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Xiaomi Mi vs. Redmi: The differences between the model series

We'll tell you the differences between Xiaomi's Mi and Redmi series. Our comparison deals not only with the prices, but also with the basic hardware equipment and the target groups.

The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is one of the most popular mobile phone brands in its home country. In Germany, too, the sales figures have increased significantly in recent years, so that the first Xiaomi store has even opened in Düsseldorf. However, the Chinese have not yet made the big breakthrough in this country. One reason for this is that buyers are still in the process of getting an idea of ​​the manufacturer and its smartphones. It is about basic things, such as where the differences between the two phone series Xiaomi Mi and Xiaomi Redmi lie.

Mi vs. Redmi: Premium to entry-level smartphones

If you have already dealt a little with Xiaomi and have looked at a few smartphones from the manufacturer, you will have noticed that there are two fundamentally different series. Xiaomi Mi focuses on the premium and upper middle class segment, while Xiaomi Redmi serves the lower middle and entry-level classes. The most striking difference is therefore visible in the price average. Redmi smartphones usually cost 100 to 300 euros. Mi phones, on the other hand, start at around 350 euros and come close to the thousand euro mark.

Xiaomi Mi 10 vs. Xiaomi Redmi 9: A comparison as an example

The following table shows you the hardware of the Xiaomi Mi 10 compared to the Xiaomi Redmi 9. The example shows at a glance how far the model series are technically apart:

Xiaomi Mi 10Xiaomi Redmi 9
DisplayAMOLED, 2,340 x 1,080 pixelsIPS, 2,340 x 1,080 pixels
processorSnapdragon 865Helio G80
random access memory8 GB3 GB or 4 GB
Storage128 GB or 256 GB32 GB or 64 GB


Quad camera

108 MP + 13 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP

Quad camera

13 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP + 2 MP

battery pack4,780 mAh5020 mAh
priceapprox. 700 eurosapprox. 140 euros

The Full HD Plus AMOLED display of the Xiaomi Mi 10 offers you a visibly better color display than the IPS screen of the Xiaomi Redmi 9 and is also more energy efficient. With the processor, however, the class difference is even clearer. The Snapdragon 865 of the Xiaomi Mi 10 is one of the best chips on the market and can only be found in the best smartphones, while the Helio G80 guarantees stable performance, but works much slower. Both the RAM and the internal storage capacity of the Xiaomi Mi 10 are each twice as large as that of the Xiaomi Redmi 9 and the camera equipment is significantly more slimmed down, although both rely on four sensors. The entry-level model is only ahead in terms of battery capacity, although it must be taken into account that the processor and display of the premium model are more energy-efficient, which is why the actual battery life of both phones is around one and a half days.

Conclusion: two completely different model series

If you are ready to invest a little more in your smartphone in order to enjoy excellent performance and powerful features, you should take a closer look at the Xiaomi Mi series. Here you get the best hardware that is available on the market and still save some money. If you only use your smartphone occasionally and are looking for a bargain, it is worth taking a look at the Xiaomi Redmi range. The smartphones cost comparatively little here and still guarantee solid basic equipment.