Xiaomi 13: All what you need to know

    The Xiaomi 13 is the latest flagship phone series from, you guessed it, Xiaomi – and it’s available today in China, with an international rollout planned for 2023.

    The Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro were released in China in mid-December 2022, with the newest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU, fresh new designs, and significant camera upgrades.

    Here’s all we know so far about the Chinese conglomerate’s upcoming products, including a possible global release date.

    When will the Xiaomi 13 be released globally?

    After its intended 1 December launch was postponed, Xiaomi announced the first two phones in the Xiaomi 13 series, together with its revised MIUI 14 software, in China on 11 December.

    The business typically releases its primary line of phones in December in China, followed by a month or two wait before they find their way to the rest of the globe – so expect a worldwide and European debut in February, maybe during the Mobile World Congress trade event in Barcelona. Xiaomi has previously confirmed its attendance at the exhibition, which runs from February 27 to March 2, but has not disclosed any product announcements.

    According to 91mobiles, the company intends to showcase a “new Xiaomi flagship with Leica cameras” at the tradeshow, although it appears to us that this may be the worldwide unveiling of the Xiaomi 13 series (which are, of course, flagships with Leica cameras) rather than a brand-new smartphone. Xiaomi 13 phones have also been seen listed by both Thai and Indian certification organizations, implying that a worldwide launch is on the horizon.

    As is customary for Xiaomi, any foreign launch would most likely exclude North America.

    The business is also generally thought to be preparing to launch its Xiaomi Pad 6 tablets, which might arrive simultaneously the Xiaomi 13’s global debut.

    Finally, we anticipate that the business is working on a Xiaomi 13 Ultra to join the line. However, this is expected to come much later in the year, maybe later than March, according to tipster Digital Chat Station.

    How much does the Xiaomi 13 cost?

    For the time being, we only have Chinese pricing for the 13 and 13 Pro, which we can translate to get an idea of foreign prices:

    • Xiaomi 13: from ¥3,999 (around $575/£465/€540)
    • Xiaomi 13 Pro: from ¥4,999 (around $715/£585/€680)

    That provides us a good sense of what to expect, however it may be more interesting to look at how the business priced the phones last year:

    • Xiaomi 12X – €799
    • Xiaomi 12 – £749/€899
    • Xiaomi 12 Pro – £999/€1099

    We believe that the 13-series will remain fairly close to these pricing, with a possible modest rise due to continuous global inflation.

    What are the Xiaomi 13 specs and features?

    So, what can you anticipate from the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro? We’ll do it model by model:

      • Xiaomi 13 :

    The Xiaomi 13 has an overhauled appearance, with a flat display and a glossy, straight-edged chassis reminiscent of current iPhones. It also has an IP68 designation for dust and water resistance.

    Xiaomi 13

    It comes in a few regular colors in China: black, light green, light blue, grey, and white, but there are also limited edition models in brilliant red, green, yellow, and blue. Except for the Light Blue model, which has a vegan leather back, they all have a glass back.

    The Xiaomi 13 is somewhat larger than the Xiaomi 12, with a 6.36in OLED display. This phone is generally comparable to the previous one, with a 1080 x 2400 resolution, a refresh rate of 120Hz, and compatibility for a variety of HDR standards.

    The phone is, unsurprisingly, powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU, which is paired with 8/12GB of RAM and 128/256/512GB of storage. The 128GB devices employ the somewhat older UFS 3.1 storage technology, whilst the larger capacity models use the quicker UFS 4.0.

    A 4500mAh battery provides power and enables 67W conventional charging, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging.

    Xiaomi 13

    In terms of cameras, the phone boasts a Leica-branded triple camera on the back. A 50Mp, f/1.8 camera with OIS serves as the primary shooter, and it is complemented by a 10Mp, 3x telephoto camera and a 12Mp ultrawide camera. The addition of the telephoto lens is the most significant improvement over the previous generation. Finally, there’s a selfie camera with 32Mp resolution.

