Lost in the jungle of Xiaomi smartphones? We have cleared all this to make your choice easier.
Xiaomi phones: the best by price range
Born ten years ago, Xiaomi has come a long way since its beginnings as a small unknown manufacturer very inspired by Apple. The brand has succeeded in building its own identity and has since diversified considerably.
Xiaomi products can now be found everywhere, from scooters around the corner to the connected bulb in the ceiling light. In addition, they are now well distributed in France; gone are the days when we had to go through obscure marketplaces Chinese, the brand’s smartphones have several dedicated stores in France.
The DNA of the brand has not changed, however, a Xiaomi smartphone focuses above all on the search for good value for money, with particular attention paid to the software. The MIUI interface is in its twelfth version and offers one of the strongest biases in the Android universe. Not everyone will like it, but the care taken in it is undeniable.
Among the weaknesses of the brand, we note its almost unhealthy tendency to release dozens of references each year, with names, characteristics and prices very close to each other. It’s simple: even we who follow their daily news sometimes have trouble finding our way around …
That is why we have done the sorting for you and selected the best phones from Xiaomi.
Le smartphone premium de Xiaomi
Xiaomi begins the year 2021 with an extremely ambitious Mi 11. A feeling that is confirmed from the first contact with the careful design and impeccable finish. The designers have succumbed to the codes of the moment since we find a mat glass pleasant to the touch. The ergonomics are successful, even if with its 6.81-inch screen it would be better to use both, but for greater safety.
The panel used is also of high quality, in addition to very accurate colors we benefit from a very high brightness which coupled with the infinite blacks of the OLED results in very good readability in all situations. We also find a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
Under the hood, the phone is the first on the European market to use the brand new Snapdragon 888, backed by 8 GB of RAM. Qualcomm’s chip stands out as the most powerful in the Android universe, surpassing the Galaxy S21’s Exynos 2100 in all tests.
Autonomy is not its strong point, however, since it will hardly last more than a day on a charge. Fast charging allows it to fill 80% of the battery in 25 minutes.
It therefore remains to be seen the photo module which turns out to be versatile and overall produces very satisfactory results, in particular in macro mode. However, we wonder if it would not have been more interesting to integrate an optical zoom which would prove more useful in everyday life.
With the Mi 11, Xiaomi delivers a real flagship, able to compete with the best smartphones on the market, all at a more than aggressive price. A real success of which you can read the full test.
A few months after an attractive, but a little expensive Mi 10 Pro, Xiaomi logically declined its range with a more affordable version.
If it retains a 6.67-inch screen, the panel switches to LCD. In return for the loss of the OLED, however, we gain a refresh rate that goes to 144 Hz. The gain in fluidity is undeniable and is very comfortable on a daily basis.
The heart of the machine, it does not move since we find the powerful Snapdragon 865 from Qualcomm and 8 GB of RAM. But beyond the very good performance, it is the autonomy which proves to be bluffing since it happily exceeds the two days! As for the photo, the results are more than correct with a 108 Megapixel sensor supported by macro optics and an ultra wide angle. Only the latter disappoints however a little, especially when the brightness is not ideal.
Less ambitious than its big brother, the Mi 10T is more balanced. Xiaomi returns here to its fundamentals: a quality / price ratio among the best on the market. For those who want to go into details, go to our test of the Mi 10 T Pro.
The best of the mid-range at Xiaomi
Little brother of the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, the Mi 10 Lite strikes an excellent balance. To begin with, it has the merit of being 5G compatible, which is still quite rare on the mid-range. We also appreciate the design of the device which gives pride of place to the glass on the rear face and a sober and efficient front face with a notch ” water drop 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 not quite optimal color accuracy. Inside is a Snapdragon 765G processor with ample performance. For example, they allow you to play Fortnite in “epic” quality almost without a hitch. The photo part, built around 4 sensors, is above average for the price, but we would have liked to have a telephoto lens for the optical zoom.
Last strong point: autonomy. The 4160 mAh battery can last two days on a single charge in everyday use. The fast charge at 20 W, allows it to recover 50% of the battery in about 30 minutes of charging. The MIUI 11 interface, which gave pride of place tobloatwarehas since the release been replaced by a much more mastered version 12. To find out more about these changes, we refer you to getting started with it.
“Cheap” Xiaomi smartphones
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro is the most boosted version of the three smartphones in the Chinese manufacturer’s Note 9 range in 2020. It begins by enlarging its dimensions by integrating a 6.7-inch IPS LCD screen, this one displaying a definition Full HD + of 2400 x 1080 pixels. The old generation’s notch is over, and there is now a bubble centered at the top of the screen.
We then find more or less the same technical 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, certain elements make the difference, in particular 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 photos thanks to its versatile module which accommodates 4 sensors, including a main one of 64 megapixels (against 48 on the two other models in the range). It is then doing much better depending on the situation, even with a particularly interesting night mode to use. As for its 13-megapixel selfie camera on the front, it will be sufficient for making video calls, but nothing more. Note that at the time of this writing, the update to MIUI 12 is finally starting to be deployed.
To find out even more, do not hesitate to consult our full review of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro.
If the technical sheet is obviously not everything, the choice of a 120 Hz screen on a smartphone below the 120 Hz bar could obviously only attract attention.
Imposing and quite heavy (215 grams) the Poco X3 will not mark the spirits by its design. Its 6.67-inch screen, however, catches our attention. So of course the colors lack accuracy and the brightness is average, but we are entitled to a high resolution and especially a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
To save the battery, Xiaomi adapts the number of frames per second on the fly according to the appropriate content. A trick that works quite well since it takes a day of active use without worry. Among the 4 photo sensors, only the main one and the ultra wide angle caught our attention thanks to acceptable results.
Complete, efficient and enduring, the Poco X3 fully keeps its promises. For those who want to know more, go to our test!
Released this summer, this phone makes you forget a very unconvincing Redmi 8. Sold below 150 euros, it obviously makes many compromises, but is far from being ridiculous.
Its design is simple, efficient and above all very comfortable in the hand. If the screen lacks brightness, the use of a Full HD resolution is quite rare at this price point. We also appreciate the choice of a MediaTek Helio G80 chip which gives it more than honorable performance.
Add to that a solid battery life that reaches two days of light use and you have a terminal pleasant to use on a daily basis. Despite the four sensors, the photo is the biggest weak point of this smartphone, especially with poor low light performance. Still, if it is obviously not a fighter plane, the Redmi 9 stands out as one of the best options of this end of the year for small budgets.
To find out more, head to our Redmi 9 test.
Some advice before buying
Before buying a Xiaomi brand smartphone, many questions may cross your mind. We have listed a few here with answers that we hope will light up your lantern.
Who is Xiaomi?
Xiaomi is a company founded in 2010 by Chinese billionaire Lei Jun with the goal of selling good quality smartphones at rock bottom prices. Initially, quite unknown in France, the brand is increasingly popular, even beyond technophile circles. The community is very active around MIUI, a completely modified Android interface, only available on the Chinese brand’s smartphone.
Do I have to go through the import to get my Xiaomi smartphone?
It is no longer an obligation. Since the official arrival of Xiaomi in France, 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. The establishment of Xiaomi in France is going very well, in particular 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 the opportunity to change your mobile plan. Good thing, operators are fighting a price war on non-binding plans and we now find very complete mobile plans at less than 10 euros. To compare the best packages of the moment, visit our mobile package comparator.
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