The best Xiaomi phones - our top 10 list

The best Xiaomi phones - our top 10 list
Xiaomi has been at the forefront of smartphone innovation for the past couple of years. From ultra-fast charging to waterfall displays, and display-equipped camera bumps, Xiaomi has it all. And what's even more impressive is the fact that the company has managed to do so in a very price-conscious way!

The company also stemmed two separate model lines under the Xiaomi brand, the Redmi, and Poco, both offering slightly different experiences in the budget to midrange category. It seems that Xiaomi wants to cover every imaginable market niche, and we're impressed to say that the company is doing a great job executing this plan.

So today we’re gonna make a list of the best Xiaomi phones you can get in 2024. The Xiaomi 14 series got announced in China and we're eagerly awaiting its global debut, so there's that as well. There are rumors about a Xiaomi 14 Ultra model, and as usual this is very exciting. Is Xiaomi the new Huawei? Who knows, but better be ready! With so many Xiaomi models out there it's very hard to navigate and find the best ones. We're here to help! Let's go!

Best Xiaomi phones at a glance:

Xiaomi 14 Series

The Android series to beat?
Xiaomi 14 Pro

Xiaomi 14 Pro

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Xiaomi has a long history of announcing and launching its flagship smartphone series first in China and then bringing them to the global market. The situation is the same with the Xiaomi 14. Thankfully, we're pretty sure these two phone will arrive globally, probably during MWC in February 2024.

What do we know about the Xiaomi 14 Series? Well, pretty much everything! From the ultra-bright 3,000-nit displays, to the new variable aperture main camera, and finally, to the titanium model in the Pro range.

Couple all the above with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, and a powerful and super-fast charging, and you'll get a formula that's hard to beat. You can check out our preview which we will update once we have the phones in our lab.

Xiaomi 13T

Best value flagship

Flagship phones are pretty expensive nowadays, pushing that $1,000 mark easily, but there are models that shine like rare diamonds hidden from plain view. Xiaomi's T-series lineup consists mainly of those kinds of devices, and the new Xiaomi 13T is no exception.

The price of this phone is around 649 euros, about twice as cheap as some other modern flagships, and it comes with very few compromises. First, it sports a very good OLED screen with a 144Hz refresh rate and a very respectable peak brightness of 2,600 nits. You can also get up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage for the Pro model, in terms of memory configuration.

The Xiaomi 13T supports 67W fast charging, while the Pro version boasts rapid 120W charging, allowing the Pro's battery to go from 0 to 100% in just 19 minutes. Both the 13T and the Pro models feature big 5,000mAh batteries.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra

Ultra goes global?
Xiaomi 13 Ultra

Xiaomi 13 Ultra

The Good

  • Impressive camera
  • Fast performance
  • Great for gaming, almost no throttling
  • Long battery life
  • Fast charging

The Bad

  • Extremely steep price
  • Chubby design that not everyone will like
  • MIUI software has its quirks

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra was a great phone when it launched... in China. Everyone wanted to get their hands on the device, and even we had trouble securing a unit (hence the preview state of our encounter with the 12S Ultra). Xiaomi listened and officially announced that the next Ultra, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, will be launching globally... at some point.

The 13 Ultra has it all, the fastest Snapdragon on the market, an amazing display, great design, and four, we repeat, four 50MP cameras on the back, one of which sits atop Sony's 1-inch IMX989 sensor. We're testing the phone as we type this, so stay tuned for the full review, but one thing is clear. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is the best Xiaomi phone at the moment.

Xiaomi 13 Pro

1-inch camera sensor for everyone
Xiaomi 13 Pro

Xiaomi 13 Pro

The Good

  • Great battery life
  • New Snapdragon chip with impressive performance
  • 1-inch main camera is great, especially at night
  • Double use 75mm camera surprisingly useful
  • Super fast charging

The Bad

  • This phone is really expensive
  • MIUI software kills background apps, can interfere with notifications
  • Main camera captures very saturated colors during the day
  • Front camera is disappointing
  • Zoom quality is just barely okay

When Xiaomi launched the 12S Ultra, everyone lost their minds over the 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor, made specifically for smartphones. And while the phone was clearly much more conservative with the post-processing algorithms (check out our camera comparison), the potential was there.

Now that the Xiaomi 13 series is officially out there and coming to global markets (the 12S Ultra was China-only, sadly), we have another camera phone to drool over. The Xiaomi 13 Pro features the same huge 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor, and judging by the sample shots, it clearly helps with details and low-light shots.

