Xiaomi has officially unveiled the flagship phones of the Xiaomi 13 series, promising professional camera capabilities thanks to an alliance with the esteemed folks at Leica.
New Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 The Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro phones come with Android 13 on board and promises flagship-level displays and eye-watering charging speeds.
The company also announced the Xiaomi 13 Lite, which is in the higher mid-range but with a lot of its good qualities.
Let’s take a closer look at Xiaomi’s best efforts for 2023 announced on World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, where we will work the phones at the earliest opportunity.
The Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro feature professional Leica optical lenses as part of the triple camera array, along with a number of software and computing improvements.
In the Xiaomi 13 Pro, for example, you get a system that covers focal lengths from 14mm to 75mm from the three rear cameras.
This includes a 23mm wide-angle primary camera with a whopping 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor. This is the same sensor that Samsung has included in it Galaxy S23 and is the largest sensor currently featured in a smartphone.
There’s also a 75mm telephoto lens, which uses a floating lens to extend focal ranges, and a 14mm ultra-wide-angle camera.
Meanwhile, the Android 13-based Xiaomi 13 has a 54-megapixel primary camera (Sony IMX800) and a slightly shorter focal length of 15-75mm. Both the standard and professional models have a “build in Dolby Atmos” for 4K HDR video at 60fps. We are excited to try it.
The Xiaomi 13 Lite has a 50-megapixel primary camera supported by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide and a 32-megapixel selfie camera, just like its more famous sibling.
Apart from the camera systems, both phones have everything you need: they are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor system. The Pro supports up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage, while the standard model has 8GB of RAM.
The Pro model charges the 4,820mAh cell from 0 to 100% in just 19 minutes thanks to its 120W HyperCharge wired charging technology. It also offers 50W wireless charging. The standard model is no slouch either, with a 4,500mAh battery that supports 67W wired charging and the same 50W wireless charging. All this thanks to the built-in Xiaomi Surge chip.
Both devices will provide you with optimal IP68 dust and water resistance.
The Xiaomi 13 Lite is powered by Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. It only has Android 12, but offers 67W wired charging from a 4,500mAh battery.
Design and display
The Xiaomi 13 features a 6.36-inch Full HD+ 120Hz AMOLED display with a flat design. The screen-to-body ratio is 93.3% and ultra-thin bezels. The company also promises lower power consumption from the deployed AMOLED technology.
As for the Xiaomi 13 Pro, we take things up a notch with a 6.73-inch 120Hz WQHD+ AMOLED panel that delivers 1,200 nits of peak brightness as well as all the major HDR standards. Xiaomi also improves the design somewhat with a 3D curved ceramic body for a nice feel in camera mode.
The Xiaomi 13 Lite features a 6.55-inch 120Hz AMOLED display with Dolby Vision and HDR10+. You can see the design below.
Price and availability
The Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro go on sale on March 14, and you’ll be able to buy them from Currys and Argos, as well as from Xiaomi.
The standard model comes in black with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for £849. If you opt for the Pro, you’ll pay £1,099 for the 12GB+256GB variant.
The Lite edition costs just £449 and is available from today (February 26) in 8GB + 128GB configurations in green, pink and black.