Best Xiaomi phones of 2022: Which Xiaomi suits you best?

With numerous models launched by Xiaomi recently, such as the countless Redmi Note 11s that hit the market recently, it is all too easy to get lost. 2021 alone saw the Chinese manufacturer released more than 10 different models with similar-sounding names (while dropping the “Mi” in its product name), making it all the more confusing for consumers. Still, it is worth taking the effort to familiarize yourself with their catalog of products due to the vaue-for-money proposition that they offer. 

(Attention: Xiaomi does not officially import the following devices to the US. The prices mentioned in the article are approximate conversions of the MSRP and they may not reflect the market price in the US. All of the affiliate links included are from third party sellers and may not represent the MSRP. The devices may not include warranty or support your carrier. Please pay additional attention if you wish to buy one of the devices. If you still wish to buy a Xiaomi device check our dedicated guide here.)

The best Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones in 2022

  Editor’s Choice Best value-for-money 3rd place 4th place 5th place
Product
Image Xiaomi 11T Pro Xiaomi Mi 11i Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Pros
  • Charges to 100% in just 17 minutes
  • Beautiful display
  • Performance/price ratio
  • Interesting video features
  • Flat 120Hz AMOLED display (versus a curved display on the Mi 11)
  • Same 108 MP triple camera module as the Mi 11
  • Same Snapdragon 888 SoC as the Mi 11
  • IP53 certification
  • Stereo speakers
  • Nice AMOLED  display at 120 Hz refresh rate
  • Good performance and 5G compatibility
  • 33-watt fast charging supported
  • Excellent overall impression
  • Great AMOLED display at 120 Hz refresh rate
  • Good performance
  • Good main camera
  • Long battery life
  • Triple slot for dual SIM + microSD
  • NFC support
  • Strong and decent stereo sound
  • Full HD+  AMOLED display
  • Efficient 64 MP camera lens
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dual SIM and microSD card slots
  • NFC support
  • 33-watt fast charging supported
Cons
  • Below average photo quality
  • No micro SD card slot despite 8K video recording capability
  • Snapdragon 888 overheats quickly
  • Heavy and bulky
  • No IP certification
  • No wireless charging
  • Fast charging at 33 Watts vs 55 Watts on the Mi 11
  • Smaller battery than the Mi 11
  • Non-expandable memory
  • No 3.5mm jack
  • Ordinary camera module
  • No IP rating
  • No wireless charging
  • Camera module is a bit bulky
  • Average photo quality in low light situation
  • No 5G support
  • No wireless charging
  • 60 Hz refresh rate
  • No IP rating
  • Not 5G compatible
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How does NextPit select the best Xiaomi smartphones?

For this selection, I picked Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones that offered the best value-for-money when it comes to the different price points. As for the price, I based my findings on the prices charged by the manufacturer on its official store. In addition, I also took into account the memory configuration (storage and RAM) before arriving at a conclusion.

This list is obviously a very personal one since it is based on my own preferences. However, I have tried to apply a number of purchasing criteria and adapted them to the price range in question.

While I can forgive a Redmi Note 9 Pro for not having IP certification, it’s less excusable on a high-end Mi handset. For the affordable smartphones (under $400, $300, and $200), I considered performance and battery life to be more important by basing it on a utilitarian approach that one tends to have towards these models.

Where the high-end range is concerned, I focused on models that are realistically available within reach of those who look into flagships. That’s why I didn’t include the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra even though I reviewed it and found it to be a very good smartphone.

Summary

Recommended Xiaomi smartphones by NextPit in 2022

Listed here are both Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones that the NextPit editorial staff has recommended. For each price range from $200 all the way to a lofty $1,000, we put our best choice forward. As you would have noticed, there was a deliberate choice not to include Poco smartphones in this comparison.

For transparency reasons, decisions were linked to editorial reasons, in order to provide us with additional time to review more Poco models that were released this year. We will of course devote a dedicated comparison to Poco models in the future, this I promise.

The best choice in 2022: Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro

NextPIT Xiaomi 11T Pro
The Xiaomi 11T Pro is the best choice in terms of value for money on the high end / © NextPit

Ratings

Bewertung Design und Handling

Pros

  • 5,000 mAh battery
  • 120-watts wired charging
  • Nice 120Hz Full HD+ AMOLED display
  • Interesting video features
  • Extended software update policy
 

Cons

  • Below average camera quality
  • No micro SD card slot despite 8K video recording capability
  • Snapdragon 888 overheats quickly
  • Heavy and bulky
  • No IP certification

Read NextPit’s Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro review

The Xiaomi 11T Pro has almost all the good points of the Xiaomi Mi 11, which happens to be the manufacturer’s flagship device, with very few compromises made that are rather forgivable in my opinion. However, my colleague Ben who reviewed the device was not so forgiving, hence the 3.5-star rating.

