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Xiaomi to introduce LPDDR5 handhelds in Q1 2020; K30 5G first in line?

The Redmi 30 5G could be among the first smartphones to benefit from the new LPDDR5 memory standard. (Source: Samsung)
The Redmi 30 5G could be among the first smartphones to benefit from the new LPDDR5 memory standard. (Source: Samsung)
Xiaomi VP Lu Weibing is expecting the first LPDDR5 smartphones to hit the market in Q1 2020. Weibing is probably hinting at the Redmi K30 5G that is supposed to launch in January next year, since this model will also be powered by the new Snapdragon 765G SoC that is compatible with the new memory standard.
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LPDDR5 chips have been around for almost half a year now, but there is still no sign of any smartphone equipped with this type of memory. You would expect at least Samsung to come up with a few LPDDR5 handhelds, since it is the only supplier for now, but, knowing how the Korean giant likes to slow roll some important features, the upcoming Galaxy S11 series might not even feature the speedy LPDDR5 memory chips after all. Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s VP Lu Weibing is hinting at the company’s first LPDDR5 handhelds scheduled to hit the market in Q1 2020.

Samsung designed the LPDDR5 chips to optimize performance for the upcoming 5G-enabled smartphones. Using the 10 nm process, Samsung’s LPDDR5 chips are 1.3 times faster than the current LPDDR4x ones, which is not that impressive, yet the power requirements are almost 30% lower. Lu Weibing did not really mention which Xiaomi models will get the new memory standard, but knowing that the Redmi K30 5G is supposed to launch this January, the model could be among the first to benefit from LPDDR5 chips.

The Redmi K30 features only LPDDR4x memory chips and this was quite a letdown for many industry analysts. Weibing believes that LPDDR4x is not cutting it anymore for the “5G era,” so the 5G version of the K30 is clearly an ideal candidate to showcase the new memory standard. The K30 5G is also expected to include unique features like a 120 Hz display, the new IMX686 64 MP image sensor from Sony and Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 765G premium mid-range SoC.

Lu Weibing's post on Weibo (Source: Weibo)
Lu Weibing's post on Weibo (Source: Weibo)
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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1535 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2019-12-12 (Update: 2019-12-12)