After many months of speculation, Qualcomm finally has taken the wraps off its next flagship chipset dubbed Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. The new flagship brings cutting-edge advancements and is based on a 5nm process. Shortly after the announcement, many smartphone makers started to tease their 2021 flagships sporting the new chipset. During the event, Lei Jun made a speech stating that Xiaomi Mi 11 will be one of the first smartphones coming with the SD888. Shortly after the event, Xiaomi posted a teaser affirming that the Mi 11 “will be the first flagship with Snapdragon 888”. Today, Redmi Manager, Lu Weibing, followed announcing that Redmi will also be among the first batch of flagships coming with the aforementioned chipset.
Unlike Xiaomi that explicitly mentions the Xiaomi Mi 11 series, Redmi didn’t reveal the smartphone that will feature this new chipset nor the launch date. However, we don’t need to learn space engineering to know that this probably refers to the Redmi K40 Pro. Redmi established its name as an independent brand with the release of its flagship killer Redmi K series. The company unveiled its Redmi K30 series one year ago and followed with the launch of the Redmi K30 Pro with the Snapdragon 865 a couple of months later. Now, we believe that the company is working on the Redmi K40 Pro which will also sit as a cost-effective flagship smartphone.
Redmi K40 Pro will stick with a pop-up camera
According to rumors, the Redmi K40 Pro will not be much different from its predecessor the K30 Pro. It will keep the bezel-less display design thanks to the pop-up camera mechanism. Most companies have left this design in 2020 in favor of the Punch-Hole selfie. While the next year may bring more in-display selfie smartphones, Redmi will stick with a design that proved to be successful. One year and several months have passed since the launch of the Redmi K20 Pro and we haven’t heard about problems with the pop-up selfie. So the mechanism behind this pop-up camera seems to be reliable. We expect significant improvements in the camera department like a 108MP shooter. The device’s battery may be above 4,500mAh and it should come with fast-charging capabilities greater than 33W.
The Redmi K30 Pro arrived in March 2020, so we won’t be surprised to see the Redmi K40 Pro coming in the same month as its predecessor. After all, we don’t expect the Redmi flagship to come before the Mi 11 series.