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Upcoming Redmi K30 Pro might trade camera for power

There's more evidence that this device packs a Snapdragon 865 flagship processor.

Published onFebruary 3, 2020

The Redmi K30 Pro is tipped to be in the works, picking up where the K20 Pro left off.

The Redmi K30 series is expected to be joined by the Redmi K30 Pro, and there’s speculation that this phone could be the basis for the long-awaited POCO F2.

Now, XDA-Developers has obtained a build.prop file for a smartphone code-named imi. And this file confirms that it’s running a Snapdragon 865 chipset and has the Redmi name. There’s no product name listed here, but it all seems to line up with a Redmi K30 Pro (much like the Redmi K20 Pro featured flagship silicon).

The outlet also cites a GeekBench listing for a Redmi K30 Pro. These listings can usually be faked, but the “motherboard” field contains the previously disclosed imi code-name. XDA also says the build ID associated with the benchmark seems to correspond with the ID in the build.prop file.

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Furthermore, an XDA forum member dug into the MIUI gallery app’s code, finding that this imi device wasn’t listed alongside other 108MP Xiaomi phones. Instead, the device is listed as having a 64MP main camera. This suggests that the Redmi K30 Pro could offer a 64MP camera in lieu of a 108MP sensor, likely using Sony’s IMX686 camera or an all-new sensor.

A 64MP camera would be a little disappointing but not surprising due to the Redmi K30 series offering 64MP Sony sensors. A 108MP sensor would theoretically allow for more detail during the day, and higher resolution low light shots (albeit with the same pixel size when binned).

Do you care whether your next phone has a 64MP camera or 108MP shooter? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

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