According to the results of 2018, Xiaomi is selling better and better, risking to completely occupy the mobile phone segment up to 30 thousand rubles.

Their smartphones can already be bought without fear. But what kind? The choice is such that anyone will get confused. Over the past year, 3 generations of devices have been released, and another one is being prepared.

Ready to tell all the secrets and recommend the best models. For each of our readers, honestly and impartially.

Should you buy Xiaomi at all in early 2019?

To begin with, understand: why and why choose Xiaomi smartphones? What is the use of them when there is Huawei, One Plus, Samsungand finally Apple.

Does Xiaomi currently have clear advantages? Yes, and serious.

For each section, we will analyze them separately. But we can say on average: the company has become a leader in terms of price-quality ratio, where quality is an elastic concept.

The flagship of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro lineup, aka Xiaomi Mi 8 EE

In 2018, Xiaomi managed to improve cameras, release a more convenient version of MIUI, adapt interfaces according to the recommendations of Google Material Design.

At the same time, individual smartphone models retained ergonomics, low price and maximum richness of functions.

So far, competitors have not been able to achieve such a balance at a low price.

Ultra-budget Redmi for the elderly

Ultra-budget Xiaomi Redmi 6a

Let’s start with the cheapest smartphones in the series Redmi. Prices are approximately the same both in stores and in the secondary market.

Current model: the updated Xiaomi Redmi 6a (our review) has the best camera among smartphones under $100, a convenient modern interface and a highly efficient processor.

The choice is obvious, because Redmi 5a (our review) costs exactly the same.

Buy Xiaomi Redmi 5a for 6 450 rubles
…or Xiaomi Redmi 6a for 6 450 rubles

Basic Redmi and Android Go smartphones

Basic version of Xiaomi Redmi 6

Ruler “full” Redmi without index “a” was replenished in 2018 with many devices of the 5th and 6th series. Prices and fillings are almost indistinguishable, and the new version of MIUI levels out the last differences.

Redmi 6 Pro does not make sense for a resident of the CIS due to the need for flashing and related problems. The usual Redmi 6/Redmi 6a with a fingerprint scanner and a dual camera is an uninteresting smartphone.

Therefore, among the 5-inch and similar budget Xiaomi Redmi smartphones, the right choice would be Redmi 5 (our review), which has almost disappeared from the market.

Current Models: among smartphones with a screen equivalent to the classic diagonal of 5.5 inches, Redmi Note 5 (our review) and Redmi Note 6 Pro are preferable to purchase.

In real work, the difference is imperceptible, choose only “monobrow” or its absenceyours. In the very near future, the announcement of the new, seventh generation Redmi will take place.

Budget employee of the past lineup of Xiaomi Redmi 5

In the range up to 15 thousand, it looks the most interesting ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1/M2) (our review).

If you do not need a smartphone right now, you should postpone the purchase. In addition, the younger models of the Mi line differ from Redmi for the better, and the difference in price is minimal.

Take Xiaomi Redmi 5 for 10 260 rubles
… or Xiaomi Redmi 6 for 6 900 rubles

More logical options:

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus for 8 600 rubles
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 for 10 260 rubles

Well, where without the technically best model from this line:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro for 11 700 rubles

Sub flagships for every day

Budget Xiaomi A2 Lite on Android Go

The continuation of the popular lines of mid-price Mi smartphones was expected, but at the end of 2018 the choice is ambiguous. At the moment, several lines with similar design logic are available at once:

If we consider the traditional sub-flagship Mi 6X, then its current version for the European market in the face of Xiaomi A2 (our review) is a great option for undemanding users. But there is a nuance.

Acquisition of A2 only makes sense in China. Otherwise, it’s worth throwing in a little on the Pocophone F1 (our review), which combines flagship performance with a budget-friendly component set.

Mid-price Xiaomi A2 on Android Go

It, in turn, is relevant again only in Russian retail: the difference with Xiaomi Mi 8 (our review) when buying in China is insignificant. Of course, it is better to choose the flagship.

Xiaomi A2 Lite (our review) is the best smartphone in its segment compact, but not too cheap devices.

Current Models: A2 (our review) and A2 Lite (our review) have become the best Xiaomi smartphones in the price range up to 13-15 thousand rubles.

It makes no sense to buy more expensive than them, but for 10-12 thousand rubles. These are the best Xiaomi smartphones.

Pick up Xiaomi A2 for 14 000 rubles
…or Xiaomi A2 Lite for 10 900 rubles

Who wants everything at once, you should look at the European flagship for a budget price:

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 for 20 500 rubles

For games, for reading and instead of a tablet

Huge smartphone Xiaomi Mi Max 3 with the appearance of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

With niche Xiaomi smartphones, everything is quite simple: they have few close analogues, competitors suffer from the same childhood sores.

Traditionally, Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (our review) and Mi Max 3 (our review) smartpeds become the most interesting for the Russian buyer. However, with a difference in price of about 6 thousand rubles, the relevance of the latter can be questioned.

