Xiaomi held a big event today for its Redmi brand, launching 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 Redmi K60E, powered by the new Dimensity 8200 chipset.
The top-tier Redmi K60 Pro has a 6.67” AMOLED display with a rare for this price class resolution of QHD+ (3200 x 1440 pixels). According to promo images, it can reach 1,400 nits brightness. There is a single punch 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 underneath the display. Redmi introduced Auto Brightness 2.0, an algorithm learning with time about how the device is used, providing the needed 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 50 MP shooter with a Sony IMX800 sensor behind, OIS, and EIS. The company brought improved object recognition for its own AI filters. Also, it said 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 degrees 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 takes care of the power distribution for the 5,000 mAh camera and makes sure the 120W fast charging protects the phone as it fills it up from 0 to 100% in 19 minutes.
One major improvement is the wireless charging - it is 30W, and Redmi also introduced a dedicated charging pad that supports the same speed. The phone also brings a VC cooling solution with a total area of 5000 sq. mm.
The Redmi K60 Pro has four colors: Green, White, Black, and Champion Performance Edition. The last one is similar to the teal design of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, but the partnership is obviously not a thing anymore.
Pricing begins from CNY3,299 ($475/€455) for the 8/128 GB memory version and goes as high as CNY4,599 ($660/€620) if the user decides to go for the 16/512 GB option. Sales will begin on December 31 on Xiaomi China’s website.
The Redmi K60 shares the appearance with the 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 vapor chamber.
The design on the back is also the same, but the camera is 64 MP with OIS, combined with the same 8 MP ultra-wide shooter and 2 MP macro sensor. The front houses the very same 16 MP selfie shooter.
Just like the Pro, the Redmi K60 also has 30W wireless charging. However, the wired fast charging was lowered to 67W, making 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. Price begins from CNY2,499 ($360/€335) for the 8/128 GB and can go as high as CNY3,599 ($515/€485) for the most powerful 16/512 GB version. Just like the Pro, this Redmi K60 also launches on December 31 at 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 did not reveal the reasoning behind the letter, but it is definitely an efficient smartphone.
Redmi retained 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 it is “just” 1,200 nits brightness, “just” 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 of 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 RAM was slightly downgraded from LPDDR5X to LPPDR5.
Redmi K60E will be sold in White, Black, and Green colors, with prices starting from CNY2,199 ($315/€295) for 8/128 GB. It is already on sale at Xiaomi China’s website and major third-party retailers.
Source (in Chinese)
That's just the way it is...nowadays if you want zoom cameras you need to buy flagships. It's cheaper for manufacturers to brag about triple or quad camera setups with only a single decent camera :/ 2mp macro, 2mp depth/monochrome, 8mp ult...
They care to a certain point. And also why waste time and money to put a feature that, really small minority is going to use? Doesn't really make much sense from a business standpoint.