It’s been almost five months since Redmi became an independent brand of Xiaomi, enough time to achieve a top-of-the-range range without compromise at a mid-range price. Redmi K20 Pro, also available in the Redmi K20 variant, is undoubtedly one of the most interesting promises of this first half of 2019, whose potential will have to be tested live.
Technical features of Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro
The specifications sheet of the two smartphones is characterized by most of the elements in common. It starts with a 6.39 inch FullHD + (1080 x 2340 pixel) OLED screen, without any notches, holes or other interruptions, protected by a Gorilla Glass 5. The front camera is in fact housed in a small retractable module, with a solution similar to the one seen recently on OnePlus 7 Pro.
Under the body, protected by glass on both sides, we find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform ( Snapdragon 730 on Redmi K20 ), flanked by 6 or 8 GB of RAM type LPDDR4 and 64, 128, 256 GB of internal memory UFS 2.1.
The photographic sector can count on a frontal, retractable 20-megapixel sensor, assisted by artificial intelligence, while in the back there are three sensors. It starts from Sony IMX586 from 48 megapixels ( Sony IMX582 on Redmi K20 ) with an aperture f / 1.75, 13 megapixel ultra wide-angle secondary sensor with 124.8 degree angle and aperture f / 2.4 and 8 megapixel sensor with 2x optical zoom and opening f / 2.4. The rear camera is able to record video in slow motion at 960 frames per second.
The connectivity is also highly respected, with dual 4G / VoLTE, dual band 802.11 ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, dual band GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C and dual SIM support. The audio sector has also been taken care of, with 1217LD speaker, Smart PA and a 0.9 cc sound camera for a full-bodied sound.
The 4,000 mAh battery is supported by 27-watt fast charge (18 watts on Redmi K20) which allows you to charge the battery in just 73 minutes, while the operating system is Android 9 Pie, on which it runs the customized MIUI 10 interface. The dimensions are 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm, with a weight of 191 grams.
Design and software of Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro
Redmi focuses on a very modern design, with a screen that takes up almost the entire front (91.9%), without notches or holes that interrupt the surface. The front camera is housed in a retractable mechanical module that opens in just 0.8 seconds, while the rear is located in a vertical position in the center of the cover, characterized by three very particular colors, with very pleasant plays of light.
Definitely reduced the frames, as Redmi has pointed out, 1.85 mm the upper one and 3.8 mm the lower one. The frame is made of 7000 series aluminum, while the rear glass has a red and blue gradient finish and a black color with kevlar effect.
The seventh generation fingerprint reader has been integrated below the display, to ensure maximum cleanliness even in the rear, and to ensure a release method that is in step with the times. The system uses a sensor that has a double photosensitive area compared to the previous generation, with a capture area 15% higher
Both cameras are assisted by artificial intelligence, which intervenes to set the correct parameters according to the scene framed. Do not miss the Game Turbo 2.0 function, to optimize performance in gaming sessions, also allowing you to reply to messages without interrupting the current game.
The possibility of making electronic payments with the smartphone thanks to the presence of the NFC is guaranteed, while the choice to keep the 3.5 mm socket, located in the upper part, to connect one’s own wired headphones is appreciable.
Pricing and release of Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro
Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro are available in the colors Carbon Black ( only K20 Pro ), Flame Red and Glacier Blue. Following the prices of the available versions (Redmi K20 Pro from June 1, Redmi K20 from June 6, in China):
- Redmi K20 Pro 6-64 GB 2,499 yuan (about 323 euros)
- Redmi K20 Pro 6-128 GB 2,599 yuan (about 336 euros)
- Redmi K20 Pro 8-128 GB 2,799 yuan (about 362 euros)
- Redmi K20 Pro 8-256 GB 2,999 yuan (about 388 euros)
- Redmi K20 6-64 GB 1,999 yuan (about 259 euros)
- Redmi K20 6-128 GB 2.99 yuan (about 271 euros)
At the moment there is no information on international versions, which could adopt a different name and branding. We will find out in the coming days. A special edition of Redmi K20 Pro, called Avengers Edition, has been announced, but its availability has not been announced, nor the price.
For gaming fans there is an additional controller, similar to the one seen on Black Shark 2, available for 179 yuan, around 23 euros.