Xiaomi has been a smartphone powerhouse in China for a long time, and more recently it has started making a major effort to conquer the west.
It has done this through launching a range of phones at a range of prices, typically undercutting comparable handsets from other brands. It’s not the only Chinese smartphone brand to use low prices to its advantage, but it’s one of the best at it.
Why choose a Xiaomi 5G phone?
Simply because you’re unlikely to find a better value 5G phone from another brand. Xiaomi is somewhat like Motorola in that it makes great handsets for not very much money, but it has made more of a push into the high-end and especially into 5G than Motorola has.
So a 5G phone from Xiaomi will likely be brilliant value, while also including all the key specs and features you could reasonably hope for, such as a sharp screen, a high-end chipset, lots of RAM, a premium design, and good cameras.
And Xiaomi makes a lot of phones and has been very successful at doing it. For the last few years it’s mostly been ranked in the top 5 smartphone manufacturers for market share globally, and in at least one quarter it was ranked third – ahead of Apple. So it’s clear its phones are popular, which is a sign people are happy with them and that Xiaomi is a brand you can trust.
As with other relatively affordable 5G phone brands, Xiaomi handsets also have the advantage of being cheap enough to often buy outright, so you can then take advantage of a 5G SIM Only deal or use one instead of a 5G broadband device.
When buying any 5G phone though we’d advise you to check your 5G coverage first, especially as it’s not yet comprehensive at the time of writing.
Notable Xiaomi 5G phones
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G was the very first 5G handset to launch in the UK, as it landed in May 2019. Being the first instantly makes it notable, but it’s also notable for being cheaper than many that landed after it.
And that’s without making many sacrifices to the specs, as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G had a top-tier chipset and a truly all-screen design, with a pop-up dual-lens selfie camera.
While some more exciting 5G phones have launched since, few are as cheap, and there’s something to be said for getting there first.
But Xiaomi itself has since launched the Xiaomi Mi 10 5G. This is a truly top-end phone, with a quad-lens camera led by a 108MP main sensor, power to rival the best handsets of 2020 thanks to its Snapdragon 865 chipset, a 6.67-inch 1080 x 2340 Super AMOLED screen (with a 90Hz refresh rate), and a 4,780mAh battery.