Redmi K series is one of the most popular smartphones in the global smartphone market. In India, the last Redmi K series smartphone to launch was the Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro, and these smartphones were the most popular handsets of their time. Now, Redmi K50i 5G is the latest mid-range mobile phone to launch in the country.
Redmi K50i 5G Mobile in India
The latest mid-ranger highly focuses on the performance with the new MediaTek Dimensity 8100 processor. The new Redmi 5G mobile is touted to offer flagship-grade performance. As per the benchmark score, the Dimensity 8100 is one of the fastest processors in this price range. Although, its performance did not match the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Also Read – Oppo K10 in India, AnTuTu score, camera sensor, and SAR Value
Dimensity 8100: How’s the performance?
Remember, this Dimensity 8100 SoC can deliver performance equivalent to Snapdragon 870. The hardware is fast enough for graphic-intensive games and other day-to-day tasks. Besides fast performance, the Dimensity 8100 brings more power efficiency, which means the new Redmi 5G mobile phone will not use much power compared to its competitors.
Furthermore, the new Redmi phone carries a 144Hz display, a triple rear camera setup, and a vapor cooling (VC) chamber for thermal management. The latest Redmi K50i 5G mobile comes with radical improvements over India’s last launched Redmi K20 Pro. Compared with the Chinese variant, the Redmi K50i in India is the rebranded version of the Redmi Note 11T Pro, which was earlier launched in China.
Redmi Buds 3 Lite launched
In addition to Redmi K50i 5G mobile, the Chinese smartphone brand launched the Redmi Buds 3 Lite, true wireless stereo (TWS) earphones. These Redmi earbuds have 6mm dynamic drivers tuned by Xiaomi Sound Labs. Additionally, these Redmi earbuds are IP54 rated for dust and water resistance and come with Bluetooth v5.2 connectivity.
Redmi K50i 5G mobile price in India
India’s all-new Redmi K50i 5G mobile price starts at Rs 25999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The 8GB RAM and 256GB storage variant of the Redmi K50i carries a price tag of Rs 28999. Redmi India launched the latest K series 5G phone in three colorways – Quick Silver, Phantom Blue, and Stealth Black. As for its availability, the Redmi K50i is available for purchase on Amazon India, Mi.com, Mi Home Store, Croma, and other online and offline retail stores.
As an introductory offer, the Chinese smartphone maker offers up to Rs 3000 additional discount for ICICI Bank cardholders and EMI transactions. Furthermore, there is also an additional exchange bonus of Rs 2500. Interestingly offline customers will also have an option to get Mi Smart Speaker instead of the bank offer. These special offers will remain live until the stock lasts.
To recall, the Redmi K50i 5G is a rebranded version of the Redmi Note 11T Pro mobile phone. This Redmi Note 11T Pro was first launched in China earlier this year. Furthermore, the Redmi Buds 3 were also launched in China last year. Starting at Rs 25999, the Redmi K50i is an appealing smartphone. Also Read – New Oppo K10 mobile phone price in India
Redmi Buds 3 Lite price in India
Besides the Redmi K50i 5G mobile, the Chinese tech players also launched the Redmi Buds 3 Lite TWS earphones with a price tag of Rs 1999. The latest TWS earbuds will be available in Black color options from July 31. Regarding availability, the Redmi Buds 3 Lite will be available for purchase on Amazon, Mi.com, Mi Home Stores, and other online and offline retail stores.
Like the Redmi K50i, the company also provides an early bird offer for customers interested in these Redmi earbuds. Under this offer, the TWS earphones will be available at a special price of Rs 1499. Remember, this special price is applicable for the first 48 hours post-sale. Meanwhile, the Redmi Buds 3 Lite will be available for Rs 1999 in India after this.
