Every Smartphone Launched by Xiaomi (Apple of China) from 2011 to 2016
Xiaomi’s journey as a smartphone manufacturer and seller might look not too long, but they have been selling smartphones for about five years now. During this period, only a handful number of devices have been launched by the company, as the brand doesn’t follow the footsteps of Tier-1 companies like Samsung, Sony, LG for multiple launches in a year. The first ever phone from Xiaomi was launched in August 2011, and since then, about 20 phones are launched (as of February 1st 2016). The brand is also dubbed as the Apple of China not just because of the devices but also the unique launch strategies and the growth the brand has seen in China.
The Xiaomi smartphones are sold under the names Mi, Redmi, Redmi Note, and Mi Note. Check the list below for the entire list of phones from Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Mi 1S
Launched in August 2011, and came with a 4-inch FWVGA display, Snapdragon S3 dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, and a combination of 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front camera. The device ran Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version, and it had a 1930 mAh battery packed in.
As was the strategy from Xiaomi, pricing the phones less was the first thing. The phone looked good, and was priced right for what was included. Not much was done on the software side, though after this was when Xiaomi actually started working on its own MIUI ROM.
Xiaomi Mi 2
The Mi 2, that was released in November 2012, was a little bigger than its predecessor, as the phone had a 4.3-inch screen with 720p resolution, and it was powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (quad-core, 1.5GHz) along with 2GB of RAM, and it was a limited storage device with 16GB and 32GB options.
The camera combination was still the same, 8MP rear and a 2MP front facing camera, and the battery capacity was 2000 mAh. While the Mi 2 came with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean version, it could update to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Xiaomi Mi 2S
This was a special variant of the Mi 2 and not a flagship, and the Mi 2S was released in April 2013 and it had a couple of differences, first with the camera (while 16GB internal storage variant had 8MP camera, the 32GB internal storage variant came with a 13MP camera), and other with the clock speed of the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, which had clock speeds of 1.7GHz, compared to the 1.5GHz clock speed in the Mi 2, though Xiaomi didn’t stop here and later came up with another variant of this device, having a bigger display.
Xiaomi Mi 2A
The Mi 2A was launched in the same year along with Mi 2S, but it had a little bigger display, i.e. a 4.5-inch 720p one. It had the Xiaolong S4 Pro processor (1.7GHz quad-core) and 1GB of RAM along with 16GB internal storage (no expansion slot).
It had the same 8MP/2MP camera combination, and there was no proper update support for this variant after the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS pre-installed on it. The phone had a 2030 mAh battery.
Released in August 2013, the Xiaomi Redmi had a 4.7-inch display with 720p resolution, and that was with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. Internally, the device comes with a Mediatek MT6589T quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. While there was a MicroSD card slot provided, the internal storage was just 4GB.
The cameras included were an 8-megapixel and a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, and this Dual SIM device has a 2000 mAh battery packed in. It was also called the Xiaomi Hongmi, and was the first device with the “Redmi” tag.
Xiaomi Redmi 1S
One of the most successful budget smartphones from Xiaomi, the Redmi 1S had a 4.7-inch 720p display, though instead of Gorilla Glass protection, the screen here got a AGC Dragontrail glass. The major jump was with the processor, as the device has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor (quad-core, 1.6GHz) and there was a 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage with a MicroSD card expansion to 32GB.
On the back of the device, is an 8MP camera and on the front is a 1.6MP camera. It was the same 2000 mAh battery provided in this phone, and the Redmi 1s ran Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, with the MIUI v5.0 layered over it. It is a Dual SIM device with dual stand-by.
Check out our Redmi 1s review.
Xiaomi Mi 3
A 5-inch 1080p display, a flagship chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and a perfect camera combination made this not the best phone from Xiaomi at that point, but also one of the best in the market giving a good value for money. The Mi 3 was released in December 2013, and it came with a Full HD display protected by Gorilla Glass 3. Along with Snapdragon 800, there was 2GB of RAM and the storage was limited with 16GB and 64GB options.
