Which are the best Xiaomi phones?

Best Xiaomi Phones

As you may have probably heard, Xiaomi has plans to enter the American market by the end of 2018 or in 2019. Ahead of this highly anticipated U.S. debut, this post brings you the best of the best from Xiaomi to give you a heads-up of what to look forward to.

Even better, if you are in the market for a new Xiaomi phone, you’ve also come to the right place. We’ve populated the best Xiaomi phones available so far (June 2018), however, availability of the phones might vary depending on your location. But of course, you can always ship one from the likes of GearBest and Geekbuying, among third-party retailers.


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Xiaomi’s best Android phones [November 2018]

Here, we take a look at the best the Chinese OEM has on offer in several markets. Sadly, the company does its business outside of the US at the moment, which is another opportunity for them.

Let’s take a look at the top phones you buy from Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

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After three tries, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 seems to have finally delivered what the company has been trying to do – pushing the boundaries of what’s possible beyond. A few years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine a smartphone with virtually no bezel, but Xiaomi did it, to say the least.

The Mi MIX 3 uses a slider mechanism to reveal a dual-lens selfie camera, hence eliminating the notch. To minimize cases of damage, Xiaomi went for a magnetic slider that relies on the user to manually slide to reveal the front camera, contrary to other vendors that are using a mortar that’s likely to fail at some point. Xiaomi says it has tested the Mi MIX 3 slider over 300,000 times to ensure that it can survive for as long as possible.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is big on specs. In fact, the phone becomes the first in the world to rock up to 10GB of RAM. While it might not be easy getting hold of this variant, it sure will be a marvel for anyone who can get their hands on it. However, like the rest of Xiaomi’s flagship phones from the recent past, there is no 3.5mm audio jack.

Specs
  • 6.39-inch 19.5:9 FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB, 8GB or 10GB RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB storage
  • Dual 12MP + 12MP main camera
  • Dual 24MP + 2MP front camera
  • 3200mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, Rear-mounted FPS, Quick Charge 4.0+, Wireless charging, NFC, AAC/aptX/aptX-HD Audio, etc.

As usual, the MIX 3 costs much cheaper compared to other Android flagship phones with some poor design choices and weaker hardware specs, but of course, not everyone is a fan of MIUI 10 that runs on top of Android 9 Pie. However, with such massive raw power, you shouldn’t even notice any lags in performance as it is usually associated with heavily-customized Android skins like MIUI.

Related: Should you buy the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 over the Google Pixel 3?

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S

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On paper, the Mi MIX 2S doesn’t disappoint, but all that Xiaomi says about the phone can hardly be denied. According to the Chinese OEM, the Mi MIX 2S is in many ways better than Apple’s iPhone X, yet it is valued at half the price of the Apple flagship phone.

Specs
  • 5.99-inch full HD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6/8GB RAM and 64/128/256GB storage
  • Dual 12MP + 12MP dual-pixel AI back camera and 5MP front camera
  • 3400mAh non-removable battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with MIUI 9.5
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, no 3.5mm audio jack, Quick Charge 3.0, Qi wireless charging, rear-mounted scanner, AI voice assistant, etc.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

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You got to love Xiaomi’s near bezel-less Mi MIX 2 flagship. Whether it’s the design, specs, features or even the price, the Mi MIX 2 is the best Xiaomi has to offer. There’s even an 18K gold-plated variant, but this one costs a pretty penny.

The major highlights of the Mi MIX 2 include a 5.99-inch full HD+ screen (18:9), Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM, 64/128/256GB storage, a 12MP main camera, 5MP selfie camera, 3400mAh battery unit and runs Android Nougat out of the box, but Oreo is already testing. You can even grab the special edition Mi MIX 2 that rocks a massive 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

At launch, the Mi MIX 2 was priced at about $520 for the base model and about $570 and $630 for the 6/128GB and 6/256GB variants, respectively.

Specs
  • 5.99-inch 18:9 FHD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 6GB or 8GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB or 256GB non-expandable storage
  • 12MP back camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • 3400mAh non-removable battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat, upgradable to Android Oreo and Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, no 3.5mm audio jack, Quick Charge 3.0, NFC, rear-mounted scanner, etc.

Xiaomi Mi 8 series

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When we last updated this post, this spot was occupied by the Mi 6, but now that the new Xiaomi Mi 8 is here and packs even more powerful specs, has a trendy design language and is equally affordable, it was always going to take displace the 2017 model.

