Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro India launch, Realme X price in India reveal, and Xiaomi Mi A3 debut grabbed the headlines this week. Additionally, Samsung Galaxy A80 launch in India, Nokia 9 PureView release in offline stores, and Realme 3i announcement dominated the conversation. Further, WhatsApp Payments may be officially rolling out soon and BSNL reintroduced a free trial of its broadband service. Read on to know more about everything that made the news in the world of tech over the week.
Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro price in India, first sale date revealed
Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro made their India debut this week with much fanfare. Xiaomi on Wednesday unveiled the phones at an event in New Delhi in front of over 850 people, including almost 500 of the company’s fans. It is probably the most important launch for the company this year. The Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro will sit at the high-end of Xiaomi’s smartphone portfolio in the country. Xiaomi will open the sales of the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro next week in the country, however select few who participated in the company’s Alpha sale were able to buy the phone on the launch day itself.
The two Redmi K20 series smartphones officially mark the entry of Xiaomi’s Redmi sub-brand in the higher mid-range (or affordable premium smartphone segment) in the country. Redmi branding have been traditionally associated with affordable but value for money devices and Xiaomi will find it hard to shed that image and it is already seeing some pushback. A section of the company fans took to social media immediately after the Redmi K20 price announcement to complain about how the phone was overpriced in India, compared to the phone’s China pricing. To remind you, Redmi K20 price in India starts at Rs. 21,999, whereas in China, the phone starts with CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,000).
Following the complaints, Xiaomi India chief Manu Kumar Jain published an open letter to explain why the Redmi K20 is expensive. He highlighted that Snapdragon 730 SoC is a newer chipset, the complexities of manufacturing the two phones in India, and how they have to import some components. It is unclear if the letter has pacified the fans, but the phone’s sales will offer us some perspective. Redmi K20 Pro, which will be sold at a starting price of Rs. 27,999, has come out largely unscathed out of the pricing controversy.
Xiaomi has released pretty much the same versions of the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro in India that debuted in China, barring some missing storage variants and the lack of NFC chip. Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro feature 6.39-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display, triple rear cameras, 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera, 4,000mAh battery, and in-display fingerprint sensor. The Redmi K20 is powered by Snapdragon 730 SoC, while the Redmi K20 Pro comes with the Snapdragon 855 SoC.
Among other differences, the Redmi K20 includes 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 image sensor, whereas the Redmi K20 Pro comes with 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 image sensor. Also, the 4,000 battery on Redmi K20 only supports up to 18W fast charging, while the Redmi K20 Pro can use up to 27W fast charger. Both phones will, however, only get 18W charger in the box. The support for DC dimming is also missing from Redmi K20 and the phone is not getting a 8GB RAM variant in India, unlike China.
Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro will be available starting Monday, July 22 via Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores in the country. Although Alpha Sale was technically the first sale for the phones, next week will be the first time, the consumers won’t have to register first to be eligible to buy the phones. The Xiaomi partner stores will get the phones over the coming weeks. In terms of the launch offers, Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro buyers will get a Premium Hard Cover worth Rs. 999 in the retail box.
Realme X India launch, price
Realme was another smartphone maker that unveiled a major smartphone this week in the country in the form of Realme X. Set to be the company’s flagship model, the Realme X has been priced starting at Rs. 16,999 in the country. It will be officially available beginning July 24 via Flipkart and the company’s own e-store. The company has already organised a Realme X hate-to-wait sale earlier this week, allowing some customers to buy the smartphone.
Realme X made its debut in China in May this year and the smartphone took almost two months to reach India shores. Although Realme India’s Madhav Sheth had teased that there may be some changes in the India variant of the Realme X, the India version of the phone is pretty much the same phone that launched in China. The Realme X packs features like a 6.53-inch full-HD+ display, a 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera, Snapdragon 710 SoC, and 3,765mAh battery. The smartphone also houses a dual rear camera setup with 48-megapixel primary shooter and a 5-megapixel secondary shooter.
In our Realme X review, we found the smartphone to be a great option for any consumer looking to buy a mobile priced below Rs. 20,000. The phone packs a good build quality and a premium design. The display is also vivid with great colours. The Realme X camera performance is also good. The only thing that we found may disappoint some buyers is the overall size of the phone. It is no secret that smartphones are getting bigger every year, but unfortunately our hands don’t grow bigger after a certain age, so the phones like Realme X with a giant 6.5-inch display can be a bit large for some hands.
In addition to the regular Realme X, the Chinese smartphone maker also launched the Realme X Master Edition and Realme X Spider-Man: Far From Home special edition in the country. The Master Edition has been designed by Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa and will come in Onion and Garlic finishes. On the other hand, the Spider-Man Far From Home edition features a special theme and will be offered in a custom gift box. Both Master Edition and Spider-Man editions of the Realme X will be sold in just 8GB + 128GB variants and carry Rs. 19,999 and Rs. 20,999 price tag, respectively.
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Further, Realme introduced the new Realme 3i smartphone in the country. Unlike Realme X, it is an entry-level smartphone, released to take on the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 7 in the country. Realme 3i has been priced starting at Rs. 7,999 (3GB + 32GB). The 4GB + 64GB variant of the phone will retail at Rs. 9,999. The first flash sale of Realme 3i has been scheduled for July 23 and it will be offered in Diamond Black, Diamond Blue, and Diamond Red colours. The key specifications of the phone are 6.2-inch HD+ screen, Helio P60 SoC, dual rear camera setup, 13-megapixel selfie camera, and 4,230mAh battery.
Xiaomi Mi A3 officially launched
While Xiaomi India was busy launching the Redmi K20 series, the Spain arm of the company unveiled the new Mi A3 smartphone. It is the third phone in the company Mi A series, which is based on Android One programme and comes with stock Android. Mi A3 improves of its predecessor, Mi A2₹ 9,999, in a number of areas, however there is one part, which has actually been downgraded and will certainly disappoint a number of consumers waiting for the phone. Unlike Xiaomi Mi A2, which packs a 5.99-inch full-HD+ screen, the Mi A3 houses a 6.08-inch HD+ display.
Other specifications of the Mi A3 include the presence of Snapdragon 665 SoC, 4,030mAh battery, and a triple rear camera setup. The phone sports a waterdrop-style notch and comes with a 32-megapixel selfie shooter. You will also get 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of onboard storage. Mi A3 price will start at EUR 249 (roughly Rs. 19,200) in Europe and the sales open in Spain beginning July 24. There are three colour options — “Not Just Blue”, “More Than White”, and “Kind of Gray”.
Barring the software, Mi A3 is pretty much the same smartphone that was recently launched as Mi CC9e in China. There were rumours of a Mi A3 Lite model as well but the company is yet to make that official. There is no word on the India launch of Mi A3 right now, it will possibly be a couple of weeks at least before we see Mi A3 in India. That said, the company is preparing to launch it in South-East Asian markets soon.