Redmi K20 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi 9 specs comparison
The Redmi K20 Pro recently launched in China, and it didn’t take long before unofficial units arrived in the Philippines. Given the flagship specs, we can’t help but compare it to Xiaomi’s flagship, the Mi 9. So which phone looks better on paper? Find out in this specs comparison.
|Redmi K20 Pro||Xiaomi Mi 9|
|6.39-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) Super AMOLED notch-less display, 403ppi||6.39-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) Super AMOLED notched display, 403ppi|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (7nm) 2.84GHz octa-core CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (7nm) 2.84GHz octa-core CPU|
|Adreno 640 GPU||Adreno 640 GPU|
|6GB RAM + 64GB /128GB UFS 2.1||6GB / 8GB RAM|
|8GB RAM + 128GB/256GB UFS 2.1||128GB UFS 2.1|
|48MP F1.8 + 8MP F2.4 (telephoto) + 13MP F2.4 (ultrawide), Laser AF, PDAF rear cameras||48MP F1.8 + 12MP F2.2 (telephoto) + 16MP F2.2 (ultrawide), Laser AF, PDAF rear cameras|
|20MP F2.2 front camera (elevating)||20MP F2.0 front camera|
|4G LTE||4G LTE|
|WiFi 802.11. a/b/g/n/ac||WiFi 802.11. a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Dual-band GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO||Dual-band GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|3.5mm audio port|
|Fingerprint scanner (in-display)||Fingerprint scanner (in-display)|
|USB 2.0 Type-C||USB 2.0 Type-C|
|MIUI 10 (Android 9 Pie)||MIUI 10 (Android 9 Pie)|
|4,000mAh battery w/ Quick Charge 4+||3,300mAh battery w/ Quick Charge 4+, 20W wireless charging|
|156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm||157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm|
|191 g||173 g|
Summary of advantages
Redmi K20 Pro:
• Notch-less display
• 256GB storage model
• Elevating front camera
• FM Radio
• 3.5mm audio port
• Larger battery
Xiaomi Mi 9:
• Newer Gorilla Glass version
• Higher telephoto and ultrawide camera resolution with wider apertures
• IR blaster
• Wireless charging support
• Already has a global version as of writing
• Officially offered in the Philippines as of writing
Looking at the display, the K20 Pro and Mi 9 have the same screen size, panel type, and resolution. However, the former has the advantage of sporting a notch-less design, making the viewing experience more immersive. Both use in-display fingerprint scanners which makes the whole device look more seamless. However, the Mi 9 uses the newer Gorilla Glass 6. Don’t get us wrong though, the Gorilla Glass 5 on the K20 Pro is also tough.
When it comes to cameras, both have triple rear cameras with 48MP primary sensors. However, the Mi 9 gets a higher resolution for the telephoto and ultrawide cameras with wider apertures. For the front cameras, both have the same 20MP resolution, but again the Mi 9 gets a wider aperture. The K20 Pro though gets the advantage for having an elevating camera design which allows it to have a notch-less display.
Powering both devices is the Snapdragon 855 chip with Adreno 640 GPU. Both also have 6GB and 8GB RAM configurations. Storage-wise, the K20 Pro has the advantage for having a 256GB model, while the Mi 9 is capped at 128GB.
For the battery, the K20 Pro has a huge advantage over the Mi 9 with its 4,000mAh capacity. However, the Mi 9 supports fast wireless charging. Both have support for Quick Charge 4+.
For the rest of the features, the K20 Pro an FM Radio and a 3.5mm audio port which is great for those who don’t want to depend on a dongle to listen to their music using their wired earphones. The Mi 9, on the other hand, has an IR blaster, which is great for controlling infrared-based appliances like TVs, ACs, or smart boxes.
Now, let’s talk about pricing and availability. The K20 Pro, as of writing, is not officially available in the Philippines, but some online sellers are offering it for PHP 23,000 for the 6GB + 128GB model, and PHP 24,500 for the 8GB + 128GB. Do note that it’s also running on a Chinese ROM and has no official warranty.
The Mi 9, on the other hand, is officially offered in the Philippines for PHP 22,990 for the 6GB + 64GB and PHP 24,990 for the 6GB + 128GB. It’s running on a Global ROM and comes with a warranty.
So, which one to get? If you want a more immersive screen, an elevating front camera, 3.5mm audio port, large battery, and you’re okay using a Chinese ROM for now, pick the K20 Pro. But if you want better cameras, a newer Gorilla Glass version, IR blaster, fast wireless charging, Global ROM, and official warranty, then get the Mi 9.