Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Review: Certainly Not Overpriced

A OnePlus 7 Killer?

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Xiaomi’s Redmi-series has been the main pillar of Xiaomi rise from unknown to number one smartphone brand in India. In the price-sensitive market, Redmi smartphones managed to offer really aggressive specs within under Rs 20,000. This, however, has also limited the company as an affordable smartphone maker and as a result, the brand hasn’t managed to make many inroads in the higher-midrange and premium segment in the country. (Xiaomi Redmi K20 review हिंदी में पढ़िए)

“Teez hazar kharch karke bhi Redmi hi lena padega kya?” (why should I buy a Redmi if I am spending Rs. 30,000?) is a recurring statement that aptly describes the sentiment.

With the new K20-series, Xiaomi’s a pursuing a more aggressive outlook towards features rather than the price and is attempting to revamp its image in India.

Xiaomi has been very bullish about the Redmi K20 Pro from the start and went all out to promote it as the ‘flagship killers 2.0’ across online and offline platforms. However, post official launch in India, there has been a lot of ruckus about Redmi K20 Pro in regards to pricing. So much so that someone started a change.org petition asking Xiaomi India to revise the pricing, and Global VP Manu Jain had to step up to defend the company’s stance in an open letter.

What do we think about the Redmi K20 Pro? Is it really overpriced? Has Xiaomi managed to deliver another ace? How’s PUGB Mobile gaming experience on the Redmi K20 Pro? Let’s find answers to all these questions in our full review.

About this Redmi K20 Pro review: Initially, for a couple of weeks we tested a China imported variant after flashing global MIUI ROM. However, post K20 Pros official launch we ordered the K20 Pro retail unit from Flipkart to get a complete picture for this review.

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Xiaomi K20 Pro Price in India and Specification

SpecsRedmi K20 Pro
PlatformAndroid 9 based MIUI 10
Screen6.39-inch full HD+ AMOLED display, 19:5:9 aspect ratio
BiometricsIn-screen fingerprint (optical)
ProcessorSnapdragon 855
Main Rear Camera48MP (f/1.8) Sony IMX586
Secondary Rear Camera13MP (f/2.4)
Additional Rear Cameras8MP (f/2.4)
Front Camera20MP
Battery27W Quick Charge 4+ fast charging support
Redmi K20 Price In India6GB+128GB: Rs 27,999

8GB+256GB: Rs 30,999

Xiaomi K20 Pro Unboxing: What’s inside?

  • Redmi K20 Pro/ Mi 9T Pro handset
  • USB cable (Type-C)
  • 18W Wall charger
  • Sim ejector tool
  • Hard plastic case
  • Documentation

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Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Review: Design and Build

Last year when we reviewed the Poco F1(review), we concluded that it offered extraordinary value but had an uninspiring design. Well, Xiaomi seems to have taken a note of that. The Redmi K20 Pro design is fresh and seems well thought out.

The Redmi K20 Pro is offered in three hues: Carbon Black, Glacier Blue, and Flame Red. We have the Carbon Black variant with us which indeed looks and feels fantastic, especially if you compare it against the Poco F1. Post India launch we bought a Red color variant which also looks equally appealing (though a bit flashy). This new aura prism design brings most ardent gradient work that we have seen in the segment. Multi-layer elements help Xiaomi to achieve these striking effects.

Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro review
A good looking phone but a confusing name. Should I call it Redmi K20 Pro or Mi 9T Pro?

The Redmi K20 Pro has a glass-metal construction where the front and rear glass are firmly held by a metal side rail. The 3D curved design attached with Gorilla Glass 5 layer, giving it a distinctive, more congenial look compared to the gradients we have seen on affordable phones in recent times.

There’s a triple rear camera module on the rear where the 48MP primary sensor is highlighted by an accent color ring. Thanks to tapered edges, the Redmi K20 Pro fits snugly in our palms. Unlike the Poco F1, the volume rocker and power button are both metallic, giving excellent tactile feedback. The Red accent on power key also adds to the K20’s overall appeal.

Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Display review
The dude is back. The K20 Pro display is far better than what we had on Poco F1.

Front on, it’s just all display. There is no notch and the AMOLED screen is uninterrupted, just as on Asus 6Z (review). Where’s the selfie camera you may ask? Well, same as the OnePlus 7 Pro (review) and Vivo V15 Pro (review), the Redmi K20 Pro also uses a motorized pop-up module to accommodate the selfie camera.

