Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the LG V40 ThinQ, and is also much better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

LG V40 ThinQ  Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
LG V40 ThinQ Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro
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Excellence Score
55.8
68.4
Value for Money Score
60.2
86.2
Price ₹ 29,999 onwards ₹ 23,464 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2019 Jul, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.39 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x3120 pixels (~ 537 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type P-OLED AMOLED
Display Features P-OLED, Dolby Vision, HDR10 compliant, Always-on display HDR, Always-On Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 640
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 12MP + 12MP 48MP + 13MP + 8MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: 27mm Focal Length (Standard); F/1.5 Aperture; 1.4µm Pixel Size; 3-axis OIS; PDAF & Laser Autofocus, 16MP: 16mm Focal Length (Ultrawide); F/1.9 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size; no Autofocus, 12MP: 52mm Focal Length (Telephoto); F/2.4 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size; 2X Optical Zoom; OIS; PDAF, Portrait Mode, HDR, Panorama, Cine Shot, Stereo Sound rec., HDR Video, Gyro-EIS 48MP: F/1.75 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length (wide); 1/2" Sensor Size; 1.6um Pixel Size, 13MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (ultrawide); 1/3" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; 124.8° Wide-angle lens, 8MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 53mm Focal Length (telephoto); 1/4" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; 2x Optical Zoom, Laser Focus + PDAF, HDR, Panorama, Portrait mode, Night More, Video: 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30/120/240fps; 1080p@960fps
Secondary Camera 8MP + 5MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features 8MP: 26mm Focal Length (Standard); F/1.9 Aperture; 1.4µm Pixel Size, 5MP: 21mm Focal Length (Wide); F/2.2 Aperture; 1.4µm Pixel Size, Portrait Selfie Motorized Pop-up Camera, F/2.2 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes (Wireless) Yes
Dual SIM GSM + GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.5 mmSlim 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 169 gmMedium 191 gmHeavy
Width 75.7 mmOk for one-handed use 74.3 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Quick Charge 3.0 (50% in 36 min) Yes, 27W Quick Charge 4.0
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features MIL-STD-810G Compliant; Scratch Resistant (Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; Fast Wireless Charging; DLNA; NFC; FM Recording; Noise Filtration; B&O Play certified; DTS: X Surround Sound; Hi-Fi Quad DAC; BoomBox Speakers In-display fingerprint sensor; Noise Filtration; Game Turbo 2.0; Hi-Fi DAC Audio; Hi-Res Audio
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Sleek, matte glass, premium finish
  • Light, yet reassuringly solid design
  • For a phone with a large 6.4-inch screen, it is pretty comfortable to hold (it's noticeably lighter and narrower than the Note 9 and XS Max)
  • Water resistant (IP68 rating)
  • Handy physical button for Google Assistant
  • Excellent OLED screen - the blacks are especially inky and dark
  • Minimal bezels with small (ish) notch
  • The notch is hide-able, if you don't like the V40's screen cutout
  • LG's software interface continues to get better and more optimized - while it’s not as simple/clean as stock Android, it’s miles ahead of where LG was just a few years ago
  • Some add-ons likes the optional "floating bar" tab for quick access to your contacts, music player, etc are handy
  • Equipped with the power beast Snapdragon 845 chipset, the V40 is as fast and responsive with day-to-day tasks as other top-tier, flagship phones
  • The LG V40's five cameras (3 rear + 2 front) give you a variety of photography options
  • Its rear camera setup includes a standard lens with optical image stabilization, a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens with 2x zoom that takes dramatic, bokeh-style portraits
  • LG also loaded the camera with a bunch of lighting tools for portrait photos, nearly identical to the ones on the latest iPhones, which adds a studio-like quality to your pictures
  • Overall image quality is very good, and in the same league as other top camera phones of the world - the iPhone XR/XS, the Google Pixel 3/XL, and the Galaxy Note 9
  • Class leading video-recording options, excellent end results too
  • Good set of front cameras too - with especially good portrait selfies - Skin tones are also true to life and faces look sharp
  • Lots of software extras are enabled by the versatile camera setup, like Triple shot (allows you to take three photos on each of the rear cameras with one tap of the shutter - the phone will save three images and stitch together the pictures in an animated, zooming GIF), Cine shot (makes cinemagraphs, wherein a portion of a "still image" is repeatedly in motion while the rest of the picture remains static, resulting in hypnotizing and surreal images), Animated emoji (a la iPhones), AI scene detection, and Google Lens (calls up information on objects right from the V40's camera lens using Google's vast search database)
