News Redmi K20 (Pro): Top smartphone with pop-up camera officially launched
Today was the day: Xiaomi and Redmi introduced the brand new Redmi K20 and K20 Pro. The motto for the new top smartphone is clear: you want to deliver the flagship killer 2.0. That’s why the Redmi K20 Pro with flagship hardware and features like the pop-up camera is now being released in China at a price of $364 and is competing with the OnePlus 7 Pro in particular.
You can find all information about the new smartphone and the differences between the two versions in the article.
- Redmi K20 Pro
- at GearVita for $1013.98 (Preorder)
Technical data of the Redmi K20 (Pro)
|Redmi K20 Pro||Redmi K20|
|Display||6,39″ AMOLED Display (2340 x 1080p, 19.5:9 aspect ratio)||6,39″ AMOLED Display (2340 x 1080p, 19.5:9 aspect ratio)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 @ 2.84 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730|
|Graphic chip||Adreno 640||Adreno 618|
|Main memory||6/8 GB LPDDR4X RAM||6/8 GB LPDDR4X RAM|
|Internal memory||64/128/256 GB UFS 2.1||64/128 UFS 2.1|
|Main camera||48 MP Sony IMX586 with ƒ/1.75 + 8 MP Tele camera with ƒ/2.2 + 13 MP Ultra wide angle (125° angle)||48 MP Sony IMX586 with ƒ/1.75 + 8 MP Tele camera with ƒ/2.2 + 13 MP Ultra wide angle (125° angle)|
|Front Camera||20 MP with AI Scene Detection & Portrait Mode, Panorama Mode||20 MP with AI Scene Detection & Portrait Mode, Panorama Mode|
|Battery||4.000 mAh with 27W Quick Charge 4+||4.000 mAh with 18W QuickCharge|
|Connectivity||LTE Band 1,3,5,7,8 WLAN AC, GPS//BDS, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM, Dual GPS, NFC||LTE Band 1,3,5,7,8 WLAN AC, GPS//BDS, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM, Dual GPS, NFC|
|Features||Fingerprint sensor in display | USB Type-C||Fingerprint sensor in display | USB Type-C|
|Operating system||MIUI 10.2, Android 9||MIUI 10.2, Android 9|
|Dimensions / Weight||156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm / 191 g||156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm / 191 g|
|Price||from 2499 Yuan; ~ $362||from 1.999 Yuan, ~ $289|
Comeback of the Pop-Up Camera
Even before the official launch, Xiaomi’s promo engine, which released its first render images for the Redmi K20, got off to an easy start. The back is shiny, you use a red-metallic Colorway, which is a real eye-catcher. The camera arrangement on the back is interesting. This time it consists of three sensors, underneath there is a flash. We last saw such a centrally positioned camera on a Xiaomi device with the Xiaomi Pocophone F1.
The screen extends over a length of 6.39 inches and Redmi incorporates an AMOLED display. A novelty for the new Redmi series, Xiaomis Flagships has now established this technology as a standard. Under the display there is also the fingerprint sensor, whose technology originates from the seventh generation.
Optically the Redmi K20 and the K20 Pro stand out from other Xiaomi devices, as the color variations are partly new. Especially the metallic red-pink and the carbon-grey design are new for Xiaomi. The smartphones are also equipped with a glossy coating on the back, which is supposed to provide an optical effect when exposed to sunlight.
Redmi manages to design an almost borderless smartphone, as there is no notch or in-display camera installed. This can be avoided by using another popular concept: the pop-up camera. The front camera is hidden in the housing and only appears when it is needed. Then the camera module is moved out mechanically. For example, we know it from the Vivo NEX Ultimate. Since this mechanical part can be quite susceptible to problems, the Vivo NEX Ultimate has already been criticized. But the new OnePlus 7 Pro is also equipped with a pop-up camera. This camera also serves as a direct competitor.
A flagship needs the best CPU
Another fact confirmed so far is the processor. It’s a flagship, because the Redmi is equipped with the Snapdragon 855 processor. The top CPU also sits in the Xiaomi Mi 9 and is this year’s top processor for almost all Android flagships. The Octa-Core with a clock frequency of up to 2.84 GHz provides a lot of power, but is accordingly only found in more expensive top smartphones.
The Redmi K20 with the Snapdragon 730 appears in a slimmed down version, which would be an upper midrange processor. The Kryo 470 cores with up to 2.2 GHz clock frequency are especially designed for AI tasks. It offers a bit more power than the Snapdragon 710 we know from the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE.
