Redmi K20 Pro vs OnePlus 7 Pro: Will Xiaomi Pull Another Poco Here? (Pre-Launch Comparison)

In India price does matter. We like value for money products, Apple doesn’t sell here much and Poco F1 makes a more sensible purchase than OnePlus 6T. In 2018, Xiaomi changed the flagship game completely with the cheapest Snapdragon 845 smartphone ever.

The price doesn’t qualify Poco F1 for a flagship, but the features do.

The company is again set to break a few more records with its upcoming flagship, Redmi K20 Pro.

It’s going to be an important smartphone in the Indian market for several reasons. Redmi K20 will run on Snapdragon 855, have a notch-less display, pop-up sensor, 48MP Sony sensor inside a three-camera setup, in-display fingerprint sensor and much more.

Well, if you notice carefully, these are the same features another recently launched flagship has, yes the OnePlus 7 Pro.

The company may have Robert Downey Jr to market its new flagship, but Xiaomi will kill it with price.

At least in India, it hardly matters who’s marketing the flagship they want, Robert Downey Jr or Ranveer Singh, they want value out of what they pay for.

The biggest example is Poco F1. The previous Xiaomi flagship which directly challenged OnePlus 6T.

And what happened?

OnePlus lost the top spot in the premium smartphone segment, a crown it held for over three straight quarters.

Not only that, the company was then forced to a launch a successor at a price less than the previous edition. Has anyone done that ever? Well, OnePlus was forced to. Its latest flagship OnePlus 7 was launched at Rs 32,999, which is a 6 percent cut than the OnePlus 6T launch price.

Well, it’s not over yet.

Xiaomi is again set to fire up the entry-premium market with another flagship, Redmi K20 Pro, a potential threat to OnePlus 7 Pro. Not only the Pro, but even OnePlus 7. The upcoming Redmi K20 Pro will even cost less the regular OnePlus 7 which still has the backdated features and design.

Will OnePlus 7 Pro be able to hold its spot in the market against Redmi K20 Pro?

Let’s find out.

We have a quick comparison to find out how much damage Xiaomi can do to the OnePlus 7 series with its Redmi K20.

Design & Display

Redmi K20 Pro will come with an 6.39-inch Super AMOLED notch-less display offering a screen to body ratio of 91.2 percent. It boasts a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating with an in-display fingerprint sensor beneath.

Similarly, OnePlus too has a notch-less edge to edge display. But it’s definitely better.

OnePlus 7 Pro features a 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED Quad HD+ display offering a screen resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels. The display panel has 516 PPI supporting HDR10+ certification offering one of the smoothest viewing experiences on a smartphone screen.

The display supports a refresh rate of 90Hz with an in-display fingerprint scanner embedded under.

Hardware & Storage

Both Redmi K20 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro will be powered by the current best Qualcomm flagship chip, Snapdragon 855. The SoC is built on an 7nm architecture supporting 5G technology.

The latest Qualcomm processor will couple with Adreno 640 GPU.

OnePlus 7 Pro comes with 128GB and 256GB of onboard storage and upto 6GB, 8GB or 12GB of RAM. In comparison, Redmi K20 Pro will come with 6GB RAM or 8GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage.

Software

Redmi K20 will run on the latest MIUI 10 based on top of Android 9 Pie. On the other hand, OnePlus 7 Pro runs on the latest Android 9 Pie with the new version of OxygenOS.

Both the entry-premium smartphones has priority access to the new Android Q beta program. So, you will have access to the latest Android Q out of the box.

Cameras

Coming to optics, Redmi K20 Pro will have pop-up camera on top with three cameras at the back. On the rear side, Redmi K20 Pro will come with the Sony 48MP IMX 586 primary sensor, 13MP secondary ultrawide lens and a third 8MP telephoto lens.

OnePlus 7 Pro also comes with a triple rear camera setup including the 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 primary sensor with an f/1.6 aperture supported by OIS, 8-megapixel secondary lens with an f/2.4 aperture and a tertiary 16-megapixel telephoto lens.

Up front, Redmi K20 comes with a 20MP selfie sensor inside the pop-up machine and OnePlus 7 Pro a Sony IMX 471 16-megapixel sensor.

Battery

Both Redmi K20 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro has a 4,000mAh battery. Both supports fast charging, OnePlus 7 Pro has 30W Warp Charge and Redmi K20 Pro will come with 27W fast charging technology.

Pricing

OnePlus 7 Pro starts at Rs 48,999 for the base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Interestingly, the upcoming Xiaomi flagship, the Redmi K20 Pro will cost somewhere around 25,000 rupees in the country, according to the latest rumours.

The official price is not out yet, but Redmi K20 Pro shouldn’t start at more than 30,000 bucks in India for the base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage.

Redmi K20 Pro a lot cheaper than OnePlus 7 Pro, and even the regular OnePlus 7. Given the set of specifications, OnePlus 7 Pro and Redmi K20 Pro are more or less same. The OnePlus flagship is definitely better, but only ahead by a thin margin.

Redmi K20 Pro being more affordable will affect the OnePlus 7 series badly in the entry-premium segment.

We need to wait further to see what happens for real. The Redmi K20 Pro may launch in India by the end of June.

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