Xiaomi Announces New Flagships Featuring Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Chip Along with Leica Branded Cameras

Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro

Xiaomi’s flagship 13 series is finally here, with both phones featuring Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC.  Apart from the top-shelf hardware, both the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro also feature incremental upgrades across the board, such as in display and camera. Both phones also come with Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 14 software, based on Android 13. 

The Xiaomi 13 now comes in four colorways, including White, Black, Flora Green and Mountain Blue. As for the Xiaomi 13 Pro, we again see four distinct colorways, including Ceramic White, Ceramic Black, Flora Green (Ceramic) and Mountain Blue. 

Xiaomi 13 

Xiaomi 13, Source – Mi Newsroom

Compared to the Xiaomi 12, the 13 is a slightly larger device with a 6.36-inch 120Hz OLED panel. There’s also support from standard features like Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and HLG. What really stands out here is the maximum and peak brightness figures, coming in at an impressive 1200 and 1900 nits, respectively. Just for reference, the iPhone 13 Pro peaks at 1200-nits when viewing HDR content. 

As for hardware, both the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro are largely similar, featuring the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC paired with LPDDR5X memory and UFS 4.0 flash storage. As for the battery setup, the phone features a 4,500 mAh cell with support for 67W fast charging and 50W wireless charging. 

Xiaomi 13 Series features the latest 4nm flagship processors from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 mobile platform. The new 1+4+3 fusion CPU architecture brings 37% performance improvements while reducing power consumption by 47%. The brand new Adreno GPU brings 42% performance improvements while reducing power consumption by 49%.

Mi Newsroom

Continuing the legacy of the Xiaomi 12S devices, even the 13 and 13 Pro cameras come with the Leica branding. Coming to the specific setup, Xiaomi 13’s main camera features a 50 MP sensor (IMX800) with 23mm ƒ/1.8 Leica professional optics lens. There’s also a new Leica 75mm focal length telephoto lens along with a 12MP ultrawide, with the entire camera system covering an optical zoom range of 0.5x – 1x – 3.2x. 

Xiaomi 13 Pro

Xiaomi 13 Pro, Source – Mi Newsroom

Like most flagships, the Xiaomi 13 Pro features a 120Hz LTPO AMOLED display, with a resolution of 3200×1440 pixels.

The displays of Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro both have excellent HDR capabilities, with a fullscreen brightness of up to 1,200nits and a peak brightness of up to 1,900nits for optimal viewing.

Xiaomi 13 Pro’s main camera features a big upgrade, now sporting a 1-inch large sensor (IMX989) with 23mm ƒ/1.9 Leica professional optical lens. The camera unit also features a 50MP telephoto lens along with a 50MP ultra-wide-angle lens. As for selfies, both the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro pack a 32MP camera. 

With the support of Xiaomi Imaging Engine, Xiaomi 13 Series has the strongest computational photography capability among all Xiaomi flagships. Based on its powerful operation efficiency and expansion capability, it can not only support RAW-level computational photography, using parallel computing pipeline to greatly improve the speed of photo capturing, but also use heterogeneous graphics processing capability to achieve Xiaomi ProFocus.

The device also packs a 4,820mAh battery with support for 120W fast charging and 50W wireless charging. 

Pricing and Availability

Xiaomi 13 Pro

  • 8GB+128GB – RMB 4,999 (~$718)
  • 8GB+256GB – RMB (~$775)
  • 12GB+256GB – RMB 5,799 (~$833)
  • 12GB+512GB – RMB 6,299 (~$ 905)

Xiaomi 13

  • 8GB+128GB – RMB 3,999 (~$574)
  • 8GB+256GB – RMB 4,299 (~$617)
  • 12GB+256GB – RMB 4,599 (~$660)
  • 12GB+512GB – RMB 4,999 (~$718)

As for now, the phones have only been launched in Mainland China, with official sale starting from December 14th. According to Xiaomi “Global availability details for Xiaomi 13 Series will be revealed in the upcoming months“. 


Indranil Chowdhury

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