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Best Xiaomi phones 2022: these are the top Mi, Redmi, Poco and Black Shark devices

Best Xiaomi phones
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The best Xiaomi phones include a variety of different devices for different budgets and needs. Xiaomi makes so many different handsets, that while the company's high-end models may rank highly, we can also consider value for money so that some cheaper handsets make the list too.

There should be a Xiaomi phone for everyone here thanks to so many price points being covered. We've fully reviewed them all so you can be confident the ones on this list are truly the best. We've used them all for an extended period of time, as well as tested all their features, including their cameras, battery life, performance, screen quality and more.

While we've ranked them according to our personal preference, our number one choice might not be the best fit for you. 

You may like the excess of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra or you may prefer the flagship thrills of the Xiaomi 12 Pro, or the affordability and value of the Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC. Make sure to read the full entries in full below, as well as their full reviews, to understand what's best for you. 

With Xiaomi regularly releasing new phones, this list is likely to be updated frequently. You may also want to check out the best Android phone, best iPhone and best budget phone guides to find other options. 

If you have a specific requirement, the best camera phone or best 5G phone guide will help, while there's also the best phones guide for the best overall choice. 

The best Xiaomi phones

A Xiaomi 12 Pro from the front in someone's hand

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Xiaomi's best phone right now

Specifications

Release date: April 2022
Weight: 205g
Dimensions: 163.6 x 74.6 x 8.2mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.7-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3200
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM: 8GB/12GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 4,600mAh
Rear camera: 50MP (wide) + 50MP (ultrawide, 115-degree) + 50MP (telephoto, 2x optical)
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

+
Sleek finish
+
Incredibly fast charging

Reasons to avoid

-
Limited optical zoom
-
No IP rating

We're calling the Xiaomi 12 Pro our favorite phone from the company right now for a multitude of reasons.

The Pro has a great-looking 6.73-inch display, super-fast 120W charging, a sleek finish, and a trio of awesome 50MP cameras - all that in a device that, in some regions, undercuts similar-spec rivals.

With powerful performance too, this handset is great for gamers, photographers and entertainment fans alike, and it's very easy to recommend over 2021's Mi 11 or the non-Pro Xiaomi 12.

Be warned: the handset has no IP rating, though it does have some waterproofing and dustproofing measures. Its software is also a little bloated, and we found its camera wasn't fantastic at zooming (being limited to 2x optical zoom). But other than those small issues, this is a top device.

Read our full Xiaomi 12 Pro review

A Xiaomi Mi 11 from the front in someone's hand

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A great older flagship

Specifications

Release date: March 2021
Weight: 196g
Dimensions: 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.6mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.8-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3200
CPU: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 4,600mAh
Rear camera: 108MP (wide) + 13MP (ultrawide, 123-degree) + 5MP (macro)
Front camera: 20MP

Reasons to buy

+
It's a capable camera phones
+
It has a powerful processor

Reasons to avoid

-
The fingerprint scanner is temperamental
-
The battery life isn't amazing

The Xiaomi Mi 11 was the company's flagship for 2021, showcasing new camera modes, screen technologies and rear camera designs at a premium-phone price tag.

We gave the phone a glowing review, praising, in particular, its macro photography mode (using a bespoke rear lens), its great-looking screen with a high resolution and refresh rate, and the processing power provided by its top-end chipset.

While this phone represents the best tech Xiaomi had in 2021, its cost might put some people off it - though now that it's getting on a bit you can often find it reduced. We also found its battery life iffy, and of course it's since been topped by the Xiaomi 12.

Despite all that though, if you're looking for a great smartphone from the company, it should still be among the first ones you consider.

Read our full Xiaomi Mi 11 review

A Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro from the front, with the screen on

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The best Redmi phone

Specifications

Release date: March 2021
Weight: 193g
Dimensions: 164 x 76.5 x 8.1mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.67-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 732G
RAM: 6GB/8GB
Storage: 64GB/128GB
Battery: 5,020mAh
Rear camera: 108MP (wide) + 8MP (ultrawide, 118-degree) + 5MP (macro) + 2MP (depth)
Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

+
It has excellent stereo speakers
+
The battery life is impressive

Reasons to avoid

-
There's no 5G
-
It lacks 4K stabilization

If you're looking for the best phone from Xiaomi's sub-brand Redmi, the Note 10 Pro is that phone. It has top specs and a low price, making it a solid buy.

