Towards the end of 2019, Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi launched the Redmi K30. The 4G version of the device hit stores not long afterward, while the 5G variant entered the pre-order stage in early January. Now, all eyes are on the next iteration in the series: the Redmi K30 Pro.
As with last year’s K20 series, we expect the Redmi K30 Pro to be a lot like the vanilla K30 but with some beefed-up specs and a few new features. We also expect the price to be higher, but we don’t expect it to reach into “normal” flagship territory as far as that goes.
Below, you’ll find our rumor roundup for the Redmi K30 Pro with all the reliable information we’ve found so far. Be sure to bookmark this page as we will update it often with news and leaks as we get closer to the imminent launch of the device.
Redmi K30 Pro: Name and release date
Since Redmi has already launched the Redmi K30 and Redmi K30 5G, it’s pretty much a given that the upcoming new variant will be called the Redmi K30 Pro. However, Samsung recently changed things up by renaming the Samsung Galaxy S11 series to the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, so who knows anymore? We’re willing to bet that the K30 Pro is the official name, although we don’t have any confirmation of that as of yet.
Related: Redmi K20 Pro review: Is this the best affordable flagship?
We do have some information on the release date, though. Tipster Sudhashu Ambhore tweeted that the K30 Pro will launch in March 2020. There wasn’t a more specific date than that, but that’s not too far away, so we should have a solid date soon.
Redmi K30 Pro: Design
If you hold a Redmi K20 in one hand and a Redmi K20 Pro in the other, you’d likely not be able to tell the differences between them. Both devices have pop-up selfie cameras, the same size body, the same sized display, and even have the same display resolution.
Like the K20 Pro and the K20, we don’t expect the K30 Pro to look too much different from the K30.
With that in mind, we don’t expect the Redmi K30 and Redmi K30 Pro to look much different from one another. The Redmi K30 abandoned the pop-up selfie camera for a display cutout design, so the K30 Pro should follow suit. The vertically-aligned quad-camera system on the rear of the K30 should also transfer over to the K30 Pro, including the circular mirror design surrounding it.
Every device in the Redmi K line has featured some really fun colorways, so we fully expect the K30 Pro to come in some fun colors, too. The K30 came in blue, red, and purple, so it’s not unreasonable to assume the Redmi K30 Pro will come in some or all of those colors.
Redmi K30 Pro: Specs and features
The K20 and K20 Pro didn’t look very different from one another. Under the hood, though, they were very different. The K20 Pro featured some significant spec bumps with its internals, so we expect the Redmi K30 Pro to also see some internal improvements as compared to the K30.
It’s basically a given that the K30 Pro will come with the latest-and-greatest smartphone processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. The K20 Pro came with the then-latest Snapdragon 855 in 2019, so it’s logical for the follow-up to see the 2020 version. For the record, the vanilla K30 has a Snapdragon 730G, a slightly upgraded version of the K20’s Snapdragon 730.
Still not sure if the Redmi K30 Pro will have a Snapdragon 865 chipset? Well, XDA-Developers discovered evidence of a Snapdragon 865-powered Redmi phone, which is almost certainly the Redmi K30 Pro. It’s also worth noting that the phone comes with a 5G modem, suggesting that there won’t be a 4G version of the device.
Interestingly, both the K20 and the K20 Pro had Super AMOLED displays, while the K30 has a downgraded IPS LCD. It’s possible the K30 Pro could have an OLED panel instead of an LCD panel, but we’re not sure. The Redmi K30 features a 120Hz display refresh rate, which would likely not appear on a device like the K30 Pro if it has an OLED panel, simply because of how cheap we expect the device to be. However, it’s totally possible the K30 Pro will join the OnePlus 8 in offering an OLED panel with a 120Hz display refresh rate.
Another feature the K30 saw downgraded as compared to the K20 series is the fingerprint sensor. The K30 has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor while both the K20 and K20 Pro have in-display fingerprint sensors. It’s certainly possible that the Redmi K30 Pro will see the return of the in-display sensor.
If history has told us anything, it’s that the big differences between the K30 and the K30 Pro will be the internal specs.
It’s also likely the K30 Pro will feature some camera upgrades compared to the K30. But both XDA and Weibo tipster Digital Chat Station report that the phone will pack a 64MP main camera much like the standard K30. The latter source adds that we can expect a quad rear camera setup. Hopefully the Snapdragon 865 processor brings image quality improvements and the likes of 8K recording.
In terms of endurance and charging, Digital Chat Station reports that the Pro model will offer a 4,700mAh battery with 33W wired charging. This compares favorably to the Redmi K30’s 4,500mAh pack and 27W speeds.
In the end, we think Redmi downgraded some major aspects of the Redmi K30 in order to make sure there would be more of a difference between it and the Redmi K30 Pro. That was likely an issue with the K20 series since the vanilla and Pro variants in that family were so similar.
Redmi K30 Pro: Price and availability
The entry-level version of the Redmi K30 is around $227, so the Pro variant can only be so expensive before it would seem like too much of a different device from the K30.
For the sake of comparison, here are the Indian K20 and K20 Pro prices:
- K20: 6GB RAM, 64GB ROM — Rs. 21,999 (~$310)
- K20: 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM — Rs. 23,999 (~$340)
- K20 Pro: 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM — 27,999 rupees (~$406)
- K20 Pro: 8GB RAM, 256GB ROM — 30,999 rupees (~$450)
Additionally, here are the prices for the Redmi K30 and K30 5G:
- K30: 6GB RAM, 64GB ROM — 1,599 Chinese yuan (~$227)
- K30: 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM — 1,699 Chinese yuan (~$241)
- K30: 8GB RAM, 128GB ROM — 1,899 Chinese yuan (~$269)
- K30: 8GB RAM, 256GB ROM — 2,199 Chinese yuan (~$312)
- K30 5G: 6GB RAM, 64GB ROM — 1,999 Chinese yuan (~$284)
- K30 5G: 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM — 2,299 Chinese yuan (~$327)
- K30 5G: 8GB RAM, 128GB ROM — 2,599 Chinese yuan (~$370)
- K30 5G: 8GB RAM, 256GB ROM — 2,899 Chinese yuan (~$412)
We expect the pricing for the K30 Pro to fall somewhere above the K20 Pro and the K30 5G pricing due to the upgraded chipset, 5G support, and other bumps in value. In fact, Xiaomi’s Mi 10 is at least $120 more expensive than the Mi 9, largely due to the Snapdragon 865 chipset. Hopefully Redmi is able to cut corners sensibly to keep the price affordable, but we’re almost definitely going to see a price leap.
As far as availability goes, the device will likely be available in China and India. It’s possible it could also land in Europe, but it likely would be rebranded as a Xiaomi Mi device, as the K20 Pro was rebranded as the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro.
That’s all the info we’ve got so far for the upcoming Redmi K30 Pro. Be sure to bookmark this page as we will be updating it constantly as we get closer to the device’s launch!