“The Redmi K20 Pro may be nearly 8 months old but it still packs in decent specs”
The Redmi K30 Pro has been announced in China today for a starting price of CNY 2,999 (~Rs 32,500) for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. There are both 4G and 5G versions of the device. There is also a Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition, the price for which starts at CNY 3,799 (~Rs 41,000). It is quite apparent that the K30 Pro will likely see the light of day in India as well since it is Xiaomi’s second-biggest market. What does this mean for the Redmi K20 Pro, the company’s flagship phone from last year? With the arrival of the K30 Pro, prices of the K20 Pro are sure to drop. Would it be a wise choice to buy it? Read on to find out as we try to answer just that in this Redmi K30 Pro vs Redmi K20 Pro specs comparison.
Design and display
The Redmi K20 Pro was a pop-up selfie camera device and the same has been carried over to the K30 Pro as well. However, the design language has changed slightly with a single gradient colour finish on the K30 Pro as compared to the psychedelic dual-tone finish on the K30 Pro. The screen on the K30 Pro has been upgraded with HDR10+ support, 1200 nits of peak brightness, 5000000:1 contrast ratio, and a touch sampling rate of 180Hz. It is 6.67-inch in size as compared to the K20 Pro’s AMOLED 6.3-inch screen.
The triple-cameras arranged on the K20 Pro were in a vertical layout but the K30 Pro opts for a circular housing where the quad-cameras are arranged in a matrix. Both phones have a type-C port for charging, a speaker grille, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an Infrared blaster. An additional feature on the K30 Pro is a vapour chamber for liquid cooling to dissipate heat and keep its temperature during intensive gaming.
Performance and software
The Redmi K30 Pro is at the peak of performance charts with the Snapdragon 865 chipset while the last year’s K20 Pro has the Snapdragon 855 SoC. The former has a CPU clock speed of 2.84GHz while the latter is also at 2.84GHz, with exception being that the 865 has better Kryo 585 CPUs as compared to the Kryo 485 running on the Snapdragon 855. In short the K30 Pro will perform better than the K20 Pro but not by a large margin. The Redmi K30 Pro also packs in 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage as compared to the K20 Pro’s LPDDR4 RAM and UFS 2.1 storage.
Both the phones will be running MIUI 11 which is based on Android 10 although software support for the K30 Pro will be longer than the Redmi K20 Pro. The K30 Pro will also be running on Android 10 out-of-the-box.
As mentioned earlier the Redmi K30 Pro has a quad-camera layout with a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor with OIS, a 5MP macro lens, a 13MP wide-angle lens with 123-degree field-of-view, and a 2MP depth sensor. The cameras support Xiaomi’s AI, EIS, and 8K video recording capabilities. The selfie shooter happens to be a 20MP sensor which is housed in the pop-up module of the device.
In comparison, the Redmi K20 Pro rocks a triple rear camera consisting of a 48MP primary snapper, a 13MP ultra-wide shooter, and an 8MP telephoto sensor. There is no 8K video recording capabilities on the phone. For selfies, there is a 20MP lens which is again housed in the pop-up camera module.
Battery and connectivity
The Redmi K30 Pro happens to have a 4,700mAh battery which is supported by 33W fast charging. There is no wireless charging support on the phone. For the K20 Pro, it is a 4,000 mAh battery that has support for 27W fast charging.
While the K30 Pro supports 5G, it could be quite possible that India only gets the 4G variant of the phone. The Redmi K20 Pro already has support for dual-4G.
The Redmi K30 Pro has not been launched in India but based on its Chinese price we can estimate the Indian price to be starting around Rs 30,000 going all the way to Rs 40,000 for the top-end variants. The smartphone comes in Sky Blue, Moonlight White, Starry Purple, and Space Grey colour options all of which are expected to be available in the country.
As far as the Redmi K20 is concerned we see that it is currently priced at Rs 22,900 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage while it costs Rs 27,899 for the 8GB + 256GB variant of the phone.