Xiaomi’s popular Redmi K series is getting an update. The company is reportedly planning to launch the Redmi K40 series in China today. A report by 91Mobiles says the Redmi K40 will be launched globally as a 5G smartphone under the POCO brand. POCO originally began as a sub-brand of Xiaomi, but has since become an independent brand of its own. 91Mobiles cited a listing from the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), which showed the Redmi K40 being certified as a POCO smartphone. This isn’t surprising, given that the Redmi K30 was brought to global markets as the POCO X3 smartphone.
Xiaomi Redmi K40 features and specs
The Xiaomi Redmi K40 is expected to have a 6.8 inch OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. It will apparently have the “smallest ever punch-hole” camera, as described by Xiaomi CEO, Lei Jun earlier. Previous leaks also indicate that the Redmi K40 will run on the Snapdragon 870 chipset from Qualcomm and will have up to 8GB of RAM, with 128GB storage inside. That places the phone firmly in the flagship region, but with expectations of the POCO brand selling it, we could expect substantially lower prices than flagship-class devices.
On the camera front, the Redmi K40 is expected to have four cameras on the back. Of these, the primary sensor will have 64MP resolution, while the other three cameras will have an ultra-wide lens, a macro lens and a depth sensor. Since the Snapdragon 870 chipset supports 5G connectivity, this could make the Redmi K40’s global version one of the most value for money 5G devices in 2021. The phone is also expected to support Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and will have a USB Type-C port. It will likely be powered by a 4500 mAh battery and will run MiUI 12.5, which is based on Android 11 out of the box.
An exact launch date for the Redmi K40, or its equivalent POCO smartphone, isn’t available for India at the moment. However, the company is due for a new launch in the country, so the phone could make it to India by the end of March this year. That, of course, is speculation on our part right now.