Redmi is really one of those brands which has made the waves over the past half-decade. This is in no small part due to the Indian market. In essence, in India, the budget segment is king, be it Cars, Laptops, or as in this case, phones. So Xiaomi was no doubt thrilled to launch their Redmi brand in India, knowing the overwhelming success it would be received to. However, what exactly does it mean to be a budget phone? Is it simply being cheap? Or perhaps is it being as cheap as possible, while offering as many features in that budget to undercut the next segment? Well, thankfully, Redmi has tried to answer this age old question with their newest addition to the product lineup, the Redmi K20 Pro, which we will be discussing in depth, in the following piece.
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What is the Redmi K20 Pro Attempting?
Well, in order to really discuss the Redmi K20 Pro, we must first discuss another brand, OnePlus. If you’re an enthusiast, or an Android head, you’ve heard of OnePlus, but if you’re not, or are an Apple peddler, here’s the rundown. OnePlus made a name for themselves by offering killer, high end, flagship phones, at competitive, midrange prices. The important thing to note is that OnePlus has, on more than one occasion, marketed it’s devices as ‘flagship killers’, which is where the Redmi K20 Pro comes in.
Redmi has rather aggressively marketed this phone as a ‘Flagship Killer’, almost throwing shade at OnePlus and their new 7 series of devices. And while there’s nothing wrong with a bit of friendly banter between two companies, Redmi really has to back up trash talk like that since OnePlus has quickly become one of the biggest smartphone brands in the world. Priced at just under INR 30,000, we really have to look at the specs to see whether or not the Redmi K20 Pro lives up to the hype, or the marketing machine was simply writing cheques that the engineers couldn’t cash.
What are the Specs?
The standout specifications of the Redmi K20 Pro are as follows:
- Up to 8 gigabytes of ram and 256 gigabytes of storage. Fairly impressive numbers for a phone of this price, the 8 gigabytes of ram pretty much ensures that the Redmi K20 pro will run android, and namely MIUI10 at a buttery smooth pace. Additionally, the 256 gigabytes of storage make it so one can utilize the nice camera to their hearts content without having to worry too much about running out of space.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. This is one of the stronger and faster chips on the market today. Surely high performance gaming and heavy usage should be no issue for the Redmi K20 Pro since it’s packing such a powerhouse of a chipset.
- 6.4 inch display with no bezels, and 403 ppi density. A fairly large display, rivaling a lot of flagships, and nearly approaching that iPhone 11 Pro Max level of screen. However, the lack of bezels gives it a very clean, ultra-modern look, even surpassing flagships in some respects. Even still the 403 pixel per inch density will make it so the screen is crisp and clear at all moments.
- Triple rear camera with 48 megapixel main sensor. Redmi makes great budget cameras, this is just fact, however, including an AI night mode is certainly a good way to overdo themselves. It remains to be seen whether the triple camera is truly useful, or just a gimmicky marketing ploy.
- UHD 4K video support on rear camera. Video enthusiasts rejoice! 4K recording has finally made its way onto a phone with a great sensor, expect the footage to be top notch.
- 20 Megapixel front camera, with pop up style housing. The front camera too impresses, and Mi guarantees that the pop up is good for the phones entire lifespan, so don’t expect the Redmi K20 Pro’s front camera to encounter the issues of its contemporaries.
- 4000mAH battery with Qualcomm quickcharge support. Nothing too special here, just a standard battery which is unlikely to let you down in a pinch.
Is the Redmi K20 Pro Worth Considering?
All in all, the answer to this question depends solely on what exactly it is that you want from your ideal smartphone. Without a doubt, the Redmi K20 Pro is a fantastic phone, and especially considering its price, it redefines what it means to be a ‘budget flagship’, in each and every sense of the word.
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