Now, this model is no slouch in the hardware department either, with its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor—the best Qualcomm has to offer at the moment. This phone is a great alternative to your regular iPhones and Galaxies, and can even rival the Sony Xperia Pro-I for the camera crown.

Xiaomi 12 Pro

Last year's grace
Xiaomi 12 Pro

Xiaomi 12 Pro

The Good

  • Super-fast charging w/ charger in the box!
  • Excellent design
  • Good image quality
  • Bright, vivid, and smooth display
  • Good audio and haptic experience

The Bad

  • Might overheat in certain situations
  • Some camera inconsistencies
  • MIUI still has some bugs
  • Battery life could be better
Xiaomi continues to impress with the latest 12 series flagship devices. Granted, we're still waiting for the Ultra model but even the Xiaomi 12 Pro is worthy addition to our best Xiaomi phones list. The phone features a great package again, including the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, an excellent 6.8-inch AMOLED screen with dynamic refresh rate that goes between 1 and 120Hz (10-bit E5 panel made by Samsung actually), super-fast charging, premium build and more.

"With its starting price of $999 for the 8GB/256GB version of the phone and considering its decidedly flagship features, the Xiaomi 12 Pro is up there with the very best flagships." This quote is taken straight from our Xiaomi 12 Pro review, and speaks for itself. If you want to delve into more detail, check the whole thing.

And while the Xiaomi 12 isn't the most affordable flagship out there, it certainly is one of the best looking and the one with most features on board. Now we're waiting for the Ultra to launch and take the number one spot. It won't be long.

Xiaomi 13 Lite

The best Xiaomi on a budget

You want a huge AMOLED display with a high refresh rate, you want fast charging, and you want a great looking device with enough power to slice through every task? Look no further - meet the Xiaomi 13 Lite - one of the best budget proposals of 2023!

For around $499 you'll get all of the above and then some. This phone comes with a case and a charger in the retail box, runs on Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 which is a great upper-midrange chipset, and also supports 67W fast charging (with the said charger).

The phone features flat edges and matte finish on the back (it's frosted glass), and looks stunning considering the asking price. The main camera is a 50-megapixel one, a Sony IMX 766 sensor with an aperture of f/1.8. The other cameras are an 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP macro.

There's nothing lacking in this device, and sure - it might not challenge your regular iPhone 13 or Galaxy S22 but then again, it's a fraction of the price of these phones. It's one of the best budget smartphones of 2023!

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+

Best bang for your bucks
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+

The Good

  • Comfortable formfactor
  • Brilliant, fluid 120Hz display
  • Awesome software features
  • A truly impressive manual camera mode
  • Can handle pretty much anything you can throw at it
  • A solid software support lifecycle
  • Insanely fast 120W charging

The Bad

  • Ads in various system apps and settings
  • Prompts to use said apps via notifications that can’t be turned off
  • Not tons, but still some bloatware
  • Random bugs that are hard to figure out
  • Aggressive RAM flushing without any reason
  • Wonky camera features, trying to compete with Google Pixel phones

This "longest name" champion is actually one of the best deals this year. It is certainly one of the cheapest phones to feature a 120Hz OLED screen, and there are more bells and whistles to absolutely justify your £449 (~$563 with direct conversion). That's right! The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ is extremely affordable, without making too many sacrifices.

Alongside the great 6.7-inch AMOLED display you're getting Xiaomi's 120W fast charging (0-100% in 20 minutes or so), decent battery capacity (5,000 mAh), surprisingly stylish design, good audio and haptics, and solid performance out of the MediaTek Dimesnity 1080 chipset.

The camera system is also pretty nice (it features a 200MP main sensor), and gets the job done most of the time. Again, given the price, this phone has a lot to offer. Check out the review for more information.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

The best global Xiaomi Ultra
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

The Good

  • Bright and vivid quad-curved display
  • 120Hz refresh option compatible with the highest resolution
  • Beautiful ceramic design
  • Loud stereo speakers with rich, deep sound
  • Superb performance with tons of native storage
  • Very wide ultra-wide lens, long 5X periscope on board
  • Snappy biometrics

The Bad

  • Top-heavy and slippery
  • Incosistent color science between the different lenses
  • Dynamic range and overall image sharpness not that good
  • Portraits can only be taken with the main camera
  • Gimmicky secondary screen
Xiaomi has outdone itself with the Mi 11 Ultra. Granted, the second display in the humongous camera bump on the back may not be as useful as it looks, but it's very cool for sure. The phone looks and feels great thanks to the ceramic back (no scratching on this one, just don't drop it!), and the display is really, really good. It's a 6.81-inch OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate (even at QHD+ resolution).

