Xiaomi 13 arrives with Leica cameras, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and more

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After some teasing, the Xiaomi 13 Series is finally here! There are currently two devices in the lineup: the Xiaomi 13 Pro and the Xiaomi 13. Everything about the Pro model is covered in a separate article. Whereas, in this article, we will go over the specifications, features, availability, and expected price of Xiaomi 13 in Nepal.

Xiaomi 13 Overview:

A redesign

To begin, the Xiaomi 13 gets a new look with a redesigned camera bump and flat side frame that gives iPhone-esque vibe. The frames in this case are made of a light aluminum alloy that has a nice shine to them. It comes in classic black and white colors, as well as new green (3D glass), and distant mountain blue (nano-tech leather) shades.

Among these, the latter is a nano-technology faux leather skin with excellent anti-dirt ability. Xiaomi says the back panel in this unit can easily be cleaned with a paper towel if there’s a stain on it. 

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Besides this, there’s also a Limited Edition of the Xiaomi 13, which is exclusive to China. Everything about this edition is similar to the regular model, but they come in more vibrant colorways. Specifically, there are five different color options: Flame Red, Gem Blue, Cement Ashes, Hurricane Yellow, and Jungle Green.

Aside from the premium look, the device is also very portable, weighing only 189 grams and measuring 7.89mm in thickness. Likewise, the Xiaomi 13 is IP68-certified for dust and water resistance.

Display

Coming to the display, it measures 6.36 inches diagonally. As expected, this is an AMOLED panel with Full HD+ resolution and a refresh rate of 120Hz. Unlike the Pro model, it lacks LTPO technology, but it matches the 13 Pro’s peak brightness of 1900 nits.

Xiaomi 13 Display

Furthermore, because this is an E6 display, Xiaomi claims it consumes 22% less brightness than the Xiaomi 12 at the same brightness setting. Additionally, the company has provided support for practically all HDR standards, including Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR 10, and HLG. 

This time, there’s a color temperature sensor onboard, which allows the phone to automatically adjust the color temperature of the screen based on the external environment. You also get an in-display fingerprint sensor for biometrics.

Leica cameras

Now, cameras are among the biggest highlight of the Xiaomi 13. Not just because of the new design, but also because it includes Leica imaging capabilities. Here, all three rear cameras feature Leica’s professional optical lens.

The main sensor is a Sony IMX800 sensor with a 50MP, 23mm, 1/1.49″ resolution and a 7P lens that allows more light to pass through the sensor. Furthermore, the main unit has an ultra-low reflection coating and a new cycloolefin material to reduce glare. And Xiaomi has equipped it with Hyper OIS, which provides extremely stable photos and videos.

Following that is a 10MP telephoto with 3x zoom, OIS support. And an ultrawide sensor with a 12MP resolution and an aperture of f/2.2. Aside from the hardware, Leica’s imaging capabilities extend to software as well. There are four Leica picture modes that will adjust the color and tone to keep the originality of the picture. For selfies, there is a 32MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

In charge of all the things inside is Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. This new SoC improves performance by up to 37% thanks to a new high-performance Cortex-X3 core, four Performance cores (2.8GHz), and three Efficiency cores (@2.0GHz).

The mobile silicon is accompanied by up to 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. Both the RAM and storage are based on new memory technology, specifically LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage, which should provide an improved multitasking experience and read/write speeds.

Moreover, since this is a high-performance smartphone, Xiaomi has included a 4642 mm2 vapor chamber cooling system to offer better thermals during heavy loads and gaming. Software-wise, the handset boots on Android 13-based MIUI 14, which was announced at the same event as the Xiaomi 13 Series. 

Battery and Charging

Fueling the smartphone is a 4500mAh battery that offered a battery life of 1.37 days under Xiaomi’s standard battery life test. You can recharge the phone either with a 67W wired charger, or a 50W wireless charger. And it also supports 10W reverse charging. Via the wired medium, you can charge from 0% to 100% in 38 minutes whereas 50W wireless charging takes about 48 minutes for a full charge.

Furthermore, Xiaomi has included its own P1 and G1 Surge co-processors for effective battery management. This dual-chip strategy was first seen on the high-end 12S Ultra, and it has now made its way to the Xiaomi 13 Series’ vanilla variant. Nice!

Rest of the specs

Aside from that, the Xiaomi 13 has a three-dimensional dual speaker setup with support for Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio (Wireless). The phone also offers Dolby’s head tracking feature, which, when combined with the Xiaomi Buds 4, provides an immersive experience. Similarly, the smartphone has all of the flagship connectivity options, such as dual 5G SIM, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, and NFC.

Xiaomi 13 Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 152.8×71.5×7.98mm (glass) / 8.1mm (leather)
  • Weight: 189g (glass) / 185g (leather)
  • Display: 6.36-inch  E6 AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, 1900 nits (peak) brightness
  • Resolution: Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • HDR Certifications: Dolby Vision, HDR 10+, HDR 10, HLG
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4nm) 
  • Memory: 8GB/12GB LPPDDR5x RAM, 128GB/256GB/512GB UFS 4.0 storage
  • OS: MIUI 14 based on Android 13
  • Rear Cameras: Triple with Leica lenses;
    – 50MP primary, 1/ 1.49″ Sony IMX800 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, Hyper OIS
    – 12MP 120° ultra-wide angle, f/2.2 aperture
    – 10MP 3.2X telephoto, f/2.0 aperture, OIS
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.0 aperture
  • Biometrics: In-display fingerprint sensor
  • Audio: Three-dimensional stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio (Wireless), USB Type-C audio
  • IP Rating: Yes, IP68 dust and water resistance
  • Connectivity: 5G SA/NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 ax), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS (L1 + L5), NavIC, USB Type-C, NFC
  • Battery: 4500mAh , 67W wired charging, 50W wireless charging, 10W reverse wireless charging
  • Colors: Black, white, Green (3D glass), Mountain Blue (nano-tech leather)
  • Limited Edition: Flame Red, Gem Blue, Cement Ashes, Hurricane Yellow, Jungle Green.

Xiaomi 13 Price in Nepal and Availability

After that, if you’re interested in the Xiaomi 13, the base 8/128GB variant will set you back CNY 3,999. The top-of-the-line 12/512GB configuration costs CNY 4,999. If and when the Xiaomi 13 is released in Nepal, we expect the price to start at NPR 100,000.

Xiaomi 13  Price in China (Official)  Price in Nepal (Expected) 
8/128GB CNY 3,999 NPR 100,000
8/256GB CNY 4,299 NPR 105,000
12/256GB CNY 4,599 NPR 115,000
12/512GB CNY 4,999 NPR 125,000
  • Meanwhile, check out our review of the Xiaomi 12.