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Xiaomi is famous for bringing top end specs to their smartphones and sell them at half or even less than the similarly powered smartphones from the big boys like Samsung, HTC or Sony. However, all of its smartphones are usually available via online retailers and their own websites only. Xiaomi is about to change that trend with the Redmi 3S+, which according to the company, is going to be an offline-only device. What this means is that the mid-range smartphone priced at Rs 9,499 ($140 approximately) is not going to be sold online anywhere, but will only be available in actual brick and mortar stores under the Make in India initiative.
The decision was apparently taken by the Chinese OEM in order to reach Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities in the country, where online shopping is not very feasible or popular yet. We can clearly see that it is actually a pricier variant of the Redmi 3S/3S Prime without any real improvements. The higher price is obviously a result of offline retailing expenses, but the phone still offers decent value for the price. Check out the major specifications below.
Display: 5-inch 720p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (1.4GHz) Octa-core 64-bit processor
Internal Storage: 32GB
Rear/front camera: 13mp/5mp
Misc: Fingerprint scanner, VoLTE, etc.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sold better and faster than any other smartphone ever in the history of online flash sales last year in India, and now Xiaomi has recently unveiled the successors to the Redmi Note 4 in the country. Instead of just one Redmi Note 5 though, the Chinese OEM has unveiled a more premium version of the Note 5 as well, aka the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Read on to find out the key specs on both before they go on flash sale come February 22. If you are in India, a piece of advice; just spend the extra cash and get the Note 5 Pro because it's just a better deal in every way possible.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Key Specs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC
5.99-inch 2160 x 1080 Full-screen display at 18:9 ratio, 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 and rounded corners
3GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage (expandable storage)
12-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera (with selfie flash)
OS: MIUI 9 over Android 7.0 Nougat
Headphone jack included,
Color Options: Gold, Black, Rose Gold, and Lake Blue
Price: Rs 9,999 ($155 approx.) and Rs 11,999 ($185 approx.)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Key Specs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC
5.99-inch 2160 x 1080 full-screen display at 18:9 ratio, 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 and rounded corners
4GB RAM/64GB storage and 6GB RAM/64GB storage (expandable storage)
12-megapixel + 5-mgapixel rear camera and 20-megapixel front camera (with selfie flash)
OS: MIUI 9 over Android 7.0 Nougat
Headphone jack included
Color Options: Gold, Black, Rose Gold, and Lake Blue
Price: Rs 13,999 ($217 approx.) for the 4GB/64GB variant
If you are in India, take my advice and just spend the extra bit of cash to get the Note 5 Pro because it's really the better deal.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Xiaomi launched the Redmi K30 Pro series in the Chinese market in March this year. The series had Redmi K30 Pro and Redmi K30 Pro Zoom edition. Xiaomi is one of the leading smartphone manufacturers. Giztop is now offering the Xiaomi for a considerably lower price. The phone features 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM model would normally set you back $549, but you can get your hands on it for a much less price at $499 through Giztop.
If the phone still doesn't fit with your budget, all you need to do is to apply coupon RK30100 at the time of checkout. The coupon will save you $100 more, by bringing the price further down to $399. The phone is available in blue and white colors. If you want the upper-end variant of the phone, you might want to check out the model that ships with 8GB of RAM and offers 128GB of internal storage. While the phone is normally sold at $649 on the aforesaid model, Giztop is giving you a chance to purchase the phone only for $599.
The Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro features a 6.67-inch AMOLED FHD+ display with a fingerprint scanner embedded under the screen. It is powered by a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor along with a competent Adreno 650 GPU under the hood. The phone houses a four-camera system with a 64MP lens, 13MP, 5MP, and 2MP at the rear side of the display. For the front-facing camera, the phone houses a 20MP pop-up camera for taking selfies and video calling. The phone is backed by a 4,700mAh battery and runs MIUI 11 based on the Android 10 operating system.
Xiaomi is new to smartphone paradigm but its making progress really fast and has definitely damaged the sales of major smartphones worldwide. Redmi is Xiaomi's budget smartphone but the company is ready to bring the flagship smartphone as well. The premium Redmi will be called as Redmi K20. The company has launched multiple teasers already ahead of its official launch in China on May 28th. The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, clearly indicating that it will be a part of Xiaomi's premium smartphone series. K20 has codename Raphael. Redmi hasn't said anything about the memory size of the device but we can assume that it is perhaps around 6GB and 8GB variants, if not higher.
