[Update: Zoom Edition confirmed] Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition, Redmi Note 9, and Redmi 10X 4G names found in MIUI 11

[Update: Zoom Edition confirmed] Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition, Redmi Note 9, and Redmi 10X 4G names found in MIUI 11

Update 1 (03/16/2020 @ 06:32 AM ET): Redmi’s General Manager Mr. Lu Weibing has confirmed that the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition does exist. Scroll to the bottom for more information. The article as published on March 2, 2020, is preserved below.

There are a handful of established players in the smartphone market; and thanks to how releases have worked out in the past, we have now fallen into a predictable pattern of releases. Every year few months, these established players release another iteration in their successful product lines, cashing in rightfully on the hard-earned goodwill from those lines. So when we hear about Xiaomi working on the Redmi Note 9, we aren’t really surprised. But when we hear about Xiaomi working on a Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition and Redmi 10X, we do take notice.

XDA Senior Member kacskrz discovered the names of a few upcoming Xiaomi/Redmi smartphones in the latest MIUI 11 China Developer ROM. These include:

  • Redmi K30 Pro
  • Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition
  • Redmi Note 9
  • Redmi 10X 4G

Of these, we already know that Xiaomi is going to launch a Redmi K30 Pro flagship smartphone in China. Xiaomi has also revealed that the Redmi K30 Pro will come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC as well as 5G capabilities. However, this is the first mention of a special “Zoom Edition” of the flagship. We do not know what exactly is special about this “Zoom Edition”, but judging from its name, it may obviously have something to do with better zoom capabilities on the phone.

As for the Redmi Note 9, there is no surprise that it is in the works. According to market research firm Canalys, the Redmi Note 7 had a spot in the top 10 selling smartphones globally in 2019, while the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro both occupied spots in the top 10 selling smartphones globally for Q4 2019. In fact, the Redmi Note 8 was the best selling Android smartphone for Q4 2019 — so it was entirely expected that Xiaomi would follow up with a successor.

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The Redmi 10X 4G is a peculiar find. Xiaomi has sold several “X” phones as part of its Mi and Redmi series, like the Mi 5X and Mi 6X. We do not know what is special about this phone outside of the name. We speculate that the 10X could refer to either zoom capabilities (following the theme from the K30 Pro Zoom Edition), or it could be variant of the Redmi 10 (unlikely, since the Redmi 9 is yet to be released, pushing the Redmi 10 and then Redmi 10X to even further timelines). Curiously, the name also includes the words “4G’, which indicates that there might also be a 5G variant in the work.

We’ll let you know when we receive more information about these upcoming phones.


Update: Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition confirmed by Redmi

Redmi General Manager Mr. Lu Weibing shared a small post on Weibo, which roughly translates into “Changed my phone”. While this piece of information is not of particular interest, the post was shared through a yet-unreleased device going by the name “Redmi K30 Pro zoom version”. This essentially confirms the existence of a special Zoom Edition of the upcoming Redmi K30 Pro.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi did launch the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in India. The Redmi Note 9S is also slated for release in certain markets. Curiously, the Redmi Note 9 is nowhere to be found just yet. We also do not have any new information on the Redmi 10X 4G.

Source: Weibo