The Xiaomi 13 series was announced in China back in December, and at MWC 2023, it has been officially launched globally.
There have recently been some leaks suggesting a Xiaomi 13 Ultra is arriving, but sadly this was not announced, and previous Ultra models didn’t receive a global launch.
Three models are launching, the Xiaomi 13 Pro, Xiaomi 13, and Xiaomi 13 Lite.
The Xiaomi 13 Pro will be one of the best-specced phones to launch this year and will make an excellent alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and is priced £150 lower than the Samsung.
The Xiaomi 13 Lite could be one of the best affordable phones of the year, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 should have more than enough processing power for anyone, and it has an excellent 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor for the main camera. It should be an excellent alternative choice to the Pixel 7.
Pricing and Availability
Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro is available for sale starting March 14 via Xiaomi official channels and major retailers Currys and Argos
Xiaomi 13 Pro comes in Ceramic Black with 1 storage variant
- 12GB+256GB – priced at £1,099
Xiaomi 13 comes in one colour: Black with 1 storage variant.
- 8GB+256GB – priced at £849
Xiaomi 13 Lite comes in three colours: Green, Pink, Black, with 1 storage variants.
- 8GB+128GB – priced at £449
Xiaomi 13 Lite is available for sale from today (Feb 26th) via Xiaomi official channels.
Xiaomi 13 Pro vs Xiaomi 13 vs Xiaomi 13 Lite Specification
|Xiaomi 13 Pro||Xiaomi 13||Xiaomi 13 Lite|
|Design||Dimensions: 162.9mm x||Dimensions: 152.8mm x||Dimensions: 159.2mm x|
|74.6mm x 8.38mm4||71.5mm x 7.98mm4||72.7mm x 7.23mm4|
|Weight: 229g4||Weight: 189g4||Weight: 171g4|
|3D bio-ceramic back||Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 front||Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 front|
|Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus® Front||2.5D glass back||3D curved glass back|
|IP685||IP685||Colors: Lite Blue, Lite Pink, Black|
|Colors: Ceramic Black, Ceramic White||Colors: Black, White, Flora Green|
|Imaging System||LEICA VARIO-SUMMICRON 1:1.9-2.2/14-75 ASPH.||LEICA VARIO-SUMMICRON 1:1.8-2.2/15-75 ASPH.||50MP wide angle camera|
|23mm f/1.9 Leica main camera||23mm f/1.8 Leica main camera||- Sony IMX766|
|- 50MP wide angle camera||54/50MP(total/effective) wide angle camera||- 1/1.56” sensor size|
|- IMX989, 1" sensor size||- IMX800||- 1.0μm pixel size, 2.0μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel|
|- 1.6μm pixel size, 3.2μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel size||- 1/1.49"/1/1.56" (total/effective) sensor size||- f/1.8, 7P lens, 86° FOV|
|- f/1.9, 8P lens, HyperOIS||- 1.0μm pixel size, 2.0μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel size||- Contrast AF|
|- Xiaomi ProFocus||- f/1.8, 7P lens, HyperOIS||- Vlog mode|
|- Portrait Night mode||- Xiaomi ProFocus||- Video teleprompter|
|- 8K video recording||- Portrait Night mode||8MP ultra-wide angle camera|
|- Create in Dolby Vision® up to 4K 60fps||- 8K video recording||- Sony IMX355|
|- Ultra Night Video||- Create in Dolby Vision® up to 4K 60fps||- 1/4” sensor size|
|- One-click AI cinema||- Ultra Night Video||- f/2.2, 5P lens, 119° FOV|
|75mm f/2.0 Leica floating telephoto camera||- One-click AI cinema||2MP macro camera|
|- 50MP telephoto camera||75mm f/2.0 Leica telephoto camera||- 1/5” sensor size|
|- f/2.0, OIS||- 10MP6 telephoto camera||- f/2.4, 3P lens, 82° FOV|
|- Focal Shift technology||- f/2.0, 5P lens||32MP ultra-wide angle front camera|
|- Floating telephoto lens||15mm f/2.2 Leica ultra-wide camera||- 1/2.74” sensor size, 0.8 μm pixel size|
|- Xiaomi ProFocus||- 12MP ultra-wide angle camera||- f/2.4, 6P lens, 100° FOV|
|- Portrait Night mode||- f/2.2, 120° FOV||- Dynamic Framing|
|14mm f/2.2 Leica ultra-wide camera||Two photographic styles: Leica Authentic Look & Leica Vibrant Look||- Xiaomi Selfie Glow|
|- 50MP ultra-wide angle camera||Master-lens system: 35mm Black and white lens, 50mm Swirly bokeh lens, 90mm Soft focus lens, and 75mm Portrait lens||- Video teleprompter|
|- f/2.2, 6P lens, 115° FOV||32MP in-display selfie camera||8MP depth sensor|
|Two photographic styles: Leica Authentic Look & Leica Vibrant Look||- 1.4μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel size|