The Mi 3 ran Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, later upgradeable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and it was the MIUI v5 layered over the Android OS. The camera combination included a 13-megapixel rear, and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. One of the best parts about the phone was its 3050 mAh battery.
Xiaomi Mi 4 & Mi 4 LTE
The next flagship from the company was released in August 2014, and it didn’t bring any change in the size, but made the build quality better, with a metallic frame on the side. Under the 5-inch 1080p display, there was a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor along with 3GB of RAM, and limited storage.
The camera improvement was seen as well, because the 13MP rear camera on Mi 4 could capture 4K videos, and for the selfies, there was a 8MP camera included. The 3080 mAh battery of the Mi 4 supported quick charging. Later, in December 2014, the LTE variant of Xiaomi Mi 4 was launched as well.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 & Redmi 2A
The Redmi 2 was launched in January 2015 as a budget smartphone having a 4.7-inch 720p display, and internally this phone had the very well performing Snapdragon 410 processor (quad-core, 1.2 GHz, 64-bit) along with 1GB of RAM. The smartphone ran Android 4.4.4 KitKat with MIUI v6, and it had a 8MP rear and 2MP front-facing camera. For quite a long time, this was the best phone to purchase at this price.
Check: Xiaomi Redmi 2 Review
In April 2015, the company came up with a Redmi 2A with all the same specs except for the processor – Leadcore L1860C quad-core 1.5GHz chipset powering the device, and it made the phone cheaper.
Xiaomi Redmi Note
Mi 3 was the biggest device so far from Xiaomi, and as the company wanted to keep the flagship to a particular size, it launched the Redmi Note as a new smartphone starting a phablet series in March 2014. The Redmi Note had a 5.5-inch 720p display with Gorilla Glass 3, and a Mediatek MT6592 octa-core processor along with 2GB of RAM.
A MicroSD card slot supported storage expansion to 32GB if the 8GB internal storage wasn’t enough, and the phone had a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera. The battery was a good 3100 mAh one, giving more than a day’s usage easily.
Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note Review
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
What the Redmi Note with the Mediatek chipset lacked was 4G connectivity. Xiaomi, in August 2014, released a new variant, i.e. the Redmi Note 4G with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and almost all the other specs remained the same.
The Snapdragon 400 along with Adreno 306 GPU allows for 4G connectivity, and the price different wasn’t that big. However, the 4G variant of Redmi Note didn’t fare any better in terms of performance and added value only for those who wanted faster connectivity wherever network was available.
Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G Review
Xiaomi Mi Note and Mi Note Pro
Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro are two phablets, first large screen series from Xiaomi, as the Mi flagship series has been at 5-inch so far. The Mi Note is the lower variant with Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM under a 5.7inch 1080p display. The camera combination includes a 13MP rear and a 4MP front facing shooter and there is a 3000 mAh battery included.
The better variant announced was the Mi Note Pro, which came in with a 1440p display under the same screen size as the Mi Note, but the major upgrade was its processor, as Xiaomi chose Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 along with 4GB of RAM. The camera combination stays the same, and the battery gets a little bump as the Mi Note Pro has a 3090 mAh battery.
Xiaomi Mi 4i
The Mi 4i was an India launch and a pretty successful one for the company, as it carried the specs matching up the price and was one of the best devices in its price range. A 5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 615 and a camera combination including 13MP rear and 5MP front facing camera.
That was not it, as the Mi 4i was the first to run Android Lollipop based MIUI, and it had a 3120 mAh battery and Sunlight display, that set the color toning naturally rather than brightening the entire picture in bright conditions.
Read: Xiaomi Mi 4i Review
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
In the month of August 2015, we had heard first about this Phone, but it became official in November when it was launched in China. This is the second generation device in the Note series, that was launched at an official price of RMB 799 making it another affordable large screen device for the consumers. It featured a 5.5″ Full HD Display along with 16GB of Internal Storage that came with the MIUI 7 which was announced for the first time.
