Redmi K40 series was a sixer in the field of smartphones. To celebrate its success, a special Redmi K40 Bruce Lee-Gaming Edition is introduced. It is Redmi’s first gaming smartphone-A lighter and great performance Redmi gaming phone. This k40 variant includes all the better features of the Redmi K40, complements its shortcoming with an added advantage of gaming. Its unique yellow color with a black strip looks amazing and helps you stand out in the crowd. Let’s get into the detailed review of Redmi K40 Gaming Edition Bruce lee!
Xiaomi Redmi K40 Gaming Edition Bruce Lee Review-Design
We all have seen extra thick and heavy gaming phones. The Redmi k40 gaming smartphone is 8.3mm thick and 205g in weight. Although this phone is not as thin as non-gaming phones but indeed lighter and thinner than other gaming smartphones. It is made up of metal with a glass back panel instead of plastic found in Redmi K40. So, its quality is much better than Realme GT Neo and Redmi K40.
Moreover, its back is less flashy, the lens does not protrude much and the camera panel is placed on the top left corner of the phone. To give a stunning look the words Freezing and Speediest are imprint on the side of the lens. The company ensures you that this phone won’t dissipate extra heat while playing and gives you a speedy experience.
You can see two RGB lights around the lens that flicker when you receive a message, notifications while playing, and on charging. Along with this, you can see a small design of lightning that shows that the phone’s 5065mAh battery is full of power. There is also an NFC antenna beside this lightning design.
Redmi K40 Gaming Edition Bruce Lee Review-Display
The Redmi K40 has a 6.67 inch OLED screen with a 120Hz FHD+ display. Unlike other gaming phones, it houses a Media Tek Dimensity 1200 chipset with 2400×1080 pixels resolution. Its bottom bar is narrow with flexible COP packaging.
The frame of the K40 Bruce Lee edition is upgraded to give an amazing gaming experience. On the left side, you will find a fingerprint power button as well as a pair of physical shoulder buttons. This gives a feeling of playing games on a comfortable hand-held gaming console.
Xiaomi K40 Bruce Lee Edition Specs and Gaming Performance
For enhancing the gaming experience of the users, there are microphones at the bottom, top, and right side of the device. Also, there are eight antennas to minimize sound blockage. The company has printed a logo ‘JBL’ for the sound, which means Redmi has collaborated with JBL for audio equipment and improving tune performance of the K40 Bruce lee edition. A negative point that we found is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack in this mobile phone.
The K40 gaming edition is pre-installed with MIUI 12.5 version that shows enhance performance. With the optimized version, we get the smoother performance of applications, and even with special super wallpapers power consumption is minimized to 40 percent.
No doubt, the cooling fans are not present but there is a new material such as a combination of graphene, graphite, and a vapor chamber to cool up the antenna without minimizing performance. The physical pop-up switch that we have seen in the Black Shark 4 mobile is comfortable and satisfying even more than the touch shoulder button. You can switch on this trigger button to enter into the game space. Unfortunately, we cannot customize it for other shortcuts.
For playing games, you can change the setting to smooth graphics. In this way, you can play PUBG or Call of duty mobile, and other best mobile games at a 90fps frame rate. In contrast to this, Realme GT Neo offers an HDR extreme graphics frame rate.
While playing, the Redmi K40 gaming edition feels much hotter because of its metal frame. The temperature rises to 49 degrees celsius at the back and 50 degrees celsius at the front when the room temperature at the testing side was 22 degrees celsius.
In short, we can say that our gaming experience with the Redmi K40 Bruce Lee edition was not outstanding but yet acceptable.
To cut the long story short, with all the pros and cons, the Redmi K40 Bruce Lee edition finds its way to the best gaming smartphones list.
Xiaomi K40 Gaming Edition Bruce Lee Review-Camera Performance
Mostly gaming-specific mobile phones lack focus on camera but this is the opposite in the case of the K40 Gaming edition. You will get a 64MP primary camera with an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro lens. On the other hand, there is a 12MP selfie shooter. The main camera support 0.7 micrometer single pixel and four in one-pixel technology. This technology greatly enhances the quality of images clicked by the main camera. The colors are brighter and vibrant with outstanding daytime performance and a higher dynamic range.
