We’ve had devices from One plus to Asus quite a few more. And none of them have impressed us as much as this Xiaomi redmi k20 pro.
Inside the box it’s pretty simple, you get an 18-watt fast charger and a USB type-c cable. There is also an insert that came on top and inside of that, you’ve got a hardshell plastic case.
This phone was nothing but a rumor, until right after the announcement of the one plus 7 as soon as that happened the Xiaomi posted a tweet implying that whilst one plus had just released a flagship. Xiaomi was about to drop a flagship killer 2.0.
This device is a very direct competitor to the one plus 7 pro and so it makes sense to review it in relation to that.
One plus has referred to their phones as flagship killers by offering similar specs but more expensive phones. Redmi has just pulled the same move on one plus. The k 20 pro, spec-wise sits somewhere in between the one plus 7 and the one plus 7 pro but in terms of price it even makes the base standard one plus 7 looks expensive.
Build and Design
The k20 pro is surrounded by 3d curved glass and the design itself is apparently inspired by fire. It actually looks depends massively on the lighting conditions you see it. In broad daylight, it glistens in its own trippy multicolored way. But move out of the light and it becomes subtler and a little bit less polarizing than it looked.
“There is a definite illusion of depth and it doesn’t look as cheap as I was worried”.
You have a pop up front camera and vertical triple camera set up on the rear with one main camera, one ultra-wide and one telephoto lens.
The pop-up camera has led lights built into it that allows the ring on top to double as a notification led.
Pop up Camera
There is more than meets the eye for starters this phone really makes you appreciate, what a great job one plus has done with the speed of the pop-up. There’s a reasonable time lag when opening the one on the redme.
In terms of selfies, it’s good. They’ve added a mini panorama feature. That lets you quickly tilt your phone around and capture a much wider selfie. Almost simulating having an ultra-wide lens on the top.
The primary cameras on the back, both one plus, and redmi are using the same the 48-megapixel sensor. While one plus has a larger aperture.
Clicking pictures with two very different image processing algorithms does mean that for the same photo. You can still get two very different results. If you move to an extreme scenario the redme does fall behind in dynamic range.
The k20 pro also has a 2 x telephoto camera and it’s serviceable. It just won’t look great if you want to digitally zoom further than that.
There’s the ultra wide camera which has a completely different story. It’s got a mega field of view, making even objects that are pretty close to you look distant. Which in this case is good.
When it came to video it’s one of those areas where corners are often cut. But in this case, you can still record 4k video at up to 60 frames second and it’s pretty crispy.
Night mode is definitely on the noisy side, although because this is early software it’s very possible you could see an improvement.
When it comes to display, the k20 pro checks quite a few boxes it is completely uninterrupted across the front of the phone, it’s fairly bright and is punchy thanks to AMOLED tech as a cherry on top.
It also supports hardware dc dimming which for some people. When your phone’s displays on lower levels of brightness it can help to reduce eye fatigue.
It is using gorilla glass 5, not the absolute latest and greatest but up there with the likes of one plus.
The phone is powerful in many regions this will be the cheapest snapdragon 855 smartphone, money can buy. It combines that with an 8 layered cooling system.
The K20 pro pulls nearly 370000 points on Antutu bech. So yeah that should tell you most of what you need to know about performance.
In case it needs it clarifying? Yes, it’s really snappy.
- Dimensions: 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm (6.17 x 2.93 x 0.35 in)
- Weight: 191 g (6.74 oz)
- Display Type: Super AMOLED
- Display Size: 6.39 inches
- Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels
- OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485)
- Rear Camera : 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, Laser/PDAF,
8 MP, f/2.4, 53mm (telephoto), 1/4″, 1.12µm, Laser/PDAF, 2x optical zoom, 13 MP, f/2.4, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/3″, 1.12µm
- Front Camera: Motorized pop-up 20 MP, f/2.2, 0.8µm
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
- Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
- USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
This phone really is a life hack it is far cheaper than the competition and there is very little to show for it.