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Xiaomi 13 & Xiaomi 13 Pro Review

Xiaomi 13 & Xiaomi 13 Pro Review

It will take a lot of work to beat Xiaomi's flagship phones this time around. The Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro are both immaculately designed flagship phones from Xiaomi; and undoubtedly the most beautiful and powerful additions to the Xiaomi digital series to date. Today we will give you an in-depth Xiaomi 13 review and an in-depth Xiaomi 13 Pro review, both separately. We will be going over all of the design features and all of the performance features of each phone, plus discussing some of the new performance and camera features as well in terms of benefits once you have your new phone. We will leave out the Xiaomi 13 Pro Limited Edition since the only difference is the custom colors.

Let's start with the Xiaomi 13 Pro review first!

(Image Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi 13 Pro Review

The new Mi13 series phones include the 13, 13 Limited Edition, and the 13 Pro. Besides the latest Xiaomi phones, Xiaomi also launched a 10Gbps router designed to bring the best connectivity experience to the latest Xiaomi phones. The English-language social accounts of Xiaomi have yet to announce much about the release of these devices because they were only released in China. Still, there are some speculations that the Mi13 series could be officially released in the United States around January 22.

The Xiaomi 13 Pro model gives you all the regular performance upgrades you expect from the yearly release of Xiaomi's flagship phones. But with its real-looking camera module, overall design features, and the impressive performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor all factored in, the 13 Pro is a better performer than the 12S Ultra. It also leaves all of its predecessors in its wake, sitting pretty at the top of the entire Xiaomi line in our opinion.

Both of this year's flagship phones come with an integrated fingerprint scanner and center-aligned punch-hole cutout, adding to the already stunning designs and feature-packed super-performers that people all over China have been ranting about. This Xiaomi 13 Pro review will be broken into four parts; design features, available colors, performance features, and camera.

Now let's talk about the Xiaomi 13 Pro Design features.

Xiaomi 13 Pro Design

The Xiaomi 13 Pro design pulls off a bold, sleek look and a premium smartphone feel. The 13 Pro sports a flat 6.73-inch 1440 x 3200-pixel resolution display with a 120HZ refresh rate for an immersive experience and bold, rich colors that seem to jump off the screen and bring the phone to life when you turn it on.


It has curved edges and a ceramic back, giving it the sophisticated look that Xiaomi cell phone users have grown to know and expect from Xiaomi. In our opinion, the body is dust and water-resistant, with a 1-inch sensor 50MP camera on the back that finishes the phone off. Both Xiaomi models are 8.2mm thick.


However, the 13 Pro is a little heavier than the 13, weighing 229 grams as opposed to the 13's 179 grams. The Xiaomi 13 Pro's dimensions are 163.6mm x 74.6mm, larger than the 13, so it's perfect for you if you like phones with a big display or you're the type that keeps a lot of apps on your phone.

Xiaomi 13 Pro Colors

The 13 Pro is available in Light Green, Far Mountain Blue, White, Black, and Grey, with limited edition versions (right) available in bright Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Grey finishes. All colors come with a ceramic back except for the Far Mountain Blue model, which has a softer textured vegan leather back.

The 13 Pro has curved edges on the front and back, a little different than the 13, which has flat edges, giving the two phones distinctively different looks and feels. The white model in the 13 Pro is rumored not to show as many fingerprints as the other colors, so if that's a pet peeve for you, the white model is the one you want to go with. But, all the colors are so gorgeous, you probably won't be able to take your hands off your phone much anyway—so why does it matter, right?

Now, we’re going to go over some of the features of the Xiaomi 13 Pro camera.

Xiaomi 13 Pro Camera

The Xiaomi 13 Pro camera has been turning heads since its release in mainland China. The 13, 13 Pro, and Limited Edition 13 Pros will all have 50 MP cameras, a significant improvement from the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, which had a 32 MP camera. The difference between the 13 and 13 Pro cameras is in the Xiaomi 13 Pro’s camera, which has a 50MP 3.2x telephoto lens and another 50MP 0.6x wide-angle lens, giving it an image quality that closely resembles the pictures you would get with a professional lens.

The main camera uses a native 21mm focal length, giving you a slightly wider shooting angle, with options to widen the angle more in “professional mode.” The 13 and the 13 Pro will both take very professional-looking photos with rich colors, deep color contrasts, and crisp, exact details that will blow you away every time, especially if you have an eye for good pictures. Both cameras are capable of taking 8K HDR videos at 24fps, giving you the ability to take stunning videos with 33 megapixels and over a billion shades of color any time you want for all of those special moments. (check out the detail in the picture below taken with the 13 Pro…)

(Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi 13 Pro Performance

The Xiaomi 13 and the 13 Pro devices are both packing Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8-Gen 2 platform, announced this past November at the Snapdragon Tech Summit. The 8-Gen 2 Snapdragon is said to deliver groundbreaking experiences powered by Snapdragon's most advanced AI to date.

