Redmi K30 vs Redmi K20: What’s Different in Price, Specifications and Features

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The Redmi K30 is the latest offering by Redmi in its K series of smartphones succeeding the Redmi K20 that launched earlier this year. It is also the brand’s first dual-mode 5G smartphone with support for both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) networks. There is, of course, a 4G variant with the same set of specifications except for the SoC, a minor difference in the camera setup, no NFC, and slightly slower charging speeds. 

Here, we’ll be comparing the predecessor – the Redmi K20 – with the newest K series phone – the Redmi K30 -to see what Redmi has upgraded in the new model.

Redmi K30 Vs Redmi K20: Difference in Prices

Both the Redmi K30 5G and Redmi K30 4G come in four storage configurations ranging from 6GB + 64GB to 8GB + 256GB. The base variant of the 4G variant is priced at 1599 Yuan, whereas the 5G variant starts at 1999 Yuan, making it the cheapest 5G smartphone in the world right now.

On the other hand, Redmi K20 was launched in three storage options but only the latter two is now available in China after a series of price cut since its launch. The 6GB + 64GB base variant(not available now) debuted at 1999 Yuan, whereas the top variant with 8GB + 256GB which launched at 2599 Yuan, now retails for 1799 Yuan. 

Model
6GB + 64GB
6GB + 128GB
8GB + 128GG
8GB + 256GB
Redmi K30 4G
1599 Yuan 1699 Yuan 1899 Yuan 2199 Yuan
Redmi K30 5G
1999 Yuan 2299 Yuan 2599 Yuan 2899 Yuan
Redmi K20
  • Launch Price – 1999 Yuan (Discontinued)
  • Launch Price – 2099 Yuan
  • Current Price – 1699 Yuan
  • Launch Price – 2599 Yuan
  • Current Price – 1799 Yuan

Redmi K30 Vs Redmi K20: Difference in Specifications

Talking about specifications, the Redmi K30 brings a lot of upgrades to the table when compared to the Redmi K20. The 5G version of the phone is the first smartphone in the world to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G with integrated 5G modem. Whereas, its predecessor, K20 comes with a Snapdragon 730 and the K30 4G features a Snapdragon 730G. Further, the K30 ditches the pop-up camera found on the K20 series in favour of a dual punch hole which is located at the top right corner of the display. Sadly, to reach this sweet price point, the K30 comes with a 6.67-inches FHD+(1080 x 2400 pixels) LCD panel rather than a 6.39-inches AMOLED screen(like K20) but with 120Hz refresh which is never heard of at this price. And hence, the power key on the right side of the phone doubles as a fingerprint scanner.

The camera setup includes a 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor, another first in any smartphone. This huge sensor is paired with an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 5MP(5G) / 2MP(4G) macro unit, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the phone comes equipped with a 20MP snapper coupled with a 2MP depth sensor. In contrast, the Redmi K20 features a unique flame-themed gradient colour shift otherwise termed as “Aura Prime Design”. It comes with a triple-camera setup consisting of a 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor coupled with an 8MP telephoto sensor and a 13MP ultra-wide unit. Lastly, a 20MP selfie camera resides in the pop-up module.

Redmi K30 Vs Redmi K20: Difference in Software and Features

Redmi has also overhauled the design of the K30 which on first glance looks inspired from the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. On the back, the K30 features a quad-camera array placed in a vertical manner at the centre surrounded by a circular ring.

On the software front, the Redmi K30 runs MIUI 11  based on Android 10 out of the box. However, the K20 was launched with MIUI 10 based on Android Pie but was eventually updated to MIUI 11 and even Android 10 in China. The K20 is backed by a now-ubiquitous 4,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. While the K30 gets its juice from a slightly larger 4,500 mAh with support for 27W(4G) / 30W(5G) fast charging support. Though both the phones come with 3.5mm headphone jack, only the K30 features a microSD card slot.

The 5G connectivity, courtesy of the Snapdragon 765 and a cheaper price tag make the K30 5G a much-improved product than the K20. The Redmi K30 4G, on the other hand, is an iterative upgrade with much cheaper pricing(at least in China) than its predecessor in a new rethought design. Also, the 4G variant will be the only one launching in India near future as it has been already spotted on BIS certification.

With such powerful specifications and stellar pricing, it is no wonder that a lot of eyes are now on Xiaomi India anticipating the launch of the handset in the country.

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