The best Xiaomi mobile in price quality (2020): buying and comparing guide

We have tested all Xiaomi phones to find the best in quality / price. With so many similar models it is difficult to understand how their catalog works, but once we have them next to each other it is when we can see where each one stands out. This is our in-depth comparison to find the most recommended Xiaomi.

A review to help choose the mobile that best suits the needs of each user, always taking into account price as a key factor.From the last Redmi Note to the Mi 10 series, this has been our experience testing Xiaomi terminals for this 2020.

And is that despite the difference between Spain and China has never been so high, Xiaomi remains one of the most competitive brands. Here we bring you a new shopping guide and comparison with the best Xiaomi phones in relation to quality / price. We hope it helps you decide which smartphone to buy.

Our recommended: Xiaomi Mi Note 10

The Mi Note 10 is the best Xiaomi in quality / price. We are facing an Android smartphone that offers everything we can ask of a cheap mobile and stands out in two essential sections: autonomy and photography. To date, Xiaomi had excelled in a lower price range, but with this Mi Note 10 we believe that it is well worth betting on it and thus obtain an experience worthy of the high range at a mid-range price. Perhaps the best example of what a "premium mid-range" means.

It stands out for its 6.47-inch AMOLED screen and a small 'notch' in the form of a drop of water. Despite not incorporating a hole in the screen, we are facing one of the most manageable Xiaomi phones, with a contained size and an excellent hand feeling. The compaction work of the Mi Note 10 is the best of the house, being below in weight and size compared to other models such as the Poco F2 pro and offering a 5,260 mAh battery.

Because the autonomy of this Mi Note 10 is simply brutal. Xiaomi has improved the battery of its mobiles a lot, but with its more than 11 hours of screen, the Mi Note 10 takes the cake and clearly outperforms the rest. A real bombshell.

Inside we find a Snapdragon 730G processor that performs very well for all kinds of tasks. It does not have as much power as other models, but it does not heat up and in our experience we believe that this extra performance is not so much lacking. With 6GB and 128GB, the Mi Note 10 will comply in full unless we want to play the latest titles on the market.

"Great design, simply unsurpassed autonomy and a photographic section of its own with higher ranges. If you are looking for the best quality / price in Xiaomi, our bet is this Mi Note 10. Exceptional at its current price."

But it is the photographic section that has led us to place this Mi Note 10 at the top of our recommended ones. And it is that we are facing a very complete camera on a mobile of less than 400 euros. It is not the best camera from Xiaomi, that is reserved for its flagship, but surely we would place it next to the Poco F2 Pro. It is not 108 megapixels, it is not that it has 5 cameras, it is not its 32 megapixel front and neither is zoom. It is the combination and the versatility that has convinced us. A bright and highly detailed camera very unusual in this price range.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 perfectly represents the step forward that the company has taken this year and what they can drop in price in a short time. A mobile that offers good design, unbeatable autonomy, correct performance and a camera ahead of what the alternatives offer for its price. Now that it has decreased compared to the launch, it offers an enormous quality / price ratio and is the Xiaomi mobile that we recommend the most these days. You can buy the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 for 389 euros, or its Lite version for 329 euros.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Smatphone 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM, 6.47 "3D Curved Screen, Multifunctional NFC, 108MP AI Penta Rear Camera, Global Version, Black

Today on Amazon for € 382.97

Alternative: Redmi Note 9 Pro

The Redmi Note 9 Pro has all the ingredients to become Xiaomi's best seller again. We are facing a mobile that meets very well what the Chinese manufacturer represents. A smartphone with a careful design, a high-quality screen and a compact and attractive design. It has just been presented and can already be obtained for less than 250 euros.

It offers exceptional quality / price in all sections, but even has room for improvement. Over the weeks we will see better offers. An alternative is the Redmi Note 9S, very similar and with a very competitive price these days. But the Pro model is the Xiaomi that we should look at.

The Snapdragon 720G is a processor that performs well, better than benchmarks indicate. We have an impressive 5,020 mAh battery and 30W fast charge. The latter a point where when you get used to it, it's hard to go back.

We have NFC, a lateral fingerprint reader that works very fast, FM radio and updated to Android 10. But if this Redmi Note 9 Pro stands out for something, it is for the components. Let's put the screen; Xiaomi's best IPS panel. Ahead of the Note 9S model, even though we initially thought it was the same.

Finally there is the camera, with a 64-megapixel main sensor that offers brightness and a level of detail clearly superior to that of the Redmi Note 9S or the Redmi Note 8 Pro. For many, the camera is an important aspect. With this Redmi Note 9 Pro we have a benchmark photographic level in its price range.

If you are looking for a mid-range Xiaomi mobile phone with good design, screen, performance, battery and camera, this Redmi Note 9 Pro is the most balanced model and prepared to last for several years. A mobile that together with a good offer is surely the safest bet. You can buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 for 249 euros.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Smartphone - 6GB 64GB 6.67 "DotDisplay 64MP AI Quad Camera 5020mAh (typ) * NFC White [Global Version]

Today on Amazon for € 248.99

How to choose a good Xiaomi mobile

To decide which Xiaomi mobile we are interested in, we must first take into account a series of characteristics. Because although some models are highly recommended, not all users value the same aspects. How will we know if the Xiaomi we are looking at fits what we need? Our intention with this comparative guide is to help you to know the strengths and weaknesses.

