What are the best Xiaomi phones [June 2018]

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

Here, we take a look at the best the Chinese OEM has on offer in one or 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 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.
Pros
  • Great build with a compact body
  • Impressive bezel-less display with no notch
  • Powerful specs and features
  • Good battery life
  • Great photography
  • Ceramic body looks stunning
Cons
  • No 3.5mm audio jack
  • MIUI can be a pain
  • No IP6X rating for water and dust resistance

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.

Pros

  • Gorgeous design
  • Excellent display screen
  • Powerful specs
  • Ceramic back looks stunning
  • Excellent battery life
  • More affordable compared to the competition

Cons

  • The camera could definitely be better
  • No IP6X rating
  • No headphone jack

Xiaomi Mi 8

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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 it’s only available in its motherland, at least for now. However, when exactly Xiaomi Mi 8 will be unveiled in other markets remain unknown.

Pros

  • Samsung AMOLED display screen
  • Lots of raw power and storage
  • Decent camera
  • Quick Charge 4.0+
  • Face ID
  • Dual-band GPS
  • Great value for money

Cons

  • No headphone jack
  • No IP6X rating
  • No support for certain LTE bands
  • Availability is still unclear

It’s worth noting that the Mi 8 has three 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.


Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition: Everything you need to know


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.

Pros

  • Premium build quality
  • Great display
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Zippy performance
  • Impressive dual-lens camera
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • No 3.5mm audio jack
  • Poor selfie camera
  • Mi 6 offers a better value for money

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

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For phablet lovers, Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has you covered. Featuring a massive 6.44-inch full HD panel, the Mi Max 2 has a speedy Snapdragon 625 running the show alongside 4GB of RAM and three storage options of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, all of which are expandable. There’s a single 12MP unit on the back supported by a 5MP selfie shooter and for the major highlight, you get a monstrous 5300mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0. The Mi Max 2 can be yours for about $250 for the base model, but like most Xiaomi phones, you may have to do some work to grab one.

Pros

  • Sturdy build
  • Big is better for watching videos and reading
  • 5300mAh battery is massive
  • Impressive main camera
  • Pretty quick and accurate fingerprint scanner
  • Good stereo sound

Cons

  • Below par selfie camera
  • Too big for some pockets
  • No 800MHz for 4G connectivity

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

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There’s no walking past the Redmi Note 5 Pro. By far, this is the best budget phone money can buy at the moment. Boasting a full-screen design with a massive 5.99-inch full HD+ resolution, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the first to rock a Snapdragon 636 SoC, which is mated with up to 6GB RAM, but there’s a 4GB RAM variant, although both have the same 64GB storage.

There’s an iPhone X-like dual 12MP + 5MP camera on the back while for the selfies, you get a 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 5 Pro has a price tag of about $215 for the base model and $260 for the 6/64GB variant.

Pros

  • Impressive display
  • Great camera
  • Powerful processor
  • Excellent battery life
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Android Nougat out of the box
  • Availability
  • MicroUSB port
  • No LTE band 20 (800MHz)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

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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 Note 5. A natural successor to the popular Redmi Note 4, you are basically getting the same unit with a new design language, more so the front panel. The Redmi Note 5 has a 5.99-inch full HD+ display, a Snapdragon 625, 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, 12MP main camera, 5MP selfie camera and a similarly huge 4000mAh battery unit. At the moment, the Redmi Note 5 is available in India priced at about $150 for the base model and $170 for the 4/64GB variant.

Pros

  • A big 18:9 display screen
  • Speedy performance
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Good camera
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • Great value for money

Cons

  • Android Nougat out of the box
  • Still uses microUSB port
  • No NFC
  • Not a significant upgrade over Redmi Note 4
  • No LTE band 20

Xiaomi Redmi 5A

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Xiaomi is king of the budget segment and indeed the Redmi 5A is king of the budget phones. At just $80, the Redmi 5A is the best device such money can buy. You get a great build featuring glass and metal, a decent 5-inch HD screen, a Snapdragon 425 chipset, 2/3GB RAM and 16/32GB storage. There’s a 13MP main shooter and a 5MP unit for selfies and keeping it alive is a decent 3000mAh battery unit.

Pros

  • Great build
  • Powerful specs for a budget phone
  • Excellent battery life
  • Best value for money

Cons

  • Average camera
  • Android Nougat out of the box
  • No fast charging
  • No LTE band 20 (800MHz)

Upcoming phones from Xiaomi

Xiaomi is also an OEM that keeps rolling out 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.

Here are all the Xiaomi phones that are going to be released in next 6-7 months. You will be surprised how much data has already been tossed around in leaks and rumors section of blogging.

Mi Max 3

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If you are looking for a phone with an extra large amount of battery power, the Mi Max series makes sense.

The Mi Max 3 should bring the newer 18:9 display to the series, and we shall see much less bezels on the top and bottom part of the phone’s front side thanks to this. Would Xiaomi keep the display size unaltered at already-pretty-big 6.4-6.5″ and fit this into a comparatively smaller body? Or would they keep the last year’s body size and use the bezel-less design to give us a 6.8-7.0″ phone?

Specs:

  • Android 8.1 pre-installed, tipped with MIUI 9 (Eligible for MIUI 10 update)
  • Snapdragon 660 processor
  • 3/4GB RAM variants with 32/64GB storage
  • Dual cameras at the back

Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi-Mi-6X-BlueXiaomi launched the Mi 5X in August 2017, but this phone was limited to the Chinese market. In other markets, including India, the Mi 5X goes by the name Xiaomi Mi A1. Other than the name, the only other difference between the Mi 5X and Mi A1 is software – the former has MIUI and the latter has Android One. Everything else remains the same.

Well, Xiaomi has recently unveiled the Mi 6X and if last year is anything to go by, this should be the same device as the one that will come after the Mi A1, which is tentatively known as Xiaomi Mi A2. In short, expect nothing different between the Mi A2 and Mi 6X when it comes to specs, but the former will ship with Android One as opposed to the latter’s MIUI 9.

Here’s everything you need to know about Xiaomi Mi A2.

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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