Realme X Vs Redmi K20: What’s Common, Better & Different? [Deep, Strategic Comparison]
Realme X is finally here, and it will soon be challenging the upcoming Redmi K20. Both Xiaomi and Realme surprised all with new mid-range flagship smartphones in China. One’s here, and the other is on its way. Both Realme X and Redmi K20 complement each other in a number of ways.
The mid-range segment under Rs 20,000 will soon be dominated by these two devices. But who will rule among these two?
The regular Redmi K20 is the toned-down version of the original Redmi K20 Pro, while Realme X is the first flagship device from the ex-Oppo sub-brand. Interestingly both the smartphones, Redmi K20 and Realme X come with some of the very-first features in the entry mid-range segment.
Currently, there are no smartphones available in India who offer a pop-up sensor, notchless AMOLED display, in-display fingerprint sensor, 48MP Sony sensor and fast charging all together at under 20,000 rupees.
Both Realme X and Redmi K20 pack in these features, and they plan to start in a big price war in the segment. So, who’s winning the game here?
Here’s a strategic comparison between Realme X and Redmi K20 to find out what’s common between the two, how they differ, who’s got better and more.
- 1 Design & Build: Glass vs Plastic
- 2 Display: AMOLED & In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
- 3 Hardware & Storage: Snapdragon 710 vs Snapdragon 730
- 4 Software: Android Pie Or Android Q?
- 5 Camera: Dual Or Triple Camera Setup?
- 6 Battery: Unleashing Fast Charging
- 7 Pricing: Wins Big?
- 8 Realme X & Redmi K20: Who’s Got The Real Edge?
Design & Build: Glass vs Plastic
Realme X comes with a polycarbonate body on the out, made to look like glass. It’s quite light and also feels premium in the hand. They have gradient finish on the out with some highlighting colour combinations, made out of high-quality plastic. The colour scheme and gradient style seems stylish.
Both Realme X and Redmi K20 come with a pop-up sensor without any notch. The rear camera module on both the smartphones sits at the centre without any physical fingerprint sensor.
Both the Realme and Redmi mid-range flagships come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Coming to Redmi K20, the smartphones come with a mix of glass and metal with a 3D gradient finish at the back with curved sides at back for firm gripping.
Both are comfortable, the build quality is good and is perfectly made.
Display: AMOLED & In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Redmi K20 features a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display without any notch in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with 600 nits of maximum brightness with support for HDR content. In comparison, Realme X features a 6.53-inch full-screen AMOLED display, again without any notch.
Both displays are quite vibrant with minimal bezels on the sides with a little chin down under and an in-display optical fingerprint scanner. Plus, the AMOLED helps with the best of darks.
Realme X and Redmi K20 share a similar screen resolution of 2340×1080 pixels with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top.
The Redmi K20 pop-up camera is protected by sapphire, as claimed by the company to be wear-resistant and scratch-resistant.
Hardware & Storage: Snapdragon 710 vs Snapdragon 730
Realme X runs on the same entry-flagship Snapdragon 710 chip as Realme 3 Pro with up to 8GB of RAM. Based on a 10nm architecture, the Snapdragon SoC offers top-level performance on a budget.
In comparison, Redmi K20 comes with the newly launched Snapdragon 730 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM. It is closer to the previous flagship Snapdragon 835 chip in terms of performance.
Both the smartphones share the same Adreno 616 GPU for graphics.
Redmi K20 and Realme X come in two configurations: 6GB RAM with 64GB storage and 8GB RAM with 128GB storage.
In terms of daily performance, both Redmi K20 and Realme X can run mid-end games with ease along with extensive multitasking. There won’t be any noticeable difference in daily use.
Realme packs in dedicated HyperBoost and GameBoost to offer an enhanced gaming experience.
Similarly, Xiaomi has added an 8 layer liquid cooling system to keep the phone cool during extended gaming sessions. There’s also a three dimension double-sided cooling graphite architecture with special Game Turbo 2.0 mode to optimize the smartphone for gaming.
On paper, Redmi K20 will have a definite advantage over Realme X with the added features and an improved chip. There won’t be any big difference, but Redmi K20 has an edge here over Realme X.
Software: Android Pie Or Android Q?
