Xiaomi Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro confirmed to have the same OLED and 120 Hz display as the Mi 11 and Galaxy S21 Ultra do; Redmi K40 tipped to launch globally as the Redmi Note 10 Pro
We may have four days to wait until Xiaomi unveils the Redmi K40 series, but the company continues to tease its upcoming 'double flagships' on its Redmi Weibo account. As we previously reported, Xiaomi has already confirmed that two Redmi K40 smartphones will arrive on February 25, of which at least one will feature Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 888 SoC.
Initially, Xiaomi teased the Redmi K40 series display's, but it has now confirmed heaps of specifications about them. As expected, Xiaomi has called on Samsung to supply panels for the Redmi K40 series, with the Chinese company sourcing the same Samsung E4 panels that it uses in the Mi 11. Similarly, Samsung equips the Galaxy S21 Ultra with its E4 display.
Hence, the Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro will have large OLED displays with flagship specifications. Specifically, the E4 should bring at least a 120 Hz refresh rate to the K40 series, which would be a noticeable upgrade from the 60 Hz panel in the Redmi K30 Pro (POCO F2 Pro). Incidentally, a 120 Hz refresh rate would put the Redmi K40 series on par with the Redmi K30 Ultra.
However, the Redmi K40 series will have flat displays, unlike the Mi 11 and Galaxy S21 Ultra. Xiaomi has also stated that the Redmi K40 series will have a 2 mm wide punch-hole, the size of which it compares to a sesame seed. The company also asserts that the Redmi K40 series' punch-hole is probably the smallest in the world. While this may be smaller than the one that Xiaomi included in the Mi 11, we suspect that this claim will be short-lived.
Nonetheless, the Redmi K40 series' punch-hole will be significantly smaller than the one found in the Redmi K30, albeit because there are fewer cameras to accommodate. Xiaomi's boasts do not stop with the screen technology in the Redmi K40 series, either. Apparently, the company has certified the series for Hi-Res Audio and Hi-Res Audio Wireless. Moreover, the Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro will support Dolby Atmos, too.
Separately, Digital Chat Station claims that Xiaomi will launch the Redmi K40 globally as the Redmi Note 10 Pro. The company will unveil the Redmi Note 10 series in India on March 4, ahead of which Xiaomi has teased that the series will have displays that are as bright as the iPhone 12 Pro. We should stress that Xiaomi has a habit of releasing multiple devices under the same in different countries, so it is unclear if the Indian Redmi Note 10 Pro will be the Redmi K40. That could be the case, but we would not rule out Xiaomi releasing a version of the Redmi Note 10 Pro that is exclusive to India.