Xiaomi’s flagship 13 Pro has a 1-inch sensor

by Ana Lopez

The flagship Xiaomi 13 Pro made a global debut today at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. With this device – which launched in China in December – the company is counting on a 1-inch main sensor, Leica lenses and 120W fast charging. This is essentially a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy S series.

Cameras have long been a major differentiator in today’s flagships. Xiaomi uses a huge 1-inch Sony IMX989 50-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture to capture the best and brightest photos in all lighting conditions. A number of phone manufacturers, including Vivo and Sharp, have already incorporated this sensor into some devices. The camera can record video in 8K resolution – 4K resolution at 60 fps when recording in Dolby Vision.

There’s also a 50-megapixel telephoto camera with a “floating lens” element, resulting in a 3.2x zoom with no loss of quality. In addition, the device has another ultra-wide sensor of 50 megapixels. The 13 Pro has a 32-megapixel front camera with a night mode and dual-framing (0.8x and 1x) modes.

All those cameras and their Leica lenses are housed in a massive square housing on the back. While we’ve seen plenty of square camera bumps, this one really stands out for its size.

Aside from the camera system, the spec sheet of the Xiaomi 13 Pro is standard for a 2023 Android flagship. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, 6.73-inch WQHD+ AMOLED display with 120 Hz refresh rate and 1900 nits peak brightness, support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and HLG HDR standards, 12 GB LPDDR5X RAM and USF 4.0 storage.

Xiaomi’s latest flagship has a 4,820mAh battery that can be charged in minutes via its own 120W charger. However, these charging bricks are huge and bulky. The device also supports 50W wireless charging with compatible charging pucks and 10W reverse charging if you want to quickly top up your earbuds.

The 13 Pro will be available in Ceramic White and Ceramic Black colorways with 256GB and 512GB storage variants. It will be available in Europe from March 8, starting at €1,200 ($1,373). Along with the new flagship, the company also launched the Xiaomi 13, with a starting price of €999 ($1,056) and the Xiaomi 13 Lite, with a starting price of €499 ($527).

At the moment, Xiaomi is in a strange place worldwide. The company lags behind Apple, Oppo, Vivo and Honor China. India, where the phone maker has dominated the phone shipment rankings in recent years, conceded the top spot to Samsung in the past quarter. It has also faced challenges in the South Asian country with the departure of top executives, anti-China sentiment and tax scrutiny from regulatory authorities. In the midst of all this, Xiaomi really wants to deliver a winner.

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