Xiaomi engineers did some creative thinking and placed LED lights on the right and left edges of the selfie camera module. If you ask us, this looks a bit immature. There’s also music playback associated with the pop-up camera, but thankfully you can turn both audio and visual effects off.

It is also worth pointing out that the Redmi K20 Pro pop-up mechanics feel a little lethargic in comparison to some of its adversaries. The notification light also finds a place on the top surface of the pop-up module, and that’s perhaps the worst place to put it.

As for build quality, there are no flexes or creaks in the body. The Gorilla Glass 5 protection on front and rear is also a confidence booster. The handset is not water-resistant certified, but there is p2i nanocoating for splash resistance. Xiaomi bundles a rubberized texture case in the box, which is worth appreciating.

If I had to nitpick, the Redmi K20 Pro’s glossy design catches finger smudges rather easily. At 190 grams it is on the heavier side (still it is more manageable than the OnePlus 7 Pro). And if you are upgrading from other Redmi phones, you might miss the IR blaster on K20 Pro.

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Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Review: Display

Xiaomi has notched its game up as compared to the Poco F1 from last year. The edge-to-edge 6.39-inch Super AMOLED screen has about 86 percent screen-to-body ratio and is so much better than what Xiaomi’s previous flagships in the country offered.

The screen has native full HD+ resolution with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Being an AMOLED panel it theoretically offers infinite contrast which means the dark mode looks appealing on the phone. Xiaomi has also introduced Always On feature that it terms Ambient Display. The user can schedule it to turn on/off or continuously keep it on.

The screen is bright, vivid and as sharp as the best available options in the segment. We tested the panel under direct Sun and it was comfortably legible. The K20 Pro display also supports HDR content and DC Dimming. It comes with Widevine L1 certification and has been whitelisted by Netflix and Prime Video for HDR content streaming as well. Also, the MIUI 10 has controls to adjust contrast and colors tones under display settings.

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Redmi K20 Pro Review: Performance and Software

Performance-wise there is hardly anything to complain about with the Redmi K20 Pro. For anyone who doesn’t know, the 7nm process-based Snapdragon 855 that drives the handset is currently the best Qualcomm chipset and has a tri-cluster architecture. There is one extreme performance cores clocked at 2.84GHz followed by a couple of performance cores ticking at 2.41GHz, and four most power-efficient cores at 1.78GHz.

The combination of best of Qualcomm SoC, up to 8GB of RAM and fast UFS 2.1 storage (up to 256GB) makes it snappy and capable of handling every app or game I’ve tried convincingly.

Redmi K20 Pro storage speed vs OnePlus storage speed
Redmi K20 Pro storage speed vs OnePlus 7 Pro storage speed

Xiaomi has added a gaming mode that enables special features like enhanced touch response in-game night-time visibility and more.

While I was using the K20 Pro as my daily driver, it responded well to almost everything. The UI felt responsive and apps loaded without any hitch. Xiaomi claims that there is a custom graphene cooling tech that can keep the system cool by 8°C with extended heavy usage.

Redmi K20 Pro Benchmarks

Benchmark StandardScore
Geekbench Score Single-Core / Multi-Core3028 / 10464
3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme – Vulkan3965

Playing PUGB Mobile with HDR quality and extreme fame rate graphic settings on the Mi K20 Pro was a great experience and we didn’t experience any throttling in performance. In the controlled room temperature, the phone did get warm touching 40C in certain spots within 15 minutes of gameplay. However, the temperature doesn’t go beyond that.

As far as performance hardware goes, the OnePlus 7 will have the slight advantage of UFS 3.1 that should be noticeable only while transferring or installing large files.

Poco Launcher on Redmi K20 Pro
Poco launcher in Redmi K20 Pro but what happened to Poco F2?

As for the software, it is based on Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 10 which is a heavily customized version of Android 9 Pie. It has been further enriched with Poco launcher, dark mode, navigation gestures, lots of animation, Picture-In-Picture mode and autofill support. The good thing is that Xiaomi has the Redmi K20 Pro under the radar for Android Q update.

In our retail unit, we faced some software issues while answering calls.

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Redmi K20 Camera Review

The Redmi K20 Pro camera is pretty loaded on paper. Conforming to modern flagship trends, it brandishes triple rear sensors. Out of the three, there is a 48MP (f/1.75) IMX586 primary sensor, teamed with a 13MP (f/2.4) ultra-wide one and an 8MP (f/2.4) telephoto lens. For selfies, there is a 20MP selfie camera that pops every time you need it.

Redmi K20 Pro Camera viewfinder!
Redmi K20 Pro Camera viewfinder.

