Redmi K50i 5G has been announced in India. It features the same Dimensity 8100 chipset, which powers two other phones, such as the Realme GT Neo 3 and the OPPO Reno 8 Pro 5G. Since the K50i carries a starting price of Rs 25,999, it does not compete with the GT Neo 3, which starts at Rs 36,999, and the Reno 8 Pro, which costs Rs 45,999. Instead, it rivals affordable flagship phones, such as the iQOO Neo 6 5G and the POCO F4 5G.
The Redmi K50i 5G is one of the few smartphones in India that features a 144Hz refresh rate. Some of its other notable features include a 64-megapixel triple camera unit and a big battery. In this comparison, let’s find out whether one should purchase the Redmi K50i, the iQOO Neo 6, or the POCO F4.
Redmi K50i 5G vs iQOO Neo 6 5 vs POCO F4 5G: complete specs
|Specs||Redmi K50i 5G||iQOO Neo 6 5G||POCO F4 5G|
|Display||6.67-inch FHD+ LCD (144Hz)||6.62-inch FHD+ AMOLED (120Hz)||6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED (120Hz)|
|Processor||MediaTek Dimensity 8100||Qualcomm Snapdragon 870||Qualcomm Snapdragon 870|
|RAM||6GB | 8GB LPDDR5
|8GB | 12GB LPDDR4x||6GB | 8GB LPDDR5|
|Storage||128GB | 256GB UFS 3.1 storage||128GB | 256GB UFS 3.1 storage||128GB | 256GB UFS 3.1 storage|
|OS||Android 12||Android 12||Android 12|
|Rear cameras||64MP + 8MP + 2MP||64MP + 8MP + 2MP||64MP + 8MP + 2MP|
|67||80W fast charging||80W fast charging||67W fast charging|
|Dimensions||163.64 x 74.29 x 8.87 mm||163 x 76.2 x 8.5 mm||163.2 x 76 x 7.7 mm|
|Price||Rs 25,999 starting price||Rs 29,999 starting price||Rs 27,999 starting price|
Redmi K50i 5G vs iQOO Neo 6 5G vs POCO F4 5G: price in India
|Variants||Redmi K50i 5G||iQOO Neo 6 5G price in India||POCO F4 5G price in India|
|6GB + 128GB||
|8GB + 128GB||
|8GB + 256GB||
The Redmi K50i 5G is available in two variants in India: 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. These models are priced at Rs 25,999 and Rs 28,999, respectively. It can be bought in colours like Stealth Black, Quick Silver, and Phantom Blue. It is scheduled to go on sale through Amazon India, Mi India’s website, Mi Home, and offline stores on July 23rd, 2022.
Buyers who are looking forward to purchasing on the first sale date can take advantage of an instant discount of up to Rs 3,000 through ICICI Bank credit / debit and EMI transactions. In addition, buyers can benefit from an exchange bonus of Rs 2,500 and no-cost EMI for up to 9 months. People who still own a Redmi K20 Pro can get the K50i for as low as Rs 12,499 with exchange and card offers. Apart from these online-only offers, the company is providing offline offers, such as up to Rs 3,000 instant bank discount with ICICI Bank cards and EMI transactions or get a Xiaomi Smart Speaker worth Rs 4,999 for free.
The iQOO Neo 6 5G is available in two configurations, such as 8GB RAM + 128GB storage for Rs 29,999 and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage for Rs 33,999. It comes in shades like Cyber Rage, Dark Nova, and Maverick Orange shades. It can be purchased through Amazon India and iQOO India’s websites.
The POCO F4 5G offers three choices, such as 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. The variants cost Rs 27,999, Rs 29,999, and Rs 33,999, respectively. It comes in Night Black and Nebula Green colours. At present, it is available with a Rs 1,000 discount on Flipkart.
The Redmi K50i 5G is the most affordable phone among the three. The launch offers allow buyers to purchase it for around Rs 20,000. Hence, it is a clear winner in the pricing department.
Winner: Redmi K50i 5G
Redmi K50i 5G vs iQOO Neo 6 5G vs POCO F4 5G: display
The Redmi K50i 5G houses a 6.67-inch LCD display that offers an FHD+ resolution of 1,080 x 2,460, a 20:5 aspect ratio, up to 144Hz refresh rate, 270Hz of touch sampling rate, and up to 650 nits of brightness. It supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 support. The front side of the device is shielded by Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
The POCO F4 5G has a 6.67-inch AMOLED E4 display, and the iQOO Neo 6 features a 6.62-inch AMOLED E4 display. Both smartphones support a Full HD+ resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels and a refresh rate of 120Hz. Both phones support HDR10+. However, only the POCO phone supports Dolby Vision among the two.
