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Expensive Redmi K20 and K20 Pro Disappoints Fans in India – Should You Buy?

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Expensive Redmi K20 and K20 Pro Disappoints Fans in India – Should You Buy?

Xiaomi has launched the K20 Pro and K20 in the Indian market today. There are a lot of fans that are unhappy with the pricing of K20 and K20 Pro. The consensus from the sentiment analysis is that Xiaomi has gone wrong with the pricing, and these phones are overpriced in India.

So are they priced unfairly by Xiaomi? And which one should you buy Redmi K20 or K20 Pro?

If you wish to read about all the details and features of K20 and K20 Pro (read here).

Expensive Redmi K20 and K20 Pro Disappoints Fans in India - Should You Buy?
Expensive Redmi K20 and K20 Pro Disappoints Fans in India – Should You Buy?

Significant Difference Between the K20 Pro and K20

  1. Redmi K20 uses the SD 730 and the Adreno 618 GPU, whereas the K20 Pro uses the SD 855 and Adreno 640 GPU.
  2. There is DC dimming support for the K20 Pro but is not present on the Redmi K20.
  3. The Primary cameras on the Redmi K20 use the IMX 582 Sensor whereas the K20 Pro uses the IMX 586.
  4. The K20 Pro supports 27 Watts Fast Charging, which is missing on the Redmi K20.

Flaws and Issues

  1. There is no-micro sd card slot on both the devices; you cannot expand the storage on these.
  2. It is utterly stupid to not include the 27 Watts Charger with the K20 Pro considering the price.
  3. Lack of OIS support – which is essential for better and stable videos.
  4. Youtuber MKBHD recently posted a video saying that the front camera is garbage (Watch Here). Not all but some units may have a faulty selfie camera unit. I have asked Xiaomi for clarification on Twitter.
  5. There will be more, I will report here. You can add any issues to the comments for everyone’s benefit.

Redmi K20 Pro and K20 – India Vs China Price Comparison

Models China Price India Price Price Difference
Redmi K20 (6 GB + 64 GB) CNY 1999 (Rs. 20000) 21,999 Rs. 2000
Redmi K20 (6 GB + 128GB) CNY 2099 (Rs. 21000) 23,999 Rs. 3000
Redmi K20 Pro (6GB + 128GB) CNY 2599 (Rs. 26000) 27,999 Rs. 2000
Redmi K20 Pro (8GB + 256GB) CNY 2999 (Rs. 30000) 30,999 Rs. 1000

 

Unfortunately, Mr. Manu Kumar Jain compared the price of Oneplus or the iPhone and how expensive they are in India in comparison to the US or China. He also said they are keeping the price same in India as China.

But the above table clearly states otherwise. I would not have gone at length to make (India-China) price comparison, but when you make a claim, it should better be right.

Sale Date, Offers and Discounts

You can buy both the phones from 22, July from either Flipkart, Mi.com or Mi Home stores. Buyers will get a hard case free with the purchase of both the devices.

For those buyers, who have participated in the Alpha Sale can buy the device from the respective website at 8:00 PM today (17th July 2019).

Additionally, you can get a cashback of Rs. 2,000 when buying them using the ICICI credit card.

If you can buy these in the Alpha sale with Rs. 2000 discount you are better off. But for regular buyers, at the regular price are these phones expensive and overpriced by Xiaomi?

Why are the K20 Pro and K20 Expensive?

Here are the 5 reasons why the K20 Pro and K20 cost more than previous Xiaomi phones:

  1. Use of Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 /730 (latest, more expensive processors).
  2. Super AMOLED Display Panel, instead of IPS LCD panel.
  3. Premium Metal and Glass back design.
  4. Use of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (They used CG3 in POCO F1)
  5. Pop-Up Selfie Camera Mechanism has an additional cost.
  6. Triple rear cameras instead of Dual or Single.
  7. No Ads (Confirmed By Mr. Manu Kumar Jain.)
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Xiaomi has used IPS LCD displays in the past, which costs less than the Super AMOLED display on these mobiles. Consider the case of POCO F1 and Redmi Note 7 Pro, both use an IPS LCD panel.

