Xiaomi’s 13 Pro is an early look at 2023’s flagship phones

Xiaomi’s 13-series flagship smartphones are here and, as always, packed with the latest tech and features. With the 13 and 13 Pro, Xiaomi is the second manufacturer to use Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 platform, after Vivo with the X90 Pro and IQOO 11 series. There are also new camera modules with improved image quality, ultra-fast charging and more.

Like the previous models, the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro also have separate designs. The 13 Pro uses a wrap-around 6.73-inch 2K+ AMOLED display (3,200 x 1,400) with vegan leather or ceramic backed versions. The 13, meanwhile, has a 6.36-inch flat 2,400 x 1,080 AMOLED display, iPhone-like aluminum edges, and a choice of glass or leather backs. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform offers hardware-accelerated ray tracing and enhanced gaming performance, so both phones have 120Hz displays to keep up.


Xiaomi 13 Pro also has high-end camera features. It includes a 50-megapixel (MP) f/1.9 main camera with a Type 1-inch sensor (it’s really only 8.8 x 13.2mm, like other Type 1-inch sensors, but still significantly larger than most smartphones). It also packs a 50MP 3.2 zoom camera (75mm equivalent) with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a floating lens, as shown above. Finally, there’s a 50MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera (14mm equivalent) and a 32MP punch-hole selfie camera.

Meanwhile, the Xiaomi 13 (below) has the same selfie camera, a 50MP f/1.8 OIS main camera with a smaller sensor, a 10MP 3.2x zoom OIS zoom camera, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide (15mm equivalent) camera.

Xiaomi's 13 Pro includes a 1-inch camera sensor and Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor
Xiaomi 13


The 13 Pro offers an impressive 120W charge (more than most laptops) and brings the 4,820mAh battery from zero to 100 percent charge in just 19 minutes. That’s fast, but still significantly slower than Redmi’s Note 12 Discovery Edition. Wireless charging takes place at “only” 50 watts, or 36 minutes up to a full charge. The Xiaomi 13 has a slightly smaller 4,500 mAh battery and is limited to 67 W wired charging (38 minutes to 100 percent) and 50 W wireless charging (48 minutes full charge).

Other features include LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage on both models (8GB and 128GB up to 12GB and 512GB on both models), Dolby Atmos and Leica camera technology on the Pro model. For the latter, Xiaomi and Leica built a color model based on 4,700 scenes, possibly providing better accuracy. Prices start at 4,999 yuan ($720) for the Xiaomi 13 Pro and 3,999 yuan ($570) for the Xiaomi 13. North America.

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