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These are the best Xiaomi phones you can buy

Xiaomi has something for everyone!
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January 16, 2022
Xiaomi 12 series on table jumbled
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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 of price ranges.

Xiaomi also has devices in different price ranges, meaning you’ll find something for yourself regardless of whether you want 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.

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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 13 series

Xiaomi’s latest and greatest flagship devices are out. While these are only released in China for now, the Xiaomi 13 series includes the absolute best Xiaomi phones around, and they should come to more markets soon enough.

The series consists of a couple of devices: The Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro, both impressive. They’re powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, 8-12GB of RAM, as much as 512GB of storage, and excellent 120Hz AMOLED displays. Other highlights include an IP68 rating, 50W wireless charging, and Wi-Fi 6E support.

The Pro version gets the best specs, including a larger 6.73-inch QHD+ curved OLED screen (3,200 x 1,440, 120Hz), a 4,820mAh battery, and 120W wired charging speeds. Meanwhile, the base version gets a 6.39-inch FHD+ flat OLED screen (2,400 x 1,080, 120Hz), 4,500mAh battery, and 67W wired charging.

It also helps that these phones are relatively affordable for what you get. Even the most expensive version of the Xiaomi 13 Pro (12GB + 512GB) costs 6,299 yuan, which is about $900.

Xiaomi 13 specs

  • Display: 6.36-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 10, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 13

Xiaomi 13 Pro specs

  • Display: 6.73-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 50, and 50MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,820mAh
  • Software: Android 13

Xiaomi 12 and 12S UItra series

Xiaomi 12 series on table
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Of course, we can’t forget about 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.

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 12T series

xiaomi 12T and 12T Pro 22
Bogdan Petrovan / Android Authority

Xiaomi added yet another iteration of its 12 series later in 2022. The Xiaomi 12T series includes the Xiaomi 12T and Xiaomi 12T Pro. The base 12T drops the Qualcomm chipset and replaces it with a Mediatek Dimensity 8100 Ultra. The Xiaomi 12T Pro keeps the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. Both are available in 8GB versions, and the Pro version also comes in a 12GB iteration.

Both devices actually have the same 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 1,220 x 2,712 resolution. These also come with an equally large 5,000mAh battery. The main difference is in the primary camera. The 108MP camera in the 12T is greatly improved, but the 12T Pro takes things to the next level with a 200MP sensor. The sensor is also larger at 1/1.22 inches.

Xiaomi 12T specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, 1,220 x 2,712
  • SoC: Mediatek Dimensity 8100 Ultra
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Xiaomi 12T Pro specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, 1,220 x 2,712
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 200, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

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.

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

Redmi Note 12 series

Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus official
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The Redmi Note 12 series is a well-rounded and affordable 5G offering from Xiaomi. It includes four unique models: the Redmi Note 12, Note 12 Pro, Note 12 Pro Plus, and Note 12 Explorer.

These are all quite different, but what they have in common is that they’re all incredibly affordable for the specs you get. The base Redmi Note 12 has a more basic Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 chipset and 4-8GB of RAM. The rest have a Mediatek Dimensity 1080, with RAM ranging between 6-12GB. The three higher-end versions also come with an OLED panel.

Additionally, all the devices have 5,000mAh batteries, except for the Redmi Note 12 Explorer, which is downgraded to 4,300mAh. The Note 12 Pro Plus has the best camera system, featuring a 200MP primary sensor.

Redmi Note 12 specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 4 Gen 1
  • RAM: 4/6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Redmi Note 12 Pro specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Dimensity 1080
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Dimensity 1080
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 200, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Redmi Note 12 Explorer specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Dimensity 1080
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 200, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 12

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.

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 an excellent 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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