The performance changes also came with some CPU architecture changes. Now the CPU of the 13 Pro, instead of having 3-A710 middle cores, now is designed with a combination of 4 cores; 2-A715 cores, and 2-A710 cores, all 2.8Ghz. This change gives the 13 Pro more performance and more efficient power consumption, two things that could never hurt to have more of.

The 13 Pro also comes with a performance upgrade just for gamers. The feature may go unnoticed unless you're playing Genshin Impact, but now the game has the option to switch the GPU to a "high-quality mode." This makes a very noticeable enhancement of the game's graphics, making them sharper and clearer by boosting the gaming resolution by 20% from 720P to 864P.

In high-resolution mode, the 13 Pro can achieve a frame rate of 59.8FPS with no problem whatsoever, indicating that it could possibly go even higher than that while you play. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset is undoubtedly one of the most powerful chipsets available on the market today. When you add in the design features, the camera, the performance upgrade, and the gorgeous colors available on the 13 Pro, you end up with a top-of-the-line, premium-quality phone that is both lightning-fast and absolutely breathtaking to look at.

Xiaomi 13 vs. Xiaomi 13 Pro Comparison

Now, we're going to do a Xiaomi 13 vs. Xiaomi 13 Pro comparison table showing a comparison of the specs between the Xiaomi 13 and the Xiaomi 13 Pro to give you an easy way to see the differences between the two. We've separated the specifications of the Xiaomi phones into separate tables for display, design, performance hardware, and camera so you can easily find the specs you’re looking for.

If you’re not interested in knowing about the specs comparison, just scroll past the tables to read our Xiaomi 13 review.

Xiaomi 13 vs. Xiaomi 13 Pro Specs Comparison: Display

FEATURE/SPEC

XIAOMI 13

XIAOMI 13 PRO

Display Type:

OLED, 120Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 1200 nits, HBM, 1900 nits peak brightness

LTPO OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 1200 nits HBM, 1900 nits peak brightness

Display Technology

OLED

OLED

Display Size:

6.36 inches, 97.7 cm2 ~89.4% screen-to-body ratio

6.73 inches, 108.9 cm2 ~89.6% screen-to-body ratio

Display Resolution:

1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio ~414 ppi density

1440 x 3200 pixels, 20:9 ratio ~522 ppi density

Display Protection:

Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

 

Xiaomi 13 vs Xiaomi 13 Pro Specs Comparison: Design

FEATURE/SPEC

XIAOMI 13

XIAOMI 13 PRO

Body Dimensions:

6.02 x 2.81 x 0.31in, 152.8 x 71.5 x 7.98mm

6.41 x 2.94 x 0.33in, 162.9 x 74.6 x 8.38mm

Body Weight:

6.67oz, 189.0g

8.08oz, 229.0g

Body Materials:

Glass front, glass back or silicone polymer back, aluminum frame

Back: Ceramic; Frame: Aluminum

Resistance:

Yes; IP68, up to 1.5m for 30 mins

Yes; IP68, up to 1.5m for 30 mins

Biometrics:

In-screen fingerprint

In-screen fingerprint

Keys:

Right: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key

Right: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key

Available Colors:

White, Green, Far Mountain Blue, Black, Mint, Gray, Dark Blue, Red, Yellow

Black, Blue, White, Mint

 

Xiaomi 13 vs Xiaomi 13 Pro Specs Comparison: Hardware

FEATURE/SPEC

XIAOMI 13

XIAOMI 13 PRO

System Chip:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550, 4nm

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550, 4nm

Processor:

Octa-core, 1x 3.2GHz Kryo Prime + 4x 2.8GHz Kryo Gold + 3x 2.0GHz Kryo Silver

Octa-core, 1x 3.2GHz Kryo Prime + 4x 2.8GHz Kryo Gold + 3x 2.0GHz Kryo Silver

GPU:

Adreno 740

Adreno 740

RAM:

8GB or 12GB

8GB or 12GB

Internal Storage:

128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM

  UFS 3.1 - 128GB

UFS 4.0 - 256/512GB

128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM

  UFS 3.1 - 128GB

UFS 4.0 - 256/512GB

OS:

