Weekly poll results: the Redmi K40 Gaming looks like a winner
Gaming phones aren’t for everyone, but last week’s poll shows that if you want one, the Redmi K40 Gaming is a great choice. It stands out from the rest of the K40 family (itself quite popular) with a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset replacing the Snapdragons.
It’s been on sale in China for a few weeks now, it costs 2000 CNY (around $ 310), the same price as the vanilla K40. The two share many similarities, including the 120Hz OLED with HDR10 + support.
To improve response times, the gaming phone increases the touch sample rate from 360Hz to 480Hz and includes shoulder buttons – physical, rather than capacitive or ultrasonic like some other gaming handsets.
Redmi K40 Gaming in a nutshell
The K40 Gaming also incorporates enhanced cooling and a larger battery with faster charging (5065mAh at 67W, compared to 4520mAh and 33W). It’s a phone optimized to maintain performance for long periods of time and to have as short a downtime as possible once it needs a rest.
Some were worried about the software – Xiaomi was in hot water with the US government – but this was clarified earlier this week so Redmis (and other devices made by Xiaomi) shouldn’t have any issues running the Google software.
Other reported issues are the lack of a headphone jack (wired headphones have lower latency) and a microSD card slot (spare for any non-gaming content). Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done about it (a more expensive Black Shark can solve the first half of these problems).
Of course, there are plenty who just don’t care about gaming phones. And that’s good, there are three other K40 phones to choose from (not to mention the rest of Xiaomi’s stable). The good news for the business is that very few people would prefer a competing gaming phone.