Who won’t like to acquire a flagship phone at half the price of the competition? And what if it’s from the trusted brand like Xiaomi? The most affordable Snapdragon 855 phone is finally available for purchase here in Nepal. Every year Xiaomi launches two flagship phones under the Mi-series and the Mi MIX series. Now, the sub-brand Redmi is also ready to rock the Nepalese market. On August 8, Xiaomi launched the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro here in Nepal. And today, the phone is going on sale.
Redmi K20 and K20 Pro overview
The Redmi K20 Pro is the most affordable Snapdragon 855 phone till date. The phone sports a 6.39-inches Full HD+ Horizon AMOLED panel with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a pixel density of 403ppi. If a phone is launched in 2019 with an AMOLED display, there is a high chance that they feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. And yes, the K20 Pro comes with the 7th Generation in-display fingerprint sensor. The display setup on the K20 is the same from the K20 Pro. So, the much loved in-display fingerprint sensor is also present in the K20.
The 1080 x 2340p display has no notch or a pin-hole like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Rather, Redmi has gone with the pop-up motorized front shooter. Under the motorized setup, there’s a 20MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The motorized setup is, now, also the house for the notification light. On the rear, there is a triple camera setup with a primary 48MP (f/1.8) primary sensor, 8MP (f/2.0) telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, and the 13MP (f/2.2) ultrawide lens. Also, the front, as well as rear camera setup of the K20 and the K20 Pro is similar. However, the primary 48MP camera sensor on the K20 Pro is the Sony IMX 586 whereas the K20 uses Sony IMX 582 sensor.
Powering the K20 Pro is the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, making it the most affordable flagship smartphone of 2019. On the storage side, the K20 Pro has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. Xiaomi has done a great job in not launching the base variants since both K20 and K20 Pro have no option to expand storage. The K20 has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset backed by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. Besides chipset and the primary rear camera sensor, every other aspect in the K20 and K20 Pro is the same.
Talking about fuel, both the phones have a 4,000mAh battery underneath. The K20 and K20 Pro come with an 18W charger in the box. Both phones come with a USB Type-C port for charging but this time you don’t get a USB to 3.5mm converter in the box. Both the phones retain the 3.5mm headphone port. Kudos, Xiaomi! The K20 series has all the necessary sensors but lacks NFC. The Redmi K20 Series have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection at the front and back. The K20 and K20 Pro run on MIUI 10 based on Android Pie out of the box. If we see the past trend, the Xiaomi flagships get at least two major Android updates. So, we can expect the same from these phones as well.
Redmi K20 Pro Price in Nepal
The Redmi K20 and K20 Pro go on sale from 12th of August (today). Just like the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the K20 series is also priced aggressively like in India. This time Mi Nepal has done a great job in setting the price of these smartphones. Now, there’s no option to buy these smartphones from other countries. The 6GB/128GB variant of the Redmi K20 is priced at Rs. 39,999 and the 8GB/ 256GB variant of the K20 Pro are priced at Rs. 49,999. The phones are available in all three color variants, Carbon Black, Flame Red, and Glacier Blue.
The Redmi K20 and K20 Pro are priced aggressively here in Nepal. The pricing is somewhat a direct conversion from the Indian pricing. So, there is no point in getting it from India this time. The phone is a direct competition to the recently launched OnePlus 7, Samsung Galaxy S10e and the Galaxy A80. Considering the price, the phones stand above the competition and it is the best buy under Rs. 50,000 price range as of now. If you are planning to acquire a flagship but also love your kidneys, the Alpha Flagship K20 Pro without a doubt is the best option.