Redmi K20 first impressions

Xiaomi just pulled out their biggest trump card and announced the K20 and K20 Pro in the Indian market just last week. Just like with previous Xiaomi phones, both the new models feature top of the line hardware and come with price tags that not everyone liked.

We got on our hands-on on the Xiaomi K20 and have been using it close to 3 days now. The K20 promises a lot and here are our initial impressions on the same.

Design & Display

Xiaomi’s design team has scored a home run with the Redmi K20, its got a flaming pattern on the back with both the Blue and Red color while the Black has a carbon fiber touch to it. Xiaomi has not cut any corners here and it reflects in the choice of the materials. The back is covered with Gorilla Glass 5 with curved edges which help with the grip.

There is a triple camera set up on the back along with the Redmi branding. All these are placed vertically dead center on the back. The right side houses the volume rockers and the power bottom while the 3.5mm audio jack, USB C port, and the speaker grill are on the bottom. The top houses the pop-up selfie camera along with a small notification LED on top of it.

Since there is no kind of notch, you get a gorgeous 6.39-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The bezels are much shorter when compared to other full-display smartphones. From the initial impressions, the display seems good with excellent color reproduction, deep blacks making it ideal for all sorts of content consumption.

Hardware and Software

The Redmi K20 is powered by the Snapdragon 730 processor which makes it the first smartphone to use the said chipset in the market. Snapdragon is up there with the like of the 835, 845 and 855 making it one of the fastest chips on the market. This chipset is easily capable of providing a punch and that reflects in the overall day-to-day performance. No matter what you throw at it, it passes the tests with flying colors. The phone comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage which further smoothens out the experience.

On the software front, the phone comes with the latest MIUI 10 version based on Android 9 Pie which should get updated to Android Q in the coming months. Considering the current craze around mobile gaming, Xiaomi has added a Game Mode which further enhances the gaming performance. Along with it, you get a bunch of AI-based tweaks spread all around the OS. Interestingly the K20 lineup ditches the stock MIUI launcher in favor of the Poco launcher which the brand debuted with the Poco F1 and later made available in the play store.

While we enjoyed the overall experience, it is too early to give a verdict on the software performance.

Optics and Battery

As previously mentioned, the Redmi K20 comes with a triple camera setup on the back, with a 48-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens, and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide lens. It’s the same kind of lens setup that you’d find on a flagship smartphone. On the front, you get a 20-megapixel pop-up camera with AI features baked into the camera app for those crisp selfies. During our limited time with the unit, we can say that the phone takes images with a decent amount of details which are eye-pleasing thanks to the built-in AI.

Coming to the battery situation, the phone comes with a 4,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging technology. Our test unit lasted for 2 days with medium to high usage and it charged in about 90 minutes with the supplied fast charger.

Final Thoughts

From the initial impressions, the Redmi K20 seems to be a very decent offering and the pricing separates it from the competition. That being said, there’s still a lot that needs to be tested before giving a final verdict, so keep an eye out for our full review in the coming weeks.


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