After the Poco F1, Redmi is back with its another device – The Redmi K20. This device gets some specs cuts than its big brother Redmi K20 Pro.
Despite being cheaper than the Redmi K20 Pro, the Redmi K20 comes with the exact same design that the more expensive phone sports. The Redmi K20 — similar to the Redmi K20 Pro — comes in three colours in India: Glacier Blue, Carbon Fiber Black and Flame Red. I’m using the Glacier Blue colour variant of the phone and must say that the phone looks stunning from all angles – front, back and sides. I personally prefer the Carbon Fiber Black, though.
The Redmi K20’s 6.39-inch AMOLED display is great, and that is especially evident when MIUI’s dark mode is enabled. Colours simply pop, and viewing angles are good too. The display offers a peak brightness of 600 nits, but we didn’t feel the need to crank the brightness up past the 80 percent mark even under daylight.
The Redmi K20 comes with three cameras on the back, and single sensor on the front that pops out when the selfie camera mode is turned on in the camera app. The Redmi K20 Xiaomi uses 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor for its primary camera unlike the Redmi K20 Pro that uses Sony IMX586 sensor. The differences between two sensors are minor, and only when you are recording 4K videos.
The K20 includes an 8MP telephoto shooter on the back along with a 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera. On the front the Redmi K20 – similar to the Redmi K20 Pro – uses a 20MP sensor for clicking selfies. The main difference between the two sensors is in the video. The IMX 582 supports up to 4K 30fps video recording, but the IMX 586 supports 4K 60fps. So basically, the difference is in FPS rate in extremely high-resolution videos, likely because Snapdragon 730 may not be able to handle the bandwidth required for 60FPS 4K video capture while the Snapdragon 855 in the K20 Pro can.
The Snapdragon 730 SoC with its eight Kryo 470 cores and Adreno 618 GPU truly blurs the lines between flagships and mid-range models. We did not come across any lag or instances of freezing while using the phone. Even with 10-15 apps running in the background, switching between them was smooth.The Redmi K20 had no trouble with high-end games either.
A 4,000 mAh Li-Polymer battery powers the device and it supports fast-charging up to 27 W. But bundled in the box is an 18 W charger which takes around 90 mins to fully charge the K20 Pro. It runs on Android 9 with the Xiaomi MIUI 10 skin atop it.
The K20 is a good option as it costs less than K20 Pro, But if you are not tight on your budget than you can go for K20 Pro. There are other options such as Realme X to choose from. The back camera is great and night mode was also quite impressive. The front camera is what it makes this not at all a selfie camera the results were “Okay”. This is overall a good gaming phone with a good back camera.