The phone launched at the back end of May and is already available for purchase. However, it’s not alone. In fact, it has quite a good number of siblings to accompany it. The first batch saw welcomed the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer Edition (EE). These three are already selling in multiple markets across the globe, but in September, another duo joined the party – the Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite – making it a total of five Xiaomi Mi 8 variants.

Specs
Mi 8 SE
  • 5.88-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ (2244 x 1080) display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor
  • 4GB/6GB RAM
  • 64GB of storage
  • Dual 12MP + 5MP main camera
  • 20MP front camera
  • 3120mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0, dual 4G LTE, rear-mounted scanner, facial recognition, etc.
Mi 8
  • 6.21-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ (2248 x 1080) display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB/256GB storage
  • Dual 12MP + 12MP main camera
  • 20MP front camera
  • 3400mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, Quick Charge 4.0+, dual 4G LTE, dual-band GPS, rear-mounted scanner, infrared face ID, etc.
Mi 8 EE
  • 6.21-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ (2248 x 1080) display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • Dual 12MP + 12MP main camera
  • 20MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, Quick Charge 4.0+, dual 4G LTE, dual-band GPS, in-display scanner, 3D Face ID, etc.

It’s worth noting that the Mi 8 has multiple variants and while we’d very much like to recommend the transparent variant, it’s likely that it won’t be easily available when compared to the standard model. Still, if you are able to access it, it’s the model that you should be buying, especially since it also includes flashy features like in-display fingerprint scanning and 3D facial recognition.


Related: Xiaomi Mi 8: All you need to know

Xiaomi also has the Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite, two devices that offer a great bang for your buck. The former borrows a significant chunk of specs and design from the Mi 8 and to justify the Pro moniker, amps a bunch of them to rooftop levels while still managing to keep the price checked. As for the Lite variant, the specs are watered-down but coming from Xiaomi, you are still getting a solid package, especially for its price of about $205.

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Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro
Specs
Mi 8 Pro
  • 6.21-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB or 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • Dual 12MP + 12MP main camera
  • 20MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, in-display FPS, NFC, Quick Charge 4.0+, IR Face unlock, HDR10, Gorilla Glass 5, etc.
Mi 8 Lite
  • 6.26-inch FHD+ LCD display
  • Snapdragon 660 processor
  • 4GB or 6GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB storage
  • Dual 12MP + 5MP main camera
  • 24MP front camera
  • 3350mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, rear-mounted FPS, Quick Charge 3.0, etc.
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Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

The Mi 8 Pro goes for CNY 3,199 in China, approximately $470/INR 33,800 for the 6GB/128GB model, while the higher-end version with 8GB/128GB sells for CNY 3,599, approximately $525/INR 38,000. As for the Mi 8 Lite, the company has three configurations as follows: 4GB of RAM/64GB of storage at CNY 1,399 (about $205/INR 14,800), 6GB of RAM/64GB of storage at CNY 1,699 (about $250/INR 17,900), and 6GB of RAM/128GB of storage at CNY 1,999 (about $290/INR 21,000).


Xiaomi Poco F1

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The Xiaomi Pocophone F1, simply known as Poco F1 in India, is the ultimate flagship killer on the market. The likes of OnePlus 6 and Asus ZenFone 5Z are indeed flagship killers, but the Poco F1 shoots down these at two point blank and there’s nothing either OnePlus or Asus can do to turn the tables around. The device packs premium performance specs and features, a big battery, a promise for the latest OS in town, and is dirt cheap, making it one of the sort-after Xiaomi phones of the moment.

Specs
  • 6.2-inch 19:9 FHD+ (2248×1080) LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB or 8GB RAM
  • 64GB, 128GB or 256GB expandable storage
  • Dual 12MP + 5MP main camera
  • 20MP front camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo, upgradable to Pie

The Poco F1 first launched in India priced at INR 20,999 for the base model and goes all the way to INR 29,990 for the premium model of 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. However, not all variants are sold in all markets across the globe.

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Xiaomi Black Shark Helo

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For the gamers, there is something for you. While the general consensus is that having top-end specs like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, up to 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage are the ingredients for superior mobile gaming, the Black Shark Helo is a device that is meant specifically with gamers in mind.

Besides the aforementioned top-end specs, the Black Shark Helo also incorporates other technologies meant to improve gaming experience on the device, among them dual pipe liquid cooling system alongside a huge 4000mAh battery to ensure the device goes as long as possible on a single charge. While you get stereo speakers, there is no 3.5mm audio jack.

