Xiaomi Phones - The Best of 2020
When we talk of the best phones on the market, most of us think of big shots such as Samsung, Apple, Nokia, and maybe Huawei. We remain oblivious to the numerous other great smartphone ranges that are constantly being released by relatively new entrants to this growing market. A prime example of this is Xiaomi, a Chinese Multinational electronics company committed to producing quality products at honest pricing. Since the company was founded in 2010, it has created a niche for itself by offering devices that redefine value for money.
From budget-friendly phones to true flagships, Xiaomi phones are some of the best Android smartphones today. It markets its phones under several brand names, including Black Shark, Pocophone, Redmi, and Mi. Redmi is the company’s budget range, while Mi phones and Pocophone are generally all-rounder mid-range and Flagship devices. The Black Shark range is gaming-focused. With plenty of options out there, you are sure to find the right Xiaomi phone for you. Here is a detailed look into some Xiaomi phones released in 2020 that you should definitely consider getting.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 and Note 9 Pro.
The Note series of phones in Redmi’s lineup propelled Xiaomi into a major competitor in the mobile manufacturing industry, and it’s clear from the Note 9 and Note 9 Pro what makes this line up so great. Note 9 comes with a 6.5-inch LCD display that surprisingly offers a great viewing experience despite not being AMOLED. Aside from having great performance thanks to its MediaTek Helio G8 3GB RAM hardware, this device also delivers excellent photos.
If you are in the market for a phone that offers you maximum value, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is the way to go. Released on March 17th, 2020, it features a premium design backed by a large 6.5-inch display with a resolution of 1080px by 2340px. The glossy glass back looks as good as it feels, constantly reminding you that you’re holding a premium device. The battery is quite good and rated at 5020mAh, and easily lasts for two days on a full charge. Just like the Note 9, the Note 9 Pro comes with an AI-powered quad-camera system, offering you the best camera performance for their price category.
Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro.
The Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro both have a lot to offer. They combine a sleek design with the latest hardware to give you a phone that’s both stylish and functional. These phones also sport a 6.67-inch display and 90 HZ OLED panel. Another similarity between the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro is their display resolution, which stands at 2,340 x 1,080. However, it worth noting that the Mi 10 Pro has a slightly brighter display compared to the Mi 10, reaching a peak brightness of 1,200 nits.
The camera system in both devices doesn’t fall short of greatness. They come with the same 108MP camera sensor as the Galaxy S20 Ultra, with the latest internal hardware. Moreover, you can expect better ultra-wide, telephoto and a dedicated portrait camera from the Mi 10 Pro. This range of Xiaomi phones also differs in terms of storage space.
Poco F2 Pro
This is an excellent device if you’re on the market for a high-end option. Like the Mi 10 series, it has a 6.67-inch display with a resolution of 1080x2400 pixels. Powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, the Poco F2 guarantees fast and top-notch performance. One striking feature of this device is its pop-up camera. Since the camera is hidden inside the phone, this handset has an almost-bezel-less design, thereby giving you an all-screen experience. The F2 Pro can feel a little bulky with dimensions of 163.3 x 75.4 x 8.9 and a weight of 219g.
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
If you are a gamer, then you are in luck. As the big boss of gaming, the Black Shark 3 comes with a powerful Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 and a display size of 6.67-inches for a better user experience. The battery is relatively great, standing at 4720 mAh. It supports fast battery charging and magnetic charging. Black Shark 3 is quite chunky, but this is what makes its incredible performance possible. However, if you are very keen on having a compact phone, it might be best to avoid this one.
Xiaomi Mi 11
This is the latest mobile launch from the company, occurring on December 28th, 2020. It features some pretty awesome specs and is perhaps Xiaomi’s best phone yet. Most notably, it comes complete with the company’s best display – 6.81-inch AMOLED with QHD + resolutions and 120H refresh rate and a Snapdragon 888 chipset, making it the first phone with this processor. With no microSD slot onboard, you don’t have the option to expand your 128/256 GB storage. The Mi 11 has a 4,600 mAh that supports 55W wired fast-charging, 50 wireless, and 10W reverse charging.
Xiaomi is yet to go mainstream in most western countries. But as recent trends indicate, the company could potentially gain a significant market share in unexpected regions soon. This is especially so if it continues innovating to offer consumers value for their money.
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