Redmi K50 Ultra with SD 8+ Gen 1 and larger Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4″ announced

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Xiaomi today unveiled the first Redmi phone with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, which also boasts a stunning display. Speaking of screens, there is also the new Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro with a larger 12.4” screen.

Xiaomi Redmi K50 Ultra

The Redmi K50 Ultra is like a mix of K50 Pro and K50 Gaming, but better than them in some ways. This is the first Redmi phone to feature the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, following only the 12S flagships and the new Mix Fold 2 in the Xiaomi stable.


The Redmi K50 Ultra is the first in the series with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset
The Redmi K50 Ultra is the first in the series with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset
The Redmi K50 Ultra is the first in the series with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset

The Redmi K50 Ultra is the first in the series with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset

The chipset is connected to a 3725mm² vapor chamber that promises to keep the chip cool even after more than 2 hours of gaming. And more importantly, it can maintain close to 120fps after all of that. But let’s get to the display, for now let’s say the chipset is paired with 8/12GB of LPDDR5 (6400Mbps) RAM and 128/256/512GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

The AMOLED screen measures 6.67″ just like its brothers. However, this is a rare 12-bit panel, which can output 68.7 billion colors. For comparison, the K50 Gaming has a 10-bit panel (1080 x 2400px) and the K50 Pro has an 8-bit panel (1440 x 3220px). The display has perfect color calibration (deltaE is around 0.38) and is kept that way thanks to the ambient color temperature sensor. HDR10+ and Dolby Vision are supported.

The K50 Ultra has a rare 12-bit resolution panel that balances image quality with power consumption.
The K50 Ultra has a rare 12-bit resolution panel that balances image quality with power consumption.
The K50 Ultra has a rare 12-bit resolution panel that balances image quality with power consumption.
The K50 Ultra has a rare 12-bit resolution panel that balances image quality with power consumption.

The K50 Ultra has a rare 12-bit resolution panel that balances image quality with power consumption.

The resolution is between FHD + and QHD +, 1220 x 2712px, which is equivalent to 446ppi. According to Xiaomi, this screen looks almost as good as a QHD+ panel, but consumes less power. A few more stats to mention: 120Hz refresh rate, 480Hz touch sampling rate, and 1920Hz high-frequency PWM dimming. One last interesting tidbit about the display is that the built-in fingerprint reader can also measure its frequency. cardiac.

The Redmi K50 Ultra borrows the power system from the K50 Pro: a 5,000mAh battery that offers 120W fast charging thanks to the internal Surge P1 chip. According to official numbers, this battery lasts more than a day (thanks to the new chipset and efficient screen).

    5,000 mAh battery with 120 W fast charge thanks to the Surge P1 chip

The camera is also lifted from the Pro, including the 108MP main sensor with OIS. It is a 1/1.4” HM6 sensor with 0.64 µm native pixels, which can be combined (9 to 1) into 1.92 µm effective pixels. This camera has a combo lens with 1 glass and 5 plastic elements that lets in more light and a bright f/1.6 aperture to boot.

Also on the back is a fairly basic 8MP ultra-wide camera and 2MP macro lens, the selfie camera on the front has a 20MP (IMX596) sensor.

    108 MP main camera, 8 MP 120° ultra wide angle and 2 MP macro camera (+20 MP on the front)

This is a 5G phone with Wi-Fi 6E connectivity and there’s both NFC and an IR blaster on board. The stereo speakers feature Dolby Atmos support, while the wired (via USB-C) and wireless output to headphones bear the Hi-Res Audio brand.

Redmi K50 Ultra in: Black
Redmi K50 Ultra in: Silver
Redmi K50 Ultra in: Blue

Redmi K50 Ultra in black, silver and blue

The Redmi K50 Ultra starts at CNY 3,000 ($445/€430/₹35,500), see the table below for other memory configurations. The phone is available in black, silver and blue. You can put down a 100 CNY deposit to reserve a spot at Queue, sales will start soon.

