Redmi is known for releasing budget-friendly devices in the smartphone market. Relative to its competitors, Redmi smartphones are price-friendly. The company will officially release the Redmi K50 series in February this year. This series will have multiple models and one of them will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen1. According to Redmi’s executives, the Redmi K50 series will pass as one of the coldest Snapdragon 8 Gen1 models. However, can the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 model in the Redmi K50 series be the cheapest Snapdragon 8 Gen1 phone?
According to Redmi’s positioning, the ultimate price-performance ratio should be very high. According to unconfirmed speculations, the Redmi K50 series will have a 2699 yuan ($423) starting price. If this is true, then the Redmi K50will likely not be the cheapest Snapdragon 8 Gen1 smartphone. The starting price of the series is the price for the lowest model and that should be the Dimensity 8000 model. We will also have the Dimensity 9000 model before the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 model.
As we all know, the flagship Motorola Edge X30 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen1 is already on sale. This smartphone is an extremely cost-effective flagship. The starting price of this device is 2999 yuan ($470) for the 8GB + 128GB model. This is the cheapest Snapdragon 8 Gen1 smartphone so far.
If the Redmi K50 series has a 2699 yuan ($423) starting price, then the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 model will likely cost above 2,999 yuan ($470).
Redmi K50 series models
The Redmi K50 series will not have just the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 version. Redmi officials have since confirmed that the Redmi K50 series will also use the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 processors. Furthermore, this series will also have a Dimensity 8000 model. Generally, this series will have three models and each model will come with a different chip and configuration. The Redmi K50 with MediaTek’s sub-flagship, Dimensity 8000 chip has a performance that exceeds the Snapdragon 870.
Redmi K50 Pro will come with the powerful but relatively low-priced Dimensity 9000. This chip uses TSMC’s 4nm process and has a performance output that is not weaker than that of Snapdragon 8 Gen1. Redmi K50 Pro+, as the top-of-the-line flagship, may be equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen1, which has the most comprehensive performance.
Redmi K50 series will not be entirely cheap
It is important to note that the K50 series may not entirely be a cheap series. The regular models may be attractive in terms of price but the Pro model will not be cheap. According to Lu Weibing, the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 “puts everyone under pressure”. He advises that users should buy the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 hard-core flagship in 2022.