As India’s much awaited rollout of 5G services come nearer, word regarding more device tests for 5G services have also been surfacing. The latest of the lot is a collaboration between Xiaomi, India’s biggest smartphone seller by volume, and Reliance Jio, India’s biggest telecom operator by market share. Notably, the two companies came together to test the 5G network capabilities of the Redmi K50i smartphone – a device that supports 12 5G bands.
What Redmi K50i Could Offer in India
The 5G trial came ahead of the Redmi K50i smartphone’s upcoming India launch, later this week. The smartphone’s launch has been confirmed by Xiaomi itself, bringing back the K series of ‘premium’ Redmi phones in India. The device reportedly cleared Reliance Jio’s 5G network test, which included consumer tasks such as streaming 4K video content without buffering, and cloud-based gaming as well. Such tasks are expected to become mainstream once 5G is rolled out for users – and could include allowing users to stream full-blown AAA video games to mobile screens without lags and buffers.
The Redmi K50i, meanwhile, is set to launch on July 20. The device is apparently a rebranded version of the Redmi Note 11T Pro Plus 5G smartphone, which was launched in China in May this year, at a starting price of CNY 2,099 (approx. Rs 25,000) for its 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant.
As a result, expected specifications of the Redmi K50i smartphone include a 6.6-inch full HD+ LCD display with HDR10 and Dolby Vision certification, and 144Hz refresh rate. The latter is among the fastest in the industry, and has so far only been seen in a limited number of gaming centric smartphones.
Other key features include the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 mid-range 5G SoC, 8GB RAM across all variants, 256GB internal storage, a MIUI 13-based Android 12 interface, a triple rear camera with 64MP main and 8MP ultra-wide sensors, 4K video recording, 16MP front camera with full HD video conferencing, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, USB-C and 3.5mm audio ports, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a 4,400mAh battery with 120W fast charging.
Redmi will also reportedly be launching the Redmi Buds 3 Lite at the event, which would be the brand’s latest budget true wireless earbuds. The earbuds will be powered by 6mm audio drivers, the latest generation of Bluetooth connectivity, 18 hours of battery life, and splash resistance for workouts.