Update, November 26, 2019 (12:30 AM ET): After throwing around a bunch of mixed signals, Xiaomi has finally confirmed the launch date for the Redmi K30 series. Instead of a 2020 launch that the company earlier teased, the K30 is now confirmed to launch on December 10. Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing made the announcement on Chinese social media platform Weibo.
The post clarifies that the previously teased 2020 timeline was to position Redmi as a “5G Pioneer.” Xiaomi claims that the Redmi brand will be the first to adopt the latest 5G technology in 2020. The statement sounds pretty generic as we’re not sure what Xiaomi is specifically talking about.
It’s possible the company is hinting at a unique price point for a 5G phone. While the Redmi K30 5G is not expected to be cheap, it could be on the more affordable side as far as 5G phones are concerned.
Original article, November 18, 2019 (01:46 AM ET): The Redmi K30 is coming and we now have confirmation from Xiaomi that the phone will launch in 2020. Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing recently quashed previous rumors of a December launch for the K30 through a post on Chinese social media platform Weibo.
Weibing’s post does not specifically talk about the K30 launch. Instead, it highlights China Mobile’s 4G hotspot tests where a number of Xiaomi phones were recognized for being the fastest.
According to the Xiaomi executive, Redmi phones will strive for the highest quality in the early 5G era. He mentions the Redmi K30 series at the end of his post which, roughly translated, reads: “In 2020, Redmi is a 5G pioneer. See you at K30!”
This is the first time Xiaomi has confirmed a launch timeline for the Redmi K30.
What we know about the Redmi K30 so far
We first heard murmurs about the Redmi K30 series back in August. At the time, Weibing had confirmed that the phone will feature 5G connectivity.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun recently talked about unleashing a wave of affordable Xiaomi phones with 5G support. Jun said that all of Xiaomi’s phones released in the first half of 2020 for $285 or more will offer 5G connectivity.
If the Redmi K30 has the same June release timeline as the K20 series (called Mi 9T in western markets), it’ll be one of those phones Jun’s talking about. But given the fact that Xiaomi is teasing its release already, we’re likely looking at a much earlier launch window than June.
The company previously hinted that the K30 will not be the most affordable 5G phone out there, but it won’t be too expensive either.
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