Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Review

Review Oct 10, 2019

Just a little while back, Xiaomi decided to split into a separate brand they called Redmi. What had, for a long time, been recognized as pocket-friendly smartphones, next to the more pricey Mi headsets, would now become a standalone brand that had smartphones at all the price points. The K20 Pro is Redmi’s first flagship to come out from this new era. The K20 Pro comes during a time when the mid-range segment of phones is experiencing the most heated competition it has ever seen before. This is actually why Xiaomi is increasingly concentrating on looking upwards.

The K20 Pro smartphone is taking on the Asus Zenfone 6 and the OnePlus 7, of which both have successfully managed to establish themselves as the most credible devices in the pocket-friendly flagship phone segment. Between the waterdrop notch, flip-out camera, and pop-up camera, all three options offer the same specifications in different form factors.

Specifications

  • Display: 6.4-inch AMOLED, HDR, 2340x1080
  • Soc: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core
  • RAM: 6GB/8GB
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB
  • Battery: Non-removable 4000mAh, 27 watt fast-charging
  • SIM: Dual Nano-SIM
  • Weight: 191 grams
  • Dimensions: 156.7x74.3x8.8mm

Design And Display

A large 6.4-inch AMOLED display is what dominates the front, giving this smartphone a screen-to-body ratio of about 91.9%. Also, this is the first Redmi phone that has an AMOLED screen display. The 1080x2340pixels FHD+HDR panel on the K20 Pro has a DCI-P3 color gamut, is bright enough for the outdoors, and has right viewing angles. Furthermore, since the panel on it is AMOLED-based, this Redmi phone can also offer its users an Always-On display feature. This feature shows app icon notifications and time when the phone is on standby.

The latest Redmi smartphones have tried to concentrate a lot on gradients. However, the K20 Pro takes it a notch higher with its flamboyant design that shouts “look at me!” You can get your hands on three different versions. The most subdued is no doubt black. The Flame Red option is for those that want to stand out a bit while the blue version is the most subtle of them all. The metal and glass sandwich on the K20 pro has a very luxurious feel to it. There’s nothing about the hardware that screams cheap. It’s also heavy enough and conveys strength because it weighs in at about 191grams.

Performance And Battery

One of the key highlights of this smartphone is its Snapdragon 855 processor. This combined with 8GB or 6GB of RAM, and you’ve got one of the fastest Redmi smartphones to-date. Its performance capabilities go hand-in-hand with what the OnePlus 7 offers. It rarely experiences any slowdowns or lags. The K20 Pro not only ensures MIUI files, but it also offers the user a highly optimized experience. The RAM management by Xiaomi has also gotten way better. If you’re looking for gaps in this phone’s performance, know that they’ll be tough to come by. Furthermore, the phone excels when it comes to gaming, and PUBG can operate at the highest gaming settings without a hitch.

Like many of its other Redmi counterparts, the K20 Pro is powered by a 4000mAh battery. This can provide users with around thirteen hours of web browsing. The OnePlus 7 offers way less because of its smaller battery. Xiaomi generally does well when battery management is concerned. None of that has changed with the K20 Pro. You’ll get between 6-7 hours of screen-time before you have to charge it again. Also, this Redmi phone can support 27 watts fast-charging, however, with a catch attached. You’ll have to purchase the fast-charging adapter separately.

Software


The Snapdragon 855 happens to be quite a popular SoC. It’s a 7nm manufacturing process-based, and it has 8 CPU cores. To help dissipate heat, Xiaomi claims to have layered it with eight graphite sheets. You can either get the K20 Pro with RAM of 6GB and storage of 128GB or with RAM of 8GB and storage of 256GB. It employs the use of a UFS 2.1 storage system and doesn’t have a microSD slot. However, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. When it comes to connectivity, the K20 Pro uses dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, dual GPS, Bluetooth 5, Beidou, dual 4G VoLTE, and GLONASS

The Android 9 Pie on top of the MIUI is what the K20 runs on, which is similar to all the other Redmi headsets. It also supports themes that allow you to customize your UI look. Because of Poco Launcher, MIUI implementation has its own application drawer. The Poco F1 is the first device that brought this to life. However, you can still find it as a standalone application on Play Store if you want in on your current phone. Besides that app, the K20 also comes with a couple of other preinstalled applications which include Block Puzzle Guardian, Ludo Master, Google Duo, Amazon, Dailyhunt, Facebook, WPS Office and Paytm

Camera

At the backend of the K20 Pro, you’ll find a triple camera setup. The primary camera contains a 48-megapixel Sony sensor with 1.6-micron pixels and an f/1.75 aperture. There also exists an ultra-wide-angle camera that’s 13 megapixels with a field of view of 124.8 degrees alongside and f/2.4 aperture. The 3rd camera is made up of an eight-megapixel unit that has an f/2.4 aperture and optical telephoto lens (2x). It offers laser autofocus and PDAF, as well. The pop-up selfie camera is twenty megapixels and is protected by sapphire glass.

Verdict

This flagship Redmi smartphone is an affordable device that has plenty to offer. Although it doesn’t have an IP rating and lacks wireless charging, it can be forgiven because of its considerably low price tag. The different variations have the right amount of storage and RAM for their price points, and its SoC is the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. The K20 Pro generally does an excellent job in every area, and at that price, it’s not hard to see why it’s one of the top smartphones in this segment. It’s absolutely value for money and well worth every penny.

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