When it comes to cameras, Leica is all about focal lengths
Xiaomi has become a perennial player in Qualcomm’s stakes, announcing flagship phones with its latest Snapdragon SoC and flagship cameras made famous by the old Leica camera touch. But with the all-new Xiaomi 13 series, the manufacturer seems to be narrowing its focus with two devices and raising the profile by placing it in a higher price range.
Along with the usual glass and metal, buyers will be treated to a so-called “skin” surface where microceramic plays into the smooth texture while ensuring the back of the device doesn’t peel or discolor over time. It has an IP68 rating, but this is not a good substitute for long-term use in evaluating these claims.
Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro stick to the mechanics script. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset is front and center here with LPDDR5X RAM and UFS4.0 storage on offer. Both phones get the same configurations: 8/128, 8/256, 12/256, and 12/512. The 13 has a smaller footprint of the pair with a 6.36″ 1080p OLED display running at up to 120Hz. The 13 Pro moves up to 1440p across 6.73″.
After tinkering with Samsung sensors on the 12 series, Xiaomi returned to Sony in 13 seconds: the 1 / 1.49 “IMX800 sensor we saw on the Honor 70 tops the Xiaomi 13 with a maximum output of 50 MP still and 8K24 video, while the massive 1 “IMX989 as seen on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra this summer it is being beefed up and ported to the Xiaomi 13 Pro with better low-light performance, achieving similar results with the sensor sensitivity boosted by 72%. The Pro is also blessed with a 50MP sensor for telephoto (~75mm) and ultrawide (~14mm) units. The Xiaomi 13 gets a 10MP telephoto camera and a 12MP ultrawide camera. The main sensors have enhanced HyperOIS while the telephoto lenses have standard OIS. Both feature a 32MP selfie camera.
Marketing around optics in this cycle centers around shooting at specific focal lengths, particularly in promoting Leica’s Professional Master Lens filter packages in successfully emulating the classic look at 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm.
Using a cable, the Xiaomi Surge charge can fill the Xiaomi 13’s 4,500mAh battery at rates of up to 67W while the Xiaomi 13 Pro’s 4,820mAh battery can hold up to 120W. The phones also support the company’s 50W wireless charging standard as well as Qi at 10W.
No matter how you charge it, it boasts of lasting longer than any premium Xiaomi device to date with larger steam and copper cooling systems and efficient power use. MIUI 14 (presumably based on Android 13) is supposed to play a big role with shrinking firmware size and a focus on reducing app processes.
Xiaomi Mi 13 starts at 3,999 yen (~$575) while Xiaomi 13 Pro goes from 4,999 yen (~$720) to 6,299 yen (~$905). It will be available in black and white as well as the pastel colors Wilderness Green and Mountain Blue. The Xiaomi 13 limited edition devices in 12/512 configuration will feature bolder colors such as Flaming Red, Sapphire Blue, Hurricane Yellow, Jungle Green and Cement Ash. Sales begin in mainland China on Wednesday, December 14th.
The company also came out with a new Xiaomi Watch S2, Xiaomi Buds 4, Xiaomi Sound Pro speaker, Xiaomi Router 10000 for Wi-Fi, and a new attempt at NUC-like with the Xiaomi Mini PC, which houses a 12th-generation Intel Core i5 processor. .
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