Whether it’s mobile phones, home electronics, or even wearables, Xiaomi is a popular choice for gadgets that won’t break the bank. They are the largest tech company in China and among the top five in the world. Xiaomi began their journey in 2010 and started making smartphones a year later in 2011. By 2018, they had conquered China’s smartphone market and become the fourth largest smartphone company in the world.
One of Xiaomi’s most well-known brands is Redmi. The line features affordable gadgets from entry-level to mid-range units. You have probably heard about Redmi phones, but did you know the line also has smartwatches, tablets, and even home entertainment appliances? So, you can create your own Android ecosystem on a budget.
Want to know what Redmi has to offer? Check out these topics in our buyer’s guide:
- Why is Redmi so popular?
- Xiaomi and Redmi – are they the same?
- Products under the Xiaomi Redmi banner
- The best Redmi products in Malaysia 2023
Smartphones today are filled with a flurry of advanced features, making your life much more convenient. The more you spend on these mobile devices, the more features you get. Xiaomi, however, is breaking this norm by producing gadgets with high-end specs at affordable price ranges. Representing this philosophy is Redmi – Xiaomi's budget-friendly series. Here are some reasons why this line is so well-received by many Malaysians:
Redmi may not be the first brand you think of when it comes to gadgets. However, it doesn’t mean that they don’t provide top-notch products. For example, Redmi phones such as the Note 10 Pro which is considered one of the best Xiaomi phones of 2021. It features a 6.7” AMOLED screen, a massive 108MP camera sensor, plus a 5,020mAh battery capacity. This series is an excellent choice if you’re looking for high-quality products on a budget.
As mentioned above, Xiaomi Redmi is popular in Malaysia because of its budget-friendly price tag. You may be wondering how Redmi prices can go so low with the quality of products they create. The secret lies in the company’s business model: selling the gadgets as close to the manufacturing cost as possible. Over time, these costs drop, turning into profit in the long run.
Xiaomi Redmi phones are perfect if you are on a tight budget and need a temporary replacement phone. Students can also easily save up for a unit from this series or parents can use it as a reward for good grades. Delivery and ride-hailing partners can also use a secondary phone to communicate with customers. You can get basic models for as low as RM600!
Like Apple and Samsung, Xiaomi has amassed a dedicated consumer base, not only in their homeland China but also in Malaysia. Xiaomi also takes the effort to reach out to fans to talk about its products, gathering feedback on how users feel about their products. For example, if you have any feedback on how to improve your new Redmi smartphone, you can post your feedback on the Mi Forum for Xiaomi to take notice.
There has been a lot of confusion regarding Xiaomi and Redmi as a stand-alone brand. To clear up the confusion, Redmi started out as a subsidiary of Xiaomi in 2013. This line caters to budget-friendly products including a wide array of smartphones, and wearables such as earphones and smartwatches.
The line became so popular that in 2014, it overtook Samsung with a 14% market share in China. This success paved the way for Redmi to become a stand-alone brand in 2019. Xiaomi and Redmi are two different brands focusing on the same budget-friendly category.
There’s more to Xiaomi Redmi than just affordable smartphones. The series covers a wide range of gadgets that fits right into your budget. Here are the products under the Redmi banner:
Redmi smartphones are the most popular gadgets in this series. The line focuses on mid-range to basic smartphones ranging from RM600 to RM1500. The Redmi series also follows the same naming conventions as other Xiaomi lines. Xiaomi often releases ‘Pro’ and ‘Pro+’ versions plus a later ‘T’ unit for its ‘Note’ models. The T is considered an ‘improved’ version, usually featuring an improved camera and chipset.
The most affordable phone you can buy from this series is the Xiaomi Redmi 9T which is a basic phone that supports 5G. It’s the perfect secondary phone that covers all the basics and comes with a decent camera and performance for the price. The latest Redmi model is the Note 12 which features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 chip, 6.67” AMOLED screen with 120hz refresh rate, and 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB variants. Like the 9T, this model is also a great secondary phone, especially for the price point.
Following the success of the Redmi smartphone line, Xiaomi started producing tablets that follow the trusted formula of cost-effective, quality gadgets. The latest model, the Xiaomi Redmi Pad is the first of the tablet line-up that features a 10.61” IPS LCD screen, MediaTek MT8781 Helio G99 chipset, and 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB RAM variants. This model is perfect for students looking for ways to attend their online classes (a smartphone screen is too small!) or as a POS (Point of Sale) System for small business-owners.
Aside from mobile gadgets, Xiaomi Redmi has also diversified their products to Bluetooth earphones. For a low price, these earphones can produce a wide range of sound, playback gestures, and reliable connectivity for an immersive experience. The Earbuds 3 Pro are some of the line’s best models. They feature a long-lasting battery that can last up to 28 hours in a single charge, in-ear detection that can sense when it’s being put on, as well as a snug fit with various rubber cap sizes.
Smartwatches are all the rage nowadays, especially if you like to go to the gym or track your #FitnessGoals. If you want a smartwatch but don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket, why not get a Redmi smartwatch? The line is inspired by Apple’s square screen, without carrying Apple's hefty cost. There are currently three Redmi smartwatches to choose from: the Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2, Watch 2 Lite, Xiaomi Redmi Watch, all featuring a 40mm screen with Accelerometer, heart rate, compass, and SpO2 (blood oxygen).
