We have known for some time that Redmi was working on a gaming phone and, finally, it is official. Xiaomi’s Chinese sister company has presented the Redmi K40 Gaming Edition, the new member of the huge Redmi K40 family that, this time, leaves aside the simple and minimalist design to opt for an aggressive aesthetic and a good batch of features for gamers.
The device has been launched in China and, for the moment, there is no news about its possible arrival in the international market. As expected, in China its price is the most interesting, and the most powerful version, 12/256 GB, costs 2,699 yuan, about $417 at the exchange rate. What does the first Redmi gaming mobile offer? Let’s take a look.
Xiaomi Redmi K40 Gaming Edition Specifications
|Xiaomi Redmi K40 Gaming Edition|
|Dimensions and Weight||161.94 x 16.93 x 8.3 mm|
Full HD + flexible OLED (1,080 x 2,400 pixels) Up
to 120 Hz refresh rate
480 Hz touch response
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
|Processor||MediaTek Dimensity 1200|
GPU ARM Mali-G77 MC9
|RAM||6/8/12 GB LPDDR4X|
|Storage||128/256 GB UFS 3.1|
|Front Camera||16 megapixels|
|Rear Camera||64 megapixels main, f/1.65|
8 megapixels ultra-wide-angle, 120º, f/2.2
2 megapixels macro, f/2.4
67 W fast charge
|Operating System||Android 11|
|Connectivity||5G / 4G|
|Others||Fingerprint sensor on the side|
Dolby Atmos audio certification
Dual stereo speakers
|Price||From 1,999 yuan (about $309)|
Full hertz and with triggers
We start by reviewing the aesthetic section, which at first glance already lets us see that this is a smartphone designed for gaming. The device has a fairly aggressive back available in gray, silver, black, and yellow. It has a series of Cyberpunk-style lines on the chassis, as well as a camera module that has little rings that light up when we are playing.
It’s not a small device, nor is it exactly light. It is 8.3 millimeters thick and weighs 205 grams, so it is above the average of other Redmi phones, but somewhat below other gaming phones. In its chassis, we can find some interesting elements, such as the pop-up triggers on both sides of the left edge, the dual stereo speakers, and the side fingerprint sensor (curious that it is not under the screen).
As for the display, Redmi has not fallen short and has implemented a 6.67-inch OLED panel, FullHD+ resolution (2,400 x 1,080 pixels), and 120 Hz refresh rate. It has a maximum brightness of 500 nits, plays HDR10+ content and DCI-P3 color space, and has a 480 Hz sampling rate to detect touches faster.
MediaTek under the hood and software for gaming
We thus move on to the interior, where we find a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor (six nanometers, Cortex A78 cores, and up to 3 GHz) with a Mali-G77 MC9 GPU. It is accompanied by six, eight, or 12 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, 128 or 256 GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage, and a triple-layer cooling system placed in the central area.
The battery is 5,065 mAH with 67W fast charging and the operating system is Android 11 with MIUI 12.5. Beyond the data, the interesting thing is in the specific functions for gaming, since Redmi has implemented the possibility of adding a peephole in shooters, the remapping of the triggers to do what we want in each game, a tactical countdown that puts the game in PiP and shows the time we have left to reappear and different contextual vibration systems.
As for photography, we find a configuration already known: 64-megapixel main sensor f/1.65, an eight-megapixel wide-angle with f/2.2 aperture and 120º field of view, and a 2-megapixel macro with f/2.4 aperture. Selfies are in the hands of a 16-megapixel front sensor that, by the way, we find in the perforation of the screen.
Prices and Availability of the Xiaomi Redmi K40 Gaming Edition
As we indicated above, the Redmi K40 Gaming Edition has been launched in China and China, it seems that it will stay, at least for now. Prices depend on RAM and internal storage configuration and are as follows:
- Xiaomi Redmi K40 Gaming Edition 6GB/128 GB: 1,999 yuan (about $309)
- Xiaomi Redmi K40 Gaming Edition 8/128 GB: 2,199 yuan (about $340)
- Xiaomi Redmi K40 Gaming Edition 8/256 GB: 2,399 yuan (about $371)
- Xiaomi Redmi K40 Gaming Edition 12/128 GB: 2,399 yuan (about $371)
- Xiaomi Redmi K40 Gaming Edition 12/256 GB: 2,699 yuan (about $417)