Redmi K50i 5G Mobile: Specifications
The all-new Redmi K50i 5G is a dual-SIM (Nano) mobile phone that boots on MIUI 13 on top of Android 12. It sports a 6.6-inch Full-HD+ LCD display. Furthermore, this display comes with a screen resolution of 1080*2460 pixels. The latest Redmi handset carries up to a 144Hz seven-level refresh rate and a 270Hz touch sampling rate.
Redmi claims the high refresh rate will ensure 90fps mode on games like Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI). This display, with a 20.5:9 aspect ratio, comes with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support. Redmi India claims this K50i 5G mobile display can reach a peak brightness of up to 650 nits.
Under the hood, the latest Redmi K Series 5G mobile is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC. This chipset comes in pair with up to 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Additionally, the device carries up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 onboard storage. A Liquid Cooling 2.0 Technology gets a vapor cooling (VC) chamber for thermal management. This feature will come in handy while gaming for long hours. Furthermore, it will also protect hardware in different weather conditions.
In terms of optics, the Redmi K50i 5G mobile comes with a triple rear camera setup headlined by a 64MP primary sensor. This 64MP primary camera is a Samsung ISOCELL GW1 sensor paired with a 6P Lens. The secondary camera is an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, while the third camera is a 2MP macro shooter with an LED Flash. The front camera is a 16MP selfie shooter which pairs with an f/2.45 aperture lens.
The camera app on the Redmi K series 5G mobile phone also gets several features like Portrait Mode, Night Mode, Movie frame, Vlog, and Clone. Besides this, the handset also gets an x-axis vibration motor for gamers. Furthermore, regular users will also like the haptic feedback while interacting with the device.
Regarding connectivity options, the latest Redmi K Series 5G mobile includes all the necessary connectivity options and ports. The all-new Redmi K50i 5G includes connectivity options such as 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.3, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C. Furthermore, it also gets a 3.5mm headphone jack. Similarly, the Redmi handset gets an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, e-compass, accelerometer, and gyroscope for onboard sensors.
The all-new Redmi K50i 5G mobile features a 5080mAh battery with 67W Fast charging support. For audio experience, the device gets dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. Furthermore, the Redmi K series handset has an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance. Besides, the smartphone measures 163.64×74.29×8.87mm and weighs 200g.
Redmi Buds 3 Lite: Specifications
Alongside the Redmi K50i 5G mobile phone, the Chinese tech player also launched another gadget, the Redmi Buds 3 Lite. The all-new Redmi Buds 3 Lite TWS earphones come with an in-ear style design. The company claims these TWS earbuds are the company’s first-ever double-tiered silicone earbuds. These earphones come with a snug as well as a secure fit.
In terms of hardware, the Redmi Buds 3 Lite earbuds are equipped with 6mm dynamic drivers tuned at Xiaomi Sound Labs. For connectivity, these TWS earbuds use Bluetooth v5.2. Furthermore, it comes with environmental noise cancellation (ENC) for a clear and sharper calling experience.
Redmi Buds 3 Lite can deliver up to 5 hours of listening time. However, with the charging case, this time will increase by up to 18 hours. The Redmi Buds charging case comes with a USB Type-C port and can be charged via a USB Type-C cable. During the launch event, Redmi claims that with 10-minutes of charging, these Redmi Buds 3 Lite can yield up to 100 minutes of music playback time.
Furthermore, both the Redmi Buds and the charging case get LED indicators, indicating connectivity and battery levels. Redmi Buds 3 Lite also comes with an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance. These weigh 35 grams. Now, let’s take a deep look into the Redmi K50i 5G mobile phone.
Redmi K50i 5G Mobile: First Impressions
Like the OnePlus Nord series, the Redmi K series features some of the most exciting smartphones. These are the brand’s most expensive smartphone series. With a mid-range price segment, these smartphone offers some of the premium features and the best technology. Redmi K50i is the latest 5G mobile phone to launch under the Redmi K series. The new phone is not the direct successor to the previously launched Redmi K20 Pro. To recall, Redmi K20 Pro was launched back in 2019.
