Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro are here: how Xiaomi wants to hurt the iPhone
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Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro are here: how Xiaomi wants to hurt the iPhone

Xiaomi has unveiled its new premium phones, the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro. They both incorporate very similar configurations, but they stand out in their design. The Pro model also goes above and beyond in terms of photos and charging.

Xiaomi introduced its latest flagship phones, the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro. The manufacturer is known for its ability to lower prices on the entry and mid-range, but it still struggles to establish itself as a benchmark in the high-end segment. In particular, concessions are sometimes not accepted for flirting devices, even exceeding the 1000 euro limit. For the Xiaomi 13, we have the impression that the Chinese manufacturer has managed to tick all the specs boxes, at least on paper.

Classic yet effective design

Flat screen front, center hole, flat edges with physical buttons, 7.98mm thick and 189g on the scale. Xiaomi 13 strives to stand out less than to be functional and on paper it seems to work.

The only element of distinction is that the block of images that make up a perfect square is cut into four spaces separated by a rather elegant, thin line. The first three spaces accommodate each of the three image units. The fourth box hosts the flash as well as the Leica logo, which continues its partnership with the Chinese giant.

Small form factor, Xiaomi 13 displays a diagonal of 6.36 inches and effortlessly sports black borders around the screen. It measures 1.61mm at the top, left and right and 1.81mm at the bottom. What does not make a very strong impression is the chin, which remains a benchmark for comfort at the top of the range. During its conference, the Beijing giant repeatedly referred to the iPhone to better compare itself to it. For example, he recalled the borders of the iPhone 14, which are much larger, measuring 2.4 mm. On the other hand, they are equal all around the screen. The comparison comes down to the dimensions of the phone: although it has a much larger screen in height, the Xiaomi 13 displays exactly the same width of 71.5mm.

On the back you can find four different colors: green, white, black with a glass coating and blue with a rather special faux leather. Xiaomi calls it “nano tech skin” and shows in a promotional video that it is very difficult to smudge.

To finish off the design, the flat 6.36-inch OLED display on the front displays 120Hz on the scale and can show up to 1,900 cd/m2 in brightness. It has a DPI of 413, which is enough to not see pixels.

The hero’s independence and cold-blooded promise

Under the hood, Xiaomi has packed it with a second generation Snapdragon 8 processor. The performance gain on Geekbench over the previous generation is 37%. Remember, the Xiaomi 12 suffered from major temperature management issues. In this regard, Xiaomi promises the Xiaomi 13 cooler than the iPhone between 7 and 8 degrees Celsius depending on the benchmarks or activities, in particular thanks to its 4642 mm² heat dissipation surface. In the game, at 60fps, the phone peaks at 43.1C, which stays as hot as the battery starts to deteriorate after 40C.

The battery is accurately displayed at 4500 mAh. It can be charged at 67W wired, 50W wireless and 10W reverse charging. Xiaomi claims that its phone can be used longer than the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the champion in autonomy. This must be verified during the test.

Pictured, the partnership with Leica continues. The Xiaomi 13 features a 50MP 1/1.49″ IMX 800 main sensor with 23mm focal length and mechanical stabilization. It is paired with a 75mm X3.2 telephoto lens with a 10MP sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and OIS. We also have an Ultra Wide angle with a viewing angle of 120 degrees in 12MP. The sensor is small: 1 / 3.06.

Among the elements that have not yet been present in the Xiaomi formula, note the presence of IP 68 certification. However, we have not seen Gorilla Glass in this model. The update duration of the device is not mentioned either.

Xiaomi 13 Pro: One-inch sensor and iPhone-like lower design

If the Xiaomi 13 is similar to the iPhone 14, the Xiaomi 13 Pro is more inspired by the Galaxy designs of a few years ago, with the thinnest possible bezels and a curved screen.

It also gains in thickness by an increase of 8.38mm, as well as in weight by topping out at 229g. Note that the blue faux leather is thicker (8.7mm) but also lighter (210g).

Its screen switches to 2K definition (including QHD) with a 6.73-inch panel for 522 ppi. It also includes LTPO technology assistance to change the refresh rate from 1Hz to 120Hz and the maximum brightness is 1900cd/m². Xiaomi promises a Delta E of 0.29 in DCI-P3, which seems incredibly low. They will also have to be checked on the exam. Corning Gorilla Glass tops and protects the screen.

The main sensor has also been improved over the base model. We switch to a 1-inch IMX 989, with 3.2 µm Photo Pixel Binning 4-in-1. In theory, it allows you to capture 12.5-inch X2 photos with quality equivalent to full-frame shots.

Inside, the only noticeable change is at the battery level, which rises to 4,820 mAh. The load also reaches 120 watts. Autonomy promises to be less impressive than the base model, but daily use should be guaranteed.

Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro prices

Here are the prices of Xiaomi 13:

  • 3,999 yuan (€544.96 excluding tax) for 8GB + 128GB configuration;
  • 4,299 yuan (586 euros HT) for the 8GB + 256GB configuration;
  • 4,599 yuan (627 euros HT) for the 12GB + 256GB configuration;
  • 4999 yuan (681 euros excluding VAT) for the 12 + 512 GB configuration.

Here are the prices of Xiaomi 13 Pro:

  • 4,999 yuan (681 euros HT) for the 8GB + 128GB configuration;
  • 5,399 yuan (736 euros excluding VAT) for the 8GB + 256GB configuration;
  • 5,799 yuan (790 euros excluding VAT) for 12GB + 256GB configuration;
  • 6299 yuan (858 euros excluding VAT) for the 12 + 512 GB configuration.

Remember that it usually takes several months before the Chinese giant’s phones get a release date for France.

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