Best Xiaomi smartphones: which one to buy in 2021?

Xiaomi over the years has become a brand of smartphones known to the general public. The Chinese giant has put down its suitcases in France with the opening of several shops. The strength of Xiaomi smartphones? They have nothing to envy the best on the market, are offered at very affordable prices and compatible with French 4G / 5G frequencies. Small selection of the best models to buy in 2021.

Our selection of the best Xiaomi smartphones

Best Xiaomi smartphone

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G

Xiaomi mi 1OT Lite 5G

With the Mi 10T Lite, its new product, it targets the smallest purses by offering a terminal for less than 300 euros, but which does not want to be “cheap”. It logically succeeds the Mi 9 lite, which was a good surprise in 2019.

At this price, it is necessary to make compromises. However, Xiaomi promises a lot of things at the technical level. The first particularity of the terminal is to be equipped with 5G, which makes it one of the cheapest compatible products on the market today. More information in our Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G test.

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5G compatible A little overlay
Its contained price
120 Hz screen
Fast charge

Xiaomi Mi 10T / 10T Pro

Xiaomi Mi 10T 10T Pro

The Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro are the new flagships of the Chinese manufacturer. They both ship the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and 6GB / 8GB of RAM as well as 128GB / 256GB of internal memory depending on the variant.

The photo part is to the advantage of the Mi 10T Pro with the integration of a 108MP Samsung HMX 1 / 1.33 ″ module against a 64MP Sony IMX682, 1 / 1.7 ″ sensor. Difference also in digital zoom: up to 30x for the Mi 10T Pro against 10x for the Mi 10T. The Mi 10T Pro allows slow motion shooting at a rate of 120 fps while the Mi 10T allows slow motion shooting at a rate of 240/960 fps.

For the rest, the smartphones are almost identical, same dimensions, 165.1 x 76.4 x 9.33 mm with a difference of 2 grams only 218 grams for the Mi 10T Pro and 216 grams for the Mi 10T.

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The price The lack of telephoto
Autonomy No AMOLED screen
The power of SoC Fingerprint sensor on the side rather than under the screen
Efforts in low light

To see: the best offers to buy the Xiaomi MI 10T / 10T Pro at the cheapest price

Xiaomi mi 10

Xiaomi mi 10

The latest high-end smartphone Xiaomi Mi 10 embeds the most powerful Qualcomm processor to date, namely the Snapdragon 865. The latter is supported by 8 or 12 GB of RAM memory. For the storage part, the manufacturer offers two variants: 128 GB or 256 GB.

The autonomy is entrusted to a battery with a capacity of 4780 mAh compatible with 30W fast charging and 30W wireless charging. The smartphone prides itself on being compatible with the future 5G network and runs on Android 10 + MIUI 11. The display is provided by a 6.67 inch AMOLED screen of 1080 x 2340 pixel definition with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

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Excellent performance No IP certification
Photo quality No jack
Excellent autonomy

Xiaomi mi 10 pro

Xiaomi mi 10 pro

The flagship of the Chinese manufacturer, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is offered at a price of around 1000 euros. It embeds the same processor as the standard Mi 10 with storage capacities of 128GB, 256GB or 512GB. The Mi 10 Pro is equipped with a 6.67-inch FullHD + AMOLED perforated screen with a 90Hz refresh rate.

There is a 4500 mAh battery compatible with 45W fast charge and 30W wireless charging as well as compatibility with 10W reverse wireless charging allowing you to charge accessories by placing them on the glass back.

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Gorgeous screen The price
High performance No waterproof certification
Photo quality in good light conditions Video stabilization limited to 1080p at 30fps
Good autonomy Software to refine (application drawer)

To see: the best deals to buy the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro at the cheapest price

Xiaomi mi note 10

xiaomi mi note 10

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 sports a 6.47 inch curved AMOLED display with a notch in the shape of a water drop. As on the latest high-end smartphones, there is a fingerprint reader under the screen. On the back side, the five photo sensors are aligned vertically.

The Mi Note 10’s fivefold camera consists of a 108MP Samsung-designed ISOCELL Bright HMX main module, 12MP telephoto, 8MP telephoto, 20MP ultra-wide angle and a 2 MP macro mode. Thanks to the 108 Mpx sensor, the photos have a definition of 27 million pixels, but each pixel is 4 times larger, which allows for impressive levels of detail.

On the hardware side, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G mid-range processor, coupled by 6 or 8 GB of RAM. Its autonomy should be excellent since the smartphone has a battery with a capacity of 5260 mAh compatible with 30W fast charging.

