Xiaomi has launched the specs loaded and feature-rich K20 and K20 Pro in India today. The K20 is available for a starting price of Rs. 21,999 and the K20 Pro is available for Rs. 27,999, Both the mobiles will go on sale on Flipkart, Mi.com starting 24th July 2019.
The K20 and K20 Pro are both highly anticipated mobiles and come with incredible specs and highlight features.
Let’s Check Out Top Features and Specs of Redmi K20 Pro and K20:
1). Incredible Aura Prime Design
The most noticeable thing about the new K20 Pro and K20 is the Auro Prime design. The design is visually appealing and is unlike any other mobile in the market. The unique flame texture and the glass build makes both the devices look premium.
All three colors (Glacier Blue, Flame Red, Carbon Black), looks gorgeous, and it is difficult to pick up a favorite color. If you plan to use a transparent case, it will be worth to go for either the blue or the red version.
The phones are made from glass and are slippery, and it will be prudent to use them with a case.
Best Features of Redmi K20 Pro and K20
The front side is full view display, without any notches, and we get the best gaming and multimedia experience. Both the devices come with Pop-Up selfie cameras that are tested to work for 300,000 times.
So, reliability is not a big issue.
Lastly, the phones are a bit bulky, measures 8.8 mm in thickness and weigh 191 grams. Thin phones are dead!
2). Fast Processors – Snapdragon 855/Snapdragon 730
The Redmi K20 Pro comes with the Flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (7Nm) Octa-Core Processor with a clock speed of 2.84 GHz and has Adreno 640 GPU. It is the same processor as used in the Oneplus 7 Pro, Asus 6Z or the Oneplus 7.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 offers unparalleled performance in gaming and day to day tasks and has an insane Antutu Score of 384,230.
K20 Pro is Powered By Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
On the other hand, the Redmi K20 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 (8 Nm) Octa-Core Processor with a maximum clock speed of 2.2 GHz. The Snapdragon 730 scores 218,625 on the Antutu benchmark.
Notably, the Snapdragon 730 is 40% faster than the SD 710 used in the Realme 10 (Antutu Score 156,000) but is about 76% slower than the Snapdragon 855.
There is 6 GB or 8 GB of DDR4 Ram to ensure your mobile is lag-free even after opening several Apps simultaneously.
3). Monster GPU for Gaming (Adreno 640 & Adreno 618)
There is Adreno 640 on the K20 Pro and the Adreno 618 on the Redmi K20, and both are excellent when it comes to handling games. You can easily play high-end games such as PUBG or Fortnite on these phones at high or ultra settings.
The SD 855 (Adreno 640) gives you the best performance, can max out the latest games with ease. Both processors are energy efficient and made from the latest 7Nm/8Nm manufacturing process, so there is no need to worry about excessive heating.
4). Triple Rear Cameras & 20MP Pop-Up Front Selfie Camera
Triple cameras are in fashion, and every mobile manufacturer is added these to latest offerings. Both the mobiles come with the nearly similar camera setup.
The primary camera on the Redmi K20 uses the tried and test 48MP SonyIMX 586 sensor and has f/1.75 aperture lens that is good for both daylight and night time photography.
The secondary camera comes with a 13 Megapixel resolution and has a 124-degree wide-angle lens that can help you click better landscape shots. The third lens is an 8 MP shooter (Telephoto lens with 2X Optical Zoom) with f/2.4 aperture that helps in improving portrait images.
Notably, the primary sensor on the Redmi K20 is the Sony IMX 582 instead of the IMX 586 on the pro-version. There is not going to be a considerable change in terms of the visual quality of images, but we can expect some differences.
If you love making videos, you can record 4K-60FPS videos or even try out the 960 FPS slow motion.
Additionally, there is a nifty post-AI processing feature that allows you to change the lighting in your image post clicking.
Lastly, for selfies, we have got the stylish pop-up selfie camera with 20-megapixel resolution.
Cameras on this phone are superb! Check Samples from Sony IMX 586 used in the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
5). MIUI 10 and Android Pie 9.0
The phone comes with the MIUI 10 and also has the Android Pie 9.0. Moreover, Xiaomi has said that these devices are first in line to get the Android Q Beta from the company.
