Review: Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition

Xiaomi's sister company Redmi has recently launched its new phone Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition in China, and it is soon to be launched globally. The previous Redmi phone, the Redmi K20 Pro was one of the best phones in terms of features, camera quality, and price. After K20 Pro’s brilliant success Redmi has launched K30 Pro and now, the K30 Pro Zoom Edition.

But does the Zoom Edition is going to be served with the same luck that K20 had? Are the features of the phone worthy enough to be a worthy successor? Does it do as it says in its mouthful name? and how many people care about the new features? 

We will answer all of the questions above in our review of the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition below. 

The new Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition comes with a hard shell black case, which is always good to have for the safety of your device and they also give a type C to type A port along with the phone case. A charging block also comes additionally with the phone box so that you can be content without having to buy these knick-knacks separately.

Now let’s come to the real phone, the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition is built with Gorilla Glass 5 in front and back framed by aluminum. It weighs 218g (7.69 oz), and has a dimension of 163.3 x 75.4 x 8.9 mm (6.43 x 2.97 x 0.35 in).

The K30 Pro Zoom Edition has a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with HDR10 and 16M colors. The display size is 6.67inches, which can cause a little discomfort while using it with one-hand. The phone has a 120Hz display panel, and the display is full HD.

It has a pretty good resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, a 20:9 ratio (~395 PPI density). The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protects the screen from crashing, and it has a peak brightness of 1200nits.

The design of the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition is pretty stunning with its curved edges and Bezel-less screen and without any notches or punch holes the phone looks nice and sharp. On the back, it has a round-shaped camera space that looks a little crowded. 

The Zoom Edition has three cameras – the 64MP IMAX686 main sensor made by SONY, the 13MP Ultra-Wide camera with a range field of view of 123 degrees and 2MP depth, and an 8MP telephoto sensor. 

The main camera works great, especially on the portrait mode; the edges are defined and perfect but the images look grainy when you zoom. The Ultra-Wide camera gives a brilliant result and everything looks clean and gives the perfect white balance. 

The telephoto camera works great in 5x optical zoom, it looks a bit grainy at 10x zoom but gets very fuzzy and grainy at the maximum 30x zoom.

It’s good to be noted that only Zoom Edition has OIS – K30 Pro doesn’t have OIS, and the Zoom Edition also offers Optical image stabilization which is one of its best aspects.

The pop-up selfie camera that seems to be a trend for selfie lovers, is pretty awesome. But unfortunately, the selfie video is stuck at 1080 pixels with 30 frames per second, where other contemporaries give much better results.

The refresh rate of the latest phone is 60Hz, which can be called a major drawback because it causes the phone to be very slow, and makes a bit of a frustrating gaming session. It’s not that bad, you can still play games on it, but if you have already sent a phone with a 90Hz or 120Hz refresh rate, then you will have a hard time going back to 60Hz. 

The phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack and good stereo speakers. The battery is a large one with a whopping 4700mAh and offers a 33watt fast charging.

The Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition is available on the Android 10 platform, it has a Dual SIM(Nano, dual stand-by).

The phone has 8GB Ram and a storage of 256GB of UFS 3.1. There is no micro-SD slot because the storage is non-expandable. The new phone provides a 5G network but also works with LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA, and EVDO.

The Zoom Edition of K30 pro comes in Grey, Purple, White, and Blue.

The price is about €500, which makes it one of the cheapest Redmi phones in a while.

The new Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition has some great features that the K30 didn’t have, and it looks glossy and beautiful, unlike the previous matte look of the K30 Pro. The best thing about the phone is that it has optical image stabilization and a clean look especially, in the front. The CPU drains much less than other phones and it heats up pretty slow. Also, not to forget, the giant battery provides long-endurance hours. 

Had Redmi improved its refresh rate up to a 90Hz or 120hz, the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition could’ve been the perfect Android phone of 2020. Nonetheless, it is still a pretty awesome, recommendable phone. And, you too, can try this latest Zoom Edition.

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