The Phone also featured an option to add an external SD Card that supported up to 32GB of storage and you could buy device in two storage variants ie 16GB & 32GB. Later the same was launched in Malaysia at a price of RM 649 with only the 16GB variant made available in the country. The Redmi Note 2 Prime was also launched around the same time frame by the brand.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
The next MIUI 7 based Smartphone was launched in China dubbed as the Note 3 at a grand event in China. It came with a Metal body and a fingerprint scanner that could unlock your device within 0.3 seconds, making it possible to make payments through the same. The device comes with a weight just 4 grams more than the Note 2, along with the same 5.5″ Full HD Display that’s protected with the Gorilla Glass.
The phone is available in two variants, the first one with 2GB RAM & 16GB Internal Storage while the next coming with 3GB RAM & 32GB Internal Storage. The prices of these start at 899 Yuan while the 3GB variant is offered at 1099 Yuan. In this case, there’s no Snapdragon or Mediatek but the phone is powered with the Helio X10 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz.
Xiaomi Mi 4c
A special model made for consumers in China; it is a counterpart of Xiaomi Mi 4i, which was made for the Indian audience. Looks pretty similar to the Mi 4i, the Mi 4c comes with different chipset, its Snapdragon 808, instead of the Snapdragon 615 chipset. It is quite an upgrade in terms of the processing power. Other interesting features include USB Type-C port, full HD 5-inch display, and 3GB of RAM. The device is running on the Android Lollipop OS based interface; specifically, it’s an MIUI 7.0, which was launched last year with tons of enhancements.
Apart from offering USB Type-C connectivity, it has a lot to offer in terms of connectivity, which includes 4G LTE network support, dual-SIM dual standby connection, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and A-GPS. Unfortunately, it has only 16GB of internal storage for the 2GB RAM model, while the 3GB RAM model gets 32GB of internal storage, both models don’t support expansion via microSD card. In the camera department, the rear camera is of 13MP and front facing camera is of 5MP. All this is powered by a 3080mAh capacity battery.
Xiaomi Redmi 3
This is the latest iteration in Redmi series from Xiaomi, the Redmi 3, it comes with a compact design sporting a 5-inch 720p resolution display. This aluminum metal unibody handset is powered by a powerful Octa-core processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 616, clocking at 1.5GHz. It is supported by Adreno 405 GPU, along with a 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage support. Cheer up, the device supports the expansion of storage up to 128GB via microSD card slot, unlike other Xiaomi devices.
Running on latest MIUI 7.0 ROM, which is based on the Android Lollipop 5.1 version, you’ll have lots of options to play with. In the camera department, it has a 13-megapixxel image sensor on the rear which supports PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), LED Flash and sports a f/2.0 aperture number. Whereas the front facing camera is of the 5-megapixel image sensor with f/2.2 aperture number. Connectivity features include support for 4G LTE network, Dual SIM, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and microUSB port. All this is powered by a 4100mAh capacity battery.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (SD 650 Variant)
This is another variant of the Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3, which was initially launched with Helios X10 Octa-core processor. The new option comes powered by a Snapdragon 650 chipset, which is a 64-bit Hexa-core processor clocking at 1.8GHz. It is supported by an Adreno 510 GPU and has options of 2GB/3GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal storage.
Sporting metal body and fingerprint sensor on the back side, the new variant of Redmi 3 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, which is similar to the first model. What else is different? It boasts a 16-megapixel image sensor, instead of a 13-megapixel sensor. They both have PDAF and same aperture of f/2.0 while the front facing camera is same at 5-meapixel. Regarding the connectivity, it supports VoLTE, voice over LTE connectivity, which means higher quality voice calls. Sometimes it is coined as 4G+ Network. All this is powered by a 4050mAh capacity battery.
