As Huawei is losing popularity due to the lack of Google Play services, Xiaomi is quickly stealing their customers. You don’t need to be a phone expert like myself to know that the Chinese giant releases good-looking phones with great specs.
I’ve discussed the best Xiaomi phone price in Sri Lanka for different price ranges, as well as any information you’d like to know about the brand. Let’s get to it.
The device was released towards the end of 2019. It’s pretty thick. The following are its dimensions, 156.5 mm x 75.4 mm x 9.4 mm.
I’m a fan of phones with weight, as they feel the most expensive. The Redmi 8A comes in at a very decent 188 grams.
You can pick it up in the following colors: Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, and Sunset Red.
It’s made from plastic. The plastic on its rear doesn’t feel the most premium. If it’s any consolation, the glass on its screen has a water repellent coating.
Its screen stretches 6.22 inches across. The panel on its front is IPS LCD. IPS LCDs aren’t as vibrant as OLEDs or Super AMOLEDs.
For how big its display is, its 720 x 1520-pixel resolution doesn’t cut it. You’ll notice blurriness.
It runs Android 9 out of the box. Yes, you can upgrade it to Android 10. The chipset housed is the Snapdragon 439.
The 8A comes with a micro-SD slot. The variant I’m reviewing comes with 32 GB of space and 2 GB RAM. If you have many apps running in the background, the 2 gigs of memory would cause lag.
A single camera set-up is on its rear. It consists of a 12 MP wide lens; it’ll take shots that aren’t color accurate. The quality of pictures taken would especially be bad in low light. There’s a 8 MP lens on its front.
The battery inside is 5,000 mAh. It’s non-removable. You can expect it to fully drain in over a day if you’re not heavy handed with it. You can use an 18 W fast charger on it. Just know that the 8A only comes with a regular 10 W charger out of the box. The 10 W charging makes it go from 0-100% in around 3 hours.
To crown it as the best for its price, we compared it with the following:
The M3 is thick. Its dimensions are 162.3 mm x 77.3 mm x 9.6 mm. You’re looking at a heavy phone. It weighs 198 grams.
The colors you can pick it up in are Cool Blue, Poco Yellow, and Power Black. For a mobile its price, it’s not surprising that there’s plastic on its rear.
Its screen stretches 6.53 inches across. The panel on its front is IPS LCD. There’s not much bezel action going on. Its screen-to-body ratio is 83.4%. For how large its screen is, its pixel resolution is great. It’s 1080 x 2340 p, so you won’t notice any pixilation.
Its display is Gorilla Glass 3. You won’t easily be able to scruff it.
You’ll be getting Android 10 out of the box. The chipset housed is the Snapdragon 662. It’s a mid-range processor that won’t get taxed easily.
Let’s talk about its storage and memory. It comes with 64 GB of ROM and 4 GB of RAM. The 4 gigs of memory means that apps force closing will never be an issue. Also, a microSD slot would be available.
There is a triple camera set-up on its rear. It consists of a primary 48 MP wide lens, a secondary 2 MP macro lens and a 2 MP depth sensor. Pictures taken won’t be the best. This is especially true in low-light. On its front, there’d be an 8 MP wide lens.
The Poco’s so thick as it has a large battery inside. It’s 6,000 mAh and will take over 2 days to fully drain. You’ll be using an 18 W fast charger on it. The device will go from 0-100% in around an hour which is not something a lot of phones its price can do. What’s great is that it comes with reverse charging. You’ll be able to use the mobile as a power bank.
No, you can’t remove its battery.
To crown it as the best, we compared it with the following:
Compared to all the entries so far, the 9T is the newest. It was released in 2021.
It has a plastic build. The plastic has a metallic effect, so it looks good. The device is thick. Its dimensions are 162.3 mm x 77.3 mm x 9.6 mm. Also, it’s got some weight – it comes in at 198 grams.
Gorilla Glass 3 is on its front. It has a water repellant coating.
You can pick the device up in the following colors: Carbon Gray, Twilight Blue, Sunrise Orange, and Ocean Green.
