The best Xiaomi phones offer incredible value on a budget and often set the standard for the category. The Chinese manufacturer now sells phones in the U.K. and other Western markets, making it easier for customers to get their hands on Xiaomi's products. From $100 entry-level phones to true flagships with innovative cameras, Xiaomi makes some of the best phones you can buy today.
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The Xiaomi 13 Pro rivals the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and the Google Pixel 7 Pro. Xiaomi went all out on this thing, equipping it with powerful gear such as the SD 8 Gen 2 chipset, incredible 120W wired fast charging, 50W wireless fast charging, and not one, not two, but three 50MP cameras. Oh and let's also not forget about the sublime 6.73-inch AMOLED panel that's a sight for sore eyes.
120Hz on a budget
The POCO X5 Pro has a vibrant 6.7-inch AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, and you get great hardware in the form of the Snapdragon 778G SoC along with 6GB of RAM as standard. There's also a 5,000mAh battery with 67W fast charging, a 108MP camera at the back that takes great photos, and a side-mounted fingerprint reader.
A Lite build
The Xiaomi 13 Lite is one of the best value-focused mid-range phones you can buy right now. It is wonderfully thin and lightweight, with a mesmerizing design and a lovely curved display. You get a stunning 120Hz AMOLED panel, Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 under the hood paired with 8GB of RAM, a great 50MP camera, and a 4,500mAh battery with 67W wired fast charging. Finally, Xiaomi also added IP53 splash and dust-proofing to the phone.
Sleek and powerful
The Xiaomi 13 has a sleek design with a flat screen, and you get an incredible 50MP camera at the back that can take on the Galaxy S23 and other flagships. There's the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 6.36-inch 120Hz AMOLED panel, and a 4,500mAh battery with 67W wired and 50W wireless charging. The Xiaomi 13 is also rated IP68 for water and dust resistance, just like the Xiaomi 13 Pro.
Xiaomi's 12T 5G is a mid-range flagship offering screen galore and some excellent specs. You can snag one of these for under $500 at some retailers, which is too good to be true. Thanks to the amazing 108MP primary shooter, beautiful 6.67-inch 120Hz AMOLED panel, Mediatek Dimensity 8100 Ultra chipset, 120W wired wireless charging, and 5,000mAh battery, the Xiaomi 12T is a smashing hit.
Superior gaming on the cheap
Mobile gaming enthusiasts will be more than pleased with the Black Shark 5 Pro. It has physical triggers that pop out and are useful both in-game and during everyday use as you can assign shortcuts to them. This phone blows all expectations, giving you a flagship experience below $600. You get a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, a 6.67-inch 144Hz E4 AMOLED panel, and 120W fast charging. The cameras are some of the best on any gaming phone.
The POCO M5s combines a gorgeous design with a massive 5,000mAh battery that easily delivers two days of use between charges. The phone has decent internal hardware, comes with a 3.5mm jack (!) and dual SIM slot, and is one of the best budget phones you can buy right now. You get IP53 dust and splash resistance, a well-rounded 64MP camera, and a 6.43-inch AMOLED screen.
The Redmi Note 12 5G takes the best of Xiaomi's features in the budget segment and kicks things into gear. You get a massive 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 chipset, 48MP camera at the back, 13MP front camera, and a 5,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging. With two-day battery life between charges, the Redmi Note 12 5G dominates its rivals.
These are the best Xiaomi phones
Xiaomi makes some of the best cheap Android phones, and its products are more accessible than ever. With so many devices across various price points, you're guaranteed to find one that fits your budget. If you're in the market for maximum value, the Xiaomi 13 Lite is the obvious pick. Sitting well under $500, the phone has a premium 6.55-inch AMOLED display, a blazing-fast 120Hz screen refresh rate, and a decent 4,500mAh battery that easily lasts two days on a full charge. Right now, this is the best value phone you can get your hands on, and it's even available in the U.S.
If it's insanely good battery life you're after, the POCO X5 Pro is the default option. The phone has an insane 5,000mAh battery that lasts well over two days on a full charge, and the design ensures that it stands out from the pack. You also get reliable hardware, fantastic cameras led by the 108MP main lens, and great value overall.
For our thrifty readers seeking to get the most out of their hard-earned coin, the POCO M5s is a worthy option. It's powered by the mid-range Mediatek Helio G95 processor and sports an AMOLED panel. The phone looks stunning, runs wonderfully smooth, and captures some incredible photos. We also love the fact that it doesn't weigh a ton like most phones nowadays tend to.
Bear in mind that although Xiaomi's phones are spectacular and give phenomenal value for money, they don't get regular updates. Most of these phones still run Android 12, which, may be a dealbreaker for many. Also, none of the Chinese phone manufacturer's phones are compatible with CDMA networks, which is problematic for users residing in the US. Do your research before jumping the gun!
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.