Best Xiaomi Smartphones in 2018

Looking for a budget-friendly smartphone? Then check out this 2018 Xiaomi line-up. Xiaomi is one of the fastest growing smartphone manufacturers across the globe and they are currently the 4th largest smartphone manufacturer according to the recent announcement.

Xiaomi’s smartphone became so popular to the global market because of its premium design, powerful specifications, and affordable prices. Price ranges of their smartphones are relatively lower compared to its competitors, but I can say the performance of their devices can match even the most popular smartphones available in the market.

In addition to pricing and specifications. What I really love about Xiaomi is they keep on improving their devices by frequently pushing OTA updates to fix known bugs, UI improvements, etc. which is not a top priority to other smartphone manufacturers.

Xiaomi Black Shark

Black Shark is the latest and most powerful gaming smartphone created by Xiaomi. This gaming smartphone has a built-in liquid cooling system that is said to decrease temperature by up to 8 degree Celsius. It also comes with a sleek detachable Bluetooth gamepad with150mAh battery that is claimed to last 30 hours on a single charge.

In terms of specifications, the Black Shark is equipped with a 5.99 Full HD IPS display, Dual 12MP + 20MP rear camera, 20MP front-facing camera, 8GB of RAM, 128GB storage, Snapdragon 845 processor, Adreno 640 GPU, and a non-removable 4000 mAh battery.

  • 5.99 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
  • 128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM
  • Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
  • Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 1.25µm) + 20 MP (f/1.8, 1.0µm), 2x optical zoom, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
  • X-Design antennas for better signal
  • 3.5 mm to USB-C headphone adapter incl.
  • Bluetooth gamepad
  • Dedicated Shark Key providing immersive gaming experience
  • Released 2018, April

Pricing: ₱34899

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

This is one of the latest smartphones of Xiaomi. The Redmi Note 5 is powered by a Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor paired with a 64GB of internal memory and up to 4GB of memory. It is also equipped with an awesome dual camera at the back and a whooping 13MP front camera with LED flash. This device is indeed one of the best gaming smartphones created by Xiaomi. Enjoy longer playtime with its 4000 mAh battery and seamless Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

  • 5.99 inch FHD+, 2160 x 1080 Pixel Screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
  • Octa Core 1.8GHz
  • 13.0MP front Self ilight + 12.0MP + 5.0MP dual AI camera
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • 4000mAh Battery

Pricing: ₱11,990.00 – Black 4GB/64GB

Xiaomi Redmi S2

The Redmi S2 is another addition to the Xiaomi best smartphone for selfie line-up. This device was just released last month, May 2018. If you are a mobile gamer and love taking selfies, then this device is perfect for you. Check out the full specs below:

  • 5.99 inch, 1440 x 720 pixels screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core 2.0GHz
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Dual: 12 MP (f/2.2, 1.25μm, PDAF) + 5 MP rear camera, gyro-EIS, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
  • 16.0MP front camera (2.0µm), HDR, LED flash
  • G-sensor control, distance sensor, light sensor, electronic compass, gyroscope, fingerprint recognition
  • Dual SIM ( Nano-SIM, dual stand-by ) + micro SD
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • 3080mAh Battery
  • Colors: Rose Gold, Champagne Gold, Platinum Silver

Pricing: ₱7490 – Xiaomi Redmi S2 3GB RAM 32GB ROM

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

The Mi Mix 2 is one of the flagship smartphones of Xiaomi and the first full screen display smartphone. Under the hood, there’s a Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, 6GB/8GB of RAM, 64/128/256 GB of internal storage, and a 5.99” Full HD display. It is also equipped with 12MP Sony IMX386 sensor at the rear camera to capture stunning photos. In terms of design, it comes with a full ceramic unibody, aluminum frame, and a full screen wide display. There’s also a limited edition released called Mi Mix 2S Art Special Edition with a laser engraved rear and customized back cover which is only available in China.

  • 5.99″ inches Wide Display , resolution 2160 x 1080
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Full ceramic unibody , design by Phillip Stark
  • 12MP Sony IMX386 sensor Rear Camera with LED Flash & record 4K video + 5MP Front Camera
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor
  • 6GB RAM for 64GB storage
  • Adreno 540 graphics processor
  • 3400 mAh battery capacity
  • USB Type-C support
  • MIUI 9 with Android Nougat 7.1
  • Released 2017, September

Pricing: ₱19999 to ₱25399 – Mi Mix 2 6GB/64GB

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Mi Max 2 is one of the best smartphones you can buy if you are planning to play a lot on your device. Thanks to its 5300 mAh battery which can lasts to a single day or 2 of continuous usage. Stream videos, listen to your favorite playlist in Spotify, browse the internet, check your Facebook, etc.