Xiaomi Redmi K50 Ultra
8/128GB 3000 RMB
8/256GB 3,100 yuan
12/256GB 3400 yuan
12/512GB 3,700 yuan
12/512GB Mercedes F1 Edition 4,200 yuan

A special edition is available for F1 fans, the “Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team Summer Edition”. Yes, that’s a pretty tricky name, but keep in mind that it’s limited to just 20,000 units, so fans of Hamilton and Russell may want to get their hands on one soon. If they have the CNY 4,200 to spare, of course (that’s CNY 500 more than the regular 12/512GB version).

The Redmi K50 Ultra Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team Summer Edition
The Redmi K50 Ultra Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team Summer Edition

Here is an infographic summarizing the best features of the Redmi K50 Ultra:

Redmi K50 Ultra and Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4'' announced

Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4”

As you can tell from the name, the new tablet is a larger version of the original Pad 5 Pro (which has an 11-inch screen). The display panel of the new Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4″ has the same resolution, 2560 x 1600 px, so the pixel density is lower (244ppi vs. 274ppi), but in return you get 27% more display area.

The new Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro has a larger size of 12.4\
The new Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro has a larger size of 12.4\

The new Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro has a larger 12.4″ screen

The 120Hz refresh rate has been retained, but there have been a few other downgrades, for example touch sampling is now 120Hz (stylus tracking runs at 240Hz) and this is an 8-bit panel (the 11” was 10 bits). Dolby Vision and HDR10 are still supported and brightness is the same at 500 nits.

The larger slate comes with a larger 10,000mAh battery (instead of 8,600mAh), enough for more than 2 days. The 67W fast charging system reaches 60% in 36 minutes and 100% in 68 minutes. The company even managed to slim down the tablet, which now measures 6.66mm (without the camera bump) compared to 6.9mm on the 11-inch model.

The tablet was reduced to 6.66 mm.
Four speakers with Dolby Atmos

Tablet shrunk to 6.66mm • Four speakers with Dolby Atmos

The rest is quite familiar. The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4” works with the same Snapdragon 870 chipset with a base configuration of 6/128GB and two new options: 8/256GB and 12/512GB (LPDDR5 and UFS 3.1 in all three cases).

The chip may be the same, but this time its 5G abilities are not used as there is only a Wi-Fi version. It supports dual-band Wi-Fi 6 (ax) and Bluetooth 5.2 (with LDAC and LHDC 2.0/3.0 support).

The only major camera on the tablet, the front one, is based on a 20MP IMX596 sensor, which packs pixels at 1.6µm for better low-light performance. The rear camera has a 50MP sensor (1/2.76”, 1.28µm pixels post binning, f/1.8 aperture) and a 2MP depth sensor. Only the 5G version of the 11″ Pad 5 Pro had a 50MP camera (albeit with a different sensor).

USB-C port can control an external display
You can also use the tablet as a laptop with the optional keyboard

USB-C port can control an external display • You can also use the tablet as a laptop with the optional keyboard

The USB-C port supports 3.2 Gen1 speeds, allowing you to drive an external monitor through DisplayPort. The tablet is loaded with MIUI 13 (based on Android 12). Or cold-plug the optional full-size keyboard (64 keys, 1.3mm key travel) to turn your tablet into a small laptop. The keyboard kickstand can adjust the angle of the tablet between 110° and 122°. As mentioned above, there’s also an optional stylus, which has 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and 240Hz tracking. It uses magnets to adhere to the tablet for safekeeping and charging (lasts 8 hours on a full charge, 1 minute is enough for 20 minutes of use).

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4'' can be equipped with optional keyboard and stylus
The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4'' can be equipped with optional keyboard and stylus
The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4'' can be equipped with optional keyboard and stylus
The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4'' can be equipped with optional keyboard and stylus

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4” can be equipped with optional keyboard and stylus

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4” starts at CNY 3,000 ($445/€430/₹35,500) for the 6/128GB model, pre-orders open today. The 8/256 GB version costs CNY 3,500 and the 12/512 GB model with the best specifications costs CNY 4,200. The keyboard costs an additional CNY 470, the stylus can be yours for CNY 350.

Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4'' color combinations
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4'' color combinations
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4'' color combinations

Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4” color combinations

If you like infographic summaries, enjoy this one for the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4:

Redmi K50 Ultra and Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4'' announced

Source 1 | Source 2 (in Chinese)

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