We’ve tested our fair share of Xiaomi phones in 2019 and one of the most impressive and high specced ones was definitely the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Premium. Its name is a mouthful, but it’s well worth it, as we’re dealing with the best specced phone that money can buy right now. It’s the cheapest Snapdragon 855+ phone I’ve seen and it’s also a looker, in red. Actually, in real life it’s a small upgrade from the Redmi K20 Pro, basically just a bit more RAM and the S855+ CPU in lieu of the S855. Let’s see it unboxed!
OK, so first of all, you can get the phone for as low as $431 these days on AliExpress. It was announced in September 2019 and comes with the exact same design as the Redmi K20, K20 Pro, also the Mi 9T, which is the international version of the handset. Inside the box we found a 27W charger, which is hefty and may require an adapter in some regions. There’s also the manual, a case, metal SIM key and USB-C to USB-A cable. The device is clad in beautiful red glass and has a pop up camera at the top side. The way the back catches the light feels a bit like a pearl of sorts.
It’s darker towards the center and lighter towards the sides. Redmi K20 Pro Premium measures 8.8 mm in waistline and weighs 191 grams. It combines aluminum with glass, Gorilla Glass 5 rather. Upfront we find a Super AMOLED 6.39 inch screen with HDR10 support and a 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution. Inside there’s the Snapdragon 855+ CPU, 8 or 12 GB of RAM and 128 or 512 GB of storage. No trace of microSD. Just so you know, the Redmi K20 Pro had just 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage tops.
It’s still UFS 2.1, by the way. The battery is a 4000 mAh unit and at the top we find a 20 megapixel pop up camera with small LEDs on the side of the module for an extra sci fi look, which we loved on the Redmi K20. At the back side we find pretty much the same camera as the Redmi K20:
- 48 MP main camera, F/1.8
- 8 MP, telephoto, 2X optical zoom
- 13 MP, ultra wide
There’s a dual LED flash, 4K 60 FPS video capture and a Night capture mode. For security there’s a fingerprint scanner within the screen and for gamers there’s a brand new cooling system. There’s also an USB-C port at the bottom, WiFi dual band, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and 4G LTE. We got the device with MIUI 11 and Android 10 on top after an update, with a pretty fluid feel to it. First impression is this: just like the Redmi K20, only more powerful. We’ll be back with a full review.
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