Xiaomi is teasing the upcoming Redmi K30 in full swing on Weibo, as the device series is slated to launch in China on December 10, 2019. So far, we know from official teasers that the Redmi K30 will be Redmi’s first 5G phone and that it will come with dual front cameras set inside the oval punch hole on the top right corner of the display. It will also come with the newly announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. Xiaomi also showed off the quad rear camera setup and the side-mounted fingerprint sensor and confirmed the 4,500 mAh battery and 30W fast charging support on the phone.
Now, Xiaomi has confirmed that the Redmi K30 will come with the 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor, and will also be available in a 4G variant. We first saw that the Redmi K30 will likely come with the new Sony IMX686 sensor, which was based upon evidence within a Qualcomm camera library. This official teaser confirms the finding and mentions that the Sony IMX686 will have a 1/1.7” sensor, and will involve pixel binning to achieve 1.6μm pixels. The teasers also confirm that one of the sensors will be a macro camera allowing users to get as close as 2cm to the subject. There will also be a wide-angle camera on the device.
Redmi also confirmed that the Redmi K30 will also come in a 4G variant. 5G is in its early stage of adoption, so having the hardware for it may not be the most practical decision for many consumers until the technology is more widely available. 5G will also be expensive, so even if you do have 5G availability in your area, opting for the service may be out of budget depending on your data needs.
If the Redmi K30 was only available in a 5G variant, consumers would essentially be paying a premium for a feature that they do not need. Hence, the Redmi K30 will also be availablein a 4G variant, though it isn’t immediately clear if both the variants will maintain feature-parity in other hardware areas.