The phone has a super-high-res 108MP main camera, a big and bold 120Hz screen and a massive 5,020mAh battery - as cheap phones go, it's a star. In our review we were particularly fond of that screen and battery, noting that it will survive a day of solid use with juice to spare.

We also found that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro has superb stereo speakers, so those coupled with its screen and battery life make it great for movie marathons and boxset binges.

Sure, there are a few things you miss out on with the Note 10 Pro - there's no 5G here, mainly - but if you don't need that, this phone is all you need.

Read our full Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

A Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC from the front in someone's hand

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An incredible budget phone

Specifications

Release date: September 2020
Weight: 215g
Dimensions: 165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.67-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 732G
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 64GB/128GB
Battery: 5,160mAh
Rear camera: 64MP (wide) + 13MP (ultrawide, 119-degree) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth)
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

+
Its 120Hz screen is great
+
The battery life is excellent

Reasons to avoid

-
Its camera isn't amazing
-
It's quite large

The Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC is a surprising phone mainly because it has really impressive specs for a handset at its price.

The device has loads of processing power, with gaming performance particularly impressing us, and a really long-lasting battery, which we found was good for two days or moderate use - that's a real rarity in phones.

It also has a 120Hz screen that we described as the "most advanced display at the price", all for a really low price. If you pick this device up you're certainly getting more than you paid for, in the best possible way.

Sure, there are some quirks not everyone will like - the phone is really big, and the cameras don't match same-price competitors. But this is still a worthy buy, that's the best budget phone right now.

Read our full Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC review

A Xiaomi 12 from the front in someone's hand

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The best small Xiaomi phone

Specifications

Release date: April 2022
Weight: 180g
Dimensions: 152.7 x 69.9 x 8.2mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.28-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM: 8GB/12GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 50MP (wide) + 13MP (ultrawide, 123-degree) + 5MP (telemacro)
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

+
Great handfeel
+
Fun camera modes

Reasons to avoid

-
Overheats easily
-
No zoom camera

The Xiaomi 12 is the company's main flagship phone of 2022, sitting under the Pro model which you've already read about higher on this list. As such, it's no wonder this ranks among the best Xiaomi phones.

This is a cute small phone with a petite frame, which means it feels great in the hand and is light to carry about. It also has a smooth svelte finish which is a treat for your fingertips. We're big fans of the design and hand-feel, as you can probably tell.

You'll also get loads of high-end specs with the Xiaomi 12: it has a 50MP main camera, powerful chipset, relatively fast charging and great battery life.

The reason this phone is rather low on this list is because it's not as great value for money as other mobiles from Xiaomi, and your money doesn't go as far as it does with the Pro - still, it's a good phone.

Read our full Xiaomi 12 review

A Xiaomi 11T Pro from the front in someone's hand

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A mid-range take on the Xiaomi Mi 11

Specifications

Release date: September 2020
Weight: 204g
Dimensions: 164.1 x 76.9 x 8.8mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.67-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 108MP (wide) + 8MP (ultrawide, 120-degree) + 5MP (telemacro)
Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

+
It charges incredibly quickly
+
It feels fluid and  useresponsive to

Reasons to avoid

-
It can overheat easily
-
The back is a fingerprint magnet

The Xiaomi 11T Pro is both a mid-range take on the Mi 11 and the year-on successor to the Mi 10T Pro, though it's worth noting that it was the first phone to lose the 'Mi' branding previously used by the company.

This is a great mid-range handset with a powerful chipset, good-looking screen, useful camera array and intuitive fingerprint scanner. If you liked the look of the Mi 11 you'll find many of its features here like the 5MP telemacro lens or plentiful camera modes.

There were a few issues with the phone though - we found its fingerprint sensor, though quick to use, was a bit too high for some people to reach. The main problem we had though was that it got hot really quickly, which reduced processing power.