The 120Hz AMOLED display sports a Full HD+ definition and not WQHD+ like the Mi 11. The triple 108MP camera module has slightly lower resolution sensors but boasts larger apertures. We also lose out when it comes to wireless and reverse charging compared to the Mi 11.

But on the flip side, the Xiaomi 11T offers a larger 5,000 mAh battery (vs. 4,600 mAh), wired charging at 120 watts (vs. 65 watts) as well as an extended update policy with up to 3 major Android versions and 4 years of security patches, which is a record for the Chinese manufacturer. With a starting price of $629 on various online retailers, I definitely prefer this model to the classic Xiaomi Mi 11 still sold for $640 thereabouts.

The best smartphone below $500: Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G

NextPIT Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G
The Xiaomi Mi 11i is more than just a Mi 11 Lite / © NextPit

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Pros

  • Flat 120Hz AMOLED display (versus a curved display on the Mi 11)
  • Same 108 MP triple camera module as the Mi 11
  • Same Snapdragon 888 SoC as the Mi 11
  • IP53 certification
  • Stereo speakers
 

Cons

  • No wireless charging
  • Fast charging at 33 Watts vs 55 Watts on the Mi 11
  • Smaller battery than the Mi 11
  • Non-expandable memory
  • No 3.5mm jack

Find more information about the Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G at NextPit

The Xiaomi Mi 11i happens to be a slimmed down version of the Xiaomi Mi 11. Strictly speaking, it is not a “lite” version as it’s significantly more premium than the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite. Specifically, it offers more or less the same specifications as the vanilla Mi 11 at an even more conservative price than the Xiaomi 11T Pro as seen above.

In the Xiaomi Mi 11i, there’s a 6.67-inch 120Hz AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 888 SoC, 108+8+5 MP wide-angle/ultra-wide-angle/macro triple camera module, and a 4,520 mAh battery that can be recharged via a 33-Watt charger.

Compared to the base Mi 11, the Xiaomi Mi 11 has a flat, non-curved display, the same SoC, the same camera module but a smaller battery as well as a slower fast charge (33 Watts vs 55 Watts) that doesn’t support wireless charging. It’s pretty much the same as with the Xiaomi 11T Pro except that sacrifices were made to deliver a slightly lower price point. The only drawback would be the retail price of the 128GB version at $525, not to mention the lack of availability online.

Xiaomi 11i 5G offers

Xiaomi 11i 5G

The best smartphone below $400: Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE

NextPIT Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is a very good mid-range device on paper / © NextPit

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Pros

  • Nice 120Hz AMOLED display
  • Good performance and 5G compatible
  • 33-watt fast charge
 

Cons

  • Mundane camera module on paper
  • No IP rating
  • No wireless charging

The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is the current mid-range offering in the Xiaomi catalog. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The 6.55-inch AMOLED display offers Full HD+ definition. When it comes to its cameras, we have a 64 MP triple module and finally, a 4,250 mAh battery that accepts 33-watts of wired charging.

We have also not tested this umpteenth variation of Xiaomi’s 11 range. But with a starting price of £339.90, the recipe offered by this Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is quite convincing on paper.

Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE offers

Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE

The best smartphone below $300: Redmi Note 10 Pro

NextPIT Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
The Redmi Note 10 Pro is the best value-for-money proposition for under $300 among all manufacturers / © NextPit

Ratings

Bewertung Design und Handling

Pros

  • Excellent overall impression
  • Great AMOLED display at 120 Hz refresh rate
  • Good performance
  • Good main camera
  • Long battery life
  • Triple slot for dual SIM + microSD
  • NFC support
  • Strong and decent stereo sound
 

Cons

  • Camera module is a bit bulky
  • Average photo quality in low light situation
  • No 5G support
  • No wireless charging

Check out NextPit’s Redmi Note 10 Pro review

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is the flagship model in Xiaomi’s mid-range Redmi Note catalog, having launched on March 4, 2021 in three configurations: 6GB RAM/64GB, 6GB RAM/128GB, and 8GB RAM/128GB, retailing for $279, $299 and $349, respectively. I recommend the 8GB RAM/128GB version which can currently be found for $309 on the official Xiaomi store.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro sports a 6.67-inch Full HD+ 120Hz AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 732G (no 5G) SoC, a quad wide-angle/ultra-wide/macro/depth photo module in a 108+8+5+2 MP configuration, and a 5,020mAh battery that can be recharged in via a 33-watt charger.

