Xiaomi has become the market leader in India, thanks to their well-priced products in the budget smartphone segment. They are now aiming to replicate that success in the premium flagship space with the Redmi K20-series. The phones will debut in China on May 28, before making their way to India. Here’s everything we know about them.
Like other 2019 flagships, the Redmi K20 Pro will also be powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, with RAM options going up to 8GB. It could very well be the cheapest phone in India to house this chipset. Previously leaked benchmarks also indicate UFS 2.1 storage. The entire package will be kept running with the 4,000 mAh battery along with 27W fast charging.
The design could be similar to the Mi 9 flagship, but instead of a notch, the front camera will offer a pop-up mechanism along the top bezel. Also adding to that higher screen-to-body ratio, we will get an in-display fingerprint scanner. This will be a 7th gen scanner that is supposed to have a 100% higher photo-sensitive area and 30% more accurate than the previous generation. Even the total scanning area grows larger by 15%. Other display specifications include a 6.4-inch FHD+ OLED panel with a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
The cameras on the Redmi K20 are going to be an interesting bunch. Selfies will be taken care of by the 20-megapixel pop-up camera. On the back, a triple camera setup is expected to consist of a primary 48-megapixel f/1.7 lens with pixel binning. The leaked spec sheet also indicates the existence of two other cameras at 13-megapixel and 8-megapixel. Those could be for other focal lengths like telephoto and ultrawide.
The Chinese pricing should give us a pretty clear idea of what the Redmi K20 Pro will be priced at in the Indian market. But knowing Xiaomi’s pricing trends, the device should start at about INR 30,000 for the base variant, which is mighty competitive.
However, this raises a few questions about how this will be placed between Xiaomi’s other Snapdragon 855-toting phones. The already launched Mi 9 (that won’t be coming to India) is priced at CNY 2,999 which is about INR 30,000. The Black Shark 2 (a gaming brand partly owned by Xiaomi) will be landing in India on the same date, priced at CNY 3,199. If that wasn’t enough, the Poco F2 is also expected to launch in India in a few months, which will also have similar specs and will ply in the same price segment. It will be interesting to see how Xiaomi avoids product cannibalisation between its sub-brands.