Redmi K20 vs Redmi K20 Pro: Should You Pay More? (Cost-Benefit Analysis)
Xiaomi unveiled the much-awaited Redmi K20 series in the country a few days back, and the fans can’t keep calm. First the price controversy took a bad turn, but the company came out with an open letter justifying the higher-than-expected price.
The all-new Redmi flagships come with a ton of top-end features including the best of hardware and cameras, all at a very affordable price.
While Redmi K20 seems like a perfect upper-midrange flagship, the K20 Pro definitely stands tall in the entry-premium space.
But, how are they different from each other?
Xiaomi has placed both the Redmi K20 smartphones very strategically. While the K20’s only competitor is Realme X, K20 Pro has an open field to take on all the entry-premium flagships by Asus, OnePlus, Samsung and Vivo. So, who’s winning here? Let’s find out.
Here are all the differences you need to know about the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro.
Redmi K20 vs Redmi K20 Pro: Should You Pay More?
Design & Display
Both the Redmi K20 smartphones come with a mix of glass and metal. With a 3D gradient at the back, the smartphones feature a compact design with curved sides at back. It will help in firm gripping. The Redmi K20 series will have the new 3D finish glass body featuring a gradient finish on the out barring the special Carbon fiber variant.
Redmi K20 Pro and Redmi K20 both feature a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display without any notch in an 19.5:9 aspect ratio with 600 nits of maximum brightness with support for HDR content.
The smartphone comes with the seventh generation in-display optical fingerprint scanner.
The company has used a pop-up camera on both the K20 smartphones to make space for a full-screen display protected by sapphire. The pop-up front sensor is wear-resistant and scratch-resistant.
Hardware & Gaming Features
The big difference. The pro model, the Redmi K20 Pro runs on the Qualcomm flagship octa-core processor, Snapdragon 855. It’s a 7nm chip coupled with Adreno 640 GPU. The smartphone achieved more than 380,000 on AnTuTu. Redmi K20 Pro is currently the fastest Android smartphone in the world.
In comparison, the regular Redmi K20 runs on the newly launched Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor.
It’s not a gaming device, but Redmi K20 Pro can be doubled as a gaming smartphone. It comes with 8 layer liquid cooling to keep the phone cool during extended gaming sessions coupled with a three dimension double-sided cooling structure with a top level graphite architecture.
Redmi K20 Pro and Redmi K20 comes with a special Game Turbo 2.0 feature to optimize the smartphone for gaming, headphone/sound quality while gaming, optimization for WiFi/ mobile network while gaming and special improvements to touch mode while gaming.
The K20 smartphones will also optimize the dark areas of the screen while gaming to offer a better viewing experience during gameplay.
Coming to optics, both Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro will feature with a three camera setup at the back. The rear triple camera setup on K20 Pro features the 48MP Sony IMX586 camera as primary lens with an f/1.75 aperture coupled with a 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.
Redmi K20 also features a similar triple camera setup at the back, expect for the 48MP IMX 586 sensor. Xiaomi has used Sony IMX 582 48MP sensor for the regular Redmi K20. It misses out on 4K video recording at 60fps. The rest is same.
Upfront, Redmi K20 Pro and Redmi K20 comes with a 20MP sensor supporting wide-angle shots. Both the Redmi K20 series smartphones will have the same pop-up sensor rising smoothly at under 0.8 seconds.
Connectivity & Battery
In terms of connectivity, it has all the requisite sensors supporting two SIMs with dual 4G VoLTE support. Thankfully, both Redmi K20 Pro and Redmi K20 comes with a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack supporting Hi-Fi audio.
Redmi K20 Pro and Redmi supports NFC and finally houses a huge 4,000 mAh battery supporting AI smart optimization to extend the phone’s battery to last longer.
Redmi K20 Pro comes with 27W wired fast charging capabilities, whereas Redmi K20 supports 18W fast charging technology. Both the devices ship with the 18W fast charging adaptor.
Pricing & Availability
Redmi K20 Pro is currently available at Rs 27,999 in the country. Redmi K20 Pro is sold in two storage options in the country: 6GB RAM with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM with 256GB storage. The base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs 27,999.
The top model in the country, on the other hand with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage will be available for Rs 30,999.
The regular Redmi K20 is also available in two different storage options. The device starts at Rs 21,999 in the country. The Redmi K20 base model will be available with 6GB RAM and 64GB at Rs 23,999. The top model, on the other hand will come with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage at Rs 23,999.
Both the K20 smartphones are available via Flipkart, Mi.com and Mi Home Stores. The 27W SonicCharge adapter is available additionally for Rs 999.
Redmi K20 vs Redmi K20 Pro: Conclusion
Both Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro share a ton of features in common except for the processor, a camera sensor and fast charging capacity. There’s hardly anything to compare other than the processor.
If you need a device with hardcore capabilities, go for Redmi K20 Pro.
Orelse, Redmi K20 will do your job without any hesitation. The price’s okay given the set of features, but again, Realme X seems a better value-for-money buy here for a mid-range device.
Only Redmi K20 Pro excels in the price to performance ratio, and does offer an excellent entry-premium smartphone at under 30,000 rupees.
Here’s how they differ. Redmi K20 and K20 Pro come with the exact same features, except for these three:
|..||Processor||48MP Sensor||Fast Charging|
|K20 Pro||SD 855||IMX 586||27W|
|K20||SD 730||IMX 582||18W|