Now that OnePlus is veering away from its original “flagship-killer” moniker, Redmi is capitalizing as it releases the K20 Pro. However, the company that released the 7 Pro isn’t ready to give it up yet to others, as it’s also about to release the standard OnePlus 7 phone. So, which is the better flagship-killer then?
Redmi K20 Pro and OnePlus 7 Differences
Advantages of Redmi K20 Pro
- triple-main camera
- ALways-on Display
- pop-up 20MP f2.2 selfie camera
- 24-bit audio support via audio jack
- audio jack
- 4000mAh battery
- 27W Quick Charge 4+
Advantages of OnePlus 7
- Oxygen OS
- Ambient Display
- stereo speakers
- UFS 3.0
- Dolby Atmos
Redmi K20 Pro and OnePlus 7 Similarities
- AMOLED panel
- COrning Gorilla Glass
- DCI-P3, HDR
- Android 9 Pie
- Snapdragon 855
- no expandable storage
- 48MP main camera
- BT 5.0 with aptx HD
- USB Type-C
Which is a better buy between the Redmi K20 Pro and OnePlus 7?
Although we’re looking at premium builds here, the Redmi K20 Pro has an unapologetic design with its wavy pattern on the back. Furthermore, it comes with a full-screen display by getting rid of the notch for a pop-up camera. If you’re not sure about its durability, you can always fall back to the teardrop notch of OnePlus 7. We think this falls down to user preference.
Both flagship-killer smartphones come with AMOLED displays, with a slight variation from its manufacturers — Super AMOLED vs Optic AMOLED. There’s not much of a difference in quality especially when both are set at 1080p+ resolution. Perhaps, the deciding factor here is the Always-on Display feature on the Redmi K20 Pro. OnePlus 7 might be missing it, but it comes with Ambient Display (by tapping the screen).
You might say performance is equal due to the use of Snapdragon 855 SoCs. We have to argue tho, in the real world, Oxygen OS is more reliable and consistent than MIUI 10. Xiaomi’s OS is great in its own way, but OnePlus has done a tremendous job in keeping that Android vanilla flavor for a speedy and lag-free experience. To top it off, software updates are faster.
If you want more camera sensors, the Redmi K20 Pro offers three to boot — 48MP f1.8 main + 8MP f2.4 telephoto + 13MP f2.4 ultrawide. As for OnePlus 7, you need to “settle” with the dual camera — 48MP f1.7 wide + 5MP f2.4, unless you go for the Pro version, but that’s a different story.
The selfie camera is a toss up with a 20MP f2.2 sensor on the K20 Pro vs 16MP f2.0 on the OnePlus 7.
On paper, the Redmi K20 Pro has a 4000mAh battery and also a faster 27W Quick Charge 4+. However, it doesn’t mean the 3700mAh and 20W Warp Charging on the 7 are no good. It’s fast especially when you need quick top-ups.
Both devices aren’t official yet in the Philippines, but the Redmi K20 Pro is priced at $380USD in China or roughly P19k(6GB/64GB) when directly converted. While the OnePlus 7 starts at $500(6GB/128GB) or about P26k price before taxes.
There’s a significant difference between the two, not only in features but also prices (assuming these are their final prices). In this case, the Redmi K20 Pro is more suiting of the “flagship-killer” moniker. After all, it’s about getting more for less.
|Specs||Redmi K20 Pro||OnePlus 7|
|Display||6.39-inch Full FHD+ Super AMOLED screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, fullscreen display||6.41-inch FHD+, Optic AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, teardrop notch|
|Dimensions||156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm, 191g||157.7 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm , 182g|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)||Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 640||Adreno 640|
|Memory||256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM||256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM|
|Main Camera||48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.4, 53mm (telephoto), 1/4″, 1.12µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom
13 MP, f/2.4, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/3″, 1.12µm
|48 MP, f/1.7, (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
5MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor
|Front Camera||Motorized pop-up 20 MP, f/2.2, 0.8µm||16 MP, f/2.0, 25mm (wide)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, hotspot, BT 5.0, LE, aptxHD, USB Type-C, headphone jack||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, hotspot, BT 5.0, LE, aptxHD, USB Type-C|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery (27W fast charging)||Non-removable Li-Ion 3700mAh battery (20W fast charging)|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10||Android 9.0 (Pie) with Oxygen OS|
|Official Price||~P19k before taxes (6GB/64GB)||~P26k before taxes (6GB/128GB)|