Overall, though, this is a great Xiaomi phone, and if you need a new mid-range handset it's definitely worth checking out.

Read our full Xiaomi 11T Pro review

A Xiaomi Poco F3 from the front in someone's hand

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A great value Xiaomi phone

Specifications

Release date: March 2021
Weight: 196g
Dimensions: 163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.67-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 870
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 4,520mAh
Rear camera: 48MP (wide) + 8MP (ultrawide, 119-degree) + 5MP (macro)
Front camera: 20MP

Reasons to buy

+
It has a bright, responsive display
+
It's a powerful device

Reasons to avoid

-
The camera is mediocre
-
The UI is full of annoyances

Xiaomi's Pocophone sub-brand became very prolific between 2020 and 2021, and the Poco F3 is part of the third generation of devices.

The phone is a display and performance champion, making it great for streaming, gaming and scrolling through social media. We were particularly fond of its display, which can get impressively bright at up to 1,300 nits and has a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling.

We also found it to be one of the best gaming phones for what it costs, with near-flagship performance at a fraction of the price tag. Plus, it looks good and feels solidly built.

As a low-cost phone there are things you're missing out on - the cameras aren't great, and there's no wireless charging, but not everyone needs those things.

Read our full Xiaomi Poco F3 review

A Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 facing forward with the screen on.

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Affordable with a good display

Specifications

Release date: February 2022
Weight: 179g
Dimensions: 159.9 x 73.9 x 8.1mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.43-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 680
RAM: 4GB/6GB
Storage: 64GB/128GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 50MP (wide) + 8MP (ultrawide, 118-degree) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth)
Front camera: 13MP

Reasons to buy

+
Inexpensive
+
Great battery life

Reasons to avoid

-
Slower performance
-
No 5G

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 lacks 5G and some other finer features. However, when it comes to offering a great display and battery life, without breaking the budget, it does the job. Its build quality is pretty impressive for the price too, thanks to being fairly svelte for a budget phone and looking rather gorgeous. 

Its 6.43-inch AMOLED screen offers bright and vivid colors while the battery life doesn't suffer for it, with the phone lasting over a day in our tests. The only really noticeable issue here is that its cameras aren't the best. In decent lighting, they're fine but everywhere else they'll struggle.

The Redmi Note 11 also isn't the most powerful phone around, though despite that we found it ran most apps and games without skipping a beat. For this price though all of those issues are entirely forgivable.

Read our full Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 review

A Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro from the front in someone's hand

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A great older Xiaomi phone

Specifications

Release date: October 2020
Weight: 218g
Dimensions: 165.1 x 76.4 x 9.3mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.67-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 865
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 108MP (wide) + 13MP (ultrawide, 123-degree) + 5MP (macro)
Front camera: 20MP

Reasons to buy

+
It provides top processing power
+
its fingerprint scanner is snappy

Reasons to avoid

-
The back is a fingerprint magnet
-
It could be too big for many

The Xiaomi Mi 10T series were late-2020 additions to the Mi 10 phones, with the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro being great as a cut-price flagship - it has the same main camera, software and processing power as the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, but has a lower quality design and overall camera setup to balance the books and keep the cost low. 

There are a few great additions to this phone that are absent in the Mi 10 series though like a really useful side-mounted fingerprint scanner, 144Hz display and - less usefully - an absolutely huge camera bump.

We were particularly impressed by the phone's power and main camera - unsurprisingly since they're inherited from pricier phones - but found it a bit on the large side, and the back picks up an alarming amount of fingerprints.

Read our full Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro review

A Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra from the front in someone's hand

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The best Xiaomi phone for flagship excess

Specifications

Release date: April 2021
Weight: 234g
Dimensions: 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.4mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.81-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3200
CPU: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 12GB
Storage: 256GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 50MP (wide) + 48MP (ultrawide, 128-degree) + 48MP (telephoto, 5x optical)
Front camera: 20MP

Reasons to buy

+
It has mostly-great cameras
+
There's super-fast charging

Reasons to avoid

-
It suffers from overheating issues
-
The camera bump is too big

Since you're only seeing Xiaomi's 2021 super-phone, the Mi 11 Ultra, at the end of this list, you can probably tell it has a few issues. 

