer. See you at K30!” leaving us with no doubt that the Redmi K30 is destined for a release next year.
Earlier, the company has teased Redmi K30 to come with 5G support. The same 5G is the reason why the Redmi K30 has been pushed back to 2020. Since the 5G is still in a nascent stage, a full exploration of the technology is called for, and fixes are needed for Redmi to ensure seamless 5G experience to its customers.
Weibing said as Redmi attaches the highest importance to quality, it won’t release the Redmi K30 without the best quality 5G terminal.
The Redmi K20 used Snapdragon 730 chip, so the Redmi K30 is also expected to pack a similar mid-tier SoC but with 5G support. Qualcomm has recently announced that it would bring 5G support to its Snapdragon 600 and 700 series SoCs in 2020. In a way, this goes to justify the delay in the arrival of the Redmi K30.
So far, a zilch is known about the specs of the Redmi K30. The only thing that is confirmed apart from the 5G compatibility is that the smartphone will have two selfie cameras up front. The teaser mentioned above had shown off dual punch-hole cutouts on the top-right corner of Redmi K30’s display, meant for wielding two selfie cameras.
To recall, the Redmi K20, in contrast, came with a pop-up selfie camera mechanism with no punch-hole or a notch on display. Its AMOLED display is, however, expected to be carried over to the Redmi K30. A report in the past had also suggested a 5G-powered MediaTek SoC for the device, but it seems unlikely.
Not only the specs but also the pricing of the Redmi is not known yet. But it is likely to cost less than CNY3,000 (Approx. USD428/EUR387). In keeping with the practice of the company, the Redmi K30 will first see the light in China before it moves to other markets.
Meanwhile, Xiaomi India’s marketing head, Anuj Sharma, has quashed the rumor that a new variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro is on its way with the Snapdragon 730G SoC to counter the Realme X2.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro launched in August this year with the world’s first 64MP quad rear camera but made use of a MediaTek Helio G90T SoC instead of usual Snapdragon SoCs. Apparently, this was done to keep the price in check.