Redmi K20 Pro vs OnePlus 7: Does flagship killer 2.0 beat the original one? Here’s what matters

first_imgEarlier this week, Xiaomi launched its flagship offering – the Redmi K20 Pro, with mega fanfare. After two months of serious hype building, the Redmi K20 Pro has been established as Xiaomi’s take on an affordable flagship phone, offering the best of what the Chinese company has to offer. Starting at Rs 27,999, the Redmi K20 Pro is the cheapest phone to offer the Snapdragon 855 chipset and borrow some premium features you usually find on ultra-premium flagship phones from Samsung, OnePlus and Huawei. On paper, this truly impresses unlike anything else in the market.However, ever since the teasers began, Xiaomi has been mentioning the OnePlus 7 series as the phones to beat and this phone is designed to primarily beat OnePlus at its own game. OnePlus, while not choosing to mingle in this brand war, has been fairly confident about its OnePlus 7 (the regular one) and it feels that’s enough to deliver a premium user experience consumers need at this price. Hence, even with a higher price tag, OnePlus isn’t worried about its original flagship killer.As a smartphone enthusiast, it is difficult to choose between these two phones, given that both of them are spectacular in their own ways. If you had to buy one of these, which one could have been your pick? I try to make it a tad easier.Redmi gets the heart while OnePlus appeals to the brainKeep these two phones alongside each other and your eyes are going to be drawn to one of these effortlessly. Which one will it be? Undoubtedly, the Redmi K20 Pro. The Redmi K20 Pro offers a fresh design perspective with a stunning glass-metal build being adorned by a jaw-dropping gradient colour. In blue and red, the Redmi K20 Pro looks its best and it’s hard to use this one without a case. The layout of the triple cameras gives it a unique presence while the front gets a nearly bezel-less display. And a cherry on top is the illuminated pop-up camera that glues eyeballs, unlike anything.advertisement On the other hand, OnePlus 7 has signature OnePlus design. Unlike the Redmi K20 Pro that will excite the 9-year-old inside you, the OnePlus 7 is a phone you can take out in your office or incorporate meetings without a case. It’s elegant and beautiful at the same time. The design looks familiar to the OnePlus 6T but that’s not a bad thing considering the 6T was a good looking phone. At the front, you get a big 6.4-inch display with a waterdrop notch and a noticeable chin. Compared to the Redmi K20 Pro, it looks slightly old but OnePlus has gone for a curvy and tasteful design, and at times, it commands more attention from a matured crowd.Redmi K20 Pro edges ahead in specifications but OnePlus scores elsewhereXiaomi builds its phones around lofty specifications and a brief look at the K20 Pro’s spec sheet suggests the same. You get the Snapdragon 855 chip paired with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. For the display, there’s a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution housing an in-display fingerprint sensor. As with all Xiaomi phones, it runs on MIUI 10 with the latest version of Poco launcher installed on top. For the triple cameras at the back, there’s a 48-megapixel primary camera from Sony with F1.8 lens along with an 8-megapixel 53mm 2X zoom camera and 13-megapixel wide-angle camera. For selfies, the pop-up module houses a 20-megapixel camera. The whole thing is powered by a 4000mAh battery that supports 27W fast charging.OnePlus, on the other hand, has been gentle with the OnePlus 7, giving it all that a buyer wants in this premium category. Therefore, the Snapdragon 855 chip makes an appearance along with a faster UFS 3.0 storage. You can equip it with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. OnePlus’ Oxygen OS 9.5 based on Android 9 Pie is managing the errands. For the display, there’s a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Optic AMOLED display with an in-built fingerprint sensor. The dual rear camera setup sports the same 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 camera along with a secondary 5-megapixel depth camera. For selfies, you get a 16-megapixel camera sitting in the notch. The phone is kept alive by a 3700mAh battery that comes with support for OnePlus’ 20W Fast Charge system. When it comes to everyday usability, the Redmi K20 Pro goes for a different path by offering as many options as it can to the user. The 6.3-inch bezel-less display is amazing for watching videos or play games. MIUI 10 as an operating system offers countless personalization options – you can apply hundred of themes and customise every aspect of the interface. The Poco launcher offers a smoother user experience. As of the cameras, they perform on par with the OnePlus 7’s camera but the extra two cameras offer more versatility for shutterbugs. Battery life is good for a flagship phone while the 27W fast charging is a boon.advertisementThe OnePlus 7 is a different personality altogether. It may be short of the Redmi K20 Pro in terms of specifications but it nails it in the user experience. OnePlus’ Oxygen OS offers the most polished Android experience you are going to get this year. The phone is consistently smooth and fast with no lags or stutters. The minimal interface has a focus on ease of use and the tasteful customisation options can make the experience elegant. The in-display fingerprint sensor is lightning quick, it’s leagues ahead in speed when compared to the one on the Redmi. The rear camera takes great photos but the lack of telephoto and wide-angle camera limits the opportunities shutterbugs can avail with this. The 3700mAh battery has been optimised well to easily last more than a day under normal usage.Xiaomi aces the price gameThe major deciding factor between these two phones comes down to the pricing. Xiaomi has an unmatched lead in this regard, with the Redmi K20 Pro starting at Rs 27,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage costs Rs 30,999.The OnePlus 7 starts at Rs 32,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage comes for Rs 37,999.ConclusionBoth these phone are great options for a premium smartphone. However, the Redmi K20 Pro wins the comparison on paper with its extremely affordable starting price of Rs 27,999 and an impressive spec sheet. It’s built well, looks jaw-dropping and has so far proven to be fast in everything it does. For value-conscious buyers, you can’t get a better deal than this.That said, spec sheet and a lower price take a backseat to polished user experience and this is where the OnePlus 7 shines. OnePlus offers the best Android experience with its Oxygen OS and it also does everything fast. But, it differentiates itself with a smooth and consistent user experience over a longer period of time. If you use a OnePlus device once, it’s difficult to migrate to any other ecosystem. On top of that, it does everything one expects from a premium device. It’s suited for a matured consumer and starting at Rs 32,999, it’s the best phone you can get in this price range – the best.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A80 with 48MP rotating triple camera launched in India: Price, specificationsALSO READ | Exclusive: Huawei to launch its first pop-up camera phone in India this month, will be priced under Rs 20,000ALSO READ | Google removes apps allowing spying on partner, kids, employees: Check this list, delete them from your phoneadvertisementlast_img read more