Redmi’s latest flagships, the K20 Pro and K20 were launched a few days ago and boy have they surpassed my expectations. The two phones are almost identical, coming with the same bezel-less 6.39 inch AMOLED displays, a triple-camera set up and a pop up front-facing camera. The main difference between the Redmi K20 Pro and the K20 is that the former packs a Snapdragon 855 while the latter a Snapdragon 730.

The OnePlus 7 Pro was launched in May and it is OnePlus’ flagship device and its most expensive phone so far, definitely above its usual price range. It definite worth the money though, it is one of the fastest android phones out there if not the fastest.

Both phones are considerably big phones and there is no getting around that. If you have small hands or are used to smaller devices, it may take a little while to get used to. I guess that the price you pay for a true full screen and a pop up selfie camera, because that mechanism definitely adds some weight to the devices.

Device Comparisons

GeneralOnePlus 7 ProRedmi K20 Pro
Sim type Dual Sim, GSM+GSM Dual Sim, GSM+GSM
Sim size Nano+Nano SIM Nano+Nano SIM
Design
Dimensions 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm
Weight206g191g
Display
Type Color AMOLED screen (16M) Color Super AMOLED screen (16M)
Size 6.67 inches, 1440 x 3120 pixels 6.39 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels
Aspect ratio 19.5:9 19.5:9
PPI ~516 PPI ~403 PPI
Screen to body ratio ~ 86.1% ~ 86.1%
Features Supports RGB, Display P3, Video Enhancer, Reading Mode, Night Mode Corning Gorilla Glass 5
ConnectivityGPRS, EDGE, 3G, 4G, VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth v5.0, USB-C GPRS, EDGE, 3G, 4G, VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth v5.0, USB-C
Camera
Camera Triple 
48 MP f/1.6 (Main)
16 MP f/2.2 (Ultra Wide)
8 MP f/2.4 (Telephoto) with autofocus
Triple 
48 MP f/1.8 (Wide Angle)
13 MP f/2.4 (Ultra Wide)
8 MP f/2.4 (Telephoto) with autofocus
Camera features UltraShot, Nightscape, Studio Lighting, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, AI Scene Detection, RAW Image HDR, Panorama, Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection
Video recording 1080p @ 240/30/60fps FHD, 720p @ 480fps HD, 4K @ 30/60fps UHD 2K @ 30/60fps QHD, 1080p @ 120/240/30fps FHD
Front camera Popup 20 MP Front Camera f/2 Popup 20 MP Front Camera f/2
Front video recording 1080p @ 30fps FHD 1080p @ 30fps FHD
Extra
Fingerprint sensorYes, In displayYes, In display
Sensors Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
3.5mm Headphone Jack NoYes
NFCYesYes
Extra features UFS 3.0, X-Axis Haptic Vibration Motor
Technical
OS Android, v9.0 (Pie) slapped on Oxygen OS 9 Android, v9.0 (Pie) slapped on MIUI 10
Chipset 2.84 GHz, Octa Core Processor Adreno 640 1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 &
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 640
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Core details 3×2.41 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485 3×2.41 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485
Battery
TypeNon-Removable BatteryNon-removable Battery
Size 4000 mAh, Li-ion Battery 4000 mAh, Li-ion Battery
Fast charging 30W Warp Charge Quick Charge 4+

Cameras

Both devices have a triple camera system. They both have a 48-megapixel main snapper, but with a slightly smaller lens in the Redmi K20 Pro. The K20 Pro has just 2X optical zoom while the OP7 has 3X optical zoom. They both have an 8 mega pixel telephoto sensor but unlike the OP7 Pro’s 16-megapixel ultrawide lens, the K20 Pro has a lower 13-megapixel lens.

The K20 Pro makes up for that in the front-facing camera with 20MP while the OnePlus 7 Pro has a 16MP lens.

Performance

Redmi K20 Pro vs OnePlus 7 pro- chipset

Both the K20 and OnePlus 7 Pro are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and offer memory configurations of 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage. Both devices also come with a gaming mode as part of the software. The Redmi K20 Pro comes with Android 9 Pie based MIUI 10 while the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with Android 9 Pie based on Oxygen OS 9.

Color variants

The Redmi K20 Pro has more colorful variations if you’re into that sort of thing. It comes in 3 main colors; carbon fiber, blue and red and the colors have a unique gradient finish. The OnePLus 7 Pro also comes in 3 colors; blue, black and almond with a matte finish. This comes down to a matter of preference and the K20 Pro looks nicer to me.

 They also kept the headphone jack as opposed to OnePlus who ditched theirs last year.

Display

While both have bezel-less and notch-less AMOLED screens, the Redmi K20 Pro only has a 2340×1080 FHD+ resolution (403 ppi density) and none of that 90 Hz refresh rate. It also has 6.36 inch display. On the other hand, the OnePlus 7 Pro packs a 1440 X 3120 HDR10+ resolution (516 ppi density) in a 6.69 inch display and a 90 Hz display which might not be noticeable to some, but if you are a gamer, you definitely will. It is also important to note that it takes a toll on battery life. With that being said, the OP7 Pro has a better display.

Pricing

The most meaningful difference is their prices. The Redmi K20 Pro starts at roughly $361 for the base model while the OnePlus starts at $669 globally. There is an even cheaper version of the Redmi, the Redmi K20 ($289) with the main difference being a Snapdragon 710 chipset instead. That’s $200+ difference in price.

However, this might not matter much if you live in the US, as the Redmi is limited to some countries. That’s the situation at the moment but the company has intentions of spreading to other countries. This is in line with their target of beating Huawei, OnePlus and Samsung to get a greater market share.

Verdict

These are 2 very good android phones and you can’t go wrong with either of them. The OnePlus 7 Pro is straight up the overall better device with the faster speed, 5G capability, 90 Hz refresh rate, larger screen, better looking display and faster charging speed. All you have to overlook is the mediocre battery life, no headphone jack and the weight of the device. The K20 Pro isn’t bad either, offering most of the same specs as the OP7 Pro at about $200+ less.

If you are looking for the better device and don’t mind the price, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the way to go. However, if you are on a budget and looking for the device with greater value for money, the k20 Pro is for you.

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