  • If you're into photography, having this Swiss-army-knife style set of options at your disposal is useful (and fun)
  • Has a headphone jack - something that's becoming more and more rare in the flagship segment today
  • Exemplary overall audio quality and great sounding speaker setup (it's not stereo though)
  • There's some fancy audio tech: the phone has a built-in DAC, which improves audio for your headphones -- especially with high-end lossless audio - the V40 also supports 7.1-surround audio via DTS X support - this gives you the option to tweak how songs sound from multiple directions, as if the source was coming from in front of you or side-to-side, on your wired headphones
  • Decent overall battery life with a 3300mAh battery - will give you a day of use with moderate to heavy usage
  • Overall, the V40 is an excellent phone, and probably the best one LG has ever made - it won’t appeal to everyone — you have to be a fan of big phones, for starters, and software purists will still be happier with a Pixel — but in a world where smartphones are becoming increasingly similar, the V40 differentiates itself with its unique camera system and pulls it off in style
  • Xiaomi has gone big on the design front this time - the Redmi K20 Pro has a glass back with one of the most evocative gradient patterns you'll come across on any phone today - it's both premium to feel, and stunning to look at
  • The gradient effect that kicks in under the right lighting condition is quite mesmerising
  • The front is modern and sharp too, with a 'full screen' notch-less display (the selfie camera is a 'popup' one)
  • Decent in-screen fingerprint sensor - reasonably quick and reliable
  • Gorgeous, 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display - easily one of the best panels you'll find in this price segment - it has vibrant colors and excellent contrast levels, and sunlight readability is great as well
  • Of course, the lack of a cutout means you get an all-screen front, and the minimal bezels at the top and bottom create an immersive experience when playing games or viewing videos on the device
  • MIUI, especially with it's recent improvements continues to one of the better, more cohesive custom Android UIs around - and it's packed with features like gesture navigation, anti-flicker mode, reading mode, second space, dual apps, themes, etc
  • The K20 Pro also adds the POCO Launcher on top of MIUI - which brings the Dark Mode and App drawer to the K20 Pro
  • Xiaomi is also rolling out a Game Turbo feature that prioritizes bandwidth and mutes incoming notifications when you're in a game
  • Top-notch flagship performance with the top-notch Snapdragon 855 chipset at the core - the K20 Pro is expectedly a performance beast - and gets the highest Antutu scores of any Android phone at the moment
  • Very good triple rear camera setup - the phone has a 48MP primary camera backed by an 8MP telephoto lens and a 13MP wide-angle shooter
  • Image quality is great in all sorts of lighting conditions - they look crisp, vibrant, and details are captured well
  • The ultra-wide sensor and 2x telephoto lens also produce generally good results
  • The K20 Pro also comes with a dedicated night mode that does the usual multi-frame processing, and the results are pretty good - it gets more light in, and makes things sharper
  • Decent 20MP popup selfie camera, with a good portrait mode
  • Overall, the rear camera setup on the K20 Pro is the best for this price bracket, and matches up well to more expensive phones like the OnePlus 7 and Asus 6Z
  • Has a 3.5mm jack, that a lot of flagships these days tend to skimp on
  • Loud (single) downward firing speaker
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAH battery - combine that with a very efficient 855 processor, and you will comfortably get 1.5 days of use
  • Fast charging support - up to a cool 27W (a 27W capacity charger will however need to be purchased separately for super fast charging - that said, Xiaomi does include a still-very-fast 18W charger in the box)
  • Xiaomi has again hit the ball out of the park with the Redmi K20 Pro, providing a still-excellent-value successor to the super successful Poco F1 - this is the cheapest price point at which you will get the flagship Snapdragon 855, along with all the latest features of 2019 - full screen, popup selfie camera, and in-display fingerprint sensor - people who attach more value to the software experience though might still want to spend a little more and go for the OnePlus 7 or Asus 6Z, for a cleaner experience
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Like all glass designs, it is prone to smudges
  • The metal sides tend to heat up a bit under stress
  • But if you're more of a casual photographer, all the camera features on the V40 can get overwhelming - it's not quite the just-pickup-the-phone-and-click-a-great-picture experience as say the Pixel 3 or the iPhone XR/XS are
  • Compared to other flagship peers though, the V40 is towards the bottom of the list here - given the large display it would have been better for LG to opt for a 4000mAH battery which would have allowed it to compete better
