Xiaomi has just unveiled a slightly upgraded model of their popular value flagship Redmi K20 Pro with all the beastliest specs to debut their latest MIUI 11 software.
Redmi, a recent spinoff budget sub-brand of the Chinese technology company Xiaomi, launched the debut ‘Flagship Killer 2.0’ K20 Pro and its slightly lesser sibling standard K20 earlier this year to much acclaim for their incredible value with bezelless and notchless SAMOLED displays, useful tri-camera setups, and solid designs.
The standard Redmi K20, which has been rebranded as the Xiaomi Mi 9T internationally, remains arguably the better phone purely for its even greater value offering, however the flagship K20 Pro (aka Mi 9T Pro internationally) has been the choice for many who wanted a Snapdragon 855 and up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of ROM for a near-unbeatable price.
Well, following the inarguable success of those two devices, Xiaomi has now announced a further upgraded model of the K20 Pro known as the ‘Premium Edition’ with a bold colour scheme, Snapdragon 855+, and 8/12GB of RAM and 128/512GB of ROM.
Apart from those few spec bumps, and rear design though, the K20 Pro Premium Edition is identical to its predecessors, even including pricing for the same RAM + ROM combinations despite the processor bump which offers up to a 5% CPU and 15% graphics performance improvement.
So, in essence, this hardware announcement is really only the addition of a new colour option, a new RAM + ROM option, and slight upgrade to the Snapdragon 855+; nothing to sneeze at, especially given the unchanging pricing, but nothing mind-blowing.
Perhaps the more interesting announcement is that these Redmi K20 Pro Premium Editions (and perhaps Mi 9T Pro Premium Editions, if they decide to launch internationally) will be launching in two days with MIUI 11 based on Android 10.
We were already impressed when the standard Redmi K20 Pro managed to receive Android 10 on the OS’ launch day alongside the Pixels and Essential phone, but Xiaomi already launching new devices on Android 10 less than a month after the update launched, and on Xiaomi’s as yet unseen MIUI 11 no less (the Redmi K20 Pro has Android 10 still on MIUI 10).