Xiaomi gaming novelties were in demand, however lack of NFC and peculiar design played a cruel joke. Nevertheless, this is a good choice, especially now – with international firmware.

In the category of camera phones, the company made the right move and equipped all current models with high-quality photomodules. But it’s better to choose something from the Mix designer line or the flagship Mi: they will compete with both the iPhone and Huawei.

Ceramic fashion flagship Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s

But fans of good Xiaomi sound still have nothing to offer. All mid-range and high-end devices sound about the same, but any LG, OnePlus, or Samsung outperforms them in quality.

Current Models: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 and Xiaomi Mi Max 3 are selling very well, as the only alternative is Huawei. In turn, Black Shark (our review) bypasses the existing Asus and Razer in price, and this is a serious reason to choose it. Otherwise – Max 3 without options.

Find Xiaomi Mi Max 2 for 16 500 rubles
…or Xiaomi Mi Max 3 for 16 400 rubles

If you are a complete gamer, your option is here:

Xiaomi Black Shark for 32 830 rubles

Tops: are they needed?

Basic and maximum versions of the new Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

The supreme legion of Xiaomi was also designated by 2 generations in 2 different versions. And they have no real competitors.

Flagship smartphones Xiaomi Mi 8 (our review) and Mix 2s (our review) should be recommended as the most balanced smartphones of 2018: basic versions cost no more than 25 thousand rubles.

New flagships Mi 8 Pro (our review) and Mix 3 (our review) are still overrated and will be able to compete on an equal footing not earlier than in six months. In addition, they do not carry any fundamental changes.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro with under-screen scanner and regular Xiaomi Mi 8

Is it worth it pay extra 15 thousand for an under-screen fingerprint or slider mechanism? Everyone’s business.

In the meantime, it is Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mix 2s that have no analogues: for their money they offer a very good camera and many other cool features that are not available in many more expensive smartphones.

I chose Mi 8 if anyone is interested.

Buy Xiaomi Mi 8 for 25 300
…or Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro for 34 800 rubles

The most upgraded Xiaomi smart phones are about 15% more expensive:

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s for 29 500 rubles
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 for 38 300 rubles

The most profitable Xiaomi at the end of 2018

The most balanced Xiaomi Mi 8

It could hardly have been expected, but instead of increasing the price, Xiaomi reduced the prices of all the most popular, modern smartphones by the end of the year.

Both official and European / Russian retailers. So the price ranges shifted and mixed up.

Concerning the most profitable smartphone – Xiaomi Mi 8, which can be purchased for 20-23 thousand rubles. There are simply no competitors in this price range.

These Xiaomi cannot be bought

Outdated fourth-generation Xiaomi RedMi

The main reason for not buying Xiaomi should be the Chinese firmware. But only if the global does not exist at all.

As practice has shown, all existing restrictions with a locked bootloader are easy to bypass. The Chinese smartphone works no worse, and sometimes better than its European counterpart.

Problems will be with Chinese versions of smartphonesreleased on the European market with “pure” Android: Xiaomi Mi 5X (our review), Mi 6X, Redmi 6 Pro.

One of the price leaders is Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s

Their flashing is associated with high labor intensity, and the difference in price is not worth it. It is better to buy A1, A2, A2 Lite right away.

It does not make sense to buy outdated and some niche models: Redmi 5a, Redmi 6, Redmi 5 Plus, S2, Mix 2 (without s) and earlier models in the primary market.

Xiaomi can be better than iPhone?

Xiaomi Mi 8 next to iPhone X

Of course, the hype around the topic android vs. iPhone will never end. For those who want to switch to the Google operating system, I always suggest 2 options: Xiaomi and previous generation OnePlus.

On their side, not only the best price / quality ratio, but also an adequate version of Android, as comfortable as possible for former iOS users.

Moreover, in my opinion, the advanced features of MIUI, serious optimization and the ability to deeply customize the smartphone, if necessary, make the Xiaomi “green robot” version almost the best Android option.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro (black) and Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite (gradient red)

It is worth considering that the mid-price Xiaomi ones last longer than the iPhone: what’s offline, what’s on life.

Xiaomi has longer support for international models than A-brands, including Google and Samsung. Unless Apple is catching up.

The rest is purely a matter of taste. The filling in Xiaomi has already reached the level that there is no big difference between its top models and Apple’s “middle peasants”.

…I have XXX, should I change it?

Stylized innards of Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

A couple of years ago, we changed smartphones every year, and sometimes more often. No wonder, because progress flew by leaps and bounds.

The current year has not become a breakthrough: there will be nothing to remember, except perhaps fingerprint scanner under the screen and retractable front camera. Cosmetic improvements are not worth the money they ask for.

Processors and cameras have seriously changed, having learned to work with artificial intelligence systems. The ubiquitous glass and the lack of a mini-jack do not want to be written down as an advantage.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and its retractable mechanism

However, individual developers are effectively getting by with less—even the notorious Xiaomi taught me how to take cool photos of mid-price devices.

Perhaps a smartphone Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or 710 – the only worthwhile transition (if you do not consider Apple). But from 2015-2016 processors: younger versions Snap 835 will still fight.

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