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Redmi K20 Pro was nothing but rumor until right after the announcement of the OnePlus 7Pro. As soon as that happened, the VP of Xiaomi posted a tweet implying that while OnePlus had just released a flagship, Xiaomi was about to drop a flagship killer 2.0. The implication is in the same way the OnePlus has referred to their phones as flagship killers by offering similar specs to much more expensive phones. Redmi has pulled the same move on OnePlus. The K20 Pro spec-wise sits somewhere in between the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7Pro but in terms of price it even makes the base standard OnePlus 7 look expensive. The cost of K20 pro will be around 25K INR. So even if this ends up being 30K INR when we see it on the mass market, there’s a definite price gap.
So where is the compromise on K20 Pro?
It’s certainly not on the body of the phone. The K20 Pro is surrounded by 3D curved glass. And the design itself is inspired by fire. The way it looks depends massively on the lighting condition you see it in. In broad daylight, it glistens in its trippy multicolor way. But move out of the light, and it becomes a subtler and little bit less polarizing than it looks in official renders. There’s a definite illusion of depth. And it doesn’t look as cheap as it might. The pop selfie camera has LED light built into it, and it also allows the ring on top to double as a notification LED. It does restrict what angles you can actually see it from, but it’s better than not having one. And yeah phone has a headphone jack.
Now in a lot of ways, this device is a very direct competitor to OnePlus 7Pro. Both have an identical large 4000mAh battery with the capability to charge at almost smiler rate. They also both equipped with really good optical in-display fingerprint scanners although OnePlus’s on average is a fraction faster.
The camera arrangement looks quite smilier to both. You have a pop-up selfie camera and a verticle camera set up on the rear with one primary camera (48MP), one ultra-wide and one telephoto lens. But, OnePlus did a great job with the speed of the pop-up camera.
There’s a pretty reasonable time when opening on the Redmi although closing it is better. In terms of selfies, it’s okay, and rear camera shots look a little bit washed out in Redmi. They’ve added a mini-panorama feature that lets you quickly tilt your phone around and capture a much wider selfie.
Almost simulating having an ultra-wide lens, it is super simple but super effective. As for the primary camera on the back is a 48 MP sensor and you get decent photos in the bright light but if you move to the extream scenario, the camera struggle a lot. But for the price they’ve knocked it out the park.
The K20 Pro also has a 2X telephoto camera, and it’s serviceable it just won’t look great if you want to zoom further than that digitally. Then there’s the ultra-wide which has an entirely different story.
It’s got a mega field of view making objects that are pretty close to you look distant. When it comes to the video, this is where generally corners are cut, but in this case, you can still record 4k at up to 60FPS. Night mode is definiatly on the noisy side, but this could fix with future software updates.
Redmi K20 Pro has no wireless charging, no IP rating, and no micro SD card support also The K20 pro’s base model starts with 64 Gb internal storage. The other thing that needs to keep in mind is the haptic engine of the phone is pretty meh; you’ll notice it while typing but for most people its subtle point.
When it comes to Display, the K20 Pro checks quite a few boxes.
It is completely uninterrupted across the front of the phone. It’s reasonably bright, and it’s punchy, thanks to AMOLED tech as a cherry on top it also supports hardware DC dimming which for some people when your display is on the lower level of brightness it can help you to reduce eye strain.
The Redmi K20 Pro is so right in so many ways that a lot of the times it doesn’t even register how cheap it is. It is using gorilla glass 5, so not the absolute latest and greatest. Worth noting is the audio is a little bit muffled compared to some of its speaker counterparts. In fact, a lot of those phones use the earpiece just to handle higher frequencies, and because this phone doesn’t do that, it’s overall pitch is a little lower. The phone is powerful. And in many regions, it will be the cheapest Snapdragon 855 smartphone money can buy and it combines with eight layered cooling systems, and the thermals on this phone are good.
Anututu Benchmark of K20 Pro is nearly 370000, which should tell you most of what you need to know about performance but in case if it needs clarifying, yes it’s really snappy.
The software in Redmi K20 Pro
MI UI 10 is no match for this kind of hardware. Every animation feels fast and unintrusive, and I really like the visuals overhaul compared to the MIUI 9. The navigation gestures here are some of the most accessible and most intuitive, and it’s great to see the phones Android Q beta built has already been released.
The K20 Pro launch date is 17th July 2019.
Redmi K20 Pro Specifications
- >Body: Aluminum
- >Display: 6.39″ AMOLED, notch-free, 2,340×1,080px resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 402ppi; HDR 10 and DCI-P3 compliant. frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front, glass back.
- >Triple rear camera: Wide – 48MP f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm pixel size, PDAF; Telephoto – 8MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm pixel size, 2x zoom; Ultra-wide – 13MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm pixel size; 2160p@30fps.
- >Front camera: Motorized pop-up 20MP, 0.8µm pixel size, f/2.2; 1080p/30fps video recording; drop detection.
- >OS: Android 9 Pie; MIUI 10.
- >Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485) , Adreno 640 GPU.
- >Memory: 6GB OR 8gb of RAM; 64/128GB storage.
- >Battery: 4,000mAh Li-Po (sealed); 18W fast charging QUICK CHRGE 4+.
- >Misc: Under-display fingerprint reader; single down-firing speaker; 3.5mm jack