|Master-lens system: 35mm Black and white lens, 50mm Swirly bokeh lens, 90mm Soft focus lens, and 75mm Portrait lens||- f/2.0, 5P lens, 89.6° FOV|
|32MP in-display selfie camera||- Dynamic Framing (0.8x, 1x)|
|- 1.4μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel size||- Night mode|
|- f/2.0, 5P lens, 89.6° FOV||- Portrait mode|
|- Dynamic Framing (0.8x, 1x)||- HDR|
|- Night mode|
|- Portrait mode|
|Display||120Hz WQHD+ 6.73”||120Hz FHD+ 6.36” AMOLED||120Hz 6.55” FHD+ AMOLED|
|- E6 OLED materials||- 20:9, 2400 x 1080, 413 ppi||- 20:9, 2400 x 1080, 402 ppi|
|- 20:9, 3200 x 1440, 522 ppi||- 120Hz AdaptiveSync||- 240Hz touch sampling rate|
|- 1-120Hz AdaptiveSync Pro, up to 240Hz touch||- Up to 240Hz touch sampling rate||- Brightness: 500 nits (typ), 1000 nits (peak)|
|- sampling rate||- E6 OLED materials||- Contrast ratio: 5,000,000 : 1 (typ)|
|- Brightness: HBM 1200 nits (typ), 1900 nits (peak)||- Brightness: HBM 1200 nits (typ), 1900 nits (peak)||- Up to 68 billion colors|
|- P3 color gamut||- P3 color gamut||Dolby Vision®, HDR10+|
|- TrueColor display, JNCD≈0.21, Delta E≈0.28||- TrueColor display, JNCD≈0.32, Delta E≈0.36||Reading mode|
|- Over 1 billion colors||Pro HDR display||Sunlight mode|
|Pro HDR display||Dolby Vision®, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG||1920Hz PWM dimming|
|Dolby Vision®, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG||Adaptive reading mode|
|1920 PWM dimming||Sunlight mode|
|Adaptive reading mode|
|SGS Eye Care Display certification|
|Performance||Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2||Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2||Snapdragon® 7 Gen 1|
|- 4nm power-efficient manufacturing process||- 4nm power-efficient manufacturing process||LPDDR4X + UFS2.2|
|- Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU||- Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU||- 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB|
|- Snapdragon® X70 5G Modern-RF System||- Snapdragon® X70 5G Modern-RF System||MIUI 14 based on Android 12|
|LPDDR5X + UFS 4.0 Storage||LPDDR5X + UFS 4.0 Storage|
|- 12GB+256GB, 12GB+512GB||- 8GB+256GB, 12GB+256GB|
|MIUI 14 based on Android 13||MIUI 14 based on Android 13|
|Battery & Charging||4,820mAh (typ) battery||4,500mAh (typ) battery||4,500mAh battery (typ)|
|Xiaomi AdaptiveCharge||Xiaomi AdaptiveCharge||67W wired turbo charging|
|Xiaomi 120W HyperCharge||67W wired turbo charging||Xiaomi AdaptiveCharge|
|50W wireless turbo charging7||50W wireless turbo charging|
|10W reverse wireless charging||10W reverse wireless charging|
|Audio||Dual speakers||Dual speakers||Dolby Atmos®|
|Dolby Atmos®||Dolby Atmos®|
|Connecti vity||Dual SIM||Dual SIM||Dual SIM|
|Wi-Fi 7 capability²||Wi-Fi 7 capability²||Supports NFC8|
|Supports NFC8||Supports NFC8||Bluetooth 5.2|
|Bluetooth 5.3||Bluetooth 5.3||Bands:|
|5G: Supports NSA + SA||5G: Supports NSA + SA||- 5G:|
|- 5G:||- 5G:||- 4G: LTE FDD:|
|n1/3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41/66/ 71/75/77/78/79||n1/3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41/66/7 1/75/77/78||1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20|
|- 4G: LTE FDD:||- 4G: LTE FDD:||/26/28/32/66|
|B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19||B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/2 0/25/26/28/32/66||- 4G: LTE TDD: 38/40/41/42|
|/20/25/26/28/32/66||- 4G: LTE TDD: B38/39/40/41/42/48||- 3G: WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19|
|- 4G: LTE TDD: B38/39/40/41/42/48||- 3G: WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/6/8/19||- 2G: GSM: 2/3/5/8|
|- 3G: WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/6/8/19||- 2G: GSM: 850 900 1800 1900||Wi-Fi 6|
|- 2G: GSM: 850 900 1800||MHz|
Full Press Release
Xiaomi unveils its latest flagship smartphone line-up – Xiaomi 13 Series – to its international markets. In partnership with Leica, Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro offers a brand new smartphone photography experience to its international users. The highly anticipated dual flagship models offer Leica professional optical lenses, as well as a host of advanced computational and software capabilities to provide an authentic Leica experience. Other premium features include the latest Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 and Xiaomi’s own Surge battery management system, ensuring powerful performances on all fronts.
