As usual, Xiaomi’s new phone takes a lot of inspiration from Apple

It’s only 2022, but that hasn’t stopped Android manufacturers from launching their big flagship phones that will go on sale for most of next year. After the launch of Vivo last month, the new OEM launching a phone with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC is Xiaomi, simply called Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro. These two models represent large (6.73-inch) and small (6.36-inch) phones with different designs.

The smaller phone is more interesting because – hey look, it’s an iPhone! Xiaomi loves copying Apple, and with the flat outer bezel and square camera block, it’s hard to think of the Xiaomi 13 as anything other than an iPhone. It looks much better than the Xiaomi 13 Pro with curved sides, but that’s only because the iPhone’s flat sides look good too. (I’m still shocked that no Android OEM has yet copied the dynamic island.) The larger “Pro” model is more of a generic Samsung-style design with curved screen edges and a chamfered bezel around the phone. The only design of the Pro model is to replace the glass back panel with ceramic.

Both phones get the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. This is a 4nm chip with an ARM Cortex X3, two Cortex A715 CPUs, two Cortex A710 CPUs, and three Cortex A510 CPUs. As we discussed during the chip’s launch, this mix of four different core designs is a weird, non-standard layout designed to extend 32-bit support for another year. ARM wants to kill 32-bit, but Qualcomm and Android aren’t ready yet.

As for the other specs, the Pro has a 6.73-inch, 120 Hz, 3200 × 1440 OLED display, while the smaller model has a 6.36-inch, 120 Hz, 2400 × 1080 OLED. Both come with 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM and 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB of storage. The Pro model has a 4820mAh battery and 120W wired charging, while the base model has a 4500mAh battery and 67W charging. Both have 50W wireless charging, Wi-Fi 6E (unfortunately not the optional Wi-Fi 7 support on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2), and IP68 dust and water resistance.

The camera block on both models has essentially the same footprint as an iPhone, but in a cleaner grid layout, with one large lens covering all three cameras. There’s a little dividing line between each lens, which hopefully stops the glare you can get from one big continuous piece of glass. The Pro model gets a 50MP, 1-inch Sony IMX989 as the main sensor, along with a 50MP wide-angle lens and a 50MP telephoto. The non-pro model has a much smaller 1/1.49-inch sensor for the main camera, along with a 10MP telephoto and 12MP ultrawide.

These phones will never make it to the US market, but they usually get some sort of European release. For now, they are available in China from 3,999 Yuan (~$573) for the base Xiaomi 13 and 4,999 Yuan (~$717) for the Pro model.

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