Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (8GB RAM, 256GB) is a significantly better phone, but the realme XT (8GB RAM, 128GB) 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 (8GB RAM, 256GB).

Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (8GB RAM, 256GB)  realme XT (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro realme XT
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Excellence Score
77.6
63.2
Value for Money Score
88.1
89.4
Price ₹ 28,999 onwards ₹ 18,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2019 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.39 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 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 HDR, Always-On Display Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 712Ranked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 616
RAM 8 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, Laser Focus + PDAF, HDR, Panorama, Portrait mode, Night More, Video: 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30/120/240fps; 1080p@960fps 64MP: 1/1.72" Sensor Size; Samsung GW1 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.8 Aperture; EIS, 8MP: 119° Wide-angle Camera; F/2.25 Aperture; 5P lens, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: Macro Camera; 4cm Shooting Distance, AI HDR, AI beauty, AI scene recognition, Chrome boost, Super nightscape, Filter mode, Panorama, Expert mode, Time-Lapse
Secondary Camera 20MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features Motorized Pop-up Camera, F/2.2 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR Sony IMX471 Sensor, F/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 256 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 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 8.6 mm
Weight 191 gm 183 gm
Width 74.3 mm 75.2 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 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, Quick Charge 4.0 (27W) Yes, VOOC 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger Yes, 20W 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; In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
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)
  • Good in-screen fingerprint sensor - 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
  • Beautiful, attractive, premium glass design (Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back - a first for Realme), with a modern gradient finish at the back
  • The phone is also marginally smaller than the Realme X and is lighter too at 183 grams, which gives it a very balanced in-hand feel
  • The glass on the back is of the glossy kind, but it barely registers any fingerprints or smudges and it isn't very reflective
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is snappy as is the facial recognition
  • Very good 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080x2340) Super AMOLED display with a dewdrop notch - it has vibrant colours, deep blacks, good sunlight legibility, and good viewing angles - one of the best displays of this price range
  • Also comes with Widevine L1 standard, which means videos on platforms like Netflix and Prime can be seen in crisp HD resolution
  • ColorOS is now more streamlined than before, and packs fast animations that helps the phone feel snappy - there are of course a number of add-on features too, compared to what you would get in stock Android
  • The UI also isn't ad-strewn as recent Xiaomi phones have tended to be
  • Very good performance backed by the powerful Snapdragon 712, which is one of the better mid-range mobile SoCs out there, especially for gaming - the Realme XT is able to run graphically intensive games like PUBG on default high graphics without breaking a sweat - of course day-to-day use is a breeze too
  • Thermal management is good too - the phone remains quite cool throughout gaming sessions
  • Excellent quad camera setup at the rear - 64MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor - this is the first phone to launch in India with a 64MP sensor
  • Much like the popular 48MP sensor, the 64MP camera also works (by default) on a 4-in-1 pixel binning technology that combines four 16MP shots to offer one bright and detailed photo
  • The primary camera capture some really attractive photos in daylight, offering good brightness and clarity - with HDR enabled, the camera offers a wide dynamic range
  • The ultra wide-angle camera comes in handy if you want to capture a wider frame of view or want a different perspective on the subject (but there is some noise even in daylight conditions)
  • The camera also supports Nightscape (Night mode), which comes in handy in low-light conditions, and helps improve picture clarity
  • The Realme XT also does a good job when using Portrait mode - edge detection is excellent thanks to the dedicated 2-megapixel depth sensor and details are crisp
  • Decent video recording performance - image quality is good, and there is also stabilization at 1080p (but not at 4k)
  • Overall, this is now arguably the new camera champ of the under 20k category, coming out a bit ahead of the current leaders pack - the Realme 5 Pro, the Realme X, and the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Good speaker - verbal audio sounds clear enough even in max volume, and the audio is loud enough for you to hear the phone ring from another room
  • Very good battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • There is VOOC 3.0 fast charging support, which is great - you can charge up the Realme XT in about 80 minutes
  • Once again, like clockwork, Realme has launched another champion phone with the XT, that sets the benchmark for mid-range phones even higher
  • But more broadly, you won't go wrong with either of the current leading 3 Realme phones - Realme 5 Pro (cheapest, Snapdragon 712, but not a premium glass design, not a 'full-screen' display, not an AMOLED display), Realme X (pop-up selfie, and 'full-screen' AMOLED experience, but not a premium glass design, and 'only' Snapdragon 710), or the Realme XT (premium glass design, AMOLED display, best camera of the lot by a small margin, Snapdragon 712, but not a 'full-screen' display) - and you can chose one depending on your priorities
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
  • There is as usual some bloatware that comes pre-installed (but most of it can be uninstalled)
  • The macro lens is ordinary - you will be able to get really close to the subject, but detail levels in the images are low
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. Amazing value for money proposition...one of the easiest recommendations we have given
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Realme XT has it all...the next round of Realme vs Redmi begins
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Yet another solid addition to Realme's smartphone lineup...packs in a lot of features for the price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. One of the best phones in the midrange segment
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Realme has delivered an ace with the XT....it is hard to not get impressed by
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Makes for a very attractive option, especially with the aggressive pricing
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Solidifying Realme's presence in sub-20K smartphone category...it's going to be a tough call choosing between the Realme XT and Redmi Note 8 Pro
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Standout phone...the phone to beat in this segment when it comes to value
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Great choice for those looking for camera-centric smartphone
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The realme XT offers a raft of exciting features and top-notch performance at an equally impressive price.
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  11. Emerges as a winner
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. A very able phone
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. You will be hard pressed to find a phone that offers as much value...an easy recommend for anyone looking for a phone in the sub-20k segment
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A good device even apart from its excellent camera performance
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Takes the whole value for money proposition thing to another level...Dear mid-segment, we have a real(me) contender for your crown
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. It's a steal...comes really close to being a game changer
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. Yet another winner from Realme
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  18. A good phone on most counts....but if you are going for this smartphone only and only for the 64 MP camera, don't
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. asianage.com in-depth Read Review »
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