Which Xiaomi phone is right for you?

Since its inception in 2010, Xiaomi has become one of the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturers. They are currently the fourth largest brand for phones globally. Their popularity in the telecommunications market skyrocketed due to their value for money - so, which Xiaomi phone is right for you? Find out below.

Last updated: 24th Feb 2021 at 1:53pm

Best overall | Largest screen | Smallest screen | Best camera | Cheapest

Best overall - Mi 10T Pro 5G

Released in the UK in November 2020, the Mi10T Pro 5G is Xiaomi’s best phone to date. If you’re on the lookout for the fastest, newest, flagship device, then Xiaomi’s 10T Pro could be the one for you. 
 

Cost

£599 from Mi

Display

6.67 inch display

2400 x 1080 resolution 

Size

H = 165.1mm
W = 76.4mm

Cameras

Rear = Triple rear camera

108MP ultra-high resolution

13MP ultra-wide angle

5MP macro
 

Front = 20MP ultra-clear
 

8K video recording

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with 5G

Storage

8GB RAM

128GB or 256GB storage

Battery

5,000mAh

Colours

Cosmic Black, Lunar Silver, Aurora Blue

Materials

Triple Corning Gorilla Glass

Water resistance 

No IP rating

5G compatibility 

Yes (and 2G, 3G, 46G, and 4G+)

Features

AI technology built in for photos

Fast charging 

Supports dual nano-SIM cards

Fingerprint sensor

AI face unlock


The Mi 10T Pro 5G is a steal at just under £600. One of its best features is its powerful 5,000mAh battery life, which means you’ll never be running to find your charger throughout the day. It's also compatible with 5G, has a huge display for an optimal viewing experience, and boasts triple rear cameras for clear and detailed photos and videos (in 8K!). With this all on offer, it’s not hard to see how the 10T Pro 5G is Xiaomi’s best phone yet. 

Large screen

Fair price for its impressive features

High performing cameras and 8K video

Huge battery life with potential to last several days 

Compatible with 5G
 

No IP rating, so not safe around water and dust
 

Largest screen - Mi Max 3

Released in the summer of 2018, the Mi Max 3 isn’t the newest of Xiaomi’s range, but it still holds the title of the largest display screen of any of their models. If you want a smartphone that’s just a couple of inches off the size of a tablet, then look no further than the Max 3. 

Mi don’t sell this model currently, so you’ll have to purchase it either new or refurbished from a third-party retailer. 
 

Cost

£100 - £300 from various retailers

Display

6.9 inch immersive Full Screen Display

2160 x 1080 resolution 

Size

H = 176.15mm
W = 87.4mm

Cameras

Rear = AI dual camera

12MP + 5MP dual
 

Front = 8MP selfie camera
 

4K video recording 

Processor

Octa-core Snapdragon 636 

Storage

4GB RAM

64GB storage (expandable up to 256GB with microSD card)

Battery

5,500mAh

Colours

Black, Champagne Gold, Blue

Materials

Aluminium alloy

Water resistance 

No IP rating

5G compatibility 

No (2G, 3G, 4G and 4G+ only)

Features

Quick charging

Supports dual SIM cards

Fingerprint sensor

3.5mm headphone jack for audio 

Bluetooth 5.0


The Max 3 is almost the size of a tablet, so if you want to use your phone primarily for video or gaming, investing in a larger screen will be the most suitable. With its huge 5,500mAh battery, you won’t need to worry about maintaining charge on long journeys. And with a choice of either Bluetooth connection or a 3.5mm headphone jack, you can be flexible when listening to music. Though there’s no 5G, waterproof rating, and slightly weaker cameras compared to some other models, the Max 3 is still best for users who like to game and watch videos. 

Large screen

Huge battery life with potential to last several days 

Choice to play audio wireless (Bluetooth) or wired (3.5mm jack)
 

No IP rating, so not safe around water and dust

Mi don’t sell the model 

Not compatible with 5G
 

Smallest screen - Mi Mix 2S

Released in spring 2018, the Mi Mix 2S is one of Xiaomi’s smallest phones available. The company is renowned for its huge screens though, so even the Mi Mix 2S is larger than most.

Once again, due to its age, you’ll have to purchase this model through a third-party, as Xiaomi doesn't sell it on their website anymore. 
 