In addition to the following points, we also recommend reading the analysis of the mobile we are looking at calmly to discover more details. These are the key aspects to correctly choose the Xiaomi mobile phone that best suits your needs.

  • Design and screen: glass and curves have been imposed on this year's Xiaomi phones, but not all are equally as big. We recommend opting for those with a hole in the screen or removable camera. A recommendation no less important is to choose a color that you like, on many occasions it will make a difference.

  • Power and memory: the processor and RAM are a key factor, but there is less and less impact in choosing one or the other configuration. It is essential to have at least 4GB. In processor we recommend being extremists: either we go to the latest Snapdragon 865 from Qualcomm or directly do not look at whether it is a 765G, a 730G or a Helio G90T.

  • Storage: The microSD has disappeared in many Xiaomi models, so it is advisable to opt for generous storage. This year, our recommendation is to bet on the 128GB model. Despite the fact that it may cost a little more, we believe that the price difference is affordable and tends to be profitable for the life of the terminal.

  • Autonomy: the battery is another important factor, but fortunately, even the cheapest models offer very good results. In fact, many times the more powerful a model is, the more battery it consumes. Here we recommend looking at other details such as fast or wireless charging, but without the balance declining, since in general Xiaomi approves of the autonomy of their mobiles.

  • Photographic quality: it is the main difference between the different Xiaomi and what most determines the price. The new models have improved their processing, offering more light. And the difference in megapixels is usually related to a quality jump. We recommend giving value to the camera, because it is what will be outdated before if we do not invest a little.

  • 5G and operating system: at the operating system level, the recommended minimum is Android 10 and MIUI 11, although many models will be updated soon. This year Xiaomi is offering multiple 5G mobiles, although our general impression is that it is still early and terminals with this connectivity are usually accompanied by a higher price. Unless it is a high-end or the model fits what you are looking for, the mobile without 5G will predictably have better quality / price.

  • Price: Xiaomi phones change a lot in price and move in similar ranges. The recommendation is to take advantage of the offer and compare prices. Except for the flagship, we advise not to exceed the barrier of 400 euros.

What our tests are based on

The recommendations in our buying guides are based on previous experience, the fruit of several years testing and analyzing all kinds of technological devices. For this new comparative buying guide, we have relied on the brand's latest nine models, which we've been testing for several weeks. In this case, personally I have also been in charge of the Xiaomi guides for the previous years, so I have enough experience with the models of this company.

The chosen devices belong to the Redmi Note 9, Mi 10 and Mi Note 10 ranges, the main lines that make up the Xiaomi catalog. Specifically we have with us the Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 Lite 5G, Mi 9T Pro, Poco F2 Pro, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, Redmi Note 9 Pro, the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 9S and the Redmi Note 9. In addition Of these named models, we have also taken into account the characteristics of the new Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite and Redmi 9, as well as other specific models such as those of the Mi Mix series, the Mi A3 or the Mi 9.

To carry out this comparison we have launched all the devices with the applications that we are most used to making for analysis, from the different social networks to various games, including some tools such as benchmarks. With each of them we have been at least one day of intensive use, but we have usually been exchanging mobile phones and comparing them under equivalent conditions. In some models like the most recommended we have been using them more to be sure of the experience. In others we have chosen to be guided by the experience of in-depth individual analysis. After several weeks living with them, I can already share my experience with you.

The pattern of this comparative guide has been similar to a traditional mobile review. We have compared them at the design level, we have tested all their screens in different light conditions, we have tested them in a similar way to analyze the use of the battery and we have taken them in our backpack to take photographs in similar conditions. After several years using Xiaomi phones, this comparative guide has helped me to appreciate the great differences that exist from one model to another.

