Redmi K50 Pro Review: Affordable Killer Gaming Phone

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The Redmi K50 series, which debuted after a year, has carried forward this idea. The stronger configuration and the matching of more buckets represent that the K series has once again reached a higher level.

This time, the model we want to evaluate is the most promising Pro version in the Redmi K50 series. Compared with the previous generation, it has a huge improvement in screen, charging, and performance. It not only brings a powerful flagship chip but also brings two killers, which can be said to be the most hard-core. All-powerful flagship.

First of all, the processor is upgraded to the flagship processor that attracts the most attention at the moment – Dimensity 9000. It is MediaTek’s first flagship product with top performance in the 5G era, and it has cross-generational significance. The three-cluster architecture similar to the Snapdragon 8 and the more advanced process blessings make the performance of the Redmi K50 Pro stronger, and even the “Genshin Impact” has been completely conquered, which is worth looking forward to.

Secondly, the screen is greatly upgraded. All the Redmi K50 series have been upgraded to Samsung 2K direct screen, marking the arrival of the era of comprehensive 2K screen.

The parameters of this screen are also very good. In addition to 2K 120Hz, it also supports a maximum brightness of 1200nit, Dolby Vision, the hardest Corning Gorilla Victus protective glass, etc., and has obtained DisplayMate A+ screen certification, reaching 16 items. Screen recording is a proper flagship level.

In terms of charging, the Redmi K50 Pro not only has a 120W fairy flash charge but also the battery capacity has jumped to 5000mAh. It can be said that it is currently the optimal solution for taking into account thin, ultra-fast charging and large batteries.

The rest of the ancestral standard, naturally needless to say. The main camera still follows the previous generation of HM2, and also supports OIS anti-shake, making it more convenient to adjust. NFC, infrared, X motor, fingerprint recognition, Dolby Shuangyang, etc. are a lot.

The Redmi K50 Pro has almost no solution in terms of configuration. At the price of 2999 yuan, it is definitely one of the strongest flagships at present.

Next, let’s take a look at how it performs.

Design & Appearance

The front of the Redmi K50 Pro is still designed with a center punch + straight screen. This time the screen uses a 2K resolution Samsung AMOLED soft screen, and the image display is more delicate.

Zooming in and taking a closer look, the four borders of the Redmi K50 Pro are almost the same width, and they are all very narrow. The top earpiece also adopts a micro-slit design. The front looks like a screen, and the whole cover is integrated.

The back of the Redmi K50 Pro adopts a new design. The color we received is condensed silver. The glass panel on the back has a metallic silver luster. The surface is frosted and not easily stained with fingerprints.

The rear camera module is the biggest change in the design style this time. The rear camera module adopts a square with a circle in the middle, and the three cameras in the middle are arranged in a triangle.

The entire module is in the shape of a two-stage ladder, and the lower half is the fill light and 108MP OIS logo, which makes the entire rear camera module more complex and can improve the texture of the whole machine.

The phone uses a plastic middle frame, and the top and bottom surfaces are polished and polished. It can be seen that in addition to the conventional Type-C port, SIM card slot, dual speakers, infrared remote control, and other configurations are still there.

In terms of accessories, in addition to the clear water protective case and card pins, the Redmi K50 Pro also comes with a 120W charger and charging cable.

Hardware

The Redmi K50 Pro is equipped with MediaTek’s latest flagship processor Dimensity 9000. In the previous first test, we have already understood the general appearance of this processor: the CPU performance is stronger, the GPU running score is slightly weaker, but the actual performance is not at all. Poor, the overall performance is stronger, but the heat generation is not significantly improved.

Redmi K50 Pro has also made a lot of preparations for this new flagship chip. The ultra-large stainless steel VC with an area of ​​​​up to 3950mm², as well as the unique core scheduling, and stronger heat dissipation specifications may further enhance the performance of the Dimensity 9000.

Let’s see how it actually performs on the Redmi K50 Pro.

Benchmark software test

1. Geekbench

The first is the CPU performance test. In Geekbench 5, the Dimensity 9000 on the Redmi K50 Pro is much stronger than before, about 1% stronger for single-core, and nearly 10% stronger for multi-core, showing better heat dissipation There is indeed an improvement in multi-core performance.

2. GFXbench

In terms of GPU performance, the running score of the Redmi K50 Pro is similar to the performance of the previous test, and the performance is between the full-blooded Snapdragon 888 and the full-blooded Snapdragon 8.

3. Androbench

Test the flash memory, the continuous reading speed is 1891.7 MB/s, which is in line with the performance of UFS 3.1 flash charging.

4. AnTuTu comprehensive test

In the comprehensive test of AnTuTu running points, the Redmi K50 Pro also successfully entered the million-dollar club with a total score of 1,019,428 points.

In addition, we have also done several rounds of AnTuTu benchmarks to see what advantages the Dimensity 9000 has in terms of continuous performance release.

