The first Redmi gaming phone is coming next week (Update: China only?)

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Credit: Gary Sims / Android Authority

  • Redmi has revealed an April 27 launch date for its gaming phone.
  • The new device appears to be called Redmi K40 Gaming Edition.
  • It looks like the phone has Black Shark style retractable shoulder buttons as well.

Redmi confirmed earlier this year that it runs on a gaming phone, hinting that the device will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor. Now, the Xiaomi sub-brand has revealed that the device will launch next week. .

The company announced a launch date of April 27 on Weibo, while giving us the name Redmi K40 Gaming Edition according to the machine translation. The post also showed a tantalizing preview of the new phone, revealing a triple rear camera system and a rather interesting right side. Take a look at the picture below.

Redmi K40 game edition

Xiaomi takes a page from the Black Shark 4 playbook by including shoulder buttons that can extend and retract via the cursor key, as confirmed by Redmi GM Lu Weibing. Presumably, there’s another cursor key / shoulder button pairing on the phone for a more console-like input experience. Either way, retracting the shoulder keys would give users the best of both worlds, as you can have a clean design most of the time and have those buttons pop up when you really need them.

The Redmi K40 Gaming Edition has reportedly already been certified in China, apparently serving up a 5,000mAh battery with 67W wired charging, a Samsung E4 OLED display with a center-mounted perforated cutout, and a 144Hz refresh rate.

The inclusion of the Dimensity 1200 chipset should also give Redmi’s phone solid support for software-based ray tracing and growl. But the processor has an older, poorer GPU on paper than Samsung’s Exynos 1080, Huawei’s Kirin 9000, and Snapdragon 888. But I hope the new phone is priced attractively compared to other focused phones. on the games in the market.

Will the phone be available in global markets, however? Redmi said Android Authority he had nothing to share regarding availability in markets outside of mainland China at this time.