OnePlus 7T vs Redmi K20 Pro: Should You Pay More? [Must Read]

Confused between Redmi K20 Pro and OnePlus 7T? If you are guessing should you be paying more to get OnePlus 7T, or save the extra amount and buy Redmi K20 Pro, here’s something you need to read. Both Redmi K20 Pro and OnePlus 7T are probably the best entry flagship smartphones in India now.

OnePlus 7T vs Redmi K20 Pro: Should You Pay More? [Must Read]

Redmi K20 Pro and OnePlus 7T both are up for sale this festive season. But which is better?

This is not a price comparison. Obviously K20 Pro will win there. But here’s something which actually creates a big difference between Redmi K20 Pro and OnePlus 7T, and you need to read this before you buy OnePlus 7T or Redmi K20 Pro.   

Redmi K20 Pro vs OnePlus 7T: Design & Build

Redmi K20 Pro features a mix of glass and metal with a 3D gradient finish at the back with curved sides at back for firm gripping. Redmi K20 feels sturdy and premium, and it’s glossy on the out. The latest OnePlus 7T will pack in a triple-camera system inside a circular design packed in a frosted matte finish layer.

It’s a mix of glass and feels metallic on the out.

So the new regular OnePlus 7T has the super smooth 90Hz display, upgraded triple-camera set-up, and a new user experience to offer.

OnePlus 7T has a very premium matte-frosted glass back, same as  OnePlus 7 Pro, the company’s first premium device.

Both Redmi K20 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro feels very good to be held, and the gradient colours are clean and smooth. The company packs in a good TPU case in the box, but you don’t have to worry about the smudges. The the glass sandwich design is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

Redmi K20 Pro vs OnePlus 7T: Display & Viewing Experience

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

As a big upgrade, OnePlus 7T comes with the same 90Hz Fluid AMOLED screen as OnePlus 7 Pro, the feature everybody liked irrespective of critics and masses.

OnePlus claimed that the display will come with 40ms touch response and new animation optimisations under the latest OxygenOS, specifically optimised for new gestures on a 90Hz refresh rates screen. The display size has increased to 6.55-inches in an 20:9 aspect ratio along with the water drop notch.

The water drop notch is now 31.4 percent smaller compared to the one found on the OnePlus 6T. The display bezels on OnePlus 7T are extremely thin standing at 8mm. OnePlus 7T will offer top-class brightness and HDR with HDR10+ support. The same is also supported for content via Amazon Prime, Netflix and YouTube.

7T can have a peak brightness of over 1000 nits. OnePlus also unveiled a new Chromatic reading mode, an upgraded Reading Mode from 2017 with low saturated colours. 

Redmi K20 Pro also has a 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. 

K20 Pro has no notch, while OP 7T has a water drop notch. OnePlus 7T have a superior display, and this helps to add up to the overall user experience, but in case you hate notches, the Redmi K20 Pro won’t disappoint you.

Redmi K20 Pro vs OnePlus 7T: Hardware & Storage

Redmi K20 Pro is powered by the current best Qualcomm flagship chip, Snapdragon 855. The SoC is built on an 7nm architecture along with Qualcomm Adreno 640 GPU. Redmi K20 Pro in India is available with 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM with 128GB and 256GB storage.

OnePlus 7T will run on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chip. It has new Kryo cores clocked up to 2.96 GHz with improved GPU performance upto 15 percent. OnePlus 7T comes with the same UFS 3.1 storage as predecessor with 8GB of RAM and utp 256GB of internal storage.

OnePlus becomes one of the first in the country to ship the latest Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus processor.

It’s 15 percent faster than the standard Snapdragon 855 on the predecessor. This won’t be a huge upgrade, but you will find some subtle differences between the successor and OnePlus 7. It can manage everything you throw at it, be it top-end games at higher screen resolution, extensive multitasking or both.

On paper OnePlus 7T has an upgraded processor, but in terms of daily performance, both Redmi K20 Pro and OnePlus 7T can run high-end games with ease along with extensive multitasking. There won’t be any noticeable difference in terms of day to day use, gaming or performance.

OnePlus 7T vs Redmi K20 Pro: Software & UI

Redmi K20 will run on the latest MIUI 10 based on top of Android 9 Pie. K20 Pro has priority access to the new Android 10 beta program, so, you will have access to the latest Android 10. OnePlus 7T is the first smartphone in the world to come with Android 10 out of the box.

The latest OxygenOS has been upgraded with as many as 370 optimisations.

OnePlus 7T users can enjoy the newly improved animations, visuals, unlocking speeds, app switches, control in landscape mode and more. The device gets access to the first-ever Android 10 features as dark mode, revamped security permissions, new gestures, animations and more.