Android 13, MIUI 14

Android 13, MIUI 14

Capacity:

4500mAh

4820mAh

Type:

Li-Polymer, Not User Replaceable

Li-Polymer, Not User Replaceable

Charging:

Fast charging, Qi wireless charging, Reverse wireless charging

Fast charging, Qi wireless charging, Reverse wireless charging

Max Charge Speed:

Wired: 67.0W; Wireless: 50.0W

Wired: 120.0W; Wireless: 50.0W

 

 

Xiaomi 13 vs Xiaomi 13 Pro Specs Comparison: Camera

FEATURE/SPEC

XIAOMI 13

XIAOMI 13 PRO

Rear:

Triple Camera

Triple Camera

Main Camera:

50MP, f/1.8, 23mm, wide angle, 1/1.49", 1.0µm, OIS, PDAF

50.3MP, f/1.9, 23mm wide angle, 1.0"-type, 1.6µm, Dual Pixel PDAF,OIS, Laser AF 

Main Camera Specs:

Aperture size: F1.8; 

Sensor size: 1/1.49"; 

Focal length: 23 mm; 

Pixel size: 1.0 μm

Aperture size: F1.9; 

Pixel size: 1.6 μm

Sensor size: 1"; 

Main Camera Features

Leica lens, Dual-LED, dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR 

Leica lens, Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama

Video

8K@24fps HDR, 4K@24/30/60fps HDR10+, 10-bit Dolby Vision HDR, 10-bit LOG, 1080p@30/120/240/960fps, 1080p@1920fps, gyro-EIS

8K@24fps HDR, 4K@24/30/60fps HDR10+, 10-bit Dolby Vision HDR, 10-bit LOG, 1080p@30/120/240/960fps, 1080p@1920fps, gyro-EIS

Second Camera:

10 MP (Telephoto, OIS, PDAF)

50 MP (Telephoto, PDAF)

Second Specs:

Optical zoom: 3.2x; Aperture size: F2.0; 

Pixel size: 1.0μm

Focal Length: 75mm;

Optical zoom: 3.2x; Aperture size: F2.0; 

Focal Length: 75 mm

Third Camera:

12 MP Ultra-wide

50 MP Ultra-wide

Third Camera Specs:

Aperture size: F2.2; 

Sensor size: 1/3.06"; 

Pixel size: 1.2μm

Focal Length: 15mm; 

Aperture size: F2.2; 

Focal Length: 14mm

Video Recording:

Yes

Yes

Front:

32 MP HDR

32 MP HDR

 

Xiaomi 13 vs Xiaomi 13 Pro Specs Comparison: Cellular

FEATURE/SPEC

XIAOMI 13

XIAOMI 13 PRO

5G:

n1, n3, n5, n8, n28, n38, n40, n41, n77, n78, SA, NSA

n1, n3, n5, n8, n28, n38, n39, n40, n41, n77, n78, n79, SA, NSA

LTE (FDD):

Bands 1(2100), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 8(900), 18(800 Lower), 19(800 Upper), 26(850+)

Bands 1(2100), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 12(700 a), 17(700 b), 18(800 Lower), 19(800 Upper), 26(850+)

LTE (TDD):

Bands 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900+), 40(2300), 41(2600+), 42(3500)

Bands 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900+), 40(2300), 41(2600+), 42(3500)

UMTS:

Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 6(800), 8(900)

Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 6(800), 8(900)

Data Speed:

LTE-A, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbits per second

LTE-A, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbits per second

SIM Type:

Dual Nano SIM

Dual Nano SIM

 

Xiaomi 13 vs Xiaomi 13 Pro Specs Comparison: Multimedia

FEATURE/SPEC

XIAOMI 13

XIAOMI 13 PRO

Headphones:

3.5mm Jack

3.5mm Jack

Speakers:

Earpiece, Multiple speakers

Earpiece, Multiple Speakers

Screen Mirroring:

Wireless Screen Share

Wireless Screen Share

Additional Microphone:

For Noise Cancellation

For Noise Cancellation



Xiaomi 13 vs Xiaomi 13 Pro Specs Comparison Connectivity & Features

FEATURE/SPEC

XIAOMI 13

XIAOMI 13 PRO

Bluetooth:

5.3

5.3

Wi-Fi:

802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, ax (Wi-Fi 6); Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, 

802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, ax (Wi-Fi 6); Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, 

USB:

Type-C Reversible, USB 2.0

Type-C Reversible, USB 2.0

Features:

Charging, OTG

Charging, OTG

Location:

GPS, A-GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou, QZSS, NavIC, Cell ID, Wi-Fi Positioning

GPS, A-GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou, QZSS, NavIC, Cell ID, Wi-Fi Positioning

Sensors:

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer

Other:

.NFC, Infrared

NFC, Infrared

 

(Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi 13 Review


The Xiaomi 13 is another well-defined flagship phone from Xiaomi. When we say that, we mean that every single component, feature, and part of the 13's body and performance hardware are so well-thought-out that, aside from the size difference and the camera, you can't tell the difference between the 13 and the 13 Pro unless you are really paying attention. If you want to spend a little less on your device and get an amazing phone that gives you excellent value for your money, Xiaomi has made that a possibility with the release of the 13.