Technical specifications table

Xiaomi Mi 10

Little F2 Pro

Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G

Redmi Note 9 Pro

Redmi Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note 9S

Redmi Note 9

Dimensions and weight

162.5 x 74.8 x 9 mm
208 g

163.3 x 75.4 x 8.9 mm
219 g

157.8 x 74.2 x 9.7 mm
208 g

156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm
191 g

163.7 x 74.8 x 7.9 mm
192 g

165.8 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm
209 g

161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm
200 g

165.8 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm
209 g

162.3 x 77.2 x 8.9 mm
199 g

screen

6.67 "AMOLED
FullHD +, 19.5: 9, 90 Hz

6.67 "AMOLED
FullHD +, 20: 9

6.47 "AMOLED
FullHD +, 19.5: 9

6.39 "AMOLED FullHD +, 19.5: 9

6.57 "AMOLED FullHD +, 20: 9

6.67 "IPS FullHD +, 20: 9

6.53 "IPS FullHD +, 19.5: 9

6.67 "IPS FullHD +, 20: 9

6.53 "IPS FullHD +, 19.5: 9

Processor

Snapdragon 865

Snapdragon 865

Snapdragon 730G

Snapdragon 855

Snapdragon 765G

Snapdragon 720G

MediaTek Helio G90T

Snapdragon 720G

MediaTek Helio G85

Memory and storage

8GB LPDDR5
128 GB

6 GB
128 GB

6 GB
128 GB

6 GB
128 GB

6 GB
128 GB

6 GB
128 GB

6 GB
128 GB

6 GB
128 GB

4GB
128 GB

Rear cameras

108 MP
13 MP
2 MP
2 MP

64 MP
13 MP
5 MP
2 MP

108 MP
20 MP
12 MP
8 MP
2 MP

48 MP
13 MP
8 MP

48 MP
8 MP
2 MP
2 MP

64 MP
8 MP
5 MP
2 MP

64 MP
8 MP
2 MP
2 MP

48 MP
8 MP
5 MP
2 MP

48 MP
8 MP
5 MP
2 MP

Frontal camera

20 MP, f / 2.0

20 MP, f / 2.2

32 MP, f / 2.0

20 MP, f / 2.2

16 MP, f / 2.5

16 MP, f / 2.5

20 MP, f / 2.0

16 MP, f / 2.5

13 MP, f / 2.3

Battery

4,780 mAh (30W)

4,700 mAh (30W)

5,260 mAh (30W)

4,000 mAh (27W)

4,160 mAh (20W)

5,020 mAh (30W)

4,500 mAh (18W)

5,020 mAh (18W)

5,020 mAh (18W)

Others

Fingerprint reader under screen
USB C, BT 5.1, WiFi 6, NFC, infrared, 5G

Fingerprint reader under screen
5G, USB C, BT 5.1, WiFi 6, NFC, infrared, 3.5mm jack

Fingerprint reader under screen
USB C, BT 5.0, WiFi 5, NFC, infrared, FM radio, 3.5mm jack

Fingerprint reader under screen
LTE, USB C, BT 5.0, WiFi 5, NFC, radioFM, 3.5mm jack

Fingerprint reader under screen
5G, USB C, BT 5.0, WiFi 5, NFC, infrared, 3.5mm jack

Side fingerprint reader
LTE, USB C, BT 5.0, WiFi 5, NFC, infrared, FM radio, 3.5mm jack

Rear fingerprint reader
LTE, USB C, BT 5.0, WiFi 5, NFC, infrared, FM radio, 3.5mm jack

Side fingerprint reader
LTE, USB C, BT 5.0, WiFi 5, infrared, FM radio, 3.5mm jack

Rear fingerprint reader
LTE, USB C, BT 5.0, WiFi 5, infrared, FM radio, 3.5mm jack

Price

699 euros

499 euros

399 euros

399 euros

329 euros

249 euros

239 euros

239 euros

179 euros

Design: differentiating increasingly similar mobiles

We have been commenting for a couple of years that mobiles are increasingly similar, but this 2020 has reached a new point. There are slight differences in thickness, weight and construction, but basically they all start from the same design. A similarity that is not only in size, but also in finishes and appearance of the back cover.

Despite taking several weeks with them, I still have problems differentiating them. It is normal, since the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Redmi Note 9S are practically identical. The same goes for the Redmi Note 9, although in this model the hole in the screen is in the corner and the fingerprint reader is placed under the camera. Beyond that, both frames, curves and materials are the same. Not too different at the rear are the Mi Note 10 or Mi Lite 10.

The Redmi Note series has grown in size from last year, but the different models are very similar.

Xiaomi embraces the same material for all models, with finishes and a very similar hand feeling. Some models like the Redmi Note 9 incorporate a plastic edge, while others like the Mi 10 or Poco F2 Pro are made of metal. In any case, curves on the sides are present and the reflective and metallic rear finish repeats itself. None of them is saved from the tracks.

Xiaomi usually repeats the same proportions in size, weight, thickness and battery, with honorable exceptions like the old Mi 9 SE that remains to be updated. The aid to improve maneuverability is on the screen with a 20: 9 format, more elongated and allowing a better grip.

At first glance, all phones seem similar. But when we put them close to each other, there are some differences such as the Poco F2 Pro with the Mi Note 10. The latter offers a more compact size because it is thicker and the screen is curved. We are not particularly advocates of curved screens, but this time it allows us to have a more manageable mobile.

The size difference between the Mi Note 10 (left) versus the Poco F2 Pro (right) is noticeable.

If we look at the comparative table of sizes and weights, we see how most of them exceed 6.5 inches. That said, we recommend that the size of the mobile is not a factor to be taken into account, since the difference in practice between all of them is minimal.

My 10

Little F2 Pro

My Note 10

My 10 Lite

My 9T Pro

Redmi Note 9 Pro

Redmi Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note 9

screen

6,67

6,67

6,47

6,57

6,39

6,67

6,53

6,53

Frontal camera

Hole

Removable

Notch

Notch

Removable

Hole

Notch

Hole

Ratio

89,8%

87,2%

87,8%

85,1%

86,1%

84,5%

84,9%

83,5%

Height (mm)

162,5

163,3

157,8

163,7

156,7

165,8

161,4

162,3

Width (mm)

74,8

75,4

74,2

74,8

74,3

76,7

76,4

77,2

Thickness (mm)

9,0

8,9

9,7

7,9

8,8

8,8

8,8

8,9

Weight (g)

208

219

208

192

191

209

200

199

Battery (mAh)

4.780

4.700

5.260

4.160

4.000

5.020

4.500

5.020

Offering more battery is usually synonymous with having a greater weight. Does it compensate having less autonomy to get a lighter mobile? In practice we believe not, unless we get a mobile below 170 grams. Something that Xiaomi did not find.

