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Redmi K50i review: A solid performer but lacks the charm of its predecessor

Redmi unveiled the Redmi K50i, its newest mid-range product in the nation. The Redmi K20 series, which the business debuted in 2019, was extremely well-liked and profitable. The K50i is its successor.

Despite the Redmi K20 series’ popularity in India, Xiaomi had not yet introduced any other K series products. It should be mentioned that some Redmi K series handsets released in China were rebranded and released as Poco products in India.

The Redmi K50i is a feature-rich phone with many improvements over its predecessor. The company has also chosen to use an LCD instead of glass for the back instead of a glass one in order to reduce costs.

Here is my evaluation of the Redmi K50i, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer’s most recent mid-range inexpensive product, which I have been using for a few days.

Redmi K50i price and availability

The 6GB RAM + 128GB storage edition of the Redmi K50i is priced at 25,999, while the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage option is priced at 28,999. Phantom Blue, Stealth Black, and Quick Silver are the available color options for the gadget.

Starting on July 23, the product will be offered through Amazon India, the Mi online store, the Mi Home store, Croma, and the company’s accredited retailers all around the nation.

Redmi K50i specifications

ParticularsSpecificationDisplay6.6-inch Full HD+ LCDRefresh rate144HzProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5ChipsetDensity 8100Variants6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GBRear camera64MP + 8MP + 2MPSelfie camera16MPBattery5,080mAhFast charging67WFingerprint sensorSide-mountedWeight200 grams5Gyes

Redmi K50i pros and cons

Pros

  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • Battery life and fast charging
  • 5G support

Cons

  • LCD display
  • Design lack premium-ness
  • Comparatively heavy

Design

The Redmi K50i has a simple design in contrast to its more attractive predecessor, which had a distinctive dual-tone design and a stylish pop-up camera. As a longtime K20 Pro user, I thought the Redmi K50i’s look was somewhat uninteresting. The K-series has lost its originality and now offers a plain design.

Phantom Blue, Stealth Black, and Quick Silver are the available color options for the gadget. We were given the 256GB internal storage and 8GB RAM Quick Silver model.

The glossy black plastic back on the Redmi K50i is a downgrade from the curved glass back seen on the Redmi K20 series. Despite weighing 200 grams, the phone is nonetheless comfortable to handle in the hand. The weight gain could have been caused in part by the huge battery. If you are used to using a lighter phone, the weight can be a problem for you.

On the front, there is a sizable display with a notch punch in the middle. Its thin side bezels make for a distraction-free viewing experience. But in 2022, most phones have it very frequently. The smartphone has flat sides, which have grown in popularity since Apple started including them on its most recent iPhones.

At the rear, not much is happening. The gadget has an LED flash and a triple camera arrangement in a rectangular module. Only the bottom left corner of the back bears the Redmi branding; the rest of the back is plain.

On the right side, a fingerprint sensor is incorporated with the volume rockers and power button. There is nothing on the left side.

The SIM card slot, a microphone, a USB Type-C port, and the speaker grille are all located at the bottom.

The gadget has a speaker grille, an infrared sensor, and a 3.5mm audio connection on the top. It’s encouraging to note that the business is still providing the 3.5mm audio jack. Another useful feature is the infrared sensor, which lets you manage a variety of appliances like TVs and air conditioners.

Contrary to the eye-catching style of the K20-series, there isn’t really anything special about the design; it just looks like any other phone.

Performance and battery life

The Redmi K50i has a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 CPU, up to 8GB of LPDDR5, and 256GB of inbuilt UFS 3.1 storage. The chipset is highly powerful and was created utilizing the 5nm technique.

The Redmi K50i’s performance made clear how potent its chipset was. The device can run demanding games with ease and can handle anything you throw at it. When we played Battlegrounds Mobile India, I was able to play at HDR and Ultra frame rates.

I haven’t yet noticed any frame dips or lags while playing games. The twin speakers have also worked well, and you will enjoy the sound quality if you play the games on the speakers.

Despite having the company’s Cooling 2.0 technology, the gadget starts to heat up after a few games if you’re a serious gamer like me and prefer to play for long periods of time. However, the temperatures are kept under check and do not spike.

With regard to battery life, the Redmi K50i has a sizable 5,080mAh battery that supports 67W fast charging. The gadget easily lasts the entire day. I watched a few films, played a few rounds of BGMI, and frequently scrolled social media during my use, yet I never ran out of battery. The charging time for the gadget is 15 minutes to reach 50% and 46 minutes to reach 100%. In my experience, the device charges completely in less than 50 minutes, which is close to the time the manufacturer claims.

