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Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi 9 – Which is the best affordable flagship?

Xiaomi has just introduced the hotly anticipated Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro, dubbed the “Flagship Killer 2.0”.

The standard K20 is powered by the Snapdragon 730, while the Pro version features a Snapdragon 855. With the Redmi K20 Pro, Xiaomi has launched a phone that could compete directly with their own Mi 9 which is currently the cheapest Snapdragon 855.

Granted, if they are going to compete directly this assumes the K20 Pro will launch in the UK, but rumours suggest that the phone will be rebranded to the Mi 9T.

Pricing Options

This is where things are a little unclear for UK users, the K20 Pro will launch in China with prices from 2499 CNY this translates to around £285 but we know that won’t be the case.

The Mi 9 launched in China for 2999 CNY for the 6GB/128GB variant and the K20 Pro equivalent spec costs 2599 CNY. So, in theory, it should land in the UK for a decent bit less than the Mi 9.

For reference, the Mi 9 launched in the UK officially at £499 but is currently available for £449, so over £100 more than the Chinese launch price.

The potential naming scheme of Mi 9T is a concern as they may position this new phone higher than the current Mi 9T, and therefore more expensive.

The full launch prices of the K20 Pro include:

RAM + Storage options Price in CNY Price in GBP / USD
6 GB + 64 GB 2499 £285 / $361
6 GB + 128 GB 2599 £296 / $377
8 GB + 128 GB 2799 £319 / $405
8 GB + 256 GB 2999 £342 / $434

Specification Comparison

In terms of spec, the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro is superior in almost every aspect.

The one minor weakness it has compared to the Mi 9 is the rear camera specification. The K20 Pro uses the same 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor for its main camera but then has a 13 MP, f/2.4, ultrawide and 8 MP, f/2.4, telephoto whereas the Mi 9 has a 16 MP, f/2.2, ultrawide and 12 MP, f/2.2, telephoto.

The K20 has a superiour screen to body resolution thanks to the pop up selfie camera, achieving 86.1% screen-to-body ratio.

It has a 3.5mm headphone jack with support for 24-bit/192kHz audio, something quite rare among flagship devices and surely a feature to win many users over.

It also addresses the Mi 9s biggest weakness, its battery. The K20 Pro has a 4000 mAh battery but it does sacrifice wireless charging. Personally, I think this is worth it compared to a smaller battery.

The biggest issue for UK users is availability, if and when it will arrive and for what price. With Xiaomi officially launched in the UK and several Redmi branded phones available I can see no reason why it won’t launch.

Side by side specification comparison

  Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Xiaomi Mi 9
Dimensions 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm (6.17 x 2.93 x 0.35 in) 157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm (6.20 x 2.94 x 0.30 in)
Weight 191 g (6.74 oz) 173 g (6.10 oz)
Build Glass Back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame (7000 series)
Sim Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~86.1% screen-to-body ratio) 6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~85.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density) 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 6
HDR DCI-P3
HDR10
OS Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10 Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10
Chipset Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485) Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485)
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 640
Card slot No No
Internal 256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM 64/128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM
Modules 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, Laser/PDAF 48 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, Laser/PDAF
13 MP, f/2.4, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/3″, 1.12µm 16 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.0″, 1.0µm, Laser/PDAF
8 MP, f/2.4, 53mm (telephoto), 1/4″, 1.12µm, Laser/PDAF, 2x optical zoom 12 MP, f/2.2, 54mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, Laser/PDAF, 2x optical zoom
Features Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/120/240fps, 1080p@960fps 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/120/240fps, 1080p@960fps
Modules Motorized pop-up 20 MP, f/2.2, 0.8µm 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm
Features HDR HDR
Video 1080p@30fps 1080p@30fps
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes No
24-bit/192kHz audio Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFC Yes Yes
Infrared port No Yes
Radio Yes No
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Sensors Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 27W (Quick Charge 4+) Fast battery charging 27W (Quick Charge 4+)
Fast wireless charging 20W
Colors Carbon black, Flame red, Glacier blue Lavender Violet, Ocean Blue, Piano Black
Price Unknown, but cheaper than Mi 9 in China £449 in UK

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