Xiaomi disrupted the budget flagship smartphone market in India yesterday with the launch of the Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro. While both phones pack in quite the punch for the price, the Redmi K20 is touted to be the flagship killer. With top-of-the-line features, specifications, and hardware design, Redmi K20 competes with the likes of OnePlus 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10, and even the iPhone XS.
The Redmi K20 is packed to the brim with flagship specifications. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, upto 8GB of RAM, upto 256GB internal storage, a triple rear camera setup, a 20MP selfie camera with pop-up mechanism, and a high screent-to-body ratio. Phew! That's quite a lot starting at just Rs 27,999.
This is one of the only few smartphones in the sub-Rs 30,000 price segment to sport a seamless display design, without any notch. Instead, to accomodate the 20MP selfie camera, the Redmi K20 Pro relies on a pop-up slider that comes up whenever you want to use the front camera, and goes back in when you don't.
Unlike the Poco F1, Xiaomi has gone for a premium glass design at the back, alongside a gradient colour pattern that makes it look premium. It also adds weight to the phone, giving it the much-needed premium feel.
Not many are aware of this, but the Redmi K20 Pro supports something called Hi-Res Audio also known as High-Resolution Audio or HRA. The Redmi K20 Pro has an integrated DAC (digital-to-analog) to support lossless audio and produce sound better than CD quality.
The Redmi K20 Pro has superb camera specifications, both with the selfie as well as the rear camera modules. Highlights of the rear camera setup include an ultra-wide-angle lens and the night mode. It also has a portrait lighting feature, borrowed from the iPhone X and iPhone XS.