Xiaomi's sub-brand Redmi launched its K series with an aim to offer a performance-centric budget phone. Debuted in 2019, Redmi K20 series got a huge response from users. In this legacy, Redmi brought K50i, which was first launched in India in July 2022. It has some high-performing configurations such as Dimensity 8100 chipset, triple camera setup, 256GB storage, 144Hz refresh rate, and more. Let’s take a look at the key specs, advantages, and disadvantages of Xiaomi’s Redmi K50i Smartphone.
Key Features of Redmi K50i
Although the phone doesn’t come with an excellent appearance, it is a decent-looking phone. It has a textured back made with polycarbonate that gives a solid quality with a distinctive look. K50i comes in three colors Phantom Blue, Stealth Black, and Quick Silver. All these color variations will surely give you a premium feel.
You will get a rectangular camera module on the top left of the back, which is aligned with the sides making it more proportionate. It has three lenses as well as a dual LED flash. The rugged back is great at resisting fingerprints.
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The smartphone’s top edge features an IR blaster, a 3.5-mm headphone jack, and a speaker grille. The bottom carries a USB Type-C port, a speaker grille, and a SIM card slot. You will get the volume rockers power button on the right edge while the left edge is kept idle. The placement of buttons is good and clicky. The front contains a glass display with a hole for the camera at the top center.
The smartphone boasts a thick chin and curved edges to provide a comfortable feel in hand. The phone measures 8.9 mm thick and weighs 200 grams. Its screen-to-body ratio is about ~85.1% screen-to-body ratio
The Redmi K50i 5G comes with a 6.6-inch FHD FFS display which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. However anyone can expect an AMOLED display at this price range, but it does not mean that the display in the K50i is not great.
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The smartphone’s screen has 1080 x 2460 pixels resolution along with about ~407 PPI density. They are attractive and bright screens with lots of detail. This is a good display, and when surfing web content, social media, or other media, you will see a benefit.
The display has a 144Hz refresh rate which adjusts the usage of the user giving a smooth experience. Although the phone comes with 500 nits brightness, you may face difficulties using it under direct sunlight. It supports HDR10 with Dolby Vision which makes it easy to play OTT and YouTube content.
The Redmi K50i has a triple camera on the back, which includes a 64 MP main camera, an 8 MP ultrawide lens, and a 2 MP macro camera. You will get a 16 MP selfie camera on the front.
Rear Camera Series
While most smartphone cameras provide a 50 MP main camera in a budget range, Xiaomi took a bold move with a 64 MP wide camera featuring an aperture of f/1.9, a sensor size of 1/1.72-inch, and 0.8µm. It works great in good lighting and gives a clear full detailed image.
However, you may not get the expected performance in the dark. But you will get a slightly better image using a dedicated night mode setup. However, sometimes the dedicated night mode may make the image look artificial.
The camera’s shutter speed is fast and responsive, and there is very little delay in processing the image. Coming up to an 8 MP ultrawide lens with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 120-degree field-of-view. It secures average clicks with minimal detail and very few distortions. Dynamic range is virtually acceptable, and there are a couple of clicks that come out with a lot of noise.
The 2MP macro sensor comes with an aperture of f/2.4. It is fine for close-up images, but that is about it. It doesn’t provide good picture quality and should be used at your discretion. There are options for shooting modes, such as Auto, Portrait, and Long Exposure. Bursts, clones, and other features will make the photography even more appealing.
When using the 16 MP wide selfie lens featuring f/2.5 aperture, the phone captures pictures that appear natural and capture lively skin tones. During the daytime, the camera uses a reddish hue that makes the user appear as if the person is wearing makeup.
If the beautification mode is off, then the skin tone comes naturally. The selfies look enhanced here, but the quality of detail is preserved. Xiaomi could make the selfie lens better.
The rear primary sensor can shoot up to 4K footage at 30fps. You can capture 1080p videos at 30fps or 60fps. While with a selfie camera you can capture 1080p videos at 30fps.
The Xiaomi K50i 5G smartphone is based on the Dimensity 8100 5nm chipset by MediaTek that makes the daily routine a breeze. The graphic unit is enriched with Mali-G610 MC6 GPU.
Multiple functions are handled without issue, even if various apps run simultaneously in the background. Switching between applications is seamless, and apps open and load quickly.
Paired together with 8GB RAM, the smartphone is significantly faster and smoother, and 256GB storage offers ample space to store whatever content you like. However, you can buy other variations, too, such as 128GB 6GB RAM and 128GB 8GB RAM.
Redmi K50i runs MIUI 13 out of the box using the Android 12 OS. This smartphone likewise permits you to customize it by playing around with wallpapers, widgets, and applications. It comes with plenty of bloatware, so make sure you uninstall them to get a faster experience if you don’t need them. However, the good thing is that there is no adware.
Redmi K50i has dual stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos sound. The sound quality is good, but low and mid frequencies lack depth and richness. The bottom speaker sounds slightly better than the one on top, but overall, both of them could have been significantly better. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack for old-school listeners.
Battery and Charger
The Xiaomi Redmi K50i 5G features a 5080mAh battery that can easily last an entire day with moderate usage. Even when the refresh rate is 144Hz and activities like watching movies and clicking photos are being handled, the battery stays charged for a day, so you will not have to charge.
The phone comes with 67w fast charging features. With the USB Type-C charger, you can charge the device from 0 to 100% in about 45-50 minutes.
Price of Xiaomi Redmi K50i
The K50i 128GB 6GB RAM version is priced at 22,990 rupees which is BDT 28,411 (1 rupee= BDT 1.24). The 256GB 8GB RAM will cost 25,999 rupees which will be 32,129 in Bangladeshi Taka (1 rupee= BDT 1.24).
The phone is yet to be officially available in Bangladesh. However, the official price of redmi K50i may vary in Bangladesh.
Redmi K50i can be a great choice for users who prefer a well-performed smartphone. It has a decent battery life, a fast processor, a quick charging feature, bright display with an excellent camera. All these give you a fast performance whether you play games or browse the internet while lots of apps are running in the background.