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Realme X50 vs Redmi K30 Specs Comparison – Affordable 120Hz Phones!

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When it comes to the affordable mid-range segment, only two brands are neck-and-neck — Realme and Redmi. In 2020, it’s going to be a battle between the affordable 120Hz phones — would you rather go for the Realme X50 or stay loyal to the Redmi K30?

Realme X50 and Redmi K30 Differences

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Realme X50 5G

Advantages of Realme X50

  1. 202g
  2. up to 12GB RAM
  3. 16MP (main)+ 8MP (ultrawide) selfie cameras
  4. Dolby Atmos

Advantages of Redmi K30

  1. 8.8mm
  2. larger display at 6.67″
  3. HDR10 playback
  4. shared microSD slot of up to 256GB
  5. 4500mAh battery
  6. Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX HD
  7. Infrared

Realme X50 and Redmi K30 Similarities

  1. Metal and glass build
  2. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back)
  3. IPS LCD
  4. FHD+
  5. 120Hz
  6. Android 10
  7. UFS 2.1
  8. Snapdragon 765G with 5G
  9. 128GB base internal storage
  10. 64MP quad cameras
  11. up to 4K @ 30fps video recording with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
  12. pinhole-style dual-selfie cameras
  13. audio jack with 24-bit hi-fi playback
  14. Wi-Fi ac
  15. NFC
  16. USB-C
  17. side-mounted fingerprint scanner
  18. 30W fast charging
  19. splash resistance?

Which is a better buy between the Realme X50 and Redmi K30?

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Redmi K30

Design and Display

There’s a stark difference in design between the two mid-range phones. While both are nearly entirely made of glass, the main camera cutout is more pronounced on the Redmi K30. For the Realme X50, the pinhole camera cutout is on the top-left corner as opposed to the top-right corner of the other phone. It’s not confirmed yet whether or not there’s splash resistance on both but we do expect them to come with it. Realme’s phone has a Master Edition that comes in Black and Gold colors and is a far cry from all phones today. However, expect the price to be a bit expensive.

For the screen itself, both are using 120Hz IPS LCDs. We’re not sure about the peak brightness but K30 supports HDR10 playback which requires at least 500 nits. If this is the case, that advantage makes it the better screen between the two.

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Performance

Expect performance to be nearly the same as both are using Snapdragon 765G with a built-in 5G modem. Both again are based on Android 10 already with respective UI skins. Instead of the chipset, the supporting specs are what you should pay attention to. X50’s highest model comes with 12GB RAM, however, only the K30 has a shared microSD slot for storage expansion.

There’s still no under-screen fingerprint scanner here but the side-mounted type should provide a faster, more accurate and, more convenient unlocking method.

Cameras

For the cameras, both are using quad cameras as main shooters. See the comparison below:

Realme X50 | Redmi K30

  • 64MP f1.8 vs 64MP f1.9 – main
  • 8MP f2.3 vs 8MP f2.2 – ultrawide
  • 12MP (2x optical zoom) f3.0 vs 2MP f2.4 – telephoto/macro
  • 2MP f2.4 vs 2MP f2.4 – depth
  • 16MP f2.0 + 8MP f2.2 (ultrawide) vs 20MP f2.2 + 2MP f2.4 (depth) – dual-selfie cameras

Deciding between the two will probably mean keeping or losing the telephoto lens. Only X50 has a dedicated telephoto that delivers up to 2x optical zoom. But you also need to take note that the 64MP lens is more than enough to get crisp-looking images when using digital zoom. In terms of selfies, we do think that Realme has the advantage here as the secondary ultrawide sensor is a lot more useful than a depth sensor.

Audio

Although you won’t be missing out on the headphone jack, it seems like only Realme’s phone has support for Dolby Atmos technology. It optimizes sound according to activity — gaming, music, or watching a video.

Battery and Charging

K30 gets 300mAh more battery than the X50. This may play an important role as mobile data on 5G eats a lot of energy. But charging-wise, both use respective 30W fast charging technologies. The former phone can go up to 100% in 57 minutes while the latter can go up to 70% in 30 minutes of charging.

Verdict

In China, Realme X50 5G has a price of CNY 2499 (~P18K) for the 8GB/128GB model while Redmi K30 5G is at CNY 2599 (~P18,700). But if you don’t mind smaller memory/storage combo, Xiaomi’s price dips to CNY 1999 (~P14,400) for the 4GB/64GB.

If we’re to choose the best value phone, we have to give it to the Redmi K30 5G’s starting model. But for the same 8GB/128GB which is the standard in 2020, there’s no right or wrong choice here. Realme X50 is slightly cheaper but provides you an ultrawide selfie camera, while the Redmi K30 offers few extra features that you might find useful especially HDR10.

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SpecsRealme X50 5GRedmi K30 5G
Display6.57-inch FHD+ IPS LCD, 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 120Hz6.67-inch FHD+, IPS LCD, dual-pinhole
Dimensions163.8 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm, 202g165.3 x 76.6 x 8.8 mm, 208g
ChipsetQualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm)Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm)
GPUAdreno 620Adreno 620
Memory6GB, 8GB, 12GB, 128GB, 256GB non-expandable UFS 2.14GB/6GB/8GB, 64GB/128GB/256GB UFS 2.1 expandable storage
Main Camera64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.7″, 0.8µm, PDAF
12 MP, f/3.0, 54mm (telephoto), 2x optical zoom, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.3, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm (dedicated macro camera)
 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/1.7″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm (dedicated macro camera)
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm, depth sensor
Front Camera16 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/3″, 1.0µm
8 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
20 MP, f/2.2, 27mm (wide), 1/3.4″, 0.8µm
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm, depth sensor
Connectivityface unlock, side-mounted fingerprint scannerface unlock, side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Security5G(sub-6GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.1 aptX HD, WiFi ac, GPS, USB-C, audio jack5G(sub-6GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.1 aptX HD, WiFi ac, GPS, USB-C, audio jack, infrared sensor
Battery4200mAh with 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 (70% in 30 minutes)4500mAh 30W Flash Charge (100% in 57 minutes)
OSAndroid 10 with Realme UIAndroid 10 with MIUI 11
PricesCNY 2499 or ~P18K (8GB/128GB), CNY 2699 or ~P19,600 (6GB/256GB), and CNY 2999 or ~P21K (12GB/256GB)CNY 1599 (~P11,500) to CNY 2899 (~P20,900)

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