Xiaomi launches Redmi K60 series, Pro version gets Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Xiaomi held a big event today for its Redmi brand and launched half a dozen new products. The stars of the show were the Redmi K60 lineup, consisting of three new phones – a flagship Redmi K60 Pro with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, a vanilla Redmi K60 with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, and another premium phone called the Redmi K60E, powered by the new Dimensity 8200 -chipset.
Redmi K60 Pro
The top-tier Redmi K60 Pro has a 6.67” AMOLED screen with a rare for this price class resolution of QHD+ (3200 x 1440 pixels). According to promo images, it can reach 1,400 nits of brightness. There is a single hole in the center for the 16 MP selfie camera.
The panel supports a 120 Hz refresh rate, 480 Hz touch sampling rate, HDR10+ and there is a fingerprint scanner under the screen. Redmi introduced Auto Brightness 2.0, an algorithm that learns over time how the device is used and provides the necessary brightness for each process as desired by the user.
Redmi executives were extremely proud to talk about the new camera on stage. The main one on the back is a 50MP shooter with a Sony IMX800 sensor at the back, OIS and EIS. The company brought improved object recognition to its own AI filters. It also said the experience and quality would be equal to using a film camera, with obvious improvements in processing speed and development.
The other two cameras are nothing out of the ordinary – an 8 MP ultra-wide shooter with 118 degree FoV and a 2 MP macro sensor.
Xiaomi has its own Surge P1 charging chip and it is implemented in the Redmi K60 Pro. The chip handles the power distribution for the 5,000 mAh camera and ensures that the 120W fast charge protects the phone as it charges it from 0 to 100% in 19 minutes.
A big improvement is the wireless charging – it is at 30W and Redmi also introduced a dedicated charging plate that supports the same speed. The phone also brings a VC cooling solution with a total area of 5000 sq m.
Redmi K60 Pro has four colors: Green, White, Black and Champion Performance Edition. The latter resembles the teal design of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team, but the partnership is apparently not a thing anymore.
The price starts from CNY3,299 ($475/€455) for the 8/128GB memory version and goes as high as CNY4,599 ($660/€620) if the user decides to go for the 16/512GB option. Sales will begin on December 31 on the Xiaomi China website.
The Redmi K60 shares the look with its Pro sibling. Here we also have a 6.67″ AMOLED screen with 1440p resolution, three cameras and a 5,000 sq.mm cooling solution with a steam chamber.
The design on the back is also the same, but the camera is 64MP with OIS, combined with the same 8MP ultra-wide shooter and 2MP macro sensor. The front houses the same 16 MP selfie shooter.
Like the Pro, the Redmi K60 also has 30W wireless charging. However, the wired fast charging was lowered to 67W, which made room for 10% more capacity – the battery is now 5,500 mAh.
The Redmi K60 is offered in four colors – white, green, blue leather and black with carbon details on the sides. The price starts from CNY2,499 ($360/€335) for 8/128GB and can go as high as CNY3,599 ($515/€485) for the most powerful 16/512GB version. Like the Pro, this Redmi K60 will also be launched on December 31 on Xiaomi’s online store in China.
The Redmi K60E is the first phone from the flagship K series with the letter E at the end. Xiaomi didn’t reveal the reasoning behind the letter, but it’s certainly an efficient smartphone.
Redmi kept its premium status with the Mediatek chipset and brought the 6.67” AMOLED with 120 Hz refresh rate and 1440p resolution, seen in the other two Redmi K60 phones. The difference here is that it is “only” 1,200 nits brightness, “only” 10-bit, instead of 12-bit. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection on top.
The main camera on the back also has OIS, but this time comes with a 48 MP sensor. The other two shooters are 8 MP ultra-wide and 2 MP macro sensors. The battery in the Redmi K60E is the same as the Redmi K60 – 5,500 mAh with 67W fast charging, but no wireless charging.
Another downgrade this phone took is storage – instead of UFS 4.0, all storage options are UFS 3.1, while the RAM was slightly downgraded from LPDDR5X to LPPDR5.
The Redmi K60E will be sold in white, black and green colors, with prices starting at CNY 2,199 ($315/€295) for 8/128GB. It is already on sale on the Xiaomi China website and major third-party retailers.
Source (in Chinese)