Xiaomi is now a key brand in the fast-growing smartphone market. This success is mainly due to products that almost all have an excellent quality/price ratio… but also a plethoric range. The Chinese brand offers more than 10 references. We’ve put the Mi’s on the flat so that you can find your way around more easily and choose the one that suits you best. If you don’t know what to choose, we recommend the best Xiaomi smartphone of the moment, in our opinion.
XIAOMI MI 10
The best Xiaomi
Xiaomi launched its two new flagships in April 2020: the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, both 5G compatible. The first one succeeds last year’s Mi 9 and already offers a certain upgrade compared to its predecessor, as it is offered at 749 euros, compared to 499 euros last year. Expensive for a brand that has got us used to rather low prices. To justify this price increase, however, Xiaomi offers several interesting new features on its smartphone.
AMOLED and Full HD, but with an extra “curves” on the sides, as Samsung does, for extra soul. Add a punch in the screen for the front camera and you have a very stylish smartphone. Like last year, the terminal integrates the most powerful chip of the moment: the Snapdragon 865 from Qualcomm. No need to worry about that.
Then come the new features on the photo with this year’s quartet of sensors, two of which are really interesting: the 108 megapixel main sensor and the 13 megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, equivalent to 15 mm. We’ll quickly switch to the two 2 MP sensors for portrait and macro mode. Overall, the results remain good, but Xiaomi still can’t do as well as its competitors at similar prices, especially at night.
On the other hand, one will appreciate the product’s solid autonomy. The Mi 10 is still recommendable, but probably a little less than its predecessor. You will find all the details in our test of the Xiaomi Mi 10.
XIAOMI MI 10 PRO
The luxury option
Unsurprisingly, the Mi 10 Pro shares many similarities with the Mi 10. With this model, prices are even higher, as Xiaomi comes in at a thousand euros. You will mainly win a more accomplished photo part with this time two telephoto lenses allowing 2x and 3.6x optical magnifications respectively. The latter will allow a 10x hybrid zoom. The main sensor of 108 megapixels remains, while the ultra-wide-angle passes in 20 MP against 13 on the classic version. The result: better photos and more versatility, but still not up to the level of other competing terminals. Again, it’s mostly at night that the phone looks pale.
Xiaomi also adds an even faster fast charge at 50W compared to 30W on its little brother. It allows to recharge the battery in 45 minutes according to our tests. It’s nice, but we’re not sure that it’s really enough to justify the 200 euros that separate the two models. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, is probably not the best choice from the Chinese brand. We tell you more in our test of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro.
XIAOMI POCO F2 PRO
The Flagship Killer
The Poco F2 Pro is not strictly speaking a Xiaomi smartphone since they are two brands in their own right, but they are so close that they are comparable. With this F2 Pro, Poco (formerly Pocophone) manages to offer a very good “flagship killer” thanks to very high-end features, symbolized by the Snapdragon 865, but at a relatively low price.
The smartphone also has the merit of integrating a “pop-up” camera and taking full advantage of the 6.67-inch slab. If it were more common in 2019, this design element would still be appreciated by those who don’t like notches. Note that this is an OLED screen. However, we regret that it is only refreshed at 60 Hz instead of 90.
It can also be blamed to some extent for its imperfect photo part, especially at night. The MIUI 11 interface is still questionable elsewhere. Launched at 549 euros, the Poco F2 Pro is now regularly offered at less than 500 euros. It’s an excellent option at this price. We give you all the details in our test of the Poco F2 Pro.
XIAOMI MI 10 LITE
The choice of reason
Little brother of the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, the Mi 10 Lite finds an excellent balance. To begin with, it has the merit of being 5G compatible which is still quite rare in the mid-range. We also appreciate the design of the device which gives a lot of attention to the glass on the rear panel and a sober and efficient front panel with a notch “ goutte from eau ” which, although out of fashion, is well integrated.
On a more technical level, there is a 6.57-inch Amoled Full HD screen, very bright, but with a color accuracy not quite optimal. Inside is a Snapdragon 765G processor with more than sufficient performance. For example, it allows you to play Fortnite in “ épique ” quality almost without a hitch. The photo part, with 4 sensors, is above average for the price, but we would have liked to have a telephoto lens for the optical zoom.
Last but not least: autonomy. The 4160 mAh battery lasts for two days on a single charge under normal use. The fast 20 W charge enables it to recover 50% of the battery in about 30 minutes of charging. On the other hand, the terminal suffers from its software part, if MIUI 11 is very complete, the bloatwares are legion and come to stain a little bit the user experience. Can’t wait for the new version to arrive.
XIAOMI MI NOTE 10
The photo, cheaper
With its Xiaomi Mi Note 10, the Chinese manufacturer intends to move away from its Mi 9 range. Its design looks more like a Huawei smartphone, more precisely the P30 Pro. Both offer a 6.47-inch AMOLED screen with curved edges on the sides and a teardrop-shaped notch. On the back, there is also a fingerprint-free surface with a photo module arranged vertically in the left corner.
