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. According to @DigitalChatStation, the Redmi K40 series will adopt a 120Hz OLED full screen. Furthermore, Lu Weibing and Wang Teng confirmed that the K40 display may be the most expensive straight screen in the industry. However, this device will also be on top as a “cost-effective device”.
We know that Redmi K30 Pro uses a pop-up full screen, a design that is not very common with 5G devices. One of its down points is the use of a 60Hz refresh rate straight screen. Well, it appears that Redmi will not make the same mistake on the Redmi K40 series. The step-up from 60Hz to 120Hz is obviously a huge leap. The overall quality of this display will be top-notch, at least that’s what we expect.
In addition, the Redmi K40 series starting price of 2,999 yuan ($463) means that it has created a new low price for the Snapdragon 888 flagship phones. If there are no surprises, this device should be the cheapest Snapdragon 888 phone at launch.
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.