Best Xiaomi Smartphones Available in 2018: Xiaomi is a huge consumer electronics company based out of China that has been pushing the envelope of what is possible from import technology. In the UK, they are mainly known for their range of smartphones with excellent build quality. Over the last couple of years, they have cemented themselves as the premium Chinese import brand standing side-by-side against other Chinese giants including Huawei, Oppo & OnePlus.
Xiaomi Mi and Xiaomi Redmi Smartphones
Xiaomi Mi 8
Xiaomi Mi 8 is all about keeping as many flagships features as possible while maintaining its status as the best value-smartphone available.
It has the Samsung Full HD+ Super AMOLED display that offers the best contrast and ultimate black levels all while saving battery life. We can the expect MIUI 10 (Android 8.1) to take advantage via an always-on display upgrade. Make use of the fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip combined with 8GB’s of RAM and 128GB’s of storage as standard. You also get other high-end features like NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, AC WiFi, Qualcomm Quick-Charge 4.0 and a new dual-band GPS module.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
With the latest CPU, oodles of RAM, a stunning screen and a new premium camera setup the Mi Mix 2S brings true flagship performance and specifications at the Xiaomi price. It is the cheapest way to get your hands on a phone with the new Snapdragon 845 CPU. The Mi Mix 2S looks incredible, retaining the design of the Mi Mix 2 that saw it become an exhibit at the world-renowned Centre Pompidou art and design museum in Paris whilst shaving a couple of mm off the all-round footprint. Constructed with a metal frame and ceramic body the Mi Mix 2S oozes class and begs to be shown off and not put in a case.
The other main improvement over the Mi Mix 2 is the new dual camera set up. After the mediocre camera in the Mix 2, Xiaomi have unleashed their big guns and the results are outstanding. DxO, the smartphone industry standard for testing camera performance, have scored the Mi Mix 2S a mark of 97. This puts it in joint 5th place in the all-time smartphone camera quality ranking. There is also the very welcome addition of wireless charging. Now you can still listen to wired headphones (via USB C adapter) and charge your phone at the same time.
Black Shark – Big Game Hunter
Maybe Xiaomi were taking notice when Razer launched their gaming phone in late 2017, as they recently announced the Black Shark. Even ignoring the gaming credentials for the moment, this is an absolute monster flagship-grade phone. Packing the Snapdragon 845 CPU with 8GB RAM this shark is clearly one of biggest fish in the sea.
Firstly, there is a Shark Key button on the side which activates the high performance gaming mode. This works in parallel with a unique liquid cooling system to make sure it does not get too hot to handle. You will also be able to get an attachable gamepad to give you full control of your games.
Xiaomi Mi A2
It comes with premium Snapdragon 660 CPU with up to 6GB RAM, you got it! How about an FHD+ 18:9 display housed in a super slim 7.3mm body? Sure thing! And to sweeten the deal, Xiaomi have updated the Mi A1’s already impressive camera set up. The Mi A2 will have an AI enhanced dual camera system that Xiaomi claims will outperform the iPhone X. It also has USB C charging, but no headphone jack. And that super-slim body can only fit a 3010mAh battery, but with the efficient CPU and bloat-free OS it will still last all day.