Xiaomi Redmi K20 Review: Gorgeous, Loaded but Overrated
Xiaomi launched Redmi K20 in China this year and now it’s coming to the Indian market. In India, the initial price of Redmi K20 is 21,999. In this price, this handset comes with attractive design, Amoled display, 48 megapixel primary sensor, 4,000 mAh battery and 18 watts fast charging support.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Review
The design of Redmi K20 seems quite tempting. We have a glacier blue variant for the review and a gradient pattern is given with the flame on the back of the phone.
The back panel of Redmi K20 draws all the attention. Xiaomi has named it Aura Prime Design and it is designed with the help of 6 layer stacking process.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Design:
The Curved Gorilla Glass 5 is used on the back of the phone. This design has been seen on the Glacier Blue and Flame Red Variants of the phone, but Xiaomi has also introduced the Black Variant of Redmi K20, which uses a Kevlar-like finish on the back panel.
Grip is good in the hands of the phone because of the curved glass panel. In the box, you will get a hard protective case which has a matte finish and helps in maintaining better grip.
The frame on the edges of the phone is made from the series 6000 aluminum and it resembles the color scheme of the back panel. Overall, Redmi K20 is a strong phone and it looks premium. Gorilla Glass 5 is used on the front and back panel of the phone.
In the phone, volume and power buttons have been placed on the right side of the phone. The LED light in the pop-up front camera module glows in the dark. Xiaomi has kept the border low on all sides of the screen to give K20 all screen look to Redmi.
Compared to other phones in this price segment, the lower border of the phone is thin, giving the phone a modern look.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Specifications and Software:
Redmi K20 has hardware similar to the company’s Redmi K20 Pro but there are only two major differences.
The Redmi’s K20 Pro has Snapdragon 855 processor and 48 megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor while the Redmi K20 offers Snapdragon 730 chipset with 48 megapixel Sony IMX582 sensors.
The difference between the two sensors is that the Sony IMX586 sensor can record 4K video at 60 frames per second. While the Sony IMX582 is only capable of recording videos at 30 frames per second. The Snapdragon 730 processor does not support 4K video encoding at 60 frames per second.
There is a 6.39-inch HDR Amolade Full-HD + (1080×2340 pixels) display in the phone with dual-SIM (Nano). Its aspect ratio is 19.5: 9 and screen-to-body ratio is 91.9.
Its pixel density is 403 pixels per inch. The phone uses corning Gorilla Glass 5 to protect the display. The in-display fingerprint sensor in the phone is fast and accurate and unlocks the phone in one second.
Redmi K20 comes with two variants- a 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage and another 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage. Phones doesn’t support storage increase using MicroSD card.
The phone has three rear camera setup where, a 48 megapixel primary camera is given with the Sony IMX582 sensor and aperture is F / 1.75. Phone’s 8-megapixel secondary camera with a telephoto lens has F / 2.4 aperture. A 13-megapixel camera, with wide-angle lens is also available with the setup.
For selfies and video calling, the Redmi K20 is powered by a 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera with an aperture F / 2.2. The lens has been protected from Sapphire glass.
Modules stop automatically if the phone is falling. Redmi K20 is capable of making Slow Motion videos 960 frames per second and 4K video at 30 frames per second.
Apart from this, you will get night mode, 48 megapixel modes, lighting effect, and beauty filter in the phone. The battery of 4,000 mAh battery, which is equipped with 18W Fast Charging support, to make Redmi’s 20 launch. Redmi’s 20 quick charge comes with 3.0 support.
With the phone, you will get night mode, 48 megapixel modes, lighting effect, and beauty filters as well. Phone’s battery is massive 4,000 mAh and comes with 18W Fast Charging support.
Phone is powered by MIUI based Redmi K20 Android 9 Pie. The USP of the phone is its system-wide dark mode. Phone’s MIUI interface offers many customization options and features.
Redmi K20 comes pre-installed with Amazon, Facebook, WPS Office, Dailyhunt and Paytm. You can get all third-party applications uninstalled if don’t want to use them.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Display and Performance:
Redmi K20 has a 6.39-inch Amoled display. Colors look right and viewing angles are also good. The display provides maximum brightness of 600 nits. There is no problem in reading on display in sunlight and the contrast level is excellent in this price segment.
There was no problem in opening and reading emails in Redmi K20. Sometimes we found that screen brightness was sometimes adjusted irregularly, for which we had to reset it manually.
Phone’s full-screen display looks good and the camera is not like a hole or a knock. If you want you can adjust the color temperature and contrast according to your choice. Apart from this, users can also set the brightness and temperature of Night mode independently.
The reading mode with Redmi K20 display is good in this price segment. The phone did not slow down at all when used with Snapdragon 730 processor.
When we played PUBG on high graphics settings, we did not face frame drop nor slowing down the phone. Xiaomi has given awesome features in the phone and its game Turbo 2.0 tool feature helped to boost speed.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Camera and Battery Life:
Redmi 20 has the same camera hardware used in the flagship Redmi K20 Pro. Both have only difference in terms of sensors being used.
Phone’s camera captures 12 megapixel pixel-binning photos by default, but also has 48 megapixel sensor that provide full-resolution 48 megapixel photos. Photos taken by primary sensors came crisp and captured in full detail. Dynamic range is also good in pictures.
IN day light, Redmi captured the picture on the high ISO level by default. In the close-up shot, the Gradient came with a good contrast with Vivid Detail. But the edge of the object lacked sharpness.
On the 48-megapixel mode, we got to see more detail and good contrast but we liked the pictures taken at 12 megapixel resolution because it looks more vibrant. The details were well captured in the macro shots drawn by Radmi’s 20 and the colors also looked good.
The camera sometimes boosts the color more. Disconnecting AI camera mode can save you some extent from this problem. Telephoto camera is handy for portrait shots and it works well to keep the subject and background indistinguishable.
Edge Detection is also good in the phone. Redmi K20 offers lighting effects. Portrait shots taken in the light of daylight were good, but when zoomed out of indoor and low light shots, spots appeared.
Wide-angle camera draws good photos, and due to the distortion curve feature, we could not see anything unnatural warping in the picture. Redmi K20 low-light could not show anything special. Noises and colors were captured right in the pictures taken in low light.
Night mode helps to reduce noise and increase brightness but lacked details and colors. Night mode enhances ISO and does not seem to lack sharpness on the subject in the frame. Night mode works well with subject exposure compared to regular mode.
Photographs taken in low-light with wide-angle cameras have a poor glimpse of exposure and lacked at detail and glance texture. The pictures clicked from the 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera captured natural colors and the details were well captured.
The phone captured details and natural colors in 4K video. 4K videos shot by ultra-wide angle cameras are slightly oversaturated and the dynamic range is less compared to the shot captured by primary camera. Slow-mo video also came smoother. Radmi’s battery life of 20 is also good.
After using social media, productivity apps, gaming for one hour, listening to music in Bluetooth headphones for a few hours throughout the day, 0 to 35 percent of the battery was left in the phone.
The 18-watt charger that comes with the phone charges the phone from 0 to 45 percent in 32 minutes and the phone is fully charged in about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
The camera of Redmi 20 is impressive, but its low-light performance did not impress. The phone’s battery is durable and run all day along in a single charge.
The Snapdragon 730 processor is not slow at all during use. Apart from this, fewer advertisements were seen in the MUI, in the phone you will get dark mode, app drawer and ambient display.