Xiaomi released the Android 9 Pie based kernel source code for four of its upcoming smartphones in India — the Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro, Redmi 7 and Redmi 7A. The smartphones are codenamed davinci, raphael, onc and pine, respectively.
While this does not mean much for the end user per se, but the release of these kernel source codes will allow third-party developers to build custom ROMs for these smartphones. Which also means that these devices are now getting ready for their release in the Indian market.
This is a very OnePlus-like approach Xiaomi is adopting this time, wherein it is offering its devices to developers and giving them access to the kernel source code.
Besides these smartphones, Xiaomi has also released Android 9 Pie based Kernel sources for Mi 9 (codenamed cepheus) and Mi MIX 3 5G variant (codenamed andromeda).
Redmi K20 and K20 Pro specs
Ahead of the expected launch of the Redmi K20 series in India in mid-July, here’s a quick recap of the smartphones. The Redmi K20 Pro comes with a 6.35-inch display with an FHD+ resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The device has a fingerprint sensor of the in-display variety along with a pop-out front-facing camera which gives the phone a near bezel-less design.
Redmi’s ‘Flagship Killer 2.0’ has certainly got the flagship-level internals as well. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 855 SoC which is paired with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. The device runs on Android 9 Pie along with Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 skin overlaying it.