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These are the best Xiaomi phones you can buy

Xiaomi's phones are available across different price points.
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January 11, 2022
Xiaomi Mi 11 back against brick
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Xiaomi devices have a reputation for offering a great bang for your buck with impressive specs at lower price points than many other major players. In recent years, the company expanded 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?

Keep in mind that this list includes Poco and Redmi phones since Xiaomi owns both brands. It also includes phones at different price points, so everyone should find something that fits their budget.

The pros and cons of Xiaomi phones

Xiaomi 11T Pro main camera closeup
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

There are a lot of valid reasons why you should opt for a Xiaomi phone. First, the company makes and sells devices under a few different brands, all of which target different consumers. There’s the flagship Xiaomi lineup, the more affordable Redmi phones, and the gaming-centric Black Shark series, and the Poco brand mainly aimed at young people. Whichever you choose, you can expect to pay less for it than for an equivalent phone from a brand like Samsung. At least in most cases.

Xiaomi offers phones in a variety pf price ranges.

Xiaomi also has devices in different price ranges, meaning you’ll find something for yourself regardless if you’re looking to spend $100 and $1,000. And you can expect to get a great phone for your money, both from a build quality and design perspective.

However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Xiaomi’s EMUI software is not to everyone’s liking since it changes the look and feel of Android quite a bit. There’s also loads of bloatware on Xiaomi phones. The company’s lineup can also get confusing at times since Xiaomi likes to sell the same devices under different names in different regions.

Despite their drawback, Xiaomi phones are definitely worth considering if you’re looking for a new handset. Now let’s take a look at the best ones available.

Best Xiaomi phones:

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list as more Xiaomi phones hit the market. Keep in mind that the list also includes Poco and Redmi phones since Xiaomi owns both.


1. Xiaomi Mi 11 series

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra angled rear view
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The Mi 11 was the first phone to launch with the latest and greatest Snapdragon 888 under the hood. It sports a large 6.81-inch QHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a small punch-hole that houses the front-facing camera.

See also: Xiaomi Mi 11 review

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.

Other specs and features worth mentioning include a triple-camera setup at the back, Harman Kardon-tuned stereo speakers, an IR blaster, and dual-SIM support.

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.

You’ll get the powerful Snapdragon 888 chip on both siblings, as well as the same 6.81-inch display. A 5,000mAh battery should keep you moving more than long enough, and you can even recharge in a hurry with 67W fast charging.

Xiaomi also announced its latest flagship, the Xiaomi 12, just before the start of 2022. It’s tipped to feature a trio of rear cameras, a Gorilla Glass Victus display, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. We’re waiting on wider availability before we recommend it over the Xiaomi Mi 11 series.


Xiaomi Mi 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,600mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 13, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, and 48MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro

Xiaomi 11T Pro angled front panel on bridge
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Xiaomi’s 11T series consists of two phones: the 11T and the 11T Pro. They are successors to last year’s Mi 10T series, but Xiaomi decided to ditch the “Mi” branding with the latest generation.

See also: Xiaomi 11T series launched

Xiaomi tapped a triple rear camera setup on the 11T to lead the charge with primary, ultrawide, and telemacro sensors. The phone also offers a healthy 5,000mAh battery that supports unreal 120W fast charging, has a hefty 6.67-inch display, and relies on an in-display fingerprint reader. It’s powered by the speedy Snapdragon 888 processor and comes with as much as 12GB of RAM.

Over on the more affordable Xiaomi 11T, you’ll find MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200U processor keeping the lights on. It doesn’t offer a version with 12GB of RAM, but you get the same powerful camera array. Xiaomi kept its hefty 5,000mAh battery cell as well, though it cut the charging to a still-blistering 67W.


Xiaomi 11T specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Dimensity 1200U
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi 11T Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

3. Poco F3 and F3 GT

Poco F3 Review Back of Phone Portrait Orientation
C. Scott Brown / Android Authority

Poco, which Xiaomi owns, is known for its phones that offer amazing value for the price. The Poco F3 follows this recipe, offering high-end build quality, a speedy Snapdragon 870 chip, and a brilliant display for less than $500. While the software may let down this solid Xiaomi phone, we can’t help but laud it as the closest successor to the original Poco F1.

