Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi K20 (64GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Xiaomi Redmi K20 (64GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Xiaomi Redmi K20 (64GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
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Excellence Score
62.3
62.0
Value for Money Score
87.0
90.1
Price ₹ 19,999 onwards ₹ 17,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2019 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.39 inches 6.53 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 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 IPS LCD
Display Features HDR, Always-On Display 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 730Ranked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G90TRanked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Mali-G76 MP10
RAM 6 GB 8 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 48MP + 13MP + 8MP 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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, PDAF, HDR, Panorama, Portrait mode, Night More, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps; 720p@120/240/960fps 64MP: 1/1.72" Sensor Size; Samsung GW1 sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.8 Aperture; EIS, 8MP: 120° Ultra-wide Angle lens; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: 2cm Macro; 1.75um Pixel Size; F/2.4 Aperture, Night mode, AI Scene detection, Smart Ultra-wide Angle mode, AI Beautify, Burst mode, Tilt-shift, Level display, Custom watermark, Pro mode, AI Portrait mode, 3D Lighting, Panorama mode
Secondary Camera 20MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features Motorized Pop-up Camera, F/2.2 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR 0.9um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Panorama selfie, Palm shutter, AI Silhouette detection, Wide-angle distortion correction, HDR, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Full screen camera frame, AI Beautify, AI Portrait mode, AI Scene detection, AI Studio lighting
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.8 mm 8.81 mm
Weight 191 gm 200 gm
Width 74.3 mm 76.4 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4500 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, Quick Charge 3.0 (18W) Yes, Quick Charge 4+ (18W)
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display fingerprint sensor; Noise Filtration; Game Turbo 2.0; Hi-Fi DAC Audio; Hi-Res Audio UFS 2.1 Flash storage; Alexa; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Xiaomi has gone big on the design front this time - the Redmi K20 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
  • Excellent 6.39" AMOLED display - high brightness, HDR10, and notch-free
  • MIUI is one of the most refined and fluid Android UIs around
  • The K20 also adds the POCO Launcher on top of MIUI - which brings the Dark Mode and App drawer to the K20
  • Excellent, butter smooth performance backed by the new, powerful Snapdragon 730 (very similar in overall performance to last year's flagship Snapdragon 845, and a step above the Snapdragon 710) - everything from daily use to games is butter smooth, as expected
  • Great all-round camera experience on all three rear snappers, photo and video
  • Decent selfies too, from the pop-up front camera
  • Overall, this is now the best camera phone in the under Rs 25k price bracket - the overall quality and versatility you get are a notch above what the competition offers
  • Has a 3.5mm jack, that a lot of flagships these days tend to skimp on
  • Loud (single) downward firing speaker
  • Great battery life, with a 4000mAh battery and a very power efficient chip - you can get up to 2 days of use, from this beast
  • Fast charging support - the supplied 18W charger fills 45% of a depleted battery in 30 mins - a full charge takes about 100 mins
  • The K20 is an excellent 'close to Flagship level' device from Xiaomi that seems set to disrupt the mid-range market in India - along with the new Realme X, it offers an excellent high-end, modern experience, at a relatively low price - all ingredients of a likely blockbuster hit
  • Very good build quality and premium glass sandwich design, similar to its predecessor, the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Uses Gorilla Glass 5, front and back
  • Good quality, bright 6.53 inch IPS panel, with very good sunlight legibility
  • Supports HDR - a rare find in this price range
  • MIUI is one of the more refined and smooth Android skins around, and has a number of add-on features and a lot of customizability
  • Excellent, best-in-class performance with the powerful Helio G90T on board - that performs around the same level as last year's flagship Snapdragon 845 - the Redmi Note 8 Pro sails through anything you throw at it - this is essentially a top-end gaming phone on the cheap - and it has a significant edge in benchmarks over it's main competitor, the Realme XT, that packs the Snapdragon 712
  • The Note 8 Pro once again delivers some superlative camera performance for the price bracket (as the Note Pro series has done for a few years now) - especially from the main 64MP camera
  • The quad camera setup on the rear includes a 64MP primary camera + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth sensor + 2MP macro lens
  • The main 64MP sensor is versatile and delivers excellent images at day and night
  • It is also capable of some surprisingly good 2x (digital) zoom photos eliminating the need of a cheap telephoto lens
  • The 20MP selfie camera is also pretty good
  • Great video recording quality overall
  • Overall, this is now the best camera phone under INR 20k, with a slight edge over the other great camera phone of this price bracket, the Realme XT, with clearer low-light photos, and slightly sharper images
  • Excellent headphone audio
  • Outstanding, class-leading battery life, with a 4500mAH cell and a super-efficient chipset - you will comfortably get 2 days of use and more
  • Supports USB PD 18W fast charging, that can charge the phone from 0 to 40% in about 30 minutes - and for a change (for the Redmi Note Pro series), now also includes a compatible fast charger in box
  • As usual, the new leader of Xiaomi's Redmi Note series is a fantastic bang-for-the-buck phone and will compete strongly with the Realme XT - choosing between the 2 will be down to your preference - the Note 8 Pro will deliver slightly faster performance, longer battery life, and slightly better camera - on the other hand, the Realme XT will deliver a better (OLED) display, under-display fingerprint reader, and faster 20W VOOC charging - you won't go wrong with either really
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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 - 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 even be aware of
  • The pop-up selfie camera mechanism is a bit on the slow side
  • The camera bump on the rear is on the big side
  • Hefty for the screen size, at 200g
  • It's slippery like glass backs tend to be, so using a case is recommended
  • It's not as clean and minimalistic as stock Android though - in the default setup you will get both plenty of bloatware, and ads in the UI
  • The macro and ultra-wide cameras are uninspiring - for high quality photos you will want to stick to the main camera
  • Video recording in 1080p could have been a bit better
  • Weak-ish mono speaker - while okay, it isn’t very loud or crisp
Expert Reviews
  1. A very balanced smartphone that excels in almost everything...Given the chance, we're sure it's a phone which will delight you, so it earns our recommendation
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The most heavily specced and feature-laden ‘non-flagship' phone...none of the alternatives can compete with the overall value offered by the K20
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Value-for-money phone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Impeccable...looks like another success story for Xiaomi
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Excellently balanced ...the best mid-range smartphone on the planet
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you can afford it, get the Redmi K20...it shines in many areas
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. One of the best smartphones under Rs 25,000
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. There are some really capable phones that you can choose from if you have a budget of around Rs 20,000....but all things considered, we would say that the Redmi K20 should sit at the top of the shortlist
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. For buyers looking for a new smartphone in the vicinity of ₹20,000, Redmi K20 has a plenty to offer with very few equals
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A sweet deal...offers great value at its price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. For yet another year in a row, the Redmi Note Pro lineup brings a phone which is super easy to recommend...It's true "bang for the buck"
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. As a whole package, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a suitable successor to the very successful Redmi Note 7 Pro....Xiaomi has sweetened the deal by pricing it aggressively and undercutting the Realme XT
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Value for money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Redmi Note 8 Pro raises the bar once again, for phones in this price bracket
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. There's nothing super revolutionary here, but for the price you pay, the package is pretty solid across the board
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Excellent camera and daily performance...For anyone looking to get a phone in this price bracket, Redmi Note 8 Pro should certainly be in your list of options to consider
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. In this price range, there are few that can match what Redmi is offering
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Just as you'd expect, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is an all-round performer
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Redmi Note 8 Pro continues the Note tradition of being the best in its price segment
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A good all-round phone with something for everyone
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A great deal
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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