Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro price in India, first sale date revealed
Xioami Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro made their India debut this week with much fanfare. Xiaomi on Wednesday unveiled the phones at an event in New Delhi in front of over 850 people, including almost 500 of the company’s fans. It is probably the most important launch for the company this year. The Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro will sit at the high-end of Xiaomi’s smartphone portfolio in the country. Xiaomi will open the sales of the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro next week in the country, however select few who participated in the company’s Alpha sale were able to buy the phone on the launch day itself.
The two Redmi K20 series smartphones officially mark the entry of Xiaomi’s Redmi sub-brand in the higher mid-range (or affordable premium smartphone segment) in the country. Redmi branding have been traditionally associated with affordable but value for money devices and Xiaomi will find it hard to shed that image and it is already seeing some pushback. A section of the company fans took to social media immediately after the Redmi K20 price announcement to complain about how the phone was overpriced in India, compared to the phone’s China pricing. To remind you, Redmi K20 price in India starts at Rs. 21,999, whereas in China, the phone starts with CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,000).
Following the complaints, Xiaomi India chief Manu Kumar Jain published an open letter to explain why the Redmi K20 is expensive. He highlighted that Snapdragon 730 SoC is a newer chipset, the complexities of manufacturing the two phones in India, and how they have to import some components. It is unclear if the letter has pacified the fans, but the phone’s sales will offer us some perspective. Redmi K20 Pro, which will be sold at a starting price of Rs. 27,999, has come out largely unscathed out of the pricing controversy.
Xiaomi has released pretty much the same versions of the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro in India that debuted in China, barring some missing storage variants and the lack of NFC chip. Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro feature 6.39-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display, triple rear cameras, 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera, 4,000mAh battery, and in-display fingerprint sensor. The Redmi K20 is powered by Snapdragon 730 SoC, while the Redmi K20 Pro comes with the Snapdragon 855 SoC.
Among other differences, the Redmi K20 includes 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 image sensor, whereas the Redmi K20 Pro comes with 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 image sensor. Also, the 4,000 battery on Redmi K20 only supports up to 18W fast charging, while the Redmi K20 Pro can use up to 27W fast charger. Both phones will, however, only get 18W charger in the box. The support for DC dimming is also missing from Redmi K20 and the phone is not getting a 8GB RAM variant in India, unlike China.
Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro will be available starting Monday, July 22 via Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores in the country. Although Alpha Sale was technically the first sale for the phones, next week will be the first time, the consumers won’t have to register first to be eligible to buy the phones. The Xiaomi partner stores will get the phones over the coming weeks. In terms of the launch offers, Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro buyers will get a Premium Hard Cover worth Rs. 999 in the retail box.