Realme X runs on the same new Color OS 6 UI. The newly improved UI does offer some refreshing features compared to the previous OS with an easy-to-use overall structure and few tweaks. It’s a big upgrade over the last generation Color OS.
Based on the latest Android 9 Pie, the new ColorOS 6 UI packs in a bunch of user-friendly features and functions.
On the other hand, Redmi K20 comes with the latest MIUI 10 based on the same Android 9 Pie. The smartphone also has priority access to the Android Q beta program, unlike Realme X.
But again, the MIUI is loaded with irritating system and in-mobile ads.
Camera: Dual Or Triple Camera Setup?
Realme X comes with a dual camera setup at the back featuring the 48MP Sony IMX 586 rear sensor with an f/1.7 aperture clubbed with a secondary 5MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. It’s the same primary sensor currently being used on OnePlus 7 Pro.
In comparison, Redmi K20 features a triple camera setup.
Redmi K20 has the 48MP Sony IMX 582 (not the IMX 586) camera as the primary lens with an f/1.75 aperture coupled with an 8MP telephoto secondary sensor with an f/2.4 aperture and a tertiary 13MP wide-angle sensor with an f/2.5 aperture and a 124.8-degree field of view.
Realme X has a motorised pop-up 16MP selfie sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, again the same Sony IMX 471 sensor used in OnePlus 7 Pro.
Redmi K20 Pro and Redmi K20 both share the same 20MP sensor upfront supporting wide-angle shots.
Both Redmi K20 and Realme X do a fair job offering a great dynamic range with almost accurate colours irrespective of lighting conditions. Though, Redmi K20 has some edge over Realme X in some areas.
Both support Google Camera and has a dedicated Night Mode for long-exposed shots.
Redmi K20 with an additional ultra wide lens does have an added advantage over Realme X in terms of overall photography. The difference between the 48MP Sony IMX 586 and IMX 582 isn’t much significant.
In all, both do a great job, but Redmi K20 will have a slight edge with the additional third sensor.
Battery: Unleashing Fast Charging
Realme X is backed by a 3,765 mAh battery supporting Type-C USB powered 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging support. It can juice up Realme X from 0 to 100 per cent under 75 minutes.
Redmi K20 houses a huge 4,000 mAh battery backed by AI smart optimization to extend the phone’s battery to last longer supporting 18W fast charging technology. The charge time may vary from 90 to 100 minutes.
Both the smartphones ship with the fast charger inside the box.
Pricing: Wins Big?
Realme X is going to be available in two variants in the country. Coming the Realme X India price, it starts at Rs 16,999 for the 128GB variant with 4GB RAM. The top model with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM is priced Rs 19,999. Realme X will be available via Flipkart and official Realme online store.
The Realme X India sale starts on July 24 at 12:00PM. The smartphone will be available in two color options: Space Blue and Polar White. The special edition Realme X Master Edition has been priced at Rs 19,999. The Realme X Spider-Man: Far from Home edition will cost Rs 20,999, to be available from August.
Realme X has been launched in three versions in China: the base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage costs Yuan 1,499 (around Rs 15,000). The mid-end model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage costs Yuan 1,599 (around Rs 16,000).
In comparison, Redmi K20 has been launched in two variants in China. The base variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage costing 1,999 Yuan (around Rs 20,100). The top-end variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage costs 2,099 Yuan (around Rs 21,100).
The Redmi K20 India price will start somewhere below Rs 20,000 in India, or maybe even low.
Redmi K20 will launch in India on July 17.
We expect the base model of Redmi K20 with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage to cost Rs 19,999 in India, while the top-model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage may cost Rs 21,999 in the country.
Realme X & Redmi K20: Who’s Got The Real Edge?
Backed by flagship-level features and specs, both Redmi K20 and Realme X seem to have everything to offer for all. More interestingly, the devices come with the features you would like have to have on a flagship. And most importantly, both the smartphones offer these at a very budget-friendly price.
If we go head go head, Redmi K20 has slightly a few better features compared to Realme X, but the again, the base prices will differ as well.
In a nutshell, the new Redmi flagship will have an upper hand here, but again, the respective prices will justify each in their own categories.
To sum up, both these mid-range flagships, Realme X and Redmi K20 offer the same set of top requirements: pop-up sensor, in-display fingerprint sensor, notch-less AMOLED display, 48MP camera, fast charging and such more at a pocket-friendly pricing.