Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (6GB RAM, 64GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB).

Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (6GB RAM, 64GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
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Excellence Score
65.3
55.5
Value for Money Score
81.0
86.0
Price ₹ 24,749 onwards ₹ 16,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2019 May, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.39 inches 6.67 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 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
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features HDR, Always-On Display Sunshine mode, Night mode, Colour temperature adjustment, Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 618
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 13MP + 8MP 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 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, Laser Focus + PDAF, HDR, Panorama, Portrait mode, Night More, Video: 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30/120/240fps; 1080p@960fps 64MP: f/1.9 aperture; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 119° Field-of-view; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps; 720p@960fps, EIS, Ultra Nightscape mode, AI scene detection, Smart ultra-wide angle mode, Ultra wide-angle edge distortion correction, AI Beautify, Burst mode, Tilt-shift, Level display, Custom watermark, Pro mode, Portrait mode background blur adjustment, Studio Lighting, Panorama mode, AI high resolution photos
Secondary Camera 20MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features Motorized Pop-up Camera, F/2.2 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR Panorama selfie, Palm shutter, AI silhouette detection, Wide-angle distortion correction, HDR, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Age recognition, AI Beautify, AI feature adjustment, AI makeup, AI portrait mode, AI scene detection, AI studio lighting
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, 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 mmMedium 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 191 gmHeavy 209 gmHeavy
Width 74.3 mmOk for one-handed use 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5020 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, 27W Quick Charge 4.0 Yes, 33W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 33.0W 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 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Fresh, bright and vibrant design, with a very shiny, reflective rear panel - you'll see light play across the surface when using this phone, giving the feeling of depth
  • The distinctive new camera bump design plays into the theme of symmetry - this is a nice design touch that sets the Redmi Note 9 series apart and make this phone and its siblings recognisable
  • The front of the phone looks modern and definitely defies expectations for its price category
  • Fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power key and it is extremely fast at unlocking the phone
  • Xiaomi's trademark infrared emitter is on the top, and can be used to control several home appliances
  • There's also a notification and charging LED hidden in the earpiece, a rarity to find in modern smartphones
  • Bright, crisp and large 6.67-inch IPS display with a tall 20:9 aspect ratio - the panel delivers punchy and vibrant colours and the large screen work nicely for consuming videos and games
  • MIUI is one of the more refined and smooth Android skins around, and has a lot of customisation/theming options - there’s ample features for power users - from gestures to the ability to switch around button layouts as well as a robust home screen customisation experience, you can really make the phone your own
  • Class-leading performance for the price backed by the snappy Snapdragon 720G - the Redmi Note 9 Pro is more than powerful enough to handle anything from basic calls and messaging all the way up to heavy 3D gaming, with no trouble whatsoever, multitasking is also smooth and trouble-free
  • Good quad camera at the back - a 64MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • Daylight shots from the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max turn out quite well - photos look sharp and the details are good - phone automatically enables HDR in appropriate situations
  • The Ultra-wide camera on the device offers a wider field of view with good quality images - wide-angle correction is implemented which prevents barrel distortion
  • Xiaomi has done a particularly good job at optimising the portrait mode and the phone does a fantastic job at edge-detection, creating a natural-looking blur
  • Macro camera is good for extreme close-ups - it captures very good details in good lighting conditions - the resolution is also higher at 5-megapixels than what you usually get from other smartphones
  • In low-light, the phone manages to keep noise under control and offer good images - with Night Mode enabled, the phone combines multiple exposures, the output is sharper, with much better detail, and objects in the shadows are more visible
  • The 32MP front camera is good - in daylight, you get sharp selfies - there is a portrait mode for the selfie camera as well, and it does manage to accurately separate the background from the subject
  • Video recording is decent as long as there's good light (though, in low-light the phone struggles to stabilise the footage and creates a shimmer effect)
  • Overall, it has one of the best camera performances in this price segment
  • Very good battery life with the 5020 mAh battery - with ordinary use, the Redmi Note 9 Pro easily lasts through a full day and nearly half of the second day before needing a recharge
  • Excellent fast charging with the 33W fast charger in the box, takes nearly an hours to fill the phone completely, which is one of the fastest for this price
  • The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is almost identical to it's younger sibling the Redmi Note 9 Pro, the only exceptions being the better cameras and faster charging - and if you value these features, it's worth spending the extra bucks on the Max
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 & 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
  • At 8.8mm thick and 209g in weight, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is bulky and unwieldy
  • It is a standard 60Hz panel and doesn't have a high refresh rate - this is a missed opportunity that puts the Redmi Note 9 Pro on the back foot compared to its peers
  • It still continues to pack a lot of bloat though - you get many pre-installed applications with wide-ranging requirements for user permissions
  • However, if you are looking for a higher refresh display, you can consider the POCO X2 or the Realme 6, other specs are very similar
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is powerful, offers great battery life and packs in good cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Incredible camera, satisfactory performance
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Note 9 Pro Max is highly impressive... but the competition is tough
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
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