Not that it’s a surprise. Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi had confirmed in advance that its Redmi K20 Pro will be eligible for Android Q beta at launch, and as promised, that’s precisely what is happening. The major takeaway here is that the Redmi K20 Pro is probably the first Xiaomi phone to get a major Android update (in beta) just a day after launch. Hopefully, it would also be one of the first Xiaomi devices to get the stable update as quick as this one.
The Android Q beta update is already available for the Mi 9 and the Mi Mix 5G – the Redmi K20 Pro update makes it only the third Xiaomi phone to get Android Q beta alongside Google’s Pixel phones as well as a number of other third-party phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro. The Redmi K20 Pro is being marketed as a flagship killer, as Xiaomi’s answer to the OnePlus 7 Pro. Being eligible for Android Q beta adds one more marquee feature that sets its in line with the top-end OnePlus phone.
Launched in China on Tuesday (alongside the vanilla Redmi K20), the Redmi K20 Pro a high-end phone but unlike other high-end phones, the Redmi K20 Pro starts at just CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs 25,200) for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage while the top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage has been launched at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs 30,226).
For the price, you’re getting a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 3D glass build, a 6.39-inch 1080p+ AMOLED screen with an in-screen fingerprint reader, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, triple rear cameras (48MP+13MP+8MP), a 20MP pop-up selfie camera, Android Pie-based MIUI 10 software, and a 4,000mAh battery with 27W fast charging via USB Type-C.
The Redmi K20 Pro is expected to arrive in India soon although a definite time line of launch hasn’t been quoted by Xiaomi India yet. There are speculations that Xiaomi may launch the Redmi K20 Pro in India as the Poco F2, but that is something only time will tell. Also, the vanilla Redmi K20 is coming soon to India, Xiaomi has confirmed.