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Redmi K40 with Snapdragon 7-series SoC should shake up stagnating AnTuTu midrange smartphone performance chart currently dominated by Dimensity and Kirin chips

The Redmi K40 could be the first smartphone to feature the new Snapdragon 7-series chipset. (Image source: Qualcomm/HT Tech)
The Redmi K40 could be the first smartphone to feature the new Snapdragon 7-series chipset. (Image source: Qualcomm/HT Tech)
AnTuTu has published its midrange smartphone performance chart for December, and it is looking somewhat stale with the typical Dimensity (Redmi 10X) and Kirin (Huawei Nova 7) phones jostling for position. However, a potential Redmi K40 sporting a Snapdragon 7-series SoC could soon be in competition to be the fastest midrange smartphone.

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The December AnTuTu midrange Android smartphone performance chart has been topped by the Redmi 10X 5G with its MediaTek Dimensity 820 processor while the Huawei Nova 7 Pro and Nova 7 follow closely behind with their Kirin 985 SoCs. The whole chart hasn’t changed too much recently, with proceedings being rather quiet in the midrange sector at the moment while the flagship space is shaken up by the arrival of the Snapdragon 888.

However, just like Xiaomi has ruffled some feathers in the flagship chart with the Mi 11, the same company might also create a storm in the midrange chart with the impending arrival of the Redmi K40 series. Although the Redmi K40 Pro is expected to come with an SD 888, the entry-level model of the series should feature a midrange SoC, which is believed to be the SM7350 processor. This is likely going to morph into a Snapdragon 7-series chipset (775G? 777?) that will give the Redmi K40 the kind of performance power needed to send it smashing through AnTuTu’s midrange chart.

Other new midrange smartphone SoCs should be making an appearance throughout 2021, giving users the chance to own a powerful phone that offers the kind of performance that equals or surpasses the flagship smartphones of yore. For example, alleged benchmark runs for this mysterious Snapdragon 7-series SoC have it operating at a similar level as the Snapdragon 865, the premium chipset that Qualcomm released for flagship smartphones at the end of 2019. There are rumors that this new SD 7-series chip will start appearing within the first quarter of this year.

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2nd, 3rd, 7th: Huawei; 5th, 6th: Honor. (Image source: AnTuTu)
2nd, 3rd, 7th: Huawei; 5th, 6th: Honor. (Image source: AnTuTu)

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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-01- 6 (Update: 2021-01- 6)