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Xiaomi launches K40 series with K40 pro costing less than $450 and would be rebranded Poco series during global rollout

Xiaomi’s Redmi sub-brand right this moment unveiled a trio of dirt cheap flagship smartphones powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800 series chips. The brand new Redmi K40 series smartphones have an analogous design to the Mi 11, however offer even higher value.

K40 Pro Plus

The Redmi K40 Pro+ is the most impressive of the three new Redmi flagships. It features Qualcomm’s 5nm Snapdragon 888 chipset, paired with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The phone has a triple-camera setup on the back with a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 5MP tele macro lens. For selfies, the phone has a 20MP camera housed within the tiny hole-punch cutout at the top of the display.

K40 Pro

Like the Redmi K40 Pro+, the Redmi K40 also has the Snapdragon 888 under the hood, paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. In the camera department, the K40 Pro is slightly less impressive than the K40 Pro+, as it comes with a 64MP Sony IMX686 main sensor.

K40

Redmi’s vanilla K40 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 processor, coupled with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage. It has a similar triple-camera setup on the back as the K40 Pro, but with a 48MP Sony IMX582 main sensor.

All three Redmi K40 series phones are equipped with 6.67-inch FHD+ Samsung E4 AMOLED displays with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 360Hz touch sampling rate. They are also going to bring 33-watt fast charging. In addition to that, you have support for sub-6GHz 5G and Wi-Fi 6 support, along with stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos as far as an IR blaster.

However, the Redmi K40 series will have flat displays, unlike the Mi 11 and Galaxy S21 Ultra. Xiaomi has also stated that the Redmi K40 series will have a 2 mm wide punch-hole, the size of which it compares to a sesame seed. The company also asserts that the Redmi K40 series’ punch-hole is probably the smallest in the world. While this may be smaller than the one that Xiaomi included in the Mi 11, we suspect that this claim will be short-lived.

Moving on to the pricing and availability, the Redmi K40 series will be available in China for purchase starting from March 4. While we don’t know whether these phones are launching globally, a report suggests that K40 will launch in global markets as a POCO branded phone to compete with the rest of the Android smartphones.

The base Redmi K40 starts at 1,999 yuan ($310) for the 6/128GB version, while the K40 Pro starts at 2,799 yuan ($435), and the Redmi K40 Pro+ will be available for 3,699 yuan ($575). These phones are comparatively cheaper than the base Galaxy S21, which gives them a massive edge, provided they ever make it to the global market.

Redmi Note 10 Pro

There are reports by Digital Chat Station that the vanilla K40 with the snapdragon 870 will be rebranded as Redmi Note 10. Xiaomi is releasing the Redmi Note 10 series in India on 4th March. We should stress that Xiaomi has a habit of releasing multiple devices under the same in different countries, so it is unclear if the Indian Redmi Note 10 Pro will be the Redmi K40. That could be the case, but we would not rule out Xiaomi releasing a version of the Redmi Note 10 Pro that is exclusive to India.

 

 

Kiran Fernandes

Kiran is your friendly neighbourhood tech enthusiast who's passionate about all kinds of tech, goes crazy over 4G and 5G networks, and has recently sparked an interest in sci-fi and cosmology.

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