The POCO F4’s display also supports 1,300 nits of peak brightness, MEMC, DCI-P3 colour gamut, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. On the other hand, the Neo 6 5G’s display offers up to 360Hz touch sampling rate, 1200Hz instant touch sampling rate, 1,300 nits of peak brightness and DCI-P3 colour gamut. It is the only phone among the three to feature an under-display fingerprint scanner. There is no information on the screen protection of the device.
AMOLED displays are known for offering deeper blacks and more vivid colours than LCD panels. Hence, people who prefer AMOLED displays may not want to settle for the K50i even if it supports a higher refresh rate of 144Hz. Otherwise, the Redmi K50i promises a good viewing experience.
Winner: Tie between POCO F4 5G and iQOO Neo 6 5G
Redmi K50i 5G vs iQOO Neo 6 5G vs POCO F4 5G: performance and software
The Neo 6 and POCO F4 are powered by the 7nm Snapdragon 870 chipset. On the other hand, the Dimensity 8100 powers the Redmi K50i 5G. Benchmark tests show that the Dimensity 8100 is faster than both the POCO F4 and the Neo 6.
All three devices come with UFS 3.1 storage. The Redmi and POCO smartphones are equipped with LPDDR5 RAM, whereas the Neo 6 has LPDDR4x RAM onboard. The Neo 6 and POCO F4 feature 3GB and 4GB of virtual RAM, respectively. While the K50i supports virtual RAM, its exact information is yet to be confirmed.
All three smartphones come pre-installed with the Android 12 OS. The Neo 6 has the FunTouchOS 12.1 UI on top. On the other hand, the POCO F4 and Redmi K50i offer an MIUI 13 experience. Being a POCO device, the F4 also features the POCO launcher.
Winner: Redmi K50i 5G
Redmi K50i 5G vs iQOO Neo 6 5G vs POCO F4 5G: cameras
The Redmi K50i 5G and the iQOO Neo 6 5G sport a 16-megapixel camera housed inside the centrally positioned punch-hole. There is no word on the selfie camera sensors of the Redmi and iQOO phones, but the POCO F4 features a 20-megapixel Sony IMX596 front camera.
All three smartphones have a 64-megapixel triple camera unit. The Redmi and POCO phones have a Samsung GW3 primary snapper, whereas the iQOO model gets an OmniVision OV64GB lens. While POCO and iQOO phones support Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). The K50i lacks support for it. The primary camera of these devices is accompanied by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens and a 2-megapixel macro camera.
The support for OIS and a better front camera allow POCO F4 to win in this segment
Winner: POCO F4 5G
Redmi K50i 5G vs iQOO Neo 6 5G vs POCO F4 5G: battery
The Redmi K50i 5G has a 5,080mAh battery, while the POCO F4 packs a 4,500mAh battery. Both handsets support 67W fast charging. The iQOO Neo 6 has a 4,700mAh battery, which supports faster 80W charging. With the bundled 80W charger, it can take less than 40 minutes for the Neo 6 to achieve a full charge from zero.
Winner: iQOO Neo 6 5G
Redmi K50i 5G vs iQOO Neo 6 5G vs POCO F4 5G: other features
The Redmi K50i 5G and POCO F4 have a side-facing fingerprint scanner, while the iQOO phone gets an in-screen fingerprint scanner. The iQOO Neo 6 only supports four 5G bands, while the POCO carries support for ten 5G bands, while the K50i 5G supports twelve 5G bands.
All three phones offer common features, such as liquid cooling technology, dual stereo speakers, and an X-axis linear motor for in-game vibrations to deliver an enhanced gaming experience. The K50i is the only phone among the three to feature a 3.5mm audio jack.
With a thickness of 7.7mm, the POCO F4 is the slimmest of the three. The POCO and Redmi phones also offer IP53-rated splash resistance and an IR blaster.
Winner: Redmi K50i 5G and POCO F4 5G
Redmi K50i 5G vs iQOO Neo 6 5G vs POCO F4 5G: conclusion
The iQOO Neo 6 5G only managed to have an edge in the display, battery and charging departments. On the other hand, the POCO F4 impresses in areas like display, camera, and additional features.
The Redmi K50i 5G shines in two departments, such as performance and pricing. At a lower price, it also offers other impressive features, such as a 144Hz LCD display with a taller aspect ratio, 64-megapixel triple rear cameras, and a 5,080mAh battery with 67W fast charging. It appears that only people who are not interested in an LCD panel and prefer a Qualcomm chip may opt for the POCO F4 or Neo 6.