With the memory there is no big surprise, here the meanwhile usual configurations expect us. The smallest version combines 6 GB RAM with 64 GB internal memory, a second version increases the mass memory to 128 GB and for multitaskers there is also an 8/128 GB and an 8/256 GB version. Of course, the prices vary depending on the memory. The Redmi K20 is only available with 6/64 GB and 6/128 GB memory.
As usual for the Redmi smartphones, the manufacturer uses a large battery. As already suggested in advance by a leak, the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro works with a 4,000 mAh battery. Thus Redmi remains faithful to its line, so far nearly all Redmi devices came since Redmis independence with a 4,000 mAh Akku on the market. However, the battery can be charged with 27W Quick Charge, which ensures a fast charging time even with such a large battery. Instead, the “luxury feature” of wireless charging is omitted, 20W Qi charging is reserved for the Xiaomi Mi 9. The “normal” Redmi K20, on the other hand, has to get by with 18W Quick Charge 3.0.
Real triple camera
It was clear in advance which camera would be used. The main sensor uses a 48 MP resolution, it’s the Sony IMX586 sensor that’s also in the Mi 9 or Honor View 20. The second and third sensor is a wide-angle camera with a 13 megapixel sensor and a shooting angle of 124.8°. The telephoto lens works with the 8 megapixel resolution. Most likely you get the same setup as in the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE.
The pop-up front camera shines with a resolution of 20 megapixels, but offers an interesting new feature. A panorama mode for the front camera is supposed to be integrated, so you can take better group photos. The video mode on the back was also mentioned, for example the Ultra-Slow-Motion with 960 fps that is well known in the meantime. All in all, we are curious to see how the camera will perform compared to the Xiaomi Mi 9.
Finally a Redmi with NFC
Since Xiaomi and Redmi are a bit sporadic with NFC and usually only use it in their top smartphones, it is all the more pleasing that the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro are also equipped with NFC. So mobile, contactless payment is possible. But that would have been surprising as well, since the K20 is also a top smartphone and therefore also comes on the market with a USB type C. The K20 is also a top smartphone. But don’t forget the traditionalists, because there’s still a 3.5 mm jack connector on the top side.
And of course there are a few wireless connectivity standards like Dual Band WiFi, Bluetooth 5, various LTE bands and even Dual GPS. Not all relevant LTE bands are yet released in the China version, but we can certainly expect a global version, which should be available in the shops in a few weeks. The China version also runs MIUI 10, the Xiaomi operating system based on Android 9. This will only be usable in Chinese and English, the Global version, which will probably be released later, will be multilingual and can be used without any problems.
Redmi K20 Pro: Price & Availability
After the launch event, the prices of the new flagship killer will of course also be fixed. The somewhat weaker Redmi K20 starts in China at a price of 1999 Yuan, which corresponds to about $289. For the bigger 6/128 GB version you have to pay about $15 extra.
The smallest 6/64 GB variant of the Redmi K20 Pro starts at 2499 Yuan, which corresponds to about $362. This means that in the import shops you should almost scratch the $400 border, which makes you a bit cheaper than the Xiaomi Mi 9, but especially cheaper than the OnePlus 7 Pro. For more memory you pay accordingly more: 6/128 GB cost in China a good $10 more and for 8/128 GB you can pay about $404 (China price). The most expensive version with 8/256 GB memory costs $433 in China, but experience shows that there won’t be such a version in Europe.
In China there is also a cooperation with the Avengers from the Marvel universe and a branded version of the Redmi K20 Pro. But even this will probably not be released as a global version.
The leaks to the Redmi K20 and K20 were very diverse in the run-up and proved to be mostly true in the end. The Pro version is similar to the Xiaomi Mi 9 in many respects, but the new design is striking and a real eye-catcher. Like the Pocophone F1 last year, the Redmi K20 Pro leaves little room for criticism. Top processor, AMOLED display, lots of memory, large battery, fast charging, USB type C, jack and NFC as well as a fingerprint sensor in the display. The only difference is the pop-up camera.
If you can make friends with it, the price-performance ratio here is unbeatable once again, after all, the Redmi K20 Pro probably starts at around $400 (import price), if not a little less. This beats even the Mi 9, which offers almost identical hardware. From now on we are eagerly waiting for the Global Version and of course for our test device!
What do you think of the pop-up camera and which version would you choose?