Its screen stretches 6.53 inches across. There’s an IPS LCD panel on it. You won’t notice much bezel action. Its screen-to-body ratio is 83.4%. Now, you won’t notice much pixilation either. Its screen resolution is an impressive 1080 x 2340 p.
It runs Android 10 out of the box. The chipset housed is the Snapdragon 662. It’s the same processor in the entry above.
As mentioned, the device comes with 64 GB of ROM and 4 GB of RAM. It has a microSD slot as well.
How do you feel about a 6,000 mAh battery? It will take over 2 days for the battery to fully drain. You’ll have to use an 18 W fast charger on it. Just like the M3, it’ll fully charge in around an hour. Due to how large its battery is, reverse charging would be possible.
There is a quad camera set-up on its rear. It consists of a 48 MP primary wide lens, an 8 MP ultra-wide lens, a 2 MP macro lens and a 2 MP depth sensor. Shots taken won’t be too bad in low light. But they’ll be blurry and far from color accurate in dim settings.
Its selfie camera is a single 8 MP wide shooter.
The Xiaomi Redmi 9T 64 GB 4 GB RAM will cost around Rs.32,700.
Before we move onto the next phone, know that the 128 GB variant of the Poco M3 we mentioned above is an equally great option for your budget.
The Note 9 Pro was released in 2020. Just like the others, it’s not thin. Its dimensions are 165.8 mm x 76.7 mm x 8.8 mm. You’re looking at a phone with a lot of weight. It comes in at 209 grams.
It has a Gorilla Glass 5 back. It feels great, but I have a small issue with the glass back. It’ll be really slippery.
Although made from glass, there’s a metallic effect on its rear. The material on its frame is plastic.
You can pick it up in the following colors; Tropical Green, Glacier White, and Interstellar Gray
Gorilla Glass 5 is also on its front. How big is its display? 6.67 inches. The panel placed was IPS LCD. I would’ve loved an OLED instead, but you can’t always get what you want.
There’s not much bezel action going on. The 9 Pro’s screen-to-body ratio is 84.5%. The device also has a sharp display. Its pixel resolution is 1080 x 2400 p.
Out of the box, it runs Android 10. The chipset that powers Android is the Snapdragon 720G. It’s a processor that was made for extensive gaming – you can easily overclock it.
The RAM and ROM the Note 9 Pro comes with are really good. You’ll be able to pick it up with 64 GB of space and 6 GB of RAM.
If you’re expecting a microSD slot, you won’t be disappointed.
Let’s talk about its rear camera. It consists of an impressive quad set-up. There is a massive 64 MP wide primary lens, a secondary 8 MP ultra-wide lens, a third 5 MP macro lens, and lastly, a 2 MP depth sensor. The quality of shots taken aren’t anything to complain about. Pictures are alright in low-light but definitely not the best.
In terms of its front camera, there is a single 16 MP wide lens.
The battery housed is 5,020 mAh. The battery is non-removable. It’ll fully drain in over a day. You’ll have to use a 30 W fast charger on it. It goes from 0-60% in half an hour.
Considering the Note 9 Pro’s price, it would’ve been great if it came with wireless or reverse charging. Its battery is pretty huge after all.
The handset will cost around Rs 46,900. To crown it as the best for its price, I had to compare it with the following:
Along with the Note 9 Pro, the 128 GB 6 GB RAM variant of the Redmi 9T is also pretty great.
The Pro stretches 156.7 mm x 74.3 mm x 8.8 mm across. It’s not slim.
You’re looking at a handset with a glass rear. The material on its frame is a soft aluminum. It’ll feel good in your hands, as it’s also got some weight. It comes in at 191 grams.
You can pick it up in the following colors: Carbon black, Flame red, Glacier blue, Summer Honey, and Pearl White.
Its screen is big. It stretches 6.39 inches across. You’ll be able to immerse in whatever you’re watching, as the panel on its front is Super AMOLED. You’ll also be able to stream HDR rated content as the K20 Pro is HDR10 rated.
There’s barely any bezel action going on. Its screen-to-body ratio is 86.1%.
