Xiaomi Smartphone Buyer’s Guide 2018
Xiaomi is one of those smartphone brands that has plenty to offer. In fact, they’ve released quite a lot of devices in the Philippines for 2018 alone. So, if you’re planning on buying a Xiaomi smartphone and don’t know which one to choose, we hope this guide helps.
Author’s Note: We have categorized the Xiaomi devices based on tier (flagship, mid-range, and entry-level). The smartphones listed below are those that were officially launched in 2018 and is available for purchase in the Philippines.
Let’s start the list with Mi 8, the company’s latest flagship smartphone. It packs a 6.21-inch display, up to 256GB storage, dual-rear cameras, Infrared face recognition, and a 3,400mAh battery. Powering it is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and 6GB RAM. It’s priced at Php25,990 for the 64GB model and Php27,990 for the 128GB.
If you hate bezels, then you might want to look at the Mix 2S. It has a smaller screen than the Mi 8 at 5.99-inches but with really slim top and side bezels. As expected, it packs a Snapdragon 845 chipset, with up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. Price is at Php27,990 for the 6GB+64GB model and Php29,990 for the 6GB+128GB.
Now if you want flagship specs but at a low price, the Pocophone F1 by Xiaomi’s sub-brand Pocophone is your best bet. Like the Mi 8, the F1 sports a display with a notch design. It has a 6.18-inch screen, the same dual-rear cameras as the Mix 2S, Snapdragon 845, up to 8GB RAM, and up to 256GB storage. The F1 also has the largest battery capacity in the flagship lineup at 4,000mAh battery. Its price is at Php17,990 for the 6GB+64GB and Php19,990 for the 6GB+128GB. The Armored Edition with Kevlar body, on the other hand, is priced at Php22,990 for the 6GB + 128GB model.
If you’re looking for something that is in the mid-range segment, good news as Xiaomi has a lot to choose from. Starting with the Redmi Note 5 (Global), this phone sports a 5.99-inch screen with a Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, dual-rear cameras, and a large 4,000mAh battery. It’s now priced at Php11,490 which makes it a recommended device for those who are looking for a good mid-ranger with a large battery.
Next is the Redmi 6 that launched in the Philippines in July and can be considered an affordable mid-ranger due to its sub-Php10K price tag. It sports a 5.45-inch screen, dual rear cameras, and up to 64GB storage. Powering it is a MediaTek Helio P22 chipset, up to 4GB RAM, and 3,000mAh battery. The Redmi 6 is priced at Php7,490 for the 3GB + 32GB model and Php8,990 for the 4GB + 64GB.
As an alternative, Xiaomi also has the Redmi S2 with a 5.99-inch display, Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, dual-rear cameras, and a 3,080mAh battery. It is priced at Php7,949.
If you’re looking for a smartphone with a pure Android experience, don’t worry as Xiaomi has that as well. Actually, they have two – the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite. Both are powered by Android One based on Android 8.1 Oreo. If you want the most powerful Qualcomm mid-range chipset, you might want to opt for the Mi A2. It has a Snapdragon 660 chip, up to 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, dual rear cameras, and 3,010mAh battery. The 4GB+64GB model is now priced at Php13,990.
If the Mi A2 seems to over the budget, Xiaomi offers the Mi A2 Lite with a 5.84-inch screen, Snapdragon 625 chipset, up to 4GB RAM, up to 64GB storage, dual rear cameras, and surprisingly, a large 4,000mAh battery. The Mi A2 Lite has two models – the 3GB+32GB for Php9,490, and 4GB+64GB for Php10,990.
Looking for a smartphone that can definitely last you a whole day of heavy use? If yes, then take a look at the Mi Max 3. It has a large 6.9-inch screen, Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, dual rear cameras, and a massive 5,500mAh battery – the largest in this lineup. The Mi Max 3 is yet to be available but it’s priced at Php14,990.
Time to look at Xiaomi’s entry-level offering for this year, with the Redmi 6A, As the name suggests, this is the little brother of the mid-range Redmi 6. It has a 5.45-inch screen, the new MediaTek Helio A22 chipset, 2GB RAM, up to 32GB storage, and 3,000mAh battery. It is priced at Php5,290 for the 16GB model and Php5,990 for the 32GB.
Let’s list down the mentioned devices by price so you can get a good look and choose the one within your budget:
|Mi Mix 2S (6GB+128GB)||Php29,990|
|Mi Mix 2S (6GB+64GB)||Php27,990|
|Mi 8 (128GB)||Php27,990|
|Mi 8 (64GB)||Php25,990|
|Pocophone F1 (6GB+128GB) Armored Edition||Php22,990|
|Pocophone F1 (6GB+128GB)||Php19,990|
|Pocophone F1 (6GB+64GB)||Php17,990|
|Mi Max 3||Php14,990|
|Mi A2 (4GB+64GB)||Php13,990|
|Redmi Note 5||Php11,490|
|Mi A2 Lite (4GB+64GB)||Php10,990|
|Mi A2 Lite (3GB+32GB)||Php9,490|
|Redmi 6 (4GB+64B)||Php8,990|
|Redmi 6 (3GB+32GB)||Php7,490|
|Redmi 6A (32GB)||Php5,990|
|Redmi 6A (16GB)||Php5,290|
And there you have it. We hope this guide helped you when it comes to choosing your Xiaomi device. If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments below.