Today, Lu Weibing, Vice President of Xiaomi Group, and General Manager of Redmi Brand released some spoilers regarding the upcoming Redmi K40. His post Weibo post reveals quite a few important information. The most important is probably the price. According to Lu Weibing, the Redim K40 will start at 2999 yuan which is approximately $463.
Furthermore, we already know that this device will arrive next month and it will come with the Snapdragon 888 SoC. Considering the “spoiler”, Wang Teng, product director of Xiaomi adds more information. According to Wang Teng, the Redmi K40 series will be very cost-effective. This suggests that the Redmi K40 will offer much more than Lu Weibing has revealed so far.
In addition to the price, Wang Teng also reveals that this device will come with a 4000+ mAh battery. However, he did not give the exact rating of the battery. In addition, this smartphone may come with the most expensive straight screen ever.
In December last year, Qualcomm released a new generation of flagship chip, Snapdragon 888 at the Snapdragon Technology Summit. Since then, the likes of Asus, Black Shark, Lenovo, LG, Meizu, Motorola, Nubia, Realme, OnePlus, OPPO, Sharp, Vivo, Xiaomi, ZTE, and other Android smartphone manufacturers are developing smartphones based on Snapdragon 888.
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 technical specification
The Snapdragon 888 uses 1 x 2.84GHz (ARM’s latest Cortex X1 core) + 3 x 2.4GHz (Cortex A78) + 4 x 1.8GHz (Cortex A55) architecture. The GPU is Adreno 660 and it supports WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.
As the latest product of Snapdragon 8 series, Snapdragon 888 integrates Qualcomm’s third-generation 5G modem and radio frequency system – Snapdragon X60, which supports all major global millimeter wave and Sub-6GHz frequency bands, as well as 5G carrier aggregation, global multi-SIM card functions, Independent (SA) and non-independent (NSA) networking modes and dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS).
The sixth-generation Qualcomm AI engine integrated on the Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform includes a newly designed Qualcomm Hexagon processor, with a performance of 26 trillion operations per second (26 TOPS). In terms of games, it integrates the third-generation Snapdragon Elite Gaming. Also, Qualcomm claims that this chip brings the most significant performance improvement ever made by Qualcomm Adreno GPU. It also comes with a 2nd generation Qualcomm Sensing Hub which “incorporates low-power always-on AI processing for intuitive intelligent features.”
In terms of camera performance, the Spectra ISP of Snapdragon 888 supports faster billion-pixel-level processing speeds. Users can process 2.7 billion pixels per second to take photos and videos. This is about 120 frames per second and each frame is 12MP. The processing speed is up to 35% higher than the previous generation platform.
The flagship processor also comes with the new 6th-gen AI Engine. The hexagon processor brings a considerable leap in AI performance, 26 tera operations per second (TOPS) compared to the last generation.