One of the reasons people like Xiaomi devices is because they have a lot of good specs and are at a lower price point than other major players. In recent years, the company has been expanding beyond its home country of China, making a huge splash in India and steadily growing its market share in Europe. So what better time to look at the best Xiaomi phones than right now?
This list of phones includes Poco and Redmi since Xiaomi owns both brands. All the phones on this list are at different prices, so there is something for everyone.
The pros and cons of Xiaomi phones
A lot of reasons are why you should buy a Xiaomi phone. One good reason is that the company makes different devices for different types of people. There are many different types of phones. The flagship Xiaomi lineup is more expensive, but they are better than other brands like Samsung. There are also the affordable Redmi phones and the gaming-centric Black Shark series. Poco is for young people who want a phone that’s not too expensive.
Xiaomi makes phones in different price ranges. If you want to spend less than $100, you can get a good phone. If you want to spend more than $1,000, there are also good phones.
However, Xiaomi phones are not good at everything. The company’s EMUI software changes the way Android looks and can make people unhappy. There is also a lot of extra software on the phone that you may not want to use. The company’s lineup can get confusing sometimes. This is because sometimes the same device is next to a different one in different places.
Despite their drawback, Xiaomi phones are worth considering if you’re looking for a new phone. Let’s take a look at the best ones available.
1. Xiaomi Mi 11 series
The Mi 11 was the first phone with the latest and greatest Snapdragon 888. It has a large display that is very high quality. The front-facing camera is small and gets hidden by a hole in the screen.
The battery comes in at 4,600mAh and supports 55W charging that gets it from zero to 100 % in just 45 minutes, while 50W wireless charging tops up the device in just 53 minutes. You can also take advantage of reverse wireless charging at 10W.
The phone has 3 cameras in the back. The speakers are made by Harman Kardon and it has an IR blaster so you can control your TV with this phone. It also has 2 SIM cards so you can have two different numbers.
Xiaomi has expanded its Mi 11 family to include the powerful Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra. Both make for enticing alternatives to the standard flagship, even if the Mi 11 Ultra has the largest camera bump we’ve ever seen. That bump houses a triple 48, 48, and 50MP camera array, which is nothing to scoff at.
2. Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro
Xiaomi has two new phones. They are 11T and 11T Pro. These are successors to last year’s Mi 10T series, but Xiaomi decided to stop using the “Mi” branding this time around.
Xiaomi has a triple rear camera on the 11T. There is a primary, ultra-wide, and telemacro lens. It also has a 5,000mAh battery that can be charged quickly with unreal 120W fast charging. The phone also has a 6.67-inch display and an in-display fingerprint reader. It is powered by a speedy Snapdragon 888 processor and up to 12GB of RAM.
The Xiaomi 11T has a MediaTek Dimensity 1200U processor which is powerful. It does not have 12GB of RAM, but it has the same powerful camera array. The 5,000mAh battery cell stays on this one too. However, they cut the charging time to 67W.
3. Poco F3 and F3 GT
Poco is a company that Xiaomi owns. They are known for their phones that are very cheap but still offer an amazing experience. The Poco F3 follows this recipe, which means it has high-end build quality, a speedy Snapdragon 870 chip, and an amazing display for less than $500. But the software lets this phone down. We can’t help but laud it as the closest successor to the original Poco F1 because of its price and features though.
The F3 has three rear cameras, is a device that can work with two different SIM cards, and has an IR blaster. It also has a 20MP selfie camera which is in the middle of the phone and it does not have a pop-up design like previous generations. The battery lasts for over 4 hours and then it takes 1 hour to charge the battery to 100%. There’s also an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The newer Poco F3 GT has more features. It is powered by the Mediatek Dimensity 1200 chipset and comes with a higher resolution main camera. The bigger battery and faster charging also make it better than other phones.
4. Xiaomi Mi 10i
Xiaomi is trying to make a new phone. It’s really good. There is a camera with 108 MP, which is better than other phones. You can see this on the screen that has 120Hz, which makes it easier to use the phone for playing games or using apps. The battery lasts for a long time, too.
The Xiaomi Mi 10i has a headphone jack, stereo speakers, and an IP53 rating. It is also powered by the Snapdragon 750G chipset. This phone costs less than other phones but it still has 5G support. Our very own Dhruv Bhutani recommends this phone over the OnePlus Nord in his review.
There are many good things about the phone. It has a good camera in low light. The back camera can take pictures of small things like bugs, but it is not very important. The phone is only available in India for now, but maybe someday it will be sold in other places too.
5. Redmi Note 10 and 10 Pro
The Redmi Note 10 series is a great 5G phone from Xiaomi. It has four types of phones, but we will focus on the ones that we have reviewed. They are the Redmi Note 10 and the 10 Pro.
The Pro model has a camera that is just like the one in the Mi 11. The camera lens is big and it takes lots of pictures at 108MP. But sometimes, the other lenses around it might not be so good. This phone has a good set of features. It can handle two SIM cards. The phone also has space for a microSD card and stereo speakers. The headphone jack is on the phone too, and it charges quickly with 33 watts. This is one of Xiaomi’s best phones because it’s not expensive as other models like the Note 10 Pro that cost over $1000.
Then there’s the regular Note 10, which offers a bit less but is still worth considering. It comes with a smaller display, a weaker chipset, less RAM, and a different camera set up, among other things. You can check out the spec differences in detail below.
6. Redmi Note 9T
This Redmi Note 9T has a 6.53-inch display, MediaTek’s Density 800U chipset, and a 5,000mAh battery. The side-mounted fingerprint scanner also has stereo speakers and a headphone jack.
This phone is good overall. It has many features, but it isn’t perfect for power users. The back camera takes photos with a high quality of 48MP and the front camera is 11MP. This phone looks like the Redmi Note 9 5G, but the two are not always available in the same markets.
7. Redmi 9 Power
As you can tell by its name, the main selling point of this phone is its battery. The Redmi 9 Power comes with a 6,000mAh cell, which is huge considering the phone sports a 6.53-inch display. Add a power-efficient Snapdragon 662 chipset to the mix, and you got yourself a phone that won’t run out of juice fast.
The battery isn’t the only thing the Redmi 9 Power has going for it. The phone also sports four rear cameras, supports expandable storage, and comes with an IR blaster. Then there’s the water-repellent coating, dual-SIM support, and much more.
The phone was released in India but hasn’t made it to other markets yet — get it via the button below.
8. Redmi 9A and 9i Sport
The Redmi 9A Sport and 9i Sport are the same kinds of phones. They have the same screen, they are both powered by a similar chip, and their batteries are also the same. In fact, all of their other specs are the same as well- except for their memory configurations.
The 9A Sport comes with 32GB of storage and either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. The 9i can be had in 4GB/64GB or 6GB/128 GB variants. These specs tell you that these are entry-level phones that are affordable for people who want a phone but don’t have too much money to spend on it.
These two phones are very simple. They can do things like browse the web and use social media. But they cannot play games that are very demanding. The cameras get the job done, but they will not take really good pictures. These two phones are some of the best Xiaomi phones you can get on a budget.