Xiaomi’s 13-series flagship smartphones are here, and as usual, they’re packed with the latest tech and features. With the 13 and 13 Pro, Xiaomi is the second manufacturer to use Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 platform, after Vivo with the X90 Pro and IQOO 11 series. They also have new camera modules with improved image quality, ultra-fast charging and more.
As with the previous models, the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro have separate designs. The 13 Pro uses a wraparound 6.73-inch 2K+ AMOLED (3,200 x 1,400) display with vegan leather or ceramic versions. Meanwhile, the 13 has a flat 6.36-inch 2,400 x 1,080 AMOLED display, iPhone-like aluminum sides and options for the back in glass or leather. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform offers hardware-accelerated ray tracing and improved gaming performance, so both phones have 120Hz displays to keep up.
The Xiaomi 13 Pro also has top notch camera specs. It packs a 50-megapixel (MP) f/1.9 main camera with a Type 1-inch sensor (like other Type 1-inch sensors, it’s really just 8.8 x 13.2mm, but still significantly larger than the most smartphones). It also includes a 50MP 3.2 zoom camera (75mm equivalent) with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a floating lens, as pictured above. Finally, it has a 50MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera (14mm equivalent) and a 32MP hole-punch selfie camera.
The Xiaomi 13 (below) meanwhile has the same selfie camera, a 50MP f/1.8 OIS main camera with a smaller sensor, a 10MP 3.2x zoom OIS zoom camera and a 12MP ultra-wide (15mm equivalent) camera.
The 13 Pro offers an impressive 120W of charging power (more than many laptops), charging the 4,820mAh battery from zero to 100 per cent in just 19 minutes. That’s fast, but still significantly slower than Redmi’s Note 12 Discovery Edition. Wireless charging is done at “only” 50 watts, or 36 minutes to a full charge. The Xiaomi 13 has a slightly smaller 4,500 mAh battery and is limited to 67W wired charging (38 minutes to 100 percent) and 50W wireless charging (48 minutes to a full charge).
Other features include LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage on both models (8 GB and 128 GB to 12 GB and 512 GB on both models), Dolby Atmos on the Pro model, and Leica camera tech. For the latter, Xiaomi and Leica have built a color model based on 4,700 scenes, which presumably allows for greater accuracy. Prices start at 4,999 yuan ($720) for the Xiaomi 13 Pro and 3,999 yuan ($570) for the Xiaomi 13. Those are seriously good prices for phones with such high specs, but as usual you probably won’t be able to buy them in North America .
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