It’ll be hard to scratch its front. There is Gorilla Glass 5 on it. Also, its display is super sharp. It’s 1080 x 2340 pixels.
If you’re expecting a microSD slot, get ready to be disappointed. The variant I’m reviewing comes with 128 GB of space and 8 GB of RAM. The 8 GB of memory makes its insides very snappy.
Let’s talk about the chipset housed. It’s the Snapdragon 855. It’s a processor that’s fit for a flagship – it’ll be able to handle whatever you throw at it. At one point, it was one of the most powerful chips around.
You won’t be getting a quad camera set-up like the entry above. Instead, there’ll only be three sensors on its rear. There’s a primary 48 MP wide lens, a secondary 8 MP telephoto lens and a 13 MP ultrawide lens. I’m a fan of the quality of pictures the camera takes in well-lit environments. In more dim-lit settings, shots can be grainy.
It comes with such a great screen-to-body ratio, as there’s no notch on its front. Its selfie camera is a 20 MP wide lens that’s motorized.
Although the K20 Pro’s a thick phone, it houses a small battery. The battery inside of it is 4,000 mAh. It’s non removable. If you’re not heavy handed with usage, it’ll last around a day.
The Pro supports 27 W fast charging. But you’ll only be getting an 18 W fast charger out of the box. It’ll take as long as the Note 9 Pro to fully charge.
Expect it to fully charge in a little over an hour with the 27 W fast charger.
Unfortunately, wireless charging won’t be available. As its battery is so small, you naturally can’t expect reverse charging either.
We compared the K20 Pro 128 GB 8 GB with the following to crown it as the best:
The Mi 9T Pro was released in 2019. Its dimensions are 156.7 mm x 74.3 mm x 8.8 mm. You’re looking at a heavy phone. It weighs 191 grams.
You can pick it up in the following colors: Carbon black, Red flame, and Glacier blue.
Its rear is Gorilla Glass 5. The material on its frame is aluminum. Gorilla Glass 5 also on its front. Have fun trying to scruff it.
The phone is big. Its screen stretches 6.39 inches across. The panel on its front is Super AMOLED -colours would be vibrant. Its screen hits all the sweet spots as it’s even HDR rated.
You won’t notice much bezel action going on. Its screen-to-body ratio is 86.1%. Not only are there not much bezels, but its display is sharp as well. Its pixel resolution is 1080 x 2340 p.
The device rocks Android 9 out of the box. But you’ll be able to upgrade it to Android 10. The chipset inside is the super powerful Snapdragon 855. We met it in the Redmi 9T earlier.
It doesn’t have a microSD slot. The ROM and RAM it comes with are 64 gigs of space and 6 GB of memory.
Due to how thick it is, I was expecting the Pro to have a large battery. But Xiaomi decided to disappoint me. There’s just a 4,000 mAh battery inside. It’ll fully drain in less than a day. You won’t be able to remove it.
The device supports 27 W fast charging. You can expect its battery to go from 0-100% in a little over an hour.
Will you be getting reverse or wireless charging? The answer is no. You can’t expect reverse charging as it doesn’t have a large battery.
There is a triple camera set-up on its rear. It consists of a 48 MP wide lens, a secondary 8 MP telephoto lens and a tertiary 13 MP ultrawide sensor. You’ll be getting dual LED on it.
Its selfie camera is motorized. It houses a 20 MP wide lens.
To crown it as the best for its price, I only had to compare it with the Xiaomi Note 10 Lite.
You’re looking at the thickest phone on our list. Its dimensions are 157.8 mm x 74.2 mm x 9.7 mm. It comes with some great weight – it’s 204 grams.
The Note 10 Lite has a Gorilla Glass 5 rear. The material on its frame is aluminum. Xiaomi placed Gorilla Glass 5 on its front as well.
Its screen is 6.47 inches. The panel on it is AMOLED – colors would be vibrant. What makes the Lite’s viewing experience so great is how little bezel action there is. Its screen-to-body ratio is 87.8%.
Its display is really sharp. How do you feel about a 1080 x 2340-pixel resolution?
