The Redmi K40 Gaming Edition has finally hit the mobile scene, as it was unveiled today by Xiaomi. The rumours indeed were true, along with the teasers. It is jam-packed with up to 12GB RAM and Mediatek Dimensity 1200 processor
The design is actually more aggressive than we thought it is. It indeed looks like a gaming phone, almost like the Black Shark series but at a more budget-friendly price. Let’s start with how the cooling system works.
The cooling system consists of layers of graphene, graphite and a vapour chamber. However, possibly for manufacturing costs, it has no fans to keep it cooler when used for longer periods, unlike its more expensive sibling, the Black Shark 4 Pro.
For the display, it is an AMOLED panel measuring 6.67in. It supports HDR10+as well as 10-bit colour, and has a 120Hz refresh rate. For the resolution, it is FHD+ with a resolution of 2400x1080px.
The K40 Gaming’s camera system consists of a 64mp main shooter on a quad-bayer filter, an 8mp ultrawide and a 2mp macro. We find it no surprising that Redmi did not invest much on the camera, as it is meant for gamers anyway.
For the charging and battery, it comes with a 5065mAh battery with 67W fast charging. Redmi says it can fully charge the phone in just 42 minutes. Also, the charging cable is handled at a 45° angle, making the cable less cramped and less hassle to game while charging.
Redmi has partnered with JBL to deliver the most crisp sound. The phone comes with a JBL-tuned stereo speakers and Hi-Res Audio support. The phone also supports Dolby Atmos surround sound technology.
We may not see a global release, as the K series is exclusive to China only. What we can expect is the phone having renamed, possibly the Mi 11T series, or a phone rebadged for Poco, as that brand name is focusing on gaming handsets. The phone is going to be released in China at the end of April.
With that said, the prices of the phone are as follows:
- 6/128: CNY 1,999 (~15K php)
- 8/128: CNY 2,199 (~16.4K php)
- 8/256: CNY 2,399 (~17.9K php)
- 12/128: CNY 2,399 (~17.9K php)
- 12/256: CNY 2,699 (~20.2K php)
- 12/256 (Bruce Lee Edition): CNY 2,799 (~21K php)
Apart from the regular colours, there is also an upcoming Bruce Lee edition with yellow livery and 12/256 RAM/storage option.
As you can see from those prices, the Redmi K40 Gaming is currently the most affordable gaming phone to date, and comes with aggressive specs too. Also, we did forget to mention that the camera humps do light up. Yes, it does light up!