The similarities, on the other hand, are purely aesthetic. The Mi Note 10 was the first smartphone of the brand to integrate 5 photo sensors, the composition is as follows: 108 + 20 + 12 + 5 + 2 megapixels. The quality is there, it must be said that the pictures captured in the format 12 032 x 9 024 pixels are extremely detailed. Its versatility is also a strong asset, especially with its excellent portrait mode that perfectly delineates the contours of its subject. Other features include ultra-wide-angle mode, macro mode, 2x to 50x zoom, as well as an all-new night mode, vlog mode and a 960 fps slow motion macro mode for a variety of pleasures.
Finally, it is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G, a “gaming ” version of the Snapdragon 730 that is also found on the Oppo Reno 2 for example. Backed by 6GB of RAM, the chip delivers the power to run even the most demanding games in the Play Store with peace of mind, even if it’s a far cry from the most premium smartphones. Finally, its autonomy is very comfortable thanks to its large 5,260 mAh battery. In addition, its fast charge compatibility up to 30 W makes it possible to quickly recover percentages.
XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 9 PRO
The best value for money
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro is the most boosted version of the three smartphones of the Note 9 range of the Chinese manufacturer in 2020. It starts by enlarging its dimensions by integrating a 6.7-inch IPS LCD screen, which displays a Full HD+ definition of 2400 x 1080 pixels. In addition, the notch of the previous generation is no longer there, and there is now a bubble centered at the top of the screen.
We then find roughly the same data sheet as the 9S version with the presence of a Snapdragon 720G supported by 6 GB of RAM and a battery with a capacity of 5,020 mAh. However, some elements make the difference, notably the simple integration of the NFC chip to pay without contact with your smartphone, and much more.
It also expresses itself in a better way in photography thanks to its versatile module that accommodates 4 sensors, including a 64-megapixel main sensor (compared to 48 on the other two models in the range). It’s much better in different situations, with even a night mode that’s particularly interesting to use. As for its 13-megapixel camera with selfie in front, it will be enough to make video calls, but nothing more.
To find out even more, don’t hesitate to consult our complete test of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro.
If you’re willing to make sacrifices on the absence of NFC chip and lower photo quality, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S is a great alternative for a few euros less.
Launched in the spring of 2020, the Redmi Note 9 succeeds the Redmi Note 8(T), and is positioned under the 9 Pro and 9 S. If the price is the lowest, the quality/price ratio remains good. While it may be a little less flamboyant than its two big brothers, it remains an interesting option in its price range.
The 6.53-inch screen displaying Full HD+ definition (2340 x 1080) is satisfactory, as is the design and ergonomics. The biggest performance hurdle is the MediaTek Helio G85, which delivers just average performance or even a little less. They don’t allow you to launch Fortnite, for example, or allow Call Of Duty Mobile only in “low” mode. That’s a bit of a shame.
These small performances, coupled with a nice 5020 mAh battery, allow it to last two days of use in the framework of a current use. The supplied 18W charger is however a little slow, without being really damaging. You can find all the details in our full test of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9.
REDMI 9: LET’S WAIT FOR THE TEST
Xiaomi replaced the Redmi 8 with the Redmi 9 in 2020. Positioned under 150 euros, the object is attractive, but its predecessor having somewhat disappointed us, we will wait for our test before giving you our opinion on the object. If you’re looking for a smartphone at a low price, you can consult our guide to the best smartphones for less than 200 euros.
SOME ADVICE BEFORE BUYING
Before buying a Xiaomi smartphone, many questions may cross your mind. We’ve listed some of them here with answers that we hope will help you find the answers you’re looking for.
Xiaomi is a company founded in 2010 by Lei Jun, a Chinese billionaire, with the goal of selling good quality smartphones at unbeatable prices. Initially relatively unknown in USA, the brand is becoming increasingly popular, even beyond technophile circles. The community is very active around MIUI, a totally modified Android interface, only available on the Chinese brand’s smartphone.
DO I HAVE TO GO THROUGH IMPORT TO GET MY XIAOMI SMARTPHONE?
It’s no longer an obligation. Since the official arrival of Xiaomi in USA, it is indeed much easier to get your hands on the products of the famous Chinese manufacturer. The brand’s smartphones are renowned for their excellent quality/price ratio, even with VAT. Xiaomi’s implantation in USA is going very well, especially with the opening of various physical stores, a bit like the Apple Store.
WHICH PACKAGE SHOULD I CHOOSE FOR MY NEW SMARTPHONE ?
This may be an opportunity to change your mobile plan. It’s a good thing, operators are waging a price war on no-commitment plans and there are now very comprehensive mobile packages for less than 10 euros. To compare the best plans of the moment, go to our mobile plan comparator.