“I am truly impressed with the Xiaomi 13 Series – it’s a real game changer for me,” said Steve McCurry, world-renowned photographer featured in the International Photography Hall of Fame, the 1st recipient of Leica Hall of Fame Award, and a Leica ambassador.
Also being unveiled as part of the launch is Xiaomi 13 Lite, which delivers excellent portrait imaging and extended photography options for aspirational young adults.
Master-level photography with Leica co-engineered camera system
Every aspect of Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro’s camera system has been created in collaboration with Leica to deliver a pro-grade smartphone photography experience. Both smartphones are kitted with a triple camera setup featuring Leica optical lenses.
Xiaomi 13 Pro features the Leica Vario-Summicron 1:19-2.2/14-75 ASPH. camera system, which covers focal lengths from 14mm to 75mm and are comprised of a 23mm wide-angle main camera with an ultra-large 1-inch IMX989 sensor, a 75mm floating telephoto camera, as well as a 14mm ultra-wide-angle camera. First seen on Xiaomi 12S Ultra, the IMX989 sensor is the largest sensor ever incorporated into a smartphone. With high dynamic range, superb light-capturing capabilities and fast responses, the large sensor ensures colourful images with distinct contrast and defined textures that reveal every fine detail. By adopting DSLR-level internal focusing technology, the smartphone’s new 75mm telephoto lens utilises a floating lens design to achieve a focal range from 10cm to infinity – perfect for framing stunning portraits and beautiful close-ups.
Meanwhile, Xiaomi 13 has an optical zoom range of 0.6x to 3.2x, and features a 75mm telephoto lens.
Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro offer a wide range of detailed camera setting options to thrill both shutterbugs and professional photographers. The master-lens system software provides great focal length and depth of field for capturing perfect portraits. Users can also select two distinct photographic styles – Leica Authentic Look and Leica Vibrant Look, offering aesthetic possibilities with images maintaining accuracy and offering moderate saturation. With an appealing and easy-to-use UI, more features include Leica-specific features including Filters, watermarks, and the Leica classic shutter sound.
With Xiaomi Imaging Engine, Xiaomi 13 Pro and Xiaomi 13 feature the strongest computational photography capabilities among all Xiaomi flagships. Not only its photo-capturing speeds are enhanced, but also allowing the devices to automatically focus on certain subjects in motion with Xiaomi ProFocus, further elevating the overall camera experience.
Offering great image optimisation, both smartphones allow manual adjustment of shooting parameters in pro-mode. Xiaomi 13 Pro supports 10-Bit RAW DNG Camera and Colour Profiles created by Adobe, leaving professionals greater post-editing room on Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.
Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro also excel at shooting video. An exceptional tool for pro-level videographers, both devices allow users to “Create in Dolby Vision®” with vivid colors, sharp contrast ratios and rich details, capture 4K Ultra Night Videos, and offer HyperOIS video stabilization for capturing in exceptional video quality.
Dazzling speed + performance with Snapdragon®️ 8 Gen 2 and reliability + power with Xiaomi Surge
Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro are both powered by the leading Snapdragon®️ 8 Gen 2 mobile platform, with enhanced graphics processing through a GPU performance and power efficiency improvement of 42% and 49% respectively compared to the previous generation, while CPU performance and power efficiency is improved by 37% and 47% respectively.¹ This powerful performance guarantees ease and speed when handling tasks like computational photography, real-time AI and gaming, while prolonging the daily battery life.