Xiaomi Mi 5
This is the upcoming flagship device iteration that world is waiting since, company didn’t launch it last year, it’s previous generation, the Mi 4 was launched around two years back in August 2014. After tons of rumors, we finally had some listing that gloriously revealed everything there is to know about this upcoming handset. The brand has scheduled its launch on February 24 in China, which is during the MWC week in Barceloredmi 2na, where a lot of flagships are revealed every year.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 is supposed to come with Snapdragon 820, which would make it one of the most powerful handsets yet. It would be sporting a 5.2-inch Quad HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Under the hood would be 4GB of RAM and options for 16GB and 64GB internal storage options, while the external storage would be absent. It would be coming up with 16MP rear camera and 8MP front facing the camera. All this would be powered by a 3600mAh capacity battery. The device has been launched in China and as well as scheduled for announcement in India too.
Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
Earlier some reports on the internet stated that the Redmi Note 3 variant with Snapdragon 650 is the Pro version of the device, but it turns out not to be. The company recently announced the Redmi 3 Pro, which comes with Snapdragon 616 chipset, it is an Octa-core processor clocking at 1.5GHz. Coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card slot, it runs on the MIUI 7 ROM based on the Android Lollipop 5.1.1. The device sports a 5-inch 720p display.
Regarding the camera package, it has a 13MP rear camera with LED Flash and a PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) Technology that would be aiding in the faster focusing of the object. On the front is the 5-megapixel image sensor for taking selfies and video conference calls. In terms of the connectivity, the device has a hybrid SIM slot, which can be used to add dual SIMs or one SIM and a microSD card at a time. It has a fingerprint sensor on the rear just like its sibling. The device is fueled by a 4100mAh capacity battery, which should be good enough to last a day despite heavy usage, as we have noted on the review of the Redmi Note 3 SD 650 version.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro
Along with the Mi 5, the brand also launched the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro in February. The main difference between both the devices is it the Mi 5 Pro comes with a 3D ceramic body instead of 3D Glass body seen on the Mi 5. The device was also recently launched in White variant with 3D Glass body. Apart from the build, the smartphone also comes with higher RAM and internal storage. The Mi 5 Pro flaunts a 5.15-inch (1080×1920 pixels) full-HD display with 600 nits brightness, 428ppi as pixel density and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 laid on top for protection.
Under the hood, it comes powered by Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor clocked at 2.15GHz paired with Adreno 530 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. The device runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based MiUi 7 overlaid and supports dual sim dual standby. Like the Mi 5, the device sports a 16MP rear camera with 4-Axis OIS, PDAF, dual-tone LED flash and a 4MP front shooter for selfie lovers. All this is powered by a 3000mAh battery that is rated to offer upto 10 hours of talk time and supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology. The device comes with USB Type-C port and also includes a fingerprint sensor embedded in the physical home button.
Xiaomi Mi Max
After several leaks and rumors, Xiaomi launched its first phablet called as Xiaomi Mi Max in China. The smartphone comes with an all-metal unibody design with curved edges. The device runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based all-new MIUI 8 overlaid. It is the first smartphone from the brand to run on all-new MIUI 8 out of the box. The phablet features mid-range specifications and is available in two different processor variant. The Mi Max flaunts a massive 6.44-inch (1920×1080 pixels) full-HD 2.5D curved display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection laid on top.
Under the hood, one variant pack’s Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor clubbed with Adreno 505 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage while the other comes powered by Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB onboard storage. It features hybrid sim slot that can be alternatively used as microSD card slot instead of the second sim. It supports dual sim dual standby with 4G-LTE and VoLTE connectivity options. It is backed by a 4850mAh battery and also supports Quick Charging technology. It features a 16MP primary camera with PDAF & f/2.0 aperture and a 5MP selfie camera with 85-degree wide-angle lens on the front.
These are the list of devices that Xiaomi has launched till now since their first smartphone introduction. There are total 20 smartphones included in the above list by year starting from 2011 up until this year. We would be updating this list as Xiaomi gears up to launch a couple of handsets this year as well. If you think that we have missed any handset, then give us the feedback in the comment section below.