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Redmi GM explains why the Redmi K30 Pro only has a 60 Hz display

Battery life was apparently the primary concern for including a 60 Hz display in the Redmi K30 Pro. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Battery life was apparently the primary concern for including a 60 Hz display in the Redmi K30 Pro. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Redmi K30 Pro certainly has plenty going for it, but a high refresh-rate display is not one of them. The regular Redmi K30 does though, to confuse matters more. The general manager has now explained this decision.

While the Redmi K30 Pro and Redmi K30 Pro Zoom may earn the title of "flagship killers" in many areas, Xiaomi may struggle to extend that to the two device's displays. Specifically, the K30 Pro series have 60 Hz displays, a far cry from the 120 Hz or 144 Hz panels that OEMs are including in their latest flagship smartphones. 60 Hz remains just as good as it always has, but Xiaomi has not helped matters by making the regular Redmi K30 capable of operating at 120 Hz. 

Unsurprisingly, some people are dismayed that Xiaomi went down the 60 Hz route for the Pro version of the Redmi K30. It is worth remembering that the AMOLED in the K30 Pro should deliver greater colour accuracy and more vibrancy than the LCD panel in the regular K30 will. Nonetheless, Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing has waded in to clarify the decision-making behind including a 60 Hz panel in the K30 Pro. 

According to Gizmochina, Weibing announced at a press conference that Xiaomi decided ten months ago upon the hardware that it would include in the Redmi K30 series. Hence, the subtext here appears to be that Xiaomi considered hardware decisions carefully, and was not forced into equipping the Redmi K30 Pro series with 60 Hz panels.

Weibing went onto to say that the Redmi K30 Pro has a 60 Hz panel to maximise its battery life. In essence, Xiaomi seems to have decided that the trade-off in battery life would have been too great to have included a high-refresh-rate display. Supposedly even a 90 Hz would have had a significant impact on battery life, because the Redmi K30 Pro includes so many other flagship and power-hungry components.

Make of that what you will. Personally, we suspect that not including a high refresh-rate panel helped minimise production costs for the Redmi K30 Pro. On the other hand, both it and the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition will likely still have excellent displays, not least because of their HDR10+ certification, 180 Hz touch sampling response and their 1,200 nit peak brightness.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-03-25 (Update: 2020-03-25)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.