- You can pick up the vanilla Redmi K20 and chances are, you’ll end up being satisfied with what you got – while paying some more will obviously give you faster performance and a slightly better main camera
- So, what’s different between the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro?
You know what the best thing about Xiaomi’s all-new Redmi K20 series phones is? Even though the true-blue flagship Redmi K20 Pro offers a Samsung Galaxy S10, iPhone XS, Pixel 3 and OnePlus 7 Pro-like experience at half the price, Xiaomi also has a vanilla K20 that tries to offer almost the same package deal at an even more affordable price. The Redmi K20 Pro and Redmi K20 have so much in common, you’ll need a magnifying glass to pin-point the differences. And even though there are a few differences, none of them are actually deal breakers.
You can pick up the vanilla Redmi K20 and chances are, you’ll end up being satisfied with what you got – while paying some more will obviously give you faster performance and a slightly better main camera. Really, that’s all that there is to the more premier Redmi K20 Pro, but that’s not to say that the Redmi K20 is very far behind. In fact, I’ll go as far as to say that the Redmi K20 will be more than enough for most users – a more value for money buy, if you may – while the Redmi K20 Pro is clearly intended for those seeking bragging rights from their purchase.
So, what’s different between the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro?
- The biggest difference between the two is the core hardware. The Redmi K20 Pro is the most affordable smartphone in the market now to come with Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 855 mobile processor – so technically, the Redmi K20 Pro is now the most powerful smartphone you can get at its price. The Asus ZenFone 6 was previously the cheapest smartphone in India with a SD855 inside. The Redmi K20, meanwhile, is powered by the mid-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor – the Redmi K20 is in fact the first smartphone in India with a SD730. The Snapdragon 730 is a successor to the Snapdragon 710. Built on an 8nm process, the Snapdragon 730 boasts of an 8-core CPU - two 'big' Kryo 470 cores based on ARM Cortex-A76 clocked at 2.2 GHz and six 'small' power-efficient cores based on Cortex-A55 clocked at 1.8GHz. The SoC has an Adreno 618 GPU. Together, the Snapdragon 730 is claimed to offer up to 35 per cent jump in performance and up to 25 per cent faster graphics over the Snapdragon 710.
- There’s also a difference in configuration. While the Redmi K20 Pro comes in 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM and 256GB storage configurations, the Redmi K20 comes in 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM and 128GB storage configurations.
- Both the phones have a 48MP main camera but while the Redmi K20 Pro uses a more potent Sony IMX586 sensor, the Redmi K20 makes do with a Sony IMX582 sensor. The Redmi K20 Pro also gets Laser Autofocus out-of-the-box – the Redmi K20 doesn’t.
- Both the phones support fast charging but while the Redmi K20 Pro supports 27W fast charging, the Redmi K20 makes do with 18W fast charging.
- The Redmi K20 Pro starts at Rs 27,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage while the top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage has been launched at Rs 30,999. The Redmi K20 starts at Rs 21,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, going all the way to Rs 23,900 for the top-end variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
And now the similarities
Both the phones have a 3D glass build (with a flashy gradient design that Xiaomi is calling ‘aura prime’), a 6.39-inch 1080p+ AMOLED screen with an in-screen fingerprint reader and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, triple rear cameras (48MP+13MP+8MP), a 20MP pop-up selfie camera, Android Pie-based MIUI 10 software, and a 4,000mAh battery with USB Type-C charging.
Both the phones will be available for buying in three colours - Glacier Blue, Flame Red and Carbon Black.
Photos by Saurabh Singh