Xiaomi Mi 9 back

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.

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list of the best Xiaomi phones regularly as new devices launch.

Xiaomi Mi 9

Xiaomi Mi 9 screen

The Mi 9 is currently the best Xiaomi phone you can get, offering high-end specs and a mid-range price tag. It comes with three cameras at the back, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and the latest and greatest Snapdragon 855 chipset.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 starts at just 450 euros.

The global version of the device comes with 6GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of storage, while users in China also get variants with 8 or 12GB of RAM and as much as 256GB of storage. The phone sports a 6.39-inch display with a small notch on top and is made of metal and glass. It supports wireless charging but is not IP rated and lacks a headphone jack.

Like the rest of Xiaomi phones on this list, the Mi 9 offers great value for money. It’s available in a number of European countries starting at just 450 euros (~$510). The handset was not released in the U.S.

Specs

  • 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 403ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • 6/8/12GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 48, 16, and 12MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6mm, 173g

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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 phone comes with the Snapdragon 845 chipset along with up to 10GB of RAM under the hood and sports a dual-camera setup on the back. It supports wireless charging and has dual frequency GPS first seen on the Xiaomi Mi 8. The device was announced back in October and was joined by a 5G variant at MWC in February, which comes with the newer Snapdragon 855 chipset and a larger battery. You can get the regular Mi Mix 3 via the link below, but you’ll have to wait for the 5G variant until May.


Xiaomi Black Shark Helo

The Xiaomi BlackShark Helo with gamepad attachments. Xiaomi

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 (~$475). You can order yours from various Chinese online retailers including AliExpress, where you can get it for around $500, 


Best mid-range smartphone: Pocophone F1

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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.

Specs

  • 6.18-inch IPS LCD display with 2,246 x 1,080 resolution, 403ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of 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

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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 180 euros (~$205). 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

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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 around 250 euros (~$285).

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro

This mid-ranger sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display and comes with the Snapdragon 675 chipset and up to 6GB of RAM under the hood, which means it has more than enough power for the average user. It also has a dual-camera setup at the back with one of the sensors coming in at a whopping 48MP. However, it uses pixel binning to create 12MP shots, which is said to improve image quality — especially in low-light.

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a large 4,000mAh battery and has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It’s already available in India starting at 14,000 rupees, which translates to around $205 — get it via the button below.


Best budget smartphone: Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

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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 sports the Snapdragon 625 chipset and 3 or 4GB of RAM under the hood.

A solid spec sheet, a great build quality, and a fantastic software experience make the Mi A2 Lite one of the best Xiaomi phones out there.

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 155 euros (~$175).

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Specs

  • 5.84-inch IPS LCD display with 2,280 x 1,080 resolution, 432ppi
  • Snapdragon 625 chipset
  • 3/4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of 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

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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 9, but it still 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 Go

Leaked promotional photos of the Xiaomi Redmi Go, the first Android Go device from the company.

The last model on our list of the best Xiaomi phones is also the cheapest one. As you can tell by its name, it’s an Android Go device, which means it runs a stripped-down version of Android designed for entry-level smartphones.

The Redmi Go is a great choice for those looking for a compact device, as it sports a 5-inch display. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 425 chipset along with 1GB of RAM and offers 8GB of expandable storage. In Europe, the phone goes for just 80 euros, which translates to around $90.


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!

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