Redmi K40 series price, launch date, news, and leaks

Redmi K40 series will launch in the last week of February, just a few weeks after the Chinese New Year. The upcoming series will include high-end flagships from the word go. The launch date is set for February 25 in China. 

Needless to say, the Redmi K40 series will be the successor to the Redmi K30 series. For context, the Redmi K30 series had multiple devices Redmi K30, Redmi K30 Pro, Redmi K30S, Redmi K30i, Redmi K30 5G, K30 Ultra,  K30 Racing Edition, and  K30 Racing Edition. 

The Redmi K40, for starters, will have three variants - Redmi K40 Pro, Redmi K40, and Redmi K40S. We can also expect more variants to launch later in the year. 

Ahead of the launch, Redmi’s spokesperson has been doing some aggressive campaigns on Weibo which hints at the pricing of the upcoming Redmi K40. One of the device in the Redmi K40 series (likely K40 Pro) will come with the Snapdragon 888 chipset and will start at CNY 2,999 which is around Rs 34,000. The Redmi K40 and Redmi K40S are expected to be even cheaper.

While we don’t know a lot about the specs, the Redmi K40 series is said to bring a 108MP camera game to the table to up the ante in the affordable flagship segment. High refresh rate displays are on the cards too. One of the three devices is likely to be powered by the new Dimensity 1200 processor. Also, on February 25 the RedmiBook Pro to launch alongside the Redmi K40 series.

Here is everything we know about the upcoming Redmi K40 series smartphones.

Cut to the chase:

  • What phones? Redmi K40 Pro, K40, and K40S
  • When is it out? February 25
  • How much will it cost? Approx. Rs 34,000 (K40 Pro)

Redmi K40 Price

Redmi K40

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As said earlier, a Redmi K40 series phone with Snapdragon 888 is confirmed to come under the price tag of CNY 2,999 which is around Rs 34,000. This is likely the Redmi K40 Pro as the other two phones are expected to sport different chipsets. This also means the Redmi K40 and Redmi K40S will cost less than the Redmi K40 Pro. 

For context, the Redmi K30(5G) was priced at CNY 1,999 (~Rs 20,500) and the Redmi K30S was priced at CNY 2,599 (~Rs 29,400) at the launch. The Redmi K30(4G) was launched in India as Poco X2 while the Redmi K30S is the Chinese version of the Xiaomi Mi 10T. 

A new leak also tips the pricing of the Redmi K40 series. The vanilla Redmi K40 is said to start at CNY 2,199 (~Rs 24,600) and the Redmi K40 Pro will be priced at CNY 3,199 (~Rs 35,800).

Redmi K40 Design and display

(Image credit: Weibo)

Redmi has officially shown off the device on Weibo and it looks like the Redmi K40 series will come with the Mi 11 inspired design. As for the design of the phone on the back, it looks like the Redmi K40 will come with Mi 11 inspired design as the camera module looks similar to the one found on the Mi 11. The poster reveals a Black colour variant of the Redmi K40 with a textured pattern on the back. 

All the Redmi K30 series devices offer a 6.67-inch Full HD+ display with either AMOLED or LCD panels. Also, the refresh rate was 120Hz on most of the devices. In the Redmi K40 series, the 120Hz refresh rate and the new E4 AMOLED panel is confirmed. The E4 AMOLED is the latest gen OLED screen from Samsung. This is built using new materials which result in a brighter screen even in the direct sunlight. This technology also results in lower power consumption. This will also bring substantial improvements in terms of performance.

The Redmi K40 Pro and the vanilla Redmi K40 both are expected to have a thickness of 7.8mm which is pretty thin considering the large and big phones we are getting in recent times.

Redmi K40 Performance

Redmi K40

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Things are slightly clearer in this segment as the Redmi K40 Pro is confirmed to come with the new Snapdragon 888 5G processor. A Redmi K40 series device with “M2012K11AC” model number is also said to be in the works and is said to come with a Snapdragon 8 series chipset. This could be the vanilla Redmi K40 with Snapdragon 870 SoC which is also said to go global as Poco device. 

Lastly, since Redmi has already confirmed a new Redmi phone will come out with a new MediaTek Dimensity processor, the Redmi K40S might be powered by Dimensity 1200 which is also a 5G capable processor. As for the RAM, we expect 6GB of RAM to be the base while storage is likely to vary from 64GB to 256GB depending on the model. They could be positioned as gaming phones.

Redmi K40 cameras

Redmi K40

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Xiaomi has been going all-out by equipping most of its latest smartphones with 108MP camera sensors. There are rumours that we will see a similar setup on at least one of the devices in the Redmi K40 series. We’re also confident that it will be joined by a bunch of other cameras such as ultra-wide lenses, depth sensors and macro shooters.

All three devices are also confirmed to have single selfie cameras on the front, with what is claimed to be the smallest punch-hole notch on any smartphone. The new poster from Redmi confirms the device will come with a triple camera with two large sensors and one small sensor backed by an LED flash. There is also a hole in the middle which looks like a microphone. The details of these sensors are still a mystery. 

Redmi K40 Battery and charging

Mi 10i

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The battery is one aspect which Redmi devices shine at as they are consistent even with a longer run. The Redmi K30 series packed in a 4,500mAh battery with support for 30W/33W fast charging. The Redmi K40 series is confirmed come with a 4,520mAh battery unit and will likely be backed by a 30/33W fast charger. 

While this is not the biggest battery we've seen on a flagship phone, the smaller battery will also make the device lighter and thinner than the last-gen. The battery will be backed by 33W fast charging, as seen on their 3C certification pages.  

Everything else

While these are the major specs that are expected from the Redmi K40 series, the Redmi K40 series devices are expected to run on Android 11 out of the box based on MIUI 12.5. Apart from that, we’d also expect the phone to retain the in-box charger, IR blaster, dual speakers, P2i water resistance, and 3.5mm headphone jack. 

And lastly, the Redmi K40 series is also likely to launch in the Global markets as a Poco smartphone. If that turns out to be true, the Redmi K40 could launch as a premium flagship device. The Redmi K20 and K20 Pro were the last Redmi K series phones in India while the Redmi K30 4G was launched in India as the Poco X2 back in 2020. Some of the specs confirmed from the official posters include  Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res audio support. 

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