Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 64GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 64GB  Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro
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Excellence Score
65.1
73.7
Value for Money Score
62.3
86.9
Price ₹ 34,999 onwards ₹ 25,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2018 Jul, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 6.39 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2960 pixels (~ 531 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 AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (home button only), 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 Exynos 9810Ranked #10 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP18 Adreno 640
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 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: F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF, 12MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1µm Pixel Size; Autofocus; 2x Optical Zoom, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, Touch focus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama, HDR, Dual-Video rec., Slow-motion Video 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 8.0MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.6 Aperture, Autofocus, Full HD+ Video Recording, Dual Video call, Auto HDR Motorized Pop-up Camera, F/2.2 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.5 mm 8.8 mm
Weight 189 gm 191 gm
Width 73.8 mm 74.3 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3500 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 Yes, Quick Charge 4.0 (27W)
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 18W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Wireless charging; Bixby; NFC; ANT+ support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay In-display fingerprint sensor; Noise Filtration; Game Turbo 2.0; Hi-Fi DAC Audio; Hi-Res Audio
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Absolutely luscious design, continuing the design language that was introduced with the Galaxy S8 series (which is not a bad thing at all) - and it has some really sizzling color options in purple and blue, which really helps those supple curves stand out - the body colors look deep, rich and ever-changing thanks to the way the glossy glass catches the light - you will be hard pressed to find anything remotely as elegant, and beautiful in the Android market
  • The biggest design change is on the back, where the fingerprint reader moves below the camera module - this corrects the worst design mistake of both Galaxy S8 phones and the Note 8
  • Water resistant body
  • The tall, 18:9, minimal bezel, 6.2-inch AMOLED screen is absolutely gorgeous and even brighter than last year's (15 percent brighter, in fact) - and the sexy dual-curved design adds to the charm
  • Samsung software on top of Android adds some useful extras, extending the core functionality of Android - it is one of the better, more refined UIs in the Android world
  • Whiplash-fast performance backed by the super powerful Samsung's Exynos 9810 (similar to the Snapdragon 845 in terms of performance) - performance is top-notch as expected under all use cases
  • Terrific camera - the first to bring a mechanical dual-aperture lens from DSLRs to the much tinier mobile phone, a feature that's designed to let in more light, reduce image noise and generally make your photos a lot better
  • The image quality in well lit situations is top-notch
  • Low light performance often borders on astounding - with the amount of brightness & lack of noise you will find in the shots (thanks to the dual aperture lens) - although its not very consistent (some low light photos are oddly washed out)
  • The Galaxy S9 Plus also one-ups the excellent Galaxy S9 with a second rear camera for taking portrait photos - they come out well with a good bokeh effect
  • The super-slow motion video mode is pretty cool too, and when you frame the shot well, can give some incredible result
  • The selfie camera is good too, and has a new Selfie Focus mode, which uses software (and not a second lens) to create a depth effect with the front-facing camera, similar to the Pixel 2, or the iPhone X
  • On the whole the cameras on the Galaxy S9+/S9 compare well with the those on the other top camera phones - the Google Pixel 2, and the iPhone X - it's a toss up between these 3 - the Galaxy S9+ can produce some truly exceptional shots especially in the dark, but perhaps the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 are just a bit more consistent all round, everything considered
  • Dual-speaker system is excellent, and makes for loud, rich audio - and results in one of the best speaker experience of any smartphone, ever
  • Call quality is fantastic too, with the AKG tuning really paying off
  • Also has the good old-fashioned headphone jack! (that's missing in a lot of other flagships now)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life - will definitely last the work day on a single charge
  • Supports fast charging (although it's not the fastest around)
  • Supports wireless charging
  • DeX Pad support is another cool feature that enhances the Desktop Experience Samsung introduced on last year’s flagship Galaxy phones
  • On the whole, while outside of the display, the S9+ isn’t a class leader in any category, but it’s good enough in all of them that the whole package makes for a great flagship phone - it will compete with the Pixel 2/XL and the iPhone X for the title of the best smartphone - which one of these 3 you might choose will depend on what specific things you value
  • 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]
  • Fragile glass front and back means you should buy a case day 1
  • The new face-unlock tool is not particularly secure (it might have been better for Samsung to build out a more refined version before rushing in to compete with the similar feature on the iPhone X)
  • The 3D avatar software is again not that well executed - the AR Emojis track your expressions poorly and need far more customization options
  • There’s also still no compelling use case for Bixby, Samsung's AI agent (though of course you have no compulsion to use it, and can instead keep using the Google Assistant)
  • While the camera is great generally, it can sometime make low-light photos look blurry and lack detail - even though brightness levels is excellent and noise is minimal - so its sometimes a double edged sword
  • Battery life is good, but not exceptional - some of the competition is ahead here
  • Among the two S9 variants themselves (standard, and plus), a lot of people might prefer the Galaxy S9, as it's a little easier to handle - the incremental improvements in the S9+ on the other hand (even bigger screen, more RAM, and a secondary rear camera) are arguably not that significant
  • Everything considered, S8 owners can skip the upgrade - the S9+ is excellent all-round, and incrementally better - but it's not a monumental change from the S8
  • Apart from the iPhone X and the Pixel 2/XL, the S9+ will also face tough competition now from lower priced flagships like the OnePlus 5T, which are almost as good on most of the important counts
  • The S9+ will also face direct competition from Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, which is pretty similar in many of the meaningful ways, but might come at a lower price
  • 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. It's an awesome phone, the Samsung Galaxy S9+
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. You can hardly find anything remotely as elegant, as advanced, and as polished, all in a single product, on the Android market
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Samsung phone you really want this year
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Thanks to blazing performance, solid cameras and long battery life, the Galaxy S9/S9+ continue to uphold the S series’ reputation for excellence
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Samsung’s best phone with a big screen and superb camera
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The best Samsung flagship ever
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ are solid, dependable workhorses with excellent displays, premium craftsmanship, and improved cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The best Android smartphone available right now
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Impressive, to say the least
    bgr.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Samsung gets it exactly right
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The S9 and S9+ are probably the best Android phones for most users, and I’d have no problem recommending them to almost anyone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. independent.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  15. telegraph.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  16. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  18. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
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  26. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  31. cnbc.com in-depth Read Review »
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  34. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  35. recombu.com in-depth Read Review »
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  37. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  38. thenextweb.com in-depth Read Review »
  39. mirror.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  40. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
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  42. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  43. wired.co.uk 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 »
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