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Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro vs Redmi K20 Pro: What’s the difference and why does Xiaomi adopt different names for a same smartphone

BySophia Windsor 2019-08-21 47991

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro was just released in Europe with the price of 449 euros (6+128GB). Meanwhile, we have known that the Mi 9T Pro in fact has been ever originally named as Redmi K20 Pro in China and India. After detailed comparison, we find that the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro almost have the same hardware specs except for a small difference in design, but why does Xiaomi company rename the Redmi K20 Pro in other markets? And what are the small differences between them? Let’s find out.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro vs Redmi K20 Pro: 2 small differences

There are two small differences between Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro.

The first difference lies in the back design. If you take a closer look at the back panel design of the two smartphones, you will find that the words “Redmi, designed by Xiaomi” is changed to a Mi logo. Other than that, everything else in design is exactly the same.   

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro vs Redmi K20 Pro 

The second difference is that the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro support different network bands. Generally speaking, the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro supports more network bands, so users outside of China had better buy the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro to ensure that it can work in your country. Meanwhile, you should also check the network band frequency in your country before buying any smartphones on the global market. The detailed network bands that the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro support are as follows:  


Smartphone name

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Redmi K20 Pro

Supported network bands

GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8




GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8


FDD-LTE: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8

TDD-LTE: B34/B38/B39/B40/B41

Note: LTE B41(253 - 2655 120MHz)


Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro vs Redmi K20 Pro: same hardware specs, price and availability

Both the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro offer same hardware specs. They have a 6.39-inch screen with the resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and boast a flagship-level Snapdragon 855 processor. In terms of camera, the phone offer triple rear cameras consisting of a 48MP main lens, a 8MP telephoto lens and a 13MP ultra wide-angle lens. On the front, it offers a 20MP pop-up selfie camera. Besides, the phone is powered by a 4000mAh battery and support 27W fast charging. In other aspects, The Xiaomi Mi 9T and Redmi K20 Pro offer in-screen fingerprint unlock, a 3.5mm headphone jack, MiUI 10 OS, up to 8+256GB memory combo and 3 color options: carbon Black, Flame Red, Glacier Blue.

Snapdragon 855 processor 

Price-wise, the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro 6+64GB version will go on sale in Xiaomi store for 399 euros from August 26, and the 6+128GB version  will be available in Xiaomi store for 449 euros from September 2.

The Redmi K20 Pro 6+128GB version offers a flash sale price now at 2299 yuan (about 294 euros) in China and there is no 64GB storage in Chinese edition.

You can check the detailed specs of the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro below.

Smartphone name

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro



Screen resolution

1080 x 2340 pixels


Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Rear camera

48MP main lens (f/1.8) + 8MP telephoto lens (f/2.4) + 13MP wide angle lens (f/2.4)

Front camera

20MP, f/2.2

Battery capacity


Fast charging

Support up to 27W fast charging

In-display fingerprint sensor


USB type

USB Type-C

Bluetooth version

Bluetooth 5.0




64GB, 128GB

3.5mm headphone jack



Why does Xiaomi company rename the Redmi K20 Pro as Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro in other markets?

The Redmi K20 Pro is the smartphone name in China and India, while it is named as Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro in global (European) market. Why? Xiaomi didn’t give its official explanation, but here are several reasons we think:

1. Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro has similar specs to Xiaomi Mi 9

We have made a comparison between Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and Xiaomi Mi 9 in a previous article. As we can see, the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and Xiaomi Mi 9 offer the same specs on screen size, screen resolution, processor and front camera, and the main difference lies in the rear camera specs and battery capacity. So from the brand position point of view, it is reasonable that Xiaomi classifies the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro as the Xiaomi Mi 9 series smartphones.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro ​ 

2. Xiaomi is better known than Redmi in the global market

The Xiaomi brand may be known by most of people, while the Redmi was just independent from Xiaomi last year. So the name Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro may be more familiar to global users.

3. Xiaomi wants to compete with OnePlus in the global market

As we know, OnePlus smartphones have a big market share in the global market, so Xiaomi wants to compete with it, and adopting the similar way of naming for its product is its first step to show their intention.

What do you think about that the Redmi K20 Pro was launched as Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro in the European market?        

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