It has been a while ever since Xiaomi launched its K-series smartphone in India. The last time we saw a K-series handset in the country was the Redmi K20, which came back in 2019. Now, one of the biggest Chinese smartphone makers is gathering its social media communities for another K-series handset launch. It will be taking the wraps off the Redmi K50i in the market on July 20.
While the prices and the official specs are yet to be known, few teasers have been given by the firm already. Some of them have made their way to the web in the form of leaks and rumours. So, here’s a quick recap on everything we know about the Redmi K50i before it goes official and where to watch the launch event.
Redmi K50i: Launch Date, Event Time, Where to Watch It Live
Although there are still a couple of days before Xiaomi officially launches the Redmi K50i and reveals all the details, you can watch the launch live stream on Youtube and the social media channels of the company on the day of the launch. Expect the firm to talk about all the specifications of the smartphone and talk about the price and offers in the end.
Redmi K50i: Expected Price in India
As is the case with any smartphone launch in India, this time too, the price will be an important factor, which most people will have their eyes upon. The Redmi K50i, as per our previous report, may cost between Rs. 24,000 and Rs. 28,000 for the base 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. The more powerful 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant could fall between Rs. 29,000 and Rs. 33,000 price bracket. If true, this would make the mid-range smartphone compete against the likes of the Realme 9 Pro+ and Realme GT series along with the iQoo Neo 6. Samsung’s Galaxy A53 also falls in the same segment.
Redmi K50i: Expected Sale Date
As for the sales, the upcoming Redmi K50i smartphone might hit the shelves on July 22. It can go on sale via Amazon India, Mi Stores and retail partners. Amazon also has a dedicated page for the handset, showing the same set of details.
Redmi K50i: Expected Specifications and Features
Xiaomi has not kept its Redmi K50i entirely behind the curtains. The landing page that is being shared by the firm heavily on social media handles clearly shows the design of the device along with some features and specifications. While not a lot is known, some of the highlights of the device are MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC, LiquidCool 2.0 tech, improved haptic feedback and a 144Hz refresh rate screen, the highest ever in a Redmi phone.
MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC
The Redmi K50i is being touted for its ‘Extreme performance’ as it features the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC. It is because of the processor and RAM performance that the firm is claiming to achieve a high Antutu score of 822274. This is big considering the most powerful smartphone by Apple, the iPhone 13 has a slightly lower 782653 points on Antutu with top of line A15 Bionic processor. The firm is yet to confirm the RAM and storage capacities. MediaTek Dimensity 8100 was launched earlier this year in March and is built on TSMC’s 5nm process.
A 144Hz refresh rate display
Xiaomi is also boasting about one of the key display features that makes the Redmi K50i stand apart – 144Hz refresh rate. This is something we don’t usually see in mid-range phones as most of them are limited to 120GHz or maybe 90Hz. The firm is yet to announce other details like screen size, resolution and panel type. In one of the images, we can also see the phone sporting a punch hole camera cutout at the top-centre position alongside a slight chin at the bottom.
LiquidCool 2.0 tech and precise haptic feedback
The highly efficient processor will be supported by the LiquidCool 2.0 tech by the firm to keep the Redmi K50i cool during high media consumption or intense gaming for hours. The tech is supposed to feature multiple layers of graphite sheets to dissipate heat. What will additionally make the gaming and typing experience better on the handset is the X-axis vibration motor that delivers improved and more precise haptic feedback.
Other Specifications and Features
Besides the aforementioned three key features, the Redmi K50i is confirmed to feature triple rear cameras, a single front camera, 5G connectivity with support for up to 12 bands and faster LPDDR5 RAM support. Rumours also indicate that we may see the K50i in two variants sporting 6GB+128GB and 8GB+128GB RAM and storage capacities. On the battery front, the handset could have a 5080mAh battery with support for 67W fast charging. Finally, the three rear cameras may consist of a 64MP main camera, an 8MP wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro snapper.
What’s interesting is that as per some reports, the Redmi K50i might just be the rebranded version of the Redmi Note 11T Pro, which is limited to China only for now.
Whether a rebranded version or not, we can expect the Redmi K50i to be one of the most value-for-money handsets in the expected price bracket.