Apart from the silly Ads, MIUI 10 offers fluid experience.
6). 4000mAH Battery Capacity and 18 Watts Fast Charging
Both the mobiles come with 4000 mAH capacity battery, which is more than sufficient to last all day. Besides, there is an 18 Watts Charger which comes inside the box of both phones.
The Redmi K20 Pro even supports 27 Watts Fast Charging, and you can buy a 27 Watts charger separately for Rs. 1000 from Xiaomi India.
Now, this looks utterly stupid. Xiaomi should have bundled the 27 Watts charger with the K20 Pro, to avoid an unnecessary purchase.
7). 6.39 inch FHD+ AMOLED Display with HDR Support
There is a 6.39 inch Full HD+ AMOLED display which comes with vibrant colors, decent viewing angles and has the maximum brightness of 600 Nits.
The display has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, thanks to the pop-up camera. The AMOLED panel is definitely superior to the IPS LCD panel used on phones like Asus 6Z. Moreover, both the front and rear side is protected using Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Further, it boasts of a 92% screen to body ratio, which makes the viewing experience even better.
What’s more, Xiaomi says the phone comes with the HDR support and also has the Widevine L1 certifications to ensure you can watch HD content on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
They have learned the lesson from POCO F1.
The K20 Pro also comes with the DC dimming feature, which reduces the flickering of the display at the low brightness levels. Sorry K20 buyers you don’t get this.
8). 7th Gen In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
Xiaomi has a seventh-generation in-display fingerprint scanner which allegedly works faster and unlocks the device swiftly.
The disadvantage of Pop-Up cameras is that you miss on the fast face unlocking experience.
9.) 3.5 mm headphone Jack & Superior Audio
Xiaomi is still keeping the 3.5 mm headphone jack alive, and both devices come with it.
They have yet to stoop down to greedy money-making tactics of Apple and Oneplus, by selling expensive wireless headphones.
Ohh if we remember, Xiaomi tried this with the Xiaomi Mi A2. A royale failure.
10). Splash Proof (P2i Rating), NFC and USB Type C Port
The Redmi K20 Pro and K20 are splash-proof and comes with the P2i rating. They are not waterproof but can handle a bit of splash. Also, the phones come with advanced connectivity options such as Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C Port, and Dual VOLTE.
11). Bonus Feature – No Ads for K20 and K20 Pro
For the uninitiated, Xiaomi shows some Ads in all its mobiles sold in India to make money. But in the case of K20 and K20 Pro, Xiaomi has decided that they will not show Ads.
The announcement has come later in the evening after the launch, probably due to the back-lash, that the company received due to the higher pricing of K20.
So, these were the top 11 features of the newly launched Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro and K20.
Share in Comments What You liked the Most in the New K Series from Xiaomi.
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).
Significant Difference Between the K20 Pro and K20
- Redmi K20 uses the SD 730 and the Adreno 618 GPU, whereas the K20 Pro uses the SD 855 and Adreno 640 GPU.
- There is DC dimming support for the K20 Pro but is not present on the Redmi K20.
- The Primary cameras on the Redmi K20 use the IMX 582 Sensor whereas the K20 Pro uses the IMX 586.
- The K20 Pro supports 27 Watts Fast Charging, which is missing on the Redmi K20.
Flaws and Issues
- There is no-micro sd card slot on both the devices; you cannot expand the storage on these.
- It is utterly stupid to not include the 27 Watts Charger with the K20 Pro considering the price.
- Lack of OIS support – which is essential for better and stable videos.
- 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.
- 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:
- Use of Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 /730 (latest, more expensive processors).
- Super AMOLED Display Panel, instead of IPS LCD panel.
- Premium Metal and Glass back design.
- Use of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (They used CG3 in POCO F1)
- Pop-Up Selfie Camera Mechanism has an additional cost.
- Triple rear cameras instead of Dual or Single.
- No Ads (Confirmed By Mr. Manu Kumar Jain.)
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.
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 a lesser number of buyers. Considering pricing is disappointing; these may not be able to sell very high volumes.
Moreover, Xiaomi is planning to launch the new Redmi K30 and K30 Pro Soon.
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.
The K20 Pro 8 GB / 256 GB is an attractive deal and worth buying, in my opinion.