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The best Xiaomi phones: from entry-level to flagship models

04/25/21 from

Christoph L├╝bben

Let's be honest: the multitude of Xiaomi phones on the market can cause confusion every now and then. In addition, some mid-range models have a "Pro" in their name, others a "Lite" (and are still better). You can't see through that anymore? CURVED helps you. Basically, the manufacturer offers the right mobile phone for every price range. You can find out which cheap and also more expensive models are worthwhile for you here. All prices are as of the end of April 2021.

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Inexpensive Xiaomi mobile phone for beginners: Redmi 9T

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T was launched in January 2021 and is good value for money. But be careful with the name: The smartphone should not be confused with the Redmi Note 9T, the successor to the Xiaomi bestseller Redmi Note 8T. Both smartphones are similar, but differ in certain points, which we have summarized in this article. Apart from the confusing name, the Xiaomi Redmi 9T is an excellent entry-level smartphone. It has a 6.53-inch Full HD + display with an 8 MP selfie camera housed in a water drop notch. Inside is a Snapdragon 662, which offers enough power for popular apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, TikTok and more.

Further highlights of the Xiaomi Redmi 9T are the quad camera on the back and the long-lasting battery with a capacity of 6,000 mAh. If you don't want to spend a lot of money, the Xiaomi Redmi 9T is a solid smartphone. However, if you want to use more demanding apps or play mobile games with your mobile phone, you should use Xiaomi models with more powerful processors such as the Snapdragon 700 or 800 series.

Xiaomi Redmi 9T - All technical data
  • Display: 6.53 inch LCD (2340 x 1080 pixels)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  • R.A.M.: 4GB / 6GB
  • Storage space: 64 GB / 128 GB, expandable via microSD card
  • Quadruple camera: 48 MP (main lens), 8 MP (ultra wide angle), 2 MP (macro), 2 MP (depth sensor)
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • battery pack: 6000 mAh, Fast Charging (18 watts)
  • operating system: Android 10 with MIUI 12
  • connections: USB-C, headphone jack
  • Dual SIM: available
  • Fingerprint sensor: Integrated in the frame
  • Wireless charging: No
  • price: from approx. 159 euros

A lot of Hertz for little money: Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite and Poco X3 NFC

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite is a slightly stripped-down version of the Xiaomi 10T. This is significantly cheaper, but you have to accept losses in performance. Instead of a Snapdragon 865 as in the sister models, the Mi 10T Lite only has a Snapdragon 750G, which can also handle 5G. Compared to other smartphones in this price range, the Mi 10T is still a fast device.

The biggest highlight of the Mi 10T Lite is the 6.67-inch 120 Hz LC display. Screens with such high refresh rates are a rarity in this price range. The smartphone also scores with a solid quad camera and a large battery that can be quickly charged with 33 watts. You can find a detailed test of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite on CURVED.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite - All technical data
  • Display: 6.67 inch LCD (2400 x 1080 pixels), 120 Hz
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G with 5G
  • R.A.M.: 6 GB
  • Storage space: 64 GB / 128 GB, expandable via microSD card
  • Quadruple camera: 64 MP (main lens), 8 MP (ultra wide angle), 2 MP (macro), 2 MP (depth sensor)
  • Front camera: 16 MP (wide angle)
  • battery pack: 4820 mAh, Fast Charging (33 W)
  • operating system: Android 10 with MIUI 12
  • connections: USB-C
  • Dual SIM: Yes, only one slot can be used for 5G
  • Fingerprint sensor: Built into the power button
  • Wireless charging: No
  • price: from 279.90 euros (RRP)

The Poco X3 NFC can also shine with a sleek 120 Hz display - and at an even cheaper price. But there is only one Snapdragon 732G, which is only slightly slower than the Snapdragon 750G, but does not offer 5G. Compared to the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite, the Poco X3 NFC offers a higher-resolution ultra-wide-angle camera and more megapixels for the selfie cam.

And the Poco X3 NFC also beats the Mi 10T Lite in terms of battery life - albeit by a narrow margin. Instead of 4820 mAh, you get 5150 mAh of battery capacity. Fast charging with 33 watts is also supported.

