Redmi has already announced four phones in its Redmi K30-series, the Redmi K30, K30 Pro, K30 5G, and the K30 Pro Zoom. Now it appears that a new smartphone is being tipped to join the lineup. As per reports, the Redmi K30i is likely going to be the addition to the K30 series and it will be a cheaper version of the Redmi K30 5G.
The phone is part of the rapid expansion of 5G services in China and the main drawing point for the device is going to be its affordable price tag. The Redmi K30 5G is already one of the most affordable 5G phones you can purchase today, albeit, only in China. As per internal documents obtained by ITHome show that Xiaomi does not plan to change a lot on the Redmi K30i from the K30 5G.
As per the report, the Redmi K30i will swap the K30 5G’s 64MP camera with a 48MP sensor. The rest of the phone is expected to be exactly the same and the reported price of the device is said to be starting at CNY 1,799 (approx Rs 19,500). The Redmi K30 5G was launched at a starting price of CNY 1,999 (approx Rs 21,500). The report also mentions the possible launch of another 5G device from Redmi costing CNY 1,599 (approx Rs 17,500) and it could be the Redmi Note 9-series for Chinese markets.
Redmi K30 5G specifications
The Redmi K30 5G has a 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS LCD with a 120Hz refresh rate and 20:9 aspect ratio. The front of the phone has a dual-punch hole for the selfie shooters while a quad-camera is greeted at the back arranged vertically in the center.
Under the hood is a Snapdragon 765G chipset which comes with an integrated 5G modem. There are various RAM and storage options for the device which range from the basic 6GB + 64GB configuration to the highest 8GB + 256GB variant. Talking about the software, the Redmi K30 5G runs on MIUI 11 which is based on Android 10.0. The phone employs a fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone which is integrated within the power button.
In terms of optics, the phone has 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera along with a 2MP depth sensor, and a 5MP macro sensor. On the front, the phone has a 20MP primary shooter plus a 2MP depth sensor. Battery-wise the phone houses a 4,500mAh cell with 30W fast charging that the company says can charge the phone from 0 – 100 percent in an hour.
The 4G-variant of the Redmi K30 5G made it to India in the form of the Poco X2. The reason why the 5G version has not been announced in the country is that 5G-infrastructure in India is virtually non-existent. Therefore it is highly unlikely that even the Redmi K30i will make it to the Indian markets. The Poco F2, when announced, could perhaps be India’s cheapest 5G-enabled device but due to the Coronavirus lockdown, everything is on standstill and it would be quite sometime before new smartphones get announced.