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I have always been puzzled by the smartphone naming scheme of Xiaomi devices. Or maybe there is simply none at all, at least that’s how I see it.

It’s been quite a journey writing about Xiaomi devices not just here on PiunikaWeb. The Mi 5 was the first Xiaomi phone that caught my attention.

Rocking a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset at the fraction of the Galaxy S7‘s asking price, Xiaomi was undoubtedly getting my money. But then availability of the device was something else.


Back then, Xiaomi did not have the global reach it boasts right now. The company now has an established sales chain in multiple markets outside China. And this means getting hold of a Mi device is no hassle.

This is where our shoulders begin to brush. No doubt Xiaomi has some cool devices at very reasonable prices. However, you can hardly tell which device to buy owing to the numbers out there.

It gets even worse when it comes to their names. For years, Xiaomi has doubled up on its smartphone sales by using some unorthodox methods, more so when it comes to the naming scheme.

Sure, pretty much every Android vendor at some point has renamed some of their devices and posed them in multiple markets as different offerings.

Redmi 9 (lancelot) aka Redmi 9 Prime

Samsung does it and so do the likes of LG, Motorola, Nokia, Oppo and so on. But Xiaomi scales things up a notch – or perhaps two or even three – higher.

Take the Redmi Note 9 series for instance. There are multiple variants of this device namely Redmi Note 9, Redmi Note 9S, Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max.

You must be asking what’s so hard about telling these four apart? Well, the standard Redmi Note 9 is available in multiple markets across the globe, but it’s known as Redmi 10X 4G back in China.

And no, this has nothing to do with the Redmi 10X 5G or even the Redmi 10X Pro 5G. Hang in there, it gets even more confusing.

As for the Redmi Note 9S, it also has a global presence, including across Europe. But it changes names to Redmi Note 9 Pro once it crosses the boarder into India.

Nope, the Indian Redmi Note 9 Pro has nothing to do with the Redmi Note 9 Pro sold in Europe and other regions. These are totally different devices. And then we have the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max that’s exclusive to India.

Add the newly-announced Redmi Note 9 5G and Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G to the mix and you have yourself a nice little package of confusing device names with nearly identical offerings.

It doesn’t stop there. The likes of Redmi 9 have multiple variants as well, some sold as Redmi 9 Prime depending on whether you buy it. The Redmi K30 4G is sold as the Poco X2 in India while the Redmi K30 Pro is the Poco F2 Pro in other markets.

Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro aka Poco F2 Pro

The Redmi 20 is known as Xiaomi Mi 9T in markets outside India and China while the Redmi K20 Pro changes names to Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro in Europe and other markets.

The Mi CC9 is also known as Mi 9 Lite while the Mi CC9e goes by the name Mi A3 (Android One) in other markets. The Mi CC9 Pro, on the other hand, is also known as Xiaomi Mi Note 10/Pro in other regions.

I can go on and on with these name comparisons, but what’s the point? What does Xiaomi aim to achieve by renaming devices with every international boarder they cross?

This, in case you didn’t know, is one of the major reasons Xiaomi overtook Apple (in Q3 2020) into third as far as global smartphone shipments are concerned. The sheer number of devices shipped annually is a huge factor.

Smartphone market share Q3 2020 (Source)

And the different names help them ease past unsuspecting consumers who easily think they are buying a new device yet it’s just the same device, but this time with a different moniker.

I can’t help but stop and think how confused the average smartphone buyer might be given how confusing Xiaomi smartphone naming scheme is to me. It’s hard to fathom the reasoning behind these decisions.

Not even TechAltar’s Marton Barcza can.

While Xiaomi might want to justify these name changes with the minor variations in the specs, that’s just not enough to warrant this level of chaos.

At this point, Xiaomi has a massive user base that it doesn’t need to pull these stunts to double down on their sales. Just give us bug-free MIUI updates and we are good to go.


Either way, Xiaomi needs to do something about its smartphone naming scheme and the sooner the better. Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

We also have a Twitter poll (below) that we’d like your vote, so be sure to check it out. We will update this article after one week with the poll results.

Update 1 (December 06)

The results for the poll are out. An overwhelming majority (close to 83%) agree that Xiaomi’s naming scheme is very confusing. While over 9% of those who voted said NO, the remaining said they don’t really care about it.

If you missed the poll, you are welcome to share your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom.

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Hillary Keverenge
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Tech has been my playground for over a decade. While the Android journey began early, it truly took flight with the revolutionary Lollipop update. Since then, it's been a parade of Android devices (with a sprinkle of iOS), culminating in a mostly happy marriage with Google's smart home ecosystem. Expect insightful articles and explorations of the ever-evolving world of Android and Google products coupled with occasional rants on the Nest smart home ecosystem.

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