Xiaomi has hyped up the Redmi K20 Pro as the flagship killer 2.0 soon after the OnePlus 7 was launched. In reality, we already knew the specifications of this device, even before it was launched. It is already launched as the Mi 9T in other countries and has finally made way to India as the Redmi K20 Pro. But does this device hold up to all hype and attention that it has been getting for a while? Let’s have a look at Redmi K20 Pro pros, cons and review, as finally after it’s launch we can see what it is all about.
Redmi K20 Pro PROS
Big AMOLED Display:
The AMOLED display is always considered better than an IPS panel due to its high contrast level. Also colours on an AMOLED pop out more accurately and lively than an IPS panel. The MIUI dark mode an AMOLED panel looks amazing on this device. Viewing high-quality content on the go on this device is a treat. The colours are vivid, sharp and true to life. On top of it, it is a bezel-less implementation, so there is no notch or weird punch hole cutouts. Xiaomi opted for a pop-up selfie camera to achieve a screen to body ratio of above 90%.
Xiaomi also included a feature called Ambient Display, which is exactly similar to what Samsung does with their always-on display feature. Even under direct sunlight, everything on the screen was decently visible.
There have been some talks recently about this Device’s multi-touch functionality, especially when there are three fingers on the display. In reality, though, this is not something new as other devices with AMOLED displays also suffer from this same issue. However, this issue comes into focus only when the device is placed on a flat and not held by hand. Multi-touch comes into the picture only during gaming, and no one is going to play any game placing the device flat on a surface. Even if someone does so, the issue is so little that one might not even realize it.
So overall, in terms of display, this sits as one of the best ones out there on a smartphone, even better than a few priced much higher than this.
Design And Build:
Redmi K20 Pro features a glass sandwich design with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both sides. The design on hand looks amazing, especially the Glacier Blue variant. Yes, there are three colour variants here, Flame Red, Glacier Blue and the clean and sophisticated looking Carbon Black. The Blue and Red patterns on the rear side sure catches a lot of attention, but even the simple all-black design on the Carbon Black makes it look like an absolute premium device.
So all boxes checked as far as the design is concerned for the Redmi K20 Pro but what about the build quality. Questions are often raised when there is pop-up selfie camera involved but Xiaomi says they have tested the Pop-up camera 300,000 times, which speaks for itself. It can auto-detect falls and the camera pops back in to protect itself on its own. Plus the notification led on top of the selfie camera, adds a good touch to the overall design of the device. It is a sturdily built device with water resistance against accidental splashes.
You get the top of the line Snapdragon 855 with the Redmi K20 Pro, which can handle anything you throw at it with ease. This device sits on the list of one of the fastest devices on the market, and gaming on this phone is an absolute treat with that full notch-less display. The 7nm built Snapdragon 855 SoC, with Adreno 640 and UFS 2.1 storage makes it snappy, not only in gaming but any other performance-intensive tasks too.
Xiaomi also claims to have an 8 layer graphite cooling system, which in reality keeps the phone temperature low in normal room temperature. However, it will heat up a bit if used outdoors under direct sunlight, which is a given for any device out there as no cooling mechanism can deal with such kind of atmospheric heat. Overall though, if you are looking for a powerful device for long term usage, this ticks that box.
Battery capacity on K20 Pro, much like other Redmi devices sits at 4000 mAh, but together with MIUI, it should equivalent to something even better than a normal 4000 mAh battery. MIUI is good with battery optimization, and 7nm architecture built of the Snapdragon 855 make it a less power-consuming device overall. Also, it supports 27W fast charging, so if you can get your hands on such a charging brick, then you will be amazed by the charging speed. Out of the box, Xiaomi provides 18W fast charging adapter, whose charging speed sits just below Oneplus’s normal dash charge. Xiaomi claims the device goes from 10 to 60 percent in just 30 min, which should be more than enough to get a quick top-up.
We see a triple-lens setup at the back here, which is something OnePlus 7 Pro or the Asus 6Z could have done too. You get the standard 48MP primary shooter with a 13MP wide-angle camera and an 8MP telephoto shooter. The 48MP lens here produces 12MP images but also retains the capacity to capture a 48MP picture, which is not a necessity in normal conditions. If you are looking to print a billboard though, then this will come in handy. The wide-angle shooter loses out on a bit of quality here as compared to the 48MP primary lens, but the 124 FOV more than makes up for it. Portrait shots shot on the 8MP shooter come out quite good, with proper edge detection that many phones with this price tag or even higher fail to do so.
In terms of video recording, you can go as high as 4K at 60 fps, and also shoot 960 fps slow-motion videos. On the front, you get the pop-up selfie 20MP selfie camera, which does a decent job, but not one of the best out there.
Redmi K20 Pro CONS
Lack of OIS or EIS:
There is no point in providing 4k recording at 60 fps if there is not even EIS available to make up for the shaky output. Stabilization in terms of mobile video recording is nowadays a must for many. Even cheaper devices than the Redmi K20 Pro has it, but not even EIS from Xiaomi here is a deal-breaker for content creators. Hopefully, they will fix this with a software update and we will see EIS coming into play after that.
Yes, it is a true value for money device, but the Chinese variant of this device is priced much lower than the Indian variant. Most people expected a price tag of around Rs 25,000-26,000 for the base variant but Xiaomi went a bit far with the pricing set at Rs 27,999. Maybe we will see a price cut in the future soon, but as of now, this is a price tag higher than what was expected from Xiaomi.
Lack Of Expandable Storage:
There is no support for expandable storage here, as there is no micro SD slot present on the device. You can opt for the 128GB or 256GB variant, which should be more than enough to hold most of your content on your device.
Is Redmi K20 Pro Worth Buying?
Is this the best performing device under Rs 30,000 in India right now? A big YES. Sure the price could have been a bit lower considering the price of Mi 9T launched abroad, but looking at the overall package on offer, this is the best you can get for Rs 28,000 in India right now. If you are looking for an all-rounder device, which would last you a couple of years without any issues, then you can consider this device as a proper candidate. You can also install the ported google camera app on Redmi K20 Pro to use features like Night Sight, AR Stickers, Super Res Zoom etc.