The 48MP primary camera is the same one that Xiaomi employs on its Redmi Note 7 Pro (review). The primary camera essentially will act as a 12MP sensor with very large 1.6µm size pixels. There is a dedicated 48MP mode as well, just in case you need to print a billboard.

There is no optical image stabilization (OIS) or any form of electronic stabilization for the cameras. Now let’s see some of the camera samples we took with the Redmi K20 Pro cameras:

Taken indoors in auto mode.
And, this one was shot using night mode.
Shot using Auto mode
Shot using Night mode
Redmi K20 Pro Camera at 1X zoom.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Camera at 2X zoom.

The Redmi K20 Pro camera manages to capture good pictures in most conditions. It has a decent dynamic range but in harsh light, the highlights tend to blow up slightly.

One thing that I have noticed in my time with the phone is that some of the photos don’t have the same crispness as others. Low light camera performance is average and not far from the likes of OnePlus 7 and Asus 6Z. For better low light photos, the night mode in the default camera app is recommended as it outputs balanced images. However, you have to hold the phone with steady hands. As for videos, it can record 4K videos at 60FPS, but again, lack of OIS means you will have to keep the phone really stable.

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Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Battery Life

The Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro draws power from a 4,000 mAh battery. With normal day-to-day usage, it lasts through a day without breaking a sweat. With more demanding use, the battery depletes fast. Overall, we are happy with the mileage we are getting. The phone supports Quick Charge 4+ out of the box which means it can handle much faster charging.

However, Xiaomi ships it with only an 18W charger. There aren’t many QC 4.0 chargers available in case you wish to buy one separately. Currently, the best fast charging option for Redmi K20 Pro will be the 27W sonic charger that Xiaomi launched in India recently for Rs 999. Wireless charging fans will be disappointed with Xiaomi.

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Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Audio and Biometrics

The Redmi K20 Pro audio output is about average. The phone has a bottom-firing mono speaker which is loud enough, but not the best in its class. The good thing is it retains the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The K20 Pro has both face unlock and more secure fingerprint scanner. The slower pop-up mechanism means the face unlock isn’t as seamless. The seventh-generation in-display optical scanner works well. It is as fast as the best available optical sensors on the market.

Redmi K20 Pro Review Verdict

The Redmi K20 Pro screams value from every nook and corner and is one phone that can be seen as a successor to the Poco F1. The handset offers brains and muscle of Snapdragon 855 SoC, a gorgeous AMOLED display with HDR support, and a decent battery mileage. The camera isn’t perfect but should be apt for a phone with an under Rs. 30,000 price tag.

We wouldn’t say that the K20 Pro, or even the K20, is overpriced in India. In fact, the price is still the biggest advantage the K20 Pro has over phones like OnePlus 7 and Asus 6Z that also offer a wonderful experience and the latest Qualcomm chipset.

That said, the K20 Pro is still an affordable flagship, and Xiaomi is cutting a few corners. If buyers keep their expectations realistic, they would be really happy with the value they get for their money.


  • Performance
  • Design and build
  • Battery mileage
  • Retains 3.5mm audio jack


  • Average haptic motor
  • No IR blaster
  • No OIS

Quick Bytes: Redmi K20 Pro questions and answers

Does Redmi K20 Pro have ads?

The biggest concern about Xiaomi phones has been the system level ads in MIUI. The company has confirmed that Xiaomi won’t serve such ads on k20-series phones in India. However, some of the pre-installed apps and Xiaomi’s own system apps still push spam notifications.

Are Mi 9T and Redmi K20 Pro same?

Xiaomi first launched the Redmi K20 Pro in China. However, for the European market, Xiaomi chose to rename it as Mi 9T. So yes, the Xiaomi Mi 9T and Redmi K20 Pro are both the same phones.

Does the Redmi K20 Pro have IR Blaster?

No, Xiaomi doesn’t include an IR Blaster in its Redmi K20 Pro.

Does the Redmi K20 Pro have Face Unlock?

The Redmi K20 uses selfie camera for face unlock. However, the face unlock is not as secure as a fingerprint sensor or as iPhone’s Face ID.

Is it worth it to buy Redmi K20 Pro?

The Redmi K20 Pro is a really aggressively specced phone with performance assurance of class-leading Snapdragon 855. In fact, as of now, it is the cheapest Snapdragon 855 based smartphone in the market. The phone offers good value for money and is definitely a worthy buy.

