Xiaomi's Redmi family of devices typically comprises entry-level and mid-range smartphones, with the exception of the Redmi K lineup. In addition to its Mi flagship phones, the company also uses Qualcomm's top-of-the-line mobile platforms to power some K Pro models, a trend that started with the Redmi K20 Pro and Pro Premium followed by the Redmi K30 Pro and Pro Zoom.
Today, Xiaomi announced the latest iteration to that lineup. The Redmi K40 is, of course, the standard version, powered by Qualcomm's 7nm-based Snapdragon 870 SoC paired with an Adreno 650 GPU. On the other hand, the K40 Pro and Pro+ are powered by the 5nm-based flagship Snapdragon 888 chipsets.
The K40 series sports a 6.67-inch Samsung E4 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate for quick game controls, and HDR10+ support. The display also has a hole-punch cutout housing the 20MP front camera.
On their backs, the new handsets come with a triple-lens camera with a design that looks inspired by that of the Mi 11. The K40 has a 48MP main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and 5MP telemacro sensor. Its more expensive siblings also come with the same camera specs, except for their main sensors: 64MP for the K40 Pro and 108MP for the K40 Pro+. Another familiar feature of the rear cameras is the audio zoom that we first saw in Samsung's Galaxy Note10, allowing you to capture audio of distant scenes. However, the difference is that Xiaomi's version uses a triple-microphone setup instead of dual mics in the case of Samsung's device.
The phones pack a 4,520mAh battery with 33W wired fast charging. Connectivity-wise, the K40 features Wi-Fi 6, while the K40 Pro and K40 Pro+ have improved capabilities with Wi-Fi 6E support, NFC, and an IR blaster. Other features of the phones include 360-degree light-sensing technology for a more accurate automatic brightness adjustment as well as a dedicated native ambient light sensor for color temperature balancing based on surrounding lighting levels.
The standard Redmi K40 will be initially available in China at ¥1,999 (~$310) for the 6GB/128GB configuration, ¥2,199 (~$341) for the 8GB/128GB variant, as well as ¥2,699 (~$418) for both the 8GB/256GB and 12GB/256GB versions. The K40 Pro costs ¥2,799 (~$433) for the 6GB/128GB variant, ¥2,999 (~$464) for the 8GB/128GB configuration, and ¥3,299 (~$511) for the 8GB/256GB model. Meanwhile, the K40 Pro+ will come with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for ¥3,699 (~$573). All models will ship in Glossy Black, Icy White, and Dreamland color options.
You can pre-order the K40 and K40 Pro from today via Xiaomi's website, with availability scheduled on March 4. The K40 Pro+ will be up for grabs by the end of March.