Founded in 2010, Xiaomi has become one of the fastest growing brands and produces some amazing products. In the past few years, this brand has become a household name. Wireless mouse, wireless earphones, Bluetooth speaker, laser projector, smart band, air purifier, and even a handheld vacuum cleaner – Xiaomi has it all! But in the smartphone industry, Xiaomi has been a savior – bringing some exceptional products at a reasonable price. This brand truly deserves an honorable mention.
Xiaomi smartphones are often a great package overall – durable, great quality and affordable. They are constantly introducing a better camera, using better material (glass backs that look quite fancy) and updating their software. Xiaomi often includes flagship features in non-flagship phones. This has earned them a huge customer base and their loyalty in a very short time.
Here’s our pick of the best 5 Xiaomi smartphones that have been a constant hit despite the competition.
3GB/32GB or 4GB/64GB (expandable to 128GB)
48 MP (main), 13 MP (front)
6.30” (160 mm) dot-notch IPS LCD display
Starting from $168
4GB/64GB (expandable to 128GB)
48 MP (main), 32 MP (front)
6.01” (153 mm) dot-notch AMOLED display
4GB/64GB or 6GB/ 128GB
12 MP (main),
6.26” (159 mm) IPS LCD notch display
$200 or $245
3GB/32GB or 4GB/64GB
48 MP (main), 13 MP (front)
6.30” (160 mm) AMOLED display
$160 or $190
3GB/32GB or 4GB/64GB
12 MP (main),
6.26” (159 mm) IPS LCD display
48 megapixels – Need I say more? With a 48MP quad-camera (with dedicated a lens for wide-angle) and a 13MP front camera, this phone can turn anybody into a photographer. This device comes with the following key features:
Released in late 2019, the phone comes with Android 9.0 (upgradable) and Xiaomi’s MIUI operating system. Available with both 3GB and 4GB RAM, this device provides value for money.
There is a fingerprint sensor at the back, positioned to be used with both hands. Facial recognition is also available as is a security lock. With the 4000mAh battery, you can use your phone for over 48 hours with a single charge – great for taking plenty of pictures on a weekend away. It comes in three amazing colors: Neptune Blue, Moonlight White and Space Black.
Featuring Android One, the Mi A3 is your pure Google experience wrapped with Xiaomi AI (artificial intelligence) goodness. It does not look like a Pixel but still has a premium build. It costs a little more, and available in three colors – More Than White, Not Just Blue, Kind of Grey. Its physical appearance is not its only key feature:
Also, if having to recharge your phone is a daily struggle, this device is your savior. The 4030mAh battery together with the 4GB RAM provides a steady performance throughout the day even with heavy usage. It contains a 48MP rear camera and 32MP front camera, which detects up to 12 different scenes. With the 6.01” (153 mm) screen size, the resolution is not that great. The on-screen fingerprint reader is not as fast as the physical ones in other Xiaomi phones but works just fine.
I love this device because it focuses on all the major points. If you are an Android fan, this device is definitely something you should consider.
If you’re wondering what could be better than 4GB RAM, I have an answer for you – 6GB RAM. You can probably find phones with even higher RAM in the market today, but it might be a problem if you have a budget constraint. However, Xiaomi has solved that problem with its Mi 8 Lite. Initially launched with Android 8.1 (upgradable), the phone uses the MIUI operation system. Some of its key features include:
With a 6.26” (159 mm) display size, sunlight display and 24 MP front camera, the device is perfect for taking quick selfies. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner on this is fast and consistent. The gesture navigation that is missing from stock Android phones is fast and easy to use. Since the phone has no audio jack, Xiaomi includes an adapter in the box. But you can always use a Bluetooth headphone if you prefer.
The 3350 mAh battery is average and operates better with the 4GB version than 6GB one. The device provides decent performance and looks quite chic with the glass back and 0.3-inch (7.5 mm) thickness. However, compared to other devices available for much less, the price tag is a tad bit too high.
The predecessor to Redmi Note 8 has been quite popular since its release in early 2019. Like many others, both 3GB and 4GB RAM versions are available. With such a low price tag, the device provides quite a few features:
The device has a glass back and feels quite solid in the hand. The large screen size and 1080p resolution make this ideal for watching videos. The audio is great and uses both the speaker at the bottom and headphones. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is faster than most other phones but isn’t the fastest.
With the large battery and Snapdragon 660 chipset, this phone’s performance is quite impressive. Thanks to the dual-camera, picture and video quality are pretty good. Keeping the price in mind, this device is a bargain.
If you are someone who takes a selfie every time your hair looks good, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is for you. With a 12 MP main camera and 20 MP front camera, this device is perfect for our selfie-obsessed generation. To match your diverse preferences, it comes in a variety of colors: Blue, Black, Rose Gold and Red. The key features on this are:
With 3GB, 4GB and 6GB available, the phone is quite power efficient. It has a 4000mAh battery, which provides a two-day charge and allows for a good gaming experience. The metal body provides a good grip and has a fingerprint scanner at the back. Face unlock is also included on this one. The screen brightness range is quite wide and provides a good resolution outdoors.
Compared to many new devices that followed the Redmi Note 6 Pro, this device seems a bit overpriced. But it does provide all the features its target customers would be looking for and has been very popular since its release in 2018.
The above are some of the best-selling phones with the highest average rating from customers. You can check out the official website for further details on each one.
There are plenty of high-end phones to choose from, but they often come with a high price tag attached. If you are not sure how to start, note down the features that are most important to you. At the end of the day, your choice should depend on what you use your phone for the most.
Have you used any of these phones already? How was your experience? Or have you found an alternative brand? Leave a comment and let us know what you think below.