Weilbing has recently shown its latest render, and based on which, we can say that the Redmi K20 will feature a triple camera on its rear side. In other Weibo post, it was suggested that the primary sensor among these will be a Sony IMX586 with 48MP resolution. This is the same sensor on the Mi 9, the Redmi Note 7 Pro and also the OnePlus 7 duo. Rumors suggest that one of these will be a wide-angle module while the other a telephoto setup. This is because the Mi9 features a similar specification including a 12MP telephoto sensor with 2X zoom and a 16MP super-wide-angle sensor with 117 degree field of view.
The device is going to use the pop-up cameras - which hinted at the use of a pop-up selfie camera on the smartphone. Weibing noted in a Weibo post that the slider can open and close for up to 300,000 times without any issue. Along with this, the device will have an in-display seventh generation fingerprint scanner from Synaptics which is going to improve the unlock success rate, compared to previous generation scanners. The device will be powered by 4000mAh battery. It will be available to India perhaps till next month.
Xiaomi unveils Redmi K20 Pro and it has everything you need in a premium smartphone. It is the latest and the first smartphone that cost less than $400 and still powered by the Snapdragon 855. Xiaomi has focused exclusively on the budget category with Redmi series but with Redmi K20 Pro it is going to change the whole Redmi branding for good. It has a similar design to K20 but has high-end hardware specification that makes it even better.
It is the first most affordable smartphone with Snapdragon 855 chipset which will really improve the performance of the phone. The device has a huge 6.39-inch FHD display without any cutout at the front due to a retractable front camera. It features a 20MP sensor for the front camera. The camera pop up under a second, and you can also customize the activation sound. But the most spectacular feature of the device is its evocative gradient background which will make you fall in love with its look and feel.
It has a 48MP primary sensor for the rear camera, an 8MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and a 13MP wide-angle shooter. The Redmi K20 Pro is powered by a 4000mAh battery with 27W wired charging, which takes around an hour to charge from zero to 100 percent. For connectivity, it has a Wi-Fi, a USB-C charging and Bluetooth 5.0. The Redmi K20 Pro will go on sale from tomorrow in China and will be available in red, blue, and carbon fiber color options. The Redmi K20 will go on sale from June 6 in China and will start from $290.
There is a reason why Samsung has been dethroned by Xiaomi in the world's second largest smartphone market, and that's because Xiaomi is the king of budget smartphones. While a lot of companies had been trying to compete with Xiaomi in the same category recently, Mi continues to be the undisputed leader of value-for-money smartphones. If there was any doubt in anybody's mind regarding that fact, the Redmi K20 Pro has washed them away with swift efficiency. Starting at just INR 27,999/$405, it has set the bar way too high and the price way too low for anyone to compete. Just take a look at the key specs below to know what we are getting for that price and your mind may truly be blown!
· Qualcomm SDM855 (Snapdragon 855) SoC
· 6.39 inch, AMOLED display with HDR support and no notch!
· 6GB/8GB RAM
· 128GB/256GB internal storage without expandable memory card slot
· 4,000mAh battery
· 48MP (Sony IMX586) + 13MP + 8MP AI triple camera at the back
· All three (Carbon Black, Flame Red, Glacier Blue) color options are actually cool!
· 20 MP, f/2.2 front camera that pops up
· In-display fingerprint scanner
· Fast charging with 27W (Quick Charge 4+) charger support
The most expensive version with 256GB storage and 8GB RAM costs INR 30,999/$450, which at this point makes it the best value for money proposition in the world of smartphones.
So far, this year has been a great year for Xiaomi. The company has already launched the Redmi K20 series that includes the Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro in India. This year Xiamoi\'s sub brand Redmi become an independent brand on its own. The company has launched several smartphones starting with the Redmi Note 7 series early this year. Now the company is planning to introduce more smartphone in the upcoming days. Earlier this week, Redmi\'s General Manager Lu weibing confirmed that the engineers at redmi are working on a 64MP camera phone that comes with four rear cameras.
We don\'t have a fixed release date yet, neither company gave a hint. But considering that company is heavily promoting this one, we can expect a launch in upcoming a few months from now. Ahead of the launch, company has reveals that the 64MP camera will be able to take high resolution images of up to 20MB in size. This seems a great deal for those who love to take pictures with their smartphones. Pictures taken at such a high resolution means there won\'t be any loss of detail even if you decide to zoom in for some reasons. According to the company, the pictures taken by this camera will be able to produce pictures better than 8K resolution.
Xiamoi has further gave some details about the number of camera stating that the smartphone will have four cameras on the rear panel. The specs of other three camera lens hasn\'t been revealed yet. The name of the phone hasn\'t confirmed by the sources but tech enthusiasts suggest it to be Redmi Note 8 Pro. With the 64MP camera phone, Redmi is clearly aiming to compete with Realme and Samsung who are also planning to launch 64MP camera phone by later this year.
