Xiaomi just came up with the Redmi K30 series: the first smartphones line-up from its sub-brand to include a 5G device. We are talking about the Redmi K30 5G, which is also the world’s first smartphone with Snapdragon 765G. Unlike other 5G devices, it is not a flagship. Just like the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro, which does not come with 5G but features the most impressive camera department. For this new comparison, we chose the Redmi K30 5G, the Mi CC9 Pro, and the latest flagship from Redmi since now it carries a very affordable price: Redmi K20 Pro, also known in the global market as the Mi 9T Pro.
Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G vs Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro
|Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro||Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G||Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm, 191 g||165.3 x 76.6 x 8.8 mm, 208 grams||157.8 x 74.2 x 9.7 mm, 208 g|
|DISPLAY||6.39 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), Super AMOLED||6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), IPS LCD||6.47 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), AMOLED|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, octa-core 2.84 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, octa-core 2.4 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, octa-core 2.2 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – micro SD slot||6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB|
|SOFTWARE||Android 9 Pie, MIUI||Android 10, MIUI||Android 10, MIUI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 48 + 13 + 8 MP, f/1.8, f/2.4 and f/2.4||Quad 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP, f/1.9, f/2.2, f/2.4 and f/2.4|
Dual 20 + 2 MP f/2.2 and f/2.4 front camera
|Penta 108 + 12 + 5 + 20 + 2 MP, f/1.7, f/2.0, f/2.0, f/2.2 and f/2.4|
32 MP f/2.0 front camera
|BATTERY||4000 mAh, fast charging 27W with Quick Charge 4.0||4500 mAh, fast charging 30W||5260 mAh, fast charging 30W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Dual SIM slot|
Each of these devices adopts an innovative design solution and comes with at least one distinctive aesthetical feature. Redmi K30 5G is the first Redmi device with a punch-hole display, which minimizes the bezels without the need for a notch. Redmi K20 Pro sports a pop-up front camera, so it has a full borderless display with no notch nor holes. Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro comes with a notch, but it has an elegantly curved display. In each case, you get a high build quality, so it is all a question of tastes. Which one would you pick?
While these smartphones differ for the size and the form factor of their displays, they all feature very nice panels. If you desire the best color reproduction, then you would better go for the Redmi K20 Pro since it offers full DCI P3 coverage and HDR10. Even Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro has an amazing display with high DCI-P3 coverage and HDR10, but Redmi K20 Pro looks slightly better. On the other hand, Redmi K30 5G offers a 120 Hz refresh rate for smoother user experience, but it packs a classic IPS display that may not satisfy everyone (the fingerprint reader is side-mounted).
Redmi K20 Pro is the most valid smartphone since it is the only one with a flagship-class hardware side. Indeed, it packs a Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with up to 8 GB of RAM and UFS 2.1 internal storage for faster performance. Both Redmi K30 5G and Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro feature upper-midrange processors, but they are still very performing for multi-tasking, heavy apps, and even gaming. Note that Redmi K30 5G is the only to support the 5G connectivity and it packs a Snapdragon 765G SoC which is better than the Snapdragon 730G found on the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro. Redmi K30 5G is also the only one to run Android 10 out of the box.
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro offers the best camera quality thanks to its penta-camera including a 108 MP main sensor, 5x optical zoom, and OIS. It is not only the winner of this comparison, but it is also one of the best camera phones in the market. It is one of the best devices to shoot photos in low light conditions, for zoom, and more. It even comes with an excellent front camera. Redmi K30 5G takes second place with its 64 MP quad camera and a dual front camera including a depth sensor.
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro packs a bigger 5260 mAh and it offers a longer battery life. Despite its huge capacity, it charges very quickly thanks to its 30W fast charging technology. The silver medal goes to Redmi K30 5G packing a 4500 mAh battery and still the same 30W fast charging technology. Redmi K20 Pro has a smaller 4000 mAh battery, but it still lasts long on a single charge.
The Redmi K30 5G just debuted in China with a €260/$289 starting price. Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro starts from €370/$410, while Redmi K20 Pro has a €320/$355 starting price. There is not a definitive winner here: if you want the 5G connectivity you should obviously choose the Redmi K30 5G which is the only affordable Android phone with a 120 Hz refresh ratio. Redmi K20 Pro wins only when it comes to performance, while Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is the best at camera quality and battery life.