Xiaomi is not a stranger to packing quality parts into affordable devices. The Redmi K20 Pro has the impressive Snapdragon 855 chip inside - it still manages to not break the bank. Why don’t we talk about the handset below?
The Redmi K20 is a glass-sandwich. Its body is Gorilla Glass 5, with an aluminum frame. What’s great about its rear is that it’s curved. This lets the phone sit nicely in your palms. And if you didn’t know, Gorilla Glass 5 is seriously durable.
The phone feels well-built. It comes with 191 grams of weight, so it’s on the heavier side. We prefer phones that are heavy as they feel more premium. However, the K20 Pro is also slippery.
It’s pretty big. The device stretches 6.39 inches across. It’s thin, but there are many devices thinner than it. Its dimensions are 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm.
Its buttons are placed well – we like that its power button is a sharp red. It’s especially eye-catching in the phone’s glacier blue variant. Speaking of colour choices – you can pick the handset up in 4 other choices. The blue is our favourite.
Whichever one you choose, you’ll notice a neat gradient on its back. There’s a flame-like effect, which is reminiscent of a gaming PC.
You’ll notice no fingerprint sensor on its rear. It isn’t on its sides either. The phone has one inside of its screen.
Unfortunately, the K20 Pro doesn’t come with a MicroSD slot. What about a headphone jack? You thankfully get one. Of course, you get a USB-C port too.
Being so large, you get an immersive viewing experience. Its display packs a punch. To begin with, it has a Super AMOLED panel. Hopefully, you’re aware that Super AMOLEDs produce very vibrant pictures.
The fact that the K20 Pro has an 86.1% screen to body ratio helps as well. This means that you barely get any bezels. You especially don’t get a notch. Yes, its front camera is motorized.
The handset not only has a vivid display, but it’s sharp too. Its screen resolution is an impressive 1080 x 2340 pixels.
We’re glad that it’s HDR10 rated. Its display can produce a myriad of colours. What’s even more impressive is that such a feature is seen in the more expensive S9.
Remember how we said its fingerprint sensor is on its screen? It works fast.
Overall, its screen is really good. We noticed that it has exceptional viewing angles. It’s tough too as Gorilla Glass 5 makes up its display.
The device doesn’t have a small battery. Its unit is 4000 mAhs. It helps the phone last well into the day. Like most handsets these days, you can’t remove it.
The K20 Pro comes with impressive charging capabilities. It’s capable of handling 27 W fast charging. But you get an 18 W fast charger out of the box. With it, the Redmi device charges from 0-100% in a little over an hour and a half.
No, it doesn’t come with wireless charging. It doesn’t offer reverse charging either.
When we say its processor is a beast, we mean it. It comes with the Snapdragon 855 chip. Along with the 855+, it was deemed the best at one point. The chipset helps the device tackle the most extensive tasks. You can easily game on the highest setting with it. If you remember, the phone is one of the cheapest that comes with the processor.
Its storage variants are good. You can get the K20 Pro in 64, 128, and 256 GB of space. You can choose from 6 or 8 gigs of RAM. If you’re not happy with its memory variants, we hate to remind you that you can’t expand them.
Out of the box, you’re met with Android 9. We’re happy to say that the Android 10 update is in the works.
If you aren’t familiar with Xiaomi’s UI, it’s MIU. On the phone, MIUI 11 is present. It’s extremely customizable but comes with bloatware.
There’s an impressive triple set up on its rear. Its primary sensor is a 48 MP wide lens, its secondary sensor is an 8 MP telephoto lens and its tertiary sensor is a 13 MP ultrawide lens. As you know, it doesn’t have a notch as its front camera is motorized. It pops up smoothly, but dust can get clogged in it.
The amount of detail you’ll be able to capture is insane. We were able to capture texts from distances away – legibly!
Its primary sensor takes bright shots, but its telephoto lens pales in comparison. Not much of a complaint, but we noticed shots taken from the ultra-wide sensor tended to be a little “stretched” out.
Its camera is fast at focusing. And its edge detection works wonders, providing ample depth between you and your background.
Pictures taken in low light were surprisingly good, but you can notice some noise.
In terms of its front camera, we don’t have anything bad to say. It’s a great 20 MP wide lens.
So far, the handset seems great. Let’s see how well it fairs against competitors below.