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Successful AMOLED screen No wireless charging
Good performance Perfectible interface
Excellent autonomy Improved photo quality
Good in photo

To see: the best offers to buy the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 at the cheapest price

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

The SoC Helio G90T allows the Redmi Note 8 Pro to offer a 64 MP photo sensor provided by Samsung. It is officially the first smartphone to include this photo sensor. The latter is accompanied by three other sensors: an 8MP ultra-wide-angle module, a 2 MP depth sensor and a 2 MP macro sensor. For the rest, the smartphone is equipped with a 6.53 inch FHD + LCD display which occupies 91.4% of the facade.

On this side, the affiliation with the previous models of the range sounds obvious. The 20 MP selfie camera is housed in a notch in the shape of a water drop. The SoC is supported by 6/8 GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of internal storage expandable up to an additional 256 GB. Its 4500 mAh battery is compatible with QuickCharge 4+ fast charging and comes with an 18 W charger. No fingerprint sensor under the screen, it is located at the rear, mid-range requires.

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Good quality of finish No wireless charging
Excellent autonomy
LCD screen successful
Good performance

To see: the best offers to buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro at the cheapest price

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T

Redmi note 8T

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T, sports a 6.3-inch Full HD + resolution screen of 1080 x 2340 pixels with a 4000 mAh battery, ensuring long battery life. On the hardware side, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Octo-Core processor clocked at 2.0 GHz coupled with 4 GB of RAM.

Finally, on the photo side, the Redmi Note 8 is equipped with a four-sensor 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP camera that allows you to take high-resolution photos. Offered below the 200 euros mark, it is quite simply the smartphone offering the best value for money at the moment.

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Excellent value The performance of the processor is a little behind
Quadruple photo sensor The quality of the photo in low light
Elegant design
Good autonomy

Xiaomi black shark 2

Xiaomi black shark 2

Available since last August, the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 takes over from the first model in the series and is particularly aimed at lovers of mobile gaming. This smartphone meets the needs of the most demanding users in terms of power. It has a 6.39 Full HD + definition AMOLED display for a resolution of 403 ppi.

The Black Shark 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 855 SoC supported by 6 to 12 GB of RAM and 128 GB to 256 GB of internal storage. It is also quite good in photos thanks to its dual 48 + 12 MPx sensor. There is also a 4000 mAh battery compatible with a fast recharge of 27W. It is available at around € 500.

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Excellent performance Heavy and bulky
Very good screen Average camera
Fast recharge No 3.5mm jack
Good sound quality Autonomy a little tight

🤔Who is the manufacturer Xiaomi?

Xiaomi is a Chinese company founded in 2010 by billionaire Lei Jun. The brand’s credo could not be simpler: to offer the best of technology at a very affordable price. In Asia, Xiaomi is a real institution. It is sometimes nicknamed the “Chinese Apple”. In Europe, Xiaomi was first known for its MIUI software, a completely disrupted Android interface, closer to iOS. MIUI was a hit with hackers who changed ROMs.

Xiaomi has been able to rely on its very active community to cross borders. For years, the brand has grown at its own pace, first in Asia, then in South America, and now in Europe. In 2017, the company set up in Spain. The brand’s first boutique opened its doors in Paris on May 22, 2018. And the group hit really hard because it has successfully forged many partnerships on our soil. Xiaomi products are officially available on Amazon, Fnac, Darty, Carrefour, Boulanger, Auchan and Leclerc and from all operators.

📱Why buy a Xiaomi smartphone?

The smartphones offered by Xiaomi range from entry level to high end. Buying a Xiaomi smartphone in 2021 is the assurance of benefiting from a device incorporating the latest technologies with an excellent value for money. In addition, since their entry into the European market, Xiaomi smartphones have all been compatible with the French 4G / 5G frequency bands and benefit from a 2-year European warranty.

The price, however, remains relatively low … no doubt that the disappointed Apple iPhone, much more expensive, will find an advantageous gateway to the community of users of the Android mobile operating system.

👍Our reviews of the best Xiaomi smartphones

If you decide to buy a Xiaomi smartphone, before choosing from the many models available, you can take a look at our different tests. From entry-level smartphones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T, to the Xiaomi MI 10T Lite or the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro flagship killer available for less than € 600, you really have a choice. All criteria are scrutinized, from autonomy to design, including the quality of the screen or the camera.

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