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Xiaomi devices have a reputation for offering the best bang for your buck, featuring 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?

Best Xiaomi phones:

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list as more Xiaomi phones hit the market.


1. Xiaomi Mi 9

Xiaomi Mi 9 purple back panel

Xiaomi’s early 2019 flagship is one of the cheaper high-end phones of the year, and it offers a variety of features for the price. You’ve got a 6.39-inch AMOLED screen (Full HD+) with an in-display fingerprint sensor, Snapdragon 855 processor, 64GB to 256GB of fixed storage, and up to 12GB of RAM.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 also delivers on the camera front, packing a triple rear camera layout (48MP, 16MP ultra-wide, 12MP telephoto), and a 20MP selfie lens in a waterdrop notch.

Other prominent features include a 3,300mAh battery, 27W fast charging, 20W wireless charging, and NFC. Just be prepared to use Bluetooth or a dongle for your personal audio needs, because there’s no 3.5mm port here.


Xiaomi Mi 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


2. Xiaomi Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro red home screen in hand

Like the idea of the Mi 9 but want a bigger battery and a unique design? That’s where the Mi 9T Pro comes in, offering the same Snapdragon 855 chipset and a similar triple rear camera setup. The phone stands out from Xiaomi’s traditional flagship by ditching wireless charging, but in exchange you get a 4,000mAh battery and a pop-up selfie camera. You’re also getting a 3.5mm port, unlike the Mi 9.

The regular Mi 9T might not be as powerful as the Pro model on paper, but it’s arguably the better deal. You’re not getting a Snapdragon 855 or 27W charging here, but everything else is intact. That means you can expect a full-screen AMOLED display (6.39 inches, Full HD+), a 20MP pop-up selfie camera, a triple rear camera system (48MP, 13MP ultra-wide, 8MP 2x telephoto), and a 4,000mAh battery.

You’re also getting a very capable Snapdragon 730 processor, an in-display fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm port, and NFC. The best part of the phone is that it’s really affordable — check out the pricing for both models via the buttons below.


Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 13, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Xiaomi Mi 9T specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 13, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


3. Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 back of the phone

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is a mid-ranger packing the Snapdragon 730G chipset under the hood along with 6GB of RAM. The phone’s highlight feature is its rear camera setup with five sensors that can adapt to pretty much any shooting style.

The standard 108MP sensor has a sensor size of 1/1.33-inches and an individual pixel size of 0.8μm. Below the main lens you’ll find a 12MP 2x telephoto lens. Xiaomi advertises the third lens as a 5x optical telephoto lens, but that is not the case. It’s actually a 3.7x optical telephoto lens on an 8MP sensor. Xiaomi then performs a digital crop to produce a similar reach as a 5x telephoto. This is a bit misleading and produces the same perspective distortion as a 3.7x optical zoom. Below this 5x zoom lens, you’ll find an ultra-wide lens, and below that, you get a dedicated macro camera. The latter shoots 2MP images and has a bigger pixel size of 1.75μm.

But the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has more to offer than just its cameras. It sports a large 6.47-inch Full HD+ display, packs a massive 5,260mAh battery, and comes with a headphone jack as well as an IR blaster. Like the rest of Xiaomi’s lineup, it also offers great value for money.


Xiaomi Mi Note 10 specs:

  • Display: 6.47-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 108, 20, 12, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 5,260mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


4. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Next up on our list of the best Xiaomi phones is the Mi Mix 3, which offers an extremely high screen-to-body ratio. It has a slider design, revealing the two front-facing cameras when you push down the front part of the device. But it’s not motorized like the pop up camera module of the OnePlus 7T Pro, which means it’s much less likely to break.

The phone packs high-end specs including the Snapdragon 845 chipset, 10GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. You also get two rear cameras, a 3,020mAh battery, and wireless charging. There’s no IP rating, however.

Other highlight features of the phone include 960fps slow-mo video capture, dual frequency GPS, and an affordable price tag. There’s even a 5G version of the handset available, which was announced at MWC 2019.


Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 6/8/10GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 24 and 2MP
  • Battery: 3,200mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


5. Redmi Note 7 series

Redmi Note 7S back in hand

The Redmi Note 7 series is definitely in the running for the best budget phones of 2019, owing to their 48MP cameras, 4,000mAh batteries, and affordable price tags.

Consumers in China and India can also buy the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which packs a Snapdragon 675 processor, 4GB to 6GB of RAM, and a Sony IMX586 48MP rear camera sensor (alongside a 5MP depth sensor). Unfortunately, it’s not available outside of these markets.

Everyone else can grab the Redmi Note 7, which packs a Snapdragon 660 chipset, Samsung GM-1 48MP rear camera (plus a 5MP depth sensor), and 3GB to 6GB of RAM. Either way, you’re also getting a 6.3-inch Full HD+ LCD screen, USB-C, and a 3.5mm port.