Poco X3 NFC - All technical data
  • Display: 6.67 inch LCD (2400 x 1080 pixels), 120 Hz
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
  • R.A.M.: 6 GB
  • Storage space: 64 GB / 128 GB, expandable via microSD card
  • Quadruple camera: Wide angle (64 MP), ultra wide angle (13 MP), macro lens (2 MP), depth sensor (2 MP)
  • Front camera: 20 MP (wide angle)
  • battery pack: 5160 mAh
  • operating system: Android 10 with MIUI 12
  • connections: USB-C, headphone jack
  • Dual SIM: available (4G)
  • Fingerprint sensor: Integrated in the frame
  • Extras: Infrared blaster (can replace remote controls), stereo speakers
  • available colours: Dark gray, blue
  • Wireless charging: No
  • price: from approx. 200 euros

Inexpensive in the middle class on the go: Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

If you want to spend a little more money, the Redmi Note 10 Pro is an inexpensive and good mid-range smartphone. Xiaomi has given the successor to the Redmi Note 9 Pro some notable upgrades. Instead of an LC display, the Redmi Note 10 Pro has a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. And there is also an interesting innovation in the camera module. A 108 MP sensor is now used as the main camera, while the Redmi Note 9 Pro uses a 64 MP sensor.

The heart of the Redmi Note 10 Pro is a Snapdragon 732G. In addition to models with 6 GB of RAM, Xiaomi also offers a model with 8 GB of RAM this time. The large battery with a capacity of 5020 mAh should easily get you through the day with intensive use.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro - All technical data
  • Display: 6.67 inch AMOLED (2,400 x 1,080 pixels), 120 Hz
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
  • R.A.M.: 6GB / 8GB
  • Storage space: 64 GB / 128 GB
  • Quadruple camera: 108 MP (main lens), 8 MP (ultra wide angle), 5 MP (macro), 2 MP (depth sensor)
  • Front camera: 16 MP (wide angle)
  • battery pack: 5020 mAh, Fast Charging (33 watts)
  • operating system: Android 11 with MIUI 12
  • connections: USB-C and headphone jack
  • Dual SIM: available (4G)
  • Fingerprint sensor: Integrated in the frame
  • Wireless charging: No
  • price: from 279 euros (RRP)

Strong performance at an unbeatable price: Poco F3

If you have a little more money at your disposal, the Poco F3 already has the touch of a flagship. The smartphone costs as much as a good mid-range smartphone, but offers similar performance and features as devices from the upper class. A Snapdragon 870 provides enough computing power even for performance-hungry apps. A 5G modem for fast mobile surfing is directly integrated in the processor. When it comes to RAM, you can choose between 6 GB and 8 GB.

The display of the Poco F3 is another highlight of the smartphone. It is a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with 120 Hertz support. HDR10 + is also on board. On the other hand, there are small drawbacks with the cameras. Instead of four cameras, the Poco F3 only has three sensors with comparatively few megapixels. The cameras are easily sufficient for occasional snapshots.

Poco F3 - All technical data
  • Display: 6.67 inch AMOLED display (2400 x 1080 pixels), 120 Hz
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
  • R.A.M.: 6 GB / 8 GB
  • Storage space: 128 GB / 256 GB
  • Triple camera: 48 MP (main lens), 8 MP (ultra wide angle), 5 MP (macro)
  • Front camera: 20 MP (wide angle)
  • battery pack: 4520 mAh, Fast Charging (33 W)
  • operating system: Android 11 with MIUI 12
  • connections: USB-C
  • Dual SIM: available (5G)
  • Fingerprint sensor: Installed in the frame
  • Wireless charging: No
  • price: from 349 euros (RRP)

The flagship: Xiaomi Mi 11

The current top model from Xiaomi for the year 2021: With the Xiaomi Mi 11, the manufacturer offers a flagship with the fastest processor in the Android world: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 provides a lot of power. But the 6.81-inch AMOLED display with an extremely fluid display thanks to the 120 Hz refresh rate can keep up with the competition. The highlight for photo enthusiasts is definitely the 108 MP main camera. It is also supported by a 13 MP ultra-wide angle and a 5 MP macro lens.

With a lush 4600 mAh battery you can easily get through the whole day. Should it ever run out, the battery can be recharged with a cable with a whopping 55 watts. Alternatively, wireless charging with a minimally slower 50 watts is possible. A strong overall package that is only surpassed by the Pro and Ultra versions. You can find more information about the Xiaomi Mi 11 in our detailed review.

