Redmi launched the K30 Pro model earlier this year. Since the K30 model launched in January, it has taken more than 2 months to imagine how the K30 Pro would kill these flagships like the K20 Pro. And now the Redmi k30 Pro is in our hands. Along with that, we also have the Mi 10, which is perfectly placed to see if the flagship Redmi and the flagship Xiaomi compete.
Its good to see that the K30 Pro used the complete full-screen design without any hole-punch or notch. In 2020, you will see almost all the flagships would turn to different kinds of hole-punch displays. For those who cannot accept the imperfection, the K30 Pro has given you the perfect solution.
The pop-up front camera remains one of the most effective configurations to solve the dilemma between a higher screen-to-body ratio and front-camera components. Most phone producers have abandoned the pop-up mechanism, which is probably more about provider options to balance cost and user sensitivity.
But smartphone designers are still working, or at least waiting for the next solution, which is probably the on-screen camera. Going back to the pop-up cameras, some users may worry about the thickness issue caused by the pop-up camera, but in fact the Redmi K30 Pro is not much thicker than the Mi 10.
This is how it appears from the top. Redmi has inherited its sparkling pop-up movement, which really isn’t a fancy design, but rather makes it more of a fancy toy.
And another different detail of the Mi10 is the flat screen. Although a curved screen is really capable of drawing attention at first glance, we found that users are generally bothered by the edge-touch problem.
Therefore, we appreciate that Redmi did not follow the trend of curved displays. Looking back at the rear camera layout, it reminded us of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, although the K30 Pro’s design looks much simpler.
At the same time, the K30 Pro reserved a 3.5mm audio port, which has been removed in most flagships, including the Mi 10. But the Mi 10 has dual speakers that can have stereo when holding the phone in hands while the K30 Pro while having a high-resolution audio certification, strives to provide the same enjoyment with a single speaker.
One of the biggest differences in user experience is its display. The Mi 10’s display features a 90Hz refresh rate, while the K30 Pro equips a 60Hz refresh rate. I have to say that one of the most intuitive feelings about using a phone is the visual experience on its screens. Thanks to the high refresh rate, the Mi 10 appears to be a bit more fluid in system design, though its internal CPU performance should be very close to each other.
But other than that, the Redmi K30 Pro is definitely an excellent 1080P HDR display and had a color presentation similar to the Mi 10.
Regarding their performance, they are both equipped with a Snapdragon 865 SOC and LPDDR5 memory, which is the best combination for the performance you can have on an Android 2020 phone. But pay attention here not to get the wrong option, because the 6 GB version of RAM and 128 ROM of the K30 Pro features LPDD4X memory. Furthermore, the K30 Pro is equipped with UFS3.1 storage, while the Mi 10 features UFS3.0 storage, which was considered one of the professionals in advertising for Mi 10.
In our test, UFS3.1 had about a 10% improvement in file transmission speed. And most importantly, the K30 Pro is a cheaper model.
In the Geekbench 5 test, the K30 Pro performed slightly better than the Mi 10 in single-core and multi-core tests. And then we moved to the Andro bank, the Redmi K30 Pro not only led the sequence read and write speed race affected by storage capacity, but also had better random read and write results. And the Andro-bench storage test also showed that there was a more than 10% improvement in stream read and write speed with UFS3.1 storage.
But when we moved on to gaming testing, the gaming performance of the K30 Pro was obviously limited by the 60Hz display. At PUBG Mobile, even though we applied the highest graphics settings, the K30 Pro steadily held 60fps throughout the test. And the Mi 10 surprisingly hit 83.6 fps on average with the same image quality. And looking back on PUBG Mobile on the K30 Pro, it’s a waste of performance!
then we did a stress test. this time the results we’re able to reflect the actual performance of your CPU. Although the Mi10’s frame rate peaked at 90 frames, it averaged 47.5, while the K30 Pro’s average frame rate is 49.5 fps. And that also met the results shown in those reference applications.
Redmi was known as a sub-brand looking for profitability. Cameras in Redmi generally weren’t able to challenge those standout camera phones. And unfortunately, the Mi 10 series was just one of them. We took photos on both and let’s see what we got.
From the samples we discovered that the Mi 10 could produce vivid colors with slightly higher saturation, but we also admired the K30 Pro’s 64 megapixel main camera due to its ability to portray true colors. And if we were thinking about having more editing possibilities, the Mi 10’s 108MP cameras would reserve more details and better color tolerance.
When things come down to high-resolution mode, we obviously see the gap between these two phones. 64MP resolution is definitely one of the most popular high-resolution solutions, but if there could be a better option like this 108MP sensor, all we have to worry about is just software tuning. But to be honest, the upgrade from 64 to 108MP is probably hard to notice for most users in everyday use. Because it is not easy to perceive the difference in the details when the resolutions are so high.
And we tested multiple wide-angle photos, but found that they may have the same lens and wide-angle sensors. The samples looked very close with good resolution and good distortion.
Both have a macro camera. But from their samples, we thought they were still at a “fun” level. Xiaomi has developed its own powerful night mode just as its rivals have developed some software solutions to improve and balance the brightness. These two models could take night photos in low light conditions. Night mode samples significantly reduced noise in the dark. The Mi 10 advantage of high resolution still worked in night mode, which was impressive throughout our entire camera review.
Another feature worth talking about is the charging efficiency. An included 33W charger gave the K30 Pro a full charge in just 63 minutes, while the 50W charger did so in just 47 minutes. Both were impressive. Especially for the Mi 10, it features 30W wireless charging, which is even faster than some iconic models’ wired charging. However, there is no wireless charging on the K30 pro.
From a market perspective, the Redmi K series inherited the previous role of the Mi series, which was popular as profitable iconic assassins. But as we have observed, it is becoming increasingly difficult to act as a full-fledged candidate and cut costs at the same time. The Redmi K30 Pro has, to a certain extent, equaled its positioning on the market, and remains one of the high-end models for its value for money. For most users, the K30 Pro is a better buy from 2999 yuan ($ 426) despite its 60 Hz display. It has a capable camera configuration with good design and powerful hardware to meet the demands of the most upper mid-range users.