These are the Best Xiaomi phones to buy in 2022

These are the Best Xiaomi phones to buy in 2022

Between Xiaomi and its various sub-brands, the company seemingly has a new phone out every few weeks. This would be annoying if these releases were mediocre, but that’s not the case. Xiaomi’s flagship phones have gotten very good over the years — not just a contender to challenge for the top spot of our Best Android Phones list, but even our Best Phones list, period. And its budget and mid-tier offerings usually offer more value than competitors at the same price point.

But having so many devices can confuse consumers — so we’re here to help. We have tested virtually every Xiaomi smartphone to hit the market over the past few years and these are the best Xiaomi phones for each need.

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Best Xiaomi phone money can buy: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra white back with rear display

Xiaomi’s reputation, especially in its native home country, used to be a phone brand that made solid if unspectacular phones that sold at low prices. In recent years Xiaomi has tried hard to pivot away from that image, to establish itself as a maker of premium flagships. The Mi 11 Ultra, the crown jewel of the Mi 11 series, is the most convincing attempt yet.

With a main camera that uses the second-largest image sensor in the industry (behind only the Japan-only Sharp Aquos R6), a bright and vibrant LTPO 120Hz panel with WQHD+ resolution, and a Snapdragon 888 SoC, the Mi 11 Ultra packs the latest and greatest components that can go toe to toe with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

The Mi 11 Ultra also one-up’s Samsung in other areas such as faster wireless charging and a superior ultra-wide lens. Throw in IP68 water and dust resistance and super-fast 67W wireless charging, and this isn’t just Xiaomi’s best possible slab smartphone, but arguably the best possible slab smartphone, period.

    The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra represents the best Xiaomi has to offer as a smartphone, with the best camera system, screen, and SoC possible.

Also great: Xiaomi 12 Pro

Xiaomi 12 Pro

 

The Xiaomi 12 Pro is the newest phone on this list and has a newer/better SoC than the Xiaomi 11 Ultra, but it will have to settle for the runner up spot because the Ultra phone still has a more capable camera system thanks to that Periscope zoom lens and nearly 1-inch main camera sensor.

That’s not to say the Xiaomi 12 Pro’s cameras are bad — they’re really good, with a 50MP Sony IMX707 main camera with a large 1/1.28-inch sensor and a 50MP ultra-wide lens too. Whether it’s day or night, the Xiaomi 12 Pro pumps out images with excellent HDR and vibrant colors. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 paired with 8GB of RAM gives the phone plenty of processing power — but the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is a chip that can also run hot.

New addition to the Xiaomi 12 Pro series over last year’s 11 series phones is improved video recording, with automatic subject tracking and superior electronic image stabilization. And as is the case in recent Xiaomi flagships, the 12 Pro has some of the best speakers and haptic engines around.

    The Xiaomi 12 Pro is the newest flagship from Xiaomi, and while it isn't quite an Ultra phone, it still packs most of the technology we have come to expect in a modern day flagship -- we just wish the zoom lens was a bit better.

Best Xiaomi phone for most people: POCO F3 / Mi 11X

POCO F3 in black

Xiaomi started the POCO sub-brand three years ago and used the platform to launch a phone with almost flagship specs at a very attractive price. The POCO F3 (or Xiaomi Mi 11X as it’s known in India) continues this strategy. At around €349 ($416), the POCO F3 offers a 120Hz display with a whopping 360Hz touch sampling rate, a Snapdragon 870 (which is an upgraded Snapdragon 865+), a solid set of cameras, and a premium glass-and-aluminum sandwich design.

Such an attractive set of hardware components in a sub-$500 price is unheard of in North America. So unless you really want to splurge on the best of the best, the POCO F3 is the best Xiaomi phone to buy value-wise. In India, this phone is quickly rising up as a default recommendation for the average Indian consumer, thanks to its high performance to price ratio.

    The Xiaomi Mi 11X, also known as the POCO F3, is the best phone for most people because it offers almost flagship-level power and design at a price that can be considered low for most people.

Best experimental Xiaomi phone: Xiaomi Mix 4

Xiaomi Mix 4

Xiaomi’s Mix series has always been branded as a concept device, one that tests bleeding-edge ideas that may not be quite ready for mass mainstream adoption. The Xiaomi Mix 4 continues this trend, offering an under-screen selfie camera that’s far better than the implementation seen in Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 and ZTE’s Axon 20 5G.

When not in use, the 20-megapixel selfie camera is very hard to spot, giving the Mix 4 a true all-screen aesthetic. When in use, the actual footage in the viewfinder is obviously compromised due to the nature of the technology, but Xiaomi’s software does a good job of fixing up the shot in post-processing.

However, it’s still not perfect. Ultimately, the selfies captured by the Mix 4 are inferior to the selfies captured by most modern-day flagship phones with a hole-punch camera. Because of this, we can’t recommend the Mix 4 to selfie lovers. But if you don’t use the front-facing camera much and want a futuristic all-screen design with brand new technology, the Mix 4 is a great option — if you’re willing to import, that is. The Mix 4 is sold officially only in China for now.

    The Xiaomi Mix 4 has an under-display selfie camera that gives the phone an all-screen, bezel-less design.