Xiaomi Mi 11 - All technical data

  • Display: 6.81 inch AMOLED (3200 x 1440 pixels), 120 Hz
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • R.A.M: 8 GB / 12 GB
  • Storage space: 128 GB / 256 GB
  • Triple camera: 108 MP (main lens), 13 MP (ultra wide angle), 5 MP (macro)
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Battery pack: 4600 mAh, Fast Charging (55 watts)
  • Operating system: Android 11 with MIUI 12.5
  • Connections: USB-C
  • Dual SIM: available
  • Fingerprint sensor: Below the display
  • Wireless charging: Yes (50 watts, reverse 10 watts)
  • Price: approx. 799 euros (estimated RRP)

The camera king: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Fresh on the market and already the new number one among the camera specialists at DxOMark: The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. The smartphone was able to push the previous king Huawei Mate 40 Pro + from the throne with 143 points. The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra was particularly convincing in terms of night mode, zoom and video.

But the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is also impressive in terms of technical equipment: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 in combination with the built-in 12 GB RAM ensure very good performance in applications and your games. With 256 GB of storage, you also have enough space for your photos and videos. There is also a 120 Hz AMOLED display and wireless charging with up to 67 watts.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra - All technical data

  • Display: 6.81 inch AMOLED (3200 x 1440 pixels), 120 Hz
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • R.A.M: 12 GB
  • Storage space: 256 GB
  • Triple camera: 50 MP (main lens), 48 MP (ultra wide angle), 48 MP (telephoto), 120x hybrid zoom
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Battery pack:5000 mAh; 67 watt fast charging (with and without cables), 10 watt reverse charging
  • Operating system: Android 11 with MIUI 12.5
  • Connections: USB-C
  • Dual SIM: available
  • Fingerprint sensor: Below the display
  • Wireless charging: Yes (67 watts, reverse 10 watts)
  • Price: approx. 799 euros (estimated RRP)

The alternative upper class: Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro

In autumn 2020, Xiaomi also presented two new smartphones from the T series, the classification of which is not immediately clear. The Xiaomi Mi 10T and Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro are cheaper offshoots of the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. You get almost the same performance and also 5G support, but you have to make slight compromises with the camera - although these are a bit smaller with the Mi 10T Pro.

In some areas, however, the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro also have more to offer: At 144 Hz, the refresh rate of their displays is slightly higher. However, these are only LCDs. Dynamics and contrast are therefore not that high and you have to do without an always-on display. You can find more information about the Mi 10T Pro in our review on CURVED.

Overall, the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro are the more complete smartphones. The lower prices speak for the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro - at least in theory. Since the Xiaomi Mi 10 has been on the market for a while, you can now get it at a similar price as its counterpart from the T series. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, on the other hand, is actually a lot more expensive than the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro.

Xiaomi Mi 10T - All technical data

  • Display: 6.67 inch LCD (144 Hz), resolution: 2440 x 1080 pixels
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • R.A.M: 6 GB of RAM
  • Storage space: 128 GB internal storage
  • Triple camera: 64 MP (wide angle), 13 MP (ultra wide angle), 3 MP (macro)
  • Front camera: 20 MP (wide angle)
  • Battery pack: 5000 mAh, Fast Charging (33 W)
  • Operating system: MIUI 12 with Android 10 pre-installed from the factory
  • Connections: USB-C
  • Dual SIM: Yes, only one slot can be used for 5G
  • Fingerprint sensor: Built into the power button
  • Wireless charging: No
  • Price: 499.90 euros (RRP)

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro - All technical data

  • Display: 6.67 inch LCD (144 Hz), resolution: 2440 x 1080 pixels
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • R.A.M: 8 GB of RAM
  • Storage space: 128 GB or 256 GB internal storage
  • Triple camera: 108 MP (wide angle), 13 MP (ultra wide angle), 5 MP (macro)
  • Front camera: 20 MP (wide angle)
  • Battery pack: 5000 mAh, Fast Charging (33 W)
  • Operating system: MIUI 12 with Android 10 pre-installed from the factory
  • Connections: USB-C
  • Dual SIM: Yes, only one slot can be used for 5G
  • Fingerprint sensor:Built into the power button
  • Wireless charging: No
  • Price: from 599.90 euros (RRP)