Now that they are official, the Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro may rank among the top smartphones of 2023.
No, it’s not quite 2023 at this point, but these phones have only been released in China so far; a global rollout is anticipated for next year.
We don’t yet know the exact global availability or price, for example, but we are fully aware of the specifications, features, and design.
Highlights include a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 engine and, in the case of the Xiaomi 13 Pro, a 1-inch camera sensor, but there are many more positive aspects of these phones that are all covered in the sections that follow.
We’ve also got details on the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, which hasn’t been officially revealed but is the subject of several rumours.
The newest Xiaomi flagship devices
When is it released?
Currently in China, probably by 2023 worldwide
On December 11, the Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro were both launched in China, and on December 14, they began shipping there.
Xiaomi 13 pricing and availability
What will the price be?
Prices start at CNY3,999 (about $575, £465 or AU$845).
No specific release date for these phones has been announced, but based on prior performance, they will likely arrive in the first part of 2023.
The Xiaomi 13 has a starting price of CNY3,999 (about $575, £465 or AU$845), which gets you a variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
There are numerous further configurations available, with the most expensive one costing CNY4,999 (about $715/£85/AU$1,060) for 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
The starting price for the Xiaomi 13 Pro is CNY4,999, which is roughly $715, £585, or AU$1,060. This price gets you a model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
The most expensive model on this one costs CNY6,299, or around $900, £735 or AU$1,330. It has 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
Design of Xiaomi 13
Along with more vivid red, yellow, green, and blue hues, the Xiaomi 13 is also offered in subdued black, pale green, light blue, grey, and white tones.
Although those vivid hues and the grey tone are categorised as limited editions, they might not be generally accessible.
With the exception of the light blue one, which has a leather-like finish, all of these have a glass back.
The Xiaomi 13’s overall measurements are 152.8 x 71.5 x 7.98mm, and as you can see, the rear of the device features a massive camera block with lines splitting it into portions. The frame is made of metal, and the flat screen contains a punch-hole camera (or 8.1mm for the light blue version).
The phone has an IP68 certification, which means it has strong water and dust protection, and it weights 189g (or 185g in light blue).
Similar in style but with a curved screen, the Xiaomi 13 Pro is described further below.
It comes in four colors—white, black, green, and light blue—all of which are ceramic, with the exception of blue, which has a finish that resembles leather.
This is also IP68-certified, measures 162.9 x 74.6 x 8.38 mm, and weighs 229g.
The blue variant, which weighs 210g and is 8.7mm thick, is the exception.
Xiaomi 13-inch screen
The 6.36-inch 1080 x 2400 OLED screen on the Xiaomi 13 offers a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, and a very brilliant peak brightness of 1,900 nits.
The screen is flat, the bezels are thin, and the top has a punch-hole camera.
The 6.73-inch OLED screen on the Xiaomi 13 Pro boasts a resolution of 1440 x 3200, a refresh rate of 120 Hz, compatibility for HDR10+, and a maximum brightness of 1,900 nits.
The screen of the Xiaomi 13 Pro is thus larger and has a higher resolution, but it is similar in certain other regards.
In contrast to the screen of the normal Xiaomi 13, it is also curved.
Xiaomi 13 camera and power source
The triple-lens cameras on the Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro are identical, although they employ different lenses and sensors.
The Xiaomi 13 sports three sensors: a 50MP primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, a 10MP telephoto sensor with a 3x optical zoom, and a 12MP ultra-wide sensor.
The Xiaomi 13 boasts a 32MP f/2.0 selfie camera in addition to optical image stabilisation (OIS) on the primary and telephoto cameras. It can also record videos at up to 8K resolution and 24 frames per second.
With a 50MP f/1.9 primary camera, OIS, and a big one-inch sensor, the Xiaomi 13 Pro is likely able to take pictures of a far higher calibre than most smartphone sensors can.
Xiaomi 13 technical specifications
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is the chipset used by the Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro.
As of this writing, this is the top Snapdragon chipset and is probably the best choice for Android phones until late 2023, when we might see a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 2.
The two phones are also available in a variety of configurations, including 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage and 8GB or 12GB of RAM.
Both devices run Android 13 (with Xiaomi’s MIUI 14 UI) and support 5G.
Additionally, both phones include dual speakers calibrated for Dolby Atmos.