Both have customised skins, but OxygenOS feels more comfortable to be used. It’s more minimal and less cluttered.

OnePlus 7T vs Redmi K20 Pro: Cameras & Photography

Coming to optics, Redmi K20 Pro has a 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 7T features a triple-camera system in a circular unit comprising of a 48MP main sensor, 16MP ultra-wide sensor with a 117-degree field of view and a third 2X telephoto camera. OnePlus 7T also supports macro shots from as close as 2.5cm.

There’s a new Nightscape and Portrait, also supported by the ultra-wide lens.

OnePlus 7T imaging software has been specifically designed to support Super Stable. It uses the gyroscope and EIS to give the user super steady videos without any shakes.

The OnePlus 7T rear camera can shoot 4K video up to 60fps and super slow motion up to 960fps. OnePlus has significantly improved the camera’s software. The camera performance was pretty good given daylight and artificial lighting. There’s an ultra shot engine for wide shots a new Macro shooting mode for close-up shots upto 2.5cm in full quality. 

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

Both can take good detailed and sharp pictures in bright light with accurate colours. In poorly lit conditions, OnePlus 7T manages to click decent photos with almost accurate details and colours. We are yet to test the camera in-depth, but the initial results are very impressive.

The dynamic range on the Redmi K20 Pro is good and it captures quite accurate details and produce good colours. The HDR works fine, and the ultra-wide lens work fine. The macro lens and portrait sensor does their job decently. 

OnePlus 7T vs Redmi K20 Pro: Battery & Fast Charging

Redmi K20 Pro houses a big 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.

Redmi K20 Pro supports upto 27W fast charging, but the box ships with a 18W charger only.

The OnePlus 7T smartphone was introduced with a new Warp Charge 30T technology, which is 23 percent faster than the previous OnePlus 7 Pro’s Warp 30 charging technology.

OnePlus 7T packs in a slightly larger 3,800mAh battery compared to the predecessor.

The new Warp 30T charger can juice up the phone enough in 20 minutes for you to run through the day. On full charge, OnePlus 7T can easily run for a whole day on heavy usage, and even more if used moderately. OnePlus 7T can be charged from 5% to 100% in one hour and 20 minutes using the latest Warp 30T charger.

Redmi K20 Pro vs OnePlus 7T: 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, available via Flipkart and Mi.com.

Redmi K20 Pro will be available at a flat Rs 4,000 discount at the Flipkart Big Billion Day, pushing the effective price to Rs 24,999. There’s an additional 10 percent instant bank discount upto Rs 2,000, bringing the price further down to Rs 21,999.

Coming to OnePlus 7T India price, the smartphone has been launched at the earlier OnePlus 6T price. The 8GB – 128GB OnePlus 7T will cost Rs 37,999 in India, and the top OnePlus 7T 8GB – 256 GB model will cost Rs 38,999.

OnePlus 7T along with their newly launched OnePlus TV Q1 series, they will be available via Amazon India and OnePlus online store from September 28. Both OnePlus 7T and OnePlus TVs will be available via Amazon Great Indian Festival, so there’s a good chance to grab some additional bank discount (upto Rs 2,000).

OnePlus 7T vs Redmi K20 Pro: VERDICT

Redmi K20 Pro with the top-end features onboard do create an attractive  option. At this price Xiaomi have done a good job offering a top device without comprising in any department. Similarly OnePlus have good an incredible job with the latest OnePlus 7T, and certainly makes up for everything this time. 

OnePlus 7T may look a bit costly given the other options in the range, but it’s the experience you are paying for, and to be honest, it’s worth every penny.

The new processor, additional camera, better display, higher charging speeds and the newly improved UI certainly makes OnePlus 7T a winner in the budget.

Also there are only a handful of differences between 7T and 7 Pro. The new OnePlus 7T has almost everything as OnePlus 7 Pro, and the price seems quite considerable given the specs.

OnePlus 7T with similar features as OnePlus 7 Pro is over Rs 10,000 cheaper, and that’s a big deal. From the first moment you hold the OnePlus 7T, you will know what you going for. Once you start using it, you will realise what it offers at Rs 37,999.

It would be unfair to compare these two devices just on the basis of price. Both are equally good smartphones, while Redmi K20 Pro misses out a few features, thus the price is justified. Similarly OnePlus 7T is worth the money for the experience it offers.

If you are short on money this festive season, Redmi K20 seems like the perfect flagship at this price. While if you really want to enjoy the best flagship experience, OnePlus 7T is the answer.

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