Xiaomi has just launched the Redmi K20 along with Redmi K20 Pro. The phone is a mid-ranger with trending features and shares all the features of the Pro model except its processor and primary camera sensor. With its launch, the Redmi K20 has presented itself as a worthy competitor to the likes of Realme X and Samsung Galaxy M40.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 vs Realme X: price compared
Xiaomi is known for pricing its phones aggressively and it is one of the reasons behind the brand’s popularity in India. The Redmi K20 comes in two variants – 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. These are priced at Rs 21,999 and Rs 23,999 respectively. The Realme X also comes in two variants, one with 4GB RAM + 128GB storage and the other with 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. They cost Rs 16,999 and 19,999, respectively. Realme clearly gets an upper hand in pricing here, but the features of Redmi K20 make it a valid choice as well.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 vs Realme X: specifications compared
Design and Display
Both the phones look premium for their price range. Made of glass and aluminium, Redmi K20’s back panel looks elegant with Aura Prime Design. The Carbon Black variant also has a distinct design. The Realme X has a wave-shaped design on the glossy polycarbonate chassis. Both the offerings come with pop-up selfie cameras but the difference lies in the positioning. Redmi K20’s selfie camera is placed towards the left while the Realme X’s shooter sits in the centre.
Coming to display, the Redmi K20 boasts of a 6.39-inch bezel-less AMOLED display with DC dimming, Eye Protection Mode and Always-On Display. Its screen-to-body ratio is 91.9 percent and a Gorilla Glass 5 layer sits on the top to ensure safety. The Realme X has a slightly bigger 6.53-inches AMOLED display with absent bezels. The screen-to-body ratio is 91.2 percent while Gorilla Glass 5 Protection is a part of the package. Both the offerings come with in-display fingerprint sensors.
Hardware and OS
Redmi K20 derives its power from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 octa-core processor. It is coupled with Game Turbo Support 2.0 for gaming performance. The phone comes in two variants – 6GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB. The phone runs Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top. The Realme X relies on the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor and features like HyperBoost 2.0, GameBoost 2.0 and Frame Boost. The phone comes in two variants – 4GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. It runs Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.0 on top. The phones are expected to be decent performers with such specifications.
In the camera department, Redmi K20 comes with a triple setup on the back with a 48MP Sony IMX582 lens + 8MP telephoto lens + 13MP ultra-wide lens. The configuration is equipped with Dual LED Flash, HDR, AI scene recognition, 960fps slow-motion video recording, 30fps 4K video shooting and more. The pop-up selfie camera houses a 20MP lens with an aperture of f/2.2, AI beauty, AI scene detection, HDR and full HD video shooting.
Realme X boasts of a dual rear camera with a 48MP primary lens with an aperture of f/1.7 and a 5MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The configuration is supported by an LED Flash, Chroma Boost, Nightscape, HDR, EIS, 960fps slow-motion video shooting, 4K video shooting at 30fps. For the selfie snapper, the phone features a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture and support for smart 4-in-1 pixel binning and an AI beauty mode.
Battery and colours
The Redmi K20 depends on a 4,000mAh battery unit with support for 18W Fast Charging. It features a USB Type-C port along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Realme X has a 3,765mAh battery with support for VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge and USB Type-C. It also hosts a 3.5mm headphone jack. In terms of colours, the Xiaomi offering comes in three shades – Carbon Black, Flame Red and Glacier Blue.
The Realme phone comes in two main shades – Space Blue and Polar White. However, it has a couple of special editions including Realme X Master Edition with Onion and Garlic shades and Realme X Spiderman Edition. The latter comes in a custom box, a Polar White handset with custom Spiderman theme and wallpapers, a VOOC 3.0 charger, a charging cable and sells for Rs 20,999.
With a starting price of Rs 21,999 for the Redmi K20, the Realme X comes across as slightly better value for money, especially if you’re on the hunt for an affordable daily driver. If you are not too particular about a slightly faster processor, extra camera sensor on the back and that unique aurora design, the Realme X should get your money. But if you do care about the aforementioned aspects, the Redmi K20 won’t disappoint.