Specs
  • 6.01-inch 18:9 FHD+ AMOLED HDR display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB or 8GB or 10GB RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB non-expandable storage
  • Dual 12MP + 20MP main camera
  • 20MP front camera
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with JOY UI
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0, LTE with VoLTE, Stereo speakers, Dual-SIM, Rear-mounted FPS, etc.

The Black Shark Helo’s global availability remains unknown, but in China, the device goes for CNY 3199 for the base model, which translates to about $460 or €405. Not bad for such a powerful gaming phone huh!

Xiaomi Mi Note 3

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Last year’s Xiaomi Mi Note 3 surprised many when it was ranked among the top camera smartphones by experts at DxOMark. However, there’s more to the Mi Note 3 than just the camera. Boasting a decent 5.5-inch full HD display, the handset has a powerful Snapdragon 660 SoC mated with a massive 6GB RAM.

The back has a dual 12MP unit that borrows a lot from the impressive Mi 6 while the front has an impressive 16MP unit that supports Adaptable AI Beautify mode to offer realistic beautify effect that improves the quality of photography. Keeping it alive is a 3500mAh battery and for the pricing, the Mi Note 3 starts at about $395 for the 64GB variant and about $460 for the 128GB model.

Specs
  • 5.5-inch 16:9 FHD LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB non-expandable storage
  • Dual 12MP + 12MP main camera
  • 16MP front camera
  • 3500mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat, upgradable to Android Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, no 3.5mm audio jack, Quick Charge 3.0, NFC, Rear-mounted FPS, etc.

Xiaomi Mi A2

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Xiaomi’s first Android One smartphone was a hit and it looks like the second-generation Xiaomi Mi A2 will be even better. The phone was launched on July 24 and has yet to start selling in most markets, but Xiaomi says at least 40 countries will be able to get one of these locally.

Like many other Xiaomi phones, the Mi A2 is almost perfect as far as design and specs are concerned, but the lack of NFC is once again set to be a major pain among many who’ll be getting this one. Even worse is the missing 3.5mm audio jack, but on the brighter side, you are still getting things like USB-C, fast charging technology, a fingerprint scanner, a dual-lens camera, and a promise for timely software updates at just €250.

Specs
  • 5.99-inch 18:9 FHD+ LCD display
  • Snapdragon 660 chipset
  • 4GB or 6GB RAM
  • 32GB, 64GB or 128GB storage
  • Dual 12MP + 20MP main camera
  • 20MP front camera
  • 3010mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Extras: LTE, Fast charging, USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, Rear-mounted scanner, Face unlock, etc.

Unlike last year, the Mi A2 has a partner in the shape of Mi A2 Lite. Essentially, this device packs just about the same hardware as the Mi A1 or Redmi 5 Plus for that matter, but with a few tweaks here and there.

Mi-A2-Lite_10It also joins Xiaomi’s notch camp and even though the display is smaller than its counterpart, you get a massive 4000mAh battery, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a disappointing microUSB port. You can check out everything there’s to know about the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite in the link below.

RelatedXiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite: All you need to know

Xiaomi Mi Max 3

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The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 continues the Mi Max’s legacy of a big display and huge battery, coming in with a massive 6.9-inch panel that conforms to today’s standards and an even bigger 5500mAh battery unit. Being an upgrade to the Mi Max 2, the Mi Max 3 also packs a greatly improved specs sheet that is led by the Snapdragon 636 processor paired with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

Specs
  • 6.9-inch 18:9 FHD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor
  • 4GB or 6GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB expandable storage
  • Dual 12MP + 5MP main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 5500mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo

Competiton:

Xiaomi chose to stick to the 3.5mm audio jack and USB-C port from last year and the fingerprint scanner also keeps its place on the back. Speaking of which, you also find a second lens to add to the single 12MP unit used on the Mi Max 2 while the front gets an AI-powered face unlock feature. Xiaomi Mi Max 3’s massive 5500mAh battery supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology and as expected, the phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI on top.

Related: Xiaomi Mi Max 3: All you need to know

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

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There’s no walking past the Redmi Note 6 Pro. By far, this is the best budget phone money can buy at the moment. Boasting a full-screen 19:9 notched display with a massive 6.26-inch full HD+ resolution, the Redmi Note 6 Pro takes after its immediate predecessor by rocking a Snapdragon 636 SoC, which is mated with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, although more memory options should be available depending on where you buy it from.