Xiamoi had great success with its phenomenally designed Redmi Note series, and just as the Redmi Note 7 made to the news by featuring a 48-MP phone camera earlier this year, Redmi Note 8 Pro is also coming up with a big camera lens. Realme semi-revealed its XT with the same sensor a couple of days ago, but the company is making it official now.
The camera phone with extra hardware and software capabilities are no longer surprise anyone. This is something almost everyone expects nowadays. But 48MP seems huge. Why would someone want a 64-mega pixel camera lens on a phone?
Another curious thing is - Is the image produced by a 48-mega pixel camera on a phone a high definition image? or the processing is done at some other level. Generally, mobile phones can't handle such a lens. There are two sensor designs in Redmi Note that are grouped together in fours for better light sensitivity. Using this technique a 48 MP camera phone will produce an only a 12-megapixel image. While Samsung 64-MP sensor gets you 16 MP resolution which is physically large, so it will capture more light.
In some situations, you might want to shoot in 64MP camera mode, but mostly 16MP mode will be useful. Realme has provided the sample images that were taken by the Redmi Note 8. The images do indeed presents lots of detail in certain areas of the image, though the heavy-duty processing was done on the software end.
There are a 6.55-inch 1080p screen and a quad-camera setup including that 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide, and two assistive 2-megapixel sensors along with a 20-megapixel selfie camera. The Note 8 Pro uses MediaTek's gaming-focused Helio G90T processor paired with 6 or 8GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of storage.
Since the technology has revolutionized the communication industry, we have witness some amazing innovations in mobile phones. The phones are bigger, faster, and smarter than ever before. But one area that most of the mobile phone manufacturers completely ignored is the charging ability. Thanks to companies like Oppo and Reno, we are getting fast charging now. Till now, the Oppo Reno Ace holds the title of the fastest charging smartphone with 65W charging ability. The phone can be fully charged from zero in just 30 minutes. Now, Redmi is here to compete with the Oppo Reno Ace with its 66W charging speed.
Redmi 5G phone with the model number M2001J1E/C has appeared on China's 3C telecommunications website. According to the specifications listed on the website, the phone will pack 66W charging speed that is higher than any other existing smartphone's charging ability. Xiamoi is expected to launch Redmi K30 series phone with 5G network support next month. This would be another milestone towards the fast charging improvements this year.
Earlier this year, Xiamoi claimed to test 100W charging that is good enough to fully charge a 4000mAh battery in just 17 minutes. Oppo, later on, claimed that it is working on a 120W charging solution that could fully charge a 4,000mAh battery in 13 minutes. Sounds exciting. Right? But these are just claims and we have no evidence that it is going to work. As fast charging can cause the phone to over-heat and so far, no one has achieved more than 65W fast charging ability.
Last year's Redmi K20 Pro was inarguably one of the best flagship smartphones from the company. The device offered high-quality hardware at a very affordable price, making it one of the most popular smartphones of the year.
Xiaomi has officially confirmed on Weibo that the Redmi K30Pro will arrive in March, although we don't have a specific date yet. It also uploaded a poster showing a phone without a punch-hole camera in the top corners. The Redmi K30 Pro has expected the company's latest smartphone belongs to the flagship category, just like its predecessor K20 Pro.
We have heard a lot about the phone so far, and now we know that it is coming next month. The poster and the leaks also give hint that Redmi K30 Pro will feature a pop-up selfie camera instead of the K30's punch-hole cute-out. The picture doesn't show the whole display but it doesn't make any sense for having the selfie camera the bottom of the device. But it is far more likely that Xiaomi is reverting to the K20 family's pop-up camera.
A few rumors suggest that the device will feature a 64MP quad rear camera system. Other leaks suggest that the K30 Pro will be powered by a Snapdragon 865 and will support the 5G network connectivity. The device has a 4,700mAh battery that is sufficient enough to keep it on charge for a whole day even for the heavy user. Unfortunately, the phone doesn't offer wireless charging. We have to wait till next month to see what else the phone has to offer.
There is a good percentage of mobile users prefer to play video games when they have to kill their time. And knowing while mobile is better at games can be its selling point. Redmi Note 8 Pro series is known as one of the best performing mid-range devices of the last year. The Redmi Note 8 Pro features a very powerful processor MediaTek Helio G90T which is specifically made for gamers. The latest price for the pro model is around $184 for the 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variants. What special about this phone is that it beats one of the very expensive Galaxy S20 Plus in gaming tests that came out as a surprise for many users.
