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Is OnePlus Nord better than Redmi K20 Pro?

Can the super hyped Nord compete with K20 Pro?

Is OnePlus Nord better than Redmi K20 Pro?

OnePlus had recently launched its OnePlus Nord starting at ₹24,999/- and entered into the mid range segment after five years. And Redmi also had it’s previous flagship at the same price now.
OnePlus Nord is a pretty solid phone with the 5G capable Snapdragon 765G, 90Hz AmOLED Display and having the main advantage of Oxygen OS.
Redmi K20 Pro on te other side has the previous top notch chipset, Snapdragon 855 and all its flagship features from Xiaomi.


Specs OnePlus Nord Redmi K20 Pro
OnePlus Nord
Redmi K20 Pro
Processor Snapdragon 765G Snapdragon 855
Rear Camera Setup Quad Camera Triple Camera
Rear Camera 48MP(Primary)+ 8MP(Ultra-Wide)+2MP(Depth Sensor)+2MP(Macro) 48MP(Primary) + 13MP(Ultra Wide)+ 8MP(Macro)
Front Camera Setup Dual Hole Punch Single Pop-Up
Front Camera 32MP(Primary)+ 8MP(Ultra-Wide) 20MP f/2.2
Display 6.44 inches AMOLED Display with 90HZ Refresh Rate 6.39 inch AMOLED Display at 60HZ Refresh Rate
Battery 4115 mAH 4000 mAH
OS Oxygen OS 10.5 based on Android 10 MIUI 12 over Android 10
Fingerprint In-Display Fingerprint Sensor In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Charging USB - C with warp charge 30T Fast Charging USB - C with upto 27W Charging support

Design and build

Both the devices are built on Metal and Glass Sanwich design. Both Nord are K20 Pro physically very sturdy, however the Nord is the little slimmer than the K20 Pro.
Nord has a plain back, whereas the K20 Pro has a cool designed back. Although design is sceptical from everyone’s perspective. Both the devices are available in various colors.
Redmi K20 Pro: Carbon Black, Flame Red, Glacier Blue.
OnePlus Nord: Blue Marble, Gray Onyx.


Specifications OnePlus Nord Redmi K20 Pro
Aspect Ratio 20:9 19.5:9
Screen Protection Corning Gorilla Glass v5 Corning Gorilla Glass v5
Screen Size 6.44 inches 6.39 inches (16.23 cm)
Refresh Rate 90Hz 60 Hz
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels

Although, both the phones are equipped with the AMOLED Screens, OnPlus Nord has an edge with its 90Hz fluid display and the 20:9 aspect ratio, which makes it easier to hold the device in hand. If, you’re the fan of full screen display and concerned about security, pop-up camera in the K20 Pro would fulfill your need.

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Specifications OnePlus Nord Redmi K20 Pro
Chipset Snapdragon 765G Snapdragon 855
Graphics Adreno 620 Adreno 640
Processor Octa core(2.4 Ghz) Octa core(2.84 Ghz)
RAM 6 GB(in September) 6 GB
ROM 64 GB 128 GB

The most happening processor these days is Snapdragon 765G as NORD, Pixel 4a and other major devices are coming with 765G, But still Snapdragon 855 is better that 765G except 5G support. 5G support for the next 2 years is like a myth. Although OnePlus is packed with a 5G chipset, 5G in India isn’t practical as of now. While talking about performance, K20 has always an edge with it’s Snapdragon 855. In the graphic rendering perspective Adreno 640 in Redmi K20 Pro is a beast and is miles ahead of Adreno 620. Snapdragon 855 is a flagship chipset, whereas the 765G is a mid-range chipset.

Why is the Nord’s 6GB RAM variant unavailable right from launch? Is it just for the higher Benchmark Scores and increase the hype, which is only possible for 765G + 8GB but not 765G + 6GB.

Redmi K20 Pro is the clear winner in terms of performance.


Specifications OnePlus Nord Redmi K20 Pro
Back Camera Type Quad Triple
Back Camera 48MP(Primary)+ 8MP(Ultra-Wide)+2MP(Depth Sensor)+2MP(Macro) 48MP(Primary) + 13MP(Ultra Wide)+ 8MP(Macro)
Front Camera Type Dual Hole Punch Cut-out Pop-Up
Front Camera 32MP(Primary)+ 8MP(Ultra-Wide) 20MP f/2.2
Video Recording 1080p @ 240/30/60fps FHD, 4K @ 60fps UHD 1080p @ 30 fps, 720p @ 30 fps
Camera Sensor Sony IMX586 Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor
Optical Image Stabilisation Yes No
Flash Single LED Flash Dual LED Flash

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OnePlus Team had hyped the Nord Camera, as if it is incredible. But the bitter truth is that, it is same sensor that is present on the under 15k Redmi Note 7 Pro and 7S phone. The Redmi K20 pro camera Exmor-RS CMOS sensor is too good for detailed photography and of flagship grade.

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OS and update support

OnePlus Nord is packed with the Oxygen OS based on Android 10 and the Redmi K20 Pro with MIUI 12 on top of Android 10.
If you like the stock Android type of operating system, Oxygen OS is the one for you. OnePlus gives a minimum of two major Android updates for their devices.
While the K20 Pro works on MIUI which is built on top of Android. Even though it’s an old device MIUI updates support will be there for next 3 years upto MIUI 12 which makes it more worthy. Recently MIUI 12 has been came to K20 series within 2 months of release. There are some features like video settings pane and custom Ambient Display, which no vendor has given such an extent of customization in the industry.


Specifications OnePlus Nord Redmi K20 Pro
Replaceable No No
Type Li-Polymer Li-Polymer
Capacity 4100 mAh 4000 mAh
Fast Charger 30W(in-box) 18W (in-box)
Fast Charging support warp charge 30T 27W( need to buy)
Charging time - 0 to 58 % in 30 mins
USB Type Type-C Type-C

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Specifications OnePlus Nord Redmi K20 Pro
Headphone Jack No 3.5mm
Stereo Speakers No No
Fingerprint scanner Optical In-display Optical In-display

Redmi K20 Pro has an edge over the Nord with the 3.5 Headphone Jack for latency free gaming and ease of convinience.

Final Verdict

Although, OnePlus marketed the Nord as the incrdible mid-range phone, there’re a lot of caveats. The Redmi K20 Pro had ticked some of the incredible specs, whereas the Nord ticked some other great specs but intelligently which make you feel like a great phone.
When to choose OnePlus Nord: 90Hz Refresh rate, 5G 😆, Slimmer Phone, Oxygen OS, Ultra wide front camera.
When to choose Redmi K20 Pro: High Performance, Full Screen display, 3.5mm jack, cool MIUI features, Good camera.

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