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Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro unveiled with Leica camera and 120W charger

Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro unveiled with Leica camera and 120W charger
Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro unveiled with Leica camera and 120W charger

Xiaomi held a big presentation in China, where they showed a lot of new things. In this text, I will talk about the new flagship smartphones.

Design

Two truly flagship smartphones with a few differences between them. First of all, they relate to design: the base 13 received a flat screen and a more compact body. The firmware has a larger screen with rounded edges:

Xiaomi 13 on the left, 13 Pro on the right. Source: Xiaomi

Dimensions of the basic version: 152.8 × 71.5 × 8.0 mm with a weight of 185 grams. “Proshka” will be larger: 162.9 × 74.6 × 8.4 mm and weighs 210 grams in the leather version and 229 grams in the ceramic version.

Both smartphones received AMOLED displays with an image display frequency of up to 120 Hz, with support for HDR10 + and a brightness of 1200 nits (typical) or 1900 nits at maximum. Size differences: the 13 has a 6.36-inch screen at 1080 × 2400 pixels, while the 13 Pro has a 6.73-inch screen at 1440 × 3200 pixels. The “firmware” definitely has protection in the form of tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, but it is not known how the screen of the usual 13 is protected. Also, only the 13 Pro received an LTPO display layer, which allows you to fine-tune the refresh rate of the image with high precision.

The main problem with the design is that it’s boring. With an eye to the amazingly beautiful Xiaomi 11 , presented two years ago, the strict Xiaomi 12 , one wonders: why did it turn out so poorly this time?

Xiaomi 13 Pro. Source: Xiaomi

Gives it, of course, the block of cameras. It shows the continuity of generations, but from a distance it looks like just a massive black square. Well, you understand.

Both smartphones come in four colors. Blue versions received back covers made of a special leather-like polymer. Other versions of 13 Pro are ceramic:

Xiaomi 13 Pro. Source: Xiaomi

The base Xiaomi 13 also has a blue leather version, while the rest of the versions have glass backs:

Xiaomi 13. Source: Xiaomi

However, this baby with flat edges also has special colors:

Xiaomi 13. Source: Xiaomi

These versions are sold exclusively in the Chinese official Xiaomi online store.

Iron

Both smartphones run on the new system-on-a-chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The versions in both cases are identical: 8/128, 8/256, 12/256 and 12/512 GB. RAM type LPDDR5X, built-in UFS 4.0. Its read speed is indicated: for the 128 GB version it is 2.2 GB / s, for the 256 or 512 GB versions it is 3.5 GB / s.

Despite the differences in size, the difference in batteries is not as big as it usually turns out with Chinese smartphones. Xiaomi 13 received a battery with a nominal capacity of 4500 mAh with support for wired charging up to 67 watts. The 13 Pro has 4820 mAh. True, here charging is more powerful: 120 watts. Both smartphones can charge wirelessly at 50W, as well as charge something wirelessly at up to 10W.

Xiaomi 13. Source: Xiaomi

cameras

Smartphones from the same cameras have only a front camera. It takes pictures up to 32 megapixels. Lens aperture – f / 2.0, equivalent focal length (EFF) – 22 mm. But the main question for her is this: can this camera shoot video at a resolution greater than 1080p and at a frequency of more than 30 frames per second?

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The rest of the cameras are different. All of them received the Leica logo, that is, there will be special photographic presets and optics, seemingly developed in collaboration with specialists from a German company.

Here are the cameras in the base Xiaomi 13:

  • Shirik received a Sony IMX800 module with a resolution of 50 megapixels with a size of each pixel of 1.0 µm. Aperture – f / 1.8, equivalent focal length – 23 mm. Xiaomi announces “ultra low reflective ALD coating and new cyclic olefin material for crystal clear images.”
  • The second module is a telephoto lens. He received a matrix with a resolution of 10 megapixels with a size of each dot of 1.0 µm. Aperture – f / 2.0, EGF – 75 mm, that is, the optical magnification relative to the main lens is 3.2 ×.
  • Ultra-wide received a matrix with a resolution of 12 megapixels with a size of each pixel of 1.12 µm. Aperture – f / 2.2, EGF – 15 mm, field of view – 120˚.
Xiaomi 13. Source: Xiaomi

I am glad that smartphones do not have any plugs in the form of useless macro modules, “depth sensors”, which do not work in any way, but take up space and have a resolution of 2 megapixels. This is how it should be done, and not like in Xiaomi 12T Pro .

Xiaomi 13 Pro has even more interesting cameras:

  • The width here is the same as that of Xiaomi 12S Ultra, the link to the review of which I added above. This is a Sony IMX989 with a diagonal of 1 Vidicon inch (3/4 of a regular inch). Resolution – 50.3 megapixels with a size of each pixel of 1.6 µm. Aperture – f / 1.9, EGF – 23 mm.
  • The telephoto here is much more interesting than that of the base 13, although the EGF is also 75 mm, that is, the optical magnification is also 3.2 ×. First, its resolution is 50 megapixels. Secondly, it allows you to focus at a distance of 10 cm from the matrix. That is, in fact, it can be used as a macro lens. At the same time, he knows how to “shoot” into the distance, allowing you to focus to infinity. Let me remind you that Xiaomi Mi 11 had such a camera only for macro shots.
  • The ultra-wide also captures images up to 50MP. Aperture is f / 2.2, EGF – 14 mm, field of view – 115 °.
Xiaomi 13 Pro. Source: Xiaomi

One can only hope that Xiaomi will be able to balance these three cameras, otherwise the 12S Ultra did not have it: a cool wide-angle camera and just an ordinary telephoto and ultra-wide camera that are not suitable for the main module.

Prices and Availability

So far, smartphones will be sold only in China. Xiaomi 13 prices range from 3999 yuan (about $575 ) to 4999 yuan (about $720 ). Xiaomi 13 Pro will be, as expected, more expensive: from 4999 yuan to 6299 yuan (about $905).