It’s the best smartphone under $300 of any manufacturer, according to our latest selection.But I’ll go even further because I find that with the 8/128GB version that pushes the price beyond the $300 mark, the smartphone still remains very competitive against the Galaxy A52 5G/A72 or a OnePlus Nord CE. The only downside is that the Redmi Note 10 Pro, unfortunately, lacks 5G support.

Redmi Note 10 Pro offers

Redmi Note 10 Pro

The best smartphone below $200: Redmi Note 10S

NextPIT Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S is not 5G compatible / © NextPit

Not reviewed

 

Pros

  • Full HD+  AMOLED display
  • Efficient 64 MP camera lens
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dual SIM and microSD card slots
  • NFC support
  • 33-watt fast charging supported
 

Cons

  • 60 Hz refresh rate
  • No IP rating
  • Not 5G compatible

The Redmi Note 10S builds on the basics of the Redmi Note 10 by claiming to improve photo quality and performance with a price tag of $222 for the 6/64GB version or $288 for the 8/128GB variant. Basically, it’s an iteration of the Redmi Note 10 with a 64MP main camera lens (instead of 48MP) and armed with a MediaTek Helio G95 SoC (instead of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 678 chipset).

So yes, it does run games with slightly higher graphics capability and the camera module is a bit more efficient, though not versatile enough overall. And the AMOLED display remains stuck at a 60Hz refresh rate, which seems to be rather ancient in 2022. But the Redmi Note 10S’s real strength over the base Redmi Note 10 is its NFC functionality. This is a standard that is fast becoming more and more important in our daily lives, allowing this model to make the difference, in my opinion.

If you prefer a 5G-capable smartphone with a 90Hz refresh rate for its display, you might want to check out the Redmi Note 10 5G (not the Note 10 outright, mind you). However, it retails at $259 for the 6/128GB version, of which I don’t think you’ll get much of a bang for your buck.

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Redmi Note 10S

Between Xiaomi and Redmi: Which do you pick in 2022?

If we were to take Xiaomi and Redmi into consideration, we have to consider them as two distinct brands and two ranges within the same catalog. Yes, I know, it’s complicated, but basically Xiaomi is slightly more premium overall than Redmi.

However, there are times when Redmi’s flagship range is sometimes more interesting than Xiaomi’s entry-level handsets. For example, the Redmi Note 10 Pro at $280 is more competitive than the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite at $300.

Top of the range

Let’s start with the Xiaomi Mi, the flagship range. These are the manufacturer’s top-of-the-line smartphones with, generally, offer the most premium specifications. The flagship of the Mi range is currently the Mi 11. But it also comes in several versions that are not as premium (albeit slightly) in the form of the Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11i, Mi 11 Lite 5G and Mi 11 Lite. In fact, a Mi 11T and Mi 11T Pro version could also be released soon.

Moving down the hierarchy we arrive at the Mi Note. There, it also arrives in several models as seen last year with the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, the Mi Note 10 Lite and the Mi Note10 Pro.

Mid-range

If we were to take the Xiaomi brand on a global scale, then the manufacturer’s Redmi range constitutes the bulk of its mid-range catalog. If we were to consider Xiaomi and Redmi as two separate brands, then Redmi also has its own sub-ranges, from flagships to entry-level.

Redmi’s high-end, which corresponds to Xiaomi’s mid-range, are the Redmi Notes. They too come in several numbered versions like the Redmi Note 10, Note 10 5G, Note 10S and Note 10 Pro, from the basic model to the most premium models. A Redmi Note 10T is also expected in due time and it should be slightly more expensive than the Note 10 by being more premium while being inferior to the Note 10 Pro.

Entry-level

Next up would be Redmi territory, which is the entry level with last year’s Redmi 9. Here again, there are variations with the Redmi 9A, more affordable, and the Redmi 9C, the mid-range. Well, at least in this department, you are sure to be able to check out entry-level smartphones from both Xiaomi and Redmi.

What to look forward in 2022?

Xiaomi started to release its flagship devices in the closing days of the year, and 2021 was not different. Soon after the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was announced, the brand presented its 12 and 12 Pro smartphones in China, but the devices are yet to be announced outside the country.

Just as important as the flagship series, the best-selling Redmi Note line was also updated in the first weeks of 2022. We expect to see the devices on the shelves in the west in the following weeks, and are eager to review at least some of them.  

Xiaomi and Redmi

That’s it for this selection of the best Xiaomi smartphones to choose from in 2022. What do you think of NextPit’s choices? Which model should be in this comparison that you think we didn’t mention? What is YOUR candidate of the best Xiaomi or Redmi smartphone in 2022? Tell us all about it in the comments!


List updated in January 2022 with recent releases in the 12 and Redmi Note 11 lines.

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