This device similar to the Redmi Note 4x and Note 5 Plus is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor which can handle even the most demanding application/games available. It is also equipped with a 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal memory where you can save a lot of games, apps, and multimedia files.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Full Specifications

  • Display: 6.44 inch, 1920 x 1080 Pixel IPS Screen
  • CPU: Snapdragon 625 Octa Core 2.0GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 506 650MHz
  • System: Android 7.0
  • RAM + ROM: 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM
  • Camera: 5.0MP front camera + 12.0MP back camera
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, E-Compass, Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor
  • SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby. Micro SIM + Nano SIM
  • Feature: GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou
  • Bluetooth: 4.2
  • Network: 2G: GSM B2/B3/B5/B8 CDMA BC0 / CDMA EVDO BC0
  • 3G: WCDMA B1/B2/B5/B8 TD-SCDMA B34/B39
  • 4G: FDD-LTE B1/B3/B5/B7/B8 TD-LTE B38/B39/B40/41

Pricing: ₱11633 to ₱12000 – Mi Max 2 4GB/64GB Black

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

The Redmi 5 Plus is a perfect upgrade if you own a Redmi 4 series smartphone. This device is powered by a Snapdragon 625 and it is equipped with up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB internal memory. If you don’t like the Mi Max 2 because of its ginormous display and worrying you will not be able to fit in your pocket, then this 5.99” smartphone might be a perfect gaming smartphone alternative as the specs with Mi Max 2 is quite similar except for the smaller screen size and battery. Not to mention the Redmi 5 Plus camera is way better compared to its predecessor and it also comes with a LED flash in the front camera which Mi Max 2 is lacking.

  • Internal Memory: 32/64 GB ROM, 3/4 GB RAM
  • Card Slot Memory: micro SD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • OS: Android 7.1.2 (Nougat)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
  • CPU: Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Adreno 506
  • Screen:5.99″ IPS LCD, 1080p (403ppi); Gorilla Glass (undisclosed version)
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP (f/2.2, 1.25 μm), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • Front Camera: 5 MP, 1080p
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
  • Language: Multi-Language
  • Sensor: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Pricing: ₱9990 – 64GB/4GB RAM Black, ₱8100 – 32GB/3GB RAM 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X

One of the best-selling smartphones of Xiaomi is the Redmi Note 4X. This device is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor which is capable of running almost any android games smoothly without any lag. Available in different variants, I would suggest you buy at least the 32GB variant with 3GB of RAM as the 16GB variant easily runs out of internal storage after installing 3-6 games plus the applications such as Facebook, Messenger, etc. Main drawback of this phone is it doesn’t have gorilla glass that’s why majority of Note 4x users who accidentally dropped their phone like once or twice got their screen completely shattered.

  • 32GB Internal Storage / 3GB RAM Memory
  • External Storage MicroSD up to 128GB
  • Dual SIM 4G LTE
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • 5.5 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
  • Android OS, v6.0 Marshmallow
  • Snapdragon 625
  • Octa-core 2.1 GHz
  • 13MP Rear Camera,5MP Front Camera
  • Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Google Play Store,Multi-language
  • 4100 mAh Battery
  • Micro USB v2.0 (Quick Charge / OTG capable)

Pricing: ₱8590 – 3GB /32GB

Xiaomi Redmi 4A

The Redmi 4a is one of the entry level smartphones of Xiaomi. Under the hood, you can get a 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and a Snapdragon 425 64-bit processor. It is also equipped with a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front facing, and a high-capacity 3120mAh (typ)/ 3030mAh (min) battery. Check the full specs below.

  • Display: 5.0 inch, 1280 x 720 pixels HD screen, 296PPI
  • CPU: Snapdragon 425 Quad Core Max 1.4GHz
  • System: MIUI 8
  • RAM + ROM: 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM
  • Camera: 13.0MP rear camera + 5.0MP front camera
  • Sensor: Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope, Infrared sensors
  • SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby, Nano SIM / Micro SIM / Micro SD card
  • Feature: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • Bluetooth: 4.1, Bluetooth HID
  • Network: GSM B2/B3/B5/B8
  • WCDMA B1/B2/B5/B8
  • TD-SCDMA B34/B39
  • CDMA2000/1X BC0
  • FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7
  • TD-LTE B38/B39/B40/B41

Pricing: ₱4184 Gray

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A

The Redmi Note 5a is an affordable smartphone that would costs you more than $100, but with that you get a decent smartphone with 5” HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory, Snapdragon 425 quad core processor and dedicated microSD card plus 2 sim slots. This smartphone is not really meant for hard-core gaming, but for a regular smart, call, browsing, and other multimedia playback would work just perfectly fine. It is available in gold and dark grey color options.

  • Display: 5.5 inch 1280 x 720 pixels screen
  • CPU: Snapdragon 425 Quad Core 1.4GHz
  • System: MIUI 8 and above
  • Storage: 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM
  • Cameras: front 5.0MP + rear 13.0MP with AF and flash light
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, E-Compass, Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope, Infrared Radiation, Proximity Sensor
  • Features: GPS, Glonass, Beidou, A-GPS
  • Bluetooth: 4.2
  • SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby, 2 Nano SIM cards and 1 TF card can be inserted at the same time
  • Networks: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz CDMA 2000/1X BC0
  • WCDMA: B1/B2/B5/B8
  • TDD-SCDMA: B34/B39
  • FDD-LTE: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8
  • TDD-LTE: B38/B39/B40/B41

Pricing: ₱5224 – Gold

Xiaomi Redmi 5

The Redmi 5 despite having only 3300 mAh battery can lasts up to 31 days of standby time. Thanks to its energy efficient Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor. If you want to have more processing power, I would suggest check out the latest models released this 2018 by Xiaomi.

Check out the full specifications below:

  • 5.7 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
  • Android 7.1.2 (Nougat)
  • Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53, Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
  • 32 GB, 3 GB RAM, microSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 12 MP (f/2.2, 1.25 μm), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery

Pricing: ₱7290 – 3GB/32GB RAM

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