Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro vs Pocophone F1: What’s different?
Xiaomi’s newest affordable flagship-level smartphone, the Redmi K20 series, made a huge buzz, especially with Filipino consumers. The Redmi K20 Pro is the spiritual successor of the Pocophone F1 or its direct successor — depending on the region. Today, we’ll see how different the newest iteration is when compared with its predecessor.
Here are their detailed specs:
|Redmi K20 Pro||Pocophone F1|
|Display||6.39-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) Super AMOLED notch-less display, 403ppi||6.18-inch FHD+ (2160 x 1080) IPS edge-to-edge display|
|Glass Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass (version not specified)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (7nm) 2.84GHz octa-core CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core|
|GPU||Adreno 640 GPU||Adreno 630 GPU|
|RAM||6GB/8GB RAM||6GB/8GB RAM|
|Storage||64GB/128GB/256GB UFS 2.1||64GB/128GB|
|Rear camera||48MP F1.8 + 8MP F2.4 (telephoto) + 13MP F2.4 (ultrawide), Laser AF, PDAF rear cameras||12MP F1.9 Sony IMX363 + 5MP F2.0 Samsung sensor rear cameras, LED flash|
|Front camera||20MP F2.2 front camera (elevating)||20MP F2.0 front camera|
|Mobile Connectivity||4G LTE||4G LTE|
|WiFi||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|GPS||Dual-band GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|3.5mm audio port||Yes||Yes|
|Biometrics||- Fingerprint scanner (in-display)|
- Face Unlock
|- Fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)|
- Face Unlock
|USB Port||USB 2.0 Type-C||USB 2.0 Type-C|
|OS||MIUI 10 (Android 9 Pie)||MIUI for POCO (Android 8.1 Oreo)|
|Battery||4,000mAh battery w/ Quick Charge 4+||4,000mAh battery w/ QC 3.0|
So what’s their difference given that the Redmi K20 Pro is newer than the Pocophone F1?
- More appealing design
- No notch
- Larger screen size (K20 Pro)
- Better performing CPU
- Better performing GPU
- Higher main rear camera resolution
- Dedicated ultra-wide angle lens
- Selfie pop-up camera
- No expandable microSD storage
- No liquid cooling system
- Dual-band GPS
- In-Display fingerprint scanner
- Qualcomm QuickCharge 4+ support
Starting with the design, you’ll see that the Redmi K20 Pro’s isn’t bland like the Pocophone F1, due to its appealing, fiery design. Apart from that, there is no notch, allowing for a better viewing experience.
Speaking of the viewing experience, the K20 Pro has a larger screen with a Super AMOLED panel, producing darker blacks and consuming less power. The Pocophone F1 has an IPS display that produces more natural colors, but it consumes more power than the former. To know more about the different screens, read our guide here.
Performance-wise, the K20 Pro received improved CPU and GPU speed thanks to Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 855. If you think that the Pocophone F1 is already a great performer, then you’re right. However, the former is just plainly better because it is more updated than the latter.
For cameras, the 48MP IMX 586 primary rear camera of the K20 Pro is very appealing apart from its dedicated ultrawide angle lens. If we think about it, the device almost has the same configuration as the Xiaomi Mi 9 but with a smaller secondary camera resolution. Pocophone’s camera setup is okay; however, I would say that if we put these two devices side-by-side, the F1 will lose immediately on paper.
Front camera-wise, the K20 Pro has an elevating selfie shooter which is excellent aesthetically; however, on paper, its aperture became smaller as compared with the Pocophone’s camera.
When it comes to features, it’s always good to see NFC in the K20 Pro as we’re in the middle of transitioning into the kind of technology where payments are just one tap away in smartphones. Just like with the Mi 9, it also has an in-display fingerprint scanner which is relatively fast based on our initial tests. The Pocophone F1’s physical rear-mounted sensor is also good if you don’t like the under display ones.
In terms of battery performance, both of them carry a 4,000mAh battery; however, the K20 Pro has the upper hand here thanks to its Qualcomm QuickCharge 4+ technology. We’ve yet to know how well it lasts so stay tuned for our full review on this device.
- Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro 6GB + 64GB – CNY 2,499 (~PHP 18,898.96)
- Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro 6GB + 128GB – CNY 2,599 (~PHP 19,655.22)
- Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro 8GB + 128GB – CNY 2,799 (~PHP 21,167.74)
- Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro 8GB + 256GB – CNY 2,999 (~PHP 22,680.26)
- Xiaomi Pocophone F1 6GB + 64GB – PHP 14,990
- Xiaomi Pocophone F1 6GB + 128GB – PHP 16,990
The Redmi K20 Pro is a great pick if you’re coming from Pocophone F1 or even if you’re looking for a great performing smartphone that is capable of running all types of games. If the converted prices are almost the same as the official prices here in the Philippines when it arrives, then I would suggest that you get this over the Pocophone F1 given that you have the budget for it. What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.