At the launch event of the Redmi K30 series, all the eyes were catalyzed on the Redmi K30 5G due to its new Snapdragon 765G and its 5G capabilities. But Xiaomi also announced another device: the vanilla Redmi K30. It is not a 5G phone and it is nothing we did not already see in the past in terms of specs, but it will carry an incredibly affordable price. That is why we decided to compare it with the most important value for money smartphones released in the recent period. We chose the Realme X2 and the Huawei Nova 6 SE for an amazing value for money comparison between smartphones sold for less than €300.
|Xiaomi Redmi K30||Oppo Realme X2||Huawei Nova 6 SE|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||165.3 x 76.6 x 8.8 mm, 208 grams||158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 mm, 182 grams||159.2 x 76.3 x 8.7 mm, 183 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), 395 ppi, IPS LCD||6.4 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 403 ppi, Super AMOLED||6.4 inches, 1080 x 2310p (Full HD+), 398 ppi, LTPS IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, octa-core 2.2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, octa-core 2.2 GHz||Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 810, octa-core 2.27 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – micro SD slot||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – micro SD dedicated slot||8 GB RAM, 256 GB – nano memory card slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 10, MIUI||Android 9 Pie, Color OS||Android 10, EMUI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS|
|CAMERA||Quad 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP f/1.9, f/2.2, f/2.4 and f/2.4|
Dual 20 + 2 MP f/2.2 and f/2.4 front camera
|Quad 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.3, f/2.4 and f/2.4|
32 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Quad 48 + 8 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.4, f/2.4 and f/2.4|
16 MP f/2.0 front camera
|BATTERY||4500 mAh, fast charging 27W||4000 mAh, fast charging 30W||4200 mAh, fast charging 40W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Hybrid Dual SIM slot|
Redmi K30 and Huawei Nova 6 SE offer a slightly more attractive design because they have punch-hole displays. The former has two holes for a dual front camera, while the latter has just a single hole in the display, so a more beautiful front panel. I personally prefer the Huawei Nova 6 SE due to its cleaner design and its more compact dimensions, but it is all a question of tastes. While Realme X2 has a classic waterdrop notch, on the other hand, it offers a definitely interesting rear side with reflective glass and suggestive color variants. Which would you go for?
Not a lot of people would easily think that in 2019 the best display of this comparison is an IPS panel. But it is exactly what we are trying to tell you: the Redmi K30 has an IPS panel, but it also comes with some technologies making it better than the AMOLED display found on the Realme X2. Unlike the X2, Redmi K30 supports the HDR standard and it is even the only affordable phone to offer a 120 Hz refresh rate. So it provides smooth user experience and even richer image quality. Even Huawei Nova 6 SE has an IPS panel, but in this case, you get a classic midrange display with nothing special to offer.
Specs & Software
The performance kings here are both Redmi K30 and Realme X2. Both are fueled by the Snapdragon 730G chipset paired with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of fast UFS 2.1 internal storage. But there is a small difference: Realme X2 is the only with a dedicated micro SD slot allowing to use both dual SIM and micro SD at the same time. On the other hand, Realme X2 is the only which still runs Android 9 Pie, while Redmi K30 and Huawei Nova 6 SE come with Android 10 out of the box. That is why Redmi K30 is slightly more interesting.
When it comes to cameras, Huawei Nova 6 SE is the inferior one, while Redmi K30 and Realme X2 are almost at the same level. Both are equipped with a 64 MP quad camera including an ultrawide sensor, a dedicated macro camera, and a depth sensor. And both shoot pretty nice photos but they are not real camera phones. The main difference regards the front cameras: Realme X2 has a single 32 MP sensor, while Redmi K30 has a dual front camera with 20 and 2 MP resolution, including a depth sensor.
The bigger 4500 mAh battery on the Redmi K30 will most likely allow him to last more on a single charge. But Huawei Nova 6 SE is not so distant with its 4200 mAh unit and it offers a much faster charging technology with a 40W power.
Redmi K30 starts from about €210/$233 in China, Realme X2 starts from €230/$255, and Huawei Nova 6 SE from €280/$311. At the end of the day, I would not choose the Huawei Nova 6 SE because I define Redmi K30 and Realme X2 two devices with a higher value for money. Redmi K30 is the most interesting because of its better display and probably longer battery life.
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Xiaomi Redmi K30 vs Oppo Realme X2 vs Huawei Nova 6 SE: PROs and CONS
Xiaomi Redmi K30
- Great performance
- 120 Hz display
- Punch-hole design
- Bigger battery
- Dual front camera
- Android 10
- Nothing particular
- Amazing performance
- Great front camera
- Micro SD dedicated slot
- Dolby Atmos
- Nothing particular
Huawei Nova 6 SE
- Very fast charging
- Single punch-hole display
- Android 10
- Worse cameras