Best foldable phone from Xiaomi: Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold

The Mi Mix Fold's inner 8-inch screen

Yes, we know — this category is a bit of a cheat right now because Xiaomi only has one foldable phone out, so there was no other option but to list the Mi Mix Fold. Still, the Mi Mix Fold is quite an impressive combination of hardware prowess, cutting-edge tech, and a reasonable price (for a foldable).

The Mi Mix Fold runs on the Snapdragon 888, with a 108MP main camera and a new “liquid lens” that doubles as a telephoto and macro lens. But of course, the biggest draw is it’s both a smartphone and an 8-inch tablet. If you want a foldable phone that runs Xiaomi’s software, or if you just want the most affordable large foldable phone right now, look no further than the Mi Mix Fold.

Unfortunately, unlike most phones on this list, the Mix Fold is a China-only release, so if you don’t live in China, importing via third-party businesses is the only purchase method.

Best mid-tier Xiaomi phone: Redmi Note 10 Pro/Pro Max

Redmi Note 10 Pro in two colors

This phone is named Redmi Note 10 Pro in Europe, but Redmi Note 10 Pro Max in India. Whatever you want to call it though, you’re getting a lot of value for your money as we mention in our review. Priced firmly under $300, the Note 10 Pro offers both a 120Hz AMOLED display and a 108MP camera — two hardware components that were major selling points of $1,200 phones just a year ago.

You also get a 5,020 mAh battery that lasts all day, Snapdragon 732G, and a Gorilla Glass 5 protecting the large 6.7-inch display. The ultra-wide camera at 8MP is a bit weak, and there’s no zoom lens at all, but these are understandable compromises to make for a mid-ranger.

    The Redmi Note 10 Pro (or Note 10 Pro Max if you're in India) is a heck of a bargain at its price point: you get a 120Hz AMOLED screen and 108MP camera along with a large battery.

Best affordable Xiaomi phone: POCO X3 GT

POCO X3 GT in all three colorways on white background

Priced at around $300, the POCO X3 GT offers a 120Hz display, MediaTek Helio Dimensity 1100, a good 64MP main camera, and a large 5,000 mAh battery.

The 6nm Dimensity 1100 is just six months old and can be considered a near flagship SoC — it also supports 5G natively. Although the screen is just an LCD panel instead of OLED, it’s still 120Hz and animations appear buttery smooth. This is another excellent phone in POCO’s X3 series.

    The POCO X3 GT is the latest budget offering from Xiaomi that offers some flagship components in a sub-$300 price.

Also great: POCO X3 Pro

The POCO X3 Pro in white.

If you liked what you saw in the POCO X3 GT but have no use for 5G, the POCO X3 Pro may be a better option — it’s a little bit cheaper, and the Snapdragon 860 SoC here is a bit older, but it offers the same 120Hz display and similar software and camera experience.

    120Hz screen with a large battery and an almost flagship SoC for under $300 is a great deal no matter how you look at it.

Best entry-level Xiaomi phone: POCO M4 Pro

poco m4 pro

Running on a Dimensity 810 with no zoom lens and a plasticky body, the POCO M4 Pro won’t be mistaken for a flagship phone, but at under $220, this is about as good a phone as you’re going to get at this price range. You’re still getting a large 6.6-inch, 90Hz 1080p display, a capable 50MP main camera, a serviceable selfie camera, along with a huge 5,000 mAh battery that can power the device for at least a day and a half.

Xiaomi’s software is also well-optimized, so you won’t experience lags 0r app crashes like lesser brands which sell at this price range. In fact, the haptic engine here is really good — as good as phones in the $800 or above price range. And thanks to the Dimensity 810, you get 5G connectivity too.

There Xiaomi phones that are priced even lower on the price tag, but the POCO M4 Pro offers one of the better rounded-out packages out there.

    POCO M4 Pro offers a large screen and large battery for its sub $220 price.

Best gaming phone from Xiaomi: Redmi K40 Gaming Edition / POCO F3 GT

Redmi K40 Gaming Edition

From dedicated shoulder trigger buttons to vapor chamber cooling to 480Hz touch sampling response rate, the Redmi K40 Gaming Edition is built for mobile gamers. Powering everything is a Dimensity 1200 SoC with 12GB of RAM.

Since it’s released under the Redmi branding, the K40 Gaming Edition is quite affordable too. Right now, however, the device is sold only in China, but a global version should be coming soon. In India, the device takes the form of the POCO F3 GT, and has a killer price tag too.

    The POCO F3 GT is a rebranded Redmi K40 Gaming Edition, bringing the best of gaming hardware onto a Xiaomi device. It features the flagship MediaTek SoC, magnetic gaming buttons, vapor chamber cooling, and a lot of other features to give you a great gaming experience.

No matter what you need, Xiaomi has a device for you

Xiaomi pumps out phones at a breakneck pace, so if you don’t see anything here that suits your needs, just wait a few months and there’ll be another batch of new Xiaomi devices. We here at XDA will keep track of all Xiaomi releases and update this list monthly so check back often.

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Ben Sin
Ben Sin

I'm a senior editor at XDA Developers. I have been a journalist for a decade, the last five years covering the mobile tech scene closely, reviewing just about every phone and attending trade shows and launches. I also run a gadget review channel on YouTube.

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