Xiaomi phones are getting bigger due to the increase in battery, but we can find exceptions such as the Mi Note 10 that choose to slightly increase the thickness to be more compact.

So how do they differ from each other at the design level? The Redmi Note 9 are very similar, with a square camera module in the central part. Perhaps it is not the most aesthetic, but it is quite practical since it does not cause the mobile to dance. The Poco F2 Pro also opts for a central module, albeit in a circular shape. Another option is that of the Mi 10 or the Mi Note 10, with a vertical bar in the upper left corner and the flash outside.Finally we have the option of the Mi 10 Lite 5G, with the rectangular camera module in the corner. Aesthetically the latter is the one that seems most beautiful to me. Both the Mi Note 10 and the Mi 10 are tilted when we rest them on the table.

At the design level, we miss that Xiaomi continues to offer no resistance to water and dust on its terminals. It is an addition that would give a plus to the brand and we hope to see it in the coming years.

If we go to the medium-high range, we see more variety of designs. The Mi Note series is committed to a more compact size and somewhat thicker, while the Mi 10 and Poco are larger.

The placement of the elements and ports is similar. They all have the volume button at the same height, in the right area. Beneath, they all incorporate the on / off button. The finish of the buttons is the same, both in the low and high ranges. Although, in the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Note 9S we have a side fingerprint reader.

At the top we have the infrared and the notification LED, which the Xiaomi sneakily introduce. Except for the Mi 10 and its masterful sound, none of the Xiaomi offers stereo speakers and in general the sound level is quite low. Only the Poco F2 Pro and the Mi 10 Lite incorporate the 3.5mm jack on the top, but it is striking that all Xiaomi arrive with the 3.5mm jack, except for the Mi 10. Precisely the one that has the best sound .

The two models that come with the 3.5mm jack on top, along with the Mi 10, have the SIM slot on the bottom. The rest of the models incorporate it on the side. Except for this one, the left edge of all models is completely smooth. At the bottom we have the USB Type-C port and the noise canceling microphone.

Whereas in previous years we recommended physical fingerprint readers, now we must say that we have had a good experience with integrated fingerprint readers. There are quite a few models with one of them, like the Mi Note 10, the Mi 9T Pro or the Mi 10 Lite.

The last factor to consider in design is color. We have had from smartphones in black to those with greenish tones like the Mi 10. The most beautiful is the blue finish of the Poco F2 Pro, very striking and with details such as the power button in red. If you can choose, we recommend you choose one of the gradients that the company offers. They provide a lively and striking touch without losing sobriety.

Display: the importance of brightness

At the level of calibration and color, the level among most Xiaomi phones is quite even.

Xiaomi screens can be divided into two types: IPS and AMOLED. The first we will find in the mid-range and cheaper models, while in the higher models it seems that AMOLED technology, with its advantages and disadvantages, prevails. As the best representative of the IPS we have the Redmi Note 9 Pro, while the best panel belongs, unsurprisingly, to the Mi 10.

Another difference between them is in the solution for the front camera. Here there still does not seem to be a clear idea, some bet on the hole in the screen, others for the 'notch' and others for a full screen, with the removable camera. The latter is the Poco F2 Pro solution and at the moment it is the one that convinces us the most, although the screen ratio has reached a point where even the most affordable mobiles could already be considered "all screen".

Where there are no changes between each other is in resolution. Xiaomi is committed to FullHD + in all its models. Regarding the refresh rate, only the Mi 10 adds 90 Hz. An addition that would have been interesting to see in other models such as the Poco F2 Pro.

The brightness level of the Redmi series (above) is one step below the rest. Among the high-end, the Poco F2 Pro (below) clearly stands out.

Being able to compare all the Xiaomi has also allowed us to appreciate the differences between the panels of each model. And the truth is that it is the most important and difficult to anticipate through the specifications.

In a first rank there is the panel of the Redmi Note 9. A correct IPS, but that outdoors suffers even at maximum brightness. For most of the time, even with this screen we will have more than enough, but in the most demanding conditions is when it begins to slack.

They follow the IPS panels of the Redmi Note 9 Pro, Note 9S and Note 8 Pro. Of the three, we are left with the first. It has a good level of brightness and is better calibrated. In comparison, the Redmi Note 9S falters at viewing angles and the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a fairly warm touch.

With the Mi 10 Lite, Mi 9T Pro and the rest of the mid-range of the Mi series we find AMOLED panels. The level of brightness is comparable, but the contrast is much better. This change to AMOLED technology allows adding the always-on display function.

