Xiaomi's latest smartphone really is a flagship killer

Xiaomi's latest smartphone really is a flagship killer
After teasing its own ‘Flagship Killer 2.0’ for quite some time, today Xiaomi has announced the new Redmi K20 Pro in China and, as expected, it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

All the specs you'd expect from a flagship


As you’d expect from any flagship-level smartphone in 2019, the Redmi K20 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 855 which can also be found inside the Galaxy S10, OnePlus 7 Pro, and LG G8 ThinQ. This is paired with a heat dissipation system that offers eight layers of graphite.

As standard, the smartphone ships with a respectable 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, although a version with 128GB of storage will also be sold. Alternatively, if you’re looking for maximum performance, an 8GB of RAM model with either 128GB or 256GB of storage has been prepared too. Do note, however, that microSD expansion isn’t available. 

Accompanying these bits of hardware is Android 9 Pie and Xiaomi’s custom MIUI 10 overlay. The smartphone also includes a 4,000mAh battery that can be fully charged in under 80 minutes with the included 27W fast charger. Also, for those headphone lovers out there, the smartphone arrives equipped with a 3.5mm jack.

Edge-to-edge display and a triple-camera setup


In terms of design, the Redmi K20 Pro skips the controversial notch and punch hole trends in favor of an edge-to-edge AMOLED display that offers a 6.4-inch diagonal and a 91.9% screen-to-body ratio, a 2340 x 1080p resolution, and a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Also present is an optical in-screen fingerprint scanner that removes the need for a sensor on the rear.

As is often the case, the all-screen design has been achieved by fitting the Redmi K20 Pro with a pop-out camera module that houses a 20-megapixel selfie snapper. As an added bonus, the latter will soon receive support for a software-based wide-angle mode as part of an upcoming update. On a related note, the camera takes less than one second to open and users can customize the activation sound.

Moving over to the rear of the smartphone, Xiaomi has fitted the flagship with a triple-camera setup that is aligned vertically in the center. Like many devices these days, the Redmi K20 Pro features a 48-megapixel primary sensor and, in this case, the sensor employed is the same one found on the OnePlus 7 Pro. There’s also an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with support for 2x optical zoom and a 13-megapixel super-wide-angle shooter that supports a 127-degree field of view – the Galaxy S10+ supports a 123-degree angle.

Regarding video recording, the Redmi K20 Pro can record slow-motion video at 960fps and 1080p. Recording at this same resolution is available at 30fps, 120fps, and 240fps too. Alternatively, 2160p video is supported at 30fps and 60fps.

Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro price, release date, availability


Initially, when Redmi K20 Pro launches on June 1st it'll be limited to the Chinese market and will retail at CNY 2499 ($361/€323) for the 6/64GB version. The 6/128GB model, on the other hand, retails at CNY 2599 ($377/€337) and the 8/128GB and 8/256GB options cost CNY 2799 ($405/€362) and CNY 2999 ($434/€388). 

Xiaomi hasn’t yet announced when the Redmi K20 Pro will be available to purchase internationally, but when this does happen it probably won't arrive in the US. The flagship should, however, be available in Europe, where it could potentially start at €399 ($446). After all, any higher will mean competing too directly with the Mi 9 that retails at €449 ($502) and any lower could potentially hurt sales of the Mi 9 SE which costs €349 ($390).

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30 Comments

1. ishaqthkr

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

K20 Pro and Zenfone 6 are already better buy than OP 7 Pro. If you disagree you're either dumb or an insecure OP7 pro owner who rushed your wallet drain lol

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 669; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

The OnePlus 7 Pro offers a much nicer software experience IMO and a vastly better display. Some people value that more than others but it doesn't make them dumb. Better specs don't always equal a better phone.

17. vasra

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Well said. Yet features/price K20Pro is superior, if one is on a budget.

25. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I'll tolerate the supposedly inferior software experience, screen and certain better battery life. Then use the $300 savings to buy something else or pay some bills or hire some hookers instead. I'm sure you get the point. The fact is that Oneplus have opened up the flagship killer category for Xiaomi, Asus etc to exploit.

16. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 390; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

This comment makes you sound insecure

23. jeferson9

Posts: 2; Member since: May 28, 2019

If you're insecure you're always concerned with what others are doing, and probably end your comments with "if anyone disagrees...".

27. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 390; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Very true, who gives a s**t who uses what, people are to triggered/affected by total strangers and their choices in life. You do you and I do me.

30. Heyfernan

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 01, 2017

No. There are amateurs who buy based on hardware alone, which worked in 2000s, but not today, so they're either dinosaurs or simply ignorant people. And there are users who buy based on User Experience AKA UX which is the 2020's trend, those are smart consumers, those are the peeps who buy Apple and OnePlus devices. Grow up noob

3. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Oneplus has failed big time by not launching the regular 7 and only the gargantuan 7 pro. They wont sell much here in the states. I don't understand how they expect to do well in extremely price sensitive markets like India when the consumers have such an excellent choice of alternatives. The reason they do so well in India & Asia was price to performance ratio. Thats disappeared now.

14. vasra

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

To me, Op7Pro was too little for too high price.

19. superguy

Posts: 471; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

From what I've seen, they're selling the OP 7 at a much lower price point and China - in the neighborhood of $450 or less, while the US and Canada get stuck with the 6T at a higher price. Makes OPs snubbing all the more irritating.

20. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

You are stupid. Xiaomi and Asus had such offerings even in 2018, yet OnePlus sold handsomely in India. People go to OnePlus for that amazing software support and experience coupled with image image it carries compared to likes of Xiaomi and Asus. FYI, OnePlus 7 is being launched in India at $470 and with launch offer costs just $440.

4. Suts_97

Posts: 130; Member since: May 05, 2012

Still feel that the Zenfone 6 is a better buy, except for the LCD display.

7. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

LCD screen is why I like the Zenfone 6 LCD has advantages over OLED like no pulse width modulation, full rgb matrix and higher refresh rates. LCD can be just as good or better than OLED but today many see LCD screen as a downgrade which its not.

12. vasra

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

K20Pro has DC dimming NOT PWM.

21. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Excuses of losers. Amoled displays are always better than even the best of LCDs. Infact most youtubers found LCD display on Zenfone as underwhelming.

13. vasra

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Except for lack of updates from Asus and warranty void if you unlock bootloader. Other than that I agree.

5. User123456789

Posts: 1176; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I dont expect from flagship lack of sd card, mono speaker, fake 960fps , SDR screen

11. vasra

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

K20Pro has sdcard, stereo speakers, 3.5mm and DCI-P3 Super Amoled. HDR screen cert is missing.

15. User123456789

Posts: 1176; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Yeah, xiaomi would put stereo on redmi when mi9 does not have it ...

6. Cabeção

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!

8. OneLove123

Posts: 1262; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Camera is probably going to be subpar.

10. vasra

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Already tested:https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7fYthiMIMNU It is ok, but not Huawei/iPhone/Samsung quality.

18. Cabeção

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Will be improved by updates quickly.

22. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

That review certainly shows that K20 Pro did better than iPhone in lost of circumstances and that is a lot considering 1/4th the price.

9. vasra

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

This is the flagship killer at a price that OnePlus failed to deliver. This will sell insane amounts all over the world. What you get for the price is just unsurpassed.

24. alancameron

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

On it like a tramp on chips

26. rkoforever90

Posts: 478; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Now that's a true flagship killer, the new one plus

28. OneLove123

Posts: 1262; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

But, will it work on T-Mobile?

29. P20prouser

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 10, 2018

This is a great deal but i once you had a water resistant phone you'll never go down.. Photography, gaming and outing are my hobbies. Ill buy this if the OP7pro didnt have an uncert IP and a 90hrz screen

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