Use the Snapdragon 8 flagship with the same configuration to run the AnTuTu comprehensive test in the same environment. After five rounds of testing, the score of the Snapdragon 8 model has dropped significantly, while the Dimensity 9000 has dropped, but it is still strong.

Since both models are tested with the performance mode turned on, after five rounds of running points, they will be prompted to overheat and cannot continue.

Although it indicates overheating, the temperature on the back of the fuselage is actually fine. The SOC area of ​​the Snapdragon 8 model is 45.2 °C, and the Redmi K50 Pro is 44.2 °C, which triggers the temperature protection. It can be seen that the internal temperature is high, and the accumulated heat is a headache for these two chips.

The Dimensity 9000 of the Redmi K50 Pro uses a 4nm process. Although the heat generation is small, the problem of overheating cannot be avoided under the design of passive heat dissipation.

4. Game: “Genshin Impact” has a stable frame rate and low temperature

In the actual game test, we selected 3 mainstream games, including the most performance-testing “Genshin Impact”.

1. King’s Glory

“Honor of Kings” only supports the highest quality 90 frame mode, and the test frame rate curve is very stable, with an average frame rate of 88.9 FPS.

2. Peace Elite

“Peace Elite” also only supports the extreme mode of opening 60 frames under smooth picture quality, and the number of frames is also quite stable. Except for a section in the middle that is adjusted to more than 40 frames because the setting window is opened, the whole process is also stable at 60 FPS.

“Honor of Kings” and “Peace Elite” are currently not adapted to the high frame rate mode on the Redmi K50 Pro. When the load is small, the Redmi K50 Pro not only has a stable frame rate but also the body does not feel any heat. Body temperature is similar.

3. Yuanshen

“Genshin Impact” has always been the number one problem for mobile phones, so can the Redmi K50 Pro equipped with Dimensity 9000 conquer “Genshin Impact”?

Use the highest settings, turn on 60fps mode, and test Genshin Impact. Still testing according to our fixed test route, the frame rate of the Redmi K50 Pro is very stable, with an average frame rate of 58.4 FPS throughout the whole process, with occasional fluctuations, but the minimum is 49 FPS.

The most unexpected thing is the temperature. The temperature of the Redmi K50 Pro when running “Genshin Impact” is almost the lowest in the native 60-frame mode since our test. The SOC core area temperature of 42.3°C is almost the same as the performance of the previous Snapdragon 8 mobile phone in the 45-frame mode. Of course, this is also related to the optimizations we mentioned earlier.

The Redmi K50 Pro can also find certain picture quality adjustments when running “Yuan Shen”, and the resolution and other special effects are consistent with the commercially available Snapdragon 8 models. Therefore, unlike the previous Dimensity 9000 test machine, which suffered from severe heat at the highest picture quality of 720P, the Redmi K50 Pro’s frame rate and temperature performance are better.

All in all, the Dimensity 9000 is definitely one of the most worthwhile chips on the Android platform for performance enthusiasts.

Stronger performance and better continuous performance releases ensure that there will be no lag in daily life, and it is more suitable for you to fight in the future. Combined with the Redmi K50 Pro’s stronger heat dissipation and optimized tuning, its performance in games far exceeds the test results of previous engineering machines. Let us see that under the same level of software optimization, the Dimensity 9000 is actually better than the Snapdragon 8. It also has a certain heat advantage.

Cameras

The Redmi K50 Pro uses the same main camera HM2 of the previous generation super cup, which has up to 100 Megapixels, supports 9-in-1 pixels, and has a pixel volume of up to 2.1μm, which allows it to have better latitude and can also be photographed in backlight. Great view.

Based on the excellent outsole, the Redmi K50 Pro also prepares an OIS anti-shake for it, which makes the photo more stable and the night scene can be shot more clearly.

In addition, HM2 itself is equipped with many models of Redmi, and Redmi has rich experience in tuning it. Combined with the powerful ISP performance of the Dimensity 9000, the imaging capabilities of the Redmi K50 Pro this time are also surprising.

Daytime proofs

With the large pixels on the outsole of the HM2, the Redmi K50 Pro does not have to worry about the amount of light entering when taking pictures. Even on gloomy and foggy days, you can get good photos.

You can see how serious the fog is from the distant view, but under such harsh conditions, the Redmi K50 Pro’s film is not dark, and it has accurate color and detailed reproduction. Wall tiles and green trees are all recorded very naturally, with no traces of over-sharpening.

Thanks to the combination of HM2+OIS anti-shake, the imaging quality of the Redmi K50 Pro in the 2x digital zoom mode is also quite amazing. The resolution and color are still online, as long as you don’t zoom in and look closely, you can’t see any flaws.

The performance is still the same on foggy days, not to mention when the light is sufficient.  The sun shines directly on the building, under the reflection of the glass curtain wall, the backlit shooting is still blue sky, green trees, and white walls can accurately restore the color, and the brightness is uniform and there is no dark area. Photographing plants can also clearly record the texture of the leaves and the color of the wet dew.

