Best Xiaomi Phones Android Central 2019

Xiaomi has carved out a niche for itself over the last five years for offering phones that redefine value for money. The Chinese manufacturer now sells in the UK and other Western markets, but it has maintained its ethos of delivering value. The Mi Mix 3 illustrates my point: the phone has a gorgeous ceramic design, top-notch hardware, and a slider that hides the front cameras. For £500, it's an absolute steal.

Sliders are cool again: Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

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The Mi Mix 3 has an innovative slider mechanism that hides the front cameras — the screen slides down to reveal the 24MP + 2MP cameras. With the front cameras tucked away, you get a gorgeous 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display with virtually no bezels, and the internal hardware is nothing to scoff at. You get the Snapdragon 845, 6GB/128GB memory configuration, 12MP + 12MP cameras at the back, and a 3200mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+.

£500 at Amazon UK

A unique design: Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

The Mi 8 Pro has the distinction of being the first Xiaomi phone to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone also has a unique transparent design at the back that allows it to stand out. It doesn't show the actual layout of the components, but it doesn't matter — the phone looks incredibly cool. It's powered by the Snapdragon 845, has the same 12MP + 12MP cameras as the Mix 3, 8GB/128GB configuration, and a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+.

£500 at Amazon UK

The latest and greatest: Xiaomi Mi 9

The Mi 9 is just now starting to go on sale outside of China, and there's plenty of reasons to be excited. The phone is the first from Xiaomi to offer three cameras at the back, with a 48MP primary camera joined by a 16MP ultrawide lens and a 12MP zoom shooter. It is also one of the first in the world to run Qualcomm's 7nm Snapdragon 855 chipset, and you get an evocative gradient hue at the back along with 20W wireless charging.

£500 at Clove UK

Shattering the value barrier: POCOPHONE F1

If you're looking for the absolute best specs at the lowest price, there isn't a phone today that comes close to the POCOPHONE F1. For just £280 you get a phone powered by the Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 12MP + 5MP rear cameras, and a 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. There's even liquid cooling, and IR face unlock. The sheer amount of hardware you're getting makes this the value leader.

£302 at Amazon UK

Pure Android: Xiaomi Mi A2

The Mi A2 shares the same great specs as the rest of Xiaomi's portfolio, but it runs Android One instead of MIUI. The hardware includes an 18:9 6.0-inch display, Snapdragon 660 chipset, 4GB/64GB memory configuration, 12MP + 20MP cameras at the back, a 20MP front shooter, and 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. The cameras are outstanding, and the combination of hardware along with pure Android makes the Mi A2 a standout budget phone.

£241 at Amazon UK

The smart choice: Xiaomi Mi 8

If you like what the Mi 8 Pro has to offer but aren't interested in the transparent back, the Mi 8 is a decent alternative. The phone costs £100 less than the Mi 8 Pro and features the same Snapdragon 845 platform, along with 12MP + 12MP cameras, 20MP front shooter, and a larger 3400mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+. You get a traditional fingerprint sensor at the back, and the same software as the Mi 8 Pro.

£400 at Amazon UK

48MP for everyone: Redmi Note 7 Pro

The Redmi Note 7 Pro is Xiaomi's budget behemoth for 2019. Powered by the latest mid-range Snapdragon 675 chipset, the phone has a 48MP camera that allows it to stand out in this segment. Elsewhere, you get a 6.3-inch FHD+ screen, 13MP front camera, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, and a 4000mAh battery. The design isn't all that bad either, with a gradient pattern at the back and a waterdrop cutout up front.

₹13,999 at Flipkart

Entry-level wonder: Xiaomi Redmi 6

The Redmi 6 is one of the best-selling phones in the world. The entry-level phone is powered by MediaTek's Helio P22 platform, and you get a 5.45-inch 720p display paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The 12MP + 5MP camera takes decent photos, there's a 5MP shooter up front, and the phone has a 3000mAh battery. Not bad at all when you consider how much it costs.

£130 at Amazon UK

Xiaomi has a variety of phones on offer across price points, and the one thing that all of them have in common is value. The sliding mechanism alone on the Mi Mix 3 makes it a standout in the affordable flagship space, and the Mi 9 should be of immediate interest to those looking to get the same camera experience as the Pixel 3 or Note 9 at half the cost.

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