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Best Xiaomi phones of 2021: these are the top Mi, Redmi, Poco and Black Shark devices

Knowing what the best Xiaomi phones are can feel like a never ending task as the Chinese tech company seems to never sleep by the looks of ...

Knowing what the best Xiaomi phones are can feel like a never ending task as the Chinese tech company seems to never sleep by the looks of how many Xiaomi phones are out there. 

Xiaomi markets its phones under several brand names including Mi, Redmi, Pocophone, and Black Shark. Mi phones are its general all-rounder mid-range brand while Redmi is its budget range. Alternatively, there's the gaming-focused Black Shark range and Pocophone which is a hard one to pin down. That's thanks to the original Poco F1 being distinctly budget range while the Poco F2 Pro is far from a budget phone.

With so many top Xiaomi phones out there covering plenty of price tags, from the affordable Redmi phones to the top-end Mi devices, there's something for everyone here with some great options. 

Most recently the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra graced this list - though it didn't get as high on this list as the 'standard' Mi 11 did. A few affordable Pocophone and Redmi phones also joined it, rounding out the mid-year phone release schedule.

As well as those, the Xiaomi Black Shark 4 will be in our labs soon, and after that we're hoping to see the Mi 11T and Mi Note 11 by the end of the year. Like we said, Xiaomi is seemingly always releasing new phones.

The firm might be a relative newcomer to the field but Xiaomi phones often have impressive specs and features, with prices lower than you'd expect. If you're looking for great value for money, Xiaomi is a great pick over handsets from Apple, Samsung and Huawei.

As always, we're updating this list regularly to keep up to date with all the latest Xiaomi developments. With 2021 looking like a busy year for the company, this round-up is likely to get regular updates. For now, check out our ranking of the best Xiaomi phones that you can buy right now.

The best Xiaomi phones of 2021 at a glance

  1. Xiaomi Mi 11
  2. Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
  3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
  4. Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
  5. Xiaomi Poco F3
  6. Xiaomi Mi Note 10
  7. Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
  8. Xiaomi Black Shark 3
  9. Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro
  10. Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro

The best Xiaomi phones

Xiaomi Mi 11

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1. Xiaomi Mi 11

Xiaomi's 2021 flagship

Release date: March 2021 | Weight: 196g | Dimensions: 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.6mm | OS: Android 11 | Screen size: 6.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3200 | CPU: Snapdragon 888 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Battery: 4,600mAh | Rear camera: 108MP + 13MP + 5MP | Front camera: 20MP

Great photography modes
Fast performance
Temperamental fingerprint scanner
Weak battery life

The Xiaomi Mi 11 is the company's flagship for 2021, showcasing new camera modes, screen technologies and rear camera designs at a premium-phone price tag.

We gave the phone a glowing review, praising, in particular, its macro photography mode (using a bespoke rear lens), its great-looking screen with a high resolution and refresh rate, and the processing power provided by its top-end chipset.

While this phone represents the best tech Xiaomi has right now, its cost might put some people off it - despite that, if you're looking for a great smartphone from the company, it should be the first one you consider.

Read our full Xiaomi Mi 11 review

Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC

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2. Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC

An incredible budget phone

Release date: September 2020 | Weight: 215g | Dimensions: 165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.67-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 | CPU: Snapdragon 732G | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 5,160mAh | Rear camera: 64MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP

Great 120Hz screen
Excellent battery life
Struggling camera
Quite large

The Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC is a surprising phone mainly because it is one. This phone has really impressive specs for a handset at its price.

The device has loads of processing power, a really long-lasting battery, and a 120Hz screen all for a really low price. If you pick this device up you're certainly getting more than you paid for, in the best possible way.

Sure, there are some quirks not everyone will like - the phone is really big, and the cameras don't match same-price competitors. But this is still a worthy buy, that's the best budget phone right now.

Read our full Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

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3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

The best Redmi phone

Release date: March 2021 | Weight: 193g | Dimensions: 164 x 76.5 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 11 | Screen size: 6.67-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 | CPU: Snapdragon 732G | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 5,020mAh | Rear camera: 108MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP

Excellent stereo speakers
Long battery life
No 5G
Lacks 4K stabilization

If you're looking for the best phone from Xiaomi's sub-brand Redmi, the Note 10 Pro is that phone. It has top specs and a low price, making it a solid buy.

The phone has a super-high-res 108MP main camera, a big and bold 120Hz screen and a massive 5,020mAh battery - as cheap phones go, it's a star.

Sure, there are a few things you miss out on with the Note 10 Pro - there's no 5G here, mainly - but if you don't need that, the phone is all you need.

Read our full Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

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4. Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

Xiaomi's cut-price late-2020 flagship

Release date: October 2020 | Weight: 218g | Dimensions: 165.1 x 76.4 x 9.3mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.67-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 | CPU: Snapdragon 865 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Battery: 5,000mAh | Rear camera: 108MP + 13MP + 5MP | Front camera: 20MP

Top processing power
Snappy fingerprint scanner
Back is fingerprint magnet
Too big for many

The Xiaomi Mi 10T series were late-2020 additions to the Mi 10 phones, and the Mi 10T Pro is the top of that new squad, which sits above the Mi 10 but below the Mi 10T Pro. Ironically, this order goes the other way in our best Xiaomi phones round-up.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is great as a cut-price flagship - it has the same main camera, software and processing power but has a lower quality design and display to balance the books and keep the cost low. 

There are a few great additions to this phone that are absent in the Mi 10 series though like a really useful side-mounted fingerprint scanner, 144Hz display and an absolutely huge camera bump.