Redmi Note 7 specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 660
  • RAM: 3/4/6GB
  • Storage: 32/64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 5MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Redmi Note 7 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 675
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 5MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


6. Xiaomi Mi A3

Mi A3 Front view diagonal on table home screen

The Xiaomi Mi A3 is an Android One device, so it runs a stock version of Google’s OS. That means it offers a bloat-free software experience and comes without Xiaomi’s MIUI skin on top of Android.

It’s a great device for the money, sporting a 6.01-inch display and packing the Snapdragon 665 chipset along with up to 6GB of RAM under the hood. It also comes with three rear cameras and a large 4,030mAh battery.

The biggest problem with the phone is the display’s resolution. It’s low at just HD+, especially when considering that last year’s Mi A2 has a Full HD+ display. Regardless, the Mi A3 is still one of the best Xiaomi phones you can buy, especially if you’re on a budget.


Xiaomi Mi A3 specs:

Display: 6.01-inch, HD+
SoC: Snapdragon 665
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 64/128GB

Cameras: 48, 8, and 2MP
Front camera: 32MP
Battery: 4,030mAh
Software: Android 9.0 Pie


7. Redmi Note 8T

Redmi Note 8T back

The Redmi Note 8T sports great cameras for the price, has a headphone jack on board, and even features NFC for mobile payments. You’ll find the mid-range Snapdragon 665 under the hood along with as much as 6GB of RAM. The phone also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and can handle two SIM cards at the same time.

Despite its affordable price, the phone has a modern design with thin bezels and a small waterdrop notch on top. The display comes it at 6.3 inches and offers Full HD+ resolution. If you’re on a tight budget, the Redmi Note 8T is a great buy.

There are some drawbacks to consider, though. One of them is the huge camera bump at the back, which looks weird and can get annoying.


Redmi Note 8T specs:

Display: 6.3.inch, Full HD+
SoC: Snapdragon 665
RAM: 3/4GB
Storage: 32/64/128GB

Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
Front camera: 13MP
Battery: 4,000mAh
Software: Android 9.0 Pie


8. Redmi Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note 8 Pro review home screen

The Redmi Note 8 Pro packs a 4,500mAh battery that’s significantly bigger than any other device Xiaomi launched in 2019. You’re also getting an upper mid-range Helio G90T processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of storage.

The star of the show might be the quad rear camera setup, though, featuring a 64MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide sensor, 2MP depth sensor, and 2MP macro camera. The phone also comes with a large 6.53-inch display, a headphone jack, and an eye-catching design. The fingerprint scanner is located at the back of the device.

The phone is available in quite a few markets including China and Europe. It’s very affordable based on the specs it offers, which is what Xiaomi has always been about.


Redmi Note 8 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.53-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G90T
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


9. Redmi 7

Redmi 7 showing back of the phone

Xiaomi’s low-end phones are its bread and butter, and the Redmi 7 certainly fits the bill as far as pricing is concerned. The device retails for about $135 on Amazon, and it stays true to the bang for your buck Xiaomi ethos.

Highlights include a Snapdragon 632 processor, 32GB of expandable storage, a dual rear camera setup, and a 4,000mAh battery. You can find these individual features in a variety of sub-$150 devices, but it’s tough to find all these in one package.

One of the few downsides is the fact that you’ve still got a micro USB port here, but it’s to be expected at this price-point after all.


Redmi 7 specs:

  • Display: 6.26-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 632
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


10. Redmi 8A and 8

Redmi 8A profile shot showing display

Xiaomi’s Redmi A-series is about as cheap as you can get for the brand (aside from its solitary Redmi Go device), with pricing usually just below the $100 mark.

The new Redmi 8A is no exception, currently retailing for ~$91 in India. You get quite a few noteworthy features for the price, though, such as a Snapdragon 439 processor, 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and USB-C. But the two standout features are the solitary 12MP rear camera and the 5,000mAh battery. We’ve seen 12MP cameras on entry-level devices before, but this is the IMX363 sensor seen on the Google Pixel series and other Xiaomi flagships. And that 5,000mAh battery means two to three days of usage should be possible.

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The Redmi 8 is similar in terms of specs, offering the same display, chipset, and battery, among other things. But it also comes with a depth sensor at the back that allows you to add the bokeh effect to images and a fingerprint scanner to keep your data secure from prying eyes.


Redmi 8A specs:

  • Display: 6.22-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 439
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Redmi 8 specs:

  • Display: 6.22-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 439
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Those are our picks for the best Xiaomi phones the brand has to offer at the moment. We’ll add more as the brand launches new devices.

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