First Impressions of the Redmi K50i: Updating a Classic

First Impressions of the Redmi K50i: Updating a Classic ...

Xiaomi hasn't been too adamant about releasing its powerful Redmi K-series smartphones in India. In 2019, both were popular with power users, and both remained relevant for quite some time. Now, the company has launched its new Redmi K50i, which promises to give gamers just what theyre looking for.

The Redmi K50i has just been announced in a relatively plain cardboard box, with just a few pictures on it. On the one hand, it gets a lot of praise for its MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC and support for Dolby Vision as well as Dolby Atmos. A few other features are highlighted on the back as well, and we'll get to the subject shortly.

The redmi K50i itself is wrapped in plastic for protection, and there's a SIM eject tool on the back for protection. There's a minor color shift, and this phone looks icy blue outdoors, but metallic silver outdoors. There's also a matte Stealth Black color option.

The K50i is fairly solid in terms of construction quality, but it does not feel as polished as others in this price segment which are made of metal and glass. It's 8.87mm thick and weighs 200g, which is quite heavy by todays standards. Both include a Type-A to Type-C cable.

The prominent triple camera setup at the front is apparent. The cameras on the rear protrude quite a bit, ensuring that this phone will not fall flat on any hard surface. A scratch protector is pre-applied to the front, but unfortunately gets smudged easily.

The Redmi K50i has a relatively simple design, and everything is exactly where you would expect it to be.

The left side is blank, but its nice to see a 3.5mm audio socket and an IR emitter. The power button on the right has an integrated fingerprint sensor, and the volume buttons are right above it.

When you boot the Redmi K50i for the first time, youll be taken through the setup process, including an option for Glance lockscreen advertising. You can choose between a flat user interface and a phone with a drawer. MIUI 13 is based on Android 12. We'll see how well MIUI and its many customizations go together when we do a full review of this phone.

Xiaomi has developed a graphite and vapor chamber cooling system for this phone, which will likely be used for gaming. The Redmi K50i will come with either 580mAh and 256GB of storage, or you may use any USB-PD charger up to 27W.

The body and the rear panel are made of plastic, and you can choose from three hues.

The K50i has a 6.6 inch diagonal display that displays a full-HD+ resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate, and we'll discuss other streaming services and services in our full review. Brightness can go up to 650nits.

The 16-megapixel front camera is located at the top of the screen. On the back, you'll get a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. We'll keep you updated on photo and video quality as part of our review process, but here are some preliminary photos that we'll be able to disclose.

The Redmi K50i should appeal to a small segment of consumers. If you want pure power and gaming performance, you should stay tuned for our entire review. Check out how it performs in terms of battery life, software, usability, and cameras, compared to others that cost the same amount.

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