It runs Android 10 out of the box. You’ll be able to upgrade it to Android 11.
The chipset housed was made for gaming. It’s the Snapdragon 730G. The chip can handle being overclocked, so it’ll handle whatever you throw at it.
The device doesn’t have a microSD slot. You’ll be picking it up in 128 GB of space and 8 GB of RAM.
Its battery is 5,260 mAh. It’ll last well over a day. Can you remove it? The answer’s no. A 30 W fast charger would have to be used on it. Its battery will go from 0-100% in a little over an hour. You won’t be getting reverse or wireless charging with the phone. I’m as disappointed as you.
There’s a quad camera set-up on its rear. It consists of a 64 MP wide primary lens, a secondary 8 MP ultrawide lens, a tertiary 2 MP macro lens and a 5 MP depth sensor. There’s a quad flash on the handset. Meanwhile, its front camera is 16 MP wide lens.
To choose it as the best for its price, we compared it with the following:
The Mi was released in 2020. Like all the entries on my list, it’s not thin. Its dimensions are 162.5 mm x 74.8 mm x 9 mm. I’m a fan of phones with weight, so I love that it’s 209 grams. It’ll feel well-built in your hands.
What helps it feel so luxurious is the glass and metal on its back. The glass is super durable - have fun trying to scratch it. Just know that the Mi 10 can be slippery. Its glass rear will collect fingerprints too.
You can pick it up in many colors. They are Coral Green, Twilight Grey, and Peach Gold. The Coral Green variant looks the best. You don’t usually find phones this shade.
The handset has a screen stretches 6.67 inches across. The panel on its front is Super AMOLED. As you’re aware, this means that colors would be vibrant.
Swiping through its display will be buttery. The Mi 10 comes with a 90 Hz display. What’s more, you’ll be able to stream HDR rated content, as it’s HDR10+.
If you’re on the hunt for a phone with an infinity display, you’ve found the right one. The Mi 10 has a near 90% screen-to-body ratio. And its edges are curved - it gives the illusion of its display going on forever.
You don’t have to worry about glare. Its screen can easily handle the Sri Lanka sun. It’s 500 typ nits. That’s the gold standard.
There is Gorilla Glass 5 on its front. It’ll be hard trying to scratch it.
Inside of the phone is the Snapdragon 865 5G processor. It’s a chip made for a flagship; it can handle the most extensive tasks. Here’s how it compares with the A14 Bionic which is Apple’s flagship processor.
Network connections would be fast, as you’re getting 5G support.
There’s no microSD slot. This is perfectly normal for a mobile the Mi 10’s price. I’m reviewing a Mi 10 5G variant that comes with 128 GB of space and 8 GB of RAM. The 8 gigs of memory along with the powerful chipset inside makes its insides super smooth.
Xiaomi placed a large battery inside of it. It’s 4,780 mAh. It’s non removable. You can expect it to last over a day if you’re not heavy handed with it. A 30 W fast charger would have to be used on it. The Xiaomi flagship will go from 0-100% in around an hour.
Does it come with reverse and wireless charging? The answer is yes to both. You’ll be getting 30 W wireless and 5 W reverse charging.
Camera-wise, you won’t be disappointed. The device takes some of the most vibrant and color accurate shots I’ve seen. It’ll taken great pictures even in low-light.
The set-up on its rear consists of 4 lenses. They are a 108 MP primary wide lens, a secondary 13 MP ultrawide lens, a third 2 MP macro lens and a 2 MP depth sensor.
Its selfie camera is a single 20 MP wide shooter. It’ll take Instagram-ready shots.
Not only is the Mi 10 5G the best Xiaomi phone for its price range, but I think it’s one of the best around. To have crowned the mobile the best for this budget, I had to compare it with the:
Let’s recap. Xiaomi releases some great phones for all kinds of budget. Everything discussed below would help you learn more about the Chinese giant.
Unlike Apple, Xiaomi doesn’t have a roster of celebs that uses its devices. Amitabh Bachchan, the Bollywood Superstar, was offered a Xiaomi flagship when he tweeted that his Galaxy S9 was having trouble. Who knows? Maybe’s he’s been using the flagship since.