There’s a Note 5 Pro-like dual 12MP + 5MP camera on the back while for the selfies, you get a depth-sensing 2MP lens to accompany the primary 20MP unit that is also accompanied by a LED flash. The battery stands at a massive 4000mAh, which also supports fast charging technology. The Redmi Note 6 Pro has a price tag of INR 15,999 in India, although Flipkart is selling it at a discounted INR 12,999, which is about $185.

Specs
  • 6.26-inch 19:9 FHD+ LCD display with a notch
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor
  • 4GB 0r 6GB RAM
  • 64GB storage, expandable up to 256GB
  • Dual 12MP + 5MP main camera
  • Dual 20MP + 2MP selfie camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack, rear-mounted FPS, AI face unlock, IR port, etc.

Given that the Redmi Note 6 Pro is not yet available in most markets, you may want to check out the Redmi Note 5 Pro, that is, if you really need a phone right now. Otherwise, you might as well sit back and wait for its availability, which should be during Q4 2018, although some markets may have to wait until Q1 2019.

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

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If you feel like the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a little too costly, Xiaomi has another great piece of hardware in Redmi 6 Pro. An amped version of the natural successor to the popular Redmi 5, you are basically getting the same unit as the Redmi Note 5 (Redmi 5 Plus) but with a new design language and some new features as well. The Redmi 6 Pro has a 5.84-inch full HD+ display with a notch, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, a dual 12MP + 5MP main camera, 5MP selfie camera, a huge 4000mAh battery unit, and runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with a promise for Android 9 Pie update. The Redmi 6 Pro, if you like, is an improved Redmi Note 5 but cheaper on the price.

To get your hands on one of these in India, you’ll need INR 10,999 for the base model and INR 12,999 for the high-end variant. These figures translate to about $150 and $180, respectively. You can check out everything you need to know about the Redmi 6 Pro here.

Specs
  • 5.84-inch 19:9 FHD+ (2280 x 1080) LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 3GB+32GB, 4GB+32GB, and 4GB+64GB memory options
  • Dual 12MP + 5MP main camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9
  • 4000mAh battery
  • 149.33 x 71.68 x 8.75 mm, 178g
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, Rear-mounted scanner, AI face unlock, AI portrait mode, EIS, slo-mo video 720p @120fps, microSD (up to 256GB), Dual SIM, LTE, fast charging, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB, etc.

RelatedXiaomi Android 9 Pie update news

Xiaomi Redmi 6A

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Xiaomi is king of the budget segment and indeed the Redmi 6A is king of the budget phones. At just INR 5,999 or about $85, the Redmi 6A is the best device such money can buy. As usual with Xiaomi phones, you get a great build and in keeping up with the trends, there’s an 18:9 HD+ LCD display screen that stretches over 5.45 inches, a MediaTek Helio A22 chipset, 2GB RAM and 16/32GB storage options. There’s a 13MP main shooter and a 5MP unit for selfies that Xiaomi says has AI portrait mode. Keeping it alive is a decent 3000mAh battery unit.

The high-end variant of the Redmi 6A can be had for INR 6,999, which is still a steal for what you get. You can check out everything you need to know about the Redmi 6A here.

Specs
  • 5.45-inch 18:9 HD+ LCD display
  • MediaTek Helio A22 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB expandable storage
  • 13MP main camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo, upgradable to Android Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack, face unlock, 4G LTE, etc.

Upcoming phones from Xiaomi

Xiaomi keeps releasing new phones throughout the year. That says a lot about their capability of making exciting phones that are worth waiting for, given the range you are looking to buy your next Android device in.

That said, here is what to expect in the near future.

Xiaomi Redmi Android One

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If you thought Xiaomi will stick with one device in Google’s Android One program, you are in for a surprise. Apparently, the company has a Redmi Android One device in the works and while this can easily be either of the two Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi can be full of surprises, too.

Speaking to the media on whether we can expect more Android One devices from the company, CEO Lei Jen said “Yes.” In fact, he added that the company plans to “have more Android One devices” because “some of our users in India seem to like stock Android, and we are willing to bring in more devices with Android One including the Redmi series.”

Do we need any more proof than that? No, we don’t! What remains is to know about the exact specs, features, price and release date of the said Redmi Android One phone, but the wait might not be long.


So, are you buying a Xiaomi phone? Which one, if yes? And if not, why? Let us know in your comments below. We are eager to hear your thoughts on this.

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