Read our full Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro review

Xiaomi Poco F3

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5. Xiaomi Poco F3

A solid display

Release date: March 2021 | Weight: 196g | Dimensions: 163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 11 | Screen size: 6.67-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 | CPU: Snapdragon 870 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Battery: 4,520mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP | Front camera: 20MP

Bright, responsive display
Great performance
Mediocre camera
UI full of annoyances

Xiaomi's Pocophone sub-brand became very prolific between 2020 and 2021, and the Poco F3 is part of the third generation of devices.

The phone is a display and performance champion, making it great for streaming, gaming and scrolling through social media. 

As a low-cost phone there are things you're missing out on - the cameras aren't great, and there's no wireless charging, but not everyone needs those things.

Read our full Xiaomi Poco F3 review

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6. Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Availability hampers an otherwise-incredible phone

Release date: December 2019 | Weight: 208g | Dimensions: 157.8 x 74.2 x 9.7mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.47-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 730G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Battery: 5,260mAh | Rear camera: 108MP + 12MP + 5MP + 20MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP

Incredible camera capabilities
Top-end screen quality
Weak chipset
Unreliable bluetooth connectivity

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 took our top spot in this list for a long time. It never saw a successor, though, and it's very hard to find in stores now, so it's harder to recommend.

Looking at the specs list and images, you'd be forgiven for thinking this phone was a top-end flagship phone, with a curved screen, 108MP main camera and huge battery pack. But then look down to the price and you see a phone that's a third of the price of the biggest and best phones out there right now.

Sure, there are a few weaknesses that stopped us giving this phone a perfect score, but it was a close call, and using the phone for a variety of purposes is a treat.

Read our full Xiaomi Mi Note 10 review

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

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7. Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Xiaomi's 2021 super-phone

Release date: April 2021 | Weight: 234g | Dimensions: 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.4mm | OS: Android 11 | Screen size: 6.81-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3200 | CPU: Snapdragon 888 | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 256GB | Battery: 5,000mAh | Rear camera: 50MP + 48MP + 48MP | Front camera: 20MP

Mostly-great cameras
Super-fast charging
Overheating issues
Camera bump too big

Since you're only seeing Xiaomi's 2021 super-phone, the Mi 11 Ultra, halfway through this list, you can probably tell it has a few issues. 

The large camera bump really gets in the way, it costs a huge amount, and we found it had an overheating issue that affected performance.

Look past those issues, and you've got a fantastic phone - it charges incredibly quickly, it uses the top-end Snapdragon 888 chipset, the cameras are great, and the display looks amazing.

Read our full Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra review

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8. Xiaomi Black Shark 3

A Xiaomi gaming phone

Release date: March 2020 | Weight: 222g | Dimensions: 168.7 x 77.3 x 10.4 mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.67-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 | CPU: Snapdragon 865 | RAM: 8GB/12GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Battery: 4,720mAh | Rear camera: 64MP + 13MP + 5MP | Front camera: 20MP

Good for gaming
Affordable for its specs
Appearance may be divisive
Pretty big

If you're looking for a phone that's good for gaming, but don't want to splash out on a top-end device, you might find a Black Shark device great for you, and the Black Shark 3 is the third-gen phone from Xiaomi's gaming-focused subsidiary.

The Black Shark 3 has plenty of top-end specs like a Snapdragon 865 chipset, 5G connectivity, a big battery and a 90Hz refresh rate screen, but doesn't cost as much as many of its similarly-specced competitors. The phone has a great camera too, which is somewhat of a surprise.

Sure, this phone isn't for everyone, and if you're not an avid mobile gamer we wouldn't recommend it for you (not least because its design is certainly divisive), but if you're prone to a game of PUBG Mobile, Fornite or Call of Duty: Mobile, you should definitely consider it.

Read our full Xiaomi Black Shark 3 review

Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro

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9. Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro

A decent affordable phone

Release date: March 2021 | Weight: 215g | Dimensions: 165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4mm | OS: Android 11 | Screen size: 6.67-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 | CPU: Snapdragon 860 | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Battery: 5,160mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 20MP

Affordable 5G
Relatively fast to use
Cameras only 'okay'
Lots of bloatware

There are plenty of Pocophone smartphones on the market right now, and the Poco X3 Pro is one of them. It's a Pro version of the NFC model, listed near the top of this article.

The handset has the same issues other Poco devices do - there's no 5G, its cameras are iffy, and it's a pretty bulky phone. But it's still a good device for its price.

There's a great processor at play here, the screen looks good and has a top refresh rate, and the battery will survive hours of gaming. 

So if you're looking for a decent gaming or streaming phone this is a good option - it's cheaper than the Poco F3 higher in this list too.

Read our full Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro

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10. Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro

A pop-up mid-ranger

Release date: May 2020 | Weight: 219g | Dimensions: 163.3 x 75.4 x 8.9mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.67-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 | CPU: Snapdragon 865 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Battery: 4,700mAh | Rear camera: 64MP + 5MP + 13MP + 2MP | Front camera: 20MP

Fairly affordable
Big, unbroken screen
A little large
Can get too hot

Two years after the original Pocophone F1 (which used to be on this list) Xiaomi unveiled the Poco F2 Pro.

This phone has a pop-up selfie camera, a large unbroken screen, and some of the best processing power we've seen in a smartphone. It's also fairly good in the camera and battery departments.

So it's a pretty worthy phone in a lot of ways, but its size may put some off. It also lacks any cool or noteworthy features that its competitors have, which is why it isn't higher on this list.

Read our full Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro review

Previous best Xiaomi phones

The following phones previously sat on our list of the best Xiaomi phones, until being removed for one of various reasons:



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