Xiaomi has a lot of fantastic phones, and they all offer great value. The company does most of its business in China and India, but it’s slowly expanding to Western markets as well. You can already buy Xiaomi phones from the company’s website in European countries like Spain and France, with more expected to join the list somewhere down the line. The manufacturer has also opened its first retail store in the U.K. recently. However, Xiaomi’s phones aren’t available in the U.S. yet.
You’ll find the best Xiaomi phones you can get your hands on below, divided into three categories: high-end, mid-range, and budget.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
The Mi Mix 3 impresses in many ways. It has a slider design that keeps the two front-facing cameras hidden from sight when not in use. This means the phone doesn’t sport a notch, which translates to more screen real estate. According to Xiaomi, the Mi Mix 3 offers a 93.4 percent screen-to-body ratio.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 comes with as much as 10GB of RAM.
The handset offers everything you’d expect from a 2018 flagship. It comes with the Snapdragon 845 chipset, up to 10GB of RAM, and a dual-camera setup on the back. Other specs and features include 10-watt wireless charging, Android Pie, and dual frequency GPS first seen on the Xiaomi Mi 8. However, the phone doesn’t have a headphone jack on board or an IP rating for protection against water and dust.
Like all Xiaomi phones, the Mi Mix 3 offers great value for money. In China, the entry-level model (6GB+128GB) goes for 3,300 yuan (~$480), while the high-end version with 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will set you back 5,000 yuan (~$725). The phone hasn’t made it to Western markets yet, but you can get it on AliExpress for $540.
- 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 403ppi
- Snapdragon 845 chipset
- 6/8/10GB of RAM
- 128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
- Dual 12MP rear cameras, 24 and 2MP front cameras
- Non-removable 3,200mAh battery
- Android 9.0 Oreo
- 157.9 x 74.7 x 8.5mm, 218g
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- Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 announced: Slider design, four cameras, no notch for under $500
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro
What makes the Mi 8 Pro one of the best Xiaomi phones out there is a combination of high-end specs, a premium design, and an affordable price tag. It comes with the Snapdragon 845 and up to 8GB of RAM under the hood, sports an in-display fingerprint scanner, and features a dual-camera setup on the back.
It also offers a 6.21-inch Full HD+ display, dual frequency GPS, and a see-through back panel that allows you to check out the internals of the device — sort of. The phone is already available in China, Europe, and a lot of other markets, but it was not released in the U.S. At least not officially — you can still get the international model on Amazon for $650.
Xiaomi Black Shark Helo
The last high-end model on our best Xiaomi phones list is the gaming-focused Black Shark Helo. It features an integrated liquid cooling system to avoid overheating during long gaming sessions, houses a dedicated “Shark key” for entering a high-performance gaming mode, and has customizable LED strips on the sides. It also supports gamepad attachments (image above) that make playing certain games a lot more enjoyable.
In addition to its gaming features, the phone’s specs are what puts it on this list. The Black Shark Helo is powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset, comes with up to 10GB of RAM, packs a 4,000mAh battery, and has a 6-inch Full HD+ display. Unfortunately, the phone has only been released in China so far with a starting price of 3,200 yuan (~$465). You can order yours from various Chinese online retailers including AliExpress, where you can get it for $540,
Best mid-range smartphone: Pocophone F1
The Pocophone F1 (or Poco F1 in India) isn’t sold under Xiaomi’s name, but it’s made by the Chinese company. The specs of the Pocophone F1 make it seem like a flagship device, with a Snapdragon 845 chipset and up to 8GB of RAM, but the phone can’t really compare with the likes of the Galaxy Note 9. It’s missing a number of high-end features.
The Pocophone F1 is best described as a premium mid-range smartphone.
It doesn’t have wireless charging and isn’t IP rated for protection against water and dust. It also doesn’t have a premium glass or metal design — it sports a polycarbonate (plastic) back — and features an average dual-camera setup on the back. Most users will be able to overlook these things because of the extremely low price.