The devices also offer Wi-Fi 7 support with Qualcomm® FastConnectTM 7800 Mobile Connectivity System. Xiaomi 13 Pro’s featured High Band Simultaneous (HBS) Multi-Link technology allows for multiple and simultaneous 5GHz and 6GHz connections and is capable of realising ultra-high speeds of up to 5.8 Gbps, along with reduced latency and great network capability.2 Xiaomi 13, on the other hand, features Dual Band Simultaneous (DBS) Multi-Link operation, and is capable of realising network speeds of up to 3.6Gbps.2
Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro are equipped with Xiaomi Surge battery management system that utilises Xiaomi’s self-developed Surge charging chip for a longer service life and upgraded experience. Equipped with a 4,500mAh battery, with the highest energy density under the same power, Xiaomi 13 will easily last through the day. It also supports 67W wired turbo charging and 50W wireless turbo charging. Meanwhile, Xiaomi 13 Pro boasts an even larger 4,820mAh battery with 120W HyperCharge, capable of charging to 100% in just 19 minutes.3
Premium flagship flaunting a minimalistic design and best-in-class display
Both Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro feature an all-new minimalistic design language highlighting their powerful technological capabilities.
Available in classic and captivating colours, Black, White and Flora Green, Xiaomi 13 adopts a stylish flat screen design with flat-edges and a 2.5D curved back design. Both attractive and comfortable to hold, Xiaomi 13 features an incredible screen-to-body ratio of 93.3% and 1.61mm ultra-thin bezels and chin,4 which delivers an incredible viewing experience especially for a device this size. Equipped with a large 6.36″ FHD+ AMOLED display, Xiaomi 13 ensures content are displayed in top-notch colour accuracy and brightness with the E6 AMOLED material at lower power consumption.
Xiaomi 13 Pro, on the other hand, features a 3D-curved ceramic body for a uniform look that transitions smoothly especially into the camera mode. It comes in two colours, Ceramic White and Ceramic Black and is also pleasant to hold. Sporting a 120Hz WQHD+ AMOLED display, this larger 6.73″ screen is a true marvel. Thanks to the same E6 material, it is capable of achieving 1,200 nits full-screen brightness and 1,900 nits peak brightness, as well as displaying accurate colours with its TrueColor display. With Dolby Vision®, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, as well as Dolby
Atmos® support, the device delivers a truly immersive audiovisual experience.
Both devices offer IP685 dust and water resistance, ensuring optimal protection and peace of mind.
Premium services to match
Notably, Xiaomi 13 Pro and Xiaomi 13 will offer 3 generations of Android system updates, along with 5 years of security patch updates. Users of the two devices are also entitled to experience 6 months of free trial for both Google One cloud storage of up to 2TB, which brings expanded storage space for memories taken with the pro-grade camera system, and up to 6 months of YouTube Premium with ad-free access to YouTube and YouTube Music app. Furthermore, thanks to Android’s digital car key feature support, Xiaomi 13 Pro and Xiaomi 13 will let users share their digital car keys with loved ones to unlock, lock, and start their cars.
In addition, both Xiaomi 13 Pro and Xiaomi 13 users will get 1 out-of-warranty repair without labour cost within the first 12 months after purchase. To further improve the overall after-sales experience, Xiaomi now offers Smartphone International Warranty Service in over 40 markets worldwide. Users of Xiaomi 13 Pro smartphones that meet the device’s warranty conditions can enjoy the warranty service internationally at any designated Xiaomi authorized service provider. Visit mi.com for more details.
Xiaomi 13 Lite is tailored to young smartphone users who are passionate about capturing unique selfies, stories, and scenes. Equipped with dual front cameras and versatile software features, this device is specifically designed to meet their needs. While the 32MP front camera captures crystal-clear images, the 8MP front camera helps provide additional depth information for natural looking bokeh in these self-portraits. Adding value for avid social media content creators, the device also offers useful and fun features such as Dynamic Framing, which smartly detects the number of people in the frame, auto-adjusts the field of view and zoom in or zoom out as appropriate, thus minimising selfie distortion, as well as Selfie zoom, Pocket mirror, and Xiaomi Selfie Glow – all designed to enable taking high-quality selfies and video calls with ease. To support smooth day-to-day operations, Xiaomi 13 Lite is equipped with a powerful Snapdragon® 7 Gen 1 mobile platform, a gorgeous 120Hz AMOLED display, along with 67W fast charging capabilities. All this comes in a 7.23mm thin and 171g featherweight package4 with a 4,500mAh battery, offering an unmatched in-hand sensation while maintaining the long lasting daily power.
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