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 which ones ? The choice is such that it gets confused. Over the past year, 3 generations of devices came out, and another one is being prepared.
Ready to tell all the secrets and advise the best models . For each of our readers, honestly and impartially.
Should I buy Xiaomi at all in early 2019?
First of all, it is worth finding out: why and why choose Xiaomi smartphones? What is the use of them when there are Huawei , OnePlus , Samsung , and finally, Apple.
Does Xiaomi have any clear advantages at the moment? Yes, and serious.
For each section we analyze them separately. But we can averagely say: the company has become a leader in terms of price-quality ratio, where quality is a loose concept.
The flagship of the model range Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro, aka Xiaomi Mi 8 EE
In 2018, Xiaomi managed to improve the cameras, release a more convenient version of MIUI , adapt the interfaces according to the recommendations of Google Material Design.
At the same time, certain models of smartphones preserved ergonomics, low price and maximum saturation of functions.
While competitors to achieve such a balance at a low price fails.
Ultrabudgetary Redmi for the Elderly
Ultra Budget Xiaomi Redmi 6a
Let’s start with the cheapest smartphones of the Redmi series . Prices are about the same in stores and in the secondary market.
Current model: the updated Xiaomi Redmi 6a has the best camera among smartphones up to $ 100, a convenient modern interface and a highly efficient processor.
The choice is obvious, because Redmi 5a is 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
The line of “full-fledged” Redmi without an “a” index was replenished in 2018 with a variety of devices of the 5th and 6th series. Prices and stuffing are almost indistinguishable, and the new version of MIUI eliminates the latest differences.
Redmi 6 Pro does not make sense for a resident of the CIS because of the need for flashing and related problems. The regular Redmi 6 / Redmi 6a with a fingerprint scanner and dual camera is an uninteresting smartphone.
Therefore, among the 5-inch and similar budget smartphones Xiaomi Redmi, the right choice will be Redmi 5 , which almost disappeared from the market.
Actual models: among smartphones with a screen equivalent to the classic 5.5-inch diagonal, Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 6 Pro are preferable to purchase.
In real work, the difference is not noticeable; choose only “mono-blood” or its absence. In the very near future, a new, seventh generation Redmi will be announced.
State employee of the past lineup Xiaomi Redmi 5
In the range of up to 15 thousand. The most interesting is ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1 / M2) .
If the smartphone is not needed right now, it is worth postponing the purchase. In addition, the younger models of the Mi line differ from Redmi for the better, and the price difference 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
The continuation of the popular lines of mid-priced Mi smartphones was expected, but at the end of 2018 the choice was ambiguous. At the moment there are several lines available at once with similar design logic:
If we consider the traditional sub-flagship Mi 6X, then its current version for the European market represented by Xiaomi A2 is a great option for undemanding users. But there is a nuance.
Acquiring A2 only makes sense in China. Otherwise, it is worth adding a little to the Pocophone F1 , combining the flagship performance and a budget set of components.
Mid-priced Xiaomi A2 on Android Go
He, in turn, is relevant again only in Russian retail: the difference with the Xiaomi Mi 8 when buying in China is insignificant. Of course, it is better to choose a flagship.
Xiaomi A2 Lite is the best smartphone in its segment of compact, but not too cheap devices.
Current models: A2 and A2 Lite became the best Xiaomi smartphones in the price range up to 13-15 thousand rubles.
It does not make sense to buy more 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 the budget price:
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 for 20,500 rubles
For games, for reading and instead of a tablet
Huge smartped Xiaomi Mi Max 3 with appearance of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
With niche smartphones Xiaomi everything is quite simple: they have few close analogs, competitors suffer from the same childhood sores.
The most interesting for the Russian buyer, according to tradition, are smart smartphones Xiaomi Mi Max 2 and Mi Max 3 . However, with a price difference of about 6 thousand rubles, the relevance of the latter can be questioned.
Xiaomi gaming innovations were in demand, but the lack of NFC and the original designplayed 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 photo modules. But it is better to choose something from the designer mix line or flagship Mi: they will argue with both the iPhone and Huawei.
Ceramic image flagship Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s
But fans of good sound Xiaomi still have nothing to offer. All mid-range and high-end devices sound about the same, but any LG, OnePlus or Samsung bypass them in quality.
Current models: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 and Xiaomi Mi Max 3 are sold very well, because the only alternative is Huawei. In turn, Black Shark costs around the existing Asus and Razer, 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 all a gamer, your version here:
Xiaomi Black Shark for 32 830 rubles
Tops: do you need?
The basic and maximum version of the new Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
The Xiaomi Supreme Legion is also designated by 2 generations in 2 different versions. And they think that there are no real competitors.
Flagship smartphones Xiaomi Mi 8 (
and Mix 2s should be recommended as the most balanced smartphones of 2018: basic versions cost no more than 25 thousand rubles.
The new flagship Mi 8 Pro and Mix 3 are still overvalued and will be able to compete on equal terms not earlier than six months. In addition, they do not carry any fundamental changes.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro with a sub-screen scanner and the usual Xiaomi Mi 8
Is it worth it to pay extra 15 thousand for a subscreen fingerprint or slider mechanism ? Everyone’s business.
In the meantime, Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mix 2s have no analogues: for their money, they offer a very good camera and many other cool chips that are not available in many more expensive smartphones.
I chose Mi 8, if it is interesting to someone.
Purchase Xiaomi Mi 8 for 25,300
… or Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro for 34,800 rubles
The very same smarter Xiaomi smarts cost about 15% more:
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 was hardly possible to expect, but instead of appreciating Xiaomi by the end of the year, it reduced prices for all the most popular, modern smartphones.
Both official and European / Russian retailers. So that price ranges have shifted and shuffled.
In this regard, the most profitable smartphone – Xiaomi Mi 8 , which can be purchased for 20-23 thousand rubles. There are no competitors in this price.
These Xiaomi can not buy
Outdated Xiaomi RedMi fourth generation
The main reason for refusing to buy Xiaomi should be 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 get around. The Chinese smartphone works no worse, and sometimes it is better than its European counterpart.
Problems will be with the Chinese versions of smartphones released on the European market with “pure” Android: Xiaomi Mi 5X , Mi 6X, Redmi 6 Pro.
One of the price leaders – 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 immediately buy A1, A2, A2 Lite.
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 the iPhone?
Xiaomi Mi 8 next to iPhone X
Of course, the HYIP around the Android vs. Vs theme . iPhone will never end. For those who want to switch to the Google operating system, I always offer 2 options: Xiaomi and OnePlus of the previous generation.
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 tune the smartphone, if necessary, make the Xiaomi “green robot” option almost the best Android option.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro (black) and Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite (red gradient)
It is worth considering that the Xiaomi mid-price lasts longer than the iPhone: what is offline, what is the service life .
The term of support for international models from Xiaomi exceeds that compared to A-brands, including Google and Samsung. Is that Apple does not catch up.
Other – only a matter of taste. The filling in Xiaomi has already reached the level that there is no big difference between their top models and Apple’s middle peasants.
… I have XXX, is it worth changing?
Stylized insides 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 a dactyloscope under the screen and a sliding front camera . Cosmetic enhancements are not worth the money they are asking for.
The processors and cameras have seriously changed, having learned to work with artificial intelligence systems. The omnipresent glass and the absence of a mini-jack in the benefits do not want to record.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and its sliding mechanism
However, some developers are effectively less costly – even the notorious Xiaomi has taught how to take pictures of mid-range devices cool .
Perhaps the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or 710 smartphone is the only worthwhile transition (if Apple is not counted). But with the processors of 2015-2016: the younger versions of Snap 835 will still fight.