Unfortunately, the ultrawide lens picture color is dull than the main camera with increase ultra-wide-angle noise. To improve the quality you should turn on the HDR mode manually. The macro lens is also ordinary. A good thing is that it captures outstanding videos. You get 4K 30 fps with the main camera and up to 1080P 30 fps with an ultra-wide lens.
If you are a photography geek even this phone would suffice your needs and can be one of the best camera smartphones on the budget.
Redmi K40 Gaming Edition Bruce Lee Review-Battery
On unboxing, the mecha style box you will get a charger and a charging cable. Unlike the usual white charger, this one is yellow and black with L shaped charging head which makes it easy to charge while gaming. This 67W charger is smaller than found in Mi 11 Ultra and fully juices up your mobile in just 43 minutes. The Redmi k40 houses a 5065mAh large battery.
On testing, its battery drained 4% when we used TikTok for 30 minutes, another 30 minutes of 1080 P video drained 55 battery, half-hour greenish impact game drained 20 percent. PUBG play session drained 9 percent of the battery and for 20 minutes Briteridge consumed 13 percent of the battery. This shows its large battery will need a charge after multiple long sessions of activities.
Redmi K40 Gaming Edition Review-Performance
The bruce lee edition has a high-end processor and amazing graphics. It runs on the latest Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 that improves performance and lowers power consumption. It is the second gaming mobile phone that packs Media Tek that is 6nm flagship 1200 Dimensity.
Similar to the snapdragon 870, its CPU score a single core 830 and multi-core 2994 on Geekbench 5 test. Also, its GPU score 4107 points like that of snapdragon 865 on the 3DMark Wild Life benchmark. On a high-intensity stress test, it showed amazing 98.7 percent performance and heat stability even when the mobile phone reached 50 degrees Celsius temperature. This shows that Redmi has never compromised on performance.
In the AnTuTu test, bruce Lee’s edition scores 696321 points, which is lower than that of the K40 regular variant but higher than the snapdragon 865+.
After 30 minutes of playing, the phone does not show stuttering even at 90 frames and the temperature rises to 41 degrees Celsius. At two hours of play, the battery was 55 percent that shows a good battery performance.
Although the chipset performed well, can we include it in the best performance phone category? and the answer is no. reason can be read in our best processor smartphones article.
Redmi K40 Bruce Lee Edition – Cons
We have listed many pros and great features of the Redmi k40 bruce lee edition, but there are some cons that cannot be denied.
The K40 gaming edition does not pack a headphone jack which is a negative aspect, and it also does not support wireless charging. We get multiple RAM options such as 6 GB, 8 GB, and 12 GB of RAM with 128GB and 256GB storage capacity but if you want to increase the storage you won’t get an SD card option. A good part is that its UFS 3.1 storage type offers easy transfer of data.
Moreover, it does not give you the advantage of FM radio if you like to use one and packs a nonremovable battery. It also doesn’t offer a temperature sensor. GMS (Google Mobile Services) cannot be installed so google apps may not run on this phone from Mi Apps. Since this phone is only released in China so Google play services are not installed. Any units that are shipped outside may have the services. But do check it before you buy outside China.
Redmi K40 Gaming Phone Price
Its price range is different as per the RAM and storage options:
- 6GB + 128 GB price is 1999 yuan or 466.99$
- 8GB + 128 price is 2199 yuan or 516.99$
- 8GB + 256GB sells for 2399 yuan
- 12GB +128 GB is available at 2399 yuan or 545.99$
- 12GB +256GB sells for 2699 yuan or 619.99$
The Redmi K40 gaming edition is available at a cheaper price with Media Tek Dimensity. Its physical triggers made it a comfortable gaming console and gives you a real feel. It has some unique cooling equipment other than fans, also it gives good results with gaming.
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