  • Face unlock mechanism is a little clunky - you have to first wake the screen and swipe up for the camera module to engage (this might get sorted via a software update though)
  • One issue with MIUI in recent times is the ads in the interface & notifications - those are still there (though a little less intrusive) - and while there are ways to disable them, it's a technical solution that a lot of prospective buyers will not be aware of
Expert Reviews
  1. A bit flawed in some areas, and awesome in others
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Savvy Note 9 rival with 5 versatile cameras
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. An excellent phone, and probably the best one LG has ever made...differentiates itself with a unique camera system
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The best smartphone that LG has ever made
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A solid package
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A capable flagship that can’t keep up
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Tuned for the mobile cinematographer
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Underrated flagship
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. If you want an Android device with a camera that can capture what other phones miss, the V40 ThinQ might be for you
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. If you want 95 percent of the features offered in the V40 for less money, look at the LG G7
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A worthy consideration
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. An underrated flagship that seems late to the party
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The best from the LG but its best is not enough
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  19. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
  1. The best smartphone you can buy today in this price bracket...it's the spiritual successor to a rare smartphone blend known as flagship killers, a series that OnePlus may have conceived, but has since forgotten
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Excellent value for money
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A satisfying device that won’t break the bank
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The most affordable flagship you can buy right now, that comes with all the bells and whistles that are in vogue this year
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Xiaomi's 'Fight Song' against OnePlus...If your budget is Rs 30,000 then it hard to look past this smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Simply one of the best deals in smartphones right now
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. As good a flagship as any other..the price works to its advantage
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. This is the flagship to beat
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The best affordable flagship on the market
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Move over OnePlus, there’s a new mid-range king
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  11. Xiaomi has done it again: the Redmi K20 Pro delivers incredible value
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. If OnePlus was the brand for those looking for a reasonably priced flagship smartphone, the Redmi K20 Pro now fills that space
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The K20 Pro is by far the best smartphone we’ve seen from Xiaomi and it very well deserves a space in your pocket
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. A hard-to-ignore Flagship Killer from Xiaomi
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Wears the best budget flagship crown...very hard to beat in terms of sheer value for money
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Top-end features for a low-end price – the rise of Xiaomi continues
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. Almost everything other flagships have, but cheaper
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. It's quite simply bonkers the Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) sells for the price it does, given its flagship specifications....easily the best phone at this price
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. Best bang for your buck
    pandaily.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. Embodies almost everything that’s great about flagships in 2019 and it does so at an extremely competitive price
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. Flagship killer...what it manages to deliver at this price point, is commendable, to say the least
    indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. The best part of the K20 Pro is that beauty is not just skin deep...holds excellent value over several flagships in the market right now
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. The most complete phone available at this price point...delivers on everything that matters
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  24. A brilliant mid-premium smartphone...Highly recommended
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. asianage.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. zdnet.com hands-on Read Review »
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