Although Xiaomi has released some impressive high-end handsets in recent years, the company is best recognized for its affordable and mid-range phones. The Xiaomi 12S Ultra, which had a 1-inch Sony IMX989 50MP Leica-branded camera and was released in China only in July 2022.
The Xiaomi 13 series, featuring an even better camera configuration and internals, emerged in China at the year's end. The Xiaomi 13 series, which features a gigantic 1-inch Sony shooter, will be unveiled to the international market for the first time at MWC 2023.
Specifications of Xiaomi 13 Pro
The new Xiaomi 13 Pro has been introduced to the Indian and international markets. Although it was introduced in China in December 2022, the Xiaomi 13 Pro is just now making its way to other parts of the world.
The revolutionary camera technology, developed in collaboration with Leica, is the device's main selling point. The CPU within the Xiaomi 13 Pro is a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It can work with up to 512GB of UFS 4.0 storage and up to 12GB of LPPDR5X RAM.
The phone has a 4,820 mAh battery and supports fast charging at 120W, wireless charging at 50W, and reverse wireless charging at 10W. MIUI 14, based on Android 13, is pre-installed.'
The 6.73-inch QHD+ E6 curved AMOLED display on the Xiaomi 13 Pro is made by LTPO. The display has a configurable refresh rate of 1Hz to 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG are all compatible with the 10-bit panel.
The maximum brightness of the screen is 1,900 nits. The gadget has a 50-megapixel Sony IMX989 1-inch sensor with an f/1.9 aperture with Hyper OIS, which is part of a triple camera arrangement on the rear.
In addition, there is a 50 MP ultrawide unit with an f/2.2 aperture and a 50 MP floating telephoto camera that makes use of Leica's Floating Lens element. This phone has a 32-megapixel camera right up front for all your selfie needs.
The Xiaomi 13 Pro has two stereo speakers and supports the high-quality audio format Dolby Atmos. In terms of wireless connectivity, users can choose between 4G and 5G networks as well as Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3, Near Field Communication (NFC), and more.
The front of the phone is made of scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass Victus and includes an in-display fingerprint reader. It is dustproof and waterproof up to IP68 standards. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, the Google Pixel 7 Pro, and the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max are all rivals for the Xiaomi 13 Pro.
Xiaomi 13 Pro: From Leica Authentic to Leica Vivid
According to Xiaomi Buzz, The goal of the Xiaomi 13 Pro was to provide users with a “real” Leica experience when taking photos. Hence, shooters can select either the “Leica authentic” or “Leica colorful” setting.
I took pictures both of a beautiful sunny day and clear blue skies from my roof, and the results are strikingly different. The original Leica has a “darker” tone, with deeper blacks and a less saturated blue sky.
The photographs couldn't have a more different mood from one another. It's like taking the same picture through two totally different lenses. Portrait mode is another feature of the Xiaomi 13 Pro camera that is backed by Leica tech.
Xiaomi allows you to photograph in a variety of lens settings, including 35mm Black and White, 50mm Swirly Bokeh, 75mm Portraits, and 90mm Portraits with a soft focus. I find myself paying more attention to the portrait mode.
As part of my ongoing evaluation of the camera, I intend to snap a few more portraits in the near future. If you're interested in hearing more of my thoughts on the camera, I recommend waiting for my comprehensive review.
In my experience with testing smartphone cameras over the past few years, the Xiaomi 13 Pro now ranks among the most promising. Undoubtedly, certain expectations have developed for the premium smartphone market, particularly with regard to cameras.
For this reason, it can be hard for reviewers to become enthusiastic about yet another gadget. Yet, there's no denying that the Xiaomi 13 Pro isn't your average smartphone—at least not in terms of its camera.