The A70 isn’t a glass sandwich. The panel on its back is plastic. Its frame is made from the material too. It’s kind of heavy, though. The device comes in at 183 grams.
If you thought the Redmi K20 Pro was big, wait till you meet the Galaxy A70 – its display is 6.7 inches. If you have smaller hands, holding it might be hard for you. Having such a large screen, it would be a shame if a vivid panel wasn’t placed. Luckily for us, a Super AMOLED screen is available.
The phone offers a more detailed screen than its counterpart. Its screen resolution is 1080 x 2400 pixels. It comes with as much bezel as the Redmi device. Their screen to body ratios is almost identical.
Although there’s no glass on its back, Gorilla Glass 3 is on its front. As you can imagine, it’s not as tough as the Gorilla Glass 5 on the K20 Pro’s front and rear.
Its processor pales in comparison to the Snapdragon 855. The A70 comes with the mid-range Snapdragon 675 chip. Of course, it’s not the worst chip in the world. It performs decently, just not as well.
The device can be upgraded to Android 10. However, you get Android 9 out of the box. As it’s a Samsung device, the A70 will come with the brand’s One UI. It’s customizable, but not as much as MIU. That being said, it comes with less bloatware.
It doesn’t come with memory variants that are as impressive as the ones in the K20 Pro. You can only get your phone in 128 GB of space. Along with this, you can choose from 6 and 8 GBs of RAM. The handset has a microSD slot, so you can thankfully expand its options.
The device’s battery is larger than the Redmi phone’s. You’re getting a 4500 mAh unit. It doesn’t come with reverse or wireless charging. If you’re wondering about its charging capabilities, know that a 25 W fast charger is available. With it, the mid-ranger charges from 0-100% in a little over an hour. In terms of how long its battery will last, you can expect more than a day from it.
Camera-wise, a triple set-up is available. The phone’s primary sensor is a 32 MP wide lens, its secondary sensor is an 8 MP ultrawide lens, while its tertiary sensor is a 5 MP depth sensor. No, its front camera isn’t motorized – there’s a 32 MP selfie camera for you to play with.
The Xiaomi device has a glass body. Its rear is made from Gorilla Glass 5. There’s a premium aluminum frame wrapping things up. The handset is pretty heavy. It comes in at 204 grams, so it feels expensive in your hands.
The device is big. It stretches 6.47 inches across. Yes, its screen is AMOLED, so colours pop. However, it’s not Super AMOLED.
The Note 10 lite has the least bezels so far. Its screen to body ratio is almost 88%. It has a notch but it’s seriously small. If you want, you can hide it through the phone’s settings.
Like its counterpart, Gorilla Glass 5 is on its front. The Note 10 Lite is also HDR10 rated – you know how great this is.
Its processor is good, but it’s no match to the Snapdragon 855. You’re met with the Snapdragon 730 G chip. It’s different from the regular 730 processor as it’s made to be overclocked.
Memory-wise, the phone doesn’t too bad. You can get it in 64 and 128 GB of space. Along with this, 6 and 8 gigs of RAM can be chosen. Hopefully, you’re happy with its memory variants as you can’t expand them.
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You get Android 10 out of the box. This is a relief as waiting for the update is a nuisance. As discussed earlier, Xiaomi uses MIUI in their devices. The Note 10 Lite runs MIUI 11.
It has the largest battery on our list. You’re getting a 5260 mAh unit. The handset can last well over 2 days. Having such a large battery, you might think that it’s capable of reverse charging. This is unfortunately not the case. Don’t be disappointed, the handset can handle an impressive 30 W fast charging. The phone goes from 0-100% in a little over an hour.
What about its camera? There are 4 lenses on its rear. Its primary sensor is a 64 MP wide lens, its secondary sensor is an 8 MP ultrawide lens, its tertiary sensor is a 2 MP lens and its fourth sensor is a 5 MP depth sensor. In terms of its front camera, you’ll be met with a single 16 MP shooter.
The Redmi K20 Pro is affordable yet comes with quality components. The most impressive thing about it is its Snapdragon 855 chip. It makes the phone a beast.
When compared to alternatives, we think the Xiaomi phone held its own. Along with its processor, we found its camera works well. Overall, the handset is a delight.
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