It was just last week that Xiaomi India launched its new mid-range smartphones the Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro here in India. In usual Xiaomi fashion, both the handsets, at least initially, will be sold during weekly flash sales. The first of such flash sales for the K-Series concluded earlier today. Unlike previous instances where popular devices from the company sold out within the first few minutes of the sales commencing, the flash sale for the K20 and the K20 Pro lasted for quite sometime before both the handsets went out of stock. Of the two handsets, the less expensive K20 was the first to go out of stock. As for the Redmi K20 Pro, the handset remained in stock for a couple of hours before the last of the available units were lapped up by users. The next flash sale for both these handsets will be held on July 29, 2019, at 12 PM.
Redmi K20, K20 Pro: Post-launch controversy
Unless you were living in a cave, we’re sure you are aware of the hue and cry that happened right after Xiaomi revealed the Indian prices of the K20 and the K20 Pro. Several people were disappointed after it was revealed that both the handsets would be priced above the psychologically important 20k mark. People, it seems, expected Xiaomi to price the devices closer to last year’s POCO F1 which offered near-flagship grade hardware for a starting price of INR 20,999. Xiaomi, however, priced the base version of the Redmi K20 at INR 21,999 and the top-end variant for INR 23,999. The base variant of the Redmi K20 Pro was priced at INR 27,999 while the top-end option costs INR 31,999.
After these prices were revealed, Xiaomi faced a massive backlash on social media with several people claiming that both the handsets were overpriced. The impact was such that Xiaomi had to release a lengthy statement that explained their rationale behind the handsets.
Redmi K20, K20 Pro Specifications, features
Both the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro have similar specifications. The K20 Pro being the higher-priced of the two, however, gets several upgrades. Features common to both the pones include the 6.39-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, in the 19.5:9 aspect ratio, the front-facing 20MP pop-up camera, and the overall design. As for the differences, the K20 gets a lower-end Snapdragon 730 SoC while the K20 Pro uses the Snapdragon 855 chipset. While the rear camera setup also seems identical with both the handsets getting a 48MP+13MP+8MP setup at the rear, the primary sensors used on both the handsets are different. Both the phones have up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage, depending on the variants. On the software, both the K20 phones ship with Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10. The K20 Pro also ships with a 27W charger, unlike the slower 18W charger that comes with the K20.