Four years ago, Redmi introduced what was widely considered to be the best value-for-money flagship, the Redmi K20 Pro. Since then, it seems as if they are constantly trying to catch up.
Now, we have the Redmi K70 Pro, and in today’s blog post, we’ll dive into it and assess whether, more than four years after the K20 Pro, Redmi has succeeded in crafting an even more attractive and value-driven flagship Or not.
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The K70 Pro features a metal frame, a layout with power and volume keys, an IR blaster, and a USB 2.0 Type-C port: the back features frosted glass, curved edges for ergonomics and a rock-like fingerprint-resistant texture. The K70 Pro impresses with a solid feel, maintaining a manageable weight despite the metal sides.
Let’s now turn our attention to the front of the device. Redmi has maintained its preference for a 6.67-inch screen, although it is notable that the screen has become narrower. The panel remains flat, Redmi has achieved this by reducing the bezels on the sides and top. The display itself is a Quad HD Plus OLED panel with a 120Hz HTS refresh rate from China Star, a domestic manufacturer Xiaomi has collaborated with before.
Despite the lack of LTPS it seems to be a commendable panel. Xiaomi claims a peak brightness of 4,000 nits, but after testing, it realistically reaches a maximum of 500 nits and around 700 nits with Sunlight mode on in manual mode. Under Auto mode, it’s at 1,000 nits, making it suitable for outdoor use. The panel supports high-frequency PWM dimming at 3840 Hz and has a 480 Hz tactile response.
As for audio, there is no secondary speaker, but the earpiece serves a dual purpose, providing stereo output. Although the quality is not top-tier, it is still good. The fingerprint scanner is located at the bottom of the device, which may require some adjustment to handle, but it’s fast and accurate.
Redmi K70 Pro Performance
Let’s dive into the powerhouse of this device – The Redmi K70 Pro runs on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC, making it the most affordable phone currently equipped with this Qualcomm flagship chip. Coupled with up to 24GB of LPDDR5x RAM and one terabyte of fast UFS 4.0 storage, this combination ensures high-end performance.
Notably, unlike its predecessors, the Redmi K70 Pro not only completed but excelled in the 3DMark Wildlife Extreme stress test, displaying remarkable stability during a 20-minute continuous effort. Performance at the end of this test rivals that of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, which is a commendable achievement for a device that isn’t primarily designed for gaming.
Speaking of gaming, the K70 Pro handles games admirably, and the Game Turbo option, which includes features like upscaling, contributes to a promising gaming experience.
The K70 Pro comes with a bright orange USB Type-A to Type-C cable and a robust 120W HyperCharge adapter. Its fast charging capability, going from 0 to 100 in 18 minutes, mirrors that of the Xiaomi 14 Pro. Despite the larger 5,000 mAh battery, the wireless charging seen in its predecessor has been removed.
The software mirrors what we’ve seen on the Xiaomi 14 and 14 Pro—Hyper OS on top of Android 14. The interface maintains a sharp, snappy, and fluid experience, with Hyper OS focusing on backend optimizations rather than heavy visual changes, contributing to an overall seamless user experience. Software development by Xiaomi seems to be progressing impressively.
Drawing our attention to the camera setup, the Redmi K70 Pro has a triple-camera configuration. The primary camera is the Lite Fusion 800, which features a 50-megapixel 1X 1/1.55-inch sensor paired with an f/1.6 lens and optical stabilization. Impressively, it delivers detailed shots with natural background blur, showcasing its capability in still photography. However, the dynamic range is below flagship standards – although not bad, there is room for improvement.
Moving on, the secondary camera is a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens. Although the colour matching between the sensors is not perfect, it still manages to capture good shots. Moving away from the K60 Pro, the third sensor is a useful 50-megapixel 2X telephoto lens, offering a practical solution for portraits. If desired, portrait shots can also be taken from the primary camera.
On the video front, the K70 Pro supports video recording up to 8K at 24fps, and while the footage is generally acceptable, a strange problem arises at 4K 60fps. Some focus hunting or EIS jitter is noticeable, rendering footage almost unusable. Hopefully, Redmi can address this discrepancy in a future update.
In terms of price, the price of the Redmi K70 Pro starts at 3299 yuan($465), which is the same as the starting price of the K60 Pro at the beginning of the year. Despite being launched in the same year, the thing to note is that the price has not increased. However, there are some positive changes too, like increasing the base RAM storage from 8+128 to 12+256.
The switch from plastic to metal and the addition of a useful 2x portrait camera in place of the previously considered useless macro shooter are additional improvements. While the K70 Pro lacks wireless charging, its price is competitive compared to other Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 phones on the market.
Considering the context, other Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 phones are priced higher and the K70 Pro isn’t expected to drop in price in upcoming releases, this seems like an attractive deal. Comparing it to the K20 Pro, it may not reach the same value proposition, but it is the closest Redmi has come to that price level in four years. For consumers, this is an important and commendable step.
In conclusion, the Redmi K70 Pro presents a compelling package, building on the legacy of the K20 Pro. The device boasts a solid build with premium materials, a refined display offering vibrant visuals, and a powerful performance driven by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC. The addition of a 2x portrait camera and the switch from plastic to metal are notable improvements.
While the camera setup delivers impressive still photography, there are some concerns with video recording at higher resolutions, particularly at 4K 60fps. The absence of wireless charging might disappoint some users, but the competitive pricing, starting at 3299 yuan ($465), makes it an attractive option in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 market.
In the context of Redmi’s journey since the K20 Pro, the K70 Pro may not fully replicate its predecessor’s value proposition, but it marks a commendable step forward after four years. For consumers seeking a high-performance device at a competitive price, the Redmi K70 Pro stands out as a viable and attractive choice in the flagship smartphone landscape.