Xiaomi’s Redmi brand is launching its first-ever gaming phone next week

Xiaomi’s Redmi brand is launching its first-ever gaming phone next week

Gaming phones are cool but they’re also quite expensive. And Xiaomi is hoping to solve that issue by jumping on the gaming phone bandwagon with its Redmi brand. Xiaomi’s Redmi lineup has historically focused on selling budget and mid-range smartphones, offering best-in-class hardware and premium-looking design at a fraction of the cost. The company’s Redmi Note 10 series is a prime example of it. Now, the company is looking to repeat the same formula with its first-ever gaming phone.

Redmi has been teasing a launch of a new gaming-centric phone under the Redmi brand since last week. At the time, the company didn’t reveal exactly when it was going to unveil this new phone. But now we have an official confirmation. Redmi has confirmed its new gaming phone, the Redmi K40 Game Enhanced Edition, is launching on April 27 in China. The company has also shared a teaser of the phone that reveals some key elements of the design. The teaser shows the Redmi K40 Game Enhanced Edition sporting a triple camera setup on the back. There’s also a dedicated gaming slider that pops up the shoulder keys and lights up LED light rings around the camera module when toggled.

Redmi K40 Game Enhanced Edition camera setup and shoulder key

In terms of specification, a report from Chinese publication Sina has it the phone will sport a Samsung E4 AMOLED display with up to 144Hz refresh rate. The phone is expected to be powered by MediaTek’s flagship Dimensity 1200 chipset along with a large 5,000mAh battery that charges via a 67W fast charger. Being a gaming phone, it will also come equipped with dedicated shoulder keys that will aid multi-finger gaming operations in shooting games. As for the pricing, the report mentions the phone could be priced around 2000 yuan (~$305). If true, this would make it the cheapest gaming phone on the market.

It’s unclear at this point if the Redmi K40 Gaming Edition will be a China-exclusive or it will also arrive in other markets. What’s clear, though, is that it will definitely give the likes of ROG Phone 5 and Red Magic 6 a run for their money.

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