All of the reports we've heard on the phone so far have been extremely positive, and there are no real complaints about its body style or performance. Now, let's dig into the design and the performance of the Xiaomi 13 right now, so you can see for yourself!

Xiaomi 13 Design

(Image Source: Xiaomi)


The Xiaomi 13 ensign is slightly larger than the Xiaomi 12, the Xiaomi 13 is the perfect size for just about anyone, and it's packed with premium features, and stunning looks, with a nice, heavy premium feels to it. The 13 is still quite an attention-getter despite its leering counterpart, the 13 Pro. The body has flat edges, and an outstanding bezel width; unlike the 13 Pro, which has curved edges on the front and back. This gives the body a more defined, sophisticated look in our opinion. (Image Source: Xiaomi)

The Xiaomi 13 has a 93.3% body-to-screen ratio, reducing the frames to nearly invisible when you look at it. The Xiaomi 13 has a 6.36 inch, 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution display that is guaranteed to be super bright thanks to the Samsung E6 panels. The colors are rich and distinct. The back of the 13 in both the ceramic finish and vegan leather finish is almost impossible to stain thanks to Nano Skin technology, while the IP68 protection protects the phone from water and dust.

The Xiaomi 13 comes in Ceramic White, Ceramic Black, Ceramic Flora Green, and Mountain Blue color variations, and carries the same Qualcomm SM8550 Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4 nm) that the 13 Pro is equipped with, which is arguably one of the fastest processors on the market at the moment, and plenty of power and speed for anything you could possibly need your phone to do.

Xiaomi 13 Camera


The Xiaomi 13 is equipped with a 50MP camera, a 10MP camera, and a 12MP camera. Again, the 13 and 13 Pro will take very professional-looking photos with bright colors, sharp details, and deep color contrasts. So, if you're a picture enthusiast, the 13 Pro is definitely not going to leave you hanging. As mentioned above, the 13 and 13 Pro will both shoot 8K HDR videos at 24fps, with 33 megapixels and over a billion shades of color, so you will be able to get some really high-quality, colorful videos whenever you want them.

Now let’s talk about the Xiaomi 13 performance specs!

Xiaomi 13 Performance


The improvements and changes in the software of the Xiaomi 13 models help to deliver a more powerful and personalized performance. The Xiaomi 13’s built Qualcomm processors have one Cortex X3 core, four Cortex A715 cores, and three Cortex A510 cores, giving you lightning-fast response and load times. The new layer of personalization added to the experience by the MIUI 14 takes away some of the advertising, offering a cleaner, richer, and more customizable visual experience, with improved privacy with zero data stored in the cloud, bilingual subtitles in video conferences, faster wireless connection speeds, and 22% lower power consumption.

While both Xiaomi 13 and iPhone 14 can reach 49oC under continuous use, the cooling and construction of the Xiaomi 13s are protected by liquid cooling through a special designed cooling chamber, allowing it to run as cool as possible. Bottom line, the Xiaomi 13 is a great deal for anyone who’s in the market for an affordable smartphone that sits right at the top of its class.


Conclusion


In conclusion, the Xiaomi flagship phones for this year are exactly what you would expect to see from a world leader in the cell phone industry. The 13 and 13 Pro are both great buys for the money; both with outstanding performance and stunning designs. We hope you’ve enjoyed our Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro reviews! If you have any questions about any of our cell phones, gadgets, or other accessories, please use this form to contact us!

 

FAQs



How Reliable Are Xiaomi Phones
Very reliable. Xiaomi phones offer excellent performance, advanced features, and overall build quality. When paired with their price points being set to provide excellent value for the money, they are one of the best phones you can buy.

Which Xiaomi Phone Has the Best Camera
At the moment, the Xiaomi 13 Pro does. The 13 Pro is equipped with a 50 MP (OIS, Laser, and PDAF) camera, giving fantastic, crisp, color-rich pictures that look near professional quality.

 

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