The Pocophone F1 starts at just 330 euros (~$375). It sports a 6.18-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution, comes with up to 256GB of storage, and packs a massive 4,000mAh battery. The device offers a fantastic price-performance ratio, which is the biggest reason why it made our list of the best Xiaomi phones.
- 6.18-inch IPS LCD display with 2,246 x 1,080 resolution, 403 ppi
- Snapdragon 845 chipset
- 6/8GB of RAM
- 64/128/256GB of on-board storage, expandable up to 256GB
- Dual 12 and 5MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera
- Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8mm, 180g
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Xiaomi Mi A2
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is powered by the Snapdragon 660 chipset, comes with 4 or 6GB of RAM, and sports a 6-inch Full HD+ display. The handset is part of Google’s Android One program, which means it runs a stock version of Android. It’s also guaranteed to get at least two years of OS updates.
Xiaomi’s mid-ranger sports a premium metal body and is equipped with an excellent camera for the price. Other specs and features worth mentioning include a 3,000mAh battery, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a 20MP selfie snapper. The phone offers great value for money, starting at just 220 euros (~$250). All these things combined make the Mi A2 one of the best Xiaomi phones in the mid-range sector you can buy.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
If you’re looking for a phone with a large screen, the Mi Max 3 might be right up your alley. It sports a massive 6.9-inch display with Full HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9. You’ll find the Snapdragon 636 chipset under the hood along with 4 or 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage.
The phone has a massive 5,500mAh battery and can get up to around 70 percent with just one hour of charging. It also comes with a rear dual-camera setup, an IR blaster, and a headphone jack. In China, the 4GB/64GB version of the Mi Max 3 launched for 1,700 yuan (~$250), while the 6GB/128GB variant went for 2,000 yuan (~$290). In Europe, the phone retails for 270 euros (~$310).
Best budget smartphone: Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
The Mi A2 Lite is one of the best Xiaomi phones on a budget because of its solid spec sheet, great build quality, and fantastic software experience. It’s an Android One device, which means it runs a clean, bloat-free version of Google’s OS. Its metal body packs the Snapdragon 625 chipset and 3 or 4GB of RAM under the hood.
Despite being a budget device, it still comes with a dual-camera setup on the back. The handset also features a 5.84-inch IPS LCD display, a fingerprint scanner, and a massive 4,000mAh battery. It even has a headphone jack on board.
Sure, it has a rather generic design and its camera doesn’t perform well in low-light situations, but that’s normal for a budget device. The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is already available in many markets including a number of European ones, where the device goes for around 165 euros (~$190).
- 5.84-inch IPS LCD display with 2,280 x 1,080 resolution, 432 ppi
- Snapdragon 625 chipset
- 3/4GB of RAM
- 32/64GB of on-board storage, expandable up to 256GB
- Dual 12 and 5MP rear cameras, 5MP front camera
- Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- 149.3 x 71.7 x 8.75mm, 178g
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Xiaomi Redmi 6
The Redmi 6 doesn’t impress with its specs, but it offers a great bang for the buck. If you’re looking for a Xiaomi phone on a budget, this is a fantastic option. It’s powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 chipset, sports 3 or 4GB of RAM, and comes with up to 64GB of expandable storage. It can’t compare to the Xiaomi Mi 8, but it packs enough power under the hood for the average user.
Other specs and features include a dual-camera setup on the back, a 3,000mAh battery, and a 5.45-inch HD+ display. It’s available on Amazon for 130 euros, which translates to around $150.
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
This is the cheapest device on our list of the best Xiaomi phones — it comes in at just 105 euros (~$120). It has the same 5.45-inch display as the Xiaomi Redmi 6, but it’s powered by a different chipset — MediaTek Helio A22 — paired with either 2 or 3GB of RAM.
It comes with a single 13MP shooter on the back, packs a 3,000mAh battery, and offers up to 32GB of expandable storage. The phone features quite a modern design for its price point with an 18:9 aspect ratio and somewhat thin bezels around the display. It’s on sale in places like China and a number of European markets and available in loads of colors including Black, Blue, Silver, and Rose Gold.
These are the best Xiaomi phones in our opinion, but there are plenty of other great models available. Have we missed any major ones? Let us know in the comments!