Deepak RajawatDeepak Rajawat
Experienced technology journalist with over 7-years of experience. Before embracing online journalism, he has worked with several legacy publications including print editions at Hindustan Times and The Statesman. He also has a keen interest in Sports, which he used to cover with equal enthusiasm in his early career.

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3 years ago

Over priced Add defective parts cost +Courier charges to send back+depreciation due to honest pricing+carrying costs to far away service centre,… It’s costlier than an iPhone

3 years ago

I will say that it is unfortunate and Xiaomi should have made sure they do whatever it takes to not have a single customer facing the issues you did.

3 years ago

I will say that it is unfortunate and Xiaomi should have made sure they do whatever it takes to not have a single customer facing the issues you did. I have seen people writing about the K20 Pro when they actually have the SD 730 version the k20, which understandably cannot match the performance of the SD855 which is the flagship chipset of 2019 with a 855+ being a like an amped version of SD 855. I will suggest you write to the senior management of Xiaomi, and explain your ordeal, I feel they will definitely help and sort it out if it is a valid complaint. Something I would like to add here is something I have noticed in all the years that I have been on the Internet on a daily basis. I have never seen a reviewer telling us to drop the idea of going for a flagship of a big brand to buy something like the K20 Pro. I find it strange that no one does that, because it is something that comes naturally to us to say something like only a fool would buy a OnePlus 7T Pro, when the K20 Pro does everything for I guess, Rs. 20000-25000 less, which makes it a no brainer. You will never find a review telling you that iPhones are overrated and overpriced pos and the company leeches on its dedicated customers. What will you say if your MacBook has a problem, and you take it to the Geius bar or store whatever it is called to have it looked at. The genius attending to you will tell you that he will need to take it to the back to open it and check and you say ok. The genius comes back and tells you that it seems to be a display issue or main board issue as a problem with either of those causes the symptoms being seen here. He says it could also be a case that both need to be replaced and then there is a $200 service charge. He goes on to say that looking at all the things I have mentioned the display and main board will be around $1100 add the service charge and you are looking at $1300 for the repair and that is too much thus it is beyond economic repair costs. You could buy a later model for around that cost in the refurbished devices we sell. Refurbished for apple means the phone had come in as a defective product ie a customer return. Such phones are repairied and made as good as new with the battery being a new one and the warranty being the same as a new from factory device meaning 1yr, for the device and 6 months for the battery. The difference will between a new device and a refurbished/renewed device is that it will not come in a box like a new one does. The customer asks the genius that what is the value of the laptop in its current state, I mean those are just 2 things that you said could be bad but there should be some value for the other stuff that is in it. He is told that there isn’t much left after display and main board as the components are all on the board itself. The customer is quite disappointed when he realises that it would be foolish to get it repaired for that cost when he can buy a used but good condition device of the same model for $750-800. This customer leaves the Genius Bar and goes to a private repair shop nearby (this is in new York) the owner is a well known YouTuber who teaches people the way to resolve problems and repair these devices and he is very good with these gadgets and devices like laptops, phones and

1 year ago

Hello, I’m K20 Pro user ..this phone is excellent..but please fix one issue .. this was possible by going to settings > special features > Second space > Move data (from the second space). There you could transfer photos and files between spaces.(After Update Android 11) Now it’s only possible contacts, messages and apps..so fix this please

3 years ago

In the FAQs, it was mentioned that K20 Pro sports IR Blaster. No, it doesn’t, as clearly specified in the review. Same may be corrected.

Deepak Rajawat
3 years ago

The K20 Pro doesn’t sport IR Blaster.

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Deepak Kumar
3 years ago

very bad phone verry lag game and carsh game and care not spotede me

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Nikhil Pandey
3 years ago

I love this phone i really want this phone

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Sushant Jha
2 years ago

Worst phone k20 pro bought it over a week ago and neither the mobile data or Hotspot or wifi works. The data is accessible for 15 mins and then there is no trace of it on the phone contacted mi as well and yet again the worst customer service i got and they said that please visit nearest service centre as their trouble shooting was a big failure and they raised their hands. Yes i would not comment on camera or processor but please do not buy this phone as it has some factory defect with mobile data, Hotspot and wifi. I bought this a week ago and will now drive around 15 km to get the phone checked in the service centre

3 years ago

About the heating issue upon gaming. What might be the solution? Any suggestion…

3 years ago

Meine v ek k20 Liya h aav kuch din pahle par jaisa sab bol rhe h iska advertise dikhta hai hi use type mein bhi advertisements dekha.. Wrong of Xiaomi to do so