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Redmi K30 5G

Redmi K30 5G announced – unarguably the cheapest 5G smartphone

Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi has today announced the Redmi K30 – the successor to the Redmi K20 that reportedly sold over a million units in its first month of existence. The device balances performance with affordability, as it is unarguably the cheapest 5G capable smartphone to have launched in the Chinese market.

The Redmi K30 is a worthy successor to the K20 launched earlier this year. It comes with a number of first features for the Xiaomi sub-brand. First, off, the Redmi as earlier rumored is the first ever smartphone to debut with the all-new Snapdragon 765G gaming-centric 5G chipset. The Octa-core SoC is built on an 8mm EUV manufacturing process and comes with support for built-in 5G stand-alone and non-stand alone (SA/NSA) sub-6GHz networks.

Aside from the SD 765G powered Redmi K30, the Xiaomi sub-brand is also offering a 4G capable variant powered by Snapdragon 730G. This variant comes at a lesser price and is destined for markets with no presence of  5G Connectivity.

It is also worth noting that the Redmi K30 features Sony’s new 64MP IMX686 image sensor -the sequel to last year’s IMX586. It is the first ever smartphone to come packed with the new sensor which features a 1/1.7-inch size with 4-in-1, 1.6μm large pixels.

Basically, the Redmi K30 5G and the 4G variants are one and the same device, save for the difference in the SoC, camera, fast charging, and a distinctive 5G logo under the primary camera setup.  The K30 4G  is powered by the SD 730G chipset and its quad rear camera setup includes 64MP + 2MP + 2MP + 8MP sensors. It gets 27W fast charging.

They both rock a promising design with a pill-shaped punch-hole design housing the dual selfie camera setup. They feature a 6.67-inch Full HD+ 120Hz LCD screen with  91% screen-to-body ratio, thanks to 4.25mm ultra-narrow bottom frame.

On the flip side, the K30 5G, and the K30 4G get a frosted glass finish fitted with a vertical quad-camera setup which is placed inside a glossy round pattern. They are painted in Deep Sea Light, Time Monologue, Flower Shadow, and Purple Jade Fantasy color hues.

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Speaking of the rear cameras, the K30 as mentioned earlier comes with Sony’s IMX686 64-megapixel primary lens with an f/1.89 aperture, a 1/1.73″ sensor size with support for 4-in-1 pixel binning. The primary sensor is aided by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, 5-megapixel (2-megapixel in K30) 2cm super macro and a 2-megapixel camera for portrait shots. And on the front side, there is a pill-shaped punch-hole design which is home to a 20-megapixel camera along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for portrait shots. While the camera seems not as capable as the 108MP cameras on the Mi Note 10, the Xiaomi sub-brand claims the K30 delivers better photo shooting experience in dim-light conditions as it features the same camera algorithm as the Mi Note 10.

The device gets a larger 4,500mAh with a 30W fast charging which can supposedly charge the device from 0% to 100% in one hour. There is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and it boots Android 10 with MIUI 11 out of the box.

Redmi K30 Pricing and availability

The Redmi K30 will go on sale in China from December 12th and the Redmi K30 5G will go on sale from January 2020. Pricing as follows. The brand has yet to detail availability and pricing outside of China.

  • Redmi K30 4G 6GB + 64GB — 1599 yuan (US$ 227 / Rs. 16,100 approx.)
  • Redmi K30 4G 6GB + 128GB — 1699 yuan (US$ 241 / Rs. 17,120 approx.)
  • Redmi K30 4G 8GB + 128GB — 1899 yuan (US$ 269 / Rs. 19,120 approx.)
  • Redmi K30 4G 8GB + 256GB — 2199 yuan (US$ 312 / Rs. 22,140 approx.)
  • Redmi K30 5G 6GB + 64GB — 1999 yuan (US$ 284 / Rs. 20,125 approx.)
  • Redmi K30 5G 6GB + 128GB — 2299 yuan (US$ 326 / Rs. 23,145 approx.)
  • Redmi K30 5G 8GB + 128GB — 2599 yuan (US$ 369 / Rs. 26,165 approx.)
  • Redmi K30 5G 8GB + 256GB — 2899 yuan (US$ 227 / Rs. 29,200 approx.)