Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro, power and good photos in two different sizes

I have tried the new Xiaomi Series 13, with the Xiaomi 13 designed for those who prefer compact phones without giving up anything, and the Xiaomi 13 Pro with one of the best photographic equipment of the moment. I will tell you about my experience using two of the best smartphones of the year.

Xiaomi has been trying to remove the stigma of ” cheap mobile manufacturer” for a couple of generations with a turn of its flagship towards the Premium range with Series 11 and Series 12 that opted for quality manufacturing materials and the best hardware of the moment.

With the arrival of the Xiaomi Series 13, the Chinese brand goes a little deeper into this strategy with a pair of mobiles equipped with the most powerful processors on the market, top-level screens, and photographic equipment with the Leica guarantee seal.

The Xiaomi 13 is the base model of the family and is based on a more compact chassis that does not give up anything in terms of performance and comfort of use, while the Xiaomi 13 Pro lives up to its name starting from the same hardware base. , but marking important differences in a photographic section destined to beat the podium for the best photographic mobile of 2023. Arguments are not lacking.

Xiaomi has been restructuring its catalog making it clear that if you want a cheap smartphone you should look for it under the Redmi reference, while the Xiaomi -just dry, without Mi- are now high-end and Premium mobiles that reach the market with an official price of 999.99 euros, while the Xiaomi 13 Pro arrives with a starting price of 1,399.99 euros


The review of the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro, analysis, test, and opinion of Computerhoy:

  • Characteristics and technical sheet of the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro
  • Design and connectivity: two different concepts that share the quality of materials and design
  • Screen and sound: excellent brightness and the option to choose between a straight or curved screen
  • Performance and software: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is once again a guarantee of performance
  • Cameras: Leica has made the Xiaomi 13 convincing, but the star is the 13 Pro
  • Autonomy: great optimization of consumption in batteries below 5,000 mAh
  • Versions, offers, and prices of the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro
  • Review Is it worth buying the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro?

Technical sheet of the Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro

Xiaomi 13 xiaomi 13 Pro
Screen 6.36-inch AMOLED
2,400 x 1,080 pixel resolution | Format 20:9 Dolby Vision
120 Hz refresh rate
6.73-inch LTPO AMOLED curved screen
3,200 x 1,440 pixel WQHD+ resolution
20:9 format
120 Hz refresh rate
Dolby Vision
Processor Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Adreno 740
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Adreno 740
RAM and storage 8 GB and 12 GB
256 GB LPDDR5X at 8533 Mbps
UFS 4.0
Not expandable with microSD
12 GB
256 GB 8533 Mbps LPDDR5X
UFS 4.0
Not expandable with microSD
main chambers Main: 50 Mpx f/1.8
Ultra-wide angle: 12 Mpx f/2.2
Telephoto: 10 Mpx f/2.0
Main: 50 Mpx f/1.9
Ultra Wide: 50 Mpx f/2.2
Floating Telephoto: 50 Mpx f/2.0
Frontal camera 32MP f/2.0 32MP f/2.0
Battery 4,500 mAh
67W Fast Charge
67W Turbo Wireless Charging
4.5W Reverse Wireless
Charging charger included.
4,820 mAh
Fast Charge 120 W
Wireless Charging 50 W Turbo
Wireless Charging 4.5 W Reverse
Charger included.
Android 13
Android 13
connectivity 5G
WiFi 6 (802.11 axes)
Bluetooth 5.3
USB-C 3.2
A-GPS, Glonass, BDS, Galileo
WiFi 7
Bluetooth 5.3
USB-C 3.2
A-GPS, Glonass, BDS, Galileo
Dimensions and weight 152.8 x 71.5 x 7.98mm
189 grams
162.9 x 74.6 x 8.38mm
229 grams
Additional features Dolby Atmos
Stereo Speakers
Dolby Atmos
Stereo Speakers
Price Xiaomi 13 from 999.99 euros Xiaomi 13 Pro for 1,399.99 euros

Two different concepts that share the quality of materials and design

Despite sharing the same name, the Xiaomi 13 and its older brother couldn’t be more different in terms of design, not the quality of materials, although on that point they don’t match in finishes either.

On the part of the Xiaomi 13, we find a compact smartphone that I liked the touch it transmits. Xiaomi has forgotten the curves of the previous generation and in this new batch, it is committed to a more monolithic design with straight edges and rounded corners in the purest iPhone style.

The back is completely straight and sports a glossy glass finish that catches fingerprints just by looking at it, but with impeccable manufacturing that makes the union between the glass on the back and the screen and chassis perfect.

The Xiaomi 13 Pro, on the other hand, is more reminiscent of the previous generation and is committed to the curve as the main element to smooth the sides of the screen and improve grip on the back.

These smooth lines, together with the ceramic finish on the back, make the touch soft and slippery in equal measure, and it is quite a challenge to keep it clean of fingerprints for more than 5 minutes.

