09 December 2019
Xiaomi itself confirmed last month that it has Redmi K30 in the works and how does the device look like. However, it shared only a part of the phone that shows off the dual punch-hole on the display, suggesting there are two cameras on the front. No other details surfaced except a report that claimed the device could launch this year only. Now, a hoard of key information, probably on the Redmi K30 has surfaced, thanks to some digging done by the folks over at XDA Developers.
Inside the MIUI 11 code, the observers have found some references that maybe belonging to the yet-to-come Redmi K30. There is no direct reference to the device, which is obvious, but the internal codename has been caught which suggests it could be the Redmi K30. Since Xiaomi made the Redmi K20 a star by adding some premium functions, so it is estimated that the new features spotted must be for its successor.
The codename of this Xiaomi smartphone is “phoenix” and it will include some interesting features like the side-mounted fingerprint scanner, 120Hz display, and a Sony IMX686 image sensor.
According to XDA Developers' findings, a new method called “isBroadSideFingerprint” has been added that returns true if the device’s code-name matches either “phoenix” or “picasso.” Nothing is known yet about the device codenamed Picasso, but let’s just proceed with phoenix for which other findings hold exclusively true. The code tells us that “BroadSide” refers to the right side of the device: “Fingerprint sensor is located on the right edge of your device.”
The code also includes a graphic titled “core_scan_gesture_broadside” and shows a smartphone with dual punch-hole front cameras and a right side-mounted fingerprint scanner. Note again that no string confirms that Phoenix is a codename to Redmi K30, but looking at the features, it has to be the iteration to the Redmi K20, which comes out only to be the K30.
Last month, the XDA team also found out that Xiaomi may bring 120Hz display setting to its upcoming smartphones, however, it was unknown what would be that first device. Now, according to new findings in the MIUI 11 code, the Xiaomi device with a high refresh rate display is going to be the device codenamed “phoenix.” A method called “isSuppotHighFrameRate” (there’s a typo) returns true if the device code-name matches “phoenix.”
There is one more finding that suggests the Redmi K30 could feature Sony’s IMX686 sensor. According to dig done on a Qualcomm camera library, some strings like “phoenix_imx686,” “phoenix_s5k3t2” have been found that suggest the possibility of the IMX686 sensor. The S5K3T2 in the string is a 20MP image sensor from Samsung.
Also, Sony posted a teaser of its upcoming IMX686 image sensor on Weibo earlier this month. This may not tell much but specific posting to a Chinese social media site hints Xiaomi is the first manufacturer to use it. And, now the strings have further strengthened the possibility.
The MIUI 11 code has delivered many key details that we may get to see in the upcoming leaks. Another interesting tidbit is its launch timeframe which according to IndiaToday is December. According to the report, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun at the company’s Developers Conference in Beijing announced the launch timeframe of the Redmi K30 while talking about 5G plans.
Jun revealed that the Redmi K20 successor aka Redmi K30 will launch next month. Reportedly, he also confirmed that Redmi K30 will come with dual-mode 5G support.