Redmi K30 4G Quick Review: Good Enough For Realme X2 In India?
Can the Redmi K30 beat Realme X2 in India? With similar specs and features, and the Redmi K30 is all set to launch in India within a few weeks, and Realme X2 is going to be its biggest competitor in the pricing range.
Redmi K30 packs in top flagship-level specs with a new processor, camera sensor and design.
The Redmi smartphone comes with the latest 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 rear sensor backed by 30W fast charging technology. Redmi K30 India launch is expected in a few weeks, probably in early 2020.
Here’s a quick Redmi K30 4G review decoding all the features and specs.
Redmi K30 Design & Looks: Frosted Glass Looks Classy
With an all new design on the out, the Redmi K30 features a punch-hole display. The smartphone comes with dual hole-punch cameras upfront with curved edges on the sides. It’s a new design, and the device looks better and standard.
The company has added four cameras at the back, and it’s shaped inside a circular module where the sensors are placed vertically.
The frosted glass finish does take things to the next level, and the device really feels great to be held and used. The weight management is apt, but the device is a little heavy and big.
The design at the back is quite similar to the OnePlus 7T featuring a frosted AG glass design. The company has ditched the in-display fingerprint sensor, and you will get to see a side-mounted fingerprint scanner as Samsung Galaxy S10E.
Both the sides, front and back are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. So, you don’t have to worry about scratches or some sudden drops.
Redmi K30 Display: Full HD+ A Disappointment?
Redmi K30 comes with a 6.67-inch Full HD+ display offering 120Hz refresh rate in an 20:9 aspect ratio. It’s not an AMOLED panel, and operates at 1080 × 2400 pixels, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The predecessor came with an AMOLED panel, while the K30 dons a full hd panel.
The viewing angles aren’t bad, and it does a reasonable job. An AMOLED panel would have been better, but this gets the job done as well.
Redmi K30 Hardware & Storage: Snapdragon 730G It Is
Redmi K30 is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 765 SoC with support for 5G. In India, the 4G variant of Redmi K30 will launch. The 4G variant of the Redmi K30 runs on Snapdragon 730G.
Snapdragon 730G shares similar features and specs as it’s original SD 730 with the same CPU configuration, GPU and connectivity options.
Snapdragon 730G is built on an 8nm process sporting a Kryo 470 octa-core CPU paired with Adreno 618 GPU.
It will offer 15 percent faster GPU rendering for faster refresh rate and HQ gaming experience. There’s also a Wi-Fi latency monitor and jank reducer to smoothen up the overall gaming experience.
Redmi K30 will run on the latest Android 10 with MIUI 11 out-of-the-box.
Redmi K30 will be available in three different storage models: the base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, a mid-end model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, and finally the top model will come with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.
Redmi K30 Camera: 64MP Quad Camera System
Coming to optics, Redmi K30 features a rear quad camera setup. The four cameras at the back include the brand new 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor, the successor to the popular 48MP Sony IMX586.
The primary Sony 64MP IMX686 sensor is further supported by a 2-megapixel camera, a 5-megapixel sensor, and an 8-megapixel wide angle camera.
The 64MP Sony sensor can create shots 1.6 micron individual pixel size using image sensing technology to produce 16-megapixel images.
As the Samsung 64MP GW1 sensor, the Sony IMX686 also uses 4-in-1 pixel merging technology to merge four 0.8 micron pixels into a single 1.6-micron pixel to offer detailed images with the main sensor.
Upfront, Redmi K30 flaunts a dual selfie camera setup inside the capsule shaped punch-hole sporting a 20-megapixel front-facing primary sensor coupled with a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
Redmi K30 Battery & Fast Charging: New 30W Charging Technology
The 5G model will remain exclusive to China offering a 12-antenna design and including dual-frequency GPS support. Redmi K30 houses a sizable 4,500mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging tech, shipped with the 30W fast charger in the box.
Redmi K30 can charge up the whole device under 90 minutes from 5 to 100 percent.
Coming to how it performs, th K30 can easily last more than a day on heavy usage, and even a day and a half on moderate use.
With continuous video playback, gaming and performing multi-tasking processes, the Redmi smartphone can easily breeze through a whole day without being charged. The company ships the 30W fast charger inside the box, so you won’t have to worry about charging.
Redmi K30 India Launch, Redmi K30 Launch In India
The 4G variant of Redmi K30 will come to India, and not the one with the 5G processor. Both the 5G models of Redmi K30 smartphones will remain exclusive to China. Redmi K30 and Redmi K30 Pro are also the first Redmi smartphones to come with 5G support.
Currently the Redmi K20 smartphones in India comes with standard 4G connectivity.
Xiaomi India haven’t yet revealed the Redmi K30 India launch date, but it’s expected in early 2020.
The company will be upgrading the current Redmi K20 series really quick to take on the growing competition. Realme will also soon be launching Realme X2, a direct Redmi K20 competitor. Redmi K30 hence will have some leverage with better features and specs.
Redmi K30 India Price: To Be Priced As Realme X2?
After the recent price cut, Redmi K20 is currently the best smartphone you can buy in India under 20000. Xiaomi has unveiled Redmi K30 in China, and the the Redmi K30 Indian variant is expected to be priced in India in the same price range as the current K20.
Xiaomi India hasn’t yet revealed anything from their side by far, and we need to wait to have the official Redmi K30 India launch date.
Realme X2 in India starts at Rs 16,999 for the base model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The mid-end model with 6GB RAM with 128GB will be sold at Rs 18,999. Finally, the last model comes with the highest RAM and storage, the top-end Realme X2 with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced Rs 19,999.
All the three Realme X2 smartphones are priced aptly under 20,000 with hardly anyone at present to compete against. Redmi K30 will go directly against Realme X2 in India at the same price.
In China, Redmi K30 has been launched starting at 1,999 Yuan (around 20,150 INR) for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage model. The mid-end 8GB/128GB variant has been priced at 2,299 Yuan (around 23,150 INR) and finally the 12GB/ 256GB model is priced at 2,599 Yuan (around 26,190 INR).
The 4G version of the Redmi K30 in China will sell starting at 1,599 Yuan (around 16,100 INR). The smartphone will be available in four color options.
Redmi K30 India price is expected in the sub-20,000 category. Currently Redmi K20 is selling at a discounted price of Rs 19,999. Redmi K30 India price is expected to start at the same Rs 16,999 for the base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage to take the fight to another level.