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Xiaomi, the tech giant known mostly in China, has a large imprint in a country many call the fastest growing economy.
Due to the frosty relationship between Washington and Beijing as well as past difficulties gaining a foothold in Europe, the Chinese tech giant has decided to go all in and release one of its newest flagship phones, the Redmi K20 Pro, in India.
The viral marketing campaign is out in force having released photos on social media calling the k20 Pro the “world’s fastest phone”.
The Pro is the successor to the K20 which was released in China last year. Both will be available at the same time in India, but no release date was available at the time of this article.
A Dig at OnePlus 7 Pro
The social media call out by Xiaomi appears to be taking a shot at OnePlus 7 Pro on twitter saying “"Some celebrations are short-lived. Stay tuned.”
Oneplus, a tech company also from China, released the above mentioned smartphone only weeks ago calling it the fastest phone.
The font and color of the graphic used in the tweet aims squarely at OnePlus 7 Pro. campaign With the One Plus 7 Pro, the mid range phone maker, had been challenging the big boys Apple and Samsung.
In recent reviews the build quality has been compared favorably to its closest android adversary the Samsung Galaxy S10.
The OnePlus 7 Pro gets dinged for its larger footprint and overall weight, as well as the lackluster camera (the main downfall in predecessor OnePlus 6T), lack of wireless charging or water resistance rating, no headphone jack (thanks Apple and Samsung) and not so impressive battery life.
But the phone has a bright “immersive” OLED screen with a faster refresh rate, fingerprint touch sensor under the screen (which is faster and more responsive than the S10) has a premium glass finish and standard usb -c port as well as dual sim ports.
But you can’t talk about these phone without talking about software. OnePlus ships with Android 9 (aka Pie) and it’s custom software called OxygenOS.
However missing here seems to be any propriety payment system which has become very popular all over the world.
Samsung’s Samsung pay makes payments using the NFC (as well as its bonus magnetic sensor hardware – nicknamed MST) gives it a leg up then just NFC.
So here Google Pay will be your only option for all your transaction needs.
India release in six weeks
Getting back to the predecessor OnePlus 6T Pro, although no definitive release date has been set, the Manu Kumar the managing director in India says the country can expect both the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro to release in six weeks (which means mid July).
The price should be near what the company sold it for in China.
If you’re looking for 6GB RAM + 64GB storage version, it'll cost CNY 2,499 or Rs. 25,200 (rubles) or US 360.84 while its 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model is available at CNY (yen) 2,599 or Rs. (rubles) 26,200 or US (dollars) 375.28.
There is also the top-of-the-line Redmi K20 Pro model with 8GB RAM + 256GB storage configuration at CNY 2,999 or roughly Rs. 30,200 or US 433.084.
Specs on the K20 Pro
The dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi K20 Pro runs Android Pie with MIUI (see below) on top and features a 6.39-inch AMOLED full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) display with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Under the hood, there is the Snapdragon 855 SoC, paired with up to 8GB of RAM.
For photos and videos, the Redmi K20 Pro has a triple rear camera setup that houses a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.75 lens.
The camera setup includes a 13-megapixel secondary sensor with a wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel tertiary sensor with an f/2.4 lens. For selfies, there is a 20-megapixel sensor on the pop-up camera module.
The Redmi K20 has 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Besides, the phone packs a 4,000mAh battery that supports 27W fast charging technology.
Xiaomi ends custom skins beta program
Xiaomi maintains its custom version of Android, called MIUI, which ships on most of the company's devices — the main exceptions being its Android One and Android Go phones.
Xiaomi allows phone owners to test the new MIUI features in the public MIUI Beta program, but now that's coming to an end.
"As more Mi Phone models got introduced to the market, more users started using MIUI Beta through different channels," Xiaomi wrote in a post on the official Mi Community forum. "However, MIUI Beta is made for public testing and requires the user to have a very high tolerance for bugs and faults. [...] Our team of engineers has decided to stop releasing the global version of MIUI Beta for all devices starting July 1st, 2019."
The post explains the company’s frustration that the public beta program was being used by a large audience, but many never reported bugs back to the development team.
The vast amount of phones Xiaomi has released over the years likely multiplied the problem of two OS branches being developed simultaneously.
The forum thread already has 18 pages of replies, with many phone owners upset over the company’s rash decision.
Some claim that the beta branch was more stable than MIUI Stable, while others say their feedback and bug reports always fell on deaf ears.