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These are the best Xiaomi phones you can buy

Xiaomi has something for everyone!
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August 16, 2022
Xiaomi 12 series on table jumbled
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Xiaomi devices have a reputation for offering an excellent bang for your buck with impressive specs at lower price points than many other significant players. In recent years, the company expanded beyond its home country of China, making a massive splash in India and steadily growing its market share in Europe. So what better time to look at the best Xiaomi phones than 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
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There are many valid reasons why you should opt for a Xiaomi phone. First, the company makes and sells devices under a few different brands, targeting various consumers. There’s the flagship Xiaomi lineup, the more affordable Redmi phones, the gaming-centric Black Shark series, and the ultra-budget Poco brand. 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 of whether you’re looking to spend $100 or $1,000. You can expect an excellent phone for your money, both from build quality and design perspectives.

However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Xiaomi’s EMUI software is not to everyone’s liking, since it significantly changes Android’s look and feel. There’s also lots of bloatware on Xiaomi phones. The company’s lineup can also get confusing since Xiaomi likes to sell the same devices under different names in different regions. Not to mention Xiaomi comes from China, and the security-conscious among you may worry about privacy.

Despite these drawbacks, 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.

More: Xiaomi buyer’s guide

The best Xiaomi phones

Editor’s note: We will update this list as more Xiaomi phones hit the market. Remember that the list includes Poco and Redmi phones since Xiaomi owns both.

Xiaomi 12 and 12S UItra series

Xiaomi 12 series on table
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The latest and greatest from the Chinese manufacturer is the Xiaomi 12 series, which includes the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro. Both devices come with premium specs, such as a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, up to 12GB of RAM, and as much as 256GB of storage.

There are some differences between both devices across the board. The base version has a 6.28-inch Full HD+ screen with an OLED panel and a 120Hz refresh rate. Additionally, you’ll get a 4,500mAh battery. Around the back, you’ll find a 50MP primary camera, a 13MP ultrawide, and a 5MP telephoto macro shooter.

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On the other hand, the Xiaomi 12 Pro takes things up a notch with a 6.73-inch QHD+ display with the same 120Hz refresh rate and an LTPO AMOLED panel. You’ll also get a slightly larger 4,600mAh battery. The cameras are also upgraded to 50MP shooters across the board (main, ultrawide, and telephoto lenses).

Then there is the Xiaomi 12S series, which is exclusive to China, so we didn’t give it its own section. This series consists of the Xiaomi 12S, 12S Pro, and 12S Ultra. All phones offer impressive specs, and great cameras, but the star of the show is definitely the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. It has a 1-inch sensor, and images are optimized with Leica’s image profile. Summicron lenses also reduce glare and improve light transmittance. If you’re willing to import a phone, it should be this one.


Xiaomi 12 specs

  • Display: 6.28-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Xiaomi 12 Pro specs

  • Display: 6.73-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 50, and 50MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,600mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Xiaomi 12S Ultra specs

  • Display: 6.73-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50.3, 48, and 48MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,860mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Xiaomi Mi 11 series

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra angled rear view
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The Mi 11 was the first phone to launch with the Snapdragon 888. 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.

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. 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 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

Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro

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

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

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 big 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.

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Over on the more affordable Xiaomi 11T, you’ll find Mediatek’s Dimensity 1200U processor keeping the lights on. It doesn’t offer a 12GB of RAM version, but you get the same powerful camera array. Xiaomi kept its hefty 5,000mAh battery cell, 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

Poco F4 and F4 GT

Poco F4 GT with Xbox One controller
Hadlee Simons / Android Authority

Poco, which Xiaomi owns, is known for its phones offering fantastic price value. The Poco F4 series follows this recipe, offering high-end build quality, powerful specs, and a price point that undercuts the competition significantly.

There are two versions. The base Poco F4 comes with a Snapdragon 870 chipset, a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, up to 12GB of RAM, and a 4,500mAh battery. You can also pay a bit more for the Poco F4 GT, which brings forth more modern internals like a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, a slightly larger 4,700mAh battery, improved audio, and a more exciting design.


Poco F4 specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 870
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Poco F4 GT specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,700mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Xiaomi Mi 11i

Xiaomi is taking on the premium mid-range sector with its Mi 11i smartphone. There’s a lot to like about it, including the excellent 108MP camera that punches above its weight, a great 120Hz display, and great battery life.

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But the fun doesn’t stop there. The Xiaomi Mi 11i also sports stereo speakers and an IP53 rating. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset, which is last year’s premium chipset. This is quite impressive for a device in this price range.


Xiaomi Mi 11i specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,520mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Redmi Note 11 and 11 Pro 5G

redmi note 11 pro plus 5g rear
Oliver Cragg / Android Authority

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: the Redmi Note 11 and 11 Pro.

The Pro model sports a similar camera philosophy to the Mi 11 — a hefty 108MP camera is the star of the show. You’ll also get a 5G-ready Snapdragon 695 chipset on board. The 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display packs a 120Hz refresh rate and a Full HD+ resolution. Xiaomi added 67W wired charging to the mix, making charging the 5,000mAh 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 setup, among other things. You can check out the spec differences in detail below.


Redmi Note 11 specs

  • Display: 6.43-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 680
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 50, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Redmi Note 11 Pro specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 695
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Black Shark 5 series

Black Shark 5 Two Colors
Black Shark

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 5 series got a refresh in the form of the 5 and 5 Pro. While the vanilla 5 packs a Snapdragon 870 under the hood, the Pro model offers more punch with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

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The duo offers nearly-identical 6.67-inch displays, but the pro model has an OLED panel, while the base iteration comes with an AMOLED display. They also both come with a 4,650mAh battery. Other specs are more contrasting, though. The base Black Shark 5 tops off at 8GB of RAM, and comes with 64MP, 13MP, and 2Mp cameras. Otherwise, the Black Shark 5 Pro can have 16GB of RAM, and 108MP, 13MP, and 5MP shooters.


Black Shark 5 specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 870
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,650mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Black Shark 5 Pro specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • RAM: 8/12/16GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,650mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Poco X4 Pro and X4 GT

Poco X4 Pro camera housing
Hadlee Simons / Android Authority

The last Xiaomi phone on our list is another nod to the budget-friendly stylings of Poco. The Poco X4 Pro offers a well-rounded experience with mid-end specs and a great value price. We were impressed with its gorgeous OLED screen, amazing two-day battery life, IP53 splash resistance, and a good primary camera.

MIUI still needs some polishing, the phone comes with Android 11, and it has no 4K recording, but for the price, it’s quite the steal. Those looking for something with more oomph should opt for the Poco X4 GT. It comes with a Dimensity 8100, which is said to compete with the Snapdragon 870 and 888. Additionally, you get a lovely display with a 144Hz refresh rate. Other specs are worthy of a high-end competitor, too.


Poco X4 Pro specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 695
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108/64/8/2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Poco X4 GT specs

  • Display: 6.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Dimensity 8100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64/8/2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,080mAh
  • Software: Android 12

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