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Redmi's first-gen gaming phone is now tipped to launch in mid- to late April 2021

Redmi's "gaming phone" might be a custom K40 variant. (Source: Xiaomi)
Redmi's "gaming phone" might be a custom K40 variant. (Source: Xiaomi)
The Xiaomi brand Redmi has indicated it will launch its first-ever Android phone for gaming in 2021. According to the leaker Digital Chat Station, it might be here sooner rather than later. The device is also now slated to launch in India as well as China, and to start at a markedly low ~US$300.
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Currently, the Realme GT Neo is training on its own in the newly-created Dimensity 1200-phone arena. However, its first ever challenger might be about to step in to challenge this premium-mid ranger, and it might be sent in there by Redmi. An eminent tipster now asserts that it will launch later in April 2021.

The purported Redmi contender is also slated to match the GT Neo in that it has a flat AMOLED display. This might be the same Samsung E4 panel found in the new K40 flagship line-up from the brand, although the gaming alternative might also have physical shoulder triggers. It may also have a 64MP main camera.

The "Redmi gaming phone" is also now said to have a code-name (Ares) and a model number (M2104K10x). The latter has allegedly turned up with I as its final letter, which may mean this variant is to launch in India. It is rumored to launch under the POCO name in this market.

Should this be the case, it might be an F-series device within that brand. Then again, the phone has yet to appear on any official websites such as those of TENAA or the BIS. Nevertheless, Digital Chat Station asserts that it will show up for certification with a 5,000mAh battery that charges at up to 65W.

Finally, Redmi's inaugural gaming phone is said to be priced at the equivalent of ~US$300 to $380, whereas the Realme GT Neo starts at ~$265, albeit for a 6GB RAM entry-level SKU.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04-10 (Update: 2021-04-10)