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Xiaomi devices have a reputation for offering the best bang for your buck, offering impressive specs for a lower price than many other major players. The brand has since expanded beyond its home of China, making a huge splash in India and steadily growing its market share in Europe in recent years. 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 (FHD+) 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 AMOLED, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Rear cameras: 48, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 20MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


2. Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro glacier blue back panel

Like the idea of the Mi 9 but want a bigger battery and unique design? That’s where the Mi 9T Pro comes in, offering the same Snapdragon 855 power 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 Mi 9T Pro is available for roughly €430 in Europe, but it’s also available in China and India as the Redmi K20 Pro.


Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, FHD+ AMOLED
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB (fixed)
  • Rear cameras: 48, 13 and 8MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


3. Xiaomi Mi 9T

Xiaomi Mi 9T Display on soft surface

The Mi 9T/Redmi K20 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, 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. Not bad for ~$300, right?


Xiaomi Mi 9T specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch AMOLED, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB (fixed)
  • Rear cameras: 48, 13, and 8MP
  • Front cameras: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


4. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G has been the cheapest 5G smartphone for months now, and it’s still the cheapest 5G device in the West at the time of writing.

The Mi Mix 3 5G is more than just last year’s Mi Mix 3 with faster cellular connectivity, as it also packs a Snapdragon 855 processor, and a bigger battery (3,800mAh versus 3,200mAh). Camera duties are handled by a 24MP+2MP selfie pairing, and a 12MP+12MP telephoto setup at the back.

Xiaomi’s device also stands out thanks to its slider design, making it one of a few phones to offer a slider form factor in the last year or so. Combine this with the aforementioned features and you’ve got an alluring package at €599.


Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 855 
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 24 and 2MP
  • Battery: 3,800mAh
  • 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 FHD+ LCD screen, USB-C, and a 3.5mm port.


Redmi Note 7 specs:

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


Redmi Note 7 Pro specs:

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


6. Redmi Note 8 Pro

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The Redmi Note 8 Pro is only available in China and Spain right now (Germany gets the phone on October 7), but it earns its place on the list by virtue of its impressive mid-range spec sheet. 

Xiaomi’s phone packs a 4,500mAh battery that’s significantly bigger than any other device it launched in 2019. You’re also getting an upper mid-range Helio G90T processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB 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. And you’re getting all of this for €249 in Europe, making it one of the best Xiaomi phones in the region on paper.


Redmi Note 8 Pro specs:

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


7. 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 $140 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 microUSB port here, but it’s to be expected at this price-point after all.  


Redmi 7 specs:

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


8. Redmi 8A

Xiaomi Redmi 8A back view

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.


Redmi 8A specs:

  • Display: 6.22-inch LCD, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 439
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Rear cameras: 12MP
  • Front cameras: 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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