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When Xiaomi launched its first smartphone under the Redmi K series, it was aimed at offering flagship-like features and performance at a mid-range price. The Redmi K20 series was launched in 2019, it offered solid performance, good cameras and more. Fast forward to 2022, the company is back with its K50i smartphone which also claims to deliver all that without digging deep into the pocket of the buyers, at least on paper.
Redmi K50i comes with MediaTek 8100 chipset paired with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. Now, the MediaTek Dimensity might not be a flagship chipset, it is certainly an affordable flagship chip from the company. Also, the handset comes with UFS 3.1 storage which is nothing less than a flagship specification.
Apart from that, the handset comes with 144Hz refresh rate display which is something even flagship smartphones usually don’t offer. ROG Phone 6 is the only smartphone that we can remember which offers a screen that fast.
Talking about the camera, Xiaomi claims that they have put a lot of effort into the smartphone’s camera. All this comes at a starting price of Rs 25,999 which is a pretty decent price.
We used the smartphone for a while and here’s what we think about it.
Redmi K50i: Design and display
Redmi K50i is a pretty good looking smartphone, it has got that distinctive look with a slightly textured back and a prominent rectangular camera housing at the back. Dispute being made of polycarbonate, the overall build quality is good. While it isn’t exactly on the premium side but does not feel cheap at this price point.
The plastic back also makes this phone a little more rugged compared to the devices that come with a glass back. The icing on the cake is that the textured finish also helps keep the fingerprints at bay.
The camera module is placed at the top left corner and it is properly aligned with the sides which makes the phone look proportionate and gives a complete feeling. The housing carries a triple camera setup along with dual-tone LED flash.
The good thing is that Xiaomi has decided to keep a few things in the handset, including the good old 3.5mm headphone jack and the IR blaster allowing users to control IR-enabled devices like TV, AC and home theatre, etc.
Moving ahead, the handset does not come with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Instead, Xiaomi has decided to stick with the side-mounted physical scanner. Well, there are no issues with its performance and it is fast and reliable. But most smartphones in this price range offer an in-display fingerprint scanner. So Xiaomi could have gone with it too.
The button placement of the phone is good and within the reach. Also, the buttons are clicky and offer good feedback when pressed.
That’s pretty much all about the front, back and side of the Redmi K50i. The smartphone features a 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD display. The smartphone also comes with a 144Hz refresh rate. Just to highlight, the Redmi K50i is the only smartphone in its price range to offer that fast display. Furthermore, the smartphone also comes with adaptive refresh rate technology that automatically adjusts the refresh rate on the screen (between 30Hz to 144Hz) depending upon the content the user is viewing.
Quality-wise, the IPS LCD screen does a good job when it comes to colour production, clarity and sharpness. Brightness levels are also good. It’s just that the viewing angles could have been better. We noticed the slight colour and brightness shift while moving the phone sideways.
But we have to admit that it’s a very smooth display. Everything feels snappy without any lag or stutter while using the phone.
Redmi K50i: Performance
One of the things that Xiaomi has emphasised a lot about the smartphone is its performance. The handset is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset paired with up to 12GB DDR5 RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage.
Now, Dimensity 8100 is an affordable flagship chipset and it behaves like one too. In our day-to-day testing, the Redmi K50i performed like a ‘flagship-killer’. Smooth performance is what the phone can be simply described as. We used the phone for regular stuff like making calls, browsing, checking emails, social media, capturing and editing phone and videos, playing games, watching movies and videos and so on.
What we liked is that the phone handles everything you throw at it without breaking any sweat. Games too ran at a pretty good frame rate. We played a couple of lightweight games like Subway Surfer, Candy Crush along with some triple-A titles like CoD: Mobile and Apex Legends Mobile. Lightweight games ran without any issues. More resource-hungry games also returned respectable frame rates.
Overall, the Redmi K50i is a pretty solid performer.
Software-wise, things aren’t as good as we expected. The MIUI is a pretty good custom user interface. It is based on the Android 12 operating system and it is feature-rich too. The only issue we have is that it comes loaded with bloatware. We found over 15 apps that come pre-installed with the smartphone.
Redmi K50i comes with a stereo speaker setup backed by Dolby ATMOS technology. The output is good, clear and loud. The surround effect is also acceptable.
Redmi K50i: Camera
As mentioned, Redmi K50i comes equipped with a triple rear camera setup at the back and a single camera setup at the front. The rear setup includes 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. The front camera is a 16MP unit.
While the world is slowly moving towards the 50MP primary sensor, Xiaomi has decided to stick with 64MP sensor. Which by the way isn’t a bad decision. Give this sensor good lighting condition and it may surprise you with the quality and details it offers. But, things aren’t as good when things get a little dark around you. We won’t say that it struggles a lot, but it certainly starts showing some limits. Thankfully, there’s a dedicated Night mode which makes things a little better but the Night mode shots appeared a little boosted.
Apart from that, the shutter speed is something worth mentioning. It is really fast and precise. We never noticed any delay while clicking photos.
Talking about the ultra-wide sensor, the 8MP sensor offers a good dynamic range and details. Also, the distortion is well contained.
Xiaomi has also offered several shooting modes in the Redmi K50i. Apart from the regular Auto, Portrait, Night modes, the smartphone also comes with options like Long exposure, Time bursts, Clone and more. We tried the clone mode and it was pretty interesting.
Redmi K50i: Battery
Xiaomi Redmi K50i comes with 5080mAh battery and it supports 67W fast charging. The company has included the 67W charger in the box. During our test, the handset offered a full day’s battery life under heavy usage, including gaming, calls, browsing and more. The good thing is that the handset supports 67W fast charging and it charged our handset in around 45 minutes.
Redmi K50i: Verdict
Redmi K50i comes as a successor of the Redmi K20i also known as ‘Alpha Flagship’. Xiaomi has tried to retain that tag with Redmi K50i as well. The smartphone has a lot going on in favour of it. For instance, the performance is top-notch, the software is good and the feature set is also on par with the competition.
Furthermore, the battery life is something to admire about the smartphone along with the 67W fast charging support. Then there’s a decent camera setup which offers versatility along with quality.
The Redmi K50i is a capable smartphone and a good choice for those looking for solid performance, battery and camera in their next smartphone.
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