Both models have in common a square camera module that occupies a good part of the upper left corner, although, in the case of the Xiaomi 13 Pro, it stands out a little more than in the reference model.

Xiaomi maintains the same distribution of the buttons on the right, being quite comfortable to use in both models.

However, I liked the in-hand experience more than the Xiaomi 13 which, with dimensions of 152.8 x 71.5 x 7.98 mm and 189 grams, fits perfectly in the hand and fits in any pocket, while the Xiaomi 13 Pro scales up to 162.9 x 74.6 x 8.38 mm and already leaves a strong 229 grams .

Being somewhat bulkier at the top, the center of gravity rises and it pitches when held in the hand, making it not as comfortable to use as the Xiaomi 13.

In terms of connectivity, the fact of sharing a processor means that there are few differences between them, incorporating support for 5G networks with dual SIM, support for Wifi 6 and WiFi 7 networks where it is supported, and NFC, and Bluetooth 5.3. In short, nothing is expected from a high-end smartphone in 2023.

Excellent brightness and option to choose between a straight or curved screen

When we talk about the screen of the Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro we find ourselves in the same dilemma as when talking about the design: the preference for straight lines or curves.

On the one hand, the Xiaomi 13 is committed to a completely flat screen with 6.36-inch AMOLED technology and Full HD + resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels with a 20: 9 format.

This ratio of diagonal and resolution seems right to me and I have not missed a higher pixel density since it offers very good sharpness, which is supported by an excellent use of the front with symmetrical frames around the entire perimeter that make it clear that we We are facing a high-end smartphone.

The Xiaomi 13 Pro, for its part, mounts a 6.73-inch AMOLED curved screen and raises the resolution to WQHD+, leaving a count of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels in a 20:9 format.

In this model, having a curved screen, the distribution of frames is not so symmetrical, reducing it to its minimum on the sides and leaving a somewhat uneven distribution between the upper part and a somewhat wider chin.

Another drawback of the curved screen of the Xiaomi 13 Pro is that it leaves a noticeable shadow in the curved area and is susceptible to activating some functions if that part of the screen is accidentally touched.

Both screens have a variable refresh rate of 120 Hz, but only the Xiaomi 13 Pro has LTPO technology that allows you to adjust the frequency between 1 Hz and 120 Hz, while the base Xiaomi 13 only allows you to vary between 60 Hz and the 120hz.

Xiaomi has made a considerable leap in terms of screen brightness, offering average brightness values of 918 and 973 lux, respectively, and with peaks above 2,500 lux.

These very high values ​​guarantee a good experience of using the screen in any light situation, even in full sun by activating the Day mode that appears when deactivating the Auto-Brightness switch. But the most important thing is that it allows you to display content in HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, making the most of the benefits of your screen.

Both screens allow you to customize the color space from predefined profiles, being able to adjust the Gamma, contrast, or color temperature of the panel.

Xiaomi has taken care of the sound of its high-end mobiles by incorporating two stereo speakers, one at the bottom and a second speaker that is practically imperceptible to the naked eye right at the junction between the screen glass and the aluminum chassis.

The sound is powerful and well-defined even when we venture beyond 80% of the volume, but it is maintained with a modest bass, focusing on a midrange that both devices take very good care of.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is once again a guarantee of performance

Xiaomi’s new philosophy of high-end mobile phones is based on the solid foundation of the excellent performance offered by the latest Qualcomm processor which, despite still being in the first quarter of the year, has already given ample evidence of solvency in mobile phones that have already been submitted.

Xiaomi’s implementation in the Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro is no exception, and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 flexes its muscles by delivering flawless performance and excellent resource and temperature management.

Xiaomi 13 Xiaomi 13 Pro OnePlus 11 5G Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Processor Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 | 12GB Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 | 12GB Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 | 16 GB Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 | 12GB
Geekbench 5 Single 1,484 points 1,470 points 1,499 points 1,470 points
Geekbench 5 Multi 5,192 points 5,132 points 4,951 points 4,374 points
3D Mark Wild Life Extreme 2,915 points 2,965 points 3,659 points | 21.90fps 3,824 points
AnTuTu 1,268,062 points 1,272,789 points 1,119,626 points 1,117,626 points
PC Mark 14,753 points 15,031 points 12,634 points 15,576 points

At this point, the performance of both phones is very similar in terms of raw power that is displayed when running demanding games like Genshin Impact or Call of Duty Mobile, even allowing you to increase the graphic detail to border the limits of the performance of the Adreno 740 GPU.

At the hardware level, the main difference between the Xiaomi 13 and the Xiaomi 13 Pro can be found in the configuration of RAM and storage memory, although the models that I have received have the same configuration of 12 GB LPDDR5X RAM at 8,533 Mbps and 256 GB of internal storage.

At this point, it is convenient to pay attention to the storage technology since it changes depending on the amount of memory. In this way, the Xiaomi 13 that mounts 128 GB has memories with UFS 3.1 technology, while those with 256 GB and up, opt for UFS 4.0, with the improvement in performance and features that this entails.

Comments are closed.