Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi already has 5G phones in its portfolio such as Mi Mix 3 and Mi 9 Pro. However, the company’s sub-brand Redmi hasn’t announced a 5G phone yet. Earlier, this month it was confirmed that the Redmi K30 will the first from the brand to feature 5G connectivity with support for SA and NSA networks. The smartphone will arrive as the successor to Redmi K20. Redmi GM Lu Weibing also mentioned that the Redmi K30 will be the most affordable 5G smartphone in the world.
New information has surfaced online hinting that Redmi’s 5G phone will be powered by MediaTek chipset. The info comes from a China-based leakster and blogger, Digital Chat Station on Weibo. Recently Redmi had partnered with MediaTek to launch its first smartphone, the Redmi Note 8 Pro with the chipset maker’s G90T processor. MediaTek already has a 5G processor with a 5G modem built-in. Recent reports suggested that the processor maker’s 5G chipset will begin shipping to manufacturers this quarter. The report also revealed that smartphone OEM’s like OPPO and Vivo have 5G phones in the pipeline, but it is unclear whether the devices will be equipped with a MediaTek processor.
The Redmi K30 is expected to come with major upgrades compared to its predecessor. It will be the first smartphone from Xiaomi to feature a punch-hole display. The device will have two cutouts at the top right corner to accommodate dual front cameras. The rest of the details and specifications of the Redmi K30 remain scarce.
Redmi said that its first 5G phone will launch in 2020. It’s also unclear whether the Redmi K30 will be the first to support 5G connectivity or if it will be any other Redmi device.