Are Redmi K20 and K20 Pro Overpriced?

Considering the above information, let’s first talk about the Redmi K20. If we compare the Indian price with Chinese, it is available for a premium. The price is higher by Rs. 2000 for the 64 GB storage version and Rs. 3000 higher for the 128 GB storage version.

The K20 seems to be more expensive of the lot, considering it ships with a non-flagship processor, has IMX 582 sensor and missing DC dimming.

If we consider phones like Oppo F11 Pro (available for Rs. 20,990 – 6 GB ram and 64 GB storage), the pricing doesn’t seem aggressive.

The main problem is Xiaomi in the past have delivered phones for a much lesser price, and fans have the same expectations. Xiaomi launched the Mi3, back in 2014 with a price tag of Rs. 14,999. Google Nexus 5 was selling for Rs. 28,000 and Samsung launched the S5 in India for Rs. 51,500.

Nobody really expected a Snapdragon 800 mobile for Rs. 15,000.

It is about the perception that the brand has built over the years.

We will buy a Samsung S10 for Rs. 60,000 and may not call it expensive, but a 30k Redmi mobile is expensive.

It is a lot to do with perception.

K20-Pro-Carbon-Black
K20 Pro Black Variant – Image Source Xiaomi

They launched the POCO F1 for Rs. 21,000 with the flagship processor. Moreover, there was an Rs. 1000 discount on purchase using HDFC card.

The net purchase price was Rs. 20,000. This time it is a bit hard to justify the price for K20, even after considering the upgrades.

Fans were expecting the Redmi K20 to start at Rs. 18,000 or a maximum of Rs. 20,000. The K20 Pro would have been a killer deal for Rs. 25-26k.

I also think they are overpriced by Rs. 2000 considering they come from Xiaomi, and not from Samsung, Oppo or Vivo.

But the 8 GB Ram and 256 GB version of the K20 Pro seems value for money and is rightly priced, very close to what it costs in China.

Notably, POCO F1 had some compromises like a poor LCD display and uninspiring plastic design, Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Notably, the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro have much better AMOLED panel, in-display scanner, pop-up camera, latest processors and premium glass design.

In Xiaomi’s defense, we must consider the above-mentioned upgrades.

Here is What Mr. Manu Kumar Jain Says About Overpricing of K20 and K20 Pro.

He has raised some valid points that justify the higher cost, as I have mentioned earlier.

Also, he admits the India Vs China Price difference issue in the letter. But in the presentation, they mocked the competition for the same reason, which looks bit unfair and misleading.

Should You Buy the Redmi K20 Pro or the K20?

Whether to pick up the K20 or the K20 Pro, firstly depends on your budget. The K20 Pro offers ultimate performance considering the SD 855 is way faster than the SD 730.

Also, if you plan to use the phone for 2-3 years, love gaming, and can invest money, I would recommend going for the 8 GB + 256 GB version.

On the other hand, if you need an excellent daily driver, the lower variant of the K20 seems like an obvious choice.

Also, if you are not happy with the price, I would suggest not to buy either of these. Wait for the discounts, maybe it will take a month or two, but Xiaomi will offer discounts.

There is a vast market around Rs. 15,000 price point, but above 20,000 there is lesser number of buyers. Considering pricing is disappointing; these may not be able to sell very high volumes.

Wait for it. Discounts are coming.

Other Choices and Competition

If you are interested in the K20, you can also consider the Realme X or wait for the Huawei Honor 9X which is coming with a promising Kirin 810 processor.

Moreover, Xiaomi is launching the Mi A3 soon, which may have slightly lower pricing.

If you have a budget of 30K, you must also consider the Oneplus 7 and the Asus 6Z. The most significant advantage of these phones is the near-stock Android experience.

The K20 Pro 8 GB / 256 GB is an attractive deal and worth buying, in my opinion.

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Kanuj Sharma
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