Xiaomi has just introduced the hotly anticipated Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro, dubbed the “Flagship Killer 2.0”.
The standard K20 is powered by the Snapdragon 730, while the Pro version features a Snapdragon 855. With the Redmi K20 Pro, Xiaomi has launched a phone that could compete directly with their own Mi 9 which is currently the cheapest Snapdragon 855.
Granted, if they are going to compete directly this assumes the K20 Pro will launch in the UK, but rumours suggest that the phone will be rebranded to the Mi 9T.
This is where things are a little unclear for UK users, the K20 Pro will launch in China with prices from 2499 CNY this translates to around £285 but we know that won't be the case.
The Mi 9 launched in China for 2999 CNY for the 6GB/128GB variant and the K20 Pro equivalent spec costs 2599 CNY. So, in theory, it should land in the UK for a decent bit less than the Mi 9.
For reference, the Mi 9 launched in the UK officially at £499 but is currently available for £449, so over £100 more than the Chinese launch price.
The potential naming scheme of Mi 9T is a concern as they may position this new phone higher than the current Mi 9T, and therefore more expensive.
The full launch prices of the K20 Pro include:
|RAM + Storage options||Price in CNY||Price in GBP / USD|
|6 GB + 64 GB||2499||£285 / $361|
|6 GB + 128 GB||2599||£296 / $377|
|8 GB + 128 GB||2799||£319 / $405|
|8 GB + 256 GB||2999||£342 / $434|
In terms of spec, the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro is superior in almost every aspect.
The one minor weakness it has compared to the Mi 9 is the rear camera specification. The K20 Pro uses the same 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor for its main camera but then has a 13 MP, f/2.4, ultrawide and 8 MP, f/2.4, telephoto whereas the Mi 9 has a 16 MP, f/2.2, ultrawide and 12 MP, f/2.2, telephoto.
The K20 has a superiour screen to body resolution thanks to the pop up selfie camera, achieving 86.1% screen-to-body ratio.
It has a 3.5mm headphone jack with support for 24-bit/192kHz audio, something quite rare among flagship devices and surely a feature to win many users over.
It also addresses the Mi 9s biggest weakness, its battery. The K20 Pro has a 4000 mAh battery but it does sacrifice wireless charging. Personally, I think this is worth it compared to a smaller battery.
The biggest issue for UK users is availability, if and when it will arrive and for what price. With Xiaomi officially launched in the UK and several Redmi branded phones available I can see no reason why it won't launch.
Side by side specification comparison
|Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro||Xiaomi Mi 9|
|Dimensions||156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm (6.17 x 2.93 x 0.35 in)||157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm (6.20 x 2.94 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||191 g (6.74 oz)||173 g (6.10 oz)|
|Build||Glass||Back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame (7000 series)|
|Sim||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~86.1% screen-to-body ratio)||6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~85.2% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)||1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10||Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)||Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 485)||Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 485)|
|GPU||Adreno 640||Adreno 640|
|Internal||256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM||64/128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM|
|Modules||48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm, Laser/PDAF||48 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm, Laser/PDAF|
|13 MP, f/2.4, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/3", 1.12µm||16 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.0", 1.0µm, Laser/PDAF|
|8 MP, f/2.4, 53mm (telephoto), 1/4", 1.12µm, Laser/PDAF, 2x optical zoom||12 MP, f/2.2, 54mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, Laser/PDAF, 2x optical zoom|
|Features||Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama||Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/120/240fps, 1080p@960fps||2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/120/240fps, 1080p@960fps|
|Modules||Motorized pop-up 20 MP, f/2.2, 0.8µm||20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm|
|24-bit/192kHz audio||Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO||Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass||Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery|
|Charging||Fast battery charging 27W (Quick Charge 4+)||Fast battery charging 27W (Quick Charge 4+)|
|Fast wireless charging 20W|
|Colors||Carbon black, Flame red, Glacier blue||Lavender Violet, Ocean Blue, Piano Black|
|Price||Unknown, but cheaper than Mi 9 in China||£449 in UK|