- The Redmi K30 Pro comes in at a starting price of almost Rs 32,000.
- Redmi has upgraded the chipset to the 5G-enabled Snapdragon 865.
- The Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition offers a telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom.
The Redmi K30 Pro is now officially in China and in a few months, it could end up in India as the Redmi's flagship offering for the Indian market. Coming in as the successor to the Redmi K20 Pro, the K30 Pro has a lot on its shoulders to replicate the success. That's not an easy task given that the Redmi K20 Pro sold 5 million units globally and it still keeps selling in India. Redmi has changed a lot with the new model but it has retained the key elements that made the K series phones so popular in the country.
Unlike the older model lineup, Redmi has diversified the K series model further. There's now a standard Redmi K30 that ended up as the Poco X2 in India. The Redmi K30 Pro sits over that model as the entry-level flagship model. There's now a Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition that bumps the camera specifications to include a telephoto camera. The prices have also gone across the range due to the new components and the base variant starts at almost Rs 32,000. That said, it is the cheapest phone today with a Snapdragon 865 chip.
If you are willing to buy the Redmi K30 Pro, here are a couple of things you should know about the K30 Pro models.
Redmi K30 Pro specifications
Display: It now measures 6.67-inches and uses an AMOLED panel with Full HD+ resolution. The aspect ratio stands at 20:9 and the refresh rate is rated at 60Hz.
Chipset: Snapdragon 865 power the K30 Pro models and there's support for 5G networks as standard.
RAM: You can choose from options of 6GB and 8GB.
Storage: You can choose from 128GB and 256GB but the storage type is now UFS 3.1.
Rear cameras: There's a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor as the main camera that's accompanied by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth camera. The Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition swaps out the macro camera for an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom.
Front camera: There's still a 20-megapixel single camera sitting in the pop-up module.
Battery: A 4700mAh battery powers the phone and there's now support for 33W fast wired charging.
OS: The K30 Pro runs on MIUI 11 based on Android 10.
Redmi K30 Pro features:
-Compared to the older model, the K30 Pro has grown in size. That's mostly due to the new 6.67-inch AMOLED display that still has narrow bezels and an even slimmer chin. The display is from Samsung and Redmi promises great quality. There's still no support for high refresh rate and you still have to make do with 60Hz.
-Unlike most modern premium phones, the Redmi K30 Pro still sticks to the motorised pop-up module for the selfie camera. As a continuation from the K20 Pro, the module still gets an LED notification light embedded in the module. Unlike the K20 Pro, the K30 Pro can let you customise the colour of the light. Despite the motorised module, Redmi says there's some water and dust resistance.
-Despite being the Redmi flagship, the K30 Pro doesn't get all the best goodies from Xiaomi. The fast charging is still limited to 33W from last year's model. There's still no wireless charging similar to the Mi 10 series phones. The K30 pro does get a 3.5mm headphone jack, that's not present on the Mi 10.
-The Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition is the only variant that gets a telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom. The regular model skips on the telephoto camera and it offers a 5-megapixel macro camera. Compared to the regular Redmi K20 Pro, this seems like a massive downgrade.
-Both the variants use the new 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor as the main camera for taking photos. The standard Redmi K30 and Redmi K30 5G also use this sensor and the camera performance on this phone was exceptional. Hence, you can expect the camera performance to be significantly better.
Redmi K30 Pro prices:
The base Redmi K30 Pro comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and you can get it for 2999 Yuan, which is almost Rs 32,000 in India. There's another variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage that costs 3399 Yuan (approx Rs 36,600) while the top-end variant with 256GB storage comes in at 3699 Yuan (approx Rs 40,000).
The Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, which costs 3799 Yuan (approx Rs 41,000) whereas the top-end variant with 256GB variant goes all the way up to 3999 Yuan (approx Rs 43,000).
Redmi hasn't hinted on a global launch of the K30 Pro series yet.