Xiaomi 13 Series Revealed for Global Market, Includes 13 Lite with iPhone-like Dynamic Island


Last year, Xiaomi released the Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro in China, and this week, at MWC, the company introduced these top-of-the-line models to the world.

Since we’ve had information about the phone specifications since December, there’s nothing unexpected, but here’s a summary: The Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro are both flagship devices set to compete with the likes of the Galaxy S23 series.

However, the 13 Pro distinguishes itself with a 1-inch-type sensor, which it borrowed from the Xiaomi 12S Ultra (that is only sold in China), and it has 120W wired fast charging.

Both phones come with 120Hz fast-refresh OLED screens, with the Xiaomi 13 having a smaller 1080p 6.3-inch display, while the Xiaomi 13 Pro has a larger 6.7-inch 1440p LTPO screen.

They are both rated IP68 for water and dust resistance and can support 50W wireless charging.

Other shared specifications include Dolby Atmos-tuned stereo speakers and Android 13 with MIUI 14 on top.

13 Camera

As said, the camera system on the back of the phones has collaboratively been made with expertise from Leica. It consists of a 50MP primary sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS), a 3x telephoto camera with a 10MP sensor and OIS, and a 12MP ultrawide sensor to complete the setup.

13 Pro Camera

The camera trio on the back of the phone received a significant upgrade compared to the 12 Pro from 2021. The 50MP 1″-type Sony IMX989 sensor is now paired with OIS, and the 50MP telephoto camera now has a 3x zoom range. The 50MP ultrawide camera now supports macro photography and includes autofocus (AF).

13 Lite Full specs

Also announced during the event was the Xiaomi 13 Lite.

The new device is powered by the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processor, which provides 20% more GPU and 30% more AI performance than the Snapdragon 778G found in the 12 Lite. However, Xiaomi did not upgrade the RAM and storage and still uses LPDDR4X and UFS 2.2.

The phone is available in two configurations: 8/128GB and 8/256GB, and it comes with MIUI 14 installed, but note that this version is based on Android 12.

The Xiaomi 13 Lite features the same 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor that we’ve seen in numerous high-end phones. The 1/1.56″ sensor has 1.0µm pixels and an f/1.8 aperture, which enables it to capture 123% more light than the 108MP sensor with an f/1.9 lens found in last year’s 12 Lite.

The 32MP front-facing camera on the phone is now accompanied by an 8MP depth sensor, both located within an Apple’s Dynamic Island-style camera hole on the display.

Additional specs include a curved 6.55” AMOLED display with 1,080 x 2,400px resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and 240Hz touch sampling rate. It is a 12-bit panel with Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support, capable of rendering 68 billion colors.

The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, and the phone has an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance. The battery has a 4,500mAh capacity with 67W wired charging support but lacks wireless charging.

The phone also features Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC support (not available in all regions), and dual SIM with 5G support.

Pricing details for the devices will be revealed as soon as these phones land in Kenya.

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