The Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (known as the Mi 9T Pro in India) was released in June 2019. The device has impressive specifications starting with the new Snapdragon 855 processor, a Super AMOLED display without a notch and a motorized selfie camera that pops up above the screen when required. The Pro model came after the Xiaomi Redmi K20 which is essentially the same phone but with less impressive specs.
During the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro launch, it was certain that the device would undoubtedly be up there with other flagships from various manufacturers. Features such as a triple-camera setup, 27W fast charging and 256GB storage for the top would cost you a fortune if you bought from the top-rated manufacturers. Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro price in Nigeria starts at ₦ 129,699, which is quite a bargain for the features you get.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro features overview
The K20 Pro comes with some stunning features. However, it also has some shortcomings.
- Stunning Super AMOLED display without a notch.
- Excellent fingerprint scanner.
- Excellent battery life and fast charging.
- Class-leading Snapdragon 855 processor.
- Great camera quality.
- FM radio and 3.5mm audio jack.
- Not dust or waterproof.
- The motorized selfie camera is prone to damage.
- No memory expansion slot.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro specs
- Announced: May 2019
- Released: June 2019
- Dimensions: 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm (length, width and thickness)
- Weight: 191 grams
- Build materials: Aluminum frame, front glass and back glass
- SIM card: Dual SIM
- Display: Super AMOLED touchscreen
- Size: 6.39 inches
- Display resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels
- Operating system: Android Pie (9.0)
- Expandable memory: Not available
- Internal memory: 64GB & 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM & 6GB RAM or 256GB ROM & 8GB RAM
- Camera: 48MP main camera, 8MP telephoto camera, and 13MP ultra-wide cameras
- Selfie camera: 20 megapixels
- Bluetooth connectivity: Version 5.0 with A2DP, aptX HD & LE
- Sensors: Fingerprint, proximity, accelerometer, and gyro
- Battery: 4000 mAH non-removable Li-ion battery
- Charging: 27W fast charging (Quick Charge 4+)
- Price: From ₦ 129,699
Here is a Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro review, a look into the hardware, software, and performance aspects of the K20 Pro.
What is the quality of its hardware?
The K20 Pro follows a slightly different design language as compared to earlier Xiaomi devices. The materials, colours, display, and battery are all top-notch.
The K20 Pro is equipped with a 6.39 inch Super AMOLED display which Xiaomi also refers to as a Horizon AMOLED. The unit is sourced from Samsung and has 1080 by 2340 pixels resolution. The lack of a notch above the displays means that users are treated to an uninterrupted viewing experience. The 1080p AMOLED panel is among the most common in the market, loved for its deep blacks and infinite contrast ratios.
The display has a maximum brightness of 450 under the manual setting. However, users can achieve up to 643 nits of brightness by leaving the phone in the auto-brightness setting. The minimum brightness, on the other hand, is 2.2 nits which makes the device perfect for use in dark places.
Processor, storage, and performance
The most significant difference between the K20 and K20 Pro is the chipset. The Pro model is equipped with the range-topping Snapdragon 855. This system-on-chip makes use of eight cores. The graphical processing unit is the Adreno 640, which renders everything beautifully on the K20’s full HD display. The device is available with 6GB or 8GB RAM. For internal storage, buyers get to choose among three options; 64GB, 128GB or 256GB.
The K20 Pro does not have a MicroSD slot for optional memory expansion. While this might be a deal-breaker for some buyers, the available options have more than sufficient internal memory for everyday tasks and requirements. Heavy users will be delighted with the K20 Pro’s cooling system. The phone makes use of a double-sided cooling system around its processor. The system is a combination of thermal silica, graphite, and copper.
There is a dedicated menu for boosting game performance within the security app. This results in better resource management, thus allowing better game performance.
Battery life and capacity
A non-removable 4000 mAH battery powers the device. Buyers get a charging brick rated at 18W out of the box. However, the device can support Xiaomi’s 27W chargers. The supplied charger is capable of charging the device from zero to fifty percent in thirty minutes which is quite respectable, though not the best. The device will take a hundred minutes to charge from zero to a hundred percent.
In a battery Endurance test conducted by gsmarena.com, the K20 Pro got a score of 103 hours. The test measures a device’s battery performance based on web browsing, calls and video playback. K20 Pro buyers will be delighted to learn that the device can continuously play videos for a whopping twenty hours before the battery drains.
Speaker and call quality
The smartphone is equipped with a single bottom-firing speaker. The unit is significantly loud and outputs rich and clear sound. High-pitched notes might sound a bit off at maximum volume though. When connected to an external amplifier, the K20 Pro performs great with loud and clear output. There is not much to write about call quality, the phone functions as expected, with clear and audible sound.
Is its software of high quality?
OS and features
The K20 Pro comes preinstalled with Android 9.0 (Pie) with Xiaomi’s skin (MIUI 10.3) overlaid. The device also comes with Poco Launcher 2.0, which gives users a feature-rich application drawer. The K20 Pro began receiving MIUI updates based on the new Android 10 in September 2019. The updates started in China and will help fix issues related to random rebooting.
Camera, video, and image quality
The Redmi K20 Pro has a triple-camera layout on the back. The primary lens has a 48MP resolution. Above it is an 8MP telephoto lens which has 2x optical zoom. Below the primary lens is a 13MP sensor for taking ultra-wide shots. The zoom camera produces good images. However, these are way below the industry’s best telephoto cameras. The primary camera, on the other hand, produces clean, detailed and sharp pictures in good lighting conditions.
The ultra-wide camera has the worst performance of the three K20 Pro cameras. While noise levels are significantly low, image quality is quite wanting. When it comes to portraiture, the K20 Pro delivers mixed results depending on the prevailing lighting conditions. Under optimum lighting, users will get great portraits. The same cannot be said of images shot in low light.
The Redmi K20 Pro can capture 4K video in up to sixty frames per second. There are also options to capture 1080p video in thirty or sixty frames per second. Video is shot via the 48MP primary camera. The device has excellent colour rendition and contrast in video output. Noise is also significantly low in the captured footage, making the K20 Pro a great video shooting device.
This Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Jumia page shows that the device's price is about ₦ 129,699.
Is the Redmi K20 Pro waterproof?
The device is not IP67 certified and can therefore not withstand immersion into water. While it may be able to withstand minor splashes, a full immersion could render the device unusable.
Here is a peek into some user reviews from K20 Pro owners.
The Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro is a great all-round device that provides good value for money. The availability of an excellent AMOLED display, good camera and a top of the line processor should make the K20 Pro worth considering.The phone is only let down by a lack of IP certification and a memory expansion slot. Potential buyers should also consider the Lenovo Z6 Pro, OnePlus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S10e.
Now you have all the information you need to know before purchasing the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro. You can now make an informed decision.