The F3 sports three rear cameras, is a dual-SIM device, and packs an IR blaster. It also has a centrally mounted 20MP selfie camera, ditching the previous generation’s pop-up design. Then there’s the 4,520mAh cell, 33W fast charging that gets the battery to 100% in a little more than an hour, and an in-display fingerprint scanner. 

Then there’s the newer Poco F3 GT, which offers more overall. It’s powered by the Mediatek Dimensity 1200 chipset, has a higher resolution main camera, and comes with a bigger battery and faster charging. 


Poco F3 GT specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Dimensity 1200
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,065mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Poco F3 specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 870
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,520mAh
  • Software: Android 11

4. Xiaomi Mi 10i

Xiaomi Mi 10i review front of the phone
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

Xiaomi is taking on the premium mid-range sector with its Mi 10i smartphone. There’s a lot to like about it, including the excellent 108MP camera that punches above its weight, a great 120Hz display, and fantastic battery life.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. The Xiaomi Mi 10i also sports a headphone jack, stereo speakers, and an IP53 rating. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 750G chipset that brings 5G support to this affordable handset. In his review, our very own Dhruv Bhutani recommends the Mi 10i over the OnePlus Nord.

However, there are a few cons to the phone as well. Low-light photography is nothing to write home about, and the macro sensor at the back is more or less pointless. Then there’s also the bloatware and the limited availability, as the phone is only on sale in India for now.


Xiaomi Mi 10i specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 750G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8,2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,820mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Redmi Note 11 and 11 Pro

redmi note 11t india 1
Redmi

The Redmi Note 11 series is the well-rounded and affordable 5G offering from Xiaomi. It includes four unique models, but we’ll focus on the two most popular options, which are the Redmi Note 11 and 11 Pro.

The Pro model sports a similar camera philosophy to that of the Mi 11 — a hefty 108MP lens is the star of the show. You’ll also get a MediaTek Dimensity 920 chipset on board, which is 5G ready. The 6.67-inch OLED display packs a 120Hz refresh rate and a Full HD+ resolution. Xiaomi added 67W wired charging to the mix, which should make charging the 5,160mAh battery a breeze.

Then there’s the regular Note 11, 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.


Redmi Note 10 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Dimensity 920
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,160mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Redmi Note 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Dimensity 810
  • RAM: 4/6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50 and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

6. Black Shark 4s series

Black Shark 4s Pro

You might not always think of the best Xiaomi phones as gaming options, but that’s exactly where the Black Shark lineup thrives. The recent Black Shark 4 series got a refresh in the form of the 4s and 4s Pro. While the vanilla 4s packs a Snapdragon 870 under the hood, the Pro model offers more punch with a Snapdragon 888 Plus.

The duo offers identical 6.67-inch displays, though that’s almost where the similarities end. You can grab up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage on the Black Shark 4s Pro, while the basic model tops out at 12GB and 256GB respectively. The Pro version offers a 64MP main camera, too, while the Black Shark 4s hosts a 48MP lens as its top pick.

While these are the only gaming phones on the list, you’ll find that they fit among Xiaomi’s best without question.


Black Shark 4s specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 870
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Black Shark 4s Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888+
  • RAM: 8/12/16GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

7. Poco M4 Pro

Poco M4 Pro
Hadlee Simons / Android Authority

The last Xiaomi phone on our list is another nod to the budget-friendly stylings of Poco. The M4 Pro offers a well-rounded 5G experience with a rear camera bump that almost looks like that of the Mi 11 Ultra — but doesn’t bring the same performance. We were impressed with the long battery life in our review, as well as the speedy charging.

Learn more: Poco M4 Pro review

The M4 Pro also offers an IP53 rating against splashes and some dust, which isn’t bad for the price point. MIUI is highly customizable, which makes it a solid alternative to Google’s Material You freedom. However, the M4 Pro ships with a bit of bloatware onboard, and the ultrawide camera feels more like an afterthought.


Poco M4 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Dimensity 810
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 50 and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

These are our picks for the best Xiaomi phones the company has to offer at the moment. We’ll update this list with new models once they are launched.