Update, March 18, 2020 (2:50AM ET): Redmi has announced plenty more details pertaining to the Redmi K30 Pro flagship. From RAM and storage types to better haptic feedback and a new colorway, there are quite a few additions to this hub.
You can continue scrolling through the original article below for all the new information.
Original article: Towards the end of 2019, Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi launched the Redmi K30. The 4G version of the device hit stores not long afterward, while the 5G variant entered the pre-order stage in early January. Now, all eyes are on the next iteration in the series: the Redmi K30 Pro.
As with last year’s K20 series, we expect the Redmi K30 Pro to be a lot like the vanilla K30 but with some beefed-up specs, design, and a few new features. We also expect the price to be higher, but we don’t expect it to reach into “normal” flagship territory as far as that goes.
Besides the Redmi K30 Pro, the company is also expected to announce a device called the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition.
Below, you’ll find our rumor roundup for the Redmi K30 Pro and the K30 Pro Zoom Edition with all the reliable information we’ve found so far. Be sure to bookmark this page as we will update it often with news and leaks as we get closer to the imminent launch of the device.
Redmi K30 Pro: Name and release date
At first, things were up in the air as far as naming goes for the Redmi K30 Pro. However, on February 25 Redmi confirmed the name with an image posted to Chinese microblogging site Weibo. It will, in fact, be called the Redmi K30 Pro.
Related: Redmi K20 Pro review: Is this the best affordable flagship?
The company also announced the launch date for the K30 Pro through its official Weibo account on March 17. The smartphone will launch in China on March 24. We’re not sure if there’ll be an in-person launch event due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. However, Redmi has confirmed that it’ll host an online live broadcast for the launch of the phone.
Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition: Name and release date
The first mention of the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition was spotted by an XDA member in early March while combing through the latest MIUI 11 China developer ROM. The name of the phone also appeared in a social media post made by Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing on March 16.
The executive posted on Chinese microblogging website Weibo using a device called the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Version (according to machine translation). You can spot the name in the screenshot of Weibing’s post below.
The name suggests that the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition will feature better zoom capabilities than the standard K30 Pro model. It could possibly feature a telephoto lens which the regular K30 does not possess.
Then again, the K30 Pro could also offer a telephoto camera. If so, the K30 Pro Zoom Edition could bring in a periscope camera, a telephoto sensor, as well as other zoom enhancements.
As of now, we don’t know anything else about the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition apart from its name. However, we do expect to learn more about the phone closer to the K30 Pro’s launch date.
Redmi K30 Pro: Design
If you hold a Redmi K20 in one hand and a Redmi K20 Pro in the other, you’d likely not be able to tell the differences between them. Both devices have pop-up selfie cameras, the same size body, the same sized display, and even have the same display resolution.
At first, we thought the Redmi K30 Pro would look almost exactly the same as the Redmi K30. However, an image from the official Redmi Weibo account suggests otherwise. Check out that image below:
The image above does not show a phone with a cutout in the display to house the selfie camera, which is what we saw on the Redmi K30. This strongly suggests that the Redmi K30 Pro will feature a pop-up selfie camera, much like the Redmi K20 Pro.
Apart from the lack of a display cutout, the Redmi K30 Pro will also feature a redesigned camera setup. Two more official images (uploaded to Weibo on March 17 and 18 and seen below) show the back panel of the phone.
The images show that the K30 Pro will shed the vertically-aligned quad-camera system that we saw on the K30. Instead, we see a circular camera housing with the four rear cameras arranged in a square. The images also confirm green and white colorways at the very least.
Another set of leaked images allegedly belonging to the Redmi K30 Pro show the same camera setup as the official images above. The leaked images also shows a pop-up selfie camera and a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can see those leaked images below.
Every device in the Redmi K line has featured some really fun colorways, so we fully expect the K30 Pro to come in some fun colors, too. The K30 came in blue, red, and purple, so it’s not unreasonable to assume the Redmi K30 Pro will come in some or all of those colors.
Redmi K30 Pro: Specs and features
The K20 and K20 Pro didn’t look very different from one another. Under the hood, though, they were very different. The K20 Pro featured some significant spec bumps with its internals, so we expect the Redmi K30 Pro to also see some internal improvements as compared to the K30.
We can now officially confirm that the K30 Pro will come with the latest-and-greatest smartphone processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. The K20 Pro came with the then-latest Snapdragon 855 in 2019, so it’s logical that the follow-up will see the 2020 version. For the record, the vanilla K30 has a Snapdragon 730G, a slightly upgraded version of the K20’s Snapdragon 730.
