Xiaomi usually confines itself to the under Rs. 20,000 segment, but is also known to sporadically test its luck in the higher price bracket. The recently launched Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro are phones that might finally help the brand break free from the shackles of being viewed as a budget brand and stick as a brand that people won’t just admire for delivering high value-for-money but would be willing to buy even in the higher mid-range segment.
In the typical Xiaomi fashion, the K20 Pro has a very appealing spec-sheet. Xiaomi goes beyond specs and addresses all aspects, including the design. But is the practical experience good enough? Is Xiaomi finally ready to take on phones like OnePlus 7 and Asus 6Z in India? Let’s discuss in our Redmi K20 Pro review.
Xiaomi K20 Pro Price and Specs
|Model||Xiaomi K20 Pro|
|Display||6.39-inch, Full HD+, AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 855|
|Storage||128GB/ 256GB, No MicroSD card support|
|Software||Android Pie-based MIUI 10|
|Rear camera||48MP primary + 13MP wide-angle + 8MP telephoto|
|Battery||4000mAh, 27W fast charging support|
|Price||Rs. 27,999/ Rs. 30,999|
Design and Build
In line with the modern design conventions, the Redmi K20 Pro has a premium glass body and it differentiates itself using unique, stirring gradients on the back. The front camera is accommodated in a pop-up module, thus facilitating a true and immersive full-view fascia.
Showing disposition towards symmetry, all four cameras and branding are positioned along the central axis. The red accent on the power button is a nice touch.
The phone thankfully retains the audio jack and has a USB Type-C port for charging. The notification LED has been weirdly positioned on the pop-up module, which almost defeats the purpose of having one since it will be kept in such a position that it is hardly visible most of the times.
The phone is not particularly slim or light, but the weight is well balanced and if you are not particularly attached to small phones, the odds are that you’d like the way the Redmi K20 Pro looks and feels. It is undoubtedly one of the best-looking smartphones in the market.
Display and Unlock
The Redmi K20 Pro employs a good quality 6.39-inch AMOLED display that does complete justice to the immersive experience the full-view design is meant to offer. The colors are vivid, contrast is high, and blacks are awesome.
Auto-Brightness works fine and we didn’t face any issues using the screen outdoors under direct sunlight. We are quite happy with the default calibration, but the MIUI has options to tweak color temperature and hues to suit specific individual needs.
For convenient unlocking, the Redmi K20 Pro has a front-mounted in-display fingerprint sensor. The sensor is mostly consistent and can authenticate and unlock the phone quickly. The face unlock, however, isn’t all that convenient and that’s because it’s a two-step process and quite slow.
Performance and Software
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 855 paired with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Naturally, the configuration is powerful enough to drive all heavy-duty Android games, not to mention regular day-to-day usage. And in our experience, the Redmi K20 Pro manages heat very well and can sustainably handle small to medium gaming sessions without any botheration.
We felt that the thermal throttling is bit aggressive on the device and games like PUBG Mobile started to lag after 2-3 games/ 50-60 mins of gaming. This ensures that the temperatures are well under control but unless you are in AC room or hill station you have to wait for the device to cool down or shift to lower graphic settings in order to enjoy the game at full 60fps.
If that’s kind of an overkill for your needs, you can always consider the K20, that’s powered by the second tier Snapdragon 730, and save some money. The two phones are similar in all other aspects.
The software on the handset is Android-pie based MIUI 10 and it comes running Poco launcher out of the box. Xiaomi recently stated that it won’t be pushing ads to its premium K20-series phones. The MIUI 10 is a feature-rich, mature and familiar interface by now. It might not be our personal favourite, but we don’t have any reason to complain either. If you are in India, chances are that you already know what you are getting into.
The audio output via mono speaker and via headphones is decent. The Redmi K20 Pro supports Dual 4G VoLTE and we didn’t face any issues with call quality in our testing.
Camera and Battery
The K20 Pro has a 48MP primary camera, accompanied by an 8MP telephoto lens and a 13MP wide-angle shooter.
The primary camera can capture vivid details and the software is more inclined to churn out pleasant than accurate shots, which we guess, is fine. Autofocus is mostly snappy, and the K20 Pro is smart enough to handle tricky lighting and night shots.
The Zoom camera and the wide-angle shooters aren’t particularly impressive and are mostly there to complete the troika. Anyways, for the price you are paying, the camera performance is perfectly adequate.
The 20MP motorized pop-up front camera does a fine job too.
The 4000mAh battery capacity should prove beefy enough for all classes of users. The handset supports 27W fast charging, but you’d only get an 18W fast charger in the box. The battery mileage has never been an issue on Xiaomi phones, and the K20 Pro doesn’t disappoint either.
The Redmi K20 Pro is the most affordable Snapdragon 855 phone and delivers exceptional value for your money. The handset has that flagship finesse that has been missing from all Xiaomi phones in India till date, including the last years’ affordable flagship Poco F1. The Redmi K20 Pro has some minor flaws, but this is surely a phone we can recommend.