The large camera bump really gets in the way, it costs a huge amount, and we found it had an overheating issue that affected performance.

Look past those issues, and you've got a fantastic phone - it charges incredibly quickly, getting to full in just over half an hour in our tests. Plus, it uses the high-end Snapdragon 888 chipset, so performance impresses when it's not heating up too much, the cameras are great, and the display looks amazing.

There's also a second 1.1-inch display on the back, which can be used as a viewfinder for taking selfies with the rear cameras, among other things. We found this very hit and miss overall, but it's not completely useless, and it's something you won't really find anywhere else.

Read our full Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra review

How to choose the best Xiaomi phone for you

Xiaomi makes a wide range of handsets, so there will almost certainly be at least one that you'd be happy with, but there are a number of things that you should consider when making your choice.

The first is how much you want to spend - obviously with a bigger spend you'll get more consistently high-end specs, so if you're spending less then you need to work out what you can live without.

In terms of specs, the main things to look out for include power, which is especially important if you plan to play many games on your phone. Cameras are obviously important if smartphone photography matters much to you, and good battery life could benefit anyone - but if the phone charges fast, that could go some way to making up for worse life.

Screen size is more subjective - some people want a large screen as this is better for watching videos on, and gives you more space to interact with apps. But it also makes the phone bigger, heavier, and harder to use with one hand. Though regardless of size, a high resolution and refresh rate can be beneficial.

So weigh up which of those things matter most to you, and choose accordingly. Or go for a flagship and potentially tick every box - at a price.

Xiaomi phone FAQs

Are Xiaomi phones better than Samsung phones?

Each year, Xiaomi's flagship phones feel more and more like Samsung rivals -  the Xiaomi 12 is the best example yet, as it's a portable flagship like the Galaxy S22. 

Samsung and Xiaomi flagships have slight differences though, as Xiaomi offers faster charging but Samsung has a better camera array, so your preferences will depend on what you're looking for.

That's the case for budget phones too. While Samsung's Galaxy A phones give you great displays on a budget, we'd say Poco devices are more powerful and Redmi handsets are better for photography.

Is Xiaomi a good brand to buy?

We've been big fans of Xiaomi phones since the brand started selling them in the west, and if you're looking for a new phone, we'd definitely recommend checking out their offerings.

Like all brands, Xiaomi has misses as well as hits, and not all their devices are great. There are sometimes duds in the flagship line, with handsets that are too expensive for their own good, or in the low end models with features that don't totally work.

But on this list of the best Xiaomi phones, you're obviously going to find the best ones we've tested.

Do Xiaomi phones have Google apps?

Good question - yep, all Xiaomi phones come with Google Mobile Services, so they have Maps, Pay, the Play Store and more installed. That also means you can download plenty more apps - you're getting a decent Android experience here.

In fact, Huawei and Apple are the only companes which sell phones without the Play Store - and obviously Apple has the App Store so it's fine.

One thing to note, though: even Android phones don't use Google apps in China, where other options are preferred by consumers. So if you an import a Xiaomi phone from China, you might find it doesn't have the Google Mobile Services - saaying that, this list only includes devices that are on sale in the West, so you don't need to worry about that.

How we test

To come up with this list of the best Xiaomi phones we tested every included model, in most cases using them for a week or more. That testing including using the camera, pushing the processor with high-end games, multitasking, seeing how long the battery lasts - and how fast it charges - and living with each phone as our main handset during the test period.

So that leaves us with an excellent idea of exactly how each Xiaomi phone performs, and allows us to compare each model to other Xiaomi handsets, and the wider smartphone market.

Using that information - and factoring in the price too - we then worked out which phones were worthy of inclusion and how they should rank.

Previous best Xiaomi phones

The following phones previously sat on our list of the best Xiaomi phones, until being removed for one of various reasons:

Tom Bedford
Tom Bedford

Tom's role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.


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