With the SD865 onboard, it should come as little surprise that the Redmi K30 Pro will be 5G-capable. The presence of the SD865 also suggests that there won’t be two versions of the K30 Pro. Instead, we’ll likely see just one 5G version with no 4G-only variant.
Redmi has also confirmed that the K30 Pro will pack vapor chamber cooling, allowing for better sustained performance when gaming, using the camera, and in general. Otherwise, the brand says you can also expect LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage as well.
It looks like Redmi is also focusing on haptic feedback, as it’s confirmed that “4D immersive vibration” is coming via a linear motor. We previously saw this on the Redmi Note 9 Pro series. Check out the announcement below.
Interestingly, both the K20 and the K20 Pro had Super AMOLED displays, while the K30 has a downgraded IPS LCD. It’s possible the K30 Pro could have an OLED panel instead of an LCD panel, but we’re not sure. The Redmi K30 features a 120Hz display refresh rate, which would likely not appear on a device like the K30 Pro if it has an OLED panel, simply because of how cheap we expect the device to be. However, it’s totally possible the K30 Pro will join the OnePlus 8 and the Samsung Galaxy S20 series in offering an OLED panel with a 120Hz display refresh rate.
Another feature the K30 saw “downgraded” as compared to the K20 series is the fingerprint sensor. The K30 has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor while both the K20 and K20 Pro have in-display fingerprint sensors. It’s certainly possible that the Redmi K30 Pro will see the return of the in-display sensor.
If history has told us anything, it’s that the big differences between the K30 and the K30 Pro will be the internal specs.
It’s also likely the K30 Pro will feature some camera upgrades compared to the K30. But both XDA and Weibo tipster Digital Chat Station report that the phone will pack a 64MP main camera much like the standard K30. The latter source adds that we can expect a quad rear camera setup. Hopefully the Snapdragon 865 processor brings image quality improvements and the likes of 8K recording.
In terms of endurance and charging, Digital Chat Station reports that the Pro model will offer a 4,700mAh battery with 33W wired charging. This compares favorably to the Redmi K30’s 4,500mAh pack and 27W speeds.
In the end, we think Redmi downgraded some major aspects of the Redmi K30 in order to make sure there would be more of a difference between it and the Redmi K30 Pro. That was likely an issue with the K20 series since the vanilla and Pro variants in that family were so similar.
Redmi K30 Pro: Price and availability
The entry-level version of the Redmi K30 is around $227, so the Pro variant can only be so expensive before it would seem like too much of a different device from the K30.
For the sake of comparison, here are the Indian K20 and K20 Pro prices:
- K20: 6GB RAM, 64GB ROM — Rs. 21,999 (~$310)
- K20: 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM — Rs. 23,999 (~$340)
- K20 Pro: 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM — 27,999 rupees (~$406)
- K20 Pro: 8GB RAM, 256GB ROM — 30,999 rupees (~$450)
Additionally, here are the prices for the Redmi K30 and K30 5G:
- K30: 6GB RAM, 64GB ROM — 1,599 Chinese yuan (~$227)
- K30: 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM — 1,699 Chinese yuan (~$241)
- K30: 8GB RAM, 128GB ROM — 1,899 Chinese yuan (~$269)
- K30: 8GB RAM, 256GB ROM — 2,199 Chinese yuan (~$312)
- K30 5G: 6GB RAM, 64GB ROM — 1,999 Chinese yuan (~$284)
- K30 5G: 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM — 2,299 Chinese yuan (~$327)
- K30 5G: 8GB RAM, 128GB ROM — 2,599 Chinese yuan (~$370)
- K30 5G: 8GB RAM, 256GB ROM — 2,899 Chinese yuan (~$412)
We expect the pricing for the K30 Pro to fall somewhere above the K20 Pro and the K30 5G pricing due to the upgraded chipset, 5G support, and other bumps in value. In fact, Xiaomi’s Mi 10 is at least $120 more expensive than the Mi 9, largely due to the Snapdragon 865 chipset. Hopefully, Redmi is able to cut corners sensibly to keep the price affordable, but we’re almost definitely going to see a price leap.
As far as availability goes, the device will likely be available in China and India. It’s possible it could also land in Europe, but it likely would be rebranded as a Xiaomi Mi device, as the K20 Pro was rebranded as the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro.
That’s all the info we’ve got so far for the upcoming Redmi K30 Pro. Be sure to bookmark this page as we will be updating it constantly as we get closer to the device’s launch!