Redmi has always been the most popular brand in the Indian budget to the mid-range mobile phone market. It is very manufacturer who started the specification war in the Indian market around three years ago. It provided very decent midrange phones at much affordable price point. Things got more interesting when Redmi launched its “flagship killer 2.0” dubbed K series of phones in China which looked like very well in line with what its sister brand Poco launched last year. The K20 series of phones were launched in India a couple of days ago with the base variant of K20 being priced at 21,999 INR while the Pro variant requires you to shed 6,000 INR more at least.
In this article, we will focus if you should spend 6k more for the Pro version.
Redmi K20 vs K20 Pro: Specifications
Redmi K20 Pro
|Display||6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED Panel in 19.5:9 aspect ratio||6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED Panel in 19.5:9 aspect ratio|
|CPU/GPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, Adreno 618||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640|
|RAM||6 GB||6 or 8 GB|
|ROM||up to 128 GB (non-expandable)||up to 256 GB (non-expandable)|
|Rear Camera||48 MP (f/1.8) primary + 8 MP (f/2.4) telephoto + 13 MP (f/2.4) ultra-wide-angle||48 MP (f/1.8) primary + 8 MP (f/2.4) telephoto + 13 MP (f/2.4) ultra-wide-angle|
|Front Camera||20 MP (f/2.2)||20 MP (f/2.2)|
|Battery||4000 mAh with support for 18 W fast charging||4000 mAh with support for 27 W fast charging|
|Software||MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie||MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie|
|Others||Bluetooth 5.0. 3.5mm audio jack, under the display fingerprint scanner, pop up selfie camera||Bluetooth 5.0. 3.5mm audio jack, under the display fingerprint scanner, pop up selfie camera|
Which One Should You Go For?
Coming from the above table, if you are unable to spot any difference between the Pro and the non-pro variant, I would not blame you especially since the difference between the two finally boils down to the processor, storage configuration and the charging speeds. Yeah, you heard that right, the entire experience is basically the same right from the hardware to the software. The differences are so similar that even though you are a tech nerd and I hand over both the phones to you without revealing which one is it, 90 out of 100 times you would not be able to tell the difference between the two.
You may ask me the question that how a phone which runs a 7xx series chipset provides the same experience as the flagship 8xx series chipset. This will be my reply-
The benchmark scores of the Snapdragon 730 suggests that it is nearly as powerful as last year’s flagship processor Snapdragon 845 which is still one of the best processors available. The Snapdragon 855 is a step up from the Snapdragon 845 but necessarily in a way that you will feel the difference in day to day tasks. It is very well capable to meet your gaming needs as well. The Snapdragon 730 is not like any other mid range chipset launched by Qualcomm.
Unless you want 256 GB of internal storage, 8 GB of RAM, 27 W fast charging and most importantly if you are not interested to use your phone for more than 2 years, you will be very well settled with the non-pro variant. If you desperately want the best in the class processor, you can shed 6k extra and get the Redmi K20 Pro or else at 21k, the Redmi K20 is one hell of a phone. I love it.