Display

A 6.6-inch Full HD+ LCD screen with a 144Hz refresh rate is available on the Redmi K50i. In comparison to the AMOLED panel used on the Redmi K20 Pro, the company has chosen an LCD panel, which is a further degradation. AMOLED panels are more energy-efficient and have vibrant colors and deeper blacks.

Getting back to the Redmi K50i, it has a display surrounded by barely any bezels. Watching your favorite movies and television shows is a joy because of the enormous display size. The display has HDR10 and Dolby Vision support, which improves the colors and provides an output that is clear and vibrant.

You won’t have to worry about being unable to view the display even in strong sunlight because it boasts a peak brightness of 650 nits. During my usage, I experienced no problems with the display’s brightness, and the auto brightness feature does a good job of adjusting to the surrounding light.

Although the device has a 144Hz refresh rate by default, you can select from Auto, 60Hz, 90Hz, and 144Hz. Xiaomi advises using the auto mode, although you can choose one of the three manually.

When I used the device with the 144Hz refresh rate, it was clear how different it was from other devices with a 120Hz display, especially when I was gaming. You would certainly like gaming with the Redmi K50i if you prefer playing games like Battlegrounds Mobile India or Call of Duty Mobile.

Although I would like an AMOLED, the Redmi K50i’s LCD works well and does a superb job of meeting all needs.

Camera

A 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP macro sensor make up the Redmi K50i’s triple camera arrangement at the back. The device has a 16MP selfie camera on the front.

The camera from Xiaomi has a ton of functions and includes options like cloning, vlogging, and more. Even though tools like cloning and vlog are entertaining, you might not use them frequently. After a few tries, I was able to get the cloning feature to operate, and it does so effectively.

The camera is quite speedy and swiftly takes pictures.

In daylight, the Redmi K50i takes respectable pictures because they are detailed and have a good sense of color accuracy. In challenging lighting, it also manages to capture remarkably good dynamic range.

The Redmi K50i can take nice pictures inside, however, the color is not as precise as in daylight pictures. Low-light photographs were also successfully captured, however, it took a few seconds for the device to do so and you had to keep your hand completely still to get the finest shot.

You won’t encounter any problems using the Redmi K50i if you enjoy taking a ton of pictures while you’re out and about. Nevertheless, the device’s camera is not its greatest point, so do not anticipate getting DSLR-like shots with it. But like the majority of Xiaomi and Redmi cameras, it justifies the price with the quality of its images and the feature-rich, well-optimized camera app.

User Interface

The Redmi K50i comes pre-installed with Android 12 and the company’s MIUI 13 user interface. If you’ve ever used a Xiaomi gadget, you’re probably already familiar with MIUI, the company’s highly customized operating system.

Over the years, MIUI has advanced significantly and now provides a rather seamless experience. During my use, I experienced no lags or delays thanks to the responsive user interface. The gadget does come with a heavily customized version of Android, so if you like a simple user interface that is near to stock Android, you might not like it.

Themes, font styles, lock screen designs, and other aesthetic elements can all be changed to your liking.

The gadget has pre-installed apps including Netflix, Zilli, LinkedIn, Facebook, Spotify, and Amazon, which is considered bloatware. The Xiaomi app library is also included with the device. Be aware that third-party apps on the device are simple to remove. You see adverts when using proprietary apps like the file manager, much like other Xiaomi devices. By going to settings and disabling recommendations, you can disable them.

Wrapping up

Overall, the Redmi K50i is a well-rounded mid-range gadget that has good performance, a sizable display with a high refresh rate, great battery life, and respectable cameras. However, it has a plain appearance, which is where businesses like Nothing are trying to capitalize with their phone (1).

The Redmi 20-series has raised the bar significantly in terms of both design and retail price.
The expectations were enormous and haven’t been fully satisfied after almost three years in a completely different market.
However, if you overlook the series’ past, it’s a good phone for its market.

The OnePlus Nord 2T and Samsung Galaxy M53 5G, two excellent choices for buyers looking for dependable phones, compete with the product in this price bracket.

The UI is one of the things you need to keep in mind. This is not the appropriate smartphone for you if you prefer the stock Android experience. The Redmi K50i, on the other hand, ought to be the ideal choice for you if you want customizable skins that provide a variety of customization possibilities.

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