In order to create the 12S Ultra flagship smartphone, which also had a new 1-inch-type Sony sensor, the Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi teamed up with the industry leader in imaging, Leica. The business followed the same procedure for the 13 Series, one of the first mobile devices to use Qualcomm’s most recent mobile chipset.
With a more basic design than before, Xiaomi has updated the appearance of the 13 and 13 Pro phones. The former model now has a flat-screen and flat border, while the latter has a double-curved display and a ceramic shell. Although both are advertised as flagships, we’ll concentrate on the Pros in this article.
The primary rear camera is composed of a 23-mm (Equiv) F1.9 Summicron lens with eight aspherical elements and a 50-MP 1-inch-type IMX989 sensor from Sony. A new 75-mm (Equiv) telephoto lens with a floating focus system that divides six elements into two groups and has a focus range of 10 cm to infinity is coupled with another 50-MP sensor. Additionally, a third 50-MP camera paired with a 75-mm (Equiv) portrait lens to achieve the crucial shallow depth of field and stunning bokeh.
The system includes additional computational photography, portrait, and true color imaging capabilities created in partnership with Leica, and the camera app’s Pro mode supports 10-bit RAW photos, 4K 10-bit Dolby Vision HDY, and 4K 10-bit Log video in addition to allowing manual parameter adjustments.
Users can interact with a 6.73-inch screen with a resolution of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels, a 120 Hz dynamic refresh rate, and a maximum brightness of 1,900 nits.
Up to 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512 GB of UFS 4.0 storage can be found inside the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform, which has an octa-core processor and integrated graphics. A 4,820-mAh battery powers the tablet and supports wired fast charging at 120 W and wireless fast charging at 50 W. And everything is weatherproof to IP68 standards.
Currently available in mainland China, the Xiaomi 13 Pro is available in four memory/storage configurations starting at RMB 4,999 (about $715). The starting price for the slightly less powerful and smaller Xiaomi 13 model is RMB 3,999 (about US$570). Although it’s unlikely that either will reach the US, the availability across the globe will soon be disclosed.