The ultra-wide-angle of the Redmi K50 Pro is only 8 Megapixels, and you can’t ask for too much. In terms of imaging, it tries to maintain consistency with the main camera, and it is enough to record the effect of a large scene.

For night shooting, the main camera of the Redmi K50 Pro can still show excellent picture quality at the native focal length and double cropping.

Directly shoot neon lights at night, without glare or ghosting, the picture is pure, and it can truly record the color and restore the atmosphere of the light.

Thanks to the powerful ISP performance of the Dimensity 9000, the shooting speed of the night scene mode is also very fast, and the photo is completed in less than 2 seconds. Combined with OIS anti-shake, there is no need to worry about the blurred photos caused by handshakes at night.

Shooting red bricks and plants at night is not a small challenge for mobile phones, and the gap between low-end and high-end machines will be reflected here.

The Redmi K50 Pro does not have excessive sharpening and brightening, which ensures the atmosphere of the night light, and the resolution is also very strong. It definitely has the quality of the flagship main camera.

In terms of photography, the performance of the Redmi K50 Pro has subverted the previous perception of the HM2 as the main camera.

Mobile phone photography is a comprehensive system engineering, not a single CMOS can decide everything. Dimensity 9000’s powerful ISP + mature algorithm + high-quality lens module + OIS anti-shake, the whole system cooperates, only the HM2 is so amazing Performance.

Of course, the current algorithm still needs to be further optimized. Sometimes the photos taken in the night scene mode will show a state of high sharpness + high contrast, and I hope to be further improved in the official version.

Battery

The Redmi K50 Pro is equipped with a large 5000mAh battery, which is currently one of the fastest charging and the largest battery among similar mobile phones.

We used the battery dog ​​APP to continuously run 3D games, videos, web browsing, and other scenarios to test its battery life. The final result was 7 hours and 23 minutes, which is nearly longer than many flagships equipped with Snapdragon 8 and LTPO technology. An hour or so.

In addition, the Redmi K50 Pro supports 120W fairy flash charging, and the official data is that it only takes 19 minutes to fully charge.

During the actual measurement, the speed was slightly slower due to the bright screen, but it was also controlled within 24 minutes.

As can be seen from the charging curve, the Redmi K50 Pro can be charged to 35% in 5 minutes and 55% in 10 minutes. Usually charging for a while before going out is enough for most of the day to use.

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Verdict

Screen, charging and performance are classic upgrades for the Redmi K series, and each generation of improvement revolves around them.

And this time, the surprise is even bigger. It is upgraded to Samsung 2K direct screen, the fastest fast charging and large battery, and the God U of Dimensity 9000 blessing, the three upgrades are a big surprise on any machine. , while the Redmi K50 Pro has everything, so you can be fully satisfied at one time.

From Samsung 1080P to Samsung 2K, not only the Redmi K50 Pro but the whole series is equipped. The Redmi K50 series can be said to officially open the prelude to the popularization of the 2K direct screen.

The display quality of this screen is not inferior to the flagship, and there is no need to worry about the edge distortion of the curved screen. I believe that starting from it, there will be more high-quality straight screens to prevent blindly following the trend of curved screens.

The combination of 120W super fast charge and 5000mAh also breaks the tangle of choosing between fast charge and large battery in the past.

The Redmi K50 Pro can be fully revived in as little as 20 minutes, and the battery life is longer than other mobile phones with the same charging speed. With it, your battery anxiety will be swept away even more. ·

Performance is definitely the biggest highlight of the Redmi K50 Pro. The strength of Dimensity 9000 is not only reflected in the running points, but also in the game.

Under the optimization of Redmi, the Redmi K50 Pro not only achieves the stable frame rate of “Yuan Shen”, but also ensures that the heat generation is small enough. At the end of the test, the temperature of the back cover of 41°C can only be guaranteed to be the same when the Snapdragon 8 flagship is replaced by frame insertion.

In the stress test of continuous running points, the performance of the Redmi K50 Pro is also more stable, and the performance loss with temperature is smaller. You don’t have to worry about the performance of the phone in your hand will change drastically in the not-too-distant summer.

The improvement of the image can be regarded as an unexpected joy. Although it is the same main camera, the supporting lenses and chips are very different.

The performance of the HM2 main camera of the Redmi K50 Pro refreshed my impression of this chip. The camera is fast and stable, and the image quality is stable no matter what the weather. Although it is a bit buggy, it does not hide the flaws. I believe that with further optimization, its performance will be improved to a higher level.

Although it lacks an LTPO technology that is standard today, it’s very weak absence, does not prevent me from considering the Redmi K50 Pro as almighty.

In performance, image, screen, charging and other places that are closely related to our daily life, Redmi K50 Pro has done its best, especially with the blessing of Dimensity 9000, the daily experience maybe even better.

A year ago, the Redmi K40 achieved a full flagship and even defended its title as a flagship welder. Today, the Redmi K50 Pro has once again sounded the horn of a comprehensive impact on the flagship, but this time the stacking is more aggressive, the configuration without compromise, and even 512GB of large storage is given.

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