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I was looking for a new carry-on suitcase for travelling. I always like the Rimowa aluminum suitcase, but the price of almost 1.000 USD is a bit out of range. On Gearbest I found out that Xiaomi also offers suitcases, likewise a aluminum one. For under 200 USD, a fifth of the Rimowa price, I thought I give it a try:

Xiaomi 20" Aluminium Suitcase

Xiaomi 20″ Aluminum Suitcase

 

Xiaomi 20″ Aluminum Suitcase – Specs

Xiaomi Suitcase is 55,1 × 38,3 × 20,3 cm (22.7 x 15.1 x 8 in) in size an weights about 4,2kg (9.3 lbs). Therefore it’s about the max size of a carry on luggage with a weight about 1kg heavier than a polycarbonate suitcase. The body is made of aluminum-magnesium alloy, the interior made of polyester. Capacity is about 31L. Xiaomi Suitcase got two locks where you can set individual 3-number codes each and it features a TSA lock. The pull rod has 4 adjustable positions, when fully extended it is about 1,15m. I think thats a convenient height. Shaking of the rod is stated to be within 10mm.

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase: 2 3-digit locks with TSA lock

Xiaomi Suitcase: 2 3-digit locks with TSA lock

 

Even tough the aluminum suitcase is sold under Xiaomi brand, it is manufactured my 90 minutes, and on the inside there’s a tag that it was designed by Runmi in Germany. On the inside there are 2 Y-shaped straps with Velcro, but a type that doesn’t stick to clothes. There’s also as flexible division board with a zipper, convenient for charger and other small stuff.

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase: 2 Y-shaped straps & flexible division board

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase: 2 Y-shaped straps & flexible division board

 

Carry on size?

Xiaomi Metal Suitcase

Xiaomi 20″ Aluminum suitcase qualifies as cabin baggage. During my waiting time at the airport I tried a few measuring boxes of several airlines to check, and all of them would allow it as carry on bag. Here are some airline requirements:

  • Ryanair: 55 x 40 x 20 cm – 10kg
  • wizzair: 55 x 40 x 23 cm – 10kg
  • EasyJet: 56 x 45 x 25 cm – ?kg
  • Austrian: 55 x 40 x 23 cm – 8kg
  • Lufthansa: 55 x 40 x 23 cm – 8kg
  • Vueling: 55 x 40 x 20 cm – 10kg
Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase measured for Lufthansa, Austrian, wizzair & Ryanair

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase measured for Lufthansa, Austrian, wizzair & Ryanair

 

Inside the aircraft I was able to check two types so far. On an Airbus A320 Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase fits alongside in the overhead compartment. On a smaller regional jet (Embraer 195) the suitcase fits broadside:

Xiaomi Suitcase in overhead bin: Airbus A320 alongside; Embraer 195 broadside

Xiaomi Suitcase in overhead bin: Airbus A320 alongside; Embraer 195 broadside

 

Price / Retailer Comparison

I bought my Xiaomi Metal Suitcase from Gearbest, if I recall correctly it was delivered within 2-3 weeks. 
Currently there is a coupon code and you can get it for 190.00 USD!
Visit their website and add it to you cart. When you proceed to check out, enter the coupon code: IT$BSZF761
The discount will be deducted afterwards! See bottom of the article for detailed instructions.

The metal suitcase is not available on Amazon nor Banggood!

Visit Gearbest store

 

Conclusion

After: 1 trip – 2 flights

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase - Field Test

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase – Field Test

 

After a trip with two flights, these are my findings: The wheels are super smooth and silent. No matter which terrain I was pulling my suitcase, it worked out fine. The shaking of the pulling rod is quite ok and comparable to other case I used.

Even tough I like the Y-shaped strap and the Velcro is great, it’s bit inconvenient to close. You have to fiddle the strap through the metal opening to close it. If you overpack it a bit you have to push everything down as the Velcro part of the strap is too thick to fit the metal opening. Anyway I would also prefer a strap on one side and a zipper compartment on the other side, similar to Xiaomi 20″ Business Suitcase (polycarbonate suitcase):

Xiaomi 20" metal suitcase vs Xiaomi 20" Business suitcase

Xiaomi 20″ aluminum suitcase vs Xiaomi 20″ Business suitcase

 

During my fist trip Xiaomi Suitcase took a few hits, got a few minor scratches, but still looks like it was delivered. Stay tuned, I’ll update this blog article after some more trips with further learnings.

Xiaomi 20" Aluminium Suitcase after 1st trip

Xiaomi 20″ Aluminum Suitcase after 1st trip

 

After: 3 trips – 4 flights – 1 car-ride

After some more flights with different airlines, still no problem to get through security or finding space within the aircraft. The case got some hits by careless passengers trying to stuff their belongings into the overhead bin, but still looking great and no scratches. The only thing that is bothering is the strap that is a bit tricky to close when the suitcase is overpacked. Also longer walks on cobblestone are no problem for the Xiaomi suitcase:

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase on cobblestone

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase on cobblestone

 

Price / Retailer Comparison

I bought my Xiaomi Metal Suitcase from Gearbest, if I recall correctly it was delivered within 2-3 weeks. Shipping costs may apply depending on your location.
Currently there is a coupon code and you can get it for 190.00 USD!
Visit their website and add it to you cart (a higher price is shown).
When you proceed to check out, enter the coupon code: IT$BSZF761

Note: If a promotion “Save $xx Over $xx” is active, you need to unselect it as the coupon code is better! After placing the suitcase in your cart you need to select “not join activity” (see photo).

During the next step you can enter the promotion code:

The price is now reduced. Shipping costs may apply according to your location. You can unselect “Shipping Guarantee” – not sure if needed if you have a tracking code anyway.

The metal suitcase is not available on Amazon or Banggood.

Visit Gearbest store

 

Xiaomi 20″ Business suitcase

Xiaomi Business Suitcase - 20"

Xiaomi Business Suitcase – 20″

If you don’t need the fancy aluminum suitcase, here’s a cheaper alternative. I mentioned this suitcase earlier when writing about the inner compartment. I think having a strap on one side and a zipper compartment on the other side (for small stuff) is great. Further the “Xiaomi Business Suitcase” suitcase offers another great feature. There’s a separated compartment at the front which holds your electronics such as laptop, tablet or phone. That’s very convenient for air travel and airport security. No need to open the whole case to remove those items, just get them out of the front compartment.
I’ll stick with my metal suitcase as I think it’s more durable, but I’m very tempted to test it.

The Xiaomi Business Suitcase is available for 108.00 USD at Gearbest. You need to use the coupon code: GBAFFYL486 in the same way it is done for the aluminum suitcase.

 

If you are looking for a check-in luggage, check out my review of the 24″ Xiaomi Spinner-wheel suitcase.

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