The test was performed by YouTube Chong Li who posted a video on the gaming comparison of Redmi Note 8 Pro Vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. He played a top-tier game PUBG mobile which is a graphically intense game for mobile devices. He ran the test for 30-minutes and results were completely unexpected. The Redmi Note 8 Pro uses the MediaTek chip whereas the Redmi Exynos 990 struggle to maintain a stable 60fps for more than 10 minutes and dropped to 50fps. The drop is caused by overheating and throttling caused by game processing for a long time.
Here it is important to note that Galaxy S20 plus is available in Exynos 990 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 variants. Although the Snapdragon is only available for the USA and South Korea. The Exynos version is aimed at Asian countries. Although Exynos isn't too bad as well but can't compete with MediaTek processors. The latest Exynos 992 is 1-3% more power-efficient than Snapdragon 865 and its predecessor and we expect better work in the future as well. We may see Exynos 1000 chipset that will be made in collaboration with AMD.
Xiaomi has taken the lead in the budget category smartphone once again by introducing the entry-level phones Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C in Malaysia with a starting price of less than $100(RM 360). Both phones feature a large-sized display screen, reasonably big batteries, and up to three rear cameras. The phones are equipped with an IPS LCD panel of 6.53-inch. The dot-drop notch display produces an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. Both devices come with large 5,000mAh batteries. These devices have 2 GB of LPPDR4x RAM and 32 GB of eMMC 5.1 internal storage.
For additional storage, these devices come with a microSD card slot. The Android operating system along with MIUI 11 comes preloaded on the Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C smartphones. The Redmi 9A is powered with the powerful Helio G25 octa-core processor that works at 2GHz whereas the Redmi 9C has Helio G35 octa-core SoC that ticks at 2.3GHz. Both smartphones house a 5-MP camera for selfie and front videos.
The Redmi 9A has a single rear camera of 13-MP whereas the Redmi 9C has a triple-camera system module that includes a 13-Mp primary camera lens, a 5-MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP depth sensor with LED flashlight. The 9C features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for security but the Redmi 9A doesn't have this security feature. The Redmi 9A and 9C come with other common features like dual SIM slot, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C, IR blaster and 3.5mm audio jack.
Xiamoi Redmi K series has been one of the most successful mid-range series. Redmi K20 was the first phone introduced by the company in the K product line. It was also the first one to feature to pop-up selfie camera. And now recently, a Weibo user submitted a post at Digital chat station that Redmi may launched its next smartphone Redmi K40 in the fourth quarter of this year and K40 Pro in the first quarter of the next year. According to his blog the successor the popular K30 will also feature the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 775 Soc as well.
Its predecessor Redmi K30 Ultra was powered with MediaTek's dimensity 1000+ processor. Redmi 30 series was launched in December 2019. The phone is already been certified via 3C which stamps on the leaks. Although, there isn't much information on specs at the 3C website. It did confirm, however, the 5G connectivity support.
Some of the specs has already been leaked and also confirmed officially including the phone's high-resolution display. The company manager Wang Teng, has revealed himself that the company will equip the new series with an OLED display panel. He further added that the Redmi K4 series will feature a higher refresh rate as compared to the old-generation smartphones. It is rumored that the phone will have up to 120Hz display refresh rate on both models. This detail was also confirmed by the company's CEO, Lei Jun.
Previous leaks suggest that the phone will be powered by a 4,500mAh battery and may support 33W fast charging. The series will feature quad-camera system at the rear side, that might be something similar to the existing Redmi K30 series.
Redmi K30 has some impressive specs for a phone that costs only $230. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 730G processor from Qualcomm, a 4500mAh battery with 27W fast charging. For display, it uses IPS LCD with 120Hz refresh rate. This is one of the cheapest 5G phones you can buy right now, but of course, this 5G supports depends on the availability of the 5G network in your area. With a 4500mAh battery, you can expect to deliver an incredible battery life. But due to a higher refresh rate, you may found yourself charging after a half-day. On an average day, it can get about six hours. If you degrade the refresh rate to 60Hz, it will surely save some battery life.
The display is a 6.67-inch 1080 pixel display panel. You won't get the pure black and white if you go for less display but that doesn't mean the screen is bad. The Redmi K30 has four cameras on the rear side, and the two on the front. There's the new 64MP Sony IMX686 - a direct successor to the popular 48MP IMX 586, an ultrawide 8MP sensor, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. For the front camera, you get a 20MP lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The selfie camera produces sharp pictures in good light, but the flat color profile doesn't look natural on skin tones. If you are a big selfie person, you may want to apply some kind of filter before sharing these online. In low light circumstances, you will see a decent amount of smearing. Although the phone has a decent portrait mode that produces much sharper pictures.
