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The Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G has officially been launched being the first phone to feature the latest integrated 5G chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 765G.

The phone itself comes with a superb spec for a mid-range device including:

  • Display: 6.7 inch, 2400 x 1080 pixels with 120 Hz refresh rate and HDR 10 support
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  • Battery: 4,5000 mAh
  • Charging: 30 W fast charging
  • Rear cameras: 64MP primary + 8MP wide-angle + 5MP macro + 2MP depth
  • Front cameras: 20MP + 2MP front cameras
  • Wireless: 5G, 4 LTE, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, IR blaster
  • Headphone jack? Yes
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This new upper mid-range chipset has had more than just a 5G modem added to it. The Cortex-A76 CPU now has a higher clock using 1×2.4 GHz & 1×2.2GHz vs 2×2.2 GHz. Then the GPU has been bumped up to the Adreno 620, which Qualcomm claim should give a 20% performance boost.

A leaked Antutu score has popped up online showing the Redmi K30 achieving a score of 302,847 points on Antutu v8. This score is split with 98,651 points for CPU, 87,564 points for GPU, 57,985 points for Memory and 58,647 points for UX.

redmi k30 5g antutu

This would place the Snapdragon 765G above both the Snapdragon 730G and Mediatek Helio G90T which is what we would have expected for a brand new chipset.

OnePlus 7TSnapdragon 855+4870501441551992557004373597
Realme X2 ProSnapdragon 855+47332914259619096479996659803
Black SharkSnapdragon 855442971
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5GSnapdragon 8554298591440361723515604457428
Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G
(Leaked score)
Snapdragon 765G30284798651875645798558647
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 ProMediatek Helio G90T28129598263797555728545992
Realme X2Snapdragon 730G25831198328675744794544464
Realme 5 ProSnapdragon 71221650173459618724201339157
Honor 9XKirin 710F17271064742212505074735971
Realme 5Snapdragon 66516786671157334893656826652

In terms of performance gains, the numbers seem to roughly match up to Qualcomm’s claims and what you would expect. I would expect the scores to improve over time, as this is likely not a final version of the phone.

The CPU score shows a tiny 0.32% improvement, this chipset only has a 0.2Ghz advantage on one core, so a small gain is about right, I would have thought a little higher though.

Everything else has seen a 20%+ improvement, with the GPU showing a 29.5% gain.

Realme X2Snapdragon 730G17%0.32%29.5%20.9%31.8%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 ProMediatek Helio G90T7.7%0.39%9.8%1.2%27.5%

The chipset beats the Mediatek Helio G90T in all the individual tests but the gains are only marginal in some areas.

So it looks like the Snapdragon 765G is shaping up to be a superb chipset, but pricing is always a key component. As this has only been launched in China we only have Chinese prices to work off so far, UK pricing will be very different, and under a different brand name no doubt.

In China for the base model, you will pay £54 for the 5G model vs the 730G 4G model and the price difference increases to £76 for the top model.

That represents a 25% price difference with the lowest model, or 31% difference for the top model. I don’t think that is entirely unreasonable for the first generation of affordable 5G phones.

Price6GB/64GB – 1999 CNY / £226
6GB/128GB – 2299 CNY / £248
8GB/128GB – 2599 CNY / £280
8GB/256GB – 2899 CNY / £313
6GB/64GB – 1599 CNY / £172
6GB/128GB – 1699 CNY / £183
8GB/128GB – 1899 CNY / £205
8GB/256GB – 2199 CNY / £237

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