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Redmi K20 vs Redmi K30: what’s new?

After months of anticipation and speculation, Xiaomi’s sub-brand, Redmi has launched the Redmi K30 alongside its 5G variant in its home market of China. The newest smartphone comes as a successor to the much-popular Redmi K20, which was the first device in the K-series, and offered an elevating selfie camera, bezel-less display, loaded specs and a flamboyant design. The Redmi K30 is not just an iterative upgrade but brings significant upgrades across the board. So, what sets these two consecutive smartphones apart? Let’s take a look.

Redmi K20 vs Redmi K30: Design and display

Speaking of the design first, the Redmi K20 was a proper head-turner with a glass-clad body featuring an Aura-design in attractive red and blue colourways. The smartphone flaunts a curved glass back featuring a triple camera module with the primary camera featuring red trimming positioned above the pill-shaped module containing the other two lenses. The Redmi K30, on the other hand, switches to a more subtle gradient design in four colours – blue, purple, red and white. This time around, there are four cameras on the back in a single oblong pill-shaped module. The brand has also swapped the in-display fingerprint scanner on the Redmi K20 with a side-mounted sensor integrated into the power button on the latest launch.

Redmi K30 Blue variant

Redmi K30 features a side-mounted fingerprint scanner

Coming to the display, both phones offer impressive screen-to-body ratio but with a different approach. The Redmi K20 features a 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD+ screen resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Thanks to the use of an elevating selfie camera, the display offered an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 85.9 percent. The Redmi K30, on the other hand, comes with a slightly larger 6.67-inch 20:9 screen with all other aspects remaining the same. However, it has a marginally lower screen-to-body ratio of 84.83 percent because of the display cutout housing dual selfie cameras.

Redmi K20 vs Redmi K30: Cameras

In the camera department, the Redmi K20 flaunts an f/1.8 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor on the back. The camera is accompanied by an 8-megapixel telephoto and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. The Redmi K30 comes with an additional sensor on the back. The quad-camera setup comprises of a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor backed by an 8-megapixel super-wide-angle sensor, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel shooter for depth sensing. The Redmi K30 5G, on the other hand, gets the same setup but with an improved 5-megapixel macro lens.

Redmi K20

As for selfies, The Redmi K20 offers a single 20-megapixel f/2.2, 0.8-micron shooter, which is hidden in an elevating mechanism on the top edge. Both Redmi K30 and K30 5G retain the primary selfie shooter, while adding a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor.

Redmi K20 vs Redmi K30: Hardware and software

Coming to the core specifications, the Redmi K20 was one of the first smartphones to utilise the 8nm octa-core Snapdragon 730 chipset. At the time of the K20 launch, the Snapdragon 730 and Snapdragon 730G were the latest mid-range processors from Qualcomm, with the latter featuring Snapdragon Elite Gaming features. Incidentally, the Redmi K30 comes with the Snapdragon 730G and offers comparatively better gaming performance than its predecessor.

The K30 5G though is a massive upgrade as it comes with the latest Snapdragon 765G chipset, which supports 5G. The Redmi K30 5G also happens to be the first phone in the world to feature the Snapdragon 765G, and first from Redmi to support 5G. Coming to the configurations, the Redmi K20 was being offered with 6GB RAM and up to 128GB storage with no microSD card slot. As for the Redmi K30, the phone will be offered with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. This time around, there is also a microSD card slot that can take cards up to 256GB in size.

Coming to the software, both the Redmi K20 and K30 booth the latest MIUI 11 out of the box. However, while the older model comes with the Android 9 Pie-based MIUI, the new launches get Android 10 as the base.

Redmi K20 vs Redmi K30: Battery

The Redmi K20 comes with a respectable 4,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. Redmi has upgraded the battery to 4,500mAh on the new launches, which is a minor increase in capacity. Additionally, the latest phones come with a much faster 30W quick charge technology.

Redmi K20 vs Redmi K30: verdict

There’s no doubt that the Redmi K20 is one of the most attractive smartphones available in the market right now. Additionally, the pricing starts from Rs 19,999 for the base variant. On the other hand, the pricing starts at RMB 1,999 (~Rs 20,144) for the Redmi K30 5G and RMB 1,599 (~Rs 16,100) for the 4G model. While we can expect the 4G variant to be launched in India in the coming months, we’ll have to wait for the rollout of 5G networks before we see 5G smartphones making their way to Indian shores.

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