The Redmi K30 is running MIUI 11, based on Android 10. MIUI is fairly customizable, but many Western users probably won't like it as much, especially if you're used to stock Android, as it tries to act like iOS in a lot of ways. By default, there is no app drawer, though you can turn it on in settings. The most annoying thing for me is the fact that you need to press a settings button to get into the settings. There is a cool feature on the Redmi K30 called Mi Share, which allows you to seamlessly transfer files between other Xiaomi, Vivo, Realme, and Oppo devices. This is effectively Apple's AirDrop, so it's nice that these manufacturers have worked together to make file transfer a lot easier.
The year 2020 has begun and with CES 2020 we have already seen lots of advancements in smartphone technology. Folding phones and laptops is already a reality while 5G smartphones are getting a common thing. Due to the growing competition between smartphone companies we are witnessing some great smartphones at a low price. Apart from $1000 phones, there are many budget-friendly phones that can leave you confused if you want to buy a new phone this year. Choosing the best phone within your price range seems more like a dilemma now.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a great phone and affordable at the same time. Despite being so inexpensive it has premium Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Redmi Note 8 Pro uses a gaming processor with liquid cool technology, Wi-Fi X anteena, and cortex-A76 architecture. It is powered by a powerful GPU that can run high-intensity games at a sustainably high frame rate. The device has a huge 4500mAh long-lasting battery that comes with an in-box 18W fast charger. With looks and feel like a dream of 4-sided 3D curved back, it has a 91.4% screen-to-body ratio. Due to its curved back, it fits comfortably in your hand.
It starts with 6G RAM and multifunctional NFC flagship experience which can handle all challenges easily. With a 3.5 mm headphone jack you can charge your phone while listening to the phone. The splash-proof coating protects the device against accidental splashes and spills that increases phone life and strength. The Redmi Note 8 is the first phone to come up with a 48MP quad-camera. It delivers high-resolution images for up to 3.26m tall poster printing. 64MP ultra-high-resolution camera almost doubles the number of pixels up to 8K resolution. The Redmi Note 8 Pro can also shoot slow motion videos up to 960fps. With a macro lens, you can take up to a 2cm close-up. For the selfie, it has a 20MP camera that comes with AO portrait mode with blurred background adjustments.
Xiaomi has come up with the new Redmi Note 3 in China. The new device gets bigger and better in comparison to its predecessor, with a new full metal body, fingerprint sensor, a huge 4000mAh battery, and more.
The new Redmi Note 3 sports a full aluminum unibody design with 120-point ultra-fine double sided sandblasting and curved edges. At the thickest area the device will be of 8.65mm and the weight will be 164g, 4g more than its predecessor in spite of the larger battery.
On the rear a new fingerprint sensor is available, which Xiaomi claims unlocks the phone in just 0.3 seconds. Soon we'll see whether the sensor will only be used for unlocking the device or within apps as well. It opens up new possibilities like biometric authentication for payments via the Mi Wallet Service.
Other specifications include a 5.5-inch 1080p display, MediaTek Helio X10 processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage or 3GB RAM and 32GB storage depending upon the variant, 13 megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus, 4G dual SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and MIUI 7.
The smartphone will cost RMB 899 ($140) for the 16GB model and RMB 1099 ($172) for the 32GB variant. It will be available in three colors: silver, gold, and gray.
Xiaomi is about to launch a new variant of its budget phablet, the Redmi Note 3. Although the original Redmi Note 3 was showcased back in November, the upcoming version is better. The Mediatek Helio X10 SoC was quite a beast in the budget segment in 2015, but now it is going to be replaced with an even more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC.
The second change that Xiaomi is about to offer with its new Note is a significantly improved 16 megapixel camera sensor with f2.0 aperture, which is going to replace the previous generation 13 megapixel sensor on its back. These are significant changes that will enhance both the camera quality as well as the overall performance of the Redmi Note 3, both of which are usually high priorities for most smartphone users.
There will be a 16GB model with 2GB Ram and a 32GB model with 3GB RAM just as with the current Note 3. The 4050mAh battery should be more than sufficient to power the device for a whole working day at least, if not more. As far as pricing is concerned, we only know that the 16GB/2GB variant will be available for around $150 or RMB 999.
Among other Asian countries, Xiaomi has decided to launch the Redmi Note 3 v2.0 in India. In fact, a competition is on its way online right now as 100 Indian fans will get a chance to win the Redmi Note 3 if they can complete the 100 "missions" given to them. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was already a great device within the budget segment and from what we know so far, it seems like it's about to get much better.