    Here is the full specs:

    • 6.36in 120Hz OLED display (1080×2400)
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
    • 8/12GB RAM
    • 128/256/512GB storage
    • 4500mAh battery
    • 67W wired charging
    • 50W wireless charging
    • Camera:
      • 50Mp, f/1.8 main camera with OIS
      • 10Mp, f/2.0, 3x telephoto camera with OIS
      • 12Mp, f/2.2 ultrawide camera
      • 32Mp, f/2.0 selfia camera
    • IP68
    • 152.8 x 71.5 x 8.0/8.1mm
    • 185/189g
    • Android 13 with MIUI 14

      • Xiaomi 13 Pro :

    Then there’s the Pro, which has a somewhat different appearance. For starters, it has a curved display and body, similar to past Xiaomi flagships.

    Xiaomi 13 Pro

    It will also be available in a more subdued color palette of White, Black, Green, and Light Blue. This later finish, like the standard model, is in vegan leather, while the other variants are made of ceramic rather than glass. It has the same IP68 certification as the 13.

    The Pro is also larger than the 13, with a 6.73in display that employs LTPO technology for a dynamic variable refresh rate (but still up to 120Hz) and a greater 1440 x 3200 resolution.

    The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU is used again, and it comes with the same RAM and storage choices as the normal phone.

    The battery is 4820mAh and features Xiaomi’s Surge G1 processor to provide 120W cable charging, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging.

    Other than the display, the camera is obviously where the largest improvements from the 13 are to be found, even if things appear comparable at first look.

    Xiaomi 13 Pro

    The primary lens is still 50Mp, but it employs the considerably bigger 1in Sony IMX989 sensor utilized to great success in the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. It comes with an f/1.9 aperture and, of course, OIS.

    The telephoto lens has a 50Mp sensor, 3x magnification, and an aperture of f/2.0. It can also focus on objects as close as 10cm away thanks to a novel ‘floating’ lens construction, making it more adaptable than other telephoto lenses.

    Then there’s the ultrawide, which is unchanged from last year. It also has a 50MP sensor, an f/2.2 aperture, and autofocus. Finally, the selfie camera on the 13 is the same as on the 13.

    Here is the full specs:

    • 6.73in 120Hz LTPO OLED display (1440×3200)
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
    • 8/12GB RAM
    • 128/256/512GB storage
    • 4820mAh battery
    • 120W wired charging
    • 50W wireless charging
    • Camera:
      • 50Mp, f/1.9 main camera with OIS
      • 50Mp, f/2.0, 3x telephoto camera with OIS
      • 50Mp, f/2.2 ultrawide camera
      • 32Mp, f/2.0 selfia camera
    • IP68
    • 162.9 x 74.6 x 8.4/8.7mm
    • 210/229g
    • Android 13 with MIUI 14

    What about the Xiaomi 13 Ultra?

    Xiaomi often releases its Ultra variants a few months behind the regular line, so we don’t expect to see it anytime soon. Nonetheless, we have a first leak concerning its specifications.

    The source is Digital Chat Station, and the initial leak focuses on the phone’s camera. The main camera will apparently include a quad camera system, with the 1in IMX989 sensor returning. The addition of gimbal stabilization should be a significant improvement this time.

    Other than these insights, nothing else about the next Ultra has been released, so we’ll keep investigating and updating this page as more information becomes available. Meanwhile, check out our compilation of the top Xiaomi offers to see if you can get a good price on one of the current models.

    Will there be a Xiaomi 13 Lite?

    There have also been rumors of a Xiaomi 13 Lite being listed on the Google Play Console, accompanied with a photograph.

    Xiaomi 13 Lite

    A Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a display with a resolution of 1080 2400 are also specified. It looks to be running Android 12, and other sites claim it is a rebrand of the Xiaomi Civi 2, which has previously been released in China.

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