Redmi K40 Pro Is The Cheapest Phone With Snapdragon 888 SoC That Rivals Galaxy S21 Under $450

Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi launched three new phones today, under the Redmi K40 series. The trio’s headliner is the Redmi K40 Pro that packs enough punch to challenge Samsung’s recent flagship, the Galaxy S21. The Redmi K40 series boasts Snapdragon 800-series chipsets, and all the smartphones in the lineup bear the same design aesthetics as the Mi 11 flagship. The three phones launched today are the Redmi K40, Redmi K40 Pro, and Redmi K40 Pro+.

Redmi K40 Pro, K40 Pro+ & K40 Pricing & Availability

Starting with the most premium in the series, the Redmi K40 Pro+ is priced at CNY 3,699 (approx. $575), featuring 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage. The Redmi K40 Pro at CNY 2,799 (approx. $435) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model, CNY 2,999 (approx. $465) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, and at CNY 3,299 (approx. $511) for the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage model.

Redmi K40 Series

The most affordable in the series is the Redmi K40 that comes with a price tag of CNY 1,999 (approx. $310) for 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model, CNY 2,199 (approx. $341) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, and CNY 2,499 (approx. $387) for the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage model. The highest model with 12GB RAM + 256GB storage model is priced at CNY 2,699 yuan (approx. $418).

Redmi K40 Series: All The Features & Specs

Every phone in the K40 series comes with 6.67-inch FHD+ Samsung E4 AMOLED screens with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a 360Hz touch sampling rate. All three phones are backed by 4,520mAh batteries featuring 33W fast charging. Other common specifications include an IR blaster, 5G connectivity (sub-6GHz), Wi-Fi 6, stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos.

The most premium phone in the series is the Redmi K40 Pro+ that packs the powerful Snapdragon 888 chipset clubbed with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. For optics, the phone settles for a triple rear camera setup featuring a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 5MP tele macro sensor. On the front, the phone sports a 20MP selfie camera in a micro hole-punch cutout at the top of the screen.

Redmi K40 Pro

The Redmi K40 Pro also features the same chipset as K40 Pro+. The phone has up to 8GB of RAM/256GB storage, depending on the model. Concerning optics, the K40 Pro differs slightly as It packs a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor.

On the contrary, the standard K40 smartphone comes powered by a Snapdragon 870 chipset with up to 12GB RAM/256GB storage. It also has a triple camera setup on the rear but with a 48MP main sensor.

For now, all three phones will be up for sale in China. Although Xiaomi is yet to reveal a global launch timeline for the K40 series, it is rumored that the company might launch the Redmi K40 phone as a POCO smartphone globally to compete with flagship phones like Samsung Galaxy S21. For those who don’t know, POCO is now an independent brand.

Zara Ali
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