At the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 product launch conference, Lu Weibing, president of Xiaomi Group China and general manager of the Redmi brand, announced that the first batch of the Redmi K50 series will use the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 processor. This chip will be mass-produced for commercial use after the Spring Festival. According to reports, the Redmi K5 series with the Dimensity 9000 SoC will be official in March. However, the Redmi K50 gaming edition with Snapdragon 8 Gen1 will launch first in February. The regular Redmi K50 should come with the Snapdragon 870 SoC.
As of now, the model to use the Dimensity 9000 remains uncertain. However, considering the the Redmi K50 gaming edition and Redmi K50 will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 and Snapdragon 870 respectively, the Dimensity 9000 should appear in the Redmi K50 Pro or K50 Pro+.
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Due to the high cost of the Snapdragon 8 Gen1, the price of the K50 gaming version may be higher than the previous generation. Recall that the previous Redmi K40 gaming edition comes with a 1999 yuan ($315) starting price. Considering that the cheapest Snapdragon 8 Gen1 smartphone, Motorola edge X30, is priced at 2,999 yuan ($472), the Redmi K50 gaming edition will have a similar price tag.
Redmi K50 series get TENAA, Geekbench & 3C certifications
A new Redmi smartphone carrying model number 21121210C has made an appearance on TENAA, Geekbench, and 3C certification websites. The phone packs a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC under the hood. Aside from that, it offers 120W charging support. According to MySmartPrice, these specs suggest that the recently spotted handset could be the Redmi K50 Pro. The Redmi 21121210C secured 1226 points and 3726 points in the single-core and multi-core round of the Geekbench 5 test.
Furthermore, the Geekbench listing reveals that the phone will use an octa-core processor codenamed taro. This processor will have a 1 + 3 + 4 core configuration, coupled with a peak clock frequency of 3.0GHz. In other words, the Redmi 21121210C could pack the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor under the hood. This speculation aligns with an earlier report that suggests the Redmi K50 series will be the most affordable phone to come with the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 SoC.
Aside from that, the Redmi 21121210C bagged the important 3C certification recently. The 3C listing hints at 120W fast charging support. Moreover, the Geekbench listing hints at the availability of 12GB of RAM. It also implies that the phone will come running Android 12 OS. The charging capabilities and the processor powering up the Redmi 21121210C indicate that the device could launch as the much-awaited Redmi K50 Pro.
The Redmi K50 Pro is likely to draw its juices from a 4,700mAh battery. The word on the web is that Xiaomi will be launching several devices under its well-received Redmi K50 series in the coming days.