Last year’s Redmi K50 Gaming Edition had Dimensity 1200 processor which discouraged hardcore gamers from buying the phone. But now, with Redmi K50 Gaming Edition, this problem has been solved – it has a Qualcomm chip which is the most powerful among all
So has Redmi produced a phone that’s good for several games? Let’s find out.
We will be looking at the Redmi K50 Gaming Edition, which is a gaming smartphone.
The phone features a 5.84-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels (403 PPI) and an aspect ratio of 19:5:9. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC and has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
It has a dual-camera setup on the back with 12MP + 5MP sensors and 8MP on the front for selfies. The rear camera also supports AI scene detection, HDR, panorama, time-lapse, slow-motion video recording, and more. The battery is 4000mAh capacity with Quick Charge 3.0 support that can charge up to 50% in just 30 minutes!
Design and Display
One thing the K50 Gaming Edition has going for it is its silver frame with a frosted glass back. It feels like this might be last year’s K40 Gaming edition, but the “gaming” design has been toned down considerably. The lens module has been changed into a rounded rectangle shape.
The lightning-shaped flash and the RGB lights around the camera have also been retained from the Redmi K40 Gaming Edition. But their RGB light only lights up when receiving a message or while charging, which means they can’t light up during gameplay.
The lack of a headphone jack is a disappointment for gamers, but there are other advantages. There is an extra microphone port on the side and Xiaomi devices also come with exclusive physical buttons. Redmi K50’s IR blaster power has been improved, which can now be used up to 10 meters away. If you liked last year’s K40 Gaming Edition, I am sure you’ll love this year’s Redmi K50 Gaming Edition too.
Although last year’s Redmi K50 had a very similar screen, it was made by a different company. But I have to say, this year’s screen is much better! You won’t see rainbow lines when you adjust the screen. The Adaptive Color option has also been added, which can take into account your color accuracy and eye protection requirements. Plus, it features 1920Hz high-frequency PWM dimming, which is more accurate than traditional methods.
Thanks to the screen protection glass and Gorilla Glass, your display screen is well-protected and can’t break easily. You can now enjoy gaming on your computer much more. Although the bezel on the red K40 gaming edition is a little wider, it has rounded edges that are intended to prevent accidental touches. Plus, because all of its sides are equal in width, you’ll get used to it soon enough.
REDMI K50 Gaming Edition REVIEW – Performance and Benchmarks
The Redmi K50 has the best hardware available at the moment on Android, and we’re proud to be able to offer it in a full-screen design that doesn’t sacrifice stamina or battery life.
Although the performance mode does not provide exceptional performance, the benchmarks are still higher than some average phones and there are still many features that can’t be found on other phones. The 3DMark stress test also fails to complete successfully.
It is difficult to compare Xiaomi’s 12 Pro and the Redmi K50, as scores don’t tell the full story. In the end, it all comes down to how pleasant of an experience you have. The Redmi’s Gaming Edition has remarkably designed X-axis lights for a more immersive gaming experience. This motor gives quick and very powerful feedback and is comparable to the motor of an iPhone. This new experience with the E-Glide joystick is great for typing and playing games. The new, upgraded shoulder buttons we have mentioned are a magnet design that can be popped up with magnets. Pretty similar to the K40 Gaming’s
Before the introduction of pressure-sensitive buttons, it seemed that there was no difference in experience, but after the technology change, buttons accommodated a more realistic and personalized gaming gesture. It’s too bad that they can only be used when there’s a game running on your device. But there is no denying that the physical buttons are more comfortable to press in gaming than the touch buttons of other non-gaming models. Compared to the Xiaomi 12 Pro Game Space, only the UI has changed. With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, there are no functional changes to the phone. Instead, Redmi has spent a considerable amount of money on hexagonal boron nitride and graphene heat sinks.
In terms of gaming performance, we tested PUBG Mobile and found that it doesn’t have a single frame drop and the maximum temperature never went past 40 degrees Celsius.
In contrast to the Genshin Impact, we didn’t run into any issues with Xiaomi 12 Pro or the OnePlus 10 Pro’s stability. Their frame rate performance was superior to the Genshin Impact. The final verdict is that their performance was very good.
Brightridge is not much different from the other two and even has a worse average frame rate. But the temperature was kept at 48 degrees Celsius. To be honest, although the Redmi K50 Gaming looks like a gaming phone, it plays like a regular flagship phone. The phone’s hardware seems to be cooling a lot better, which means that the frame rates should have been smoother. Maybe the next update will bring these features together and improve the gaming experience.
REDMI K50G Cameras
Even though photography is not a priority for this phone and it doesn’t use the same lens as last year’s model, the higher-quality camera for selfies has some benefits.
The Mi 11’s performance at night was not something I had expected. There were instances when the photos came out better than those taken on the Mi 11 Ultra. Apart from a poorer quality of pictures when using ultra-wide-angle shots, it has one of the best camera performances. The main camera supports video recording at up to 4k, at a high frame rate of 60 fps, and with EIS, so you shouldn’t have any problems holding the phone steady. Ultra-wide support up to 1080P and with the Flicker Sensor activated you shouldn’t see any color distortion on the screen. But they don’t record videos well. The lights will still be too bright when the frequency doesn’t match.
The Redmi K50 Gaming Edition has better speakers than the Xiaomi 12 Pro. The Redmi K50 also uses 4 speakers, though they are quite similar in quality. Two speakers are responsible for the high-frequency part of the sound, and the remaining two are responsible for the low-frequency part. It’s a stunning device to play music on, so let’s give it a try.
REDMI K50 Gaming Edition REVIEW – Charging & Battery Life
The charger is included in the box. The Type-C charging cable it comes with is L-shaped and much longer than those that are given for other phones.
The power of the K50 Gaming Edition is 120W, which will fully charge in 19 minutes. It also has an excellent heat dissipation design that helps to charge time while playing games.
TikTok and online videos are both responsible for 6% of all battery usage, while three games each take up 9%, 15%, and 15% respectively. Despite the Redmi K50 Gaming being quite power-hungry, it offers 120W of charging power which allows you to charge your phone without disrupting gameplay.
REDMI K50 Gaming Edition REVIEW – Verdict
To summarise, the Redmi K50 Gaming Edition has a lot of improvements and is better than last year. However, it doesn’t quite live up to our expectations in terms of gaming compared to other Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones at this same price. It’s also good in terms of audio and video
Weaknesses in terms of build and hardware are noticeable on this camera. It is also finally possible to use GMS without any problems this year. I can’t recommend this phone to everyone, but for those who are very picky about pictures and those who want a design-focused phone, this is not the right choice.