Aside from these mobile gadgets, this Xiaomi series also has mobile accessories including chargers, power banks, cables, and adapters, as well as TVs and home entertainment systems. With these devices, you can create your own Android ecosystem! Integrate all your gadgets with one another so you can receive notifications on all your devices, quickly transfer files between your tablet and smartphone, and even use Xiaomi Home app to control your smart home appliances. It’s smart technology at super-smart prices!
Redmi covers a large selection of products from mobile phones, tablets, earphones, smartwatches, and even home entertainment systems. Whether you want to complete your ecosystem or you’re simply on the lookout for affordable gadgets, here are some of the best Redmi products:
Latest Redmi phone – Redmi Note 12 Pro+
You may have heard about the Redmi Note 12, but what about its bigger sibling? The Redmi Note 12 Pro+.has a flat body with a massive 6.67” OLED screen, with a flagship-like glass back and aluminium frame. It has an eye-catching circular bokeh back design especially on the purple edition.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ belongs in the mid-range category in terms of performance. It is powered by Mediatek’s latest mid-range chipset – the Dimensity 1080, which can run the usual PUBG but struggle with heavier games / apps like Genshin Impact with a maximum of only 40 fps (frames per second, average is 60 fps).
It may be a mid-range phone but the Note 12 Pro+ has excellent camera performance and a straight upgrade from the previous generation (Redmi Note 11). It features a massive 200MP main optical sensor + 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP macro sensors. The massive sensors along with added OIS (optical image stabilization) capture more detail in lowlight conditions and less image blur.
As for battery life, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ has you covered all day. With its 5,000mAh battery capacity 67W fast charging, you will rarely run out of juice with this smartphone.
Best Redmi phone – Redmi Note 11
One of the best Redmi phones of 2022, the Redmi Note 11 packs a punch in terms of display and battery life. The model has excellent build quality for a budget phone featuring Gorilla Glass 3, and a matte plastic back. The screen is a vibrant 6.43” AMOLED display with 2080 x 2040 resolution. Though it only has a 90hz refresh rate, it makes up for it with as much as 1000nits of brightness. Like with the Note 12 Pro+, the Redmi Note 11 also features a 5,000mAh battery capacity with 30W fast charging (100% in 30 minutes).
Where this phone struggles most is its camera and lack of 5G. The latter explains itself – you would want to have 5G for faster mobile data, but the camera can be a deal-breaker. Despite a quad-lens system with 50MP (wide) + 8MP (ultrawide) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth) sensors, the phone struggles in lowlight conditions. Aside from that, if you want a smartphone with a good screen and even better battery life, choose the Redmi Note 11.
Best Redmi wireless earphones – Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro
If you’re in the market for good quality yet affordable earphones, the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro are a great choice. Available in Glacier Grey and Graphite Black, these buds are made with quality polycarbonate plastic with an IPX4 water resistance (resistant to water splashes, mild condensation, and sweat). The unit comes with a durable charging case that can fit right in your pocket!
The Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro offer great sound quality at this price point. It features a 9mm composite vibrating diaphragm coil, to make high- and low-pitched sound clear and undistorted – professionally designed by Xiaomi’s sound lab. Perhaps the best thing about the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro is the –35dB noise cancellation to let you immerse yourself in music, whether on your commute or at a coffee shop. The three-microphone noise cancellation is also a plus, with an advanced neural network model to pick up voices while reducing ambient noise in the background.
The Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro also has an impressive battery life thanks to its built-in low-power chip. The buds alone can operate up to 6 hours straight with noise cancellation but can be used up to 28 hours with the charging case.
Best Redmi Watch in Malaysia – Redmi Watch 2 Lite
The Redmi Watch 2 Lite is a no-frills smartwatch with excellent sleep and fitness tracking. It features a square 40mm TFT LCD lens with 360 x 320 resolution. Because this watch is not a high-end device, the build quality is only so-so with a plastic back and plastic frame. It’s available in black, blue, and ivory.
It covers the basic smartwatch functions including a Bluetooth connectivity for notifications, accelerometer, heart rate, gyro, compass, and even an SpO2 (blood oxygen) sensor. Battery life is average for the Redmi Watch 2 Lite with a 262mAh battery capacity – you may need to charge this watch daily, but isn’t that true for most smartwatches?
It lacks all the fancy extras like payment features or stand-alone apps but it’s a great fitness watch for those on a budget.
As technology improves, mid-range and entry-level phones are closing the gap between flagship models. More and more people are choosing these budget-friendly phones since they are more practical. Filling in that niche is Xiaomi Redmi and their exciting array of mobile gadgets. With the Redmi line, not only will you save money on gadgets, but you can also create your own Android ecosystem!
Just when you think Xiaomi Redmi prices can’t get any lower! There are ways to save a few Ringgits on any of your Xiaomi purchases. Because big marketplaces like Shopee and Lazada have different prices for these gadgets, you have the option to order from the store with the best offer. At iPrice, you can instantly compare the best Xiaomi price in Malaysia on our catalogue!
Marjorie Mae Mendoza
Marjorie (MJ) is iPrice Tech Writer in Residence. Always on the hunt for the inside scope on the newest smartphones, computers, and electronic devices, MJ provides a no-holds-barred analysis on what’s hot (and what’s not) in the latest tech releases. In her free time, MJ enjoys first-person video games and digital illustrations.