In 2019, the Redmi K20 Pro attempted to grab the eyeballs through its performance-centric approach. The newest member, Redmi K50i, is the company’s highly anticipated 5G mobile phone for the year. The Redmi K50i 5G looks more like a gaming smartphone. The latest Redmi K series 5G Phone will compete against the likes of Nothing Phone 1, OnePlus 10R, OnePlus Nord CE 2T, and others. Before getting into the details, let’s unbox the Redmi K50i 5G phone first.
Redmi K50i 5G Mobile: Unboxing
Like the Redmi K20 Series smartphones, the latest Redmi K50i 5G arrives in a fairly plain retail box, and the retail box does not even get a feature picture of the smartphone. The biggest selling point of this Redmi K series 5G mobile phone is the presence of the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC and support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. The remainder of the Redmi smartphone’s important features and characteristics are listed on the rear of the retail package. Interestingly, the retail box features a “Made in India” logo that stands out.
After peeling the back tape and sliding the lid off, we open the retail box of the Redmi K50i 5G smartphone. Inside the box, we get a fairly standard set of accessories. The Redmi K50i retail box packs a SIM Tray ejection tool and a transparent plastic case inside a paper folder. The Redmi K50i 5G mobile unit sits right below that. Redmi K50i is made of plastic with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front. Underneath, we get a pretty hefty 67W fast charger with a USB Type-A port. The box also includes a good quality USB Type-A to Type-C cable. Both of these accessories will be needed for fast charging.
Redmi K50i 5G Mobile: Design
As mentioned above, the Redmi K50i 5G mobile has a plastic back panel and a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front. We got the Quick Silver color option. Furthermore, Xiaomi calls the finish on the “Quick Silver” shade a “crystalline.” The back panel comes with a color shift pattern. The phone looks icy blue under indoor lighting while metallic silver in outdoor conditions.
In terms of construction quality, the K50i 5G phone feels all right. However, for in-hand experience, the handset doesn’t feel as slick as others. Furthermore, we can get other metal and glass handsets in this price range. Dimension-wise, the Redmi K50i 5G mobile is 8.7mm thick and weighs around 200grams. The back panel features a prominent triple camera setup, and the cameras on the rear protrude a bit.
This makes the phone wobble when placed on its back on a plain hard surface. The silicone case will stop this wobbling effect. However, it will also bring some unmanageable grip because of its slightly sharp edges. We suggest you do not judge the phone for its looks because it could be subjective. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 TWS earbuds with ANC, specs and price in India
The power button and an integrated fingerprint sensor are placed on the right edge, and the volume rockers are on the right edge above the power button. Furthermore, the dual Nano SIM Tray and USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer are on the bottom. The main speaker grille also joins at the bottom edge, and the left edge is empty.
Just like the Redmi K20 Series mobile phone, the high-demanded 3.5mm headphone jack is also on the Redmi K50i 5G. The headphone jack is placed on the top, along with an evergreen IR Blaster. Overall, the handset does not feel that heavy. However, small-hand users might struggle to maintain a grip on the smartphone because of its tall frame. Although, it was still manageable for me. But people with small hands will have a tough time during extensive usage.
Redmi K50i 5G Mobile: First Boot
The first step of booting the Redmi K50i 5G mobile will take us through the setup process. There will be an option for the Glance lock screen in the setup process. Depending on your preference, select between Flat UI or the one with an App drawer. This Redmi K series smartphone boots on MIUI 13 based on Android 12. Just like any other Xiaomi phone, the Redmi K50i also comes with a bit of preloaded bloatware. We can uninstall this bloatware to protect our smartphones from unwanted spammy notifications.
Full-HD+ display on Redmi K series 5G Mobile
The all-new Redmi K50i 5G mobile sports a massive 6.6-inch display with a Full-HD+ screen resolution. Being a gaming smartphone, the Redmi K50i gets a variable 144Hz refresh rate. Dolby Vision and HDR10 support are noteworthy features of the latest Redmi K50i smartphone. We tested the peak brightness, and in our experience, this display can reach a peak brightness of up to 650 nits.
