Redmi K20 Pro Review | Flagship @ 27,999

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Hey, guys, it’s PsTechTips, and I finally managed to get my hands on the Redmi K20 Pro. I got the Carbon Black colored one. The carbon fiber pattern looks really cool. And I went with the 6GB RAM and 128GB Storage option for Rs.27,999. For just 3000Rs more, there is also an 8GB RAM variant with 256GB of storage.

Inside The Box Of Redmi K20 Pro

1st thing that we get inside the box, is a sleeve, which is holding the soft-touch hardshell case and some paperwork like warranty and regulatory information and the user manual, and the SIM tray removal pin.

I like how the case feels. It is hard plastic but it is soft to touch, and I think it looks and feels much more premium compared to the transparent TPU cases that we get with most of the phones.

Then we have the phone itself, which for some reason doesn’t have the K20 Pro sticker.

You get this 18 watt fast charger included in the box, which is nice to see. Then there is USB Type A to Type C cable for charging and data transfer.

Design

I don’t think Redmi has made such premium looking phone until now. POCO F1, which is technically a part of their brand, had all the specs of a flagship, but with the plastic body it looked and felt really cheap.

But that is not the case with this K20 Pro. Right from the 1st time that you pick it up, thanks to the Glass back and subtle curves, you can tell that it feels premium.

Display

At the front, we have a 6.39 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels. There’s no notch at the top for the front-facing camera, and the bezels all around are pretty thin, so Redmi calls it a Horizon AMOLED display. This AMOLED display and the back of this phone are protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

Since it’s an AMOLED display, blacks are deep and colors look vibrant. With 600nits of peak brightness, the display can get very bright.

Redmi also says the display supports HDR while viewing HDR10 content.

In-display Fingerprint Sensor

We get a 7th generation in-display fingerprint sensor, which seems fairly accurate from my initial usage. It is not as quick as a physical fingerprint sensor that we see at the back of most of the phones. But it is one of the faster ones available in the market, and it lets you register multiple fingerprints.

Pop Up Selfie Camera

To help keep this display notch-free, the selfie camera is hidden inside phones chassis, and it pops out, whenever you need to use it. This 20-megapixel camera gets by a sapphire glass cover, so it should not scratch very easily.

Redmi says you get drop and press protection, and it is tested and should last for at least 300,000 pop-ups. When this camera pops up, its edges light up and you can hear a distinct sound of the mechanism.

I am not a big fan of the pop-up selfie camera on this or any other phone for that matter. I fear that it is a moving part and since this tech is fairly new, we are yet to discover all the ways in which it could get damaged.

That being said, it definitely looks much more futuristic compared to even the smallest notch for the selfie camera.

More Features

We also get a uniquely placed notification LED on the top of this POP selfie camera. It lights up while the phone is charging or when you get notifications.

The earpiece speaker like on most of the phones is cramped up in the small space between the top bezel and metal frame of the phone. Taking a look around the device, we have the pop-up selfie camera, a noise-canceling microphone and a 3.5mm headphone at the top.

I know many people are going to be delighted that the 3.5mm audio jack is present on this phone. On the right side, we have the volume rocker, and a red-colored power or sleep-wake button.

At the bottom, we have a speaker grill, a microphone, USB type C port for charging and data transfer, and a SIM tray. The SIM tray can hold 2 nano-SIM cards.

There is no option to add a microSD card to it. But the phone comes with 128 or 256GB of internal storage options, which I think should be enough for most users.

There are no ports or buttons on the left side of the phone. Coming towards the back, as I have shown before, we have this subtle carbon-fiber structure under the glass. 

As good as the dynamic pattern on the Flame Red and Glacier Blue K20 Pro looks, I prefer this Carbon Black color with red accents. The main attraction at the back is this triple camera setup.

Price Debate Of Redmi K20 Pro

There is quite a bit of debate going around, regarding the pricing of both the regular K20 and K20 Pro. I personally don’t think that either of these phones is overpriced, for what they offer. But I feel that if Redmi would have given a 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option for both the phones, at about 1500 or 2000Rs less than prices of the current variants.

Then the starting price of the K20 could have been 20K and for the K20 Pro, it would have been closer to the 25000 Rs mark.

Which I think might have put this price issue to rest.

Anyways, what matters if what you guys think about the pricing. So whatever your thoughts about the pricing are, let me know in the comments.

Camera Of Redmi K20 Pro

Main camera gets everyone’s favorite 48 Megapixel SONY IMX586 sensor, with F/1.75 aperture and a regular field of view. Then we have an 8 Megapixel telephoto camera with F/2.4 aperture, which gives us 2x optical zoom.

And finally we also get a 13-megapixel camera again with F/2.4 aperture, and this one gets a 124.8-degree super wide-angle lens.

We don’t get Optical image stabilization on any of these cameras, but they get some very cool features with most of the other smartphones don’t offer.

Like, you can shoot videos in up to 4K 60fps with all 3 lenses. And Redmi says it can even take 960fps super slow-motion videos at 1080p resolution, which I am very excited about.

The POP-up selfie camera gets a 20-megapixel sensor with F/2.2 aperture. I haven’t had this phone for very long before I made this video, so I haven’t got a chance to test out these cameras.

But just like you guys, I am equally excited to test this triple camera setup.

Inside K20 Pro

Inside, the K20 pro packs in most of the latest tech that’s available right now. It comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Processor, Adreno 640 GPU, 6 or 8GB of RAM coupled with 128 or 256GB of internal storage respectively.

It also packs in a 4000mAh battery, which Redmi says should easily take you through the day even if you are a power user. When its time to charge the phone, for fast charging, we have an 18-watt charger bundled in the box, which is really nice.

But if you want even faster charging the K20 Pro supports 27-watt charging speed, but you will have to buy this charger separately.

You also get all the necessary sensors and internal hardware like Proximity and ambient light sensor, accelerometer, electronic compass, dual-band GPS for better navigation, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band wifi and so on.

The software of Redmi K20 Pro

So the K20 Pro is packed with features all around. Software-wise, K20 Pro is running the latest version of MIUI 10, which is built on top of Android Pie.

MIUI 10 offers us many features and customization options which are specific to the Redmi K20 Pro. But many people are concerned over the system-wide ads that appear on Redmi devices.

While there has been some unconfirmed chatter, that Redmi won’t be pushing system-wide ads on the K20 Pro But you can still see some spam vague notifications or ads in some of the pre-installed apps.

I always find it best to disable notifications from these apps, and if possible uninstall or disable these apps completely.

Conclusion

So this has been my review or first impression and a few initial thoughts after using this phone for a few hours.

K20 Pro makes a really good 1st impression, and for people concerned about it being overpriced, I feel that considering what all it offers, it is a pretty good value for the money that you spend on it.

But I also feel that a 4GB RAM option with 64 or 128GB of storage at a slightly lower price would have been a wiser choice by Redmi.

And it would have given people 1 less thing to complain about. I will be using this phone extensively for the next few weeks. If you want any specific article about this phone, or if you have any other questions regarding the K20 Pro, feel free to let me know in the comments, and I will try to solve.

That is it for this article guys.

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