And Katrina Kaif was the face of the company’s Redmi Y series.
There are 3 phones that the manufacturer’s going to release that I’m very excited for.
The Mi 12 would likely be priced similarly to how the Mi 11 was when it first released. You’ll be able to buy it for around Rs.206,000.
There haven’t been much leaks about it. However, we know that its display would be similar to its predecessor’s.
One leak suggests that you’ll be getting an extra rear camera and no front-facing camera. But another leak states that there in-fact would be a front camera.
A very reliable source says that the Mi 12 will house a 192 or 200 MP primary camera. If true, it’d be the most resolution on a smartphone. The same leak also says that the phone will house the Snapdragon 895 processor.
So far, no one really knows how its battery and charging capabilities would be like. But Xiaomi recently revealed their new Hypercharge feature. It’ll be able to fully charge batteries that are around 4,000 mAh in 8 minutes. Maybe this feature would be available?
The Mix Fold was released to rival the Galaxy Z Fold. It’ll get a new sibling soon.
A leak from China says that the new foldable phone will come with a “proactive under-screen tech”. It’ll likely improve the durability of the Fold 2’s display. The leak also says that the handset will be able to fold inwards.
If you’re wondering when it’ll release, this’ll likely be in the fourth quarter of 2021. Some of the hardware on it will be the same as on its elder brother. This includes the Snapdragon 888 chip and 108 MP rear camera.
A new feature would be a 120 Hz foldable OLED panel.
Trying to figure out how much it would cost is hard. It overall comes with better features than its older brother, so it’d be more expensive. The Xiaomi Mix Fold currently costs around Rs 243,000 island-wide.
The Mi Note 10 released in the end of 2019. Since then, its successor has been long awaited. Unfortunately, there is very little known about the upcoming flagship.
It would likely release at the same price as the Mi Note 10 – it’ll be around Rs.90,000.
From the few leaks and rumors around, it’s suspected that the Note 11 would come with a headphone jack, on-display fingerprint sensor, an impressive 30x camera and stereo speakers. The beastly Snapdragon 865 will most likely be housed.
This is pretty much all we know about the new Mi Note. A release date isn’t known either.
The company’s interface is called MIUI. It’s very minimalistic. Some user interfaces from rival companies are bulky which is why MIUI stands out.
MIUI 11 comes with a feature that’s similar to Apple’s Air Drops. The type of devices you’ll be able to drop files to are Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo phones.
The latest version of the interface is MIUI 12. One of its best features is its superb security. Sensitive information about your phone would be removed when sharing image files. That’s not all, the interface will keep a track record of all the apps installed. You’ll be able to see how they perform as well as any data they have been collecting.
If you’re interested in any of the mobiles we reviewed, you may be wondering how often they would get updates. After all, buying an expensive phone just to lose Android support soon would be money down the drain.
The Chinese giant will update Android for up to 2-years after a device is released and 3-4 years for any MIUI upgrades.
Interested in the brand? Maybe the following cool points will make you love them more.
In 2014, Xiaomi sold over 2.1 million smart phones in a day. This broke a Guinness world record. Another record that the company broke was for the most unboxings in a given time.
The mascot of the tech giant is a rabbit. His name is Mitu!
From all the locations in the world, the brand chose Singapore as the home of their international office. According to them, they believed that Singapore would give them the best feedback for future devices.
The company wanted to switch websites, so they bought the domain name ‘mi.com’. In the end, the purchase cost $3.4 million USD.
If you flip the brand’s logo upside down, you’ll see the word ‘heart’ written in Chinese.
The Chinese giant has earned its place as one of the leading phone brands in Sri Lanka. As you saw in my review, you’ll be able to buy all sorts of great mobiles for your budget. Xiaomi devices not only come with more than decent specs, but they look good too. This is especially true for more expensive options.
Some of the handsets the brand is going to release are great. I’m very excited for the Mi 12. It’ll be well-worth its price.
Xiaomi is a brand that’s becoming more and more popular in Sri Lanka for good reason.