The Mi 11 Ultra is a true flagship device in any way imaginable and comes with top-notch specs. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset powering the phone, with 8/12GB of RAM and 256/512GB of internal storage. This phone is one of the fastest Android devices in 2021!

No corners have been cut in the camera department either. The Mi 11 Ultra comes with a large 1/1.12″ Samsung-made quad-Bayer sensor - one of the biggest sensors fitted on a smartphone ever. The ultra-wide and 5X telephoto both clock in at 48MP and have smaller 1/2” sensors. You can get up to 120x zoom with clever software algorithms but even the 5x periscope is quite nice.

If you're not afraid of big and heavy phones, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra might just be the best Xiaomi phone for you. The best thing about Xiaomi though is that the company has smartphone models covering every inch of the marketplace, so you'll definitely find yours in there. Moving on!

Read More:Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra review

Xiaomi Mi 11

Solid flagship at a great price
Xiaomi Mi 11

Xiaomi Mi 11

The Good

  • Stunning design
  • Gorgeous QHD+ display
  • High screen refresh rate
  • Android interface with extra useful features
  • Excellent performance

The Bad

  • Not many improvements in the camera
  • No telephoto lens
  • Battery life could be better
The vanilla Xiaomi Mi 11 tones things down a notch. The screen is still really good - it's a 6.8-inch OLED with a 120Hz refresh rate and QHD+ resolution. Bright and clear, it's even more natural and generally warmer than the panel found in the Ultra. 

Just like the Ultra, the Mi 11 relies on the Snapdragon 888 SoC to move things around and it's plenty fast at that. Synthetic benchmarks are quite coherent throughout the Mi 11 range, so if speed is what you need, any Mi 11 device would do the trick.

The camera system is the area where the Mi 11 falls a bit short, at least in comparison to the Mi 11 Ultra. The phone uses the same 108MP that was found on last year’s Mi 10 but with a main aperture of F1.9 whereas last year’s flagship utilized an F1.7. There’s also an ultra-wide camera and a macro shooter at the rear, but no telephoto. Apart from the lack of dedicated telephoto, the two main cameras produce really pleasant pictures, so not much of a downgrade after all.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 is also significantly cheaper than the Ultra and will appeal to people who want something a bit lighter (compared to the Ultra) as well. Last but not least, the Mi 11 has a premium build and also looks stunning in Horizon Blue.

Read More:Xiaomi Mi 11 review

Xiaomi Poco F5 Pro

The Poco experience, refined
Xiaomi POCO F5 Pro

Xiaomi POCO F5 Pro

The Good

  • Awesome display
  • 30W wireless charging
  • Great performance for the price
  • Dual speakers with great audio quality
  • Good haptics
  • Main camera shoots awesome photos
  • Fast fingerprint reader

The Bad

  • Video quality leaves more to be desired
  • Ultra-wide camera can be better
  • Macro camera is not... macro enough
  • Only 2 years of software support
  • Bloatware
We're in the Poco territory now! Speaking about "good for the money" phones, we just can't let this one out. It sticks to the original Poco Phone idea of an affordable flagship and also improves on the Poco F5. Not only that, but the Poco now proudly sports the "Pro" moniker in its name.

This model elevates the Poco experience bringing the best display in the series, a powerful chipset, premium design, and... wait for it... a much more expensive price tag. All those improvements come at a cost, but the Poco F5 Pro is still a very good value proposition, even at $449.

Read More:Poco F5 Pro review

A Xiaomi phone for everyone

Xiaomi has been striving to offer a wide range of devices catering to diverse usage scenarios and customer preferences. This commitment has undoubtedly contributed to the recent rice in popularity of Xiaomi phones. If you're in search of the ultimate Xiaomi smartphone, you're sure to find one amidst the amazingly wide product range the company has to offer. With numerous models and variations to choose from, from camera phones, through midrange bang-for-your-buck devices, to ultra-affordable phones, finding the perfect Xiaomi phone for your needs is practically assured.

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