Cost

£559 (new) from Amazon

Display

5.99 inch Full screen display

2160 x 1080 resolution

Size

H = 150.86mm
W = 74.9mm

Cameras

Rear = ultra-sensitive AI dual cameras

12MP wide-angle

12MP telephoto
 

Front - 5MP
 

4K video recording 

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

Storage

6GB RAM

64GB or 128GB storage 

Battery

3,400mAh

Colours

Black, White

Materials

Aluminium 

Water resistance 

No IP rating

5G compatibility 

No (2G, 3G, 4G and 4G+ only)

Features

AI technology for photography

Supports AR gaming

Qi wireless charging 

Fast charging

Supports dual nano-SIM cards

Fingerprint sensor


Though it’s smaller, you don’t have to sacrifice some of the fancy features that come along with newer models. The Mi Mix 2S still has built-in AI technology to enhance photography and videography, as well as an impressive 3,400mAh battery life. It also comes with a whopping 128GB internal storage for all your data. If you want a more portable phone, this one might be your next choice. 

Large screen

Good battery capacity  

Compatible with wireless charging 
 

No IP rating, so not safe around water and dust

Xiaomi doesn’t directly sell this model anymore

Not compatible with 5G
 

Best camera - Mi Note 10 Pro

If you’re a budding photographer, or camera quality is your top priority when looking for a new smartphone, then the Mi Note 10 Pro may be Xiaomi’s best pick for you. With five lenses to play with, there’s lots of potential in this February 2020 model. 
 

Cost

£400 - £600 from various retailers

Display

6.47 inch 3D Curved AMOLED display

2340 x 1080 resolution

Size

H = 157.8mm
W = 74.2mm

Cameras

Rear = AI penta cameras

108MP AI

12MP portrait

20MP ultra wide-angle

5MP ultra telephoto camera

2MP macro
 

Front = 32MP selfie
 

4K video recording

Processor

Qualcomm Kyro 470

Storage

8GB RAM

256GB storage

Battery

5,260mAh

Colours

Midnight Black, Glacier White, Aurora Green

Materials

Gorilla Glass and aluminium

Water resistance 

No IP rating

5G compatibility 

No (2G, 3G, 4G and 4G+ only)

Features

Fingerprint unlocking

AI technology for photos and videos

Supports dual nano-SIM slots

Supports wireless printing

Bluetooth 5.0

Supports Google Pay

3.5mm headphone jack


The penta (5) cameras are an incredible feature for any budding photographer. You can also take advantage of the built-in AI technology to enhance photos - and there’s plenty of memory to store them all, at a huge 256GB. The battery lasts long enough to use all day without worrying about losing charge. 

Large screen

Impressive 5 cameras

Choice to play audio wirelessly (Bluetooth) or wired (3.5mm jack)

Huge battery life with the potential to last several days 
 

No IP rating, so not safe around water and dust

Not available directly through Xiaomi

Not compatible with 5G
 

Cheapest - Xiaomi Redmi 8

The Redmi 8 is the cheapest new phone you can get officially through Xiaomi, although you might still find some cheaper elsewhere online. Despite its price, the Redmi 8 is a reliable phone with some impressive features.
 

Cost

£119 from Mi 

Display

6.22 inch Dot Drop display

1520 x 720 resolution

Size

H = 156.5mm
W = 75.4mm

Cameras

Rear = AI dual cameras

12MP + 2MP
 

Front = 8MP selfie camera

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 439

Storage

3GB or 4GB RAM

32GB or 64GB storage

Battery

5,000mAh

Colours

Onyx Black, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue

Materials

Corning Gorilla Glass and plastic

Water resistance 

No IP rating

5G compatibility 

No (2G, 3G and 4G only)

Features

Quick charge

AI face unlock

Fingerprint sensor

Supports dual SIM cards

Bluetooth 4.2

3.5mm headphone port


The Redmi 8 is a decent little phone for its price, and still boasts a set of exciting features like AI technology for security and photography. The phone has a decent 5,000mAh battery and will last you all day whilst out and about. Compared to other Xiaomi phones, its cameras aren’t as powerful, it isn’t compatible with 5G, and it doesn’t have as much storage, but the Redmi 8 is still a great budget pick.

Decent screen size for both optimal viewing and portability 

Good value

Choice to play audio wirelessly (Bluetooth) or wired (3.5mm jack)

Huge battery life with the potential to last several days 
 

No IP rating, so not safe around water and dust

Not compatible with 5G

Storage options are not as big as other options 

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