The Full-HD+ display on Redmi K50i 5G mobile comes with an FFS panel. The FFS panel offers a better viewing angle than an IPS display panel. Meanwhile, it sits between an LCD and OLED if we discuss color accuracy. In our experience, everything looks crisp and clear on this display. With the “Vivid” mode, the color saturation is on the higher side, and the display quality difference is visible.
Being a gaming-centric smartphone, the Redmi K50i 5G mobile offers a higher 144Hz refresh rate. With a 144Hz refresh rate, the smartphone enables the 90fps mode in Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI). The display also sports Dolby Vision. With Dolby Vision active, we loved streaming video on Netflix, and the video-watching experience with YouTube was also excellent.
Dimensity 8100 5G Mobile processor on Redmi phone
Talking about the hardware, the latest octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC is a highly capable 5G processor which powers the Redmi K50i. This processor is capable of delivering flagship-level performance. Furthermore, the Dimensity 8100 chipset is a power-efficient processor. In addition to the processor, Xiaomi has also designed a graphite and vapor chamber cooling system for this Redmi K series smartphone. It will be highly useful during long gaming sessions.
The Redmi K50i comes with either 6GB or 8GB RAM along with 128GB or 256GB of storage. In our experience, the memory of the Redmi K50i 5G mobile is fast. The Redmi K50i offers decent performance without lags or issues with decent benchmark scores. Also Read – Redmi Note 11 with EVOL design, AMOLED display, and its peak brightness in nits
Just like the Redmi K20 Series smartphone, the gaming experience is also excellent on the K50i. We played a brief session of Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) on the latest Redmi K50i. Talking about the experience, we did not notice any stutters or frame drops, and the phone did not get HOT. Even the three years old, Redmi K20 Series smartphone also performed perfectly during heavy gaming sessions. Further performance details will be published in the full review. Also Read – Redmi Note 11 and other Xiaomi AMOLED phones
Triple rear cameras on Redmi K series smartphone
The triple rear camera setup on the Redmi K50i 5G mobile phone features a 64MP main camera. The secondary camera is an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2MP macro sensor. The front camera is a 16MP shooter that sits inside the display’s top center hole punch. Also Read – Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 with MediaTek 5G chipset, fast charging, price in India
Regarding camera experience, the Redmi K50i is not a camera-centric smartphone. But this does not mean that it clicks bad photos. We clicked a few shots, including some shots in tricky light situations. The phone appeared to struggle to lock the focus on the subject rapidly. The outdoor photos turned out excellent. We enjoyed the dynamic range, although the color accuracy was slightly off. The complete camera review will be published in the Redmi K50i full review.
Battery Life on Redmi K50i
The all-new Redmi K50i 5G mobile packs in a 5080mAh battery. In general usage, the battery should last for about a day. During this general usage, we texted, did calling, used social media, YouTube Video playback, and much more. The smartphone also comes with support for 67W fast charging. The fast charging will help the Redmi K series smartphone to charge quickly. Also Read – Which is the first phone of Redmi with AMOLED display?
Redmi K50i: Final Review
After the highly successful Redmi K20 Series, the Redmi K50i should appeal to a certain audience. You can go with this latest Redmi K50i 5G mobile phone if raw power and game performance are important. The Redmi K50i is a good buy at Rs 25,999. It is not attempting to be exceptional, but it does provide a blend of hardware that sticks out in the pricing bracket. Also Read – First AMOLED display Redmi phone with EVOL Design
The design is pretty bland; thus, many gamers may dislike it. If compared with Redmi K20 Pro, the design is decent. However, the Redmi K50i 5G mobile is not a gaming phone, and it appeals to many users, including those who like gaming and are always attached to their preferred streaming app to watch their favorite show. Also Read – upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Note launch event in India