Redmi K30 5G Packs Snapdragon 765G, 120Hz Display, 64MP Camera For Mind-Blowing $300

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Last week, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765/765G Mobile Platforms that will power 5G smartphones in 2020. Surprisingly, the Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G received the most attention due to that fact that they 1) include 5G integrated directly into the SoC and 2) will allow vastly cheaper 5G-enabled smartphones to come to market.

Today, Xiaomi's sub-brand Redmi is delivering on the promise of value-laden 5G-enabled smartphones with the Redmi K30 5G. This the first smartphone to be announced with the Snapdragon 765G, which is the gaming-centric version of Qualcomm's new mid-range 5G SoC. The Redmi K30 5G will pack in 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and can be had in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage configurations.

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Despite its mid-range positioning, the Redmi K30 5G actually manages to cram in a large 6.67-inch Full HD+ 120Hz display with HDR10 support. Those are specs that we typically see reserved for high-end flagships or gaming smartphones. There display also features a punch-hole cutout that houses a 20MP selfie camera and a 2MP depth sensor.

Switching focus to the back of the phone, you'll find a collection of four sensors: a 64MP main camera (Sony IMX686 sensor), 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. Below the vertically-aligned camera pod is an LED flash.

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Other features include Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 5, and a fingerprint sensor embedded in the side-mounted fingerprint sensor. We can't expect the Redmi K30 to incorporate an in-display fingerprint reader and still hit low price points, so this is perfectly fine for a mid-range phone. There's also a huge 4500 mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging, while the phone is running Android 10 with the MIUI 11 interface layered on top.

Perhaps the best thing about the Redmi K30 5G is its pricing. The 6GB/64GB configuration starts at CNY 1,999 ($285). If you opt for the 8GB/256GB configuration, the price jumps to a still reasonable CNY 2899 ($412). Unfortunately for us, it looks as though the Redmi K30 5G will be a China-only offering, which means that we here in the U.S. won't see it (at least officially). However, it does give us hope that we'll see a flood of 5G-enabled smartphones at much lower price point than we've seen during 2020.