Among the AMOLED panels we have several categories. On the one hand there are those of the Mi Note 10, Mi 9T Pro or Mi 10 Lite, which offer a good result but have significant color degradations with viewing angles. Among them, we would put the panel of the Mi 10 Lite ahead, which seems better calibrated and with less warm touches. Then, another step ahead is the Poco F2 Pro panel, with a very high maximum brightness level although with a similar calibration. Finally there is the panel of the Mi 10, with the best color representation and one more step in fluidity. A notable difference that somehow justifies the price jump.

Xiaomi's AMOLED panels are one step ahead of IPS. Among them, the difference is a more accurate calibration and better viewing angles. At the brightness level, the result is quite even, with some exceptions such as the Poco F2 Pro.

We believe that AMOLED panels are the option to choose, but Xiaomi has a lot of room for improvement at this point. The new mid-range that will arrive this year are expected to offer a more convincing result.

Performance: which Xiaomi mobile is faster?

One of the characteristics for which Xiaomi achieved its popularity is for offering fast processors at very competitive prices. The trend continues, but we see that the company increasingly values ​​other aspects as well.

Is it worth paying a lot more to have a better processor? This 2020 we find from some MediaTek chipsets such as those of the Redmi Note 9 series to the powerful Snapdragon 865. At an intermediate point is the Snapdragon 730G and the Snapdragon 765G, the latter offering the possibility of 5G connectivity. In practice, the performance result is quite similar.

Let's first get an idea of ​​what we have. Here we leave you a comparative table with the chips and RAM memory configurations with which some of the latest Xiaomi devices come. We have a first level with the Redmi, a second level where we go to the Mi Note 10 and the Mi 10 Lite, a third level that includes more advanced models such as the Mi 9T Pro and finally a space reserved for the Poco F2 and the Mi 10, centered in offering maximum power.

My 10

Little F2 Pro

My 9T Pro

My 10 Lite

My Note 10

Redmi Note 9 Pro

Redmi Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note 9

Processor

Snapdragon 865

Snapdragon 865

Snapdragon 855

Snapdragon 765G

Snapdragon 730G

Snapdragon 720G

Helium G90T

Helium G85

GPU

Adreno 650

Adreno 650

Adreno 640

Adreno 620

Adreno 618

Adreno 618

Mali-G76

Mali-G52

RAM

8GB LPDDR5

6 GB

6 GB

6 GB

6 GB

6 GB

6 GB

4GB

Connectivity

5G

5G

LTE

5G

LTE

LTE

LTE

LTE

To check the power of each model, here we leave you the results of PcMark Work 2.0 and Geekbench, two of the most popular benchmarks and that from Xataka we usually pass in all the terminals we analyze.

In PCMark you can see how Qualcomm chipsets offer very similar performance, but the results of MediaTek with their Helio stand out, something that in practice is not noticed. It is worth highlighting the jump between the Poco F2 Pro and the Mi 10, where despite having the same chipset they offer very different results.

In terms of performance to practice there are two levels: the latest Qualcomm chip and the rest.

The Geekbench chart is more staggered and we think it better reflects the difference at experience level we found. And is that in general, the difference between using a Mi 9T Pro or a Redmi Note 9 Pro is not so much, although it has helped the latter to age much better. The difference between one series of processors and another is noticeable, but except for games we do not believe that they serve to justify the increase in price.

Our recommendation is that you decide if you want to get the maximum power. If yes, the ideal is to choose the latest Qualcomm processor. Otherwise, our advice is that the chipset is not a decisive factor in the purchase of the terminal.

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To correctly choose a Xiaomi mobile, you must also take into account its RAM and storage configuration. Possibly this is the most important choice and depending on the offer price we have it will be worth betting on one or the other option.

Our recommendation is that in 2020 at least you bet on 64 GB of storage, 128 GB being highly recommended. The 64 GB models have more reasonable prices, but perhaps in a few years it will be short because the applications increasingly ask for more and will not allow you to enjoy your device as much. The price difference is also less and less between one capacity and another.

Something similar happens with RAM memory. Today and after testing models with 4 GB we must say that they work correctly, however experience tells us that over time RAM is usually another limiting factor, more in a brand like Xiaomi that uses such a demanding layer like MIUI. Hence, we recommend at least buying a mobile with 6 GB of RAM.

Software: getting used to MIUI

MIUI is the customization layer of Xiaomi and it comes in all the company's mobiles, with exceptions such as those of the Mi A Series with Android One, which this year has not yet presented its new model.

The models that we have incorporated into this comparison arrive updated to Android 10 and MIUI 11. The performance of this version is good and the number of MIUI options is very high. Although we must comment that throughout these days we have received multiple updates. Contrary to other occasions, we have perceived somewhat more lag than we expected. We do not know if it is the result of a first-time version of the software or if MIUI needs to optimize its software.

But Xiaomi's software will soon change, as MIUI 12 is starting to arrive. With a new dark mode, interface changes and a new engine for animations. Of the first models to be updated we have the Mi 9T Pro. For the rest we will have to wait for the second wave, be it the Mi 10 or the Redmi Note 9. Being a recent update, all the new models will receive it.

The arrival of Android 11 is also pending, with the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro the only ones already in beta. Soon it will also arrive at the Poco F2 Pro, which anticipates that it will be one of the models that should receive the new version of Android before.

The Poco F2 Pro differs slightly from the use of the Poco Launcher. On the other hand, the Redmi series software is the same as that of the Mi Phone, except in those sections linked to the hardware of each model.

A detail that we have noticed in the new Redmi Note 9 or Mi 10 Lite regarding the Mi Note 10 or the Redmi Note 9 Pro is that the new Xiaomi phones come with Google Discover preconfigured, while the former offered their own service of Xiaomi. In a market where Huawei is having problems, Xiaomi has strengthened its relationship with Google.

Photographic comparison

We have tested the different cameras to see how the photography of Xiaomi phones has evolved. In all models, the fever of megapixels and the number of cameras has taken hold. We find from the 48 megapixel sensor of the Redmi Note 9, the 64 MP sensor of the Redmi Note 9 Pro or the huge sensor of the Mi Note 10 with 108 megapixels. Despite sharing many features, we have seen how the results are not always the same.

We leave you the comparative table of the characteristics of some Xiaomi cameras. This year sensors for wide angle, depth, macro and telephoto are incorporated, the latter for the moment reserved for few models. Regarding the front, the options are very similar and the Mi Note 10 stands out especially with its 32 megapixel sensor, which we already saw in older models such as the Mi A3.

Xiaomi Mi 10

Little F2 Pro

Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G

Redmi Note 9 Pro

Redmi Note 9S

Redmi Note 9

Principal

108 MP, f / 1.7

64 MP, f / 1.9

108 MP, f / 1.7

48 MP, f / 1.8

64 MP, f / 1.9

48 MP, f / 1.8

48 MP, f / 1.8

Wide angle

13 MP, f / 2.4, 12mm

13 MP, f / 2.4, 123º

20 MP, f / 2.2, 13mm

8 MP, f / 2.2, 15mm

8MP, f / 2.2, 13mm

8 MP, f / 2.2, 119º

8 MP, f / 2.2, 118º

Telephoto

--

5 MP, f / 2.2, 50mm

12 MP, f / 2.0, 50mm, 2x
8 MP, f / 2.0, OIS, 3.7x

--

--

--

--

Depth

2 MP, f / 2.4

2 MP, f / 2.4

--

2 MP, f / 2.4

2 MP, f / 2.4

2 MP, f / 2.4

2 MP, f / 2.4

Macro

2 MP, f / 2.4

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2 MP, f / 2.4

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Frontal

20 MP, f / 2.0

20 MP, f / 2.2

32 MP, f / 2.0

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The MIUI camera application is the same in all, except that in the most updated versions such as the Poco F2 Pro or the Mi 10 Lite, a shortcut to macro mode is added. It is a simple application with most of the settings located in the modes menu. But let's move on to what really matters, the image quality.

Picture quality

The level of detail of day is very high in all Xiaomi, but just in this type of tests is where the Mi Note 10 and the Mi 10 stand out slightly with their 108 megapixels.

The detail of daytime photography has been greatly improved with the arrival of more megapixel sensors. Here we must bear in mind that the photos are not made at 48, 64 or 108 MP, but in a size four times smaller after performing the 'Pixel Binning' technique. Still, if we compare the detail achieved we see that the level is very high. The Mi Note 10 and the Mi 10 stand out especially, where the image has an enviable texture. On the opposite side, the Redmi Note 9's camera offers less accurate colors, darkens the image and the focus is not as accurate.

The general level is good and there is no Xiaomi mobile that is a hit on the table. What Xiaomi does is that the same sensor that was successful last year, now places it in new models. It happens for example with the Redmi Note 8 Pro and with the Redmi Note 9 Pro, cameras with practically identical results except that we have detected that the AI ​​has improved and the images are somewhat brighter despite the same sensor.

The daytime level of detail is very good in all ranges. The Mi 10 stands out especially for its great light management, while the Mi 9T Pro offers slightly more washed-out images.

If we take the Mi 9T Pro as a reference, we see that it continues to offer very good detail but has been surpassed by new cameras that offer more accurate colors and a 'punch' of intensity.

According to what we have been able to test, the most basic camera in this comparison has the Redmi Note 9. Despite having the same 48MP, the one of the Redmi Note 9S is notably better. The difference between the Samsung S5KGM1 and the S5KGM2 is noticeable.

We have also seen differences between the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Despite the fact that the two models have the Samsung Bright S5KGW1 as their main sensor, the processor of the first we believe is more successful. For price range the camera of the Mi 10 Lite (Omnivision OV48B sensor) should compete here, but especially in low light situations it has left us quite cold.

From one year to the next, Xiaomi has greatly improved HDR. Achieving less burned and more detailed images in the chiaroscuro.

We go to the most complete models. We have the Sony IMX586 sensor of the Mi 9T Pro and the Sony IMX686 sensor, the one chosen for the Poco F2 Pro and the Mi Note 10 Lite. How does it compare to the Redmi Note 9 Pro? The Poco's camera is superior, especially when it comes to capturing light, although the processing of the Redmi Note 9 Pro seems very good to us and often ends up generating more accurate photos.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro works well, but darkens the image more than the Mi 10 or Poco F2 Pro.

In color representation, the best results are provided by the Samsung Bright S5KHMX. It is the main sensor for the Mi 10 and Mi Note 10. Between the two, the Mi 10 is clearly ahead with excellent processing. Xiaomi still has room for improvement in the dynamic range if we compare it to the top flagships, but having a camera like the one of the Mi Note 10 for less than 400 euros is very interesting. Against him, commenting that the focus is not always up to the task, which sometimes allows the photos of the Redmi Note 9 Pro or the Poco F2 Pro to be clearer.

The Mi Note 10 is the one that best represents the true green color of the room.

The best way to discern the real differences between the different cameras is to test them in more difficult conditions.

Here the Mi 10 shines. The Mi Note 10 offers accurate colors and lots of information. The Poco F2 Pro brightens up the scene but offers less accurate shades. The Mi 9T Pro does a good job, but the level of detail drops. Before we would be left with the result of the Redmi Note 9 Pro, quite balanced and correct. The Redmi Note 8 Pro doesn't offer as much light. The Mi 10 Lite would be at the same level and below we have the Redmi Note 9S, where the noise is already clearly visible. In this test we opted to leave out the Redmi Note 9, which fails to make a good photo in those dark conditions.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 stands out in night situations, illuminating the scene and getting a good color representation. Here we also see the weaknesses of the Mi 10 Lite camera.

To tell the truth, I expected more from the camera of the Mi 10 Lite 5G. And even the Poco F2 Pro. In comparison, the Mi 9T Pro is not that far away. On the opposite side, the Redmi Note Pro series still offers excellent results in these photos taken with the night mode. They are medium ranges, but the level is very high for their price.

Offering good detail in the shadows of the trees is a difficult task and only the flagship Xiaomi Mi 10 manages to slightly save the area.

In night photography even the Mi 10 suffers to obtain information in complex areas such as the trees in the previous image. In the rest, the result is quite similar.

The sensor of the Mi Note 10 manages to capture a lot of light, but the representation of the Poco F2 Pro is more accurate.

In general, beyond the Mi 10, we would place the Mi Note 10 in second place if we seek to illuminate the scene or the Poco F2 Pro if we seek definition. The Redmi Note 9 Pro would be the intermediate option, with a very reliable result regardless of the situation.

Wide angle

Incorporating five cameras like the Mi Note 10 does not make sense if the sensors that are added are basic. Fortunately, the wide angle of the Mi Note 10 does a good job. Here perhaps the Redmi Note 9 Pro takes a step back, which darkens the scene too much.

In a scene with more light and color we see that the Mi 10 does not offer a wide angle at the height of its price range. The Mi Note 10 gets the best result, but even the Poco F2 Pro offers a better wide angle than the Mi 10. The images of the Mi 10 are too washed out, while the Poco F2 Pro has more intensity. The Redmi Note 9 Pro manages to give that touch of color, but it does so at the cost of sacrificing nuances and gradients, causing a more artificial result. In addition to having a darker image in general.

The wide angle of the Mi Note 10 (top right) does a great job with shadows, sky, and various color shades.

In night photography, the wide angle of the Mi Note 10 stands out again. Although in this case we also liked the Poco F2 Pro, which manages to capture enough light. We can appreciate the result of the Redmi Note 9, very far from the Redmi Note 9S.

At the moment, the most basic Xiaomi phones do not include telephoto. Only the Poco F2 Pro and the Mi Note 10, which combines two sensors for this, offer 2x and 5x optical zoom respectively.

The inclusion of the 2-megapixel macro sensor, which in all models fails catastrophically, did not seem relevant to us. Yes, the presence of the depth sensor is interesting, although its presence seems more of a marketing issue to increase the number of cameras since its role is very specialized.

Frontal camera

In the front camera we also have several options, but here the high-end is not so far from the basic models. When taking selfies, the most natural blur is achieved by the Mi 10 and the Mi 9T Pro, which with its removable camera continues to a very good level. The Mi Note 10 bets again for megapixels, but the result is not better than the rest.

With selfies we do notice a big difference between the Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Redmi Note 9 Pro. On the contrary, the Redmi Note 9S is compared to its older brother.

Again, the Redmi Note 9 is in a lower step, being this the only one that does not allow applying AI to the front camera or choosing the degree of blur.

Video

The recording capacity of Xiaomi phones depends largely on its processor. For example, the Redmi Note 9 can only record up to 1080p and 30fps. The rest of the models support up to 4K at 30fps and slow motion at 960fps in HD resolution. Only models with the latest Qualcomm processor are capable of recording in 4K / 60fps and even 8K resolution. Strangely, the Mi 10 doesn't support slow motion at 960fps. But surely in future updates it will be incorporated.

By day, the detail and light captured are good. But if we look for example at the Redmi Note 9S we will see that the stabilization with 4K video can be improved. Something that is repeated in the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Mi Note 10.

At night the same problem is repeated and the image generates artifacts continuously.

For the front camera, the winning model is the Poco F2 Pro. With a good level of stabilization and good light collection both day and night.

Battery: which models last the longest

We finish our comparison with the battery section. When we look for a mobile one of the most important aspects is the duration of its autonomy. Fortunately, most Xiaomi stand out for having an outstanding battery.

Throughout these weeks we have been using them and seeing how they behaved. Here we leave you our results with an average use based on social networks, photography and an occasional game. We have decided to use the screen hours as a fairly common number when comparing the battery, since all Xiaomi have a fairly similar consumption at rest.

As we see, our results show that autonomy is not closely linked to price. And it is that in fact we have achieved better results with some cheaper mobiles, but that simply by the fact of incorporating a greater battery because they offer better numbers.

In the first place, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 stands out without a doubt with its 11 hours of screen, which we have managed to overcome on several occasions. It is a luxury to be able to use the mobile phone intensively throughout the day and not worry about autonomy. Here several aspects come together, since in addition to having 5,260 mAh, we also have a somewhat smaller panel and a good processor.

In second position we find the Redmi Note 9 series, with its batteries close to 5,000 mAh. Due to the increase in screen and size we also have larger batteries, which fortunately if we compare it to last year we must comment that we came out winning. It shows with the Redmi Note 8 Pro, where despite the fact that we had a large battery, it is one point behind the new models.

Not the same with the excellent Mi 9T Pro, which has also aged well in battery life. In fact, in these weeks we have obtained slightly better results with it than not with the new Poco F2 Pro. The one that seems clearly insufficient is the Mi 10 Lite. It is true that in design we have a lighter terminal, but it seems to have a direct impact on autonomy.

Given the average results, our recommendation is that we aim to be at least above 7-8 hours of screen. There are many Xiaomi terminals that achieve this result.

Another important factor is fast charging. Xiaomi offers 30W fast charging in most of its mid-range models, but due to the large batteries it will take more than two hours to charge many of them. Here we believe that Xiaomi has room for improvement and other brands have an advantage.

A detail: despite being both compatible with 18W charging, the Redmi Note 9S incorporates a 20W charger while the Redmi Note 8 Pro offers one of 18W. Regarding wireless charging, it is an addition that is currently reserved for the high-end range such as the Mi 10. Perhaps future models will help expand this technology.

The best Xiaomi mobile in quality / price: the candidates

To choose the candidates for the best Xiaomi mobile in quality / price we have opted for the newest models. Over the years we have been testing different devices but usually it is those that have been on the market for the least time that are used to being the best option. Despite this, we have also incorporated models from previous years that still represent a good purchase.

The choice was not easy. The difference between one and the other models is not so great and the prices vary a lot. In the end we have opted for the models that offer the best experience, taking into account all the sections and what their future prospects are.

In the first place we have chosen some of the cheapest models, in this case below 200 euros such as the Redmi Note 9 or Note 9S. In this range there are also other Xiaomi models from past years such as the Mi A3, which would be close to knowing its renewal, or the Redmi 9, recently presented but one point below the chosen candidates.

In a second tier we find the mid-range of the Redmi Note series, both the Redmi Note 9 Pro from this year and the Redmi Note 8 Pro from the end of the past. In both models the improvement in performance is noticeable and especially in the camera and their prices are above two hundred euros.

As we go up in price and get closer to 300 euros is when the fight becomes more interesting, because in some cases there are more expensive mobiles such as the Mi 10 Lite or the Mi 9T Pro that do not necessarily exceed the mid-range in all The sections. It is in this price range that we are expected to see more Xiaomi models, many of them belonging to the new batch of 5G mobiles that the brand is preparing.

Finally, for this comparative guide we have chosen the most complete Xiaomi smartphones, from its flagship Mi 10 to top models such as the Mi Note 10 or the Poco F2 Pro. Mobiles for which you have to invest a little more but where we have seen that they continue to be excellent options for its quality / price.

Xiaomi Mi 10

The best Exceptional 90Hz screen with one of the best stereo speakers on the market. Worst High price. The rear camera protrudes too far. Price 699 euros

Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro

The best Its outstanding performance, clean design and high-brightness display. Worst It is something big and it has left us some doubts in battery and camera. Price 489 euros

Xiaomi Mi Note 10

The best Great design, simply unsurpassed autonomy and a photographic section of its own with higher ranges. Worst It would have fitted a more advanced processor. Price 388 euros

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

The best The components are still excellent and offers a fairly compact size compared to the rest of Xiaomis. Worst Pretty exhausted model. In design, battery and camera has been left behind. Price 399 euros

Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G

The best Compact, good performance and 5G connectivity. Worst Limited battery and irregular camera. Price 330 euros

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

The best A very complete and balanced mobile: screen, design, camera and battery. Worst We could have a somewhat more compact body. Price 249 euros

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S

The best The advantages and performance of the Redmi Note 9 Pro at a more reasonable price. Worst The cut in the photographic section is noticeable. It has no NFC. Price 199 euros

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

The best Great performance, display and camera for its price. Worst In details such as the notch, the fingerprint reader, the battery or the processing of the photos, it begins to lag behind the Redmi Note 9 series. Price 209 euros

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9

The best A great battery and design for this price range. Worst In performance it is correct, but on camera it seems too basic. Price 179 euros

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