Weekly Poll: Is any of the Redmi K60 series trio your next phone?
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is still very fresh but it is already starting to appear on some mid-range smartphones like the Redmi K60 series that Xiaomi has just launched in China. The Pro model has the 8 Gen 2 chip and starts at CNY 3,300 for an 8/128 GB model. For comparison, the Xiaomi 13 with the same chip (and memory) is CNY 4,000.
Redmi K60 and K60 Pro feature Snapdragon 8-series chipsets and QHD+ displays
The Redmi K60 Pro has a larger 6.67-inch OLED screen than the Xiaomi 13, a 12-bit panel with QHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The battery is also bigger, 5,000 mAh, and more faster to charge than the Xiaomi 13 – it’s 120W on a wire thanks to the Surge P1 chip and 30W wirelessly. Using a 120W adapter, charging from 0 to 100% is achieved in 19 minutes, compared to 38 minutes for the Xiaomi 13 and its 4,500 mAh battery (the flagship only charges 67 W, however).
The camera setup isn’t quite as pleasing, although with a 54MP primary camera with OIS and an 8MP ultrawide, it’s really only missing a telephoto lens.
With Vapor Chamber cooling, fast LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage, plus 480Hz touch sampling, the Redmi K60 Pro will give gaming phones a run for their money. And with the Champion Edition exterior, it even looks the part.
Redmi K60 Pro in Champion Performance Edition version
The Moto X40 was unveiled a few weeks ago with a starting price of CNY 3,300 for an 8/128GB phone, the same as the K60 Pro. It has a faster 165Hz display (FHD+ resolution, rather than QHD+), higher 50MP ultrawide resolution, and even a base 12MP 2x telephoto lens. The 4,600mAh battery is smaller, but the charging situation is comparable at 125W via wire and 15W wireless.
The nubia Z50 is probably the cheapest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phone right now at CNY 3,000. It has a 144Hz display (lower FHD+ resolution, though) and a 50MP ultrawide camera, however, the 64MP main camera has a smaller sensor than the others. Additionally, the 5,000mAh battery charges at “only” 80W and has no wireless charging.
Motorola Moto X40 • vivo iQOO 11 • ZTE nubia Z50 • ZTE nubia Red Magic 8 Pro
The iQOO 11 has been launched in Malaysia and Thailand and will soon arrive in India. It costs more than the Redmi at CNY 4,100. This one also has a faster 144Hz QHD+ display and a 13MP 2x tele camera. The 5000mAh battery supports 120W wired charging only.
The Red Magic 8 Pro is a proper gaming phone and starts at CNY 4,000. The extra cost over the Redmi buys you an active cooling fan and pressure-sensitive triggers. The camera is nothing special, but the phone has a big 6000mAh battery (80W wired charging).
Xiaomi hasn’t revealed any international rollout plans for the Redmi K60 Pro, we should see it as a Poco or Xiaomi phone soon enough. So once the Pro hits a store near you, will you buy one or is this not the right phone for you? Vote below or using this page.
Next, let’s look at the vanilla Redmi K60. This one switches to the older (but still fast!) Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and drops the main camera to a tiny 64MP 1/2″ sensor (0.7µm pixels vs 1.0µm on the Pro, it retains OIS, though). some might see this as an upgrade.The base price is CNY2,500 for an 8/128GB phone. , which is a major advantage in this price range as we will see.
Cheap 8+ Gen 1 phones are hard to find. For example, the Honor 80 GT, which was also announced this week, starts at CNY 3,300 (although that’s for a 12/256 GB model). The 6.67-inch 120Hz AMOLED has a lower resolution (FHD+) and is just a 10-bit panel. The main 54MP camera has a larger 1/1.49″ sensor but no OIS. The battery is a bit disappointing with a capacity of 4,800mAh and 66W wired charging only.
Honor 80 GT • Lenovo Legion Y70 • vivo iQOO Neo7 Racing
The Lenovo Legion Y70 also starts at CNY 3,300 and while it doesn’t match the QHD+ resolution of the Redmi K60, it at least beats it with a 144Hz refresh rate. an OIS and the battery is quite large at 5,100mAh (68W wired charging only).
The new iQOO Neo7 Racing Edition is closing in with a price tag of CNY 2,800. It has a 6.78-inch FHD+ 120Hz display and a 5,000mAh battery with 120W wired-only fast charging. The camera setup offers a 50 MP main module with a larger sensor and OIS, as well as an 8 MP ultra-wide camera.
Is the Redmi K60 (or whatever the global version is called) the right phone for you or not? Vote below or using this page.
Finally, there’s the Redmi K60E, the cheapest model of the trio at CNY2,200. Most of the price savings come from switching to a Dimensity 8200 chipset. It’s more of a 12-bit panel (the fingerprint reader also moves to the side). Other changes include a 48MP sensor in the main camera (still 1/2″, still with OIS) and the 5,500mAh battery loses the 30W wired charging option (but retains charging 67W wired).
For one, the K60E is not as powerful as the K60 and only CNY 300 cheaper. On